Corinth Dragons
May 1, 2013
Ready, Set, HAVE A BLAST!
The 10th Anniversary DRAGON DASH is this Saturday, May 4th.
Everyone is welcome- students, parents, grandparents, neighbors and friends. Doesn’t matter who, just bring them along for a Saturday morning jammed packed with good old fashioned fun. The race and walk will start at the south parking lot. Race starts at 7:45 am and the walk will follow. Feed those hungry tummies after your morning workout with free food! Mingle with your friends and listen to Dragon Dash is a perfect way to get that heart rate up and help the school. All proceeds go to the Corinth Education Foundation. Money raised will help pay salaries for our school Counselor and Field Day
We will need Parent Volunteers in order to run a safe and
May 16 - Kindergarten will be from 9:30-10:45AM May 17 - Grades 4-5 will be from 8:45 - 10:45AM May 17 - Grades 1-3 will be from 12:45 - 2:45PM Save the Date
As is tradition we will be having assistance from Dragon The below sign up is for Parents (including Dragon Dads). Mrs. Flaspohler will assign the 6th graders. Please select a sign up below to assist us in having a great Field Day! Last Day of School/Early Dismissal (12:30) Teacher Appreciation
The Teacher Appreciation committee provided a Spring Salads lunch in April for our wonderful staff. The lunch was a
delicious mix of green salads, fruit salads, chicken and tuna salads as well as yummy rolls, muffins and desserts. Thank
you to our amazing volunteers for providing the items for this wonderful spread!
if you are interested at [email protected] We Are Looking For:
Thank You!
A huge round of applause goes to Carole Lechevin and Tami Faris for the fabulous new dragon that is in the Corinth garden.
“When Carole asked me about possibly making a new scarecrow in the garden, I thought that might be fun, so I agreed to tackle the project. Quickly, I thought it would be fun to make a dragon scarecrow for the ‘Land of Oz garden’. I hope everyone enjoys the new look!”Tami Faris Shawnee Mission Public Schools say. Have an Active Summer!
Being active over the summer can help your children stay healthy and return to school ready to learn. Use these sug-gestions to keep them happy and moving all summer long.
Just Play - Try to build in time for playing outdoors each day. Let your kids run through the sprinkler on a hot day. Have
them dig in the dirt and play games like tag or capture the flag. Or set up an outdoor obstacle course with upside-down
buckets, inner tubes, and cardboard boxes. Tip, Hold a daily contest - a long jump one day, limbo the next, and a 50-
yard dash another time.
Take Outings - Walk or bike to a playground or field, and bring along balls, bats, or jump ropes. On weekends, try to
plan on at least one active family event. You might hike in a state park, go canoeing, ice skate at an indoor rink, or tour a
museum or historical site.
Limit Screen Time - It can be all too easy for kids to plop down in front of a TV, computer, or video game on a lazy
summer day. Restricting screen time to 1-2 hours can give your children a chance to be active the rest of the day. Idea,
Even while using a screen, include active play with “jumping jack breaks” during commercials or a run around the block
when someone reaches a new level in a game.
Nurse Albert’s end of year health room reminders:
As we approach the end of the 12-13 school year, I wanted to give everyone some reminders about
forms* for your child’s health file for 13-14 school year:

Although it’s only required for 4th and Kindergarten, an updated health history is always a good idea. I especially encourage any parent whose child’s health status has changed/medications started or stopped/new diagnosis, etc. (No doctor signature required!)• As you schedule those summer appointments, take these forms with you to get the doctor’s signatures: DENTAL APPOINTMENTS:
• All 4th graders are REQUIRED to have an updated health history on file for the 13-14 school year. Please click on
the link below to fill out online and print the form.
• All 4th graders are RECOMMENDED to have a physical on file for the 13-14 school year. *Please note MD, DO, NP, or PA signature required! Please click on the link below to print the form: * ALL FORMS can be sent home in your child’s backpack at your request if you are unable to print! Thank you! Questions, contact Nurse Albert at 913-993-2910 or [email protected] What Can We Do About Seasonal Allergies?
I am hearing that a lot lately, as students come into the Nurse’s office with red itchy eyes, sore throats and headaches after recess. The itchy eyes are an obvious sign of allergies but coughs, sore throats and headaches can be question-able.
If your child coughs after being outside or at night, this is an allergy symptom. If your child complains of scratchy or tight throats anytime of the day, this is another allergy symptom. Consider an over the counter allergy medication. If headaches are unrelieved by Tylenol or ibuprofen, this too is an allergy symptom. There are many over the counter allergy medications available. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist and choose the right one for your child.
We have just experienced a pretty intense winter and some states are still getting snow, it is no wonder this allergy sea-son is making your child miserable.
Here is some more information about spring/seasonal allergies and how to treat it: Symptoms
• Clear nasal discharge with sneezing, sniffing, and nasal itching
• Eye allergies (itchy, red, watery and puffy) are commonly associated
• Ear and sinus congestion may also be associated
• A tickling, scratchy sensation in the back of the throat can be associated
• Itchy ear canals, itchy skin, and hoarse voice are also seen
• Symptoms occur during pollen season
• Similar symptoms during the same month of the previous year
• No fever
• Hay fever is an allergic reaction of the nose and sinuses to an inhaled substance, usually pollen.
• Grass, trees and weeds are the most common pollens
• Allergens from cats, dogs, horses, rabbits and other animals
Call your Dr. within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If
• You think your child needs to be seen
• Lots of coughing
• Sinus pain around cheekbone or eyes (not just congestion) and not relieved by antihistamines

• Spring allergies are very common, occurring in 15% of children.
• Nose and eye symptoms can be brought under control by giving antihistamines.
• Because pollens are in the air every day during pollen season, antihistamines must be given daily for 2 months or
• Antihistamines are the drug of choice for nasal allergies.
• Antihistamines will reduce the runny nose, nasal itching and sneezing.
• Benadryl or Chlorpheniramine (CTM) products are very effective and no prescription is needed. They need to be
given every 6 to 8 hours (See Dosage table).
• The bedtime dosage is especially important for healing the lining of the nose.
• The key to control is to give antihistamines every day during pollen season.
Cetirizine (Zyrtec) or Loratadine (Claritin):
• Loratadine and Cetirizine are nonprescription, long-acting antihistamines.
• Advantage: causes less sedation than older antihistamines (Benadryl and chlorpheniramine) AND is long-acting (
lasts up to 24 hours).
• AGE 2- 6 years old, discuss with your child’s doctor. If approved, give 2.5 mg (2.5 ml or 1/2 teaspoon) of liquid syrup
once daily in the morning.
• AGE 6-12 years old, give 5 mg chewable tablet once daily in morning.
• AGE: 12 years and older, give 10 mg tablet once daily in morning.
• Indication: Drowsiness from older antihistamines interferes with function
• Limitation: doesn’t control hay fever symptoms as well as older antihistamines. Also, occasionally will have break-
through symptoms before 24 hours.
• Cost: ask pharmacist for store brand. (Reason: costs less than Claritin or Zyrtec brand)
Nasal Washes to Wash Out Pollen:
• Use saline nose drops or spray to wash out pollen or to loosen up dried mucus. If not available, can use warm tap
water. Teens can just splash warm tap water in the nose and then blow.
• STEP 1: Instill 3 drops per nostril.
• STEP 2: Blow each nostril separately while closing off the other nostril. Then do other side.
• STEP 3: Repeat nose drops and blowing until the discharge is clear.
• Frequency: Do nasal washes whenever your child can’t breathe through the nose or it’s very itchy.
• Saline nasal sprays can be purchased without a prescription.
• Saline nose drops can also be made: add 1/2 tsp (2 ml) of table salt to 1 cup (8 ounces or 240ml) of warm water.
• Another option: use a warm shower to loosen mucus. Breathe in the moist air, then blow each nostril.
Eye Allergies:
• For eye symptoms, wash the pollen or other allergic substance off the face and eyelids.
• Then apply cold compresses.
• Usually an oral antihistamine will adequately control the eye allergy symptoms, but sometimes eyedrops are also
Antihistamine Eyedrops - Ketotifen (1st Choice):
• Ketotifen eyedrops are a safe and effective product (e.g., Zaditor or Alaway) (no prescription needed).
Dosage: 1 drop every 12 hours
• For severe allergies, the continuous use of ketotifen eyedrops on a daily basis during pollen season will give the best
• Antihistamine/Vasoconstrictive Eyedrops (2nd Choice):
• Dosage: 1 drop every 8 hours
• Ask your pharmacist to recommend a brand. (e.g. Naphcon A, Opcon A, Visine A)
• Disadvantage: less effective than Ketotifen eye drops.
Wash Pollen Off Body:
• Remove pollen from the hair and skin with hair washing and a shower, especially before bedtime.
Expected Course: Since pollen allergies recur each year, learn to control the symptoms.
Pollen Avoidance:
• Pollen is carried in the air
• Keep windows closed in the home, at least in child’s bedroom
• Keep windows closed in car, turn AC on recirculate
• Avoid window fans or attic fans
• Try to stay indoors on windy days (Reason: the pollen count is much higher when it’s dry and windy)
• Avoid playing with outdoor dog (Reason: pollen collects in the fur)
Pollen Count: You can get your daily pollen count from
Just type in your zip code.
Call Your Doctor If:
• Symptoms aren’t controlled in 2 days with continuous antihistamines
• Your child becomes worse
Any questions, please contact me!
Kristen Albert, RN, BSN913-993-2910 or [email protected] Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
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2012/2013 Corinth PTA
Executive Committee
President - Angie TuckerPresident Elect - Mel WolfTreasurer - Susan AhnAssistant Treasurer - Meredith Bihuniak PTA VP Ways & Means - Restaurant Nights – Kelly Cannova
VP Ways & Means - Dollars for Dragons - Lora KokjerVP Ways & Means - Auction - Stacey Stinson come join the fun! VP Membership - Jennie Cronin
VP Legislation - Will HealyAssistant Legislation - Mary Beth MitchellRecording Secretary - Marta TietjenCorresponding Secretary - Leslie Slaughter 2012/2013 Corinth PTA Committee Chairs
Auditor - Shelley Staehr
Birthday Book Club - Meg Grossman
Book Fair - Kristi O’Keefe, Christie Walton, Michelle Reeves
Book Fair Dinner - Rachel Warner, Bridget Hoffman, Jenn Miller, Debra Rettenmaier
Chat-n-Chew - Katie Smith
Chess Club - Lauren Conderman
Citizenship Contest - Kelley Reed
Corinth Market - Kathi Hardin, Brea Noblit, Sheila Kost
Directory - Amy Kirkland
Dollars for Dragons - Lora Kokjer
Fall Fest - Heather Foley, Jennifer Dierks
Field Day- Amy Nachtigal
Garden Care - Carole Lechevin
Green Dragons - Stepanie Mohr, Lorie Venneman
Hospitality - Kelley Reed, Amy Turpin, Elizabeth Black
Ice Cream Social - Kelly Cannova
Indian Hills Liason - Angie Tucker
Kindergarten Round Up - Andrea Miller, Brynn Burns, Amy Nachtigal
Newsletter - Mandi Trotter
Parlimentarian - Mel Wolf
Parent/Child Breakfast - Cynthia Simpson, Michelle Griffith, Heather Foley
Reflections - Tami Faris
Room Parent Coordinator - Michelle Schmidt
School Pictures - Jenny Eldred
Health and Science Night - Kelly Cannova, Brea Noblit, Camella Bailey, Sara Colvin
SMAC Delegates - Angie Tucker
Spirit Wear - Kathy Wilcox, Michelle Reeves, Stephanie Krause, Mary Beth Mitchell
SME Senior Lunch - Brenda Hess, Lisa Tulp
Student Newspaper - Mrs. Black, Chris Anderson, Cheryl Bollinger
6th Grade Coordinators - Michelle Reeves, Nicole Muller, Sandy Ruether
Tall Oaks - Christy Higgins, Leslie Slaughter, Christie Walton, Stacia Wiklund
Staff Appreciation - Krisanne Bradley, Whitney Duske, Laura Pollock, Ashley Blair, Mindy Day
Technology - Trisha Sims
Veteran’s Day - Ann Lilak, Michelle Nickloy, Katharine Reeves
Volunteers - Wendy Oviatt, Cindy Kerwin
Yearbook - Mary Lee Duff, Melissa Hartman
Youth-in-Action - Christy Higgins (5th grade) & TBD (6th grade)


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