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Head Start
Announcements
National Eye Care Month
January is National Eye Care Month:
Taking care of your eyes can be a priority just like eating healthy and physical activity. Healthy vision can help keep you safe each day. Having your children’s eyes checked regularly is important. Although older adults tend to have more vision problems, preschoolers may not see as well as they can. Eye exams at the optometrist are important even once your child starts school and has visual screenings.
  • The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends vision screening for all children aged 3 to 5 years to find conditions such as amblyopia, or lazy eye, which can be treated effectively if caught early.
  • Visual screenings test for visual acuity (clarity and sharpness), but healthy eyes are about more than just 20-20 vision.
  • Other areas of vision such as color vision or focus and tracking might present problems that aren’t tested for in visual screenings.
    Ways you can help protect your vision
  1. Get regular comprehensive eye exams.
  2. Know your family's eye health history. It's important to know if anyone has been diagnosed with an eye disease or condition, since some are hereditary.
  3. Eat right to protect your sight: In particular, eat plenty of dark leafy greens such as spinach, kale, or collard greens, and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids such as salmon, albacore tuna, trout, and halibut.
  4. Maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Wear protective eyewear when playing sports or doing activities around the home.
  6. Wear sunglasses that block 99 percent-100 percent of ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) radiation.
Resources: CDC; Website: https://www.cdc.gov/visionhealth/healthyvisionmonth/
Winter Break
Monroe County School District schools will be closed for Winter Break from Friday, December 23, 2016 through Friday,January 6, 2017.
Monday, January 9th is a Professional Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 10, 2017.


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What’s New in Head Start?

Each site will have a literacy activity, please check with your child’s teacher or site coordinator

All sites will be closed from November 21-25, 2016

ENROLLMENT 2016-2017
Head Start Program Open Enrollment

For the 2016-17 school year, Head Start is
still accepting applications.



Applications are available on-line at:

www.Keysschools.com (under school tab, go to Centers and then click on Head Start)

Or applications may be picked up from a Head Start Site Coordinator at:
  • Horace O’Bryant School
  • Gerald Adams Elementary School
  • Stanley Switlik Elementary School
  • Key Largo School
There is NO COST to Parents
Families must meet the eligibility criteria for the program
Transportation is available, ask a Site Coordinator for more details

Head Start programs promote ‘school readiness’ by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. They engage parents in their children's learning.
Give your child a HEAD START!
CALL TODAY!
(Se habla español)

In Key Largo
Key Largo School, call Isabel Campanioni (305) 453-1255 x 57354
In Marathon
Stanley Switlik Elementary, call Isabel Vargas (305) 289-2490 x 59309
In Key West
Horace O’Bryant School, call Elizabeth Alvarez (305) 296-5628 x 65392
Or Jon Doughtry x 65393
Gerald Adams, call Latrice Pla (305) 293-1609 x 51329
*Head Start is a federal grant program under Monroe County School District that serves children from low-income families and children with disabilities.


Welcome Back!

Dear Parents,
The Head Start staff would like to welcome you and your family to our program. School will start August 17th, 2016. Our mission this year is to provide you with the best service available and to help better prepare your child for kindergarten emotionally, socially, and academically in a positive and nurturing environment. We will be offering many exciting events throughout the year and we encourage everyone to participate in their child's learning experience. Parent participation is extremely important for the Head Start program to be successful. Please check with your child's site coordinator for any questions or concerns. We look forward to partnering with you.

Sincerely,
Head Start Staff
Attendance Matter
ATTEND TODAY , ACHIEVE TOMORROW

DID YOU KNOW ???
* Starting in Kindergarten , and even pre -k , too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.
* Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.
* Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.
* Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.
* Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

WHAT CAN YOU DO
* Set a regular bed time and morning routine.
* Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
* Find out what day school starts and make sure your child has the required shots.
* Introduce your child to her teachers and classmates before school starts to help with transition.
* Don't let your child stay home unless she is truly sick. Keep in mind complaints of a stomach ache
or headache can be a sign of anxiety and not a reason to stay home.
* If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers, school counselors, or other parents
for advice on how to make her feel comfortable and excited about learning.
* Develop back -up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or
another parent.
* Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school- and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good Attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.

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