Kathleen E. Goodwin
HESTON SUTMAN, PRINCIPAL
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Eleven talented and enthusiastic third grade singers recently participated in the Shoreline Elementary Choir Festival in North Branford. The mission of the SECF is to broaden elementary students’ knowledge of music skills and promote a love of choral singing. The students worked with Mrs. Geer in after school workshops twice a week for two months to prepare for the festival. The children sang with 110 other students from surrounding districts. They sang songs by famous composers such as Handel and Copeland, an Israeli folk song and an American folk song. Normally students do not get to participate in things like this until Middle School or High School, so we were all very grateful to have this opportunity.
Please continue to report any fever or positive flu screens on your child so we can continue to track Flu within the State. As stated before; please keep your child home until fever free without the use of Tylenol or Motrin an additional day. Some children have been returning to school too soon and have had a return of fever, so please make sure your child is completely well before returning. We want them ready to learn and have the endurance to do so.
Thank you for all you do in keeping your child and our school healthy.
All grade two students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week with songs and spoken facts about his life and legacy. The program began with a short section of video from his famous,“ I Have a Dream Speech.” Then the entire second grade sang, “What a Wonderful World.” Other songs on the program included, “Dr. King was a Mighty Good Leader,” “Martin Luther King,” and “Come Sing a Song with Me.” The program was the result of combined efforts from Mrs. Geer and the grade two team of teachers.
We are starting to see an increase in flu, flu like illnesses as well as strep. Just a quick reminder (per school policy in the parent handbook):
1. Your child must stay home if diagnosed with strep for 24 hours after starting the antibiotic and must be fever free without Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours.
2. If your child has had fever from another illness such as flu, they must also be home 24 hours fever free without Tylenol or Motrin.
3. If your child has had the GI bug, they must stay home 24 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhea.
This means staying home an extra day. Children should be fully well and able to eat, drink, and have had adequate rest. If you call the school it will be an excused absence. It is vital that we keep all students and staff healthy so that we can fully participate in school without spreading illness to one another. Unfortunately, if your child comes back too soon, I will have to call and have your child sent home. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
A tribute to our namesake, Kathleen E. Goodwin, has come together in our foyer. A plaque, donated by Computer Signs of Old Saybrook, commemorates this remarkable woman.
Students may begin to enter the building at 8:30 a.m. and remain in the foyer until 8:40 when the first bell rings. At 8:40 they may walk down to their classrooms. At 8:50 the second bell rings and begins the school day, students should be in their classrooms at this time.
Please be vigilant about watching your children for flu like symptoms that include cough, fatigue, fever and headache. As per Jan Perruccio, please keep your children home for 7 days if they have the flu. This year’s flu has hit the pediatric population especially hard, and adequate rest and recovery is vital. Please follow up with your child’s doctor should your child develop a fever. Any child sent home with fever, flu like symptoms, nausea and vomiting MUST remain home the next day and then be symptom free without Tylenol or Motrin for 24 hours until they can return back to school. This is to ensure your child has fully recovered and does not have a setback and it will ensure that students and school staff are not exposed to ongoing illness. Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Looking for a fun book to read with your first, second or third grader? Don't miss Nutmeg nominee Upside Down Magic! Mrs. Dodd's class is giving this one a "thumbs- up!" Check it out!
A big thank you to Sam Kantrow for visiting our Kindergarten classes with his Storm Team Channel 8 News Truck. Students loved learning about the weather and checking out thesuper cool weather Jeep. This was all made possible through Mrs. Goodhue’s coordination. We loved seeing your class on the news!