On Thursday, I had the opportunity to invite Nurse Larkin to the Kindergarten meeting to share the "cough spot" presentation with our students. On an annual basis, for the past several years, we have spent the time reviewing the benefit of coughing into your elbow (instead of your hand) as a method of preventing the spreading of germs. For more information :Cough Spot
Caution: Your Kindergartener may have come home and told you that Mrs. Larkin showed them her elbow tattoos and that I sneezed on them! Rest assured, this is all part of the collaborative presentation we have been working on together for the past 4 years! Mrs. Larkin has very convincing "stuffed animal" germs and we use a handful of pom-poms to show what it would look like if you could actually SEE the germs when someone sneezes/coughs! I hide the pompoms in my hands and fake sneeze toward Mrs. Larkin and all of the colorful pom-poms go FLYING! This is all part of the student engagement process. Did they mention any of this to you? We would LOVE to know if you heard about this!
|The Cough Spot Tattoo (on Nurse Larkin)|
Obviously, we do not want children who are sick to come to school, but we want to do whatever we can to prevent as many absences as possible! The statistics that show the difference it makes when students miss just a couple of days per month are vitally important to consider when you make the decision to keep a child home from school. The following link will provide you with some interesting facts about the significance of attendance and what you can do at home to avoid chronic absenteeism from school.
*We will be recognizing children who have missed one day or less during each quarter with a certificate of congratulations.