Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Spring Health Newsletter

Spring Health Newsletter

Spring is here and the glorious weather comes with health concerns…

Allergy Season is Upon Us!
Allergies can cause a multitude of symptoms including sniffling, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, puffy eyes, post nasal drip, headaches and earaches, to name a few. Be sure to consult with your doctor about the best treatment options and limit your time outdoors on the days your allergen counts are high. You can check daily particulate counts on www.pollen.com.   Be sure to take prescribed medications as indicated to get your day started right! Practice handwashing and keep hydrated for extra care. Don’t forget to send in a water bottle for your child every day.

Insects and Other Pests
Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac contain oil causing an allergic skin reaction that looks like swollen itchy red bumps and blisters appearing wherever the oil has touched the skin.  Check the areas around your home and teach your kids to recognize and avoid it. (Leaves of 3, let them be)

Stinging insects are back.  Mosquitoes thrive in warmer weather. As temperature rises, mosquito volume increases accordingly. Remember to apply bug spray if you are going to be out before/after dusk. The CDC recommends applying sunscreen first, then bug repellent. Spray the repellent on your hands, then rub into your child’s skin/face.  If you are stung by an insect,  remove the stinger as soon as possible with a scraping motion. Wash with soap and water and apply a cold compress.  Routinely check for ticks after being outside, especially if you are near wooded/grassy areas. Use tweezers to remove the tick. Grasp the tick near the head (near the skin) and pull firmly/steadily until it “lets go”. Put tick in a bag to identify later if needed.

Please apply sunscreen to your child at home before sending him/her to school - Kindergarteners with morning recess & students with morning PE should have sunscreen applied at home, prior to arriving at school. If you would like to have sunscreen applied to your child at school for afternoon recess and PE classes, you and your child's pediatrician MUST  complete the Medical Administration Order Form-Parent/Guardian Consent Form, available on the SPS website and turn it into the nurse's office with a supply of sunscreen labeled with your child's name.  

New Season, New Sports
Children are trying different sports and activities that require special equipment. Dust off old  helmets, gloves, goggles, etc and make sure they are the correct size and your child knows how to use and maintain equipment. Spring clean your bikes: check brakes, tires, bells and reflectors. Review bicycle/skateboard safety: wear a helmet, follow the rules of the road (ride on the right, use sidewalks).

Flip Flops are not allowed in school due to issues caused with tripping and falling at recess/on play structures and while negotiating stairs.  A flat sandal with a secure strap is acceptable.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings 5/14/18

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of May 14, 2018

May 15th
* 3rd Grade Field Trip
   Boston Tea Party
May 16th
* MCAS 4th Grade
   Math Session 1
May 17th
* MCAS 4th Grade
   Math Session 2
May 18th
* Clarke School Spirit Day
   Please see info below
May 22nd
* Spring School Pictures
May 23rd
* A.L.I.C.E Drill
   Off-Site Evacuation
**More information to
    come soon.**
* School Committee 
   Meeting SHS 7:00
May 25th
* 2nd Grade Field Trip
   Boston Common
   Make Way for Ducklings
May 29th
* Shared Science Program
   Ms. Bruhm and Ms. Carli
* Nahant Marine Touch Tanks
   All Purpose Room
May 30th
* Shared Science Program
   Ms. Kielty and Ms. Correnti
* 4th Grade Spring Band   
   Concert 6:30
   All Purpose Room
May 31st
* Early Release Day
   12:30 Dismissal
   Lunches Served
   Building Based PD
   Finalizing Class Lists

Sneak Peek at June

June 1st
* 4th Grade Puberty  
June 4th
* Curious Creatures 4th
June 5th
* 4th Grade Field Trip
   Wolf Hollow
June 6th
* Shared Science Program
   Ms. Sudbey and Ms. Wood
June 7th
* Final 4th Grade Leaders 
* Shared Science
   Ms. Jalbert and Ms. Legere
* Staff Meeting 2:30
June 8th
* Field Day
* New Family Tour and 
   Popsicles in the Park
   More Info coming soon

On Friday, May 18, 2018, Clarke School will have a school spirit day!
The theme this month is:

Proud of Our Heritage/Celebrating Diversity

Students are invited to wear something that represents their family’s country(ies) of origin.  It may be a traditional outfit or piece of clothing from that country; they may dress themselves in a representation of a flag or flags from their countries; or dress in 
the colors of the country(ies). Creativity is encouraged!  
Always remember to prepare for outdoor recess and physical education class.

                     Clarke School Spring Band Concert

Clarke School Beginning Band Concert will be on May 31st at 7:00 pm. Students in the band will report at 6:30 pm to warm up on the day of the concert. Please see our band website for additional details at: 


Our next  Green Team meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 15th  at 7:45 am in Ms. Sudbey’s classroom. We will be discussing our upcoming plans for planting at Clarke School and an idea for a Green Team Fundraiser.  See you all then!

Ms.  Hunt