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Red Brick Run May 19, 2018


-Elementary School Dance Off-12/2017 and we are planning the next one for 5/2018 (see photos below)

-Hand washing/Germ lesson for 1st grade students

-Dental Health Education for 1st grade students 

-Students from 3rd-12th grade received Flu Shots here with TCPH and Bedford Drug 

-Eat The Rainbow has started for the first time in the elementary.  It promotes fruit and vegetables being added and teaches students about the benefits of the different colors for health (photos and write up on website homepage and Bedford Community Facebook page)   Mrs. Churchill's 1st grade class has also been studying Eat the Rainbow and on their bulletin board posted facts about different fruits and vegetables

-Brain Breaks are being done in the classrooms to promote learning.  Teachers are using GoNoodle, Wii Dance, going on walks.  We promote stretches in the classrooms. (see photos below)

-Students are bringing water bottles to school and using our new fill station in the commons

-Leadership groups in the elementary area also helping promote health/wellness.  The group Buff Bulldogs go around to classrooms and speak about healthy habits/tips and do activities during the monthly Leadership Assemblies. 

Illness Information:

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! If you have any questions or concerns about your child's wellbeing or health, please give me a call! 712-523-2117

The Elementary Leadership group the BUFF BULLDOGS promote health and wellness. During the Assembly on 4/12/18 they gave information about the importance of brain-breaks in the classrooms and did a little dance with the students.

Raising awareness for our fellow students-KCNQ2 Awareness -Wearing our Purple. March 8, 2018