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Sick Day Guidelines

Making the right call when your child isn’t feeling well. Should I keep my child home or send him or her to school?

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Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

This year our school will be participating in a special Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. We will be offering fresh fruits and vegetables in the classroom as snacks. We are excited to have been awarded this grant to provide our students with healthy, nutritious foods. The NJ Department of Agriculture awarded this program to only 157 schools throughout New Jersey. The grant is in partnership with Chartwells and Sickles Market in Little Silver.

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Healthy Eating

Sure, eating well can be hard — family schedules are hectic and grab-and-go convenience food is readily available. But our tips can help make all five strategies part of your busy household.

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Help Your Children Make Healthy Choices - Make It Fun!

When you go to the grocery store, “shop the perimeter” first. The outside aisles are where you’ll usually find fresh produce, healthy dairy products (fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese), and fresh meats, chicken, and fish. Fill your cart mostly with those items, and then get what you need from the middle of the store.

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How to Wash Your Hands the Right Way!

Washing your hands is easy, and it’s one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs. Clean hands can stop germs from spreading from one person to another and throughout an entire community—from your home and workplace to childcare facilities and hospitals.

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Family Meals

Beyond health and nutrition, family meals provide a valuable opportunity to reconnect. This becomes even more important as kids get older.

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Is Your Child's Asthma Under Control?

Does he take his ‘quick relief (rescue/reliever) inhaler’ more than two times a week?
Does she awaken at night with asthma symptoms more than two times a month?
Do you refill his ‘quick relief (rescue/reliever) inhaler’ more than two times a year?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, your child's asthma is NOT UNDER CONTROL. Talk to your doctor about your asthma!

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Kids and Exercise

For kids, exercise means playing and being physically active. Kids exercise when they have gym class at school, during recess, at dance class or soccer practice, while riding bikes, or when playing tag.

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Kids and Food: 10 Tips for Parents

It's no surprise that parents might need some help understanding what it means to eat healthy. From the MyPlate food guide to the latest food fad, it can be awfully confusing.

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Healthy Sleep Habits

Sleep is just as important to your children's development and well-being as nutrition and physical activity. The amount and quality of sleep we have can affect our safety, how alert we are, as well as our memories, moods, behavior, and learning abilities. Establishing good sleep practices while your children are young will not only benefit you, but it will help them for many years to come.

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Lice...What's a Family to do!

Head lice are a common community problem. An estimated 6 to 12 million infestations occur each year in the United States, most commonly among children ages 3 to 11 years old. Children attending preschool or elementary school, and those who live with them, are the most commonly affected.

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Encouraging Your Child's Sense of Humor

A sense of humor can brighten family life. You can blow raspberries on a baby's belly, put on a silly hat and chase a 3-year-old, or pretend to fall into a pile of leaves to amuse a first-grader. As kids grow into preteens and teens, you can share puns and jokes as their sense of what's funny grows more sophisticated.
Laughing together is a way to connect, and a good sense of humor also can make kids smarter, healthier, and better able to cope with challenges.

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Vaccine Information

To understand how vaccines work, first we have to look at how immunity works. Immunity The job of our immune system is to protect us from things that enter our body that don’t belong there. This includes disease germs like viruses or bacteria. The immune system recognizes these intruders as “non-self,” and produces proteins called antibodies to get rid of them.

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Well Visits

Routine well child care exams play an important role in keeping children healthy. Children should be seen yearly starting at 3 years of age for well visits. Regular well-child examinations by a doctor are essential for keeping kids healthy and up-to-date on their immunizations.

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Wear Your Glasses

Wearing glasses can be hard for children to accept. They may worry that the other kids will tease them. They may feel different. Some children don't like wearing glasses and they “forget” to put them on or “forget” to take them to school. They think that they won't be able to play sports or that they'll look ugly. Glasses may feel uncomfortable or heavy at first. There are several things you can do to help get young children to wear their glasses.

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Healthy Eyes

Your child's vision is essential to his success in school. When his vision suffers, chances are his schoolwork does, too. Summer is a great time to get all those appointments done for the new school year!

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Attendance Matters

If Children don't show up for school regularly, they miss out on fundamental skills and the chance to build habits to set them up for success!

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The Importance of Sleep

Sleep— or lack of it — is probably the most-discussed part of baby care. So how do you get kids to bed — and keep them there? What should you do when kids wake in the middle of the night? And how much sleep is enough for your kids?

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Bedtime Routines = Good Night Sleep = School Success

Getting quality sleep is essential in childhood, One of the easiest ways to set your child up for good sleep is by creating a bedtime routine. The good news is that it only takes a  few nights of following a bedtime routine to see improvements in your child's sleep.

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