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Quick tips on healthy foods from Action for Healthy Kids

posted Mar 15, 2016, 11:45 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Mar 15, 2016, 11:47 AM by Martin Jones ]


Movement in the Classroom - Resource for Teachers

posted Jan 15, 2016, 1:28 PM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Jan 15, 2016, 1:30 PM by Martin Jones ]

Combine Learning and Physical Activity!

Benefits of movement:  
Movement can improve memory and retrieval, enhance learner motivation, and strengthen learning!

An interesting article on movement and learning:  Moving with the Brain in Mind

Note from the Nurse

posted Dec 14, 2015, 11:12 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 11:12 AM by Martin Jones ]

Tips for colds and coughs:

  • Drink plenty of water to keep mucous thinned.

  • Drink warm broth or tea to sooth your throat.

  • Honey (over the age of 1) can help coughs and sore throats.

  • Keep track of your child’s symptoms on a calendar.  Note when they start a runny nose, cough, sore throat, what their temperature is, etc.  This information is helpful to share with their provider if they are seen. Also let them know of any medicines that have been given.

When to see a doctor:

  • If the cough lasts more than 2 weeks or a cough results in vomiting.

  • Paroxysms (fits) of many, rapid coughs followed by a high-pitched "whoop"

  • Coughing up thick green or yellow phlegm

  • Wheezing or a rice-crispy feel or sound

  • Fever higher than 101 F or a fever that lasts over 3 days.

  • Your child is younger than 3 months and has a fever

  • Night sweats

  • If you are ill, get better, then ill again in a short amount of time.

  • Severe sore throat with white/pus seen in the back of the throat.

  • You have other concerns you feel need evaluated.

Seek emergency care if:

  • Your child is having trouble breathing.

  • A fever with a severe headache, stiff neck, seizure, or repeated vomiting.

  • Signs or symptoms of dehydration after vomiting/diarrhea (especially if accompanied by fever):  decreased urination, dry mouth and eyes, no tears, unusually sleepy or lethargic, skin that does not return to flat when pinched.

These are tips and suggestions.  You should always consult your primary care provider with concerns you have and follow the provider’s advice.  

Reminder:  Children should be free from fever, diarrhea, and fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication before returning to school.  Thank you!

School Wellness

posted Dec 14, 2015, 11:08 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Dec 14, 2015, 11:08 AM by Martin Jones ]

Are you interested in participating on the school wellness committee?   I would like some input from community members!  So if you are interested please let me know!  You can email me at aschuelke@bedford.k12.ia.us.  Thank you!

ADHD Presentation for Families

posted Dec 7, 2015, 8:31 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Dec 7, 2015, 8:31 AM by Martin Jones ]

Sun Safety for Summer

posted May 22, 2015, 8:29 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated May 22, 2015, 8:38 AM by Martin Jones ]



Bedford Elementary Go the Distance Day Dance Off!

posted May 19, 2015, 9:10 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated May 19, 2015, 9:10 AM by Martin Jones ]

Students at Bedford Elementary learn the importance of exercise and that exercise can be fun! 
Congratulations to Mrs. Lucas and her third grade class for winning the dance off!!  The scores were all very close! Mrs. Poppa's 3rd grade came in second and 1st grade came in third.  It was a very fun event and all of the kids did a great job!  
Our dance off was incorporated into our Go the Distance Day as a wrap up of our Live Healthy Iowa Kids program.  During Live Healthy Iowa Kids our elementary teachers used dancing as a brain booster activity.  They would take time during the day to practice their song for the dance off competition. This added some extra exercise to their day and helped get their blood pumping for the learning to follow!  
Below are some pictures of the fun from Facebook.   We have some good groovers at Bedford Elementary!

Thanks to the Go the Distance Day Grant the winners will receive a lunch from Subway to celebrate their hard work!

Bedford Red Brick Run

posted May 19, 2015, 8:31 AM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated May 19, 2015, 8:31 AM by Martin Jones ]

Saturday was Bedford's 21st Annual Red Brick Run!  Some of our elementary students joined the event with the Elementary Red Brick Run Fun Walk.  They were too quick for me to snap a picture :) but wanted to thank all the students and parents that participated!   They successfully completed the 2 mile walk with energy to spare for the bounce houses in the courtyard!  

We had great helpers in the greenhouse during parent-teacher conferences!

posted Mar 19, 2015, 4:42 PM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 4:45 PM by Martin Jones ]

It was so much fun to have our first younger students participate in the greenhouse!  Mr. Neth and I were getting ready to water some of the plants the high school students planted today, when around the corner came some visitors to check out the greenhouse!  We ask if they would like to help and they were excited and jumped right in!!  They helped plant a few more seeds and then helped water the remaining plants.  It was awesome to feel their excitement and listen to all of their questions!  We had a few more visitors as well.  It turned out to be a great opportunity to share the greenhouse with some of the community members!  I had a big smile after someone walking by looked in, "What are you doing?"  Brody shared with great excitement, "I'm working in the greenhouse!"  :)  

Let the planting begin!

posted Mar 19, 2015, 12:15 PM by Andrea Schuelke   [ updated Mar 19, 2015, 12:15 PM by Martin Jones ]

The first seeds have been planted!  

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