Join Us in Making Our School a Healthy “CATCH” School / Ayuden a convertir a nuestra escuela en una escuela sana “CATCH”

Dear Creslane Family,

This year, our school has joined thousands of other schools across the country as a CATCH school. “CATCH” stands for “Coordinated Approach To Child Health.” CATCH schools are committed to helping kids eat more nutritious foods and get more physical activity. As you know, both are important to their health and wellness today and for years to come.

Helping our children make positive health choices takes the entire school community–teachers, principals, cafeteria staff and parents working together in a coordinated way. I strongly encourage and welcome your support for this program. As a parent, your role in influencing your child to make healthy choices is extremely important.

A key focus of the CATCH Program is to create an environment that makes the healthy choice the easy choice for our students. Throughout the year, we will promote positive health choices through wellness activities, classroom and physical education curricula, and signs around our campus. We hope you will encourage healthy choices at home, too. You will receive CATCH Program news periodically to keep you up to date on what’s happening at school and suggestions you can use at home to build more nutritious foods and more physical activity into your child’s life.

A major emphasis of CATCH is helping children learn to make healthy food choices. Our school will encourage students to eat only healthy and nutritious snacks during the school day. We will be using the terms “GO,” “SLOW” and “WHOA” to help kids know foods they should eat more–or less–of.

  • GO foods include mostly fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and lower-fat dairy products. They are lowest in unhealthy fats, added sugars, and are the least processed.
  • SLOW foods are healthier than WHOA foods, but not as healthy as GO foods.
  • WHOA foods are highest in unhealthy fats, added sugars, and/or sodium, and are ultra-processed.

Here are other ways we hope you will support the CATCH Program:

  • Send only healthy snacks to school. It’s important that we “walk the talk,” not just “talk the talk.”
  • Pack healthy lunches for your child.
  • Find opportunities for your child to be more active. Consider reducing the time he or she watches TV or plays computer games; take your child on walks or hikes–or to the park to play; or involve him or her in other activities. (And be sure to let the school know your thoughts on how we can help support your child in being more active.)
  • Be a positive role model. Let your actions speak louder than your words by getting more physical activity and making healthier food and beverage choices.
  • Volunteer to help implement the CATCH Program. Contact your child’s teacher if you would like to contribute to a healthier environment on our campus or join our school’s CATCH Team, the group in charge of coordinating the program.

If you have questions or would like more information about the CATCH Program, please contact Lindsay Carlson, our PE teacher, at the school.

Sincerely,

Amy Halley, Principal

 

Estimadas Familia:

Este año nuestra escuela se ha unido con miles de escuelas a través del país en hacerse una escuela CATCH. Las siglas “CATCH” significan “Enfoque coordinado sobre la salud del niño.” Las escuelas CATCH se han comprometido a ayudar a los niños a comer alimentos más nutritivos y a practicar más actividades físicas. Como ya saben, esas dos cosas son factores importantes en la salud y el bienestar de ellos, tanto hoy como en su futuro.

Ayudar a los niños a tomar decisiones positivas en cuanto a su salud, implica la participación de la comunidad escolar entera–maestros, directores, personal de la cafetería y padres de familia–trabajando juntos de una manera coordinada. Les aliento a ustedes a apoyar este programa, su apoyo será muy bienvenido. Es muy importante la influencia que ustedes ejercen como padres sobre sus hijos, a que hagan elecciones sanas.

Un enfoque clave del Programa CATCH es el de realizar un ambiente en el cual la elección más sana se haga la elección más fácil para nuestros alumnos. Durante todo el año, fomentaremos elecciones positivas relacionadas con la salud, por medio de actividades que tratan del bienestar, lecciones para el salón de clases y para clases de educación física, rótulos colocados en diversos sitios de la escuela, y noches de familia. Esperamos que ustedes fomenten elecciones sanas en el hogar también. De vez en cuando recibirán noticias sobre el Programa CATCH, para que se mantengan al tanto de lo que está pasando en la escuela. También recibirán sugerencias que pueden usar en el hogar para incorporar más alimentos nutritivos y más actividades físicas a la vida de su hijo(a).

El Programa CATCH da mayor énfasis sobre el ayudar a los niños a hacer elecciones alimentarias sanas. Nuestra escuela les animará a los alumnos a que coman únicamente bocadillos (snacks) que sean saludables y nutritivos durante el día escolar. Vamos a usar los términos GO, SLOW y WHOA para enseñarles cuáles son los alimentos que deberían comer en mayores–o menores–cantidades.

  • Los alimentos GO incluyen, en su mayor parte, frutas, verduras, granos integrales, carnes magras y productos lácteos con poca grasa. Contienen los más bajos contenidos en grasas, azúcares añadidos, y son menos procesados.
  • Los alimentos SLOW son más saludables que los alimentos WHOA, pero no tan saludables como

los alimentos GO.

  • Los alimentos WHOA son los más altos en grasas no saludables, azúcares añadidos, y/o sodio y son ultra procesados.

Además de ayudar a su hijo(a) a seleccionar más alimentos GO que alimentos SLOW o WHOA, esperamos sinceramente que también ustedes apoyen el Programa CATCH en algunas de, o en todas, las siguientes maneras:

  • Cuando lleven bocadillos (“snacks”) a la escuela. Es importante que nuestras acciones concuerden con nuestras palabras.
  • Prepárenle almuerzos saludables a su hijo(a).
  • Busquen oportunidades para que su hijo(a) esté más activo(a): Consideren una reducción en las horas que él o ella pasa viendo televisión o jugando juegos de computadora; lleven a su hijo(a) a dar caminatas–o al parquet para jugar; o involúcrenlo(la) en otras actividades. [No se les olvide comunicar al personal de la escuela sus ideas sobre maneras de que nosotros podemos apoyar a su hijo(a) para que él o ella esté más activo(a).]
  • Sean modelos positivos a imitar. Los actos hablan por sí solos, así que practiquen más actividades físicas y hagan elecciones sanas al momento de tomar alimentos y bebidas.
  • Ofrezcan sus servicios voluntarios para ayudar en la ejecución del Programa CATCH. Hablen con el maestro(a) de su hijo(a) si quisieran contribuir a un ambiente más sano en nuestra escuela o si quisieran unirse al Comité CATCH de nuestra escuela, el cual es el grupo encargado de la coordinación del programa.

Si tiene preguntas o desea obtener más información sobre el programa CATCH, comuníquese con Lindsay Carlos, nuestra maestra de educación física, en la escuela.

 

Sinceramente

Amy Halley, Directora

 

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January 16

Reminder to our families that tomorrow, January 17th, is an early release Friday. Students will be dismissed from school at 11:30.

Monday, January 20th, is a no-school day in observance of MLK Day.

 

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January 13

Mustang Families,

This last week we spent much of our time getting back into the groove of teaching and learning by reviewing school rules and expectations. It was so good to have all of our students back in class and engaged in learning.

The January PTO meeting is scheduled for January 14th at 6pm in the Creslane Library. Childcare is provided. Hope to see you there!

This next Friday, January 17, students will be released at 11:30 for Early Release Friday. Teachers will be spending the afternoon involved with professional development.

Mark your calendars for Monday, January 20th, as this is a no school day in observance of MLK.

As reminder students supervision begins at 7:30 for breakfast. Prior to 7:30 we do not have supervision, therefore students should not arrive until 7:30 or later. Between 7:30 and 7:55 students are permitted to be in the cafeteria, library, or playground (at 7:45). Hallway doors open to classrooms at the 7:55 bell. The only students who should arrive before 7:30 are those involved in music actives. Thank you for following our supervision schedule and getting students to school in time for the 8am bell.

This month we are planning to kick off a monthly “CATCH Day”. For those who are unfamiliar with CATCH it stands for a Coordinated Approach to Child Health. By uniting multiple players in a child’s life to create a community of health, CATCH is proven to prevent childhood obesity. For more information their website is filled with resources for families. https://catchinfo.org/about/. January 24th will be our first CATCH day will where we will work together as a school to see how many jumping jacks we can complete!

Lastly, I wanted to remind you of the procedures when winter weather is in the forecast. When winter weather arrives, schools may be closed or delayed or buses may use snow routes. These decisions impact each of our Creswell SD schools.

How the decision is made:

Typically, weather-related school schedule decisions are made in the early morning, before school, when current weather conditions can be assessed. We believe students and families are best served when we are open. Our main concern and the reason for any school closure is the safety of our students and staff.

How to find out if there is a change:

If the district decides to make a change to the school schedule or bus routes, it is communicated as quickly as possible in several ways, all well before 6:30 a.m. 

If schools and buses are on their regular schedule, there will NOT be an announcement.

What does the announcement mean?

  • School Closure: There is no school for students, although some staff will be at work.
  • Two-Hour Delay: School will start two hours late and end at the normal dismissal time for a regular school day. If it would normally have been an early release day, the early release day schedule will be canceled. Buses will drive cautiously, adjusting to conditions, so pickup and return may be delayed.
  • Snow Routes: Some school bus routes have alternate “snow routes” that may be used when snow and ice make road conditions hazardous at higher and steeper elevations. This helps limit the need for school closures in harsh weather. When school buses operate on these snow routes, some students will have a different bus stop location and time than on the regular route. More information is at http://www.creswell.k12.or.us/wp/crnt/resources-2/snowice-bus-routes/.

Parent Choice: When school is in session during wintry weather, families are encouraged to consider the road conditions in their areas, make their own decisions based on safety, and notify the school if their student will be staying home. Parents’ decisions about student absences for hazardous weather safety reasons will be honored.

Thank you,

Amy Halley, Principal

 

 

 

 

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December 20: Pajama Day @ Creslane

Students and staff are invited to participate in a school-wide pajama day this coming Friday, December 20th at Creslane Elementary!

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Illness Notification

Dear Creslane families,

Lane County Health Department has become aware that in increased amount of students at Creslane Elementary School are absent because of vomiting or diarrhea. Therefore, the Health Department is providing support to the district nurse, the school and those families impacted. From the information we have at this point, it appears that the illness might be caused by Norovirus. At this time we do not have any confirmed cases of Norovirus and this letter serves only as a precautionary measure.

What is Norovirus? This is a common but highly contagious virus that is usually spread by person-to-person contact but can also be spread through food, water, or contact with things that infected persons have touched. Illness usually occurs one or two days after being exposed. Infected persons are contagious while they have symptoms and usually for a couple of days after symptoms have resolved.

Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and some stomach cramping. Some people may have a low-grade fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a general sense of tiredness. The illness often begins suddenly, and the infected person may feel very sick. The illness is usually brief, with symptoms lasting about 1 or 2 days.

How serious is it? People with norovirus disease may feel very sick and vomit many times a day. Most do not feel sick enough to seek medical attention, and most get better within 1 or 2 days. Few people with norovirus disease are hospitalized; but the vomiting and diarrhea can lead to dehydration requiring medical attention.

If you think you have this infection, the following will help you and help prevent others from getting sick:

 Stay home to rest for at least 48 hours after the vomiting and diarrhea have stopped and you are feeling better.

 Sip fluids frequently as tolerated. Half-strength apple juice, sports fluids, flat lemon-lime soda, or popsicles can help to prevent dehydration.

 WASH HANDS FREQUENTLY: Rub all surfaces of hands with soap, rub lathered hands together vigorously for at least 20 seconds, and then thoroughly rinse the hands under a stream of water.

 Wash hands after using the bathroom, cleaning, changing diapers, or before eating or preparing food. Avoid sharing towels, and if possible ask ill persons to use only one bathroom.

 Disinfect household surfaces with a bleach solution (1 cup of household bleach to a gallon of water).

 Call your health provider if symptoms last longer than three days; if you have bloody diarrhea or a fever greater than 100.5°F; or if you think you are becoming dehydrated.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Lane County Health Department Communicable Disease Control Program at 541-682-4041.

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