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Newton Parent Council

Teen Summer Program Expo

On Monday, February 6 from 5:30 PM to 8:00PM, Newton South High School, will host the Annual Teen Summer Program Expo.  The event is FREE,  open to the public and will be held in the cafeteria.

Find the perfect summer experience for middle and high school students.  Meet directors of more than 60 enriching summer and gap year programs in the U.S. & abroad.  Programs for every budget and every interest include academic, adventure, teen tours, community service, internships, sport instruction, language immersion, arts/theatre/music, STEM and college prep programs.  Efficiently cut through the overwhelming amount of information online and make informed decisions about programming, safety, & supervision.  For a list of programs attending go to www.TeenSummerExpos.com.  For more information contact Laura@TeenSummerExpos.com  Snow date: Tuesday, February 7.

5th Annual Carroll Center Walk

Creative Arts and Sciences Program in Newton

Coming to Oak HIll, Wednesday, Feb 8 as part of the Creative Arts and Sciences Program in Newton.

If you are interested in attending one of the concerts or joining Oak Hill’s Creative Arts Team, please get in touch with Danielle or Shara at CASC@oakhillpto.org. Creative Arts and Sciences is fully funded by your generous PTO contributions. Programs are brought into Oak Hill throughout the school year. They are usually grade specific to complement the curriculum. We are always looking for chaperones – it’s like a one hour field trip without the school bus.

Click here for more details about this program CAS_Alash_Ensemble_Poster_OakHill or check out this youtube link below to preview the Alash Ensemble performing

Creative Arts and Sciences Program in Newton

Coming to Oak HIll, Wednesday, Feb 8 as part of the Creative Arts and Sciences Program in Newton.

If you are interested in attending one of the concerts or joining Oak Hill’s Creative Arts Team, please get in touch with Danielle or Shara at CASC@oakhillpto.org. Creative Arts and Sciences is fully funded by your generous PTO contributions. Programs are brought into Oak Hill throughout the school year. They are usually grade specific to complement the curriculum. We are always looking for chaperones – it’s like a one hour field trip without the school bus.

Click here for more details about this program CAS_Alash_Ensemble_600x300 CAS_Alash_Ensemble_Poster_OakHill or check out this youtube link below to preview the Alash Ensemble performing

Postural Screening

Next week I will begin to perform my state mandated postural screenings. Emails will be sent notifying you of the scheduled week of your students screening. I will start with grade 6.  If you choose not to have your child participate in the Postural Screening Program, please notify me and then submit documentation of postural screening by your child’s health care provider.

Massachusetts General Laws (M.G.L. c.71, s.57) require that all public school students in grades five through nine be screened annually for the early detection of spinal problems. This is not a diagnostic service but a screening program to identify children who should have further medical evaluation.

The screening consists of observations of the student’s back when standing and bending forward and will be done by a school nurse or Physical Education, Health and Wellness teacher.  Boys and girls are screened separately and privately.  The results are recorded in the confidential school health record.  If your child has any unusual findings, you will be notified and asked to have your child seen by a health care provider.

Students are asked to remove their shirts.  Girls should wear a bra or halter top to permit more accurate observation of the back.  If students do not have the type of clothing that permits observation of the back or refuse screening, they will not be screened and a notice will be sent to parents/guardians that screening was not done.  Follow up should be with the student’s health care provider with documentation submitted to the school nurse.

If you choose not to have your child participate in the Postural Screening Program, please notify the school nurse and submit documentation of postural screening by your child’s health care provider.

Please feel free to contact the school nurse with any questions about postural screening.

Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN, Oak Hill Middle School

130 Wheeler Rd,Newton, MA 02459

Health Office 617-559-9215

Fax 617-552-5547

New England Camp Fair

Don’t miss this Free Public event!

To learn more about the New England Camp Fair being held in Newton, click the link below:

Camp Fair FlyerPDF 2017

Just Think Expo

  •  Southside will shine at Just Think:
    Teens Making Smart Choices expo Monday, January 23, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m.
    Middle school and high school students and parents/guardians are invited to the free Just Think: Teens Making Smart Choices expo on January 23 for participative, informative exhibits; live music; free refreshments; and fun.
    This year’s expo will feature several groups and individuals from Newton South,
    including the Newtones and Crescendo, two a capella groups; South Asian Students
    Association, which will provide free henna tattoos; the Ligerbots; and Constantine Foehl, magician.
    In addition to having fun, come to the expo to meet 30 community exhibitors who help
    teens navigate life’s pressures in order to stay safe and healthy. Get information about
    everything from social media use and pedestrian safety to healthy eating and body
    confidence to stress reduction and mental health support. Sponsored by the Newton
    North PTSO (NorthPTSO.org).
    Community resources for teens and families
    FREE and fun!
    Treat bags for the first 50 students who come with a parent/guardian
    Giveaways and refreshments
    Grand prize drawing: Beats headphones
    Table tennis challenge
    “American Ninja Warrior” demo

School Health Newsletter

January 2017 – School Health Newsletter

Coughing, sneezing, vomiting, diarrhea, oh my! Winter illness is abounding, as is often the case during the colder months.

Here are some Stay Healthy Tips:

Hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness.

  • Wash your hands often — when they are dirty, before eating, after using the restroom and after sneezing into a tissue
  • Use soap and warm water and rub your hands together for at least 20 seconds before rinsing and drying.
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are ok to use when your hands aren’t visibly dirty, but hand washing is preferable
  • Make it fun with kids – sing a song and model thoroughly soaping up!
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea — “the stomach bug” – are often transmitted via a fecal/oral route, meaning virus is shed in the stool, gets on hands, and then enters the body through the mouth. Thorough hand washing after using the bathroom helps prevent this type of illness.

Cough Etiquette

  • Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands – use a tissue or your elbow
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Stay away from people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.

If your child unfortunately does get sick, please follow the illness policy. A student will be excluded from school if he/she has:

  •  A fever of 100 or greater in the past 24 hours
  •  A communicable disease diagnosis
  •  A cold in the active stages – coughing, sneezing, nasal drainage
  •  A sore throat and/or swollen neck glands
  •  Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  •  Acute pain that requires relief by narcotic medication
  •  An undiagnosed rash or skin eruption

Nurses monitor illness patterns so please contact the school nurse:

  • If you are uncertain if your child should come to school
  • To report illness when keeping your child home

Adapted from cdc.gov/handwashing  

Sue Riley, BSN, RN,NCSN

Oak Hill Middle School

130 Wheeler Rd

Newton, MA 02459

Health Office 617-559-9215 / Fax 617-552-5547