Moira Bernard-Moore, LPN
Is Your Child Too Sick for School?
When your student has a fever, keep them home. During the first days of illness, when symptoms are most severe and the infection is most contagious, students should stay home. Students can return to school when symptoms are improving and no fever has been detected for 24 hours.
How to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy
When it comes to getting our children to eat healthy foods, nutrition experts say many of us try too hard.
Sometimes in our efforts to get our children to eat veggies or fruits or to limit desserts and “junk food,” we instead create power struggles that actually lead to less healthy eating. Check out these tips to not only encourage your child to eat better but also to help create a lifelong, positive relationship with food.*
*Read more from Children's Healthcare for Atlanta Strong4Life
What Parents Need to Know about Heat Illness in Young Athletes
Heat-related illness is responsible for thousands of emergency department visits annually by young
athletes. The severity of heat injury ranges from mild heat cramps to heat stroke and death. In fact, heat stroke is the third most common cause of exercise-related death in U.S. high school athletes.
* Read more about Health-related Illness Tips for Young Athletes
* Read more about Heat Illness in Young Athletes Detection and Prevention
Counselor Corner Parent Resources
Mandated Reporter Training for Volunteers
Any volunteer at BES must be trained in mandated reporting. Volunteers include but are not limited to parents who come to help in the classroom, PTA, Mentors, School Governance Team.
Section 19-7-5 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to reporting of child abuse, designated several categories of individuals as mandated reporters, who “having reasonable cause to believe that a child has been abused shall report or cause reports of that abuse to be made.” All child service organization personnel are mandated reporters. (The complete section of the Georgia Code is on file at your school) ‘Child service organization personnel’ means persons employed by or volunteering at a business or an organization, whether public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children.
- O.C.G.A. 19-7-5(b)(5)
Training may be completed by the following:
Reading the handout entitled Mandated Reporter Information and Resources
Viewing the Looking Out for Georgia's Youth: Education Can Make a Difference Power Point.
Signing the Mandated Reporter Acknowledgment Form and returning to a teacher or the front office.
The reporting procedure for any disclosures or suspicions will follow the protocol of the school in compliance with the law to report directly to the Principal or their designee (Mary Griner, School Counselor)
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Love to read??? Consider joining the BES Reading Stars! Each year, fourth and fifth grade students are given the opportunity to join the BES Reading Stars Club. All members are expected to read the new list of Georgia Book Award nominated books in order to compete in the Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl. This is a competition held each school year where our team members compete against other elementary school teams from Barrow County on comprehension questions from each book read.
The book club meeting regularly in the media center before school and involve lively discussions of the books, practice answering questions about the books, and develop commodore with other students who enjoy reading. This can't be done effectively if students don't get a head start reading books as soon as the list is posted.
The Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl uses the suggested Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalists list of 16 titles (2015-2016) for elementary schools. The following list is for grades 4-8. Click here to download a copy of the reading list.
2015-2016 Georgia Children’s Book Award Finalists (Gr. 4 - 8)
Airgood, E. (2012). Prairie Evers. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
Cavanaugh, N. (2013). This journal belongs to Ratchet. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky.
Fleming, D. (2013). The Saturday boy. New York: Viking.
Graff, L. (2014). Absolutely almost. New York: Philomel.
Gratz, A. (2013). Prisoner B-3087. New York: Scholastic.
Herrera, R. (2014). Hope is a Ferris wheel. New York: Amulet/Abrams.
Holm, J.L. (2014). The fourteenth goldfish. New York: Random House.
Johnson, J. (2014). The mark of the dragonfly. New York: Delacorte.
Keating, J. (2014). How to outrun a crocodile when your shoes are untied. Naperville, IL: Sourcebooks
Lamana, J.T. (2014). Upside down in the middle of nowhere. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle.
La Valley, J. (2013). The vine basket. New York: Clarion.
Lloyd, N. (2014). A snicker of magic. New York: Scholastic.
Lord, C. (2014). Half a chance. New York: Scholastic.
MacHale, D.J. (2013). Sylo. New York: Razorbill/Penguin.
Pitchford, D. (2013). Nickel Bay Nick. New York: Putnam.
Thompson, J.E. (2013). The girl from Felony Bay. Burlington, MA: Walden Pond Press.
Watson, J. (2014). Loot: How to steal a fortune. New York: Scholastic.
Woodson, J. (2014). Brown girl dreaming. New York: Nancy Paulsen Books.
We look forward to a new and exciting 2016-2017 school year!
The Barrow County Public Library offers lots of reading activities.
Click on the calendar to view the Calendar to view events held at the
Winder Public Library.
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