It’s Elementary by Brandy Blanton

We are still selling the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s paper dolls. You may purchase either a boy or a girl for $1.00 each. Your name or Your child’s name will be written on the doll and displayed in the office. Please feel free to purchase dolls for other family members as well.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that occurs when a child inherits two copies of the defective CF gene- one from each parent. It causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus, which clogs the airways and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The thick CF mucus also obstructs the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to break down and digest food. Approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States have Cystic Fibrosis. In 1955, when the CF Foundation was established, children with CF did not live to attend elementary school. Today, thanks to wise investments made by the CF Foundation in innovative research and comprehensive care, the median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30’s. The CF Foundation is very cost efficient, with 91 cents of every dollar raised being available for investment in the vital CF research. Now, for the first time ever, CF research opportunities are being presented at a pace that is exceeding the CF Foundation’s ability to fund them. In order to fund this vital research, as much money as possible needs to be raised for the Foundation. Your support will be greatly appreciated! If you have any questions on how you can donate money or purchase a doll to help support Cystic Fibrosis, please contact Fair Elementary at 662-773-5946 or Brandy Blanton,RN,BSN (school nurse) at 662-773-5854. Thank you again for your support!

Unfortunately, cold and flu season is here. We have had many students out of school already with different ailments. Please follow these guidelines to keep everyone as healthy as possible:

• Students should stay at home when they are sick, especially if they have a temperature over 100 degrees. • Use fever-reducing medication (Tylenol or Ibuprofen) as directed by your health care provider. • Never give Aspirin to a child or teen – especially when they have fever • If your child has had medication for a fever, do NOT send the child to school for at least 24 hours- even if fever is relieved by medication, they are still sick and likely to be contagious! The child may return to school when he or she has been fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of medications. • If your child is running fever at school, you will be required to come and pick them up. *** EVERYONE: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Use hand sanitizer, when soap and water are not available. Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue, and dispose of the tissue immediately in the trash. If tissue is not available, use the bend of your elbow to cover coughs and sneezes.

Thanksgiving break is November 19th – 23rd. I had the opportunity to ask a few students to express what they were most thankful for during this season.

• “Turkey and my family” – Zachary Windham (third grade student) • “My cousins” – Tyquavious Hudson (first grade student) • “My mom and my family” – Amaya Roberson (third grade) • “My mom and my grandmother” – Jaslyn Turner (first grade) • “Turkey and food” – Derrick Cotton ( second grade)

DATES TO REMEMBER: • November 19th – 23rd – Thanksgiving Break