Schaeffer Gator Newsletter
Dear Schaeffer Families,
Welcome to December! The temperature is dropping, and it is beginning to feel more like winter. Inside our classrooms, our students are staying warm as they work their brains hard and learn new things. There is also a buzz of excitement with the anticipation of the upcoming holidays.
We had the opportunity to honor local veterans from our community on Friday, November 10th. Our students sang patriotic songs, performed skits, and read poems. I appreciate that we are able to provide this small token of thanks to members of our school community.
As you know, our students are using our new STEAM lab. STEAM lessons have been developed for each grade level and will continue to be written throughout the year. Several of our kindergarten students, along with their fourth grade buddies, shared a STEAM lesson with our School Board at the December work session meeting, which was held here at Schaeffer. The students did a great job of explaining what they learned, as well as talking about the challenges they encountered. It was a great opportunity for our School Board to see how STEAM activities are implemented in the classroom, even for our youngest students. At this School Board work session, we recognized Mrs. Hoffman as the Manheim Township School District Employee of the Month. Mrs. Hoffman is an integral part of our Schaeffer team. If you see her, please offer your congratulations on this recognition.
Please note that our monthly School Board work sessions are held at a different Manheim Township school throughout the school year. We hope you will consider attending some of these meetings.
A special thank you for attending your parent/teacher conference in November. This is a vital part of helping your child succeed. If you have any questions about your child’s performance, please reach out to his or her teacher.
Your child should have received information regarding the Schaeffer Talent Show. The show will be held on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Manheim Township High School in Convocation Hall. If your child is planning to be in our show, please return the bottom portion of the flier by Wednesday, December 20th. The first rehearsal is scheduled for Wednesday, January 3rd. We are looking forward to a fun night and a great show!
Please find attached a flier regarding a new program called Cyber Seniors. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please pass this information along.
I wish you and your family a happy holiday season and look forward to an outstanding 2018!
Monday, December 11th – Barnes and Noble Night from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Friday, December 22nd – Early Dismissal at 1:40 p.m.
Monday, December 25, 2017 through January 1, 2018 – Winter Break
In November, bullying lessons focused on reporting bullying for kindergarten through 3rd grade and bystander power for 4th grade. I encourage all students to report to a caring adult any bullying that they see or hear happening. We discussed how adults cannot always see bullying happen, so it is very important to report it to an adult so that someone can help. Please encourage your child to report to an adult at school if they need help with a problem.
Thank you to everyone who participated in our Schaeffer food drive this year. We were able to put together 9 Thanksgiving baskets packed with food and supplies to make a delicious dinner!
As always, please contact me if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child. Thank you!
Message from the Nurse
Head lice are a fairly common occurrence in school age children. Head lice are tiny bugs that live on blood from biting the scalp. They lay eggs (nits) that they attach to individual hair strands close to the scalp. Head lice can occur in anyone and are not a sign of poor hygiene.
A parent’s best defense against this is frequent checking of your child’s hair and scalp to pick it up early in the course. Weekly checks are suggested. The lice are tiny bugs that you can see scampering across the scalp. They crawl quickly but do not fly or jump. The eggs that they lay are sometimes easier to find. They appear as tiny specks attached to a hair strand. They cannot be flicked away or moved easily like dandruff. They are most often found at the neck hairline and above the ears.
Products to treat head lice can be purchased over the counter at any drug store if you find your child has them. Follow the directions exactly and notify the school nurse as soon as possible. We will check your child when he or she returns to school, and again a week later, to make sure they are all gone. The products do not kill the eggs, which can hatch and restart the infestation. For this reason, all nits should be removed by picking them out of the hair. The school nurse will give you an informational paper with instructions concerning laundering and housecleaning.