The Indian Trail PTO must know what's on our holiday wish list....because they sure did deliver the BEST pre-holidays gift EVER! Visions of STEM labs and 3-D printers will be dancing in our heads over winter break......Last week our fabulous PTO presented the Mobile Ed Hands-On STEM Lab and it was AMAZING! Check out the slideshow full of fun action photos to get a glimpse of this wonderful afternoon filled with Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math experiences. THANK YOU to our PTO for providing our students with interactive learning experiences such as the Mobile STEM Lab!! WE LOVED IT!
We were EXTREMELY fortunate and grateful to have Chloe's grandfather as our guest speaker the week after Thanksgiving! He shared his knowledge of sound and sound waves with us from his experiences with their local version of American Idol. Students from all three 4th grade classes enjoyed listening to solos and duets from various age groups of contestants, and saw SOUND waves become something "tangible" when they looked at the digital computer feed of sound waves coming through a portable microphone.
This was the perfect way for us to kick off our research about sound/light waves. We will continue to gather more information about these types of waves in preparation for our trip to HOLLYWOOD, once we visit the Western Region. While there, we'll engage in hands-on sound and light experiments....coming soon!
Most importantly, our entire grade level wants to say a huge THANK YOU to Chloe's grandparents for taking the time out of their hectic travel day to stop by our classroom and share their knowledge through this great in-house field trip. We appreciate your partnership in our education!
See What How We're Keepin' Frosty!
We've been up to lots of FROSTY FUN as we explore the story of FROZEN! To start, we examined varied perspectives of different characters from the tale. We used iPad apps to make our characters talk from their own perspectives.
Then, we worked with Code.org to use computer coding skills to make Anna and Elsa ice skate, and today we worked with hands-on manipulatives and technology to create symmetrical snowflakes. Check out photos from these previous session below and look forward to updates on our FROSTY FUN after next Friday!
...cold & Flu Season!
A message from the Indian Trail Health Office:
As cold/flu season is officially here we are sending out a reminder regarding our Medication Policy. These policies include, but are not limited to, cough drops, throat lozenges and Tylenol. Please read and if you have any questions, contact Nurse Dana at 224-765-3509.
The District's medication procedures are as follows:
1) A School Medication Authorization Form completed and signed by the parent/guardian and doctor must be on file at school to permit the child to receive all medication, including those available over the counter, during school hours. All appropriate forms are available from the nurse or on the District website. Please do not give your child any medicines (including cough drops, nose drops, aspirin, antibiotics, etc.) to keep on their person or in backpacks or in lunch bags. This is for the safety of your child as well as other students.
2) Over-the-counter medicine must be brought to the school in the ORIGINAL package labeled with the student’s name.
3) All prescription medication must be furnished by the parent in a LABELED pharmacy container which displays the following: child’s name, date, prescription number, medication name, dose, and administration directions, as well as the physician’s name, and pharmacy address and phone number.
4) All medication should be brought to school by the parent or guardian. Students should not have medication, including cough drops, in their possession.
5) The consumption of medication will be supervised by the school nurse. When it is not possible for the school nurse to dispense medications or to supervise the self- administration of medication by the student, an administrator will supervise or dispense.
6) NSSD 112 reserves the right to reject any request for administration of medicine in the schools and to contact the student’s physician to request an opinion regarding the child’s current health status before administering any medication.
7) For students with severe allergies and/or asthma, in conjunction with the physician and the parent/guardian, circumstances should be identified in which the student may self-administer and/or carry the medication. A student will be permitted to carry and/or self-administer medication for asthma and/or an epinephrine auto-injector.
8) All School Medication Authorization forms expire at the end of each school year. New orders must be provided at the beginning of each school year.
Medication Authorization forms can be found on the district website under the Health section.
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