WELCOME TO THE PEARSONTOWN PTA WEBSITE
“You just can’t hide that Pearsontown pride!”
NC PTA Mission Statement~to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.
Important Dates and Events
- March is National Nutrition Month-see more information below
- 3/20/20-Deadline Extended-Nominations for 2010-2021 PTA officers are due, nomination form available HERE, officer descriptions are listed on the “About the PTA” section of this site
- 4/15/20-Last day to order yearbooks
- Go to http://www.strawbridge.net/
- Click on “Order Now”
- Enter access code YB100256
- 4/25/20-Spring Clean Up Day at Pearsontown, sponsored by the Beautification Committee, all are welcome (event status will be dependent on current DPS guidance in place closer to event date)
- 5/18/20-Students return to school per current DPS plan
PTA committee meetings are open to all current and interested parents/caregivers (you must be a current PTA member in good standing to be a committee member)
Panda Spirit Days are every Friday! Wear your Pearsontown, Boosterthon, or Class T-shirt to show your Panda Pride!
Visit the Pearsontown Elementary PTA Facebook page for additional photos and information about PTA, Pearsontown, and community events
DPS Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Visit HERE for meal locations, supplemental lesson plans, and more
Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update
Thank you to the PTA Advocacy and Wellness Committee for putting the following information together for our Panda families!
We understand this is a difficult time for our community. In this factsheet, we have provided some resources that may be helpful in explaining coronavirus to your kids and in understanding the best methods to protect yourself and your family from getting sick.
Talking with children about coronavirus
A comic for kids on the coronavirus: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/02/28/809580453/just-for-kids-a-comic-exploring-the-new-coronavirus
Additional tips from United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
What we can do to slow the spread
Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Here is some guidance to improve on hand-washing techniques: https://www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/
Social distancing: What is it? Social distancing means avoiding close contact with people (the CDC recommends staying at least 6 feet away from others) and reducing how often you meet up with others. The goal is to reduce the transmission of coronavirus from one person to another. Currently, there is no vaccine for this new virus so social distancing and hand washing are our most effective methods for slowing down the virus spread. More information, go to: https://hub.jhu.edu/2020/03/13/what-is-social-distancing/
Why is it important to slow down the spread of the virus? While most people who get the virus will have mild symptoms, some people will develop severe symptoms. People at high risk are older adults; people who have diabetes, heart disease, or lung disease; and people that are immunocompromised. In addition, our hospital systems can get overwhelmed if we do not slow down the spread of the virus. For more information for high risk groups, go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/specific-groups/high-risk-complications.html.
But my kids and I are not high risk so I’ll be fine to go out as usual. Yes, if you or your kids get the coronavirus it may not be severe. But if any of you interact with someone in the high risk category within a two week period of contracting the coronavirus (this includes the initial time period when you may not show symptoms), you may pass it on to them inadvertently.
How do I implement social distancing? This article explores questions of restaurants, play groups, etc. https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4
Ways to support children during this time Children will react to and follow your verbal and nonverbal reactions so remain calm, reassuring, and available to talk. Encourage kids to eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep, and exercise regularly; all are important for good mental and physical health. For exercise, some ideas include walks, bike rides, and kicking a ball. Rekindle those family traditions of cooking, playing cards and board games, and reading books together. If possible, limit television viewing or information access on the Internet/social media related to the coronavirus as it might be upsetting to your children. More tips at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/03/14/parenting-tips-coronavirus/
Tips and Other Resources
Durham City COVID-19 Updates and Response:
United States Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others if you must be in public.
- Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face. Handwashing is preferred to hand sanitizer. However, if hand sanitizer is your only option, it must contain at least 60% alcohol.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. For solutions that are effective in killing the coronavirus go to:
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen to section on “Clean and Disinfect”.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. If you are sick, read: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fabout%2Fsteps-when-sick.html“
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:
Finally, a public health perspective: If we all feel that we overreacted at the end of all of this, then the prevention measures worked!
DPS Foundation is coordinating directly with our school district and youth-serving non-profits to fund meals and remote learning resources for DPS students affected by the COVID-19 school closings. To make a donation, go to bit.ly/DPSFCovid19.
March is National Nutrition Month
Join the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in celebrating National Nutrition Month this March! Learn more about this annual campaign and ways to get involved: https://sm.eatright.org/NNMinfo #NationalNutritionMonth
El Mes Nacional de la Nutrición es una campaña anual de educación e información nutricional creada por la Academia de Nutrición y Dietética. Mas información: https://sm.eatright.org/mesnacionaldelanutricion #NationalNutritionMonth
Information from Smart Talk Presentation
Thank you to those of you who attended Wednesday night’s Smart Talk sessions. It was fun helping families feel more comfortable having tough technology talks!
As caregivers we know it is our responsibility to help children develop healthy habits. With tech continuing to evolve at a rapid pace it can often feel like our kids are more tech savvy than us. However, setting your family up for success online winds up being very simple- communicate openly and regularly- know how your child uses their devices, know who they are communicating with, and help equip them with the right decision-making skills to be able to navigate this climate so that they can make smart choices even when you’re not around.
If you weren’t able to make the event, we’ll share some of the great resources we found.
The Smart Talk walks families through a series of guided questions to establish a digital safety conversation- which then creates a personalized agreement based on your answers. Visit thesmarttalk.org and get started today!
You can find lots of parent guides for popular apps, services and platforms at https://www.connectsafely.org/parentguides/. These easy to understand guides are clear and printable. They can help even the least tech savvy caregivers understand what kids are into and how to teach them to stay safe.
The Center for Missing and Exploited Kids has lots of great information, but in particular we’d like to highlight their tool to remove explicit content of your children online. If you find an inappropriate photo of your child on line, you can go to their webpage to be connected to a case worker who will ensure removal of this photo from internet platforms. http://www.missingkids.org/
Considering a direction donation to the PTA?
If so, we have some great thank you gifts for you!
Ways to connect with your PTA
- Join the PTA-memberships are $8 per member per school year
- Online Store
- Paper form: found next to the PTA office
- Bookmark our website at ptownpta.com
- On this site, you can sign up for the Pearsontown PTA Newsletter and get announcements and news sent straight to your inbox. It’s easy-sign up today!
- Like Pearsontown PTA on Facebook
- Check out the PTA bulletin board next to the PTA office.
- Listen for school phone announcements from Mr. Teal on Sunday evenings,
- Sign up for a committee. It’s a great way to get involved in your PTA. See the list of PTA committees on the “PTA Committees” page on this site.
- Email the PTA with questions, comments, ideas, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend PTA meetings. General body meetings are open to everyone!
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