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    B.F. Day Event Calendar 

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    Progress Reports

    Update - Progress Reports for each child will be available to families in the Source on or before December 28. If you would prefer a printed version, please let the office know and they can mail yours to you next year.

     

    This week begins New Family Tours  Future Parents Chat with Principal Nights

    Links are also posted on our website homepage. Appreciate you letting new families know.
    Mark the dates: December 9 and/or January 12. These chats will be recorded for future viewing.
    Here are the links for the 2 meetings:
    December 9, 5:30 – 6:30
    Recording to be posted soon


    January 12, 2021, 5 – 6 p.m.

    Microsoft Teams meeting

    Join on your computer or mobile app

    Click here to join the meeting

    Or call in (audio only)

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    Phone Conference ID: 579 442 298#

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    Nurse News

    Hello BF Day Families!

    I hope you are all doing well and staying healthy and safe. Around this time of year, I am usually busy doing hearing and vision screenings for our students but due to COVID-19, I am unable to do screenings this year. If you have any hearing or vision concerns for your child, please talk to their health care provider as the provider’s office can also do screenings. If you need help finding a health care provider, please reach out to me and I can help you find one. My contact information is Sophie Bo, ssbo@seattleschools.org, call or text C: 206-702-8849.

    Here are some vision and hearing tips from other school nurses in our district.

     

    Tips for screen-time learning success!

    Many families are worried about screen-time for their children this year. Here are some helpful tips to avoid tired eyes and headaches!

    • Use the 20/20/20 rule: every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away from the screen, for 20 seconds
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    • Put your child’s laptop or Ipad on night-mode – this reduces blue light and increases warm tones. (Directions below) – Adults can do this, too! I did this and it really helped reduce headaches!

    • Positioning – try to have both feet on the floor (use books if the chair is too tall), and have the child sitting up straight in a chair.

    • Check screen distance: have your child rest their head on their hand with their elbow propped on the table. Then have the child move their elbow toward the screen. If your child can touch their elbow to the screen, the screen is too close. The screen should be at least 16 inches away from the child’ s eyes.

    Here’s a helpful article:
    New York Times article

    • Watch for signs of vision trouble: lots of blinking, rubbing eyes, headaches.

    • Don’t skip vision screenings –if you are worried about your child’s vision, I can help find a place to get them get screened.

    PUTTING YOUR COMPUTER ON NIGHT-MODE TO REDUCE BLUE LIGHT
    1) Select your computer’s Settings gear from the bottom left “Windows Start menu” button.
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    2) Select the “System” icon.
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    3) Within the “Display” settings, you can select “Night light”.
    The “night light” setting is to help you sleep by displaying warmer colors, meaning less of those headache causing blue tones, but it doesn’t mean the light is only for night time.
    Display arrow to setting

    4) If you select “Night light settings”, you can set the hours you want them on and the “strength” (warmer or cooler). If warmer (less blue), it should appear a bit yellow (like you’re wearing sunglasses).


    5) Make sure you turned your settings “ON”. Voila!

    PUTTING YOUR IPAD/IPHONE ON NIGHT MODE TO REDUCE BLUE LIGHT:
    1. Open the settings app
    2. Scroll down and tap “display and brightness”
    3. scroll down and tap “night shift”
    4. tap “scheduled” and choose the night-mode schedule that works best for you – for instance if you want to reduce blue light all day you could enter “from 7am-9pm”
    5. on the “night shift” screen you can also adjust the light by moving the toggle from “less warm” to “more warm.” If you move it toward “more warm” there will be less blue light.
    Directions with pictures:
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    Tips and Concerns with Headphone Use


    Families have been asking about hearing loss/damage from constant headphone use during our remote learning environment. These excellent questions went straight to the TOPS K-8 Audiologist Molly Bergan and the District Audiologists for their response.

    The District Audiologists provided the following important message back to the School Nursing Department:

    The good news is that the likelihood of hearing loss from school headphone use is low. We start to worry about hearing loss when a person is exposed to 80 dB of sound for a period of 8 hours or longer. For comparison, that’s about the level of a garbage disposal. Loud conversation (such as in a restaurant) is about 70 dB. So, while it is important to think about and monitor headphone volume, the risk is fairly low. Another consideration is listening fatigue. Some kids might become mentally exhausted from listening all day and need a break. Here are some tips for listening with headphones safely:

    1. While your child is using headphones, keep the surrounding environment as quiet as possible.
    2. Take a few minutes to set the volume with your child. You can use a video online. In a quiet area, set the volume for the video so that it is comfortable to listen to, but not too loud. Use the same pair of headphones and agree on an ideal volume. Then, make a note of the numerical indicator of the volume or the position of the volume bar. Ask the child to make that level the maximum volume. Another rule of thumb is the 80/90 rule. If the volume is 80% or higher, it is only safe to listen at that volume for 90 minutes or less.
    3. You should not be able to hear words when you are near a child with headphones on—that means the volume is too loud. Your child should also be able to hear you talking to them when you are an arms-length away or closer.
    4. If your child complains of muffled hearing or ringing in their ears, check in with their healthcare provider. Those symptoms can be an indication of noise damage or can be a sign of other conditions such as an ear infection.
    5. No one type of headphone is considered safer—the most important factor is the volume level. Try your child’s headphones yourself to get an idea of how loud they are.
    6. Take listening breaks as often as possible. Listening can be mentally exhausting too!

    For more information, click on the link below:

    WHO - Make Listening Safe Brochure

    PTSA News

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    BF Day families this holiday!
    This is the final week to drop off donations to the Toy/Winter clothing drive and now there are more ways to participate:

    New or gently used winter coats, new hats and gloves!

    Fred Meyer gift cards!
    a great way to spread joy and love to moms and dads!

    New wrapped toys
    (be sure to tape a note with item description and age range)

    A huge thank you

    and warm virtual hug to all families who have generously donated thus far!

    If you are experiencing hardship this holiday season, the BF Day family is here for you.
    Please reach out to the school counselor, John Taylor, and he will guide you to the resources available
    jrtaylor@seattleschools.org

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