Thursday, September 22, 2011

Fundraiser ~ Last Day

Tomorrow is the last day to turn your orders in for the Entertainment Book Fundraiser. I hope that everyone has had success and that you were able to sell your books! Please make sure that you send your money with your child tomorrow. If you need additional books, we will send them home with your child. If you chose not to participate or were unable to sell your books, please send them back with your student tomorrow as well. It is very important that we get those books back! We will need every last book to fill the orders that we have coming in. Thank you so much for your participation in our Fundraiser! We will keep you updated on our success!

Protect your head- Wear a helmet!

Why should I wear a helmet?

  • About 800 bicyclists die in the US every year.
  • Children ages 5-14 are 5 times more likely to be injured in a bicycle related crash than older riders.
  • About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of these, about 67,000 have heard injuries.
  • 1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries has a brain injury.
  • Two thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury.
  • Up to 88% of cyclist's brain injuries can be prevented by wearing a bicycle helmet.
When purchasing a helmet for bicycling or rollerblading, look for the ASTM, SNELL or CPSC stickers inside. These helmets have been tested for safety.

Safety Tips
  1. Protect your head- Wear a helmet.
  2. See and be seen- wear proper clothes and be cautious when riding at night.
  3. Go with the flow of traffic-the safe way is the right way.
  4. Look both ways- be aware of traffic around you.
  5. Stay Alert- keep a look out for obstacles in your path.
  6. Go off road- follow designated bike routes if available.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

More Car Seat Safety!

Did you know that new recommendations are out for car seat safety? Remember being so excited for your child to hit the one year mark or 20 lb mark so you could turn them around in their car seat? Well that is no longer the case. Here are the new recommendations...

Rear Facing
(Birth to at least 2 years old and less than 30 lbs)

Child Safety Seat
  • Read your child's safety seat instructions. This will help you know the right way to use and install your car set.
  • An "infant Only" or "rear facing convertible" seat can be used for children weighing less than 22-30 lbs.
  • Most "infant only" seats can be used with or without the base. Check instructions to see where the carrying handle must be place when used in the vehicle.

  • Face you infant and toddler to the rear of the vehicle until your child is at least two years and 30 lbs
  • Never put your infant in the front passenger seat of a vehicle with air bags. The back seat is the safest.

Child Safety Straps
  • Fasten the harness straps on your child first. Cover your child with a blanket last. Do not wrap you child in blankets or extra clothing.
  • Place harness straps in the slots on the back of the seat, at or below your child's shoulders. Fasten the harness snugly. At you child's collarbone, you should not be able to "pinch" any of the harness strap between your fingers.
  • Always use the chest retainer clip to hold the shoulder straps in place. Position the retainer clip at armpit level.

Car Safety Belts
  • The child safety seat should not move more than on inch side-to-side and front to back when shaken at anchor points (where the seat belt goes through).
  • Seat belts in cars made before 1996 may need a locking clip. Always read the instruction manuals for your vehicle and you child safety seat.
  • If your car needs a locking clip, place it on both the lap and shoulder belts 1/2 " to 1" from the latch plate.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Boosters until age 8!

Not only is it important to keep our kids safe when playing outside, but it is also important to keep them safe in the car.
A new law passed in 2008, changes Utah's child restraint law. Now every child up to age 8 must be in a child safety seat or booster seat. The exception to that law is if your child is 57". There is also a $45.00 fine for those not following this law.

When is my child ready for a seat belt?

Your child is ready for a seat belt when they are 8 years old or over 57 inches tall. Before moving your child to an adult safety belt, take the Safety Belt Fit Test.
  • Is your child able to sit upright with knees bent at the edge of the seat?
  • Does the shoulder belt fit over the middle of the shoulder and the center of the chest?
  • Does the lap belt rest on the hips or upper thighs?
  • Can your child maintain the correct position for as long as you are in the car?
When should a booster seat not be used?

If you vehicle does not have shoulder belts in the back seat, a booster seat cannot be used. Booster seats must never be used with a lap belt only. If there are no seating position with both lap and shoulder belts available for using a booster seat, a child who has outgrown their regular child restraint may be secured with a properly fitted lap belt. Children should ride in a traditional harness system, which generally occurs at 40 lbs or more, depending on the seat. There are many seats on the market with internal harnesses that can accommodate children weighing more than 40 lbs. These seats are recommended to parents with vehicles that only have lap belts.

More children ages 6-14 die from traffic crashes than from anything else. But even more startling is the fact that over half of the 4-7 year olds who die in crashes are buckled in seat belts. The truth is that these younger children are not safe in seat belts alone. They are not adequately protected by seat belts alone.

Be Safe and Buckle up Properly!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Green Ribbon Week!

It's Green Ribbon Week at Fox Hollow! This week we will focus on safety with the kids. Help us celebrate Green Ribbon Week by showing that you care about safety.

Tuesday: Don't be Crazy-be Safe!
Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday: Sock it to Safety!
Crazy Sock Day

Thursday: Hats off to Safety!
Wear your favorite hat!

Friday: Play it Safe!
Wear Green

It is up to us parents to encourage our kids to be safe. Here are a few tips to help them out.

Helmets are for EVERYONE!

Wear a helmet every time you lace up your roller blades or climb on your bike. skateboard, rip-stick or scooter - no matter what age!

To fit your child's helmet, follow these steps:
1. Place a snug-fitting helmet on your child's head.
2. Adjust the helmet straps so the helmet cannot be moved from side to side or back and forth.
3. There should be about one finger width between the chin straps and the child's chin.

Remember to:
1. Ride your bike on the right-hand side of the street.
2. Obey all traffic laws, signs, and signals
3. Ride skateboards and scooters on the sidewalk.
4. Give cars and pedestrians the right-of-way.
5. Wear a helmet and protective clothing, no matter how slowly you are riding because a fall at any speed can cause sever head injury.

Set an example by wearing a helmet and encourage your friends to wear them!

Remember a helmet only works when you wear it!

Check back each day this week for more safety tips!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lets Raise some $$$

It is time for our Annual PTA Fundraiser.
This year we have decided on selling the
Entertainment Book aka Happenings Book.
This book is a fabulous deal!
With just a few purchases the book has already paid for itself!
And lets face it, who isn't looking to save a few bucks these days?
Here are some of the great savings you will find in this book

$5.00 off @ Smiths
$5.00 off Papa Murphys Pizza
$5.00 off Classic Skating
$200 off Jazz Tickets
Arctic Circle
Cold Stone
Santa Monica Pizza
and SOOOO much more!

Each child was sent home with a book. That book can be sold! If your child sells more then their one book, they can bring their order form to school and their additional books will be sent home on Friday the 16th or 23rd. If they choose not to participate, please return the book back to school ASAP. These books are the ones that we will use to fill other orders. Each book sells for $25.00. Our PTA makes $12.50 for each book sold and our goal is to sell 800 books. The money earned from this fundraiser will help pay for the programs that the PTA will sponsor this year. Our fundraiser will run from September 8th-23rd! Your children will earn som fun prizes for selling the books. The class with the most books sold will also win a Pizza Party!
Let's get out and sell those books!!
Thank you for your support with this Fundraiser!!