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Health Alert – Head Lice!

It has come to our attention today (Sunday) that some of our students have lice. Please read this article from when you have the time. Until then we have chosen the following excerpts to give you some basic information so we can keep things in perspective and start moving in the right direction.

“Although they may sound gross, lice (the plural of louse) are a very common problem, especially for kids ages 3 years to 12 years (girls more often than boys). Lice aren’t dangerous and they don’t spread disease, but they are contagious and can just be downright annoying. Their bites may cause a child’s scalp to become itchy and inflamed, and persistent scratching may lead to skin irritation and even infection.”
“Lice are highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person, especially in group settings (schools, childcare centers, slumber parties, sports activities, and camps). Though they can’t fly or jump, these tiny parasites have specially adapted claws that allow them to crawl and cling firmly to hair. They spread mainly through head-to-head contact, but sharing clothing, bed linens, combs, brushes, and hats can also help pass them along. Kids are most prone to catching lice because they tend to have close physical contact with each other and often share personal items.”

“Treatment: Your doctor can recommend a medicated shampoo, cream rinse, or lotion to kill the lice. These may be over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications, depending on what treatments have already been tried. Medicated lice treatments usually kill the lice and nits, but it may take a few days for the itching to stop. For very resistant lice, an oral medication might be prescribed.”

Please come in and see us if you have any additional information or concerns. We are happy to speak with you. In the meantime, please check your child and begin to take remedial steps where necessary.

Lunch Options!

Hello Parents,

Do you need a break from making lunches every day? Got up too late? Cupboards empty? Now you have OPTIONS. Maggie’s-healthy Meals and The Jamaican Kitchen now have delivery service to First Impressions. The lunches will be freshly made, follow healthy guidelines, and will be delivered fresh to school each day.

Ordering: Meals should be ordered the day before but we are told can be ordered up to 10am of the day it is needed.

Cost: Each child’s meal will cost $5.00 from either supplier

Payment: Payment can be made in advance of delivery to the establishment of your choice or you can send the money with your child who will pay for the meal directly.

The brochures are attached and can be viewed here for:

The Jamaican Kitchen or Maggie’s-Healthy Meals

Leave us some comments so we will know if and how you plan to use this service.

Backroad access to First Impressions & Public Holiday!

Hello Everyone,
Access to the school can be made through the Tarris Hill lumber yard.  Make the immediate left turn off the dual carriageway and then the immediate right after Davis Funeral Home.  The gates will be open from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. – If you haven’t figured out how to do this yet, watch the video!

 When exiting please make the FULL CIRCLE back towards this entrance and proceed with caution, yielding to incoming traffic. This should give a bit of an ease to the traffic congestion.
Reminder: This Friday, October 21 is a Public Holiday.

Traffic disruptions . . . again!!

The flow of traffic into school will be disrupted again due to road works. The Purcell Road from the Dual Carriageway to the entrance at the Ghut will be fixed over the next 2 months commencing TOMORROW October 12.
We only got this news yesterday evening. We have arranged for the traffic to flow through Tarris Hill. So traffic will have to make the immediate left turn at the Tamarind Tree and come along the dirt road or use the Long Trench Road (entering via the K-Marks side).

Primary School Class Meetings THIS WEEK!!

The Primary School Class meetings are this week as follows (better late than never):

11 GRADE 1
12 GRADE 2
13 GRADE 3
14 GRADE 4
17 GRADE 5
18 GRADE 6

Meetings are scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. each day.

FIPS Football squad – all winners!

For those of you who don’t know, here is a picture of our football squad. The After School Football League 2010-2011 ended last week Wednesday and we were in all 3 final matches in which we were entered. Under 7 and Under 12 both ended up second as the home field advantage paid off for Cedar. The Under 9’s won their match 4-1 over Montessori and our own Justin Smith won the MVP in the U7 division and  Guillaume Parkins won the MVP and the Golden Boot award for U9’s. We look for great things in the upcoming year.

After School Football League FINALS Tomorrow!!


The finals are Wednesday October 5th at Cedar School starting at 3:30pm. Take time off from work and come out to support the FIPS Football teams. They have all worked very hard to make it to the finals and we are the only school with a team in all 3 matches. That in itself is a great achievement.

Being successful now will take a final push from each team and your support on the sidelines helps to make that happen. Players should be drinking a lot of water in preparation for the matches. Many players will play in 2 matches, so must be physically prepared. Send healthy energy snacks for the early afternoon, etc etc etc.

This is it people . . . LET’S GO FIPS!!!