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LHCS News A weekly publication of the Lake Harriet Community School PTA
Letter from the Nurse's Office
Dear Parents,
Now that spring is officially here, (though it doesn’t feel like it yet…), the health office would like
to take this opportunity to remind you of some very important issues. This article is loaded with
a lot of critical information so please read it carefully!
Allergy and asthma season is around the corner. This may be a good time to bring your student
in for an allergy and asthma check. Be prepared for the pollen and plan. Remember, if you want
medication of any kind to be given in school, a doctor’s order is needed and your signature in
BOTH boxes on the consent form found on Lake Harriet’s website under “About our School” in
the Health Services tab.
To all parents of 7th and 8th graders, please know that once your student has reached this age,
he/she can self-carry over the counter medications like Tylenol, Motrin, and cold medication with
your signed consent. The self-medication consent form can be found on Lake Harriet’s website
under “About our School” in the Health Services tab. Students must NEVER share their
medications with other students however.
If you plan on having your 6th grade student attend Lake Harriet in the fall, he/she will need
updated immunizations on file for 7th grade. Letters went home recently regarding this. Also, if
your student plans on playing sports, a sports qualifying physical exam form is needed on file.
This form is good for 3 years once filed and can be found on Lake Harriet’s Health Services
Medications: If your child requires any sort of medication in school such as Epi-pens, Benadryl,
or asthma inhaler, the health office renews these in the spring before Memorial Day. Medication
authorization forms and Emergency Health Plans (EHP) will be coming to your e-mail inbox soon.
Please print, sign and return the medication authorization form as soon as possible. It can be
faxed to the doctor’s office from here OR you can obtain the physician renewal signature and
bring in the signed form to the health office. These are due before Memorial Day.
EHP’s: Please review your student’s EHP carefully making sure that your plan is current with
correct phone numbers and contact information. If there are no changes to the EHP, indicate
such in your e-mail response to me and it will be good for next year. All forms must be renewed
prior to Memorial Day. Medications are kept over the summer unless they are due to expire in
which case they will be sent home during the last week of school. If you need your child’s
asthma inhaler or Epi-pen over the summer, please communicate this in your e-mail response
with your forms. (It is our preference NOT to send these meds home in June unless necessary.)
Contact information: We need current, updated contact information for your student in our
software program. Contact information includes parent e-mail addresses and home, work and
cell phone numbers of parents and emergency contacts. The school secretaries update this in
our computer program. The health office needs current e-mail information so that we can
continue with our successful e-mail classroom communicable disease notifications. This saves
money on paper and printer use. If you change your e-mail, be sure to contact the school
secretary and the health office.
Regarding flip flops- We STRONGLY discourage wearing them in school. Injuries occur daily with
flip flop use. Many students are not aware of other people’s toes. Schools, classroom furniture
and playgrounds are contraindicated with flip flops. Many toenails have been painfully sacrificed
for this cause. Engineers with mops and buckets are on standby status for the flip flop wearers.
One last reminder- regarding fever, diarrhea or vomiting, MPLS has a strict 24 hour rule
regarding this. Your child must be fever, diarrhea and vomit free for 24 hours (without the help
of medication) before returning to school. This is a public health requirement. We operate under
the authority (and policies) of Hennepin County and Minnesota Departments of Health.
Kathy Frey, RN, Licensed School Nurse and
Kathy Pressnall, LPN

Minneapolis Kids Summer Registration Opened

Minneapolis Kids registraton opened March 15. Online registration is available at
The Summer Program will be located at Upper Campus for kids entering grades 1-7. 2013-14
School Year Registration opens April 15 at noon for current families. Registration for new
families opens May 1 at noon.

2013 Science Fair - WOW!

Congratulations to the 270 students who participated in the Science Fair on March 14! It was an
exciting night of exploring, discovering and sharing in spectacular ways! Thank you to the many
parent volunteers, prize contributors, and LHCS staff who supported the effort. Because of you,
the students had this opportunity to shine with science! Special thanks to the PTA for
sponsoring the event. To see photos, watch for the "Great Job" banner that will be displayed at
LC in early April and UC in late April. Participants' families will also receive an e-mail with a link
to the photo slide show. GREAT JOB!

It's not too late to support DragonFest Carnival!
Local Business Sponsors & Silent Auction Donations help cover sizable carnival expenses so all
proceeds can directly benefit LHCS kids. Last year DragonFest raised over $15,000 for our PTA!
Please reach out to Ingrid at if you'd like to sign up as a
sponsor or donate a SILENT AUCTION ITEM.
Sponsor Update:

Kudos to returning top level sponsor, Object Partners Inc! Also welcome back Encore Music
Shop, Settergren's Hardware of Linden Hills, and Dunn Bros Coffee/Provisions Bakery Cafe (free
coffee in the Parent Lounge).
A huge thanks and welcome to new sponsor, Knutson Custom Remodelers!
See a complete list of 2013 DragonFest Sponsors and Silent Auction Donors here.
Please make sure to let them know their contributions have been noticed and are appreciated.
Silent Auction in Parent Lounge (Media Center) featuring Dunn Bros coffee, tasty treats, &
seated chair massage.
Auction items generously donated by:
The Linden Tree, The Fixx, Calhoun Cycle, Edina Grill, Blooma Yoga, Soderberg Painting Plus,
Lunds, Bodyline Massage, Boger Dental, Linden Hills/Lake Harriet House of Music, Banjo
Brothers Bike Bags, Vinaigrette, Being Yoga Minneapolis, Root Salon, Innisbrook School
Supplies, Great Harvest Bread Company, Wee Bop, Cookies by Design, Encore Music Shop, 3rd
Lair Skate Park, Settergren's Hardware… more to come!
Here are links/tag lines for new sponsors:
Silver Level:
Knutson Custom Remodelers - 35 years experience & expertise. Residential remodeling & new
Dunn Bros Coffee/Provisions Bakery Cafe - Linden Hills/50th & Xerxes Shops. Free Coffee in
Parent Lounge!
Bronze Level:
Encore Music Shop - 24th & Lyndale. Est. 1985. Used & vintage Guitars. Amps. Repairs/Tune-
Settergren's of Linden Hills - Sister (Brother?) to Settergren Ace Hardware of 54th & Penn.
2nd Grade Hosting Garage Sale to Honor Earth Day

Proceeds will be donated to a local charity chosen by the 2nd grade. Why buy new when second-
hand is more friendly?! K-2 students will visit the sale with their classroom Tuesday and
Wednesday and should come to school prepared with spending money for both days. Most items
will be priced between 25 cents and five dollars. Adults limited to one item on the first day to
ensure quality items available to all students. All sale items will be provided by 2nd grade
Lower Campus
Tuesday, April 16th and Wednesday, April 17th
9:45 a.m. – 4:00 p.m
Please do not hesitate to contact Teresa Coleman with any questions at
History Day Projects Win At District Competition

LHCS students performed well at MPS district History Day that took place on Sat. March 23 at
Anwatin Middle School. Nine 7th graders are advancing to State History Day in May for their
projects. Congratulations to these students, and to ALL of the participants from LHCS who
qualified for the district competition, and to Social Studies teachers, Ms. Krawetz and Mr. Wood.
The website and historical paper state finalists will be announced on Fri. 3-29 so stay tuned. We
are so proud of you -- go dragons! Exhibit Board State Qualifiers: Claire M, Kate M, Mara S,
Patricia T, Evan C & Nick M. Documentary State Qualifiers: Andrea K, Ani S & Charlotte H

2012-2013 LHCS News Contacts:

Mary Anne Welch Lavin:
Mark Fullerton:
Gwen Spurgat:
Published every Tuesday. Deadline for submission is 4pm the preceding Thursday.
Submissions: email to Mark Fullerton: or use the online submission
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