Throughout the community, we are seeing an increase in student illnesses and the flu and there have been confirmed cases of the flu in Bethel schools. All flu viruses can be easily spread from person to person. That’s why we are trying to teach students about proper hygiene in order to reduce the spread of flu. We want to keep our schools open to students and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season, but we need your help:
- Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
- Show your children how to cover their cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough into their elbow. This will go a long way toward preventing the spread of colds and the flu.
- Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea.
- Do not send children to school if they are sick. Any children who are determined to have a fever of 100 degrees or greater, or are otherwise sick while at school, will be brought to the school health room until a parent or guardian arrives to take them home.
- Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or do not have signs of a fever, without using fever-reducing drugs. Keeping children with a fever at home will reduce the number of people who may get infected.
We will work closely with Lane County Public Health to monitor flu conditions and make decisions about the best steps to take during this flu season. Here is a fact sheet with more information about the flu.
La Gripe en Bethel
En toda la comunidad, estamos viendo un aumento en las enfermedades de los estudiantes y la gripe. Se had confirmado casos de gripe en las escuelas de Bethel. Todos los virus de la gripe se pueden transmitir fácilmente de persona a persona. Es por eso que estamos tratando de enseñar a los estudiantes sobre la higiene adecuada para reducir la propagación de la gripe. Queremos mantener nuestras escuelas abiertas a los estudiantes y que funcionen de manera normal durante esta temporada de gripe, pero necesitamos su ayuda:
- Enseñe a sus hijos a lavarse las manos con frecuencia con agua y jabón o un desinfectante para manos a base de alcohol.
- Muestre a sus hijos cómo cubrirse la tos o estornudar con un pañuelo desechable, o toser por el codo. Esto contribuirá en gran medida a prevenir la propagación de los resfriados y la gripe.
- Conozca los signos y síntomas de la gripe. Los síntomas incluyen fiebre (100 grados Fahrenheit o más), tos, dolor de garganta, secreción nasal o congestión nasal, dolor de cuerpo, dolor de cabeza y sentirse muy cansado. Algunas personas también pueden vomitar o tener diarrea.
- No envíe niños a la escuela si están enfermos. Los niños que tengan una fiebre de 100 grados o más, o que estén enfermos mientras estén en la escuela, serán llevados a la sala de salud de la escuela hasta que llegue un padre o tutor para llevarlos a casa.
- Mantenga a los niños enfermos en casa durante al menos 24 horas después de que ya no tengan fiebre o no tengan signos de fiebre, sin usar medicamentos para reducir la fiebre. Mantener a los niños con fiebre en casa reducirá la cantidad de personas que pueden infectarse.
Trabajaremos en estrecha colaboración con Lane County Public Health para controlar las condiciones de la gripe y tomar decisiones sobre los mejores pasos a seguir durante esta temporada de gripe. Aqui hay una hoja informativa con más información sobre la gripe.
Getting ready for the Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB)?
Kids in the 3rd to 5th Grade Division: come test your knowledge with a quiz game at the
Eugene Public Library!
Call 541-682-8316 to sign up in advance; sign up begins one week before each session.
Friday, January 11, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, January 25, 4:00 p.m.
– Sheldon Branch:
Monday, January 14, 4:00 p.m.
Monday, January 28, 4:00 p.m.
– Downtown Library:
Wednesday, January 16, 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 4:00 p.m.
The big day is just around the corner! Please make plans to come to our school this Friday and Saturday for PM PTO’s Winter Bazaar. We have dozens and dozens of amazing vendors lined up who will be selling a wide array of terrific products. There will absolutely be something for everyone. There is no admittance charge, so come one come all, and bring a friend! Thank you for supporting our amazing hard working Prairie Mountain PTO. For all the details, check out this Winter Bazaar (PDF) flyer.
Friday December 6th: 4:00-7:00
Saturday December 7th : 9:00-3:00
Prairie Mountain Families,
I would just like to thank all of our families who came out for our December PTO meeting this week. It is always so great to see you and to get together to talk about the amazing things we have going on for our students. If you have not yet come to one of our PTO meetings, we would encourage you to come. I promise our meetings are fun, student focused, and informative. We provide yummy snacks, childcare, and translation services. Thank you again for all that you do for Prairie Mountain. We can’t do it without you.
This is one of my favorite weeks of the entire school year because this is conference week! I love connecting with families, and I hope to see each and every one of you here for conferences this year. We believe that we do our best work when we do it together.
If you have not yet scheduled your conference, there is still time. Please contact your student’s homeroom teacher to reserve your spot right away.
Conference times are:
Wednesday December 4th: 3:00-8:00
Thursday, December 5th: 12:00-7:30
When you are here for conferences, please stop by our Book Fair in the elementary library. This year’s theme is Arctic Adventure: Snow Much to Read! Catchy isn’t it? This is a wonderful opportunity for you to support our school library as well as encourage your students to read, read, read. Did you know that the total minutes a student reads each week has a powerful impact on their overall success in school? It’s a fact! If your student is not yet a reader, read to them at every opportunity to instill in them a love of reading. Time spent with books and reading is always time very well spent.