Newsletter September 2020

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September 2020
Princeton 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
*September 7: Labor
Thank you for taking the time to attend the informative
virtual sessions. It was great to have our parents come
together, even remotely. We hope it was a great opportunity
*September 13:
for you to meet our teachers and learn more about your
Grandparents Day
child’s academic program and day-to-day activities.
September 13 - Annual Grandparents’ Day
September 7 - Labor Day
Grandparents give unconditional love, wisdom, and emotional
The school will be closed on Monday, September
security to their families. Our students will be celebrating the
7th in observance of Labor Day. Our students will
unique relationship they have with their grandparents with an
pay tribute to the American workforce for their
incredibly special memento made with lots of love.
social and economic contributions in making our
country prosperous and strong. Have a safe and
Princeton Montessori Academy — 922 E. Mendocino Street, Altadena, CA 91001 — (626) 794-2244 — — H: 6:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.
School Reopening in L.A. County
As the outbreak slows down in the Los Angeles county, school and health officials are
moving cautiously in easing restrictions and reopening schools. We are hopeful that with the
new normal where infection-control practices are part of our day-to-day school operations,
the transmission rates among our families and community will continue to decline.
Optimism Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 Saliva Test
It is particularly important to acknowledge the
positive developments in the control of
The U. S. Food and Drug Administration is working on a
the COVID-19 thus far, and we have
saliva-based diagnostic test for COVID-19 that will cost
many. Possible treatments such as
less than $5.00. If the spit test is widely adopted, it can
cloned antibodies are becoming
help expedite the COVID-19 testing process. If approved,
effective in treating the virus. The
the alternative testing will help us navigate through the
rapid, low-cost saliva test for Covid-19
pandemic more effectively even before a vaccine is
could be a game-changer in mass testing.
approved. However, it is not a rapid, at-home test that many
Communities are more aware of the importance of
have suggested using daily to control the pandemic.
wearing a mask. Safer building strategies such as
using higher ventilation, better filtration, and air-
cleaning devices may help mitigate the airborne
spread. Past exposure to common-cold viruses may
help protect some people from COVID-19 infection.
Successful vaccine trials may lead drug makers to
deliver the vaccine expeditiously. We are jubilant and
proud of the above progress in controlling the spread
of disease during the current pandemic.
We are also thrilled to learn that the spread of the
coronavirus is slowing in Los Angeles County,
The Development of the Coronavirus Vaccine
mainly due to strict compliance of health orders and
widespread testing.
There is a worldwide effort to find a vaccine for
COVID-19. Typically, vaccine
Influenza Vaccinations
development takes years and unfolds
We strongly recommend all our students over the age
step by step. However, Russia has
of six months receive the
already announced that it will begin
influenza vaccination this year.
using the vaccine in people at high risk
Preventing influenza’s spread
even before Phase 3 trials, and China has
amid the COVID-19 pandemic
authorized a vaccine to be used in
is crucial in mitigating the
members of the military. The United States has set the
burden on our families who are
goal of having a vaccine by late fall or early winter.
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
Princeton Montessori Academy — 922 E. Mendocino Street, Altadena, CA 91001 — (626) 794-2244 —
— 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.
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!
Princeton Montessori Academy — 922 E. Mendocino Street, Altadena, CA 91001 — (626) 794-2244 — — H: 6:30 A.M. - 6:30 P.M.

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