Spring pictures will be taken on February 25th! Parents can pay for their child’s pictures online by going to http://www.strawbridge.net/order-online/ and entering code 109552.
Dear Parent/Caregiver and Staff:
Influenza activity in Virginia is widespread and is affecting our community. In multiple schools in Henrico County, children have become sick with influenza (the “flu”) and/or influenza-like illnesses.
Influenza is a virus that can live in a person’s respiratory tract. Thus, flu is usually spread via direct contact with an infected person who is sneezing and coughing, or from contact with hands or objects/surfaces contaminated with nose and throat secretions from an infected person.
We recommend the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of flu in the school population:
- Encourage good hygienic practices:
- Wash hands with soap and water often, especially when exposed to someone who is sick
- Cover your mouth and nose with a disposable tissue when coughing or sneezing or use your inner arm (elbow crease), but do not use your hands.
- Dispose of facial tissues that contain nasal secretions after each use. Wash hands afterwards.
- Avoid touching the eyes, nose, or mouth.
- Routinely clean commonly touched surfaces, toys, and other shared objects as recommended.
- Stay home if ill
- Individuals should stay home from school, work and errands when sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Ill students or staff should remain home until they are fever-free for a full 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Encourage vaccination
- The single best way to protect against flu is to get vaccinated each year.
- Influenza vaccination is usually 70-90% effective in preventing the flu in healthy persons.
- Receiving flu vaccine later in the season can still provide important protection since flu viruses can circulate as late as May.
- Most individuals will be protected against influenza within 2 weeks after vaccination.
- Antiviral medications
- These may also be used to prevent or treat the flu – talk to your healthcare provider for more information.
- Enhance influenza awareness
- Please see the enclosed fact sheet on influenza.
In addition to influenza, some gastrointestinal illnesses that cause vomiting and diarrhea are also circulating in the community. The most common cause of gastrointestinal illness in the school setting is norovirus, which causes illness that usually lasts one to three days. Norovirus can be spread by consuming contaminated food or liquids, touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then touching one’s mouth, or having direct contact with another person who is infected and then touching one’s mouth.
We recommend the following infection control measures to prevent the spread of norovirus in the school population:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water, especially after using the restroom.
- Routinely clean commonly touched surfaces, toys, and other shared objects with household chlorine bleach-based cleaners.
- Children and staff who are ill with diarrheal symptoms should be kept home and excluded from school and/or other group activities while they have diarrhea or vomiting and for 24 hours after the illness ends to avoid spreading the illness to others.
If you have any questions about influenza or gastrointestinal illnesses, please contact your child’s doctor or the Henrico Health Department at 804-501-5216.
Karen W. Criswell, BSN, RN, NCSN
Henrico County Public Schools
Henrico, Va. Jan. 17, 2019 – Who is the special teacher in your life? The REB Awards for Teaching Excellence provide a tangible, public way to recognize outstanding teachers in Henrico County Public Schools – and give them the means to continue growing. The Community Foundation’s yearly awards identify, recognize and support teaching excellence in the Richmond area. Honorees receive professional development grants of $4,000 to $12,000, given to teachers who have distinguished themselves by their inspiring classroom performance.
Through a nomination process, approximately 15 outstanding teachers are selected each year to receive cash grants to support professional development activities.
Nominations are invited from parents, students, educators and the community at large. Award recipients have earned graduate degrees, climbed mountains, traced their ancestors and met peers from around the world – all to reignite their own passion for learning and to pass it on to their students.
Nominations must be made online. A letter in support of the nomination must be written by another individual and submitted online with the nomination.
Who:The Community Foundation invites nominations from students, parents, colleagues, school staff and administrators (except for the school principal), and the community at large.
When: Nominations and letters of support must be submitted by Feb. 25 at 5 p.m.
How: Nominations must be submitted through the Community Foundation’s website. For detailed instructions, eligibility criteria and a link to the nomination portal, please visit https://www.cfrichmond.org/Grantseekers/REB-Awards-for-Teaching-Excellence#123671-award-amount.
*A link to the Community Foundation’s nomination portal can be found at henricoschools.us, under Hot Topics. For questions regarding nominations, please contact Tracie Weston, director of professional learning and leadership, at 804-652-3769.
Winter Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for February 7th, from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. Elko Middle School is using PTCFast.com to make signups as convenient as possible this year. To sign-up, please go to https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Elko_Middle_School_2 and complete the form. We look forward to seeing you!
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America, A Fraternal Organization, is sponsoring an essay contest entitled, “What Makes You Proud of America“.
- Eligible participants must be Students enrolled in the 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grade at the time of the contest.
- Essay length is not to exceed 300 words.
- Essay must be typed or legibly printed in ink. Also, Essay must be submitted as written (or typed) by the entrant.
- Essay must be submitted for judging to the Elks Lodge nearest to the address of the entrant.
- Participant must be identified by name, grade, school attending and sponsoring Elks Lodge on the Essay.
Plaques awarded by the Grand Lodge for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place for national winning essays in Division I and Division II. Winners will be announced at the Grand Lodge Session in St. Louis, Missouri, June 30 – July 3, 2019.
Essays should be submitted to the Richmond Elks Lodge #45 on/before December 15, 2018. Contact information is as follows:
Richmond Elks Lodge
10022 Elk Pass Lane
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for November 6th and 15th. Elko Middle School is using PTCFast.com to make signups as convenient as possible this year. To sign-up, please go to https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Elko_Middle_School_2 and complete the form. We look forward to seeing you!
The Profile of a Virginia Graduate developed by the Board of Education describes the knowledge, skills, competencies, and experiences students should attain during their K-12 education to make them “life-ready.” Part of the “life-ready” process is a focus on career planning. Beginning this year, the new Standards of Accreditation for schools includes a Career Investigations course to support the development of the Academic Career Plan.
The Career Investigation curriculum will assist students in bridging their academic and career development in the elementary grades with information on rigorous courses, career pathways, postsecondary options, and workplace trends in the middle grades to help them meet their goals for successful transition to high school graduation and beyond.
The Career Investigation curriculum supports the preparation of the “life ready” student and engages students in:
- demonstrating workplace readiness skills;
- exploring career clusters and pathways;
- completing a career interest assessment;
- participating in a work-based learning experience;
- applying the decision-making process to course selection and postsecondary options;
- creating the Academic and Career Plan; and
- connecting the world of work to responsibilities as a citizen, including personal, physical, and mental wellness.
Starting in November, we will be incorporating this requirement into the current advisory period. Each student must complete this course, and it will show up in PowerSchool as completed or not completed. Students will not receive a grade or credit. They will receive credit for completion. The content of the career investigation course will be covered over an 18-week period. Students will begin Career Investigations by first taking a personal inventory of likes and dislikes. This will lead them to discover their areas of interest through the use of the Virginia Wizard.
Highlights of the course:
- Researching a career within a cluster
- Learning about Work Place Readiness in relation to a chosen career or career path
- Producing a resume
- Developing and practicing interview techniques
- Participating in a mock interview as a culminating activity
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your school counselor at (804) 328-4111.
We look forward to ensuring that all Henrico students have the opportunity to explore careers in preparation of being ‘Life Ready!”
HCPS TV stopped by Ms. Chamblee’s 6th Grade English class for a lesson on making predictions.