In This Issue
In the Spotlight...
All Aboard!! Full STEAM ahead.....
The latest buzz is about STEAM (STEM plus
Art); no longer just STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math). Why?
While innovation is closely involved with Science, Technology, Engineering
and Math – the STEM subjects; simply by adding Art to the equation, a whole
new, exciting transformation is occurring
All of our students deserve equal access to educational resources
academic and extracurricular programs, strong teaching, facilities,
technology and instructional materials, no matter their race, color or
national origin. This access refers to technology, instructional materials
and appropriate high-quality academic and extracurricular programs.
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Parent-Teacher Conferences are right around the corner. Some parents are
excited about talking with the teacher while other parents are more
hesitant. Conferences are a great way to start on ongoing,
constructive dialogue with your child’s teacher about the education of your
Establishing this dialogue with the teacher allows you both
to focus on the needs of your child.
Harvard Family Research Project
has compiled a Tip Sheet for
administrators, teachers and parents regarding what the content of
conferences. Be sure to have a written list of the questions and concerns
that you have regarding instruction, policy and social aspects.
that you are allotted a specific amount of time. If you need additional time
and cannot discuss all your concerns in the time you are given, make an
additional appointment for later. It is important to keep the conversation
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, there are some concerns regarding the motives of tobacco
companies for putting warning labels on E-Cigarettes
. Read more
The NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services has created a new
. There are free printed materials and resources
The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed a new rule that would
extend their authority over additional tobacco products
E-Cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, certain dissolvables that are not
smokeless tobacco, gels, water pipe tobacco and future tobacco products that
meet the definition of a “tobacco product.” Click
Effective October 9, 2014, a regulation from the Drug Enforcement
Administration will authorize pharmacies, including those in hospitals and
clinics, as well as narcotic treatment programs, to serve as authorized
drop-off sites for unused medications
. Long-term care facilities will be
able to collect controlled substances from their residents. Finally, all US
residents will be permitted to directly mail in unused prescription
medications to authorized collectors.
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Don’t forget to check the NYS PTA Wellness Toolkit and Calendar to learn
more about wellness advocacy and resources
NYS PTA Cooperating Partner Healthy Schools Network has updated
their Cleaning for Healthy Schools
The site has toolkits for
. There are posters, webinars, tip sheets, checklists
and links for products. This is extremely important, especially for
schools undergoing construction and renovations.
For more, click
The purpose of this act is to eliminate the use of 10 identified substances
used as flame retardants in children’s products or upholstered furniture
well as appointment of a Chronic Hazard Advisory Council to study the
effects of the 10 listed substances or any others that may later be
Studies show that out of 300 members of the New York State Professional
Firefighters Association who died between 2012 and 2014, 52 percent had
. Children are at risk of exposure to these chemicals
reasons, as they often have some of the items in question in their mouths.
Reported side effects of flame retardants: learning disabilities, cancer,
endocrine disruption, damage to the reproductive, nervous and immune systems,
and/or organ failure. Click
for further information.
According to Pew Charitable Trusts, Perdue Farms announced that 95%
of the 640 million birds it raises each year never receive human antibiotics
Pew has posted on their website information regarding Perdue’s work on
to read more.