Newsletter September 2020

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September 2020
Palos Verdes Montessori Academy
Welcome back!
We ended our summer camp on a high note last month, with many memories to carry us over to the next
school year. The children had fun with dress-up days, water day activities, and afternoons preparing tasty
and creative snacks.
We are off to a great start with the amazing first few weeks of school under our belt where we welcomed
back our students both online and in person. The children have shown great interest and joy in learning
new things and in being with their teachers and friends.
We are excited to learn that Los Angeles County’s rate of coronavirus cases has dropped below the state’s
threshold, allowing our local government to consider schools reopening. We are anticipating the return to
normalcy, while the key virus metrics such as hospitalizations, positivity rate among those tested, and
demand for hospital beds indicate a downward trend. However, as we continue our path of recovery
from the pandemic, we are persistently cautious in our daily operations by strictly implementing
the government guidelines on hygiene, sanitation, social distancing, screening, and wearing of
appropriate masks.
Dates to Remember:
Back to School Zoom Session
Thank you for taking the time to attend the
*September 7: Labor
informative virtual sessions. It was great to have our
Day
parents come together, even remotely. We hope it
was a great opportunity for you to meet our teachers
*September 13:
and learn more about your child’s academic program
Grandparents Day
and day-to-day activities.
September 13 - Annual Grandparents’ Day
September 7 - Labor Day
Grandparents give unconditional
The school will be closed on Monday, September
love, wisdom, and emotional security
7th in observance of Labor Day. Our students will
to their families. Our students will be
pay tribute to the American workforce for their
celebrating the unique relationship
social and economic contributions in making our
they have with their grandparents
country prosperous and strong. Have a safe and
with an incredibly special memento
happy Labor Day!
made with lots of love.
Palos Verdes Montessori Academy, 28451 Indian Peak Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274,
T: (310) 541-2405 — H: 6:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Uniform Donations
School Reopening in L.A. County
Yes, the children do grow up quickly!
As the outbreak
We encourage you to continue
slows down in the
donating your gently used uniforms
Los Angeles
to us as extra uniforms are kept on
county, school and
hand for students who may need
health officials are
them. Further, please drop by the
moving cautiously
office if you wish to pick up a uniform for your child.
i n
easing
Kindly remember that uniforms are mandatory for the
restrictions and
children who attend our school.
reopening schools. We are hopeful that with the new
normal where infection-control practices are part of
Optimism Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
our day-to-day school operations, the transmission
rates among our families and community will
It is particularly important to acknowledge the positive
developments in the control of the COVID-19 thus far, and
COVID-19 Saliva Test
we have many. Possible treatments such as cloned
antibodies are becoming effective in treating the virus. The
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is working
rapid, low-cost saliva test for Covid-19 could be a game-
on a saliva-based diagnostic test for COVID-19 that
changer in mass testing. Communities are more aware of
will cost less than $5.00. If the spit test is widely
the importance of wearing a mask. Safer building strategies
adopted, it can help expedite the COVID-19 testing
such as using higher ventilation, better filtration, and air-
process. If approved, the alternative testing will help
cleaning devices may help mitigate the airborne spread.
us navigate through the pandemic more effectively
Past exposure to common-cold viruses may help protect
even before a vaccine is approved. However, it is not
some people from COVID-19 infection. Successful vaccine
a rapid, at-home test that many have suggested using
trials may lead drug makers to deliver the vaccine
daily to control the pandemic.
expeditiously. We are jubilant and proud of the above
The Development of the Coronavirus Vaccine
progress in controlling the spread of disease during the
current pandemic.
There is a worldwide effort to
find a vaccine for COVID-19.
We are also thrilled to learn that the spread of the
Typically, vaccine development
coronavirus is slowing in Los Angeles County, mainly due
takes years and unfolds step by
to strict compliance of health orders and widespread
step.
However, Russia has
testing.
already announced that it will
Influenza Vaccinations
begin using the vaccine in
people at high risk even before
We strongly recommend all our students
Phase 3 trials, and China has authorized a vaccine to be
over the age of six months receive the
used in members of the military. The United States has
influenza vaccination this year.
set the goal of having a vaccine by late fall or early
Preventing influenza’s spread amid the
winter.
COVID-19 pandemic is crucial in
mitigating the burden on our families
who are already overwhelmed by
COVID-19. The flu and COVID-19 share many symptoms
such as fever, chills, cough, sore throat, muscle or body
aches, headaches, and fatigue. September is an ideal month
to be vaccinated to achieve immunity throughout the flu
season. It typically takes two weeks after the flu shot for the
recipients to gain full immunity.
Palos Verdes Montessori Academy, 28451 Indian Peak Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274,
T: (310) 541-2405 — H: 6:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
Infants sleeping on Back vs. Stomach and SIDS
Recalled Infant Sleepers (Rocking Sleepers)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs typically
The U.S. Consumer Product
when infants younger
Safety Commission has issued
than one year suddenly
a safety recall on certain
and unexpectedly die
sleepers due to the infant
while sleeping. While
fatalities that have occurred as a
SIDS cannot be
result of infants rolling from
prevented or predicted,
their backs to their stomachs or
there are many ways we
sides while asleep. We
can help reduce the risk
encourage all our parents with
of sleep-related infant
infants to look into the infant sleeper recalls
deaths. Infants who sleep on their backs can clear the
ensuring their sleepers at home are safe for their
amount of carbon dioxide in their lungs.
infant.
Please Like Us On Facebook!
We are constantly updating our page with the activities of your children to keep our parents
connected. Follow us on Facebook to see the exciting academic and co-curricular activities
at our school. Indeed, the school is always a beehive of activities!
Palos Verdes Montessori Academy, 28451 Indian Peak Road, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274,
T: (310) 541-2405 — H: 6:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

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