- Valentines Day = 2/13
The calendar this year caused an interesting confluence of events. Ash Wednesday will be on February 14, which is also Valentines Day. To reflect the solemnity of Ash Wednesday St. James' will mark Valentines Day on the 13th this year.
- New Faces
This past fall we had the pleasure of Disheen Smith joining us as a substitute teacher in the Kindergarten. We've been so happy with her quick-witted, energetic, and delightful presence on campus that we offered her a full-time position as assistant teacher to Mr. Sae-Low in the third grade. Originally from Chicago, Ms. Smith holds a bachelor's degree from Alabama A&M, a master's in journalism, and a master's in teaching. She came to Los Angeles as a screenwriter, so she is the perfect fit alongside our resident author, novelist Theppong Sae-Low!
Also new to the school is the lovely Danielle Prestidge who seems to be quite at home in her new role as Assistant to the Head of School. A vocal studies graduate of the School of Music at the University of Kansas, Danielle forms half of the band “The Blackbird Revue,” a joint project with her husband Jacob, they’ll be making their St. James’ debut at our Community Gathering on February 2nd. Surely her knack for harmony and accompaniment will serve her well at the St. James' front desk!
- Calling String Players to Perform at Lunar New Year
Do you or your student have experience with a string instrument (violin, viola, or cello)? We're looking for performers to accompany traditional Korean drummers during their performance of Arirang at the Lunar New Year Celebration on February 15th, 1:30-2:30 pm. The more the merrier to help us ring in the new year! If you are interested in joining, please contact Mrs. Lee (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, cell: 917-549-3006) by 5pm, February 2nd, rehearsal space and time will be informed to parents after February 2nd.
- Cold + Flu information
Cold and Influenza (flu) season is in full swing!
We need your help in preventing the spread of illness in our school. I would like to review some measures that may make your family stay healthier this season.
What is Influenza (flu)?
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Its symptoms may be similar to those of the common cold, but are usually more severe.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and fatigue.
Do I need a flu shot?
It’s not too late to get vaccinated and health experts say those who haven’t gotten a shot should. While the vaccine hasn’t been as effective against the H3N2 strain sickening so many this year, the experts say getting a shot can reduce the duration or severity of the illness. Please contact your health care provider for further information when deciding if the flu vaccine is for you or your children.
What can you do to reduce flu risk and the spread of the influenza virus?
To protect you and others from the flu, public health officials advise that you:
* Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue. If you do not have a tissue, cough into your elbow.
* Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth, some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on surfaces such as desks and doorknobs.
* Wash hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
* Stay home when you are sick, and keep your children home when they are sick.
* Stay home until you have been symptom-free for 24 hours.
Saint James' is also doing their part to help keep our students healthier. There are a number of hand sanitizers throughout the school, and one in every classroom. Hand soap containers are refilled throughout the day as needed. Door handles and common areas wiped clean throughout the day. Each night the classrooms are cleaned/disinfected. Children are reminded to wash their hands properly with soap and water, as well as covering their coughs and sneezes. We will not be drinking from the communal chalice during celebration of the Holy Eucharist in chapel, but rather will dip the bread into the wine. Please take a moment to review St. James' Health Policy.
Our school policy states that you should not send your child to school if he/she has:
* Temperature of 100 degrees or greater in the past 24 hours
* Vomiting in the past 24 hours
* Diarrhea in the past 24 hours
* Bad cold, with a very runny nose or bad cough, especially if it has kept the child awake at night
* Children must be symptom free for 24 hours, without the use of medication, before returning to school. If your child becomes ill at school and the teacher or school nurse feel the child is too sick to benefit from school or is contagious to other children and staff, you will be called to come and take him/her home from school. Please be sure that arrangements can be made to transport your child home from school and that childcare is available in case of illness.
Illnesses like colds and flu are spread from person to person via respiratory droplets.
When sick children stay home, not only are they helping themselves recuperate, they are helping their peers stay healthy! By working together, I believe we can reduce the spread of illness at St. James'.
Kelly Basham, RN