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  • CMS Spirit Week - Pajama Day

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 4/6/2020

     

    I'm spending my school day in my pajamas to show my school spirt!

    Pajama Day

     

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  • Safe and Home

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 4/3/2020

    Canadian Goose

    This canadian goose mama is protecting her goslings.  

    Stay home and safe this weekend.

    ♥ Mrs. Prendeville

     

     

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  • Wash Your Hands - Part 2

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 4/2/2020

     clean hands

     

    Yesterday, I told you about proper handwashing technique.  In this post I will tell you why it's important and how it can help protect you and others from illness.

    So, why is handwashing the first line of defense against COVID-19? Because we use our hands for everything. We touch things in our daily lives that interact with countless people. We then touch our faces, food, mouth, each other. When we touch something that carries a virus, it's very easy for that virus to enter our bodies. However, washing your hands removes that virus before it can spread to yourself or others.

    wash your hands

    To keep things in perspective, the COVID-19 virus can live for several hours or even days on some surfaces. For example, if someone with the virus sneezes, it will stay in the air from 30 minutes to 3 hours. So it's important to always sneeze or cough into your sleeve or tissue, never in your hands. Once it lands on certain types of surfaces, it can be transferred to someone through touch days after it left someone's nose. For example, if you sneeze and particles of the virus land on cardboard, like a box of Macaroni and Cheese, someone can touch that box within 24 hours and have the virus. The virus can live on stainless steel, like a fork or spoon, for 2 days. And on plastic, like a water bottle, for 3 days. That's why it's important to constantly be washing your hands. Scrubbing with soap and water will kill the virus before it spreads. Also, regularly clean high traffic surfaces, like faucets, handles and countertops. When cleaning a surface, wipe in one direction, like you would shovel snow. Wiping in all directions would just move germs around rather than pick them up.

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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  • Wash Your Hands - Part 1

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 4/1/2020

     

    I keep hearing the same advice over and over again and sometimes I hear it so many times that I might not think of it as important any more. It is still so important.  In this post, I'll share some information I found about proper handwashing technique.  Tomorrow I will tell you why it's important and how it can help protect you from illness.

    Wash your hands!

    The first line of defense against COVID-19 is the one basic protocol against any spread of illness: proper handwashing. This is a skill that has become vital in the last few weeks, and will become even more important as the weeks go on. Over the years, handwashing has become a basic habit that most take part in. However, with kids rushing to get from one activity to another, proper handwashing has been replaced with a quick and easy format. In today's world, with the rise of a pandemic, this method will no longer cut it. 

    Starts with wet hands. Apply enough soap and scrub hands together to form a lather. Rinse, then dry hands with a clean towel. This is the basic technique to washing your hands; but in today's world, more attention must be paid in order to ensure every part of your hand gets clean.

    hand washing steps

    To break it down further, follow these steps:

    • Scrub palms over the back of each hand. Interlace fingers as you do so.
    • Return to scrubbing palms while interlacing fingers.
    • Scrub the backs of each finger against the palm.
    • Scrub the fingertips against the palm, making sure to get soap underneath the fingernails.
    • Grab each thumb and rotate palm around it.
    • Scrub around each wrist.

    This process should take 60 seconds. Take your time and make sure you get every nook and cranny. 

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs Prendeville

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  • Where's Waldo?

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 3/31/2020

    Waldo busy Waldo distancing

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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  • Checking In

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 3/30/2020

    kitten  

    I thought about you this weekend.  Life is so very different right now and it certainly takes some getting used to.  I hope you are safe and well.  If you send me an email, I will answer you.

     

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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  • Take Your Pet To School

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 3/27/2020

    Pete

    This is Pete, my sweet, almost one year old kitten.  I sometimes call him Sweetie Petey or Peteheart but he can't hear me because he is deaf.  He follows me everywhere I go around my house.  Pete and I love spending time together now that I am spending my school days at home.  

    Spending time with a pet helps to relieve stress.  Stress relief is so important during this uncertain time.

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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  • When It Becomes Real

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 3/26/2020

    family

    You are staying at home and you are washing your hands.  You are doing all the right things.  The virus feels distant and not really related to you.  

    Then one day you know someone who is sick, maybe someone you love, maybe even you.  The coronavirus then becomes very real and much more scary.  It hits home.  You are worried for your loved ones and for yourself.  If someone disregards the things you know will keep you safe, like social distancing, it doesn’t feel right at all and can make you feel sad or mad.  You have so many feelings during this uncertain time.

    I am sorry if this has happened to you and these are things you are feeling.  

    I am thinking about you.  You can write to me if you want to.  I will write back.

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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  • Take Care Of Yourself

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 3/25/2020

    kindness, love and hope

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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  • This Little Piggy...

    Posted by Susan Prendeville on 3/24/2020

    This little piggy

    Be safe, be kind, be smart,

    Mrs. Prendeville

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