December Newsletter - 2017

Posted in Principal's Message

December – Principal News

With the holidays right around the corner and technology is a hot item, here are a few ways to discuss rules and guidelines for Internet use.

Agree with your child on rules for Internet use in your home

Try to reach an agreement with your child on the guidelines which apply to Internet use in your household. Here are some tips to get started:

  • Discuss when and for how long it is acceptable for your child to use the Internet
  • Agree how to treat personal information (name, address, telephone, e-mail)
  • Discuss how to behave towards others when gaming, chatting, e-mailing or messaging
  • Agree what type of sites and activities are OK or not OK in our family

As a reminder, we do not allow any technology devices at school. With some of the new watch styles and Fitbit, many may be used as a mini computer. Please talk to your child about the importance of not using their watch or Fitbit to text, call, play games or log information during the school day. We do not want this to become a distraction or a toy. We will follow our technology guideline if a problem may occur.

In agreement with our School Community Council, students will continue with outside recess when the temperature is 21 degrees and above, real feel. The office staff will review the temperature daily, along with the air quality, to stay in compliance with our guidelines. Please dress your child for the weather.

This season also brings about an increase of sickness. If your child has a temperature of 100 or above please keep them home until they are fever free for 24 hours. Please do not send any medication with your child to school. We cannot allow cough drops at school. You may send vitamin C drops or mints for your child to have for a scratchy throat. A few good reminders are to wash our hands regularly, sneeze into our arms, and hand sanitize or wash our hands after blowing our nose. We want to be as healthy as we can this season. If your child will be absent from school, please call the office and let them know.

The holiday season is upon us…here are some tips to keep you in the Granite Groove:

  1. If you are someone who likes flavored hot drinks, try ordering your drink with half of the sugar amount.  Your drink will still be sweet, but will have half the calories. For instance, a Starbucks Grande sugary drink typically has 4 pumps of sugar AND four pumps of chocolate (or other flavor).  Ask for 2 of each instead.
  2. Instead of using cream of mushroom/celery soups when cooking veggies, use healthy avocado oil and minced garlic and roast your veggies (avocado oil has the highest burning point, no need to worry about possible carcinogens when other oils burn).
  3. To reduce starchy foods, and unwanted calories, try substituting potatoes with riced cauliflower.  Check the internet…there are many great ideas for riced cauliflower.