Perspectives 01-18-19

Fight Flu and Germs You’ve probably already heard it: the telltale sniffles of flu season, which peaks in January and February. Navigate flu and germ season with these tactics for prevention and care.


About the Vaccine Though it’s best to get vaccinated in the fall, it’s not too late to get a flu shot at the start of winter. Everyone age six months and older can receive the vaccine, which is available as a shot or nasal spray. Children are at a higher risk for the flu, since their immune systems are developing. It’s especially important to vaccinate children younger than 5 and those with chronic health conditions. Don’t forget to get vaccinated yourself!


If you’re not sure where to get a flu shot, ask your principal or school nurse for information on clinics or community agencies that may be providing flu shots.


If Your Child Is Sick Children who can’t keep their eyes open, even after having a normal night’s sleep, may be coming down with something. Add an “achy” feeling and loss of appetite, and it’s likely that the flu is on the way. If, before school, you think your child may be starting to get sick, alert the teacher and make sure an adult is available for pick-up in case your child needs to come home.


Children who are feverish, nauseated, or bone-tired can’t learn well, and can spread their illness to others. So, keep them home. Before returning to school, your child needs to have gone without a fever or vomiting for at least 24 hours. Talk to your child’s teacher to find out the best way to make up missed work. Often, a child not quite well enough to return to class can complete assignments at home, making the workload easier to manage once he or she is back in school. Have your child make up the work as soon as possible.


Preventing the Spread of Germs Keep your family healthy all winter long by practicing everyday disease prevention tactics.


Stress the importance of handwashing. Because germs are invisible, it’s difficult for children to understand how dangerous a cough or sneeze can be. Be sure to stress the importance of washing hands, using lots of soap and water, and scrubbing until there are bubbles—before meals and snacks, and after coughing, sneezing, or using a tissue. Many brands of liquid hand soap come in fun designs, scents, or colors, and letting children pick their own can be a fun way to encourage hand washing.


Use the “birthday song” method. Teach your child to wash his or her hands for as long as it takes to sing the entire “Happy Birthday” song.


Cough like Dracula. Children need to learn to always cover their mouths when they cough. Have your child cough into his or her sleeves, not hands, to prevent the spread of germs.


Keep hands away from eyes, nose, and mouth. We all sometimes absentmindedly put our fingers in our mouth or nose, or rub our eyes. Help your child keep his or her hands away from “germy” areas—eyes, nose, and mouth.


Trash the tissues. Used tissues are full of germs. Teach your child to immediately put used tissues in the trash, and then wash his or her hands.


Set a healthy example. Model all these healthy behaviors—sneezing into your elbow, washing your hands frequently—and your child will follow suit.


Web Resources Visit for the latest updates on this flu season. For a round-up of germ prevention techniques, visit this Center’s for Disease Control page, This “Too Sick for School?” quiz from Parents magazine will help you decide whether your child should stay home,


Report to Parents, written to serve elementary and middle-level principals, may be reproduced by National Association of Elementary School Principals members without permission. It can be posted to school websites, blogs, or sent via email. Back issues are available to members at


Horace Mann Students Compete in Lego Robotics Tournament The Horace Mann School Lego Robotics Team will be in their annual tournament this Saturday, January 19th at Capital Hill School. Each tournament has a main theme focused on solving a problem or making the world a better place. This year’s theme is INTO ORBIT, living in space.


The Lego Robotics tournament has three parts. 1) Teams build and program an autonomous robot to score points on the themed playing field (the missions). Students complete a series of missions with their robot. 2) They research and develop a solution to a problem they identify around the annual theme. Students present a skit or information that they research that addresses the problem. 3) Students problem solve and collaborate during the tournament to complete a team building exercise which exhibits the Core Values of the program. They are guided by the FLL Core Values.


Horace Mann School has two teams, Team Outer Space Otters includes Elliot A., Cooper, Mary M., Naomi G., Aislyn C, Ezra and Sophia M.  Team Crazy Cosmos includes Petr M., Sophie E., Charlie S., William D., Rohan and Antoine A.


Please stop by cheer on your school mates and learn a bit more about Lego Robotics!  The teams will be competing throughout the day from 9:30am to 2:30pm.


Free Family Movie Night- Thursday, January 24 Join us at 6pm on Thursday, January 24 for a free family movie night! Bring the whole family and friends to watch Incredibles 1, enjoy a snack and have fun with our HM community!  Thank you to the PTA for sponsoring this event.


Free Family Seminars Coming Up Save the date for two different parenting seminars. Come for a couple of hours to learn about a topic. Connect with other families. Enjoy a free meal and let your children enjoy free child care while you learn. To register or ask questions, please contact Amy Holter, our Tutoring Coordinator, at or 651-744-4292.


  • Tuesday, February 5, 5:30-8pm. Foundations of School Success: Expectations Help Children Learn This seminar will build families’ trust in their capacity to help their children be successful in school. We will work together and discuss how family expectations and home structure work together to support children’s success in school. Participants will:
    • Recognize the role of values and priorities in supporting children to meet hopes and dreams
    • Discuss and identify factors that help children succeed in school.
    • Learn about the importance of setting clear and reasonable expectations
    • Hear and share examples of how to provide a regular routine.
  • Thursday, March 14, 5:30-8pm. Understanding Children’s Emotions and Behaviors. We will learn more about children’s brains, emotions, and behaviors so that we understand why they do what they do. We will practice ways to help our children with their emotions, and learn when we should be concerned as parents. Participants will:
    • Learn about how our brains work.
    • Practice mindful parenting skills to pay attention to and understand children’s challenging behaviors and emotions
    • Identify red flags in our children’s behaviors and emotions


Let's get the word out about Horace Mann School Enrollment season is in full swing. Tell your friends and family about your experience at Horace Mann School. Invite them to tour! Easy sign up here: Invite any prospective families to check out the Horace Mann School Open House on Thursday, January 24 from 5:00-6:30pm! Tours will be given and current parents will be on hand to answer questions in the library.


It’s time to start thinking about the 2019 Horace Mann School PTA Auction! Did you know that approximately 40% of the auctions’ proceeds came from the Great Gatherings? Please consider hosting a Great Gathering as part of the Horace Mann School PTA Auction. Great Gathering (GG) submissions are due February 26th for the March 8 Auction. We need GG hosts.

Never hosted a GG? Visit our Great Gatherings site and we'll guide you through the steps. You'll find examples of past events like Ladies Cribbage Night, Cooking classes, Concerts, Cycling Taproom Tours, Swim parties and Picnics in the Park. Great gatherings are for the young and old--families, adults, or specific grade-age kids.


Already hosted and ready to submit? First, take a look at the Great Gatherings Calendar and then: fill out a Great Gatherings Submission form. Not only are these gatherings important for our fundraising, but they also provide a significant way to promote community-building for students, families, and adults. You can do any novelty themed party. Creativity, fun, and simplicity are encouraged--they're easier to host than you may think!

Help us improve GGs by taking a quick 2-minute survey now. Answers welcomed! GG Submissions are due by February 26th.


Questions? We have answers. Contact Karla Lauerman Cummins, Jen Williams, and Therese Sherman at Thank you, and see you at the auction.


Save the Date for the Silent Auction! The 2019 Horace Mann Live & Silent Auction, “One Small Night for Mann, One Giant Leap for Mann Kids’” will be held on Friday, March 8 at the Harriet Island Pavilion in St. Paul.  Please save the date (and secure your babysitters) to attend this fun, adults-only event! More information and invitations to come. For questions, please email Anne Pavlis at


Highland Groveland Recreation Area Summer Activities HGRA is volunteer, non-profit organization that has been serving area youth since 1957. Last year, they provided recreational opportunities for nearly 2,200 participants in a low-cost, low-stress, family-friendly manner. Click here for a flyer to register for summer 2019 activities.


HGRA also offers fee assistance to those who might not otherwise be able to participate due to cost. Details regarding fee assistance are on their website SPPS is not sponsoring, endorsing, or recommending the activities announced in this flyer and no child will be turned away due to inability to pay.


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Important School Dates Bookmark our school calendar and check it frequently. You can go to and click calendar or use the direct link,


Monday, January 21

  • No School- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Holiday

Tuesday, January 22

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Wednesday, January 23

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Thursday, January 24

  • 8:45am-1:00pm 1st Grade Field Trip- Children’s Museum
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes
  • 5:00-6:30pm Open House for Prospective Families
  • 6:00-8:00pm Free Family Movie Night in Gym

Friday, January 25

  • No School- Staff Professional Development

Monday, January 28

  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL

Tuesday, January 29

  • 9:15am Tour for Prospective Families
  • 1:30-2:30pm 5th Grade Walking Field Trip to Highland Library
  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes

Wednesday, January 30

  • 1:30-2:30pm Horace Mann School Spelling Bee in the Library
  • 3:00-4:45pm EDL
  • 6:30-8:15pm PTA Board Meeting

Thursday, January 31

  • 3:00-4:10pm Winter Community Education Classes
  • 6:30-8:00pm Family Volunteer Service Meeting in the Library
  • 6:30-8:00pm Silent Auction Meeting in Conference Room

Friday, February 1

  • 1:30-2:30pm 4th Grade Mini-Courses


Perspective submissions are due by 7:30am on Thursdays. Submissions after 7:30am will be included in the next edition.