Conant School PTO Newsflash - Week of Apr 16, 2017
@ the Celtics Game last Monday...
Coming Up!
  • Spring Break, No School: Apr 17-21     
  • Variety show: Apr 28 
  • Early Release: May 4
  • Breakfast with Families: May 5
Conant PTO Facebook Page

Conant families, there are several ways you can keep up to date with everything going on in Conant apart from this Newsflash & school emails. We also have a Conant PTO Facebook page which has daily posts of things going on in the school. If you are not already a member please check it out.

Principal's Blog

Mr Sugrue's blog was last updated on the 13th, and you can access it here. Feel free to go through the blog post. You can always find the link at the Conant School Page or at the bottom of any Newsflash.
Supplies for the Nurses's Office

Mrs. Makris would appreciate some supplies for the health office at Conant. Please follow the link below for the items required and to donate. 

Many thanks. 
Navigating the Aging Journey

Are you confused about the options available in our community to help you or you family navigate the aging journey?

On Wednesday, May 3, 2017 from 6:00-7:30pm in Cheney Conference Room at Emerson Hospital, The Auxiliary of Emerson Hospital will be hosting a community education event, Old Age Ain't for Sissies: Demystifying Elder Care. A panel discussion, moderated by Janet Benvenuti of Circle of Life Partners, on the continuum of caring for aging seniors including: medical concerns and keeping a senior healthy, programs/services/resources for supporting your loved one at home, and options when your senior can no longer live at home. A light supper will be served. The event is free to the public but seating is limited. Please email the Auxiliary to reserve your seat or call Christine Kielar at 978-287-8765. Sponsored by Care One of Concord.
Annual Giving Update

We reached our goal of $44000 this week. We couldn't have done this without the $19283 you contributed or the $3021 we got in matching contributions from your employers. Thanks you!
Contact us if you have any questions!

The Boxtops Challenge is Coming!

Get ready...Conant's annual Boxtops Challenge is coming in May! Start gathering those Boxtops from food and household packaging and stay tuned for more information coming soon!

Message from the School Nurse

Childhood sunburns can increase your child's risk of developing skin cancer as an adult. Even a suntan can be harmful to children. Tanning is an outward sign of internal skin damage. Research shows that much of the damage to skin is done in the first 18 years of life. Protecting skin and eyes during these early years can reduce the risk of some types of skin cancer by up to 78%. Melanoma is a cancer of younger people and can start as early as adolescence. 

Youth and Skin Cancer
  • 50% of lifetime exposure to UV light occurs during childhood and adolescence.
  • It can take less than 10 minutes for a child's skin to burn.
  • Children with severe sunburns are at an increased risk for skin cancer.
  • A person born today is twice as likely to develop malignant melanoma compared to someone born only a decade ago and 12 times more likely as someone born 50 years ago.
  • Being sun safe is the first step to reduce the chances of getting skin cancer later in life.

Teach Children Sun Safe Habits

Children learn healthy habits best at a young age. Therefore, it is important to begin protecting your children from the beginning and teach them the importance of sun safety. With sun damage accumulating over a person's lifespan, beginning sun safety habits at a young age should be a priority. 

  • Maximize protection between the hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Wear sun protective, light-colored clothing including long sleeved shirts and pants made of tightly woven fabric.
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that protects head, face, ears and neck. If a baseball cap is worn, make sure to use sunscreen on ears and neck.
  • Wear UV-protective sunglasses with 99%-100% UV absorption.
  • During peak sun hours (10-4pm) seek shade. Shadow rule if your shadow is shorter than you, the sun's rays are at their strongest and you should seek shade.
  • Encourage children to play in shaded areas, especially during peak sun hours.
  • Use a sunscreen of SPF 15+ and apply a generous amount ( about a palmful) 30 minutes before going outside.
  • Reapply Sunscreen every 90 minutes or after swimming, towel drying or perspiring, even if the label says the product is waterproof. Don't forget the lips and ears both areas can burn just as easily.
  • Strongly discourage the use of tanning beds.

Apply sunscreen before school.

Further information can be found on the following websites: yourcover/guide.htm
(Summarized by the APS/ABRHS Nurses, 5/2008)


Every child is unique. Each child has his or her own growth and developmental path. Starting at the age of 8, some children may start to show signs of puberty. I have listed a few books that can be used to help your child learn about the changes that will be occurring. You can use the books to help you learn what to expect. You can use the books to help you talk with your child about puberty and just taking care of themselves. There are a number of other books available as well. Our town libraries have books on this subject too. For girls, there are puberty "kits" you can order, though this is totally optional. We keep spare supplies in the Health Office in case a student needs a pad.


We have some of the books listed below in the health office for parents to look at. We also have a couple of books written specifically for parents that are available to borrow. website has quite a bit of information that you may find helpful on puberty and many other topics.

  • The Feelings Book by American Girl Publishing
  • The Care and Keeping of You - the body book for girls by American Girl Press
  • What's Happening to Me? book for girls By Susan Meredith Usborne Press
  • What's Happening to Me? book for boys By Firth, Meredith, and Larkum
  • The Care and Keeping of You 2- the body book Older Girls by American Girl Press
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