Friday Updates- February 16, 2018

Dear Families,

Happy Friday, all! I don’t know if I’m coming or going with this weather, but I do know that we ALL enjoyed the outside playtime yesterday in the warmth of the sun! A little hit of fresh air, a dose of vitamin D, and some run time to get the energy out is just what the kiddoes need in the middle of February! So thank you, Mother Nature! Could you maybe keep the snow scheduled for tomorrow night?!

This week, amongst all of the news stories, we are all reminded that we live in an unpredictable world. Please know that our school has a thorough Emergency Preparedness Plan to guide the staff in case of an emergency. If you would like to see our plan, please come see me in the office at any time and you are welcome to read through it.

Yesterday we did a shelter-in-place drill, where the children played “hide and seek” with Ms. Chrissy, and everyone did a fantastic job. This is one of many drills that we practice throughout the year to ensure the children are prepared in case of an emergency. We will have a fire drill in the coming days as well. Please know that we love these children as our own and do everything in our power to keep them safe every day.

There are SO many germs flying around this month that it feels almost inevitable that we will all catch something before the season is over! Here are a few things to keep in mind when assessing whether or not your child should come to school:

  • If your child is running a fever, they may not return to school until they are fever-free (without medication) for a full 24 hours. This rule also applies after vomiting or diarrhea.
  • If your child is being treated with antibiotics, please be sure they are on the medication for a full 24 hours before sending them back to school. And let us know about any medications your child is taking so we can monitor for side effects effectively.
  • If you are questioning whether they are ready to come back, its likely best to err on the side of caution and keep them home an extra day. You child’s immune system is not as strong when under the weather and they can easily pick up another virus or bacterial infection.
  • If your child is diagnosed with the flu, please know that they can be contagious up to 7 days after their symptoms begin. Therefore, please follow your doctor’s orders in regards to keeping them out of school for this particular illness.
  • Although I am not a mom who runs to the doctor with every illness, I would highly suggest getting your child looked at if they become ill. With so many things going around, it’s best to know what you’re dealing with and ensure proper treatment.

We will be sending home all bedding materials from Extended Day today. Please wash these materials and send them back to school when we return on Tuesday.

The Parents’ Club is hosting the Bull and Oyster Roast on Friday, March 23 at Columbus Gardens! We are doing a Carnival theme this year, so get ready to play some fun games! Tickets are $50 a person and get you a delicious buffet dinner, open bar, access to raffles and the best Silent Auction in town, and a FUN time! If you gather a table of 10, please be sure to fill out the neon pink flyer sent home last week to let us know you table name (extras can be found on the table in the lobby)! Please make all checks out to TCDS Parents’ Club. We look forward to a fun and successful fundraiser for our school!

We are closed this Monday, February 19th, in observation of President’s Day. Grandparents’ Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 28 and Thursday, March 1. Please return RSVP slips to your child’s teacher so they can adequately prepare for the day!

I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and that Mother Nature keeps the snow away! See you next Tuesday or Wednesday!


Take Care,