Perseverance: The ability and self control to push through challenges, or “grit” as many would call it, is our focus for the month of January at I-LES. Students and teachers have been using our competency wall to display what these competencies look and sound like in our building. Ms. Mulcahy and I continue to have our monthly talks with each grade level about how important these habits of the mind are to our school and community.

sleddingWith the snow that has accumulated so far this winter, the children are already sliding, climbing snow banks and building forts! We ask that students wear full winter apparel in order to play in the snow, so please continue to send your child with snow pants, boots, coats, hats and mittens/gloves.
The behavioral expectations at recess are the same, with a few added rules to help ensure everyone’s safety when there is snow and ice.

thermometerNow that winter weather has “settled in,” it seems like a good time to remind parents of the school’s guidelines regarding indoor vs. outdoor recess. If it is raining/sleeting, etc., indoor recess is held. If it is zero degrees or below (factoring in the wind chill), indoor recess is held. Please make sure your child is outfitted properly for recess on those colder than normal days!

hypothermiaAching pain or numbness, most often on hands, feet, face and ears
Skin that feels hard and waxy, with a white or grayish yellow color
What to Do - If you think your child is frostbitten, call the right away. Begin these steps:

wash your handsIllness - Some illnesses are more common when the weather turns colder. Respiratory ailments, especially viruses like the flu, are prevalent because people stay indoors more and, thus, are exposed to more airborne germs. So get outside and enjoy the fresh air! Remind children to wash their hands often to prevent the spread of germs.

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