This Week @ Gates
February 18, 2018
Upcoming Events

Monday-Friday, 2/19/18-2/23/18: February Vacation (no school)
Saturday, 03/17/18:  Math Bee

Hello from the Health Office

We continue to see a few new cases of flu. However, we are happy to note that the numbers of ill students on our daily attendance list has dropped, suggesting that we could be over the worse of the outbreak. As of Wednesday, February 14th, we have had a total of 25 confirmed cases of Influenza since January 23rd, most of which have resolved.  

We continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines for schools. They advise that students may return to school after the student is fever free without medications for at least 24 hours. It is also important that in addition to being fever free, that the student have enough energy to participate in a full school day's activities.

To help control contagion, we continue to monitor illness trends,  and we educate about and practice the CDC's guidance for lowering the chances of spread. We acknowledge that flu is very contagious for a day or so before the onset of symptoms and sometimes, to a lesser degree, after the CDC prescribed return guidelines, complicating the issue.

If your child has a fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea, it is important to contact your provider for guidance. Our school physician and other community doctors are reporting that they are diagnosing some flu cases in which there aren't fevers, but the other symptoms listed are present.

Ways to help prevent the spread of influenza include:
  • Receiving the Flu vaccine.
  • Handwashing.
  • Using hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue or upper sleeve.
  • Encouraging your children to keep their hands away from their faces.
  • Keeping your children home if you suspect flu symptoms and not returning them until they are fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Routine cleaning of frequently touched surfaces. Flu viruses are fragile and will succumb to routine detergent cleaning.
Please alert the Health Office directly if your child has been diagnosed by a physician with flu, strep, pneumonia, bronchitis or other communicable illness.

More information can be found on the CDC website for Influenza (Flu) and on the website at Flu information for the general public .

Diane Spring and Tory Reierson

Keeping Children Safe and Secure Online

The Conant PTO would like to invite the Gates community to attend a presentation on Keeping Children Safe and Secure Online by the Project Safe Childhood Team, District Attorney's Office, on Tuesday, March 6th, in the Conant Cafeteria at 7:00 pm.

The presentation is aimed at all age ranges. Due to be sensitive nature of this talk, there is a strict no children policy and there will not be any babysitting services. However, High School aged children can attend with their parents.

Please note, this is NOT a fundraiser for the Conant PTO, the presentation is free. The Safe Childhood Team has asked to open the meeting to all families in Acton. The hope is to reach as many Acton families as possible with the important content of this talk.

Please Send In Your Box Tops

For the 2017-2018 school year we've earned $233.70 for Gates School, lets keep that momentum going. The next submission date is March 1, 2018 so please send in your box tops soon. There's a collection box in the front office at Gates and at Roche Bros. Please make sure Box Tops are trimmed and cut along the dotted lines.

Shop and Support Gates

Donelan's Receipts for Education
Donelan's Supermarkets proudly sponsors the Register Tapes for Education Program to make a difference in local communities. Simply collect Donelan's receipts and deposited them in the collection center outside the Gates school office. These receipts are then converted into points and redeemed for equipment and supplies for Gates School.

Shopping on AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Gates school. Just sign up at AmazonSmile and register Paul P. Gates School PTO as your designated charity. Then every time you shop, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% of your purchase price to the Gates PTO. Don't forget to bookmark the website.

Box Tops for Education
The Box Tops for Education program is an easy way to earn cash for Gates school. Simply clip Box Tops on hundreds of products at your local grocery store and place them in the collection box outside of the Gates school office. For each one, Gates receives 10 cents and it really adds up.

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This newsletter was created solely for the purpose of communicating school related events to parents and students.