Math Garden is to math what our reading supports are to reading. When children require Tier Two support, they work with an interventionist (math and/or reading). Madelyn Filomeno and Lisa Glowacki are our two math interventionists so students who see them are supported through our Math Garden. Parents are informed by the classroom teacher if their child is attending Math Garden.
Sarah Bailly and Jamie November are our reading interventionists along with our Reading Specialist (Amy Snyder) and Early Intervention Teachers (Cathy Martin and Laurie Kobelski). When students are serviced through Tier One groups, a phone call is made or a half-sheet is sent home informing families that their child requires additional support. Parents/Guardians of students who reach Tier Two receive a phone call from the classroom teacher and a letter from the interventionist. Parents are also notified if Tier Two is unsuccessful and children require Tier three.
There seems to be a lot of congestion around the school during drop off. Isn’t there a better system?
Webster Hill School has an intra-school postal system run by children. Students in grades 2-5 can complete and submit an application to work at WEE Deliver. With the help of a parent volunteer, student workers check, sort and deliver mail sent to students and staff. Our student Postmaster oversees the process, problem solves and troubleshoots to make the mail system flow properly. Any student, staff or family member can write a letter and put it in the mailbox outside the Family Resource Center. Mail is delivered every Wednesday afternoon. Every classroom and teaching space has an address and every hallway has a street named after a whale (Webster Hill’s original mascot). Feel free to write a letter to your child.
As we leave summer behind and enter the cold and flu season, our nursing department would like to remind families of our protocols for managing colds and viruses.
As we do year-round and with every episodic illness, the nurses monitor student absence rates, and the number of students sent home for illness. We receive updates from the State Dept of Education and our Medical Advisor as well as CDC health alerts, and contact with the West Hartford Bloomfield Health District. While there have been no confirmed cases in West Hartford, the occurrence of the EV-D68 enterovirus has been in the news recently. It can also present with symptoms similar to colds, flu, or seasonal allergies.
The school nurse assesses each student who visits the health office. Parents may be called for students who have any or all of the following;
• a temperature of 100 degrees or higher.
• a persistent cough with/without wheezing
•is not improving after the use of their asthma medications.
• has a runny nose that they are not able to contain in a safe manner.
• a student whose health is deteriorating over the course of the day.
• a student who does not look well and exhibits any of the above symptoms or related gastrointestinal symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea.
As always, good hygiene goes a long way to keeping illness at bay. We recommend that everyone:
• Wash their hands with soap and water, before eating, after using the bathroom, after blowing their nose.
• Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, mouth. Do not put non-food items in your mouth.
• Do NOT share drinks, food, utensils with others.
• Remain home if you are sick. The use of fever reducing medication masks the symptoms of the illness (fever, body aches) while the remaining symptoms are still spreading the virus to others.
You should contact your primary care provider if you are not feeling better in 3 to five days or you are experiencing worsening respiratory and/or gastrointestinal symptoms.
Thank you for your help in keeping all of our students healthy. Please feel free to contact our school nurse or myself if you have any questions.