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Education Briefs

The Roaring Fork School District is hosting a districtwide Community Forum at Carbondale Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. Come learn about the strategies our district uses to challenge and inspire every student, and provide us with your thoughts on how the district can best support parent involvement in our schools. School board members and administrators will be available to answer your questions as well. For more information call Cyndy Hallford at 384-6009.

There’s a lot that schools can do in response to the flu (H1N1 as well as seasonal flu). Since communication is the key to safeguarding the kids and promoting public health, the Roaring Fork School District is sharing a few main messages. Here’s what we believe:

Care comes first: All members of school staff recognize that students’ health is top priority.

Health information crosses language and culture: We have bilingual information on the flu available at school, included in weekly newsletters, correspondence with parents and staff bulletins, and posted on the RFSD website.

Prevention is practical: For example, teachers have hand sanitizers in classrooms as well as anti-bacterial wipes to help keep desks, door handles and computer keyboards clean.

Preventing the flu is an individual and community effort, and caring for sick kids involves us all. Remembering to catch coughs, cover sneezes and wash hands can make all the difference.

For more information, please contact your child’s school nurse or the Roaring Fork School Health Centers at 384-6054.

Basalt High School’s very own leadership class is looking for motivated artists to participate in its first ever Yule Fest event.

The event will be hosted at Basalt High School on Dec. 5-6 and will display artists from all over the Colorado and Western Slope region. The registration deadline is Oct. 25. To receive an application, e-mail us at or contact Basalt High School.

Make plans to join Access Roaring Fork and the Afterschool Alliance to celebrate the 10th annual Lights on Afterschool.

In communities today, 14.3 million children take care of themselves after the school day ends. Afterschool programs keep kids safe, help working families and inspire learning.

Join us, along with 7,500-plus afterschool programs nationwide, in celebrating our afterschool programs.

The students will showcase their talents for art, academics, dance and sports.

For more details call 963-5646.

The students at Cactus Valley Elementary in Silt will greet you with a smile that will make your day when you visit their beautiful school and listen to them read. Grandmas, granddads, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, even moms and dads have a wonderful opportunity to hear the children read and get acquainted with them.

There is no training required, just a desire to listen and help with a few words. The stories they read are fun and exciting, and the one-on-one conversations with the children are truly enlightening. Talking about the stories adds to the fun. You will be amazed at how quickly they learn to sound out the words and how fast they progress.

An hour or two a week with no rigid schedule makes it a no stress and delightful community service, and a great help to the children’s reading ability. The more they read the better they read, and the more they enjoy reading.

There is a great need for your help. The more the merrier. Call 665-7764 and join the fun.

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