NOTES FROM THE NURSE!
From time to time there have been cases of head lice reported to our health office. No one knows for sure where this nuisance comes from but, hopefully, if we work together, we can help prevent it.
Here are a few facts and tips in treating and preventing head lice:
Head lice are not a sign of uncleanliness; they love clean hair because it is easier to latch onto. They are also not a source of infection or disease; they are simply a nuisance.
- School nurses will not judge you or report you or tell others if you ask for assistance dealing with head lice. We handle lice in a confidential manner. We know that anybody can catch them, and most of us who are parents have been through it at least once ourselves.
- Teach your child to avoid sharing things that have been on or near another child’s head, including hairbrushes, combs, hair decorations, hats, scarves, towels, helmets, etc. If your child is going to a sleepover, have him/her bring his/her own pillow or pillowcase.
- Lice are tiny insects about 1/16"-1/8" long and are dark gray to brown in color. They do not hop or fly, but can move quickly through the hair. More commonly, you may see the nits (lice eggs). They are very tiny, white to brown in color and are glued tightly to the hair shaft close to the scalp, particularly above the ears and at the nape of the neck. Nits will hatch in 7-10 days and begin laying more eggs– around 50 per bug very quickly after hatching.
- Since lice do not hop, jump, or fly the only way they can get from one person to another is direct touching, head-to-head.
- The most effective screening occurs when parents check their own children at home, treat if any lice are found, and make efforts to remove the nits. One sign your child has lice is a red, itchy rash on the back of the neck, just below the hair line.
If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to call our health office at any time.
(603) 623-7233 ext. 4
Dear Underhill Families,
Everyone is settled into the routine of the 2013-14 school year. We appreciate all the efforts made by families to help their children transition to school, especially for those kindergarten students attending school for the first time and first graders adjusting to a whole day program. When the children arrive on time and ready to learn as the result of having breakfast, sleeping well, and being prepared with a snack and home-school folder, it is a great boost to their success.
It is very important to let the office know of any change in dismissal arrangements ASAP. Getting notice of a change after 1:30 PM is very difficult, as the office staff needs to notify other staff involved in dismissal. Last minute changes often confuse and upset the students. For the sake of safety and security for all, please keep your child’s dismissal arrangements as consistent as possible.
FOOD IN SCHOOL
This is a reminder not to bring food into school to be dispersed to other students (such as treats for a birthday or holiday). We have many students with food allergies and other health issues. Please see the Parent/Student Handbook, page 32, for more information. The Handbook can be found at the Hooksett School District web site. We also have hard copies in the office.
Some Underhill students are involved in an instructional model that we refer to as “Walk to Read.” This model has been designed to continually meet the changing instructional needs of each student. As students are evaluated through DIBELS (Dynamic Indicator of Basic Early Literacy Skills), NWEA assessments, benchmark assessments, and teacher observations, their needs are reviewed. Students are grouped for specific instruction to target those needs. The instruction may be anything from re-teaching letter-sound association to providing enrichment for students needing challenge. Your students may be going to another room for this instruction, or remaining in the classroom, depending on which teacher is delivering the needed instruction. When the children are assessed again, the instruction for that Walk to Read time block may change. The students and staff alike enjoy this model, as they have a little change during the day and experience different students and teachers. If you have any questions please contact your child’s teacher, reading specialists (Mrs. Dupont and Mrs. Murray), or principals.
We love recess here at Underhill. For staff monitoring recess play, it is quite a balancing act to give the children every chance to enjoy their play while ensuring student safety. Students bring their balls, etc. to play with and have a great time. However, the play with footballs and soccer balls has become quite aggressive. We put a halt to the games when they get too rough. Please discuss the importance of keeping self-control when playing games at recess. We stress that it is more important to keep our friends and ourselves safe than it is to get a ball. When you are in 1st and 2nd grade it is very difficult to remember safety when the game is so much fun. Like our mothers would say, “It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt!”
We recently had visitors at our school, and the comments about how polite the students are were very flattering. It is a pleasure to spend the day with your children. Underhill is a Great Place to Be!
Drew Bairstow and Ralene St. Pierre