Did you know that being thankful and grateful is good for your health? Research shows that positive emotions are good for our bodies, minds and brains.


What Is Gratitude?

Gratitude is one of many positive emotions. It's about focusing on what's good in our lives and being thankful for the things we have.

Gratitude is pausing to notice and appreciate the things that we often take for granted, like having a place to live, food, clean water, friends, family, even computer access. It's taking a moment to reflect on how fortunate we are when something good happens — whether it's a small thing or a big thing.

Here are:  12 Tips for Teaching Kids Gratitude from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

November is

National Epilepsy Awareness Month

Facts from

Facts About Epilepsy And Seizures

  • 65 MILLION: Number of people around the world who have epilepsy.

  • 3.4 MILLION: Number of people in the United States who have epilepsy.

  • 1 IN 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime.

  • BETWEEN 4 AND 10 OUT OF 1,000: Number of people on earth who live with active seizures at any one time.

  • 150,000: Number of new cases of epilepsy in the United States each year

  • ONE-THIRD: Number of people with epilepsy who live with uncontrollable seizures because no available treatment works for them.

  • 6 OUT OF 10: Number of people with epilepsy where the cause is unknown.

You can help someone who is having a seizure by knowing Seizure First Aid.

For a Complex Partial Seizure:

Recognize the common symptoms:

  • Blank staring

  • Chewing

  • Fumbling

  • Wandering

  • Shaking

  • Confused speech

Follow these First-aid steps:

  • Time the seizure

  • Speak calmly

  • Don’t grab or hold

  • Explain to others

  • Block hazards

People who’ve had this type of seizure should be fully conscious and aware before being left on their own. Make sure they know the date, where they are, and where they are going next. Confusion may last longer than the seizure itself and may be hazardous. If full awareness does not return, call for medical assistance.

For a Convulsive, generalized tonic-clonic, grand mal Seizure:

Follow these First-aid steps:

  • Stay Calm

  • Time the seizure with a watch

  • Don’t hold down

  • Cushion head, remove glasses

  • Loosen tight clothing

  • Turn to one side

Most seizures in people with epilepsy are not medical emergencies. They end after a minute or two without harm and usually do not require a trip to the emergency room.

Call 911 if:

  • It is a first time seizure

  • The seizure lasts more than 5 minutes

  • Slow recovery, a second seizure, or difficulty breathing afterwards

  • Pregnancy or other medical diagnosis

  • Any signs of injury or sickness

  • Seizure in water

**Keep an eye out for a special video teaching about Seizure First Aid coming to our Primary Facebook page in November!

Mandated Screenings:

Primary School is conducting the State of Massachusetts required screenings for vision and hearing  during the week of November 13-17.  Your child does not need to prepare in any way for these screenings. The screenings will be performed by Mrs. Rowland, RN, Primary School Health Assistant, and a parent volunteer under the supervision of the school nurse.

Please make sure your child is wearing or has his/her prescribed glasses. Also, please let me know if your child is currently being treated for an ear infection.

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