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Keep Flu Out Of School

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The best preventative measure against influenza (flu) is annual flu vaccination for you, your children, and your entire family. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months and older.

The flu is a serious disease that can cause hospitalization and death, even in healthy individuals. Review the resources below to learn how you can protect your family and help to Keep Flu out of School.

Read stories from families who’ve been affected by the flu that illustrate the importance of annual flu vaccination (English and Spanish) from Families Fighting Flu.


Advice for Parents on Talking to Children about the Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Children, the Flu, and Flu Vaccine
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

La influenza (gripe) y la vacuna que la previene (SPANISH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Hoja informativa para los padres

Childhood Influenza Immunization Coalition (CIIC)

The Flu: A Guide for Parents
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Flu (Influenza) and the Vaccine to Prevent It
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Influenza: Also Known as the Flu
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Fact Sheet

La influenza y usted (The flu and you) (SPANISH)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)


Parents PACK Newsletter
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): Parents PACK is a monthly e-newsletter for anyone who wants information about vaccines and vaccine-preventable diseases. Each issue provides timely vaccine information, a feature article, vaccine questions and answers, information about immunizations around the world and a trivia question.

Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP): It’s easier than ever to get health information. But sometimes, it’s difficult to weed out the “good” information, which is scientifically accurate, from the “bad” information, which is not based on science. This is especially true for vaccines. In a continued effort to provide the public with information about the science, safety and importance of vaccines, the Vaccine Education Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) created an app called Vaccines on the Go: What You Should Know so busy parents can access the information wherever and whenever they need it.

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The FLU: Now is the time to get vaccinated!

Yes it is the beginning of the flu season and the perfect time to prevent getting the flu by getting a flu shot! 

This year’s flu vaccine is only available as a shot. It is given by intramuscular injection and is approved for children 6 months of age and older.

During the last three flu seasons, the nasal spray vaccine (the live attenuated quadrivalent influenza vaccine, or LAIV) did not offer protection against the predominant strain of influenza virus, and therefore it is not recommended for use this season.

You can’t get the flu from the flu vaccine.  If you catch the flu and are vaccinated, you will get a milder form of the disease.  We know that flu vaccines are about 60% effective–yes, we all wish that number were higher. The good news is that vaccinated people who get the flu usually get a mild form of the disease, just the sniffles, according to a recent study. People who are not vaccinated will be in bed with fever and miserable.

The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly.

The following chart will help you know what you may be dealing with.

Flu vs Cold

Signs and Symptoms Influenza Cold
Symptom onset Abrupt Gradual
Fever Usual; lasts 3-4 days Rare
Aches Usual; often severe Slight
Chills Fairly common Uncommon
Fatigue, weakness Usual Sometimes
Sneezing Sometimes Common
Stuffy nose Sometimes Common
Sore throat Sometimes Common
Chest discomfort, cough Common; can be severe Mild to moderate; hacking cough
Headache Common Rare

Teaching and reminding your child to wash their hands often and avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth will prevent illness germs from entering the body.  These simple steps will help keep your child and the whole family well.  Please keep your child home when they are ill with fever, uncontrolled cough and runny nose to prevent the spread of illness at school.  You as parents are your child’s best role model so please show them cough and cold etiquette and hand washing at home.

Wishing your child and family a happy and healthy fall and winter season.



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Test Taking Tips

When you eat food in the morning, you’re giving your body the necessary vitamins and minerals that affect the way you concentrate, the way you absorb information, and the way you function in class.  Days when you  are taking tests, are when eating well is even more important. Your body needs fuel to function well and breakfast is your first fill up for the day. So be sure to fuel up with breakfast in the morning.  You will feel and learn better.

Have a great breakfast that includes complex carbohydrates like multi grain cereal, waffles or bagels and protein; like milk or yogurt.  Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids.  Good Luck!

Tests are a fact of life………

Did you know that these days, students in the U.S. take more tests than ever before? It seems like no matter what grade or school you’re in, you’re always taking tests. And if you get anxious or nervous before and during a test, you’re not alone! In fact, even students who do great in schoolwork can have trouble in the exam department. Fortunately, test-taking can be a lot easier — and less crazy-making — if you pick up some useful habits and skills.

Parents can help their children during these stressful times.  Remind your children about these useful ways of helping them takes test more easily.

Ten Test Taking Tips!

Here are ten important ways to do your best on a test.

  1. Be on time
  2. Stay focus and relaxed– think about one question at a time. If your start to fell really nervous.  Take deep breaths!
  3. Sit comfortably
  4. Expect and accept a little bit of nervousness – almost everyone feels a little nervous taking a test.
  5. Read the directions – this will prevent simple mistake and give a few tips about the test you are about to take.  reading the directions can help calm you down before you start.
  6. Pace yourself
  7. Don’t rush – Read all the answers before you choose the best answer and then move forward.  You can go back to questions you want to go over again if you have enough time in the end
  8. Don’t get distracted – Don’t look at other students around you.  Pay attention to the test with a quick glance at the clock to help finish on time.
  9. Focus on what you know – Pass on the question that you find really difficult so you can move through all the ones you know.  Come back if you have time.
  10. Use all your time – Go over the questions if you finish with extra time. Sometimes the answer to a tough question comes to you.                                                                           When the test is over, try not to think about it for a while.  The test is over and you did your best.  Do something that you enjoy doing and that makes you happy.
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Keeping it Warm in Winter

winter kidsNow that the cold of winter weather has arrived there a few things to think about to keep everyone healthy and safe!  Warm clothing to keep our bodies covered and warm is essential. Layered clothing is recommended as it allows us to add or remove clothing depending on the temperature and our comfort level. Our skin also needs protection from the temperature and the dryness of cold air. Exposed skin can freeze and frostbite can occur in 15 minutes in 0 degree weather and sooner when there is wind. Extra care is needed when there are frigid conditions. Younger children are at higher risk for cold injuries so extra attention for proper warm clothing is important.

When the weather is cold; the air is dry, hydration is very important. Increased fluids, by drinking more water should be encouraged, so the use of water bottles is important and you can even get Custom Water bottles online with any brand. Chapstick in your child’s backpack can help them prevent chapped lips. Applying lotion to face and body after showering will help prevent chaffing and dry skin. Extra pants and socks in your child’s backpack are helpful when clothes get wet.
School is a great resource for winter wear that you may need for your child. Please call the school if you are in need of winter clothing items.
Please keep your children warm and safe in the cold.

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Sun & Bugs

Springtime has brought the black flies and the summertime temperatures have brought sunburns. Sunburns are potentially harmful when sustained early in life. Parents are encouraged to teach their children the importance of sun protection and to apply sunscreen daily to help protect their child/children from the harmful effects of UVB exposure from the sun. Large brimmed hats and sunglasses are helpful in decreasing sun exposure to the face and eyes. It is necessary for parents to provide sunscreen, insect repellent and written permission, if you wish to have these products applied at school.

We have seen several wood ticks at RCS following outdoor activity, such as recess. Students have been encouraged to brush off, shake their heads and have a partner check their backs before re-entering the building.
A great way to prevent bugs from biting is to use insect repellents. But it’s important to use them carefully and correctly. The most common repellents contain DEET. The amount of DEET in products varies, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that products for children should contain less than 30 percent DEET. Read repellent labels carefully and always be sure to follow all directions and precautions. Apply the repellent to clothing or exposed skin only. Only use spray repellents outside to avoid inhaling them.

Please check the side bar postings for Tick and Tick removal information.

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