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Are you ready for School?

8/9/2016 (Permalink)

Make your list to make going back to school easy!!!!

Back-to-School To-Do List: Preschool and Kindergarten


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Preparing for School

Sending your young child off to preschool or kindergarten can be an emotional time for both of you. WebMD offers this to-do list to help you get a head start:

  • Call your child’s school or check the school’s web site to prepare for enrolling your child. You may need proof of residence or vaccination records.
  • Schedule a visit with the doctor's office for a flu vaccine and other vaccinations that are required.
  • Fill out emergency contact information and names of people who can pick up your child. Also, notify the school about your child’s health needs, medications, or allergies.
  • Call neighbors and friends about carpooling. Introduce your child to the other drivers and riders before school starts. That will help make your child more comfortable about riding in a carpool.
  • Arrange for after-school care. Make sure your child knows where to go each day, and how to get there.
  • Review the school’s policy on sick days, and figure out who will care for your child on sick days.
  • Prepare a plan for what to do if your child gets sick and has to stay home for a few days. Keep your child home for at least 24 hours after he no longer has a fever, and keep any siblings home, too.
  • Routines to Make Life Easier

    • Practice walking to school or the bus stop.
    • Plan some appealing healthy snacks and lunches with your child that he can help pack. Teach your child how to choose healthy foods at school.
    • Set up a place in your home to put things that go to school (backpacks, papers, books, etc.). Take a few minutes before bed each night to put things there for the next morning.
    • As part of your child’s bedtime routine, plan a bit for the next day. Set out breakfast foods and clothes with your child.
    • Set a bed time and stick to it. Calming rituals -- bath, reading, and soft music -- will help. Your child will awaken fresh, with less fuss, if you set a regular schedule.
    • One simple rule can reduce chaos and distractions in the morning: No TV before school.

    Chats to Have With Your Child

  • Find a quiet time to talk with your child about her feelings about starting school. Find someone other than your child to talk with about your own anxieties.
  • Help your child memorize your home address and the phone number you use most often.
  • Help keep your child healthy. Teach your child to cough and sneeze into a tissue or elbow or shoulder if a tissue isn't available. Also, talk about healthy hand washing and healthy sharing of toys and personal items.
  • Review with your child guidelines about talking with strangers and getting into other people’s cars.
  • Talk with your child about being kind to others, making friends, and how to handle bullying and teasing.
  • Things to Buy for Your Child

  • Pick up basic school supplies, such as pencils, paper, art supplies, a backpack, and lunch box.
  • Choose mix-and-match back to school clothes. Be sure you have gym clothes if needed, and jacket or coat.
  • 2 weeks before school starts: 

    • Familiarise yourself with the school website.
    • Purchase the school uniform from the appropriate stores.
    • Label all items of clothing with cute labels that you can get here.
    • Make a list of school supplies you’ll need to purchase as well as any other necessary school related items such as: a new bag; lunch boxes; water bottles etc.
    • Form a plan of the shops you will need to visit for that week.

    1 week before school starts: 

    • Organise after-school child care arrangements.
    • Organise routines and enforce bedtime curfews as well as waking up times each day.
    • Shop for groceries for next week’s school lunches, choose healthy food.
    • Label the lunch boxes with your child’s name.
    • Wash and iron school clothes.
    • Discuss any procedures your child should expect.

    The night before the first day of school: 

    • Lay out clothes ready for the morning.
    • Have your phone ready for some cute first day morning pictures.
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Prepare lunches for the next day.
    • Prepare backpack.

    Heat Stroke Vs. Heat Exhaustion

    7/11/2016 (Permalink)

    Knowing the is the Best Way to Prevent It!!!!

    Do you know the difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion in children?
    Children's bodies do not adapt to hot weather as well as adult bodies. The difference between heat stroke and heat exhaustion in children is important for every parent to understand in order to prevent health problems for their child.
    The school year has begun, and children are practicing various athletic activities such as football, baseball, band, color guard and cheerleading.
    When practice is held outdoors, knowing the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion are critical to your child's well-being.

    What is the difference?

    Heat exhaustion occurs when a person has not been properly hydrated. In children, ensuring proper hydration while they play or participate in athletics is vitally important.
    Children produce more body heat during physical activity that adults, but they sweat much less. This reduces their ability to get rid of body heat and can quickly lead to dehydration.
    Heat stroke is the most sever form of heat illness and is a life-threatening medical emergency. When a child is suffering from heat stroke, their body loses the ability to regulate its own temperature. Your child's temperature can soar to 106 degrees or higher, leading to brain damage or death if it's not treated quickly. Prompt medical treatment is required.

    Heat Exhaustion:

    Heavy sweating


    Cold, pale, and clammy skin

    Fast, weak pulse

    Nausea or vomiting


    What You Should Do:

    • Move to a cooler location.
    • Lie down and loosen your clothing.
    • Apply cool, wet cloths to as much of your body as possible.
    • Sip water.
    • If you have vomited and it continues, seek medical attention immediately.

    • Heat Stroke:

    • High body temperature (above 103°F)
    • Hot, red, dry or moist skin
    • Rapid and strong pulse
    • Possible unconsciousness
    • What You Should Do:
      • Call 911 immediately — this is a medical emergency.
      • Move the person to a cooler environment.
      • Reduce the person's body temperature with cool cloths or even a bath.
      • Do NOT give fluids
    • How can you prevent heat exhaustion and heat stroke?

      • Have your child drink lots of fluids before beginning outdoor activities, even if they are not thirsty.
      • Dress your child in loose-fitting, light colored clothing
      • Limit your child's exposure level by allowing outdoor activities only before noon and after 6pm.
      • Teach your child to stop playing and come inside whenever they feel overheated.
      Knowing the signs, symptoms and treatments can prevent your child from suffering from either of these dangerous conditions.

    2016 Annual Ironton, OH Cleanup Day

    5/9/2016 (Permalink)

    Ready to clean up Ironton!!!!!!

    This past weekend our employees and family members spent Saturday morning helping to clean up our home town of Ironton, OH.  It was a beautiful day and we had 13 people working with us.  Besides donating our time we supplied buckets, pick up sticks, garbage bags, and bottled water for anyone who participated.  We also donated one of our large box trucks to gather up garbage as volunteers bagged it up. 

    We worked with Mayor katrina Keith and her supervisors on the riverbank and then we moved up Park Ave.  At the conclusion of the event the city provided a hot dog cookout for the volunteers.

    It was a great day and awesome to see our employees giving back!!!!  Helping Ironton make it "Like It Never Even Happened!"