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Dear Bonnie Brae,
“Did you know that there is a School Psychologist assigned to EVERY school in FCPS? FCPS School Psychologists are working hard to make a positive impact on the academic and social-emotional development of all FCPS students through the provision of mental health services that build resiliency, life competencies and good citizenship. Please follow them on Twitter @FCPSpsychs to find out more about how they impact students’ lives every day!”
Mrs. Cage, Principal
Mrs. Bennink, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Killingsworth, Assistant Principal
Bonnie Brae is excited to join the fun with the Mason Athletics Super Reader Program!
Mark your calendars
16 85th day of school (80's day celebration)
6th grade Robinson parent night
20 MLK Holiday
21 6th grade counselors on site
23 90th day of school celebration
27 Teacher Workday/Student holiday
28 Staff development day/Student holiday
Dear Parent or Guardian:
The Fairfax County Health Department is seeing a rise in influenza (flu) activity. In our community, visits to emergency departments and urgent care centers for flu-like illness have increased and flu outbreaks have been confirmed. Statewide, influenza has reached widespread levels. Flu is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. It spreads easily between people and can cause severe illness. People who are sick with flu will have some or all of these symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, and feeling tired (fatigue).
To help keep yourself and your family healthy:
- It’s not too late to get vaccinated against the flu. Vaccination is the single best way to protect against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends all persons aged 6 months and older receive the flu vaccine each year. Vaccination not only protects children and adults who get the vaccine, but also protects others who may be more vulnerable to serious flu illness such as infants, young children, older adults and people with certain long-term health problems.
- Practice healthy habits that stop the spread of flu (and other germs):
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds.
- Cover your mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or cough into your upper sleeve. Use tissues and dispose of them properly.
- Do not cough or sneeze into your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to prevent the spread of germs.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, when soap and water are not available (with supervision for younger children).
- Do not share drinking glasses or eating utensils.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces at home that people often touch.
To stop flu from spreading to others, keep children home when they are ill. If your child has flu symptoms, he or she should remain home and away from others (including after school activities, sports teams, and social gatherings) until the fever has been gone for 24 hours (without fever reducing medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Advil®) or other treatment) and symptoms are better. If your doctor or healthcare provider prescribes treatment for your child, follow all directions for taking the medicine.
If you have questions regarding this information, please contact your health care provider or school public health nurse.
Influenza Fact Sheet
What is influenza? Influenza is commonly referred to as "the flu." It is caused by a virus. There are two main types of influenza virus: A and B.
When does influenza occur? Influenza occurs most often in the late fall and winter months in the United States and sometimes continues into the spring.
Who gets influenza? Anyone can get influenza. Illness is most serious in young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses (e.g., lung disease, heart disease, cancer, or diabetes) or those with weak immune systems.
How is it spread? Influenza spreads easily in secretions from the nose or throat, usually when an ill person coughs or sneezes. One also can get influenza from touching a surface, like a table or doorknob, that is contaminated with the secretions of someone who is ill and then touching their mouth, nose or eye.
How soon after exposure do symptoms appear? What are the symptoms of influenza? Symptoms usually appear 1 to 3 days after exposure. Influenza symptoms can include fever, headache, chills, cough, sore throat and body aches. Diarrhea is not common. Although most people are ill for less than a week, some people have serious illness and may need to be hospitalized.
How is influenza diagnosed and treated? Lab tests are available to diagnose influenza; however, doctors usually diagnose influenza from the person’s symptoms. Rest, liquids, and over-the-counter medicine (e.g., acetaminophen [Tylenol®]) are the usual treatments. Some prescription drugs may reduce the severity of influenza. Aspirin should not be given to children with flu-like illnesses because of the possibility of a serious complication called Reye’s syndrome.
How long can a person spread influenza? Influenza can spread from one person to another beginning about one day before to about a week after the illness starts.
Who should be vaccinated against influenza? All children over than 6 months old and all adults are recommended by CDC for influenza vaccination (except for those who have a specific reason not to get the vaccine such as an allergy). Vaccination every year is important because: 1) influenza viruses change from year to year, and 2) protection from the vaccine decreases over time.
Particular effort should be made to vaccinate people at higher risk for influenza infection or complications. This includes all children aged 6 months-18 years, all persons aged >50 years, and:
- Women who will be pregnant during the influenza season;
- Residents of nursing homes and long-term care facilities;
- People who have long-term heart or lung problems, including asthma; and,
- People who have other serious medical conditions, such as kidney disease, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, anemia, cancer, weak immune systems (including those with HIV), or a seizure disorder.
People in these higher risk groups also can be protected if those around them – in families and at work – are vaccinated against influenza.
What else can one do to stop the spread of influenza? Good health habits can help prevent influenza. These include covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing; washing your hands often; avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth; staying home from work, school, and errands when you are sick; and avoiding close contact with people who are sick. Antiviral medications may also be used to prevent or treat influenza, but are not a substitute for vaccination. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (www.cdc.gov/flu/) or talk to a healthcare professional.
This information above was emailed to parents from the County of Fairfax. However, it is worth repeating.
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Mr. Tomnay's third graders are enjoying their time to read independently.
80th day of school!
Mrs. Belita and her girls didn't let a snow day stop them from celebrating the 80th day of school! You can still participate this Thursday if you missed it!
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