Principal Jaskot's Weekly Dayette

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Principal News

Just a heads up about lunchtime at school.  I want to ensure that parents know they are welcome to eat lunch with their child whenever they can.  You can check with them, the teacher, or the office to see what time they eat.  Students really enjoy having their parents at lunch.  You sit with your child and their friends.  You may bring your own meal and hot lunches are also available for adults.

Health News

We have had a significant amount of absences in the past few days from students who are sick with flu-like illness (fever, cough, sore throat and body aches). Washington State Department of Health has reported elevated cases of influenza throughout the state, including here in King County. Although there has been some confirmed flu diagnosis with our students, not all illnesses are flu related. However, below is a general guideline on when to keep your child at home.

Appearance/Behavior- unusually tired, pale, no appetite, hard to wake, or confused. 

Fever- temperature of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees C) or higher. Students need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school WITHOUT medications to reduce the fever.

Bad Could and/or Cough- Students need to be able to cover their cough to be at school. If a cough or cold persists for more than 2 weeks, the student may need to be seen by a health care provider. 

Diarrhea- 2 or more watery stools in 24 hours, especially if the student acts or looks ill. Students should stay home for 24 hours after the last watery stool.

Vomiting- vomiting 2 or more times in 24 hours. Student should stay home for 24 hours after the last time they vomited. 

Keeping ill students at home, encouraging frequent hand washing, and covering coughs protects everyone, including those with fragile immune systems. Although the return to school guideline for students with a fever is 24- hour fever free without the use of medications, if students have flu-like illness, it is best to keep them home until they are better and able to participate fully in class. For more information please visit 

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/communicable-diseases/immunization/flu-season/forfamilies.aspx

Thank you for your support to keep students safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

School Nurse

B. F. Day’s Yearbook Cover Contest RESCHEDULED

All entries are due by day end on Monday, March 11.  Entering is optional, but late entries cannot be accepted. To date we have only two entries.  We have so many artists here.  Your artwork MUST relate to our theme *Game On* You must incorporate BOARD games in your artwork.  Think about your favorite board or card game, incorporate the characters, board, game pieces of our B. F. Day mascot (Sundragon) playing the game with his B. F. Day friends.

Your art should be COLORFUL and be able to hang up and down (vertical).  Finished size 8 ½ x 11”.

You may use any medium:  markers, crayons, colored pencils, paint or cut paper.

Your artwork does NOT need a title.  ** Make sure if you are doing lettering on your entry that all words are spelled correctly.  Most importantly all artwork must be done by a student of B. F. Day Elementary.

Please write your name and your teacher’s name in pencil on the BACK of your art.

The chosen art (winner) will have their artwork appear on the cover of this year’s yearbook and receive a FREE COPY of the yearbook!  Second place will appear on back and 3rd & 4th place featured in our yearbook😊  

Library News

Global Reading Challenge post-snowpocalypse update:

Congratulations to our In-school Challenge winners, the Reading Roses! All nine teams deserve a shout-out for their hard work, collaboration and good sportsmanship. Great books were read, great discussions were had, and all had great fun!

A huge “THANK YOU!” to all the volunteers who helped make GRC possible as well as the Fremont Rotary Club, who purchased our books this year, again! 

Following what may have been the longest tie-breaker round in B. F. Day GRC history, the Reading Roses will be heading downtown to represent B. F. Day at the GRC semi-final competition on Tuesday, March 12. Go Reading Roses!

  1. F. Day Library Committee

Our next meeting will be Thursday, 3/21 at 2:35 in the library

Spring Testing

Students in Grades 3 – 5 will be participating in Spring Testing a week after we return from Spring Break.  All Grade 3 – 5 students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English/Language Arts and Math.  In addition, 5th grade students will take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment in Science (WCAS). The Smarter Balanced Assessments have 2 parts for the English Language Arts and Math. There is a Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) and a Performance Task (PT).  We have reserved 3 testing periods of about 90 minutes each for each portion of the test.  Since these are not timed, students may take longer.  Most students finish after 2 – 3 days. \

PTSA News

 

Budget related memo from the PTSA:  

As we near the last few months of the year it is important to understand how the PTSA funding works. This year's fundraising efforts (through June) pay for this year's PTSA programs. As Stan mentioned last week, the staff, Building Leadership Team (BLT), and PTSA are currently working to piece together a solid budget and staffing plan based on student needs for next year. 

This year's BF Day family group has been incredibly supportive, engaging and generous, but we still have some work to do - approximately $45k from this year's budget has yet to be raised. Any additional funds raised this year will carry over to help with critical funding support needed (ie school counselor) at the start of the new school year. Supporting PTSA helps fill the gaps in funding, so here are some ways to get involved the remainder of the year: 

  • Budget surveys will be sent to families this month be sure to fill one out
  • March 21 - Attend the PTSA General Assembly meeting at 6pm
  • March 30th - The Marvelous Arty Party auction (budgeted to raise $16k)
  • Fun Run - Spring school fundraiser (budgeted to raise $30k)