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Dear Families,
 
We’ve had an exciting week of music, valentine acts of kindness, and tubing with K-4 students at Butternut. Thank you to Butternut and the PTA for sponsoring our tubing day!
 
Thursday morning we walked up to the high school for the Young People’s Concert. The MMRHS band and jazz band played with passion and skill and inspired all of us.
 
Water fountains are in use again and absences are down. Thank you for continuing to emphasize hand washing with your children. 
 
We’ve had a few cases of lice reported. Attached is a note from Nurse Becki with our lice policy and also tips on how to check for and identify lice. Vacation week is a good time to check and treat for lice if needed. Please do report cases to Nurse Becki so that she can support classrooms and families appropriately.
 
We are excited about the Norman Rockwell Museum Muddy Brook Family Day on Saturday, March 11. Our third graders' writing and artwork will be on display.  PE teachers will lead hikes on the grounds, there will be art projects to do, music to hear, a read aloud with librarian Patty Melville and more. This event is free for all Muddy Brook families thanks to the generosity of the Norman Rockwell Museum.
 
Enjoy the vacation week. We are looking forward to seeing you on February 27!
 
Mary Berle, Principal
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
 
Feb 20 - Feb 24th - School Closed/Winter Break

MONDAY, Feb. 27

8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club
 
TUESDAY, Feb. 28
2:00 p.m.                           Ski Butternut
5:30-7:30 p.m.                   Berkshire Hills Chess Club
6:00-8:00 p.m.                   Cub Scouts
 
WEDNESDAY, March 1
8:00-9:00 a.m.                    School Council
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Chess Club

THURSDAY, March 2
SEPAC - MMRHS
8:00-8:30 a.m.                     Ukulele Club
7:00 p.m.                             School Committee Meeting at MVM
 
FRIDAY, March 3
Spirit Day – Hats
8:00-8:30 a.m.                    Unicycling
 
UPCOMING EVENTS
 
March 10 - No School; Professional Development Day
March 11 - Family Day at The Norman Rockwell Museum
March 24 - Half Day
April 14 - No School; Good Friday
April 17-21 - Spring Break
May 5 - Half Day
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE


This school vacation is a great opportunity for parents to check their children for lice and treat their children if they do find lice or nits.
Here are some quick facts about head lice:
  • Head lice are very small insects the live on the heads of people.
  • Studies show that lice are not highly transferable in the school setting.
  • Head lice are rarely transmitted through environmental vectors such as pillows, towels, etc.
  • Head lice do not jump, do not fly and cannot survive on pets, animals.  But they can crawl from one head to another when heads are close together.
  • They are also spread by sharing items with a person that is infested with head lice such as: combs, brushes, hats, bedding.
  • Head lice are found on the scalp most often behind the ears, near the neckline and crown.
  • The most common symptoms are: itching, sores or scabs, or feeling something moving in the hair.
Head lice treatment:
  • Use a lice killing medication.
  • After treatment, all nits (eggs) must be combed or pulled out by hand.  If all nits are not removed, in about 9-12 days new lice will hatch.
Treat the Environment
  • Wash all clothing, hats, sheets, and pillowcases, bedspreads in hot water and dry in the dryer for 20 minutes.
  • Place stuffed animals, pillows, and other items that are not washable in a plastic bag and seal tightly for two weeks.
  • Wash combs, brushes, barrettes, etc. in hot soapy water.
  • Vacuum floors, furniture and car seats completely.
REMEMBER, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO IS REMOVE LICE AND NITS BY HAND.  IF ALL OF THE NITS ARE NOT REMOVED THE CYCLE WILL START ALL OVER AGAIN!

Once we are all back in school we ask that all families check their children’s hair on a weekly basis.  If head lice is found the family is responsible to treat their child and report head lice to the school nurse, child care providers and other close contacts.  Classroom checks will NOT be conducted but notices will be sent home to classmates so they can be checked at home by their parents and treated if necessary.

If you hear discussion about head lice in the community please ask the impacted families to notify the school so we can address the issue and help the family. We can only help if we are aware of the problem.

Thank you,

Nurse Becki
BHRSD does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, gender, gender identity,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.

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