January 28, 2015
Dear Loma Parents/Guardians:
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
The words of the week are WASH YOUR HANDS! We are experiencing a wave of illness at both schools with CT particularly hard hit. Please keep your kids home if they are sick and make sure they are fever free for 24 hours before returning. This is certainly one of the biggest outbreaks of illness I have seen in many years. Prevention is worth the effort! I feel like we have all gone back to Kindergarten this week. Wash your hands! Cover your cough. Use hand sanitizer. Get enough sleep. Eat well and take vitamin C.
Additionally, this comes at a time when health officials are also worrying about measles. We recommend that families review their vaccination records and get the measles vaccine if needed. The following information is provided by the Santa Clara County Office of Education.
As of January 22, 59 people in California have been confirmed with measles since the beginning of the year. Of those, 42 (71%) have been linked to Disneyland theme parks in Anaheim, California. In Santa Clara County, we now have two confirmed cases of measles, both in adults, but no indication of any links to Disneyland. This means that measles may be circulating undetected in our community, although we don’t know how widely.
We want to reassure parents that there is no need to be alarmed. If your children have been vaccinated, they are protected from catching measles. However, a measles outbreak serves as an important reminder that everyone does need to make sure that they are either immune or have been vaccinated against measles.
Measles is highly contagious yet highly preventable through vaccinations. Measles can be prevented by the combination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children get two doses: the first dose at 12–15 months of age, and the second dose at 4–6 years of age. Measles vaccination protects not just the person being vaccinated, but also the community around them, including babies less than 12 months old who are too young to be vaccinated.
Adolescents and adults also need to be up to date on vaccinations. People born before 1957 are considered immune as they likely had measles as children and developed natural immunity. If you have any questions about your vaccination status, consult your doctor, who may elect to give you another MMR shot or perform a blood test to check for immunity to measles.
Join me this evening, January 28th at 6:30pm in the CC Room to discuss enhancing fun times on the play yard during lunch recess. We need fun visors and yard duty for both campuses.
I am seeking individuals who are interested in sharing their passions in:
- Golfing, well, maybe putting?
- Water color
- Reading – a book club maybe
- World Language, anyone want to teach Spanish, German, Mandarin, etc.
- Sports, always need refs especially tag refs. Tag is one of the top beloved games.
- Hula-hoops to music
- Definitely need a games manager (board games and/or picnic games)
- Gardening, we have a wonderful garden to tend to
- The list goes on. There is something for everyone
Look forward to visiting with you. If you are unable to join us, please contact Rebecca Carino regarding interest or to clarify any questions at email@example.com
Rebecca’s Top Ten Favorites for 1/28/15:
- Walking across campus in the cool morning or early evening when things are quiet and the weather is pleasant. I know we need a winter and its accompanying rain, but it just feels so nice to be outdoors;
- First graders liking hula-hoops. They bring them out at lunch and go for a spin. Some even try a spin in a spin;
- Generating strategies with first graders about ways to help keep our bathrooms beautiful;
- Mighty talented Loma students strutting their stuff during the talent show – Impressive;
- A quiet CT during lunch time gave testimony to the large number of students out this week with the flu;
- Middle school tutors coming to Loma and helping teachers and their students at the end of the day.
- To the beat of the drum. Sixth period music elective has begun with Ms. Lelake and students are excited.
- An almost weekly stack of rocks that appears on my desk. Contributions to “You Rock” collection by a number of diligent and regular rock hounds.
- Discussing the Project Cornerstone book Big with Mrs. Lyon’s 4th grade class and then taking our vocabulary up a notch to become familiar with the word altruistic. Do you know someone who is altruistic? What does it look like when you’re altruistic?
- Enlisting responsible middle school students who agree to help out our new noontime aide by making sure she is not the recipient of any “elevator stories”. You know those stories that some seniors and juniors notoriously tell incoming freshmen about the “elusive” elevator on campus.
Loma HSC News
No need to make dinner this Friday night. Come to the gym for a pasta feast prepared by the Loma Volunteer Fire & rescue crew. Doors open for dinner at 6pm. Bring your blankets and chairs and stay for the movie “How to train your Dragon 2”. A portion of funds raised will be donated to the Love Me Tender campaign.
Classes started this week. There is room available in the Wednesday’s 1st through 5th grade class and in the Thursday’s Kinder class. See attached flyer.
CT Coaches Needed
We are looking for Girls Volleyball coaches and Boys Soccer coaches. Our Winter Sports season starts February 9th and goes to the end of March. Anyone interested in coaching one of our teams, please contact our Athletic Director, Nancy Lanovaz, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 408-219-8893.