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A Message From Our Principal

Welcome to April 2020. As I write, I am reminded of all the events that we have or will miss and saddened for what more is to come. I know many of us have had to make some serious sacrifices lately. As we left school in mid- March for our original spring break, it broke my heart to see some of our fourth graders, who had worked so hard for Ameritown, crying as they left school. I watched as seniors in High School were denied the ability to compete for a state championship around the state after years of work with only two games left. But, I am always reminded of silver linings.

In tough times it is easy sometimes to think there isn’t an end in sight or that we are the only ones going through this or that or we just aren’t tough enough or strong enough to keep fighting what is seen as insurmountable sometimes. That is why this month I am writing with a few words of encouragement.

  1. All things come to an end, even bad times. While this may seem to not have an end, it will and I look forward to being able to enjoy some of those things I took for granted like going to a restaurant, meeting with friends, going back to work and having a normal routine.
  2. We have been challenged before and come out stronger in the end. Most recently for our community, I can think of the 2008 economic downturn and the 2013 flood. Both seemed to stretch some of us to our breaking points, but we didn’t break and many of us are living stronger, more meaningful lives now.
  3. We are a very strong community. From strangers helping elderly neighbors to our district employees helping feed thousands of kids with school closures. Our community comes together in times of need.
  4. This is happening to everyone. As we can sometimes focus more on our own issues and problems, we know that many are struggling with this, sometimes worse, and it is okay to not have all the answers all the time. Just knowing many are going through this can be comforting as we can rely on each other and they can rely on us to get through this.
  5. Even in the darkest hours, there are silver linings. Although hard to see sometimes, this pause in our lives could be just what some of us needed. With less travel and cars on the road because of social distancing, our environment thanks us as do our over used and congested highways. I think a lot will be learned from businesses, medical communities, and schools that this experience will no doubt be useful in the future.

As we move forward into unsure times I hope some of the inspirational stories, others’ kind words or deeds and our community bring you strength and some much needed peace. Because We Are All Bulldogs!

Michael Mazurana

Michael Mazurana
Elementary Principal
mmazurana@universityschools.com

    Elementary News
    Tips for Allergy Season

    The approach to managing a child's allergies is similar to that of an adult, with some important differences regarding medication choices and dosing. In general, there are three ways to treat a child's allergies:

    • Avoidance of the allergic triggers
    • Use of medications
    • Allergy shots (immunotherapy)

    Avoidance of Allergic Triggers
    Avoidance of the causes of a child's allergy symptoms can often be the best way to prevent symptoms. There is essentially no cost, no medication side effects, and it is essentially a curative approach to the child's allergic problem. Examples of at least partially avoidable allergens include pet dander and dust mites. However, avoidance of allergens is often difficult and not always possible. For example, plant pollens and mold spores are part of the outside air, and short of keeping a child indoors all the time, it is impossible to avoid exposure to these allergens. Once allergy testing reveals the presence of allergic antibodies to various triggers, an allergist may recommend avoidance of these triggers.

    Use of Medications

    When avoidance measures fail or are not possible, many children will require medications to treat their allergy symptoms. The choice of medication depends on numerous questions to be answered by the parent or child's physician:

    • How severe are the child's allergies?
    • What are the child's allergy symptoms?
    • What medication can the family get (over the counter prescription)?
    • What medication will the child take?
    • Does he/she need medication daily or intermittently?
    • What side effects might the child experience from the medication(s)?

    Allergy Shots
    Allergy shots, or immunotherapy, treats allergies by reducing the child’s sensitivity to allergens. Although immunotherapy doesn’t work for everybody and may be only partially effective in some people, it does offer some severe allergy sufferers the chance to eventually reduce or stop using “rescue” medication.

    This therapy might work for your child if he/she suffers from severe allergies and cannot avoid the specific things he/she is allergic to. It is most successful when used to treat:

    • Those with allergic rhinitis
    • Those with asthma
    • If it begins early in life or soon after the allergy develops for the first time

    Work with your child's doctor to discover what will work best for your family and allow your child an active and joyful life.