April 19, 2015 Update

Dear Fourth Grade Families,

It is hard to believe that this week is Earth Week!  We have a wonderful, fun-filled, educational week in store for everyone!

Tick Alert:  Yes, it is time to think about this!

 Before You Go Outdoors

  • Dress in long pants and socks.  Lighter colored clothing shows the ticks more easily.  Hats and pony tails are also good bets.
  • Know where to expect ticks. Ticks live in moist and humid environments, particularly in or near wooded or grassy areas. You may come into contact with ticks during outdoor activities around your home or when walking through leaf litter or near shrubs. Always walk in the center of trails in order to avoid contact with ticks.

After You Come Indoors

  • Check your clothing for ticks. Ticks may be carried into the house on clothing. Any ticks that are found should be removed. Placing clothes into a dryer on high heat for at least an hour effectively kills ticks.
  • Shower soon after being outdoors. Showering within two hours of coming indoors has been shown to reduce your risk of getting Lyme disease. Showering may help wash off unattached ticks and it is a good opportunity to do a tick check.
  • Check your body for ticks after being outdoors. Conduct a full body check upon return from potentially tick-infested areas, which even includes your back yard. Use a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body. Check these parts of your body and your child’s body for ticks:
    • Under the arms
    • In and around the ears
    • Inside belly button
    • Back of the knees
    • In and around the hair
    • Between the legs
    • Around the waist

What to Do if You Find an Attached Tick.  Remove the attached tick as soon as you notice it by grasping with tweezers, as close to the skin as possible, and pulling it straight out.

This information is from the CDC.  Do some on-line research if you have additional questions.

Earth Week:

Monday:  Opening Ceremony, History of Earth Week, Oak Opening Nature Journaling, Native American Legend and game, Writers’ Workshop.

Tuesday:  Chicago Botanic Gardens Field Trip:  Forest Experience, Pond Exploration, Fruit and Veggie Garden, Japanese Garden Haiku.  Bring a trash-free snack and lunch in your lunchbox.

Wednesday:  Backpack Bird lesson, Animal Presentation, Writers’ Workshop, Native American Legend and activity.

Thursday:  Amazing Race, Native American Legend, Celebrate Life Trail.

Friday:  Earth Day Commitment Story, Author visit, Native American Legend and Ceremony, Future Letters, Closing Ceremony.

To record the week’s work, students will keep and Earth Week Journal where they will reflect on the week through art, poetry, and prose.  We will attend all specials except any normally scheduled on Tuesday.  There will not be any spelling or math homework.

Students need to be prepared for the weather each and every day.   Check the weather the night before and again in the morning.  If it looks rainy, send extra socks.  If it looks chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon, wear layers. Consider dressing to discourage ticks.

Additional Earth Week updates:

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is on Monday after the Opening Ceremony.

Wednesday is New Earth Week Shirt Day.  Other days wear your old ones.

The Green Team is holding an electronics recycling event:  Monday, Wednesday, and Friday is electronics recycling at morning carpool.  Tuesday and Thursday is electronics recycling at afternoon carpool.

The Green Team is holding a Rain Barrel making workshop on Saturday from 9-11:30 AM.  Contact Chris Hershiser to reserve your spot.

Future Dates:

4/27         Bus to Us (McGovern/Hahn)

4/28        School Board meeting

4/29        Farm to Table

5/4-5/8  Native American Week

Have a great week and make each day Earth Day!