Welcome back to school!
To help make the year more successful for the for your child:
Make sure immunizations are up-to-date.
Establish a bedtime and wake-up time to ensure adequate and consistent sleep.
Develop a routine for homework and after-school activities.
Eat breakfast each day at home or at school.
Help make appropriate clothing choices (for example, wear comfortable and safe shoes).
Make your child’s health concern known to the school and school nurse.
Introduce yourself and your child to the school nurse.
Bring current signed healthcare provider orders for treatments and all medications to be given at school. Bring the medication in the original pharmacy container.
Give permission for the school nurse to communicate with your family’s healthcare provider.
Provide parent/guardian contact information and update the school with any changes.
This time of year is a good time to review the importance of good hand washing.
It is well documented that the most important measure for preventing the spread of pathogens is effective hand washing. http://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/
Review hygiene tips with your child to prevent the spread of infections.
The CDC reminds us that the best way to prevent the seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against the flu.
In addition to hand washing, good health habits that help prevent infection include:
Avoid close contact with sick people.
Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
Eat nutritious foods, drink plenty of water, remain physically active and get enough sleep.
On Tuesday 10/20/15 Gateway will have a student workshop with the Reflections Group.
Reflections is a volunteer teen theater program that runs throughout the school year to prepare and present improvised scenes on a variety of topics and timely issues. The purpose of the performances is to provide a forum for discussion.
Topics include, but are not limited to, bullying, self-esteem, peer pressure, decision-making, prejudice, parent/teen communication, dating, divorce, sexuality, substance abuse, and more.
After the scenes are performed, cast members stay in character and engage in an interactive discussion with the audience, facilitated by the Reflections supervisor.
During the interactive part of the program, cast members will improvise variations suggested by the audience, providing viewers with the opportunity to learn alternative ways of handling situations.
At the end of each performance, cast members come out of role, and share their own personal thoughts on the issues addressed.
Below is a picture and summary of last year's Reflections Workshop:
Reflections is an improvisational teen theatre group that performed for our Gateway students and staff on October 2, 2014. The teen actors acted out vignettes on topics such as bullying, peer-pressure and dating. They engage the students in the audience to interact with the actors verbally, through thought provoking questions, or encouraging them to get up and perform. The students enjoyed the performance and some were interested in joining the group.