Monday, September 15, 2014

NYS Department of Health




We have copied this and pasted the document here for everyone to stay informed. The best precaution is to ensure you wash your hands often with soap and water. Try not to touch something and then touch your face or mouth. Remind your son/daughter not to share food or personal items with others. 


September 15, 2014


To:                  District Superintendents of Schools
Superintendents of Public and Nonpublic Schools               
Administrators of Public, Charter, and Nonpublic Schools

From:             Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.             

Subject:        NYS Department of Health Confirms Cases of Serious Respiratory Virus


The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has issued an advisory related to enterovirus EV-D68; a serious respiratory illness that has been confirmed in over a dozen children in New York State.  This virus can cause severe respiratory illness in children especially those with asthma and other chronic respiratory conditions, sometimes resulting in hospitalization. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), school-age children are most likely to get infected with such enteroviruses and become ill because they do not yet have immunity (protection) from previous exposures to these viruses. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) would therefore like to provide the following guidance.

According to the NYSDOH, the EV-D68 virus is transmitted through close contact with a person who is already infected, and/or by touching objects or surfaces contaminated with the virus and then touching one’s mouth, nose, or eyes. There is no specific treatment or anti-viral medications available, but aligned with the NYSDOH’s guidance, NYSED is requesting all school employees to enact and follow the prevention efforts noted below which are essential in minimizing spread of the virus:

·         Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds.
·         Avoid touching of eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
·         Avoid kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people who are sick.
·         Disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys and doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
·         Use the same precautions used to prevent the spread of influenza.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to: fever, runny nose, sneezing, coughing and body aches.  Most infected persons have no symptoms or only mild symptoms, but some infections can be serious. NYSED recommends that any student or staff reporting or exhibiting such symptoms is referred to their healthcare provider for accurate treatment and diagnosis. Staff or students exhibiting more severe symptoms should be seen immediately by a health care provider in accordance with school policy.

School health personnel should consider EV-D68 as a possible cause of acute, unexplained severe respiratory illness, even if the patient does not have a fever.  Additionally, school health personnel should report suspected clusters of severe respiratory illness to local and state health departments. EV-D68 is not nationally notifiable; however state and local health departments may have additional guidance on reporting.
           
School administrators are strongly encouraged to share this information with their district medical director and professional health care personnel (school nurses). Questions should be directed to the Office of Student Support Services at 518-486-6090.

Resources:

The NYSDOH: 

Local County Health Departments Contact Information: http://www.health.ny.gov/contact/contact_information/

For additional information about enterovirus EV-D68:
 http://www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/about/EV-D68.html

Graphic for display from the CDC:








Monday, September 8, 2014

Welcome



Welcome to the first full week of school. Just some friendly reminders:

1) School begins at 7:55AM for all students.

2) Our breakfast & lunch program will not begin until Monday, September 15. Please make sure to provide your child with a healthy breakfast and lunch.




3) The after-school program begins today. Students must be picked up by 6PM. 


4) We have a New Parent Orientation meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 11 at 7PM. It will take place in the kitchen.

5) Our mandatory candy sale begins on Tuesday, September 16 and ends on Tuesday, September 30. 

6) Meet the Teachers Night is on Thursday, September 18 at 7PM in Kelly Hall.



Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Reminders

Remember to check your child's folder for notes and important papers being sent home.
June is a busy month and we know you may be thinking about the summer but keep in mind that learning never ends. Your child will be receiving work to complete over the summer. This work will help them review the skills and content they learned all year long.
The Principal's page has important events for the month of June and we encourage you to read the page. It will also be sent home today.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Updates

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Important Reminders for May

Wednesday, May 14th: Aquinas Expo at Holy Angels Academy
                                    10AM Uniform Measurements 

Friday, May 16th:  8:45AM Mass & May Crowning
Students who received their First Communion should come

dressed in their communion attire.
                            7PM: Home School Meeting(Library)
Tuesday, May 20th: Spring Concert 1PM & 7PM
Wednesday, May 21st: No Place for Hate Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 22nd: Science Fair  in Kelly Hall

Friday, May 23rd: Walk-A-Thon
Monday, May 26th: School Closed – Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 27th: 8th Grade Science Performance Test
Wednesday, May 28th:4th Grade Science Performance Test
Thursday, May 29th: Ascension Thursday
                                 8:45AM Mass
                                 12PM Dismissal
Friday, May 30th: Pajama Day $2.00 –Letter to follow J

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Friendly Reminder for Second Graders

Friendly Reminder for Second Graders

Today, April 29th, 2014 our second graders and those who will be receiving First Penance on May 2 have a mandatory meeting/rehearsal. The meeting/rehearsal will take place at 7PM in the Main Church.
In order to know what will happen on Friday, May 2nd, 2014 you need to attend the meeting tonight. 
Preparing to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation (also known as penance) for the first time is an exciting time.  It is a time for focus on God’s mercy, how we forgive among our family, friends, and community, and how we celebrate forgiveness. 

Please remember that the importance we show our children concerning the sacraments teaches them to value them.  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Folk Lore Book Report




Folk Lore Book Report

 Due: April 15th, 2014

Description: Folklore (or lore) consists of legends, music, oral history, proverbs, jokes, popular beliefs, fairy tales, stories, tall tales, and customs included in the traditions of a culture, subculture, or group. It also includes the set of practices through which those expressive genres are shared. 

Directions:
1) All questions need to be answered in a complete sentence.
2) Check your work for neatness, correct spelling and punctuation.
3) You are to use loose-leaf paper.
4) Your cover should include: an illustration, your name & grade, title & author of the book.

Questions:
1) Who are the characters in the story? Be descriptive.
2) Could the story be real? Why or why not?
3) What belief or tradition is being discussed/passed down?
4) Is there a particular group of people who believe the folklore? Explain.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Updates

Tuition Assistance is still available but the deadline to submit your application is April 15, 2014. Financial Aide is available for students in grades Pre-K4 to 8th grade.
You need to go to the following website: www.mytads.com/fa/futuresineducation and click on "Financial Aid Assessment". There is a non-refundable $25.00 application processing fee.


Congratulations to our recent alumni on receiving First Semester Honor Roll at Saint Savior High School:
            First Honors: Janet Munoz
            Second Honors: Vanessa Mos
Continue to do your very best :) 

Saint Agatha School will be having a Yankee Candle Sale beginning on April 2nd, 2014. The sale will end on April 16th, 2014. You may purchase items from the comfort of your home by going to: www.yankeecandlefundraising.com. Our Yankee Candle Customer number is # 990011983. We are sure you will find items for yourself as well as friends and family.