Saturday, July 27, 2013

Prairie du Chien Public School announces more OT services for children attending B.A.Kennedy Early Elementary School

Starting with the upcoming school year, there will be a substantially increased presence of on-site Occupational Therapists within the B.A. Kennedy Early Elementary School. The OT's will continue to work with children one-to-one, but will also be available to provide teacher support and class interventions. This enhancement of services for children is consistent with RtI and the goal of early and often intervention. There is an agreement being worked on to provide services during the PdC Public School 45 day summer school schedule also - more on that later.

The desire is to do as much as possible early in the education of a child to remove barriers and to place them on a solid starting path to high educational achievement throughout the school years. This is made possible through a partnership with the Prairie Du Chien Memorial Hospital and the PdC Public School District Special Education Department. This addition, plus the new full-time Reading Recovery teacher at BAK, outlines the district's commitment to increased academic achievement and higher expectations across all areas of the school.

The following you-tube is a fun way to look at all OT does:

Today’s busy families are finding that batch cooking and freezing meals to cook and eat later saves them lots of time

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note
Freezer cooking, batch cooking, doubling recipes, etc. are all great ways to make more food now when time allows, and freeze for later when a quick, healthy meal is needed—helping you avoid last minute trips to the grocery store or a fast food restaurant. When freezing food for later use, it is important to follow these food safety tips:
  1. Let foods cool to room temperature, or slightly above room temperature before refrigeration. This helps so the temperature in the refrigerator does not increase. Also, make sure that the air is able to circulate around your food for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Cool foods to refrigerator temperature before putting into your freezer. Make sure to loosely cover your food in the refrigerator to allow the heat to escape.
  3. Pack foods into freezer containers or freezer bags. Freezer bags are thicker than storage bags and will help to keep your food fresh longer. Remove as much of the air from the bag as possible. Also, freeze foods in a thin, flattened shape in the freezer bags. This helps for storage as well as thawing.
  4. Label your food. Label foods using freezer tape, gummed freezer labels or permanent markers. Make sure to include the name of the food, packaging date, serving size or amount, and special ingredients. Do not stack freezer bags until frozen so they freeze faster.
  5. When you are ready to thaw and cook frozen foods, DO NOT thaw foods at room temperature. If foods are left out too long at room temperature, bacteria can grow and produce heat-resistant toxins that can cause food-borne illness. Plan ahead for slow, safe thawing. Up to 5 pounds of food takes about 24 hours to thaw in the refrigerator; otherwise, you can thaw your food in the microwave.
Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant, Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare

Saturday, July 20, 2013

You and Your Primary Care Provider

Mayo Clinic Health System Health Note:

Why is it important to have an ongoing relationship with your doctor? You and your healthcare provider should work together to not only treat illnesses when they occur, but to keep you well in the first place. Here are 9 tips for establishing an ongoing relationship with your primary care provider:
  1. Consult your provider promptly when problems arise and continue follow-up until problems are resolved.
  2. Give your complete health history. Be honest and specific about your symptoms.
  3. Give your provider a complete list of all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter, supplements and herbal remedies.
  4. Take all medications as prescribed, even if you feel better before the medication is gone.
  5. Take a written list of questions to your appointment.
  6. Ask questions when you don’t understand. Your provider won’t know to clarify information if you don’t ask.
  7. Follow your provider’s advice on changes in your daily routine, such as nutrition and exercise.
  8. Commit to a regular schedule of check-ups and tests as appropriate for someone your age, sex and medical history (exams, mammograms, cholesterol tests, etc.)
  9. Keep your communication open with your healthcare provider. If a medication or treatment isn’t working, share your concerns with your provider. Your provider won’t know your problems unless you stay in contact.
Amy Every
Senior Communication Consultant, Marketing Communications
Mayo Clinic Health System Franciscan Healthcare
700 West Avenue South
La Crosse, WI 54601

A results driven accountability system for future IDEA determinations

From DPI: The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has determined Wisconsin meets the requirements of IDEA... Although the 2013 determination was based on the compliance indicators, OSEP is developing a results driven accountability system that will use results indicators when making IDEA determinations in 2014. In August, DPI will determine which LEAs met the requirements of IDEA. For more information about the state’s determination and OSEP’s criteria, visit

Monday, July 1, 2013

Celebrate in PdC!

From the Prairie du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce:
The annual fireworks celebration is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th, which coincides with the War of 1812 at the Villa Louis.