Cold and Flu Season is Coming…. Never Fear Ben-Hem’s Nurses are Here!

Post by Barbara Singer and Denise Twiss, Ben-Hem School Nurses

Happy fall!  As you know, Enterovirus has been in the news recently.  There have been no confirmed cases in the area, but we are seeing students who have respiratory viruses, GI viruses, and a few cases of Strep Throat in the health clinic.   The best prevention for all of these illnesses is HAND WASHING.   In addition, please remind your children to cover their mouths/noses with their elbows or a tissue when they have to cough and/or sneeze, and please send your children into school each day with their own individual water bottle.  If your child is coughing and/or sneezing due to seasonal allergies, check with his/her health care provider to see if allergy medication may help, and remind your child to wash his/her hands and face after coming in from playing outside.

Please review the NPS Absence Policy below and keep your child home if he/she has:

  • Temperature over 99.6 degrees, without the use of fever reducing medications

  • Colds, coughs and runny nose

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Undiagnosed rashes

  • Impetigo

  • Conjunctivitis (pink eye)

  • Untreated Pediculosis (head lice)

  • Scabies

  • Ringworm

Please remember to call the absence line by 8:30 am EACH DAY that your child will be absent or tardy.  The number is:  (508)647-6581 and it is a recorded line so you can leave a message 24 hours a day.

Pupils returning to school after an absence of more than five (5) days should present evidence for absence (a physician’s note).

Feel free to contact us with any questions and stay well!!

Classroom Appstravaganza #2

Dragon Dictation is a free application that allows students to dictate directly into the iPad.  It turns speech into text allowing users to copy and paste text into just about any document!  Students can use this to dictate their writing, experiment with syntax, and build oral fluency.  Parents also might be interested Dragon’s text messaging features for smartphones!  This application is free on iTunes and you can learn more about it on Nuance Mobile’s website.


Classroom Appstravaganza!

This year the Natick elementary schools are scaling up the classroom deployment of mobile devices. Over the past five years schools have implemented these devices to explore how they might enhance learning opportunities for students. Through these small scale classroom applications our faculty and staff have learned a great deal about how to successfully use mobile technologies in the classroom. As a results, every classroom will be equipped with five iPads to enhance and supplement the learning environment. Over the summer these iPads were outfitted with a common set of applications that really work for kids. This series of posts will highlight different applications that are in use in Natick classrooms and provide parents with useful information about how they can use these applications at home.

ScreenChompThis week we are going to start with a basic but powerful application called ScreenChomp. ScreenChomp turns the iPad into a tool that students and teachers can use to show what they know and support one another through the learning process. Check out the following videos to get an overview and a how to.



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