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Thursday, October 13, 2011 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine Building With Bags Challenge at Lakewood Lakewood School is participating in the Building With Bags Challenge sponsored by the Metro Waste Association. The goal is to be the school with the most credits towards recycling plastic bags. Credits can be earned by bringing clean plastic bags to Lakewood. If you have a reusable bag and a special tag, these can be scanned to giye Lakewood credits. Students have been given a flyer with a tag attached for your family. The challenge will run from now until Friday, Nov. 4. Monica Hegland's fifth grade class researched the negative effects of not recycling plastic bags. Students used facts from the research to create slogans and post- ers. ..... : : Photos submitted. SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Send $18 check or money order for a one year subscription to PO Box 325, Norwalk, IA 50211 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students School Attendance Students need to be in school every day to stay on track. Teachers' lesson plans are carefully constructed to introduce new concepts, reinforce them with learn- ing activities, and then move on to new skills and ideas. When children are not in school, they fall behind. More- over, the more days they miss, the harder it is to catch up. That is where you come in. Report In. Schools are required to track attendance of every child in every classroom every day. It is essen- tial that you always contact the school if your child is going to be late for class, will need an early dismissal, or will be absent. Get the Work. When you know ahead of time your child will be missing class, give the teachers plenty of notice so they can provide your child with makeup work to do. Be sure that your child follows through--you will need to be his or her "teacher" on those days, so be available to explain concepts or monitor the work. If your child is out unexpectedly, "due to illness or other reasons, in addition to contacting the school attendance office, make arrangements with your child's teachers to pick up a packet of work/readings from the school. If the absence will be lengthy (e.g., for surgery), alert the teachers as soon as you know and get updated assign- ments and work packets as the days go on. Religious Absences. It is inevitable that some fami- lies' important religious observances will fall on school days. Let your children's teachers know early in the year precisely which days your children will not be at- tending or will need to leave early. How Sick Is Too Sick? It is impossible to say cat- egorically when a child should go to school or stay home. However, one typical guideline is that a child is usually fine to attend school if his or her fever is under 100 and there is no rash, "pink eye", nausea, or diarrhea. The decision to keep a child home from school is best made i between you and your child's health care provider. If the doctor or nurse recommends that your child stay home, find out exactly how long and on what condi- tions he or she can return to class (e.g., after 24 hours of antibiotics). Faking It? If your child is complaining of a fever, but you are suspicious, make sure to stay in the room the entire time the child's temperature is being taken. A child complaining of nausea will probably be paler in color and slightly sweaty and will usually need to vomit more than once. Send your child to school if you do not see a real symptom, knowing that the school nurse will con- tact you if things change. Also, be alert if your child seems to be "sick" on school days but always rebounds for the weekend. Vacation Plans. It is tempting to pull your kids from school for a family trip, but it is a bad idea. Why? First, it gives your children the impression that their school- ing is not your top priority. In addition, when they miss class work, even if you ask for make-up work to be sent home ahead of time, they can fall behind because they are missing many hours of instructional time each day. Instead of thinking of how you can miss the crowds by taking trips during the school year, think about what it could be costing your child in the long run. Check Those Appointments. Schedule your kids' doctor and dental appointments for after-school or weekend hours unless there is an emergency. Schedule your children's twice-yearly dental appointment dur- ing winter and summer breaks, and schedule school physicals, immunizations and other routine care for school holidays or summer break. Finally, remember to show and tell your children that attendance is important--whether it is as a child in school or as an adult on the job. You will be helping them succeed, both in school and in life. 00Mon errand unl00nt 1514 North Lincoln, Suite C Knoxville, IA 641-828-7172 (Knoxville Insurance Building) Custom Memorials of granite and Bronze visit us at bertrandmonument.com and online monument design Marion County's only locally owned Monument Shop