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Welcome Spring!!
Healthy Meal Makeover!

Need some ideas for healthy packed lunches?

Prepackaged lunches for kids are popular and convenient, but they're also expensive and often less than nutritious. Instead, create your own packable lunch using healthier ingredients. Consider these components and pack them in plastic containers, resealable plastic bags, or colorful plastic wrap:

  • cold-cut roll ups (lean, low-fat turkey, ham, or roast beef with low-fat cheese on whole wheat tortillas)
  • cold pizza (shredded mozzarella cheese with pizza sauce on a flour tortilla, whole wheat pita, English muffin, or mini pizza shell)
  • cracker sandwiches (whole-grain crackers filled with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter and jelly)
  • peanut butter and celery sticks
  • veggie sticks with low-fat dip or dressing
  • 100% fruit juice box or bottle of water
  • optional dessert (choose one): flavored gelatin, low-fat pudding, oatmeal raisin cookie, graham crackers, fresh fruit

Be sure to check with the school to make sure that there aren't any restrictions on what kids can pack in their lunches. And don't forget to involve your kids in the process so that healthier lunches can become a goal they strive for, too.



Vehicle Safety Information
Kids will be out of school soon and will be out in the community more often...
Check out this web page for tips on everything cars.

Parent Central 
Car seats to car keys: keeping kids safe around cars




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Bed Bugs...

Bed bugs are a nuisance and may cause discomfort, but according to the Vermont Department of Health, “bed bugs bite-but do not transmit disease.” 
Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. The bite may not hurt at first, but it may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite. 
The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as bed bugs may be found in many places including hotels, planes, and movie theaters.

Our goal is to support children and families in dealing with the situation, and make sure they are welcome at school. 

The Vermont Department of Health website at http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/bedbugs/index.aspx is also another great source of information.
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St. Albans City School Immunization Statistics

For the 2013-2014 school year, our vaccination rates are as follows:       97.15% of students are fully immunized
                           2.85% of our students are exempted or in the process of receiving necessary immunizations
Immunizations...
Schedule your appointments now!! 
   Remember, immunizations are provided to help keep the general population as safe as possible from illnesses that have caused severe illness in past history. 
-The new 6/7th grade class are due for their Tdap booster
 
-Kindergartners are due for their final Dtap, fourth IPV (polio), second MMR and second Varicella


Winter Weather Safety Tips

Playing in the great outdoors during the chilly winter months can be a lot of fun, but it's important to take precautions.

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers this advice:

  • Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 all winter long.
  • Dress kids in layers, starting with moisture-wicking fabrics close to the skin. Be wary of hoods that could block vision and scarves that could pose a choking hazard if they became tangled.
  • Wear helmets and other protective gear when necessary, and follow general safety rules.
  • Be careful that all bodies of water used for skating are completely frozen solid.
  • Make sure all equipment is in good working order and fits properly.

  

What About Head Lice
Baseball and Softball helmets are a common source of lice transmission!
*School is not a common place of transmission.  Sleep overs and play dates are common place.
Remind your children to not share brushes, hats, hoodies etc. 
What do I do now?

If you have received a phone call from the school nurse alerting you that your child has head lice, it is highly encouraged to take your child home for a head lice treatment and combing.

 Check the whole family for lice or nits (eggs).  Upon picking up your child, one of the school nurses will be happy to assist you with lice and nit detection.  Typically the hair or scalp will reveal gray colored crawling bugs, which are about half the size of a grain of rice (sometimes they are much smaller). The nits can be a range of pearly gray to dark gray depending on the stage of the life cycle, they are about the size of a grain of sand and attach within approximately ¼ inch of the scalp. If the nits are found further away then ¼- ½ inch away, they are probably empty or dead.

 The two most important things you must do in your work to eliminate lice and nits are:

¤ Lice killing treatments and

¤ COMBING DAILY

While the lice killing treatment is necessary, often more then once, combing is the only way nits can be removed other then “nit picking” them out with your fingers.  If one unhatched egg is left in the hair, it will hatch and start the process all over again.  Combing should be done thoroughly at least once a day until there is no evidence of nits.  Using a lice/nit comb with metal teeth is the most effective tool and is highly encouraged.

 Remember to wash hands and fingernails thoroughly.  Some lice or nits may be hiding under fingernails due to scratching.

Treat all infested family members at the same time.

 Wash and DRY all bed linens.  If it is winter and below 32 degrees, bagging linens and placing outside for a minimum of 24 hours will work as well.  Lice and nits on clothing and bedding die from being cooked (use of dryer) or being frozen (outside in winter).  It’s also encouraged to boil all hair brushes/combs and hair accessories.  Furniture and carpets should be vacuumed.

 It is important to understand that head lice rarely go away after one round of treatment, so it can become frustrating.  Though hairsprays and very short hair cuts may lessen the possibility of head lice transmission, they do not prevent them.  The best weapon is reminding your child not to share hats, hoodies, brushes, etc. so they will know how to prevent head lice, and checking your child’s head on a weekly basis for head lice.

The school nurses will check your child regularly and give you updates as to how the treatments and combing are going.

****Always use a metal toothed comb, the plastic toothed combs are far less effective.