ESES Eagle Tribune January 30, 2015 Elijah Smith Elementary School 1399 Hamilton Blvd Whitehorse, YT Y1A 6G3 Ph: 867-667-5992 Fx: 867-393-6288 Principal Melanie Bennett Melanie.Bennett@gov.yk.ca Vice-Principal Jill Mason Jill.Mason@gov.yk.ca CELC Shirley Smith Shirley.Smith@yesnet.yk.ca Administrative Assistants Angela Troke Kathryn Secord Dental Therapist Jennifer Kay Ph: 667-3412 School Council Jeff Hunston 867-668-7131 Sue Stokes-Nash 633-5603 Jessie Dawson 334-3317 Ranj Pillai 332-2533 Linda Moen 667-2696 Sean Smith firstname.lastname@example.org Jerry Zahora (S/T) 633-3757 Kindergarten Registration for 2015-2016! Attention: Parents/guardians of Whitehorse-area children born in 2010. Kindergarten pre-enrolment is Monday, February 9th at 9:00 a.m. If you have any friends, family or neighbours who have Kindergarten aged children, please pass on this important date. All incoming Kindergarten students (whether you have siblings in the school or not) must be registered through this process. To read about Kindergarten Registration and preview the enrollment form, go to: http://www.education.gov.yk.ca/Kindergarten.html If you are unable to access the internet, the Administrative Assistants at the school can help you with the process on February 9th. Just call the school (667-5992) or pop into the school office after 9:00 a.m. that morning. We do not have an information night prior to the registration day. However, if you are in the Elijah Smith Elementary School area, and are deciding between our school and Whitehorse Elementary or Christ the King Elementary, you can come to the ESES for a short tour. Please call the school and book a time to come by with the administrative staff. Silent Auction Wrap Up Family Night: Feb. 5th Thank you to all of the parents, family, and friends who bid on the student’s paintings. We are currently going through the bids and starting to make calls. All paintings are in the school office. Stop by when you are at the school. A special thank you to Susan McCallum, our visiting artist, who worked with the ESES students and staff. At our next Family night we will be skating and playing hockey at the KDFN ice rink from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Snacks and refreshments provided. To participate, bring a parent with you, your skates and a helmet. If it is colder than -20 C, then the skating will be cancelled and Family Night activities will be in the gym at ESES. Last Call for Hot Lunch Forms Monday by noon. This is for the Spaghetti lunch on Feb. 13th. Website: www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/elijahsmith Calendar: ESES Health and Safety Newsletter Supplement January 2015 Mondays Gr. 7 Basketball Games 3:30-4:30 p.m. Tues. Feb. 3 Ice Hockey Tournament Eagles Assembly 11:15 a.m. School Council Mtg. 6:30 p.m. in Library Contact information for Parents and Emergency Contacts Feb. 5-6 If your child is sick or injured, can we reach you? Do we have your latest contact information? In September, you reviewed the Student Contact Information that we have at the school. Is this the most current information? Moved or changed your mailing address? Please pass in any changes to the school office. If you would like to know what information we have call or stop into the office, we’ll be happy to look that up for you. Polar Games for Grade 6 Health, Medical Information and Medications Feb. 4 Family Night Skating at KDFN Fri. Feb. 13 Hot Lunch Grade 7 Dance at ESES Feb. 13-14 Gr. 7 B-Ball Trnmt. Fri. Feb. 20 Heritage Day no school Feb 23-27 Are there any changes in the health or medical information for your child since September? From time to time students require medications – regular medications, antibiotics, cold medications, headache medications. Yes, ESES staff can help but a form must be filled out at the office and the medications provided from home. It is a very short form and takes just a few minutes. What if I just pop some medication in my child’s backpack or lunch kit? This is NOT safe. Even older students who have lockers do not always keep them locked. If medications are not secured, there is the possibility they can fall out of the backpacks or others can get into the backpacks. We have to consider the safety of all ESES students. Culture Week Feb. 23-Mar. 13 Gymnastics in P.E. Tues. Mar. 3 Eagles Assembly at 11:30 a.m. School Council Mtg. Library at 6:30 p.m Every classroom in the school has a student or several students with allergies. Some of these allergies are life threatening. Fri. Mar. 13 Report Cards Home Website: www.yesnet.yk.ca/schools/elijahsmith What is Anaphylaxis? Anaphylaxis (pronounced anna-fill-axis) is a serious allergic reaction that is rapid in onset and may cause death. An allergen is a substance capable of causing an allergic reaction. Upon first exposure, the immune system treats the allergen as something to be rejected and not tolerated. This process is called sensitization. Re-exposure to the same allergen in the now sensitized individual may result in an allergic reaction that, in its most severe form, is called anaphylaxis. (Source: www.allergysafecommunities.ca) What are the signs of an anaphylactic reaction? An anaphylactic reaction can involve any of the following symptoms, which may appear alone or in any combination, regardless of the triggering allergen: Skin system: hives, swelling, itching, warmth, redness, rash Respiratory system (breathing): coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, chest pain/tightness, throat tightness, hoarse voice, nasal congestion or hay fever-like symptoms (runny itchy nose and watery eyes, sneezing), trouble swallowing Gastrointestinal system (stomach): nausea, pain/cramps, vomiting, diarrhea Cardiovascular system (heart): pale/blue colour, weak pulse, passing out, dizzy/lightheaded, shock Other: anxiety, feeling of "impending doom", headache, uterine cramps, metallic taste Because of the unpredictability of reactions, early symptoms should never be ignored, especially if the person has suffered an anaphylactic reaction in the past. It is important to note that anaphylaxis can occur without hives. (Source: www.allergysafecommunities.ca) What causes an anaphylactic reaction? Food is one of the most common causes of anaphylaxis, but insect stings, medicine, latex, and exercise can also cause a reaction. What Can We DO? Anaphylaxis Canada has developed the following resources to help you and your family – as well as school staff - with going-to-school preparations. When you enrol your child, it is helpful to meet with the daycare supervisor, principal or your child's teacher to talk about their anaphylaxis policy and your child's allergy. Here are some points to consider: Do they know the signs and symptoms of an anaphylactic reaction? Review your child's Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan, which includes your child's name, photograph, and specific allergy (e.g., peanut, bee sting). It should be shared with all teachers/caregivers and posted for quick reference. Is the staff trained how to use an auto-injector such as EpiPen®, or Allerject™? Can they give it in an emergency? What is their policy about carrying epinephrine? Where is it stored? (It should be easy to get, not locked up). Your child should always carry an auto-injector labelled with their name if they are old enough to carry one. What is their policy around food? Will they be feeding your child? Do they control what foods are brought into the building? Parents, to help prepare for a meeting with your daycare or school, write down your questions and list your concerns in order of importance. The daycare centre or school may not be able to act on all of your suggestions, so focus on the most important safety measures. Meet with your child's teachers and lunch room supervisors to discuss risk reduction strategies, such as: Not sharing food, utensils or containers. Cleaning all eating surfaces well. Placing food or snacks on a napkin rather than in direct contact with a desk or table. Getting children to wash their hands before and after eating. Providing safe treats for your child to be stored by the teacher for special occasions. Washing toys and balls often. Avoiding hidden allergens in different craft materials. Here are some drawings and a note from children who live with severe allergies. These are taken from the Anaphylaxis Canada website (www.anaphylaxis.ca).Check it out there are resources for parents, children, teachers, daycare staff and more. Living With a Food Allergy Isn't All Bad by Aisling Age 11 I have had many experiences with my food allergies, both good and bad, but I'm sure you would rather hear about some of the good ones. One night my family was having dinner at a nice restaurant. Before we left, I went into the washroom with my mom, and saw a lady who was having a lot of trouble breathing. It turned out that she was having an anaphylactic reaction to some food she had just eaten. She didn't know that she had anaphylaxis so she didn't have an EpiPen®. In the end she used mine and immediately began to recover. Then we called for an ambulance and she went to the hospital. I've often thought about how amazing it was that we happened to walk into that washroom just as she needed help. Another time, when I was staying at a hotel, I wasn't able to eat many of the breakfasts. So, every day, the cook would make me something special or I would go into the kitchen and help make my own breakfast. I think it's great that some people are so thoughtful and adaptable. My advice to others: Don't let your allergies hold you back. Always check labels and be careful. If you're having trouble, don't go off on your own; get help.