From the school nurse: Flu update

January 30, 2018

Dear families,

We are writing to update you about the flu in our area.

The latest statewide flu report (Jan. 26, Massachusetts Department of Public Health) indicates flu activity is widespread in the state, which is not unexpected for this time of year. However, the rate of influenza-like illness (ILI), is higher than the past two flu seasons. ILI, which is a fever of 100 degrees or more and cough or sore throat, is how disease trackers measure the flu nationwide.

NEW DATE: Informational meeting for Prague Summer to be held February 14, 6:30 p.m.

We are happy to announce that we still have LIMITED SPACES for the Prague Summer Program. Since 1990, we have travelled to Central Europe to experience the history and culture of Poland (Krakow), the Czech Republic (Prague) and Germany (Dresden and Berlin) first hand. This is an exciting opportunity for students to undertake an amazing trip while earning a semester's history credit (2.5 credits).

Can you donate an instrument you no longer need?

“Hi, My name is Abigail Miller. I am in twelth grade at Newton South High School. I am running my fifth instrument donation drive since 2012 because I really enjoy playing music and hope that I can help others get the chance to love it as much as I do. Through a partnership with Berklee College of Music, the instruments I collect will be donated to local nonprofit organizations and schools who provide music education to underserved populations.

Volunteers needed: It takes a village to make Celebration a success!

The PTSO needs YOUR HELP to continue its tradition of hosting Celebration, a fun, safe post-prom event for all NNHS seniors. Planning begins NOW, and many former team leaders are now parents of seniors. We need new faces--parents/guardians of 9th, 10th, and 11th graders willing to envision the decor, map out the set-up, and solicit donations of teen-friendly food for this special event!

Beijing Bound: Information session and alumni panel discussion on March 14, 6:00 p.m.

Interested parents, teachers, and students, come learn about the Newton-Beijing Jingshan School China Exchange Program on Wednesday, March 14, from 6:00-8:30 p.m., in the Newton South High School Library and Lecture Hall. Samantha Mandel, program manager, will lead an information session; the panel discussion will feature alumni teacher and students reflecting on the impact this four-month immersion program had on them.

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