Archive for October, 2014

Updated Schedules and Contact Sheets

plannerJust a quick entry to advise that contact sheets and schedules have been updated on our members-only page.

October 15, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Health Alert

Handwashing-Words-In-Shape-Of-HandThere are many illnesses going around and we all know how our kids love to share! So, I’d like to share information about two illnesses that have been reported this week at RYRNS.  The best prevention for both of these illnesses is HANDWASHING – frequently and thoroughly.
1)  Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFM) Disease
One child at RYRNS has a suspected case of Hand, Foot and Mouth (HFM) Disease.  HFM causes painful sores in their mouth and a rash with blisters on their hands and feet.  It is most common in children under 10 and preschoolers tend to get the sickest.  The illness generally needs to run it’s course, but if your child is very irritable or is refusing to eat or drink due to the pain in the mouth, they need medical attention to treat the symptoms.  Risk of infection to adults is low, but if you have contact with hand, foot and mouth disease while you’re pregnant, please advise your maternity care provider – there is no clear evidence of risk of complications, but the infection can be passed to the baby if mom has symptoms shortly before or at the time of birth.
For more information on HFM Disease:
2)  Pneumonia
There has also been a case of community acquired pneumonia (CAP) reported.  CAP can be caused by a variety of common viruses (like rhinovirus (the cold), and influenza) or bacteria.  Pneumonia itself is not contagious but the germs that cause it are.  Those germs are generally spread through contact with mucus from coughing and sneezing.  Symptoms include fever, coughing and possibly difficulty breathing and/or wheezing.  Seek medical attention if your child:
  • is having trouble breathing or is breathing abnormally fast
  • has a bluish or gray color to the fingernails or lips
  • has a fever of 102°F (38.9°C), or above 100.4°F (38°C) in infants under 6 months of age
More information about pneumonia can be found here:
Please feel free to contact me with any additional questions or concerns.  Hopefully I haven’t caused information overload – please let me know if I’m sharing too much (or too little) information.
Take care!
Rebecca VanderBurgh

October 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Health & Safety Reminder

UnknownCold and flu season (and other germs) is here.  To help maintain your families health, and the health of other RYRNS families, please remember:
1. Do not send your child to school if any of the following occur: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, contagious viruses, pinkeye, or any infections (ear, throat etc.)

 2. Please notify the Health and Safety Monitor if your child is not well, and will not be attending school.  You can reach Rebecca at  Notifying Rebecca ensures teachers are aware of your child’s absence.  It can also help other RYRNS parents, as we can share relevant health promotion and prevention tips.  Only information on a specific illness is shared.  Families are not identified when sharing health promotion/prevention information. 

3. As noted in a previous email, the Health Promotion and Protection Act requires  us to report when an enrolled child may have a reportable disease or may be infected with a communicable disease.  This information can also be submitted to  Again, your privacy will be respected when collecting relevant medical information.
4. Washing your hands correctly (or using an alcohol-based hand rub) is the most effective thing you can do to protect yourself against germs. Not only will it help keep you healthy, it will help prevent the spread of infectious diseases to others.  Remember to wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Also, our intrepid Miss Maria is home recovering from flu-like symptoms.  She is on the mend and expects to return to school on Tuesday.  Nursery programs will continue as usual, with extra help from our teaching staff.  
Thank you all for your help in keeping RYRNS healthy.

October 9, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Halloween Scholastics

october scholasticDear Parents,

We placed the October 2014 catalogues in your child’s mail folder last Thursday. 

If you are interested in ordering, please complete your order form(s), attach a cheque payable to Scholastic Canada Ltd., and place in the mail folder for Anna or Phoebe Baird by Friday, Oct. 10

We apologize for the quick turnaround, but it is necessary in order to receive any halloween books in time. 

On your order form, please include your child’s full name and Squirrel/Chipmunk/Beaver class in order to help us distribute the books when they arrive. 

Please double-check your total before writing your cheque. We received three orders last month and all three had calculation errors.

DO NOT round pennies up or down. This practice is only for cash, and we do not handle cash. 

Thanks and happy reading!

October 5, 2014 at 4:14 pm

October Caboose

cabooselogoThe April Caboose is now available on the Newsletter page. Here are the month’s highlights at a glance:

  • October 6: Fall leaves due for 2+, Potatoes due for 2+ and 3+
  • October 7: General Meeting
  • October 13: Thanksgiving
  • October 15: Library card forms due
  • October 22-24: School Closures
  • October 22: 3+ Library Trip
  • October 23: 2+ Library Trip
  • October 29: Lora Hill Pumpkin Hunt
  • October 30&31: Halloween Parties

October 2, 2014 at 12:59 am

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