January 2018


Primary News

Isanti Primary and Early Childhood Center 301 Heritage Blvd NW, Isanti, MN 55040 ~ Office:(763) 691 -8778 Fax:(763) 691-8700 http://www.c-ischools.org/school/isanti-primary-school

From the Principal Dear Parents and Guardians, Happy New Year! I hope you were able to enjoy time with family and friends over the holiday break. I am hoping for a little warmer weather so we can get back outside and enjoy the winter activities. We have had a great first few days back at IPS. The students are asking when they can go out for recess again so hopefully it will be zero degrees and above (feel like temperature) soon. The students came back to school very eager to pick up right where they left off. I was visiting some classes this week and a little boy said, “I love school.” This is great to hear because our hope is for every student to love to learn and be excited about what school has to offer them. We are moving into our Winter MAP testing window. We are very excited to see the growth from fall to winter. Please encourage your child(ren) to get plenty of rest and eat breakfast. Our first day of testing is January 22nd and will continue through February 2nd. The students have been doing a great job showing Bluejacket Pride at school and on the bus. We had a fun celebration playing School wide Bingo last month in honor of all the hard work and the level of Bluejacket Pride Tickets that were rewarded. We had many winners and the excitement that day was great. Have a great January! It looks like some typical winter weather so keep sending the necessary outdoor gear with your child so they are prepared for recess time. It is so nice to be able to get them outside during that time frame to get some fresh air.

Food Drive Update The food drive was a success…thank you for participating! It was a great way to show compassion and support for families in need. Our school raised over 733 pounds of food for the local food shelf. This little idea of having a food drive is going to provide meals to many. This is another great example of the caring community Isanti is. Mr. HJeltman, Mrs. Bekah and Mrs. Bistodeaus’ classes brought in the most food and will be having lunch with Mr. Dordal.

Food shelf staff were so appreciative and dropped off this “Thank You” poster!

No School Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 15, 2018

Attendance Line 763-691-8770

Primary News American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Treatments for Head Lice It's probably making you squirm just thinking about it – your child comes home from school scratching his head. He has lice. It's every parent's nightmare, but it is important to remember that head lice is a nuisance, not a serious disease or a sign of poor hygiene. An updated clinical report by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) "Head Lice," in the May 2015 issue of Pediatrics (published online April 27), provides information to pediatricians and other health practitioners on safe and effective methods for treating head lice, including new products and medications. Most cases of head lice are acquired outside of school. In the report, the AAP continues to recommend that a healthy child should not be restricted from attending school because of head lice or nits (eggs). Pediatricians are encouraged to educate schools and communities that no-nit policies are unjust and should be abandoned. Children can finish the school day, be treated, and return to school. Unless resistance has been seen in the community, pediatricians and parents should consider using over-the-counter medications containing 1 percent permethrin or pyrethrins as a first choice of treatment for active lice infestations. The best way to interrupt a chronic lice problem is with regular checks by parents and early treatment with a safe, affordable, over-the-counter pediculicide. After applying the product according to the manufacturer's instructions, parents should follow with nit removal and wet combing. The treatment should be reapplied at day 9, and if needed, at day 18. In areas with known resistance to an over-the-counter pediculicide, or when parents' efforts on their own do not work, parents should involve their pediatrician for treatment with a prescription medication such as spinosad or topical ivermectin. These are new medications that were introduced since the last time the AAP published recommendations on head lice in 2010. Once a family member is identified with head lice, all household Family members shouldAccess be checked. The AAP does not recommend excessive environmental cleaning, such as home pesticides. However, washing pillow cases and treating natural bristle hair care items that may have been in contact with the hair of anyone found to have head lice are reasonable measures. While it is unlikely to prevent all cases of head lice, children should be taught not to share personal items such as combs, brushes, and hats. Regular observation by parents can also be an effective way to detect and quickly treat head lice infestations. Source: American Academy of Pediatrics (Copyright © 2015)

Pe PTO News

KINDERGARTEN PLAY DATE: Saturday, January 13th from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the Isanti Primary School gymnasium IPS PTO MEETING: Tuesday, February 6th beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Literacy Update Last month I discussed how we are embedding time during the school day to confer with students and how this is a great way to help them find that love of reading. Today I was able to spend some time in a 2nd grade classroom and it was so exciting to have the students reading and telling me about their stories. The information that the students were picking up on was great. Did you know that children that may not have all the necessary skills to read still can take part in activities that support literacy? Here are a three ways your child can read a book. 

They can read the pictures and tell you what they see in the pictures

Read the words

Retell the story

These are great strategies to use for your child whether they are an advanced reader or just learning to read.

This and That 

During our fall Bluejacket Pride Celebration, we had the tote really full. The students were reminding me often of how full it was. I emptied it out after our October celebration and I shared with them that we would get a count of how many Bluejacket Prides they earned. We had 7166 Bluejacket Pride and Ride With Pride Tickets!!! It is exciting seeing so many students showing these critical character traits. Thanks also for supporting this vision as parents and community members.

January 13th will be our Kindergarten Play Date. This is a PTO sponsored event that gives our kindergarten students and families time to connect with each other. RSVPs have been sent out to kindergarten families. Please return them by January 8th. We hope to see you there!

Next month is “I Love to Read Month” and we will be having our Reading Night on February 23rd. It is a great event for families. More information will be sent out closer to the date.

2018 January Newsletter.pdf

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