• Health Room

    Student Health

    In order for optimal learning to occur, students should be well rested, and illness free. Please keep your student home if any of the following conditions exist:

    • fever (elevated over 101 degrees by mouth)
    • vomiting
    • diarrhea
    • running nose with thick yellow-green discharge
    • productive cough
    • undiagnosed rash
    • head lice and nits
    • or any communicable disease (pink eye, ringworm, chicken pox, etc.)

    If any of these conditions occur during school hours, parents will be notified and your student will have to be picked up as soon as possible.

     

    Medication

    ALL medication to be given during school hours requires a completed "Parent's Request to Administer Medication at School" form. This form can be obtained from the Health Room. An adult must deliver the medication and the form to the school Health Room. No child, at any time, is allowed to have medication in their possession, including over the counter items.

    Please inform the Health Room of any health concerns (injury, surgery, extended illness, fractures, or new onset of illness).

    We are here to facilitate a healthy school environment so each child can succeed.

    Anne Arundel County Health Department

    www.aahealth.org

    Cultural Arts

    During the elementary school experience, students are provided with a program that includes art, music, physical education and library media. Each of these programs is designed to develop specific skills and concepts and to foster an appreciation for the arts and physical fitness. The following is an overview of the programs your child will experience this year.

    The Music program provides students with a variety of experiences including listening to music, singing, playing instruments, reading standard notation, moving to music, composing, improvising, analyzing, evaluating and performing. Skills, concepts, and experiences are presented within a differentiated music framework that exposes children to a variety of styles, genres, and cultures. Music classroom experiences tap heavily into brain-based learning strategies, music literacy, 21st century skills, Arts Integration and the College and Career Ready Standards. Students in grades K-5 will engage in a balanced, comprehensive program in general music and an opportunity for students in grades 3-5 to study instrumental music.

    The Visual Arts program provides students with a variety of experiences including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Skills, concepts, and experiences are presented within a differentiated visual arts framework that exposes children to a variety of tools, techniques and master exemplars. Visual Arts classroom experiences tap heavily into brain-based learning strategies and 21st century skills. In addition, College and Career Ready Standards and Practices, Arts Integration and STEM practices are embedded in instruction. All factors combine to offer students in all grades a balanced, total program in a visual arts education.

    The Physical Education program provides a variety of motor-skills, fitness concepts, rhythms, and game experiences intended to enhance the cognitive, motor, and affective development of every child. The curriculum is designed so that all children are involved in a sequential and differentiated program that provides for maximum physical activity during every class. Instruction focuses on the development of Aerobic Fitness, Flexibility, and Muscular Strength and Endurance. This is accomplished though the delivery of themes that include but are not limited to fundamental movements patterns, rhythms and dance, manipulatives, and ball skills. In addition, College and Career Ready Standards are implemented throughout instruction. Students in grades four and five receive individual Fitnessgram Reports twice a year at the end of each semester. These reports are helpful in highlighting personal fitness strengths as well as identifying areas where efforts might be focused towards improvement.

    The Digital Media program provides students with the skills to become lifelong readers and effective users of technology and information. Students are provided with access to information resources and literature. They are exposed to a wide range of genres during instruction, including stories of imagination as well as factual accounts from informational text. They learn to locate, evaluate, and use information efficiently and effectively. Students learn the importance of a digital footprint and to use safe behaviors when using electronic communication. Students come to understand the concept of intellectual property and to use resources in a responsible manner. Through instruction in library media, students acquire the foundation needed to be effective users of ideas and information in everyday life.

    Assessment for Art, Music, and Physical Education Grades 1-5: All students will have documented assessments at least three times per marking period based on the state standards for each of the content areas. Report cards will indicate “consistently demonstrates skill”, “progressing in the development of skill”, “emerging in the development of skill” and “needs development” in each program area. Further clarification as to how these grades are determined will come from each teacher.

    We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year for your child. If you desire additional information, please contact your child’s teacher.

     

    Speech

    The role of the speech-language pathologist in the public schools is to provide support to children who are identified as having speech and language disorders. The disorders must be shown to affect their ability to communicate effectively in the classroom.

    Communication is a two-part process and involves listening and speaking skills. Sometimes the student is a listener and sometimes the student is a speaker. Everything that a child does in school involves listening, thinking, and doing something to demonstrate skills and knowledge. The teacher shows and tells something to the class and the students talk or write to demonstrate their knowledge. Children who cannot communicate effectively have difficulty learning to read and write and in learning new information.

     

    The speech-language pathologist provides a variety of services:

    Observation of communication in the classroom setting.
    Assistance to teachers and students in the classroom.
    Intervention with "at-risk" students
    Identification of children who might be having communication problems.
    Evaluation of children at the request of the I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) Committee.
    Provision of speech and language services in group and individual settings
    The speech-language pathologist evaluates the following areas of communication:

    • Speech
    • Sound Production
    • Fluency
    • Rate/Volume
    • Language
      • Receptive Language - understanding of vocabulary, understanding of grammar and syntax, auditory memory, and understanding word relationships
        Expressive Language - use of vocabulary, use of grammar and syntax, auditory recall-following directions, and using word relationships
      • Oral language develops before written language. Babies' first words are the first steps in the journey toward literacy, Tracey's students are being led by their teachers in the process of becoming effective learners. The speech-language pathologist provides help along the way.

    Guidance

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”

    - Ralph Waldo Emerson

     

    My program:

    The components of my guidance program come from the National Standards for School Counseling. The three broad goals for an effective counseling program are to help ALL students with:

    Academic Success
    Career Awareness
    Personal/Social Development
    Classroom Guidance Lessons:

    I visit every class twice a month for guidance lessons. Lesson topics will include:

    Successful Student Skills
    Character Education
    Conflict Resolution Skills
    Stress and Anger Management
    Personal Body Safety, Harassment, and Bullying
    Self Awareness and Appreciation
    Career Awareness
    Small Group Counseling:

    I meet with small groups of children during their lunch or recess times to discuss common issues. I contact parents or guardians before placing a student in a group. Groups may be formed to work on issues such as:

    • Aggression and Anger Management
    • Friendship and Social Skills
    • Learning Skills and Motivation
    • Changing Families
    • Drugs and Alcohol in the Family
    • Grief

    Children are referred to me by school staff, families, and by the children themselves. I always contact parents/guardians if I would like to meet with a child on a regular basis.

     

    Individual Counseling:

    I meet with individual children during their lunch or recess times, as needed. Children very often ask to see me about peer relations. I may also be asked to speak to individual children about personal or family crises, or for school success issues. Again, if I would like to meet with a child more than once, I will call the parent or guardian.

     

    Consultation and Collaboration:

    I work with our school teams, staff, school psychologist, outside agencies, and parents, to help all of our students to be successful in school.

     

    Referrals and Resources:

    I can provide information to parents or guardians about outside agencies, programs, or materials that may be helpful to families. Please see the reference section of this website for some additional informational websites for parents/guardians and kids. A few state and county resources:

    To report suspected child abuse/neglect, please call: 410-421-8400
    MD Crises Hotline: 1-800-422-0009
    Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-MDHELPS (1-800-634-3577)

    The Family Stress Line: 1-800-243-5340

    The Family Resource Center: (410) 222-6429
    A library of parenting books, materials, and information on parenting workshops, etc.

    The Family Tree: (410) 431-5340 www.familytreemd.org
    Non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families.

    Annapolis Youth Services (410) 626-1800 ext. 1801 www.maysb.com
    Family based services for prevention and early intervention

    Focus Adolescent Services: Family Help in Maryland
    www.focusas.com (click on “state directory” for Maryland)

    Partners for Success Resource Center: (410) 222-3805

    Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency: (410) 222-7858

    Mental Health Association of Maryland: 1-800-572-6426
    www.mhamd.org (check out the recommended links)

    Anne Arundel County Conflict Resolution Center: (410) 266-9033
    Offers mediation services and anger management workshops


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    Now the fun part:

    This is another website that offers further links to an array of interesting websites, so take some time to explore.

     

    For the adults:

    www.thefamilyworks.org

     

     

    “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.”

    - Erin Majors