Announcements - Dec 16, 2016

Dear McDonald Students and Families,

As 2016 comes to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a wonderful winter break. Please take time to rest, relax, and have fun. I look forward to seeing you in the new year. A couple of announcements:

From the Assembly Committee: On Friday, January 13, 2017, McDonald International School will be holding our annual Assembly and March to honor the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  This annual event gives our students the opportunity to learn about the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to bear witness to the ideals of freedom, justice, and equality for all people. 

The All-School Assembly will be held in the gym at the beginning of the school day.  Ms. Bernard’s class will lead the program.  After the assembly, all students and staff will form lines and leave on our march from the back of our school about 8:15 or 8:20 am.  We expect to finish and return to school no later than 9:30 am.  Students will march on the sidewalks from our school to the Tangletown Business District and back.  We will march on the 100 block of NE 55th Street, the 5500 block of First Avenue NE, and from First Avenue NE to Meridian Avenue N on N. 56th St.  We’ll be carrying signs, chanting, and singing as we go. 

Unfortunately, we do not have room for parents to watch the Assembly in the gym.  However, if you’d like to observe the march, please stand along the sidewalk and cheer us on! For more information, contact Judy Oerkvitz.

From the Nurse: An outbreak of mumps has developed in King County, mainly in the Auburn area, but the outbreak can easily spread to other schools and areas in King County. Mumps is a disease caused by a virus. It typically starts with a few days of fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, and a loss of appetite. Then a person with mumps may develop swollen cheeks or jaw.

Most people with mumps get well in a few weeks. Some people who get mumps may have a mild illness or may not even know that they have the disease. However, mumps can occasionally cause serious health problems, especially in adults. These health problems can include swelling of the brain or deafness.

How can you prevent mumps?

  • Get mumps vaccine (included in the MMR vaccine).
  • Stay away from anyone who has mumps.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.
  • Don’t share cups, spoons, forks, baby bottles, and other utensils.

What to do if you think you have mumps?          

  • Call your doctor if you or your child has the signs of mumps: fever, headache, muscle aches, tiredness, loss of appetite, and swollen cheeks or jaw.
  • Stay home and away from other people. This includes staying away from family as much as possible so they don’t get sick.

From the Department of Transportation: On December 2 you should have received the informational Transportation Ice and Snow Plan. In the event that you did not receive this, please use the following link to get to the district website where this information has been communicated. Inclement Weather Information News Article

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to me or your child’s classroom teacher.

Mrs. Goldberg

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