Friday, December 15, 2017

Newsletter, December 15, 2017

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
Today was a day of celebration! In addition to recognizing mathematicians and  great citizens we celebrated our amazing Walk-a-thon success.  The numbers are impressive. 1,707 miles counted (6,827 laps) and $72,000.00 were raised! 40 medals were awarded to students for their exceptional efforts on the field in laps run and off the field in fundraising. But the numbers only tell part of the story.
We also celebrated acts of kindness and sportsmanship. The grit and elation of the day are beautifully documented in a video (coming your way soon) thanks to Los Ranchos parent Wolfgang Kaml.  

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to Stacey White. She was the mastermind behind the event, thoughtfully planning every detail, right down to a beautiful celebration. We will send out a letter next week highlighting more specifics about the generous donations made to our school and a link to the inspiring video. What a great way to wrap up 2017!




We just wrapped up our Holiday Family Adoption this last week. Thank you for your generosity. Dozens of families are going to enjoy brighter holidays thanks to you. A special thanks to Mrs. Greer for organizing this event for Los Ranchos.

Have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt


Upcoming Dates
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
December 18

December 19
December 20
December 21
Full Day of School
December 22
First day of Winter Break
NO SCHOOL
December 25
Winter Break
Christmas Day
December 26
Winter Break
December 27
Winter Break
December 28
Winter Break
December 29
Winter Break
January 1
Winter Break
Happy New Year!
January 2
Winter Break
January 3
Winter Break
January 4
Winter Break
January 5
Winter Break
January 8
STUDENTS RETURN
First Day Back at School
January 9
January 10
January 11
January 12
Staff Development
NO School for Students
January 15
No School
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 16
January 17
January 18
January 19


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Attention Parents
Dear Parents,
We want to give you all a quick head’s up. There has been a recent report of a purse being stolen out of a car during TK pick-up time (12:20ish). The Sheriff’s Office was notified by the parent. We have heard that a few other similar incidents have occurred recently at other schools and daycares around town. Please remember to lock your car doors when you leave it unattended in our school parking lot. Please notify the school office if you see anything suspicious in the parking lot. The better we get to know each other, the stronger we are as a community.

Thank you

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
It is that time of year again   . . .the Hour of Code time that is! We were fortunate to partner with Amazon again this year. The folks from Amazon came and worked with all of our third and fourth graders. A special thanks to Los Ranchos parent Josh Tang who initiated this partnership. Students were fully engaged.
The Hour of Code was an idea launched in 2013. Its goal was to demystify computer science and to encourage kids to learn more about it. It is celebrated during Computer Science Education Week in recognition of Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s birthday (December 9, 1906). Admiral Hopper was a computer scientist in the United States Navy.
We will be celebrating our Walk-a-thon successes at our next Roadrunner Assembly Friday, December 15. The assembly starts at 8:45 a.m. We will begin with our monthly awards and then move into the Walk-a-thon celebration.  I hope you can join us.
Have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt


Upcoming Dates

December / January



Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
December 18

December 19
December 20
December 21
Full Day of School
December 22
First day of Winter Break
NO SCHOOL
December 25
Winter Break
Christmas Day
December 26
Winter Break
December 27
Winter Break
December 28
Winter Break
December 29
Winter Break
January 1
Winter Break
Happy New Year!
January 2
Winter Break
January 3
Winter Break
January 4
Winter Break
January 5
Winter Break
January 8
STUDENTS RETURN
First Day Back at School
January 9
January 10
January 11
January 12
Staff Development
NO School for Students
January 15
No School
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 16
January 17
January 18
January 19
KFOS Parents Page
It's Cold and Flu Season, once again. Here is some advice from the CDC:

Flu is a serious contagious disease that can lead to hospitalization and even death. 
CDC urges you to take the following actions to protect yourself and others from influenza (the flu): 
Step One

Take time to get a flu vaccine.

Take time to get a flu vaccine like this young boy from an older female nurse.
  • CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine as the first and most important step in protecting against flu viruses.
  • While there are many different flu viruses, a flu vaccine protects against the viruses that research suggests will be most common. (See Vaccine Virus Selection for this season’s vaccine composition.)
  • Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • Everyone 6 months of age and older should get a flu vaccine every year before flu activity begins in their community. CDC recommends getting vaccinated by the end of October, if possible.  Learn more about vaccine timing.
  • Vaccination of high risk persons is especially important to decrease their risk of severe flu illness.
  • People at high risk of serious flu complications include young children, pregnant women, people with certain chronic health conditions like asthma, diabetes or heart and lung disease and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination also is important for health care workers, and other people who live with or care for high risk people to keep from spreading flu to them.
  • Children younger than 6 months are at high risk of serious flu illness, but are too young to be vaccinated. People who care for infants should be vaccinated instead.
Step Two

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs.

Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs like this mother teaching her young child to wash hands.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu symptoms, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • See Everyday Preventive Actions[257 KB, 2 Pages] and Nonpharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) for more information about actions – apart from getting vaccinated and taking medicine – that people and communities can take to help slow the spread of illnesses like influenza (flu).
Step 3

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.

Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them like this older woman listening to her doctor.
  • If you get the flu, antiviral drugs can be used to treat your illness.
  • Antiviral drugs are different from antibiotics. They are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) and are not available over-the-counter.
  • Antiviral drugs can make illness milder and shorten the time you are sick. They may also prevent serious flu complicationsFor people with high risk factors[702 KB, 2 Pages], treatment with an antiviral drug can mean the difference between having a milder illness versus a very serious illness that could result in a hospital stay.
  • Studies show that flu antiviral drugs work best for treatment when they are started within 2 days of getting sick, but starting them later can still be helpful, especially if the sick person has a high risk factor or is very sick from the flu. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking this drug.
  • Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Some people also may have vomiting and diarrhea. People may be infected with the flu, and have respiratory symptoms without a fever.
Visit CDC’s website to find out what to do if you get sick with the flu.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Newsletter, December 1, 2017

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
Sixth graders had a blast at camp this week. The weather couldn’t have been better at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria. Students explored tidepools, shaped landforms, interacted with the local wildlife, built new bonds between each other and much more. A special thanks to Mrs. Matteson and Mr. Kersten for all their hours of extra time and energy to create these experiences and memories.  

We will be celebrating our Walk-a-thon successes at our next Roadrunner Assembly on Friday, December 15. The final earnings will be revealed and we will spotlight other successes and accomplishments of the day. The assembly starts at 8:45 a.m. We will begin with our monthly awards and then move into the Walk-a-thon celebration.  I hope you can join us.


Have a great weekend!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt

Upcoming Events

*Tuesday, December 5th - Greg Trine Author, Family Night.
   Pizza at 5:30p.m., Family Night at 6:00 p.m. 

*WInter Break - No School Starting Friday, December 22nd. Students return January 8th



FAMILY TIP SHEET     
Los Ranchos ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Common Sense on  Digital Life


What’s the Issue?
We may think of our kids’ online, mobile, and technological activities as “digital life,” but to them it’s just life. In their world, being able to connect and communicate 24/7 from just about any location is normal – and expected! Between kindergarten and fifth grade, kids go through rapid growth in learning. From playing games on their mom or dad’s cell phone, to learning how to point and click a mouse, to navigating online by themselves, kids this age are participating in a connected culture.
Why Does It Matter?
The stakes are high because our kids’ technological abilities can be greater than their maturity and judgment. Having unrestricted access to information and people can result in gaining a wealth of information and experiences but also access to inappropriate content. Just as kids learn to eat properly, swim safely, or drive a car carefully, they need to know how to live in the digital world responsibly and respectfully. Their success depends on their abilities to use digital media to create, collaborate, and communicate well with others. Those who master these skills in using digital tools will benefit from the digital world’s awesome power.
Common sense says
Use bookmarks and safe search. Teach your child to bookmark his or her favorite sites. This way, your child  is less likely to go somewhere online you don’t want. Use safe search options on web browsers, such as Epic or DuckDuckGo, to make sure your child can search safely.
Consider using filtering and blocking software. Some parents find these tools to be useful to help protect younger children from accessing inappropriate content. 
Have older siblings help. Have your older children help teach your younger children how to be responsible and safe online. Let the older ones know that you want them to help you protect their little brothers or sisters online.
Share wisdom. Kids often don’t understand how their actions affect others. We do. We teach kids to choose their words carefully, play nicely with others, and respect their teachers. Now we have to extend those lessons to a vast, invisible world.  As a parent, you can translate your values into the digital world and help kids understand the implications of their actions.
Seek balance. If our kids are going to thrive with digital media, we must balance the negative with the positive, privacy with protection. As our children grow, they need more independence and privacy. But parents have to be sure their kids know how to be safe and responsible before letting them loose.

Keep an open mind. We don’t see the world the way our kids do. We don’t help our kids when we judge their lives through the lens of a non-digital world. It’s important for us to understand that our kids will spend much of their lives in a connected world, where everyone creates and communicates. We need to help them to enjoy it and learn from it.

Author Visit - December 5th - FAMILY NIGHT
Greg Trine
We will be having an author visit and family literacy night with author, speaker, and all-around funny guy, Greg Trine, on Tuesday, December 5th, sponsored by our PTA. He will present two assemblies during the day to all grades with plenty of visuals and audience participation.  Greg will delve into the writing process and the fun of storytelling and writing humorous books for kids. Your students will come away with:

  • The importance of writing beyond the first draft
  • Where unique characters come from
  • Using personal experience as inspiration for writing their own stories
  • And much, much more

The evening family night will take place on Tuesday, December 5th at 6:00 p.m. PTA will be selling pizza starting at 5:30.  Greg Trine’s books will be available for pre-order using this order form.  Please print form and enclose a check for complete amount and drop it off in a sealed envelope in the drop box in the front office by Monday, December 4th. Books will be signed and delivered to classroom teachers.  Books will also be available at family night, but pre-orders are encouraged to avoid long lines.

Greg Trine is the author of many books:  Melvin Beederman Series, the Adventures of Jo Schmo Series, and Willy Maykit in Space. His books feature humorous superheroes which keep kids engaged in reading. We hope you can join us on Tuesday, December 5th.