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The Christmas season is now upon us marked with decorated trees, caroling, parties, colorful lights, nostalgic movies, snowy weather, and of course, holiday shopping. It is that time of year when people rush to the stores to buy the latest toys and other gifts to give to their loved ones for Christmas. All the hustle and bustle leads to the anticipation of Christmas morning as we watch our loved ones open the gifts we bought for them.

In all the excitement of buying gifts, it is easy to forget about toy safety. Most injuries from toys are minor cuts, scrapes, and bruises. However, toys can cause serious injury or even death. This happens when toys are used in the wrong way. So before making your toy purchases this year, keep safety in mind, so Christmas can be an enjoyable time instead of a scary memory.

SAFETY SHOPPING TIPS:
Inspect toys before you buy them. Avoid sharp edges, small parts, or loose parts - THINK LARGE so babies and small children don’t choke on small parts. Do not give toys with ropes, cords, or parts that can heat up. Crayons and markers should be labeled non-toxic.

Choose age-appropriate toys. Make sure you choose the right toy for the right age and skill level of the child you are buying for.

Check for the ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) label on every toy that proves it meets safety standards. Electronic toys should be “UL” approved. Read warning labels. Teach your child how to use the toy in the right way.

Buy toys that are well-made. Plastic toys should be strong so they won’t break easily. Stuffed toys should have seams and edges that are secure and intact.

Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for recalled toys.

Safe toys can be a fun way to interact with your family and friends. Card games, puzzles, board and table games are generally safe choices. So this Christmas season, put away the electronic devices and enjoy playing with safe toys that stimulate creativity, encourages face to face interaction, and creates lasting memories with your family and friends. Make this a safe holiday season by following the tips mentioned above and celebrate this holiday season by spending time with those you love. Merry Christmas and be safe!

www.nationaldaycalendar.com
www.healthychildren.org



Toys. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 25 May 2016.
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Article and photo by Faith Ormsby, WCHS Senior

Warsaw Community High School Alumni Brayden Sammons and Hunter Haines have made their high school dreams into a reality. Sammons and Haines recently opened a restaurant called “Campus Craves” on their campus at Indiana University. The restaurant offers an assortment of ice cream on waffle cones, donuts, cinnamon rolls and more. The menu doesn’t stop at ice cream however. Guests are also able to enjoy hot foods such as loaded tots, mac and cheese bites, mozzarella sticks and more. Sammons and Haines aim to please student’s late night cravings.

Sammons and Haines came up with the idea to make an ice cream shop while they were still in high school. The duo note a lot of their early support came from Warsaw Area Career Center teacher Angie Heinsman. Heinsman played a large role in the creation of the restaurant as both an advisor and supporter of their idea.

The IU students were recently invited back to Heinsman’s class to share with current students how they came up with their business plan and the struggles of opening a business at a young age. They spoke about not being able to get a loan from a bank due to their lack of credit, and shared the fact most of their investments came from private investors who supported their dreams. Sammons and Haines both agreed that building connections with business owners and having strong communication skills helped in securing the funding and support necessary to open their business.

“The restaurant has been a really good process; we love seeing everyone’s facial expressions when they come in,” Haines stated about their opening.

Sammons agreed and urged students to not only make the most of their time in high school, but to begin pursuing their dreams today, “Pay attention in high school, everything we’ve done is based off of a high school education,” stated Sammons.

To learn more about the current IU students venture, visit www.thecampuscraves.com.

Pictured above: (From left) Brayden Sammons, Angie Heinsman, Hunter Haines and Hayden Steger.

Looking for the perfect present for you favorite Warsaw Community Schools' student, staff member or fan? WCS is proud to offer its community the opportunity to shop a variety of quality, name-brand clothing and athletic wear from vendors such as UnderArmour and Adidas. Supplies are very limited and prices are marked to be as close to "at cost" as possible to make repping your favorite tiger styles as easy as can be!

Visit us today at www.TigerLocker.com


Be sure to visit our pop up shop at the boys' varsity basketball games! For a full listing of dates and times, visit: https://warsawtigers.org/.
Have you ever woken up in the morning with a runny nose and sore throat, then later in the day you start to feel achy and feverish? You might ask yourself “do I have the flu or is it just a cold virus”?

Peak flu season in the U.S. runs from late November through March and because colds and flu share so many common symptoms and are both upper respiratory illnesses, it is often difficult to tell the difference.

Cold symptoms usually start with a sore throat for the first few days, followed by a runny nose, congestion, and cough. These symptoms may continue for 4-5 days. Fever is uncommon in adults, however, children may often have a cold with fever but it is often low. Sneezing is common with the cold and sometimes you may have a little fatigue and chest discomfort but headaches are rare with common colds. Some complications of the common cold are sinus infections and middle ear infections.

Flu symptoms tend to come on suddenly, fever (100-102 degrees, sometimes higher) with severe body aches, chills, headache and severe cough. Sometimes you may have vomiting or diarrhea. The symptoms will usually improve over 2 -5 days for normal, healthy individuals but you may feel weak for another 7-10 days. Flu can pose a serious threat to elderly, the very young and those who are immune compromised or have heart or lung problems. One very serious complication of the flu is pneumonia, which can be life threatening for some individuals.

You might need to see a doctor if you think you have the flu and/or you are experiencing difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest, persistent vomiting, confusion or severe headache not associated with fever.

The very best prevention measures to keep healthy this flu and cold season is to wash your hands often. Avoid close contact with someone who has the cold or flu and get the annual flu vaccine as a preventative. Although not 100% effective, often people who have had the vaccine and get the flu, will have a much milder case.

Please stay home from work and school if you think you are having symptoms of the flu so you will be less likely to transmit it to someone else.

For more information on the cold vs. the flu visit CDC.gov/flu or visit webmd.com




Teenager with common cold. Photograph. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclopædia Britannica, 22 Oct 2018.
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Warsaw Community Schools is proud to announce the 2018 WCS School Board Scholarship awardees. Recipients of this new scholarship opportunity for WCS staff will receive $4,000 toward their education pursuing a post-baccalaureate degree in education, administration or other content areas specific to their career fields with WCS.

Scholarship awardees include April Fitterling, financial operations manager; David Burden, STEM instructional coach; Joshua Wall, Washington Elementary second grade teacher; and Brad Gutwein, technology manager. Each awardee will receive $4,000 annually and will be required to reapply each year for a maximum of three years towards their graduate degree.

The WCS Leadership Academy Board Scholarship provides recipients financial assistance for an approved program through Western Governors University or another approved accredited university. To be eligible for a scholarship, recipients must have a bachelor’s degree or higher; have completed at least three years of education experience within Warsaw Community Schools; have received evaluations of effective or highly-effective for the past three years; be in good standing with the WCS district; be accepted into an education, administration or content specific master’s program; and be a US citizen or permanent resident.

The scholarship can be applied to tuition and/or books. Scholarships cannot be applied to expenses retroactively.
Warsaw Community Schools are moving to same-day eLearning Days for the 2018-2019 school year.  This means that if school is cancelled, eLearning assignments will be posted on the day of the cancellation as opposed to assignments being posted on a Saturday.  Please refer to the frequently asked questions below for more details about eLearning Days for the 2018-2019 school year.


Q - What is the general plan for eLearning Days for the 2018-2019 school year?

A - If we have a cancellation day in the first grading period, we will hold a make-up Saturday just like last year. Starting in the second grading period, we will do same-day eLearning Days on the day of the cancellation.

Q - When will lessons be posted on a same-day eLearning Day?
A - If the cancellation was called by 6:00 a.m. or the previous night, the lessons should be posted by 9:00 a.m. If WCS started with a two-hour delay that turned into a cancellation, lessons should be posted by 11:00 a.m.

Q - Where can students/parents find eLearning Day lessons?
A - Lessons will be posted on the individual school web pages at http://www.warsaw.k12.in.us

Q - When is the work due for each learning day?
A - eLearning Day assignments are due three school days after the eLearning Day at 11:59 p.m. For example, if the eLearning Day occurs on a Friday, students will need to turn in assignments by 11:59 p.m. on following Wednesday evening.

Q - Can iPads go home in grades K-4? How will teachers know to send them home?
A - Permission slips have been created that the parent will sign once to provide consent for the iPad to come home all year for eLearning Days. If weather reports indicate that approaching weather creates a possibility for a cancellation the following day, WCS will send out an email to all staff alerting of the possibility of an eLearning Day.

Q - How many eLearning Days can we have in a row?
A - The maximum number of eLearning Days we will have in a row is three (3). If we have three days in a row, the work will be due three school days from the date of the eLearning Day. For example, if we miss a Wednesday, Thursday, and a Friday, the assignments will be due at 11:59p.m. on the following Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, respectively.

Q - If an eLearning day occurs on a secondary block day, do students only do periods according to the block day or all seven? Do lessons need to be current with what is being taught in class? What about elementary specials? How long do eLearning assignments need to be?
A - The Indiana Department of Education believes that the learning for an eLearning day should reflect what would have taken place in the classroom if school was in session that day. Therefore, the same schedule will be followed as the day that is being missed. Students would have assignments in the classes they would have attended and in the elementary, will only complete assignments for specials they would have attended. All lessons should reflect content that would have been covered that day in both scope and length.

Q - Will schools be open before and after school to help those students without Internet access?
A - Yes. One computer lab or the media center should be staffed and open in each school before/after school for one hour on each of the three school days following an eLearning Day. Students can also visit businesses with free Internet access, the public library, and our wireless bubble extends outside all of our school buildings. Finally, WCS has some mobile Internet hotspots that can be checked out from the school media center.

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