Monthly Archives: February 2019

February 2019 Newsletter

Happy February Creeker Families!
The Winter holidays seem like a distant dream, replaced with dreams of an epic Spring! February is a big month for us as it plays host to our Annual Auction, the monumental evening that helps us to support the arts at Amity Creek! If you read nothing else in this newsletter please take a moment to read the article about the auction and how you can help support it.

In this newsletter:
*Family Game night this week!
*The Annual Amity Creek Auction is coming VERY SOON–your support needed!!
*Lottery Info Sessions and Tours–spread the word
*Lost and Found
*Is Lice Prevalent in Winter?
*Article of the Month–Gratitude Attitude

Family Game this Wednesday–5-7pm
We hope you have plans to join us this Wednesday for game night. As we have shared a few times previously the idea of the night is to swap games you have at home that you no longer play with, with games from other families. So far we have a few games that have already been donated and we hope that many others will participate. Please bring games to school ahead of time if possible, but if not, bring the games with you on Wednesday. We kindly request that games have all the pieces (even if not original pieces) and instructions (many are available on-line and can be printed out–we’re happy to help!). No games to swap–no problem, we want you to come anyway and enjoy the evening of games! Also, we will have pizza available but it MUST be ordered 24 hours ahead of time (by Tuesday night). Follow this link to order and the pizza will be waiting for you when you arrive: https://www.friendsofamitycreek.com/product/game-night-pizza/


Annual Amity Auction–February 23, HELP NEEDED!

The Annual Auction is just under 3 weeks away! We still need lots and lots of help to make this event a success. Here is the latest update from the hardworking Auction Committee:
*We are accepting donations until February 15th.  This leaves only 12 more days!
*We are in need of a volunteer to mat & frame class self-portraits. Please email [email protected] if you can help.
*We will have childcare available at the Boys and Girls Club for Amity children during the auction (Kinder – 5th grade only). Cost is $20.00 per child and includes pizza, salad, cookie, a drink and 1 raffle ticket for the kids only raffle. We are working on the link for sign up. It will be available when you sign up for your bidder number (we will let you know when the link is live). 
*The auction will include appetizers, drinks for purchase, and the opportunity to purchase a Golden Ticket–a $20 per ticket with the winner getting their choice of ANY silent auction item!
*We are asking for a suggested donation at the door of $10 per person to help cover the cost of food. Feeling generous? A donation of $20 or more at the door will include 1 drink ticket and a glow swag item to enhance your outfit. This is on a suggested donation basis only and no money is required for entry. Please follow this link to sign up to volunteer:  We still have several jobs that we need your help with: http://signup.com/go/paJVYBe

Lottery Information Sessions and Tours

It’s that time of year once more–Lottery season! We will be offering information sessions on Wednesday, February 20 at 2:30pm and again at 5:30pm. School tours will be held on Tuesday, February 26 and Friday, March 1 starting at 8:30am both mornings. Please spread the word and let family and friends (and acquaintances) know!


Siblings and the Lottery
Do you have a younger child that you plan on having attend Amity starting next year? While your child has lottery preference, you still need to submit an application by March 22. Follow this link: English,Loteria Español

Is Lice Prevalent in Winter?
I was recently asked if lice is around in winter, so I started asking around and doing some research. While we are not currently dealing with any outbreaks here at school I wanted to share something I read that I thought captured the information:
It is true that the incidence of head lice transmission is lower in the winter but the reason for that is that lice get transferred from head to head.  Cold weather does not kill lice! In the cold of winter children may forgo play dates and go straight home from school. Parents of young children, when snowed in, opt not to fight the icy roads to bring their child out to a class, mommy’s group, or play date, so there are fewer opportunities to be exposed to head lice. In addition, when the weather is cold, kids tend to wear hats so that the lice are covered and less likely to leave the head to go to another head. Just know that lice live all year long and the spikes that we see correlate with holidays, family vacations, summer play dates and camp…basically any time where children are in contact with other children who pass along cases. It’s always a good idea to check your child for head lice on a regular basis so that if he or she picks up a case, you catch it early on.
I think the most important aspect of this is to check frequently just to be sure–it’s a lot easier to do frequent checks than it is to treat it once you have live lice! A few websites (there are many more!) to reference if needed:
https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/lice-directory
https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/head-lice.html
https://www.webmd.com/children/ss/slideshow-lice-overview

Lost and Found
Whenever we have cold mornings and warm afternoons the lost and found pile grows exponentially. As “Juneuary” unfolded, and we had beautiful and warmish days, the pile grew! Please take a moment to look through the lost and found and see if anything in there belongs to your child(children). Also, please remember to LABEL ALL clothing so we can get it back to you when we find it. Can’t make it in to school to find a missing item, just email Patti and she’ll take a look for you: patti.evans[email protected]

Article of the Month
I recently read a story to both the Kinders and 1st Graders called Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message which shares the important tradition of giving thanks and appreciation for the incredible natural world around us. It got me thinking about what opportunities we give our children to offer their thanks and appreciation for the things in their world, both the natural and human. I’ve been reading a bit about gratitude lately and wanted to share an article:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-mentally-strong-people-dont-do/201504/7-scientifically-proven-benefits-gratitude

Also, be looking for opportunities for gratitude sharing at Community Time…

Upcoming:
*February 18: No School
*February 20: Lottery Info sessions, 2:30pm and 5:30pm
*February 21: Grade 4 Environmental Night, 6-7:30pm
**February 23: AUCTION!**
*February 26: Lottery Tour, 8:30am
*March 1: Lottery Tour, 8:30am

That’s it from me–see you in the hallway!
Andy