Town Hall Meetings With a Twist - Featuring Breakout Sessions

 

The Little Rock School District Board of Directors and the Superintendent are continuing to seek input about the direction The New Little Rock School District is taking, the reforms underway, and the future of the school district.

When and Where

Keeping Your Child from Getting Sick

Although district health administrators have not seen any cases of Enterovirus D68 at LRSD schools, we wanted to make sure parents were aware of any symptoms for which they need to be alert.  We are sharing tips from the Arkansas Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. 

Keep Your Child from Getting and Spreading Enterovirus D68

- Avoid close contact with sick people
- Wash your hands often
- Cover Your coughs and sneezes
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands
- Clean and disinfect surfaces
- Stay home when you’re sick

For more information, see www.cdc.gov/non-polio-enterovirus/EV68/

And the Winners Are...

Congratulations to all of our National School Lunch Week Coloring Contest winners!

1st place (70 votes): Bhavana Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

2nd place (33 votes): Savannah Jenkins, Williams Magnet Elementary

3rd place (29 votes): Siddharath Sridharen, Williams Magnet Elementary

5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness Cancelled

Please be advised that the 5K Run/Walk for Childhood Fitness, scheduled for November 1, has been cancelled. 

LRSD “Gets Into the Game with School Lunch"

National School Lunch Week Aims to Get Kids Excited About Healthy Foods and Physical Exercise

To recognize the National School Lunch Program and the 30 million children it serves every day, Little Rock Schools observed National School Lunch Week from October 13-17, 2014. The district also hosted a special celebration at Western Hills Elementary Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Special guests included Mr. Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, and Arkansas First Lady Ginger Beebe.  Western Hills students, along with Mabelvale Elementary, Mabelvale Middle, and Parkview High schools provided entertainment.  The theme for the event, “Get in the Game with School Lunch” highlighted events and activities that promote the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

National School Lunch Week emphasizes the healthy foods that are offered daily in the Little Rock School District (LRSD). Other planned activities for the week included a Facebook coloring contest for elementary students and special menus for the entire week. The deadline for the coloring contest was extended to Friday, October 17, 2014.  See  https://www.facebook.com/mylrsd/app_451684954848385 for details. 

Dunbar’s Math Department Gets New Technology!

Natalie Holliman (Math Coach) opens and distributes new technology to Dunbar Middle School Math Teachers.  As the only Middle School with all 6th-8th grade students using the TI-Inspire Calculators, the math department is excited to offer cutting edge & top notch technology to all of their students this year.
 
Research has proven “Technology can reduce the effort devoted to tedious computations and increase students’ focus on more important mathematics. Equally importantly, technology can represent maths in ways that help students understand concepts. In combination, these features can enable teachers to improve both how and what students learn” (Kaput, 2007).
 
Dunbar Middle School students began using this technology Mid-April of last year, but only at the 8th grade levels.  The excitement among the teachers is EXPLOSIVE and trickles down to our students.  Our Algebra I teacher, Mr. Cain, stated “The TI-Inspire will be very helpful for our students because they  are very hands-on and this TI-Inspire graphing calculator provides that engagement beyond any other calculator on the market today.  Also this technology can be a positive and effective data generating tool to assist me as a teacher with quick and reliable feedback in the classroom in the form of quick assessments.”
 
Dunbar Magnet Middle School is making strides each year to offer the best for students and this is one step in the right direction for meeting students where they are in their technological worlds.  Natalie Holliman stated, “We can’t request the students to muffle their technology advances, we as educators have to offer opportunities to advance our technology efforts.”  
 
Kaput, J. (2007). Technology becoming infrastructural in mathematics education. Models & Modeling as Foundations for the Future in Mathematics Education. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum
 
 

Important Flu Clinic Update - Change in Some Clinic Dates

Due to a delay in flu vaccine shipment that will temporarily decrease the amount of vaccine available to the Arkansas Department of Health, the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) is rescheduling several high school flu immunization clinics. This will allow ADH to make flu vaccine available to elementary-aged children who are key transmitters of influenza in the community. In addition, it will allow ADH to provide flu vaccine to more people who are at highest risk for severe flu illness. These high risk people include pregnant women, older adults, and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma. The high school flu immunization clinics will be rescheduled at a later date. In the meantime, ADH encourages all people over the age of 6 months to get immunized against the flu. Flu vaccine is already available through many other health care providers, including pharmacies around the state.

Kerry Krell, MPH, CHES

Public Information Officer, Office of Public Health Communications
Arkansas Department of Health

Please note the Updated Ffu Clinic Schedule in the paragraph below:

This year, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH), LRSD is holding Flu Immunization clinics in schools to provide flu vaccine for students and staff. Click here for the UPDATED Flu Clinic schedule (Pago 2 en Español). 

It is very important that you follow through with all the steps required so that your child can be protected from the flu.

 

For your child to receive the flu vaccine, you must: 

 

 

 

1. Read and sign the linked the Vaccine Information Statement for the vaccine (espanol)

2. Read and Sign this FERPA consent form (Note: both 1 & 2 MUST be signed) (espanol)

3. Read and complete the front and back of the ADH consent form.

4. PRINT clearly all information required on ADH consent form.

5. Make sure you have signed the ADH consent form for the flu vaccine.

6. Sign the school district consent form.

7. Return both consent forms to your child’s school as quickly as possible

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