Tips to Help an Anxious Child

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During these uncertain times, anxiety can be popping up where it wasn’t before. Here are a few tips to help you and your child. 

  • Provide the opportunity for adequate sleep 
  • Serve healthy meals
  • Remind your child to drink plenty of water
  • Allow for downtime to decompress
  • Allow for outdoor free play
  • Exercise daily
  • Avoid avoidance (help your child face their worry instead of avoiding it)
  • Let your child worry (don’t say “don’t worry”, instead ask them to describe the worry in order to decompose it and show that it may not be necessary) 

Ohio School Immunization Requirements

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Attention parents of students entering Kindergarten, 7th grade, or Senior year!

Please remember that Ohio School Immunization law requires that students entering these grades receive required immunizations before school entrance for Fall 2020. Please see the requirements below:

Kindergarten students must have the following:

  • – 4 doses of DTaP
  • – 3 doses of Polio
  • – 2 doses of MMR
  • – 3 doses of Hepatitis B
  • – 2 doses of Varicella

7th grade students must have the following:

  • – 1 dose of Tdap
  • – 1 dose Meningococcal

Seniors must have the following:

  • -2 doses of Meningococcal

Please fax written proof of immunizations received to the school at (740) 489-9049.

10 Great Summer Read Alouds 

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Reading out loud to your child can not only be a great way to bond, but it can be a great way for your child to learn to read, or hold on to those skills they learned this past year and avoid the summer slide. Here are some great books that your child might enjoy. 

  1. Holes By: Louis Sachar (Ages 10+)
  2. Charlotte’s Web By: E. B. White (Ages 8+)
  3. The Secret Garden By:  (Ages 7+)
  4. James and the Giant Peach By: Roald Dahl (Ages 6+)
  5. The Giver By: Lois Lowry (Ages 10+)
  6. The Harry Potter Series (Ages 9+)
  7. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory By: Roald Dahl (Ages 8+)
  8. Because of Winn-Dixie By: Kate DiCamillo (Ages 8+)
  9. The Boxcar Children By: Gertrude Chandler Warner (Ages 6+)
  10. Where the Sidewalk Ends By: Shel Silverstein (Ages 4+)

Make A Difference

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Here’s what you can do:

Wash your hands! One of the simplest prevention measures one can take is proper hand-washing.

The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water before eating, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, and before and after caring for a sick friend or a family member.

Stay home when you are sick! Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

“Should I wear a facemask?” The CDC recommends that only patients with the coronavirus wear a face mask to protect others around them, or, if the patient cannot wear a face mask, others should if they are in the same room together.

Health officials are not recommending that healthy people buy masks at this time.

Practice Social Distancing

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During COVID-19 social distancing, try staying connected to your loved ones as much as possible! Whether they’re long-distance or 6-feet away, reach out to your friends and family online or over the phone.

For more practical advice on staying connected with loved ones and maintaining your emotional health during this time, click here!

Cold and Flu Season

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Cold and flu season is here. To ensure a healthy learning environment for your student and their teacher this season, here are a few guidelines that should be followed:

  • Fever of 100 degrees or greater – students should stay home and be fever free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication before returning to school.
  • Vomiting – students should stay home and be vomit free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Diarrhea – if a student has three or more loose stools, they should stay home and be symptom-free, without medication, for 24 hours before returning to school.
  • Sore Throat/Cough/Running Nose – if a student has excessive coughing and discharge they should stay home until symptoms lessen. If any of these are accompanied by a fever, students should stay home until fever-free for 24 hours.

Concert Schedule

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March 12th and 13th: TBD High School Large Group Contest…John Glenn High School

March 28th, Morning: Middle School Solo and Ensemble Contest…West Muskingum High School

March 28th, 7:00 pm: Rittman Jazz Festival…Rittman High School

Friday, May 8th: High School Band, High School Jazz Band, High School Choir at 6:30

Tuesday, May 12th: 6th Grade Band. 7-8th grade band. Middle School Choir.