Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

Tips for Keeping Children Safe in Cold Weather

The weather is getting cooler and the temperature is dropping. We wanted to share some tips for keeping safe.

Tips for Keeping Children Safe in Cold Weather

When temperatures drop, children need extra attention to stay warm, safe and healthy. Young children are less likely to recognize when they are cold and more likely to lose body heat quickly due to their smaller size. Here are some tips to protect children when the thermometer dips:
Keep your kids safe with these easy to share tips on staying safe during the cold winter!
Keep your kids safe with these easy to share tips on staying safe during the cold winter!
  1. Think layers. Put several layers of clothing on your child and make sure their head, neck and hands are covered. Dress babies and young children in one more layer than an adult would wear.
  2. Beware clothing hazards. Scarves and hood strings can strangle smaller children so use other clothing to keep them warm.
  3. Check in on warmth. Tell children to come inside if they get wet or if they’re cold. Then keep watching them and checking in. They may prefer to continue playing outside even if they are wet or cold.
  4. Use sunscreen. Children and adults can still get sunburn in the winter. Sun can reflect off the snow, so apply sunscreen.
  5. Install alarms. More household fires happen during the winter so make sure you have smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.
  6. Get equipped. Children should always wear helmets when snowboarding, skiing, sledding or playing ice hockey. Any sports equipment should be professionally fitted.
  7. Teach technique. It takes time to master fun winter activities like sledding, so make sure children know how to do the activity safely.
  8. Prevent nosebleeds. If your child suffers from minor winter nosebleeds, use a cold air humidifier in their room. Saline nose drops can help keep their nose moist.
  9. Keep them hydrated. In drier winter air kids lose more water through their breath. Keep them drinking and try giving them warm drinks and soup for extra appeal.
  10. Watch for danger signs. Signs of frostbite are pale, grey or blistered skin on the fingers, ears, nose, and toes. If you think your child has frostbite bring the child indoors and put the affected area in warm (not hot) water. Signs of hypothermia are shivering, slurred speech, and unusual clumsiness. If you think your child has hypothermia call 9-1-1 immediately.
  11. Dry and/or Itchy Scalp. Call your doctor if your child is constantly scratching his or her head or complains of an itchy scalp that won't go away. The doctor should be able to tell you if your child has lice or a bad case of dandruff and provide treatment options. Keep in mind that constant scratching can lead to infection and a host of other problems. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

  • Greetings from the SAS Technology Lab!

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Thursday, October 30, 2014


Friday, October 31st is a half-day. Pre-K will be dismissed at 11:45AM. Kindergarten will be dismissed at 11:50AM. 1st - 8th grade will be dismissed at 12PM. 

There is no after-school tomorrow. Students who are allowed to walk home should go directly home after being dismissed. 

Please be safe when you are out and about tomorrow afternoon/night. If you go trick or treating make sure to check the treats your child receives. 

November 1st is All Saint's Day

November 2nd is All Soul's Day

Monday, October 13, 2014

TerraNova Testing

Students in 3rd - 8th grade will be taking the TerraNova test this week. 
Ensure that your child has a good amount of sleep and a healthy breakfast.
Each child should have 2 (two) sharpened number 2 pencils.
The TerraNova test is a diagnostic tool the teachers use to help plan and guide instruction. The main objective behind the TerraNova is to identify and examine the students strengths and weaknesses. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Disciple of The Month

Congratulations to our Disciples of The 

Month. Continue to be that "light" for others.

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.



Local County Health Departments Contact Information:

For additional information about enterovirus EV-D68:

Graphic for display from the CDC: