Parents’ Nooks and Angles

Latest Update on Outbreak of Measles / Sore Eyes

As of January 4, 2014 (Sunday), the Department of Health declared measles outbreaks in five cities in Metro Manila as the number of patients infected by the viral disease continues to rise.

The cities where outbreaks have been declared are:

Caloocan (Dagat-dagatan and Bagong Barrio)
Las Piñas (Talon Singko and Talon Dos)
Manila (Quiapo, Port Area, Sta. Mesa, Binondo and Sta. Cruz)
Muntinlupa (Alabang)

According to a report aired on “Balitanghali” Saturday, the DOH has recorded 744 confirmed cases of measles in Metro Manila alone between January 1 to December 14, 2013. A total of 1,724 measles cases, meanwhile, have been reported across the country, 21 of which led to death.

On Measles

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory illness. This means that the measles virus can easily be passed from one person to another if breathed in. If one person has measles, nine out of 10 people who aren’t immunised and come into close contact with that person will catch it. Measles is now less common because of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Measles mostly affects children, but once you’ve had measles, you won’t get it again.

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Linggo ng Wika

Pinangungunahan ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino ang pagdiriwang ng Lingo ng Wikang Pambansa ngayong Agosto. Ito ay alinsunod sa Pampanguluhang Prokalamasyon Bilang 1042. Sa paaralang Saint Francis of Assisi College, tunay na pinahahalagahan namin ang pagdiriwang ang Lingo ng Wika.

Mahalaga ba ang wika ng isang bansa? Ipinagdiriwang mo ba ang iyong saring wika? Ito ay ilan sa mga tanong na ating bibigyan kasagutan dito.

Ang isang bansa na may sariling wika ay nanganahulugang malaya ito. Ang wika ay isang paraan ng komunikasyon. Dahil sa wika nagkakaintindihan ang lahat ng tao. At ang Wikang Filipino ay sumisimbolo sa kultura ng mga Pilipino kung sino, ano, at meron tayo . . . ang katauhan natin bilang isang Pilipino. Kaya’t kinapapalooban ng tema sa taong ito ang kapangyarihan ng Wikang Filipino na tumatagos sa lahat ng sektor ng lipunan at uri ng pamumuhay. Nahahati din ang tema sa mga sumusunod na diwa:

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On School Fire Drills

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At SFAC. the Safety of our Students, Staff and School is Always a Priority!

Most schools have fire drills to help prepare children in case of an emergency.  Review safety procedures with children and help prepare them for emergency situations.  Instill good safety practices and help them understand that safety is everyone’s responsibility.

Purpose of the Fire Drill

Fire drills are intended to ensure, by means of training and rehearsal that in the even of fire,

  • the people who may be in danger act in a calm and orderly manner;
  • the people who may have designated responsibilities carry out their tasks to ensure safety of all concerned;
  • the escape routes are used in accordance and practices plan;
  • the evacuation of the building is achieved in a speedy and orderly manner; and
  • to promote an attitude of mind whereby persons will react rationally when confronted
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On Hunger and Malnutrition Issues for School-Age Children

Little attention has been paid to the health and nutrition status of school-age children. Data, however, are adequate enough to identify several widespread problems among them that have well established negative consequences for their school participation and performance. These may include chronic protein-energy malnutrition, iron-deficiency anemia, iodine deficiency, injury/poisoning and substance abuse.

One of the most significant continuing problem facing school officials and education planners in developing countries (such as the Philippines) are children’s failure to learn adequately while at school.

Whether performance is judged against local or national standards a significant proportion of school children in these countries are failing to acquire the minimal literacy and numeracy skills that are central goals of the school system and, even more important, that are necessary for them to succeed in their later economic social and parental roles. Although there are many factors that may contribute to failure to learn, there is growing evidence that poor health and nutrition can be important determinants of both the attendance and the teachability of students and, thus, have a significant effect on learning success.

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Anti-Bullying Information

At Saint Francis of Assisi College, we want all students to learn and play in a safe, friendly and caring environment. Everyone has a responsibility to ensure a bully-free environment. Everyone in our school community deserves to feel safe.

What is Bullying?

Bullying is deliberate, repeated actions intended to threaten, hurt or embarrass someone. It is the opposite of friendly, caring behavior. Bullying can be direct or indirect and includes:

  • Regularly excluding a person from games, groups or conversations
  • Deliberately picking on or ignoring a person.
  • Repeatedly teasing someone because of their looks, culture, gender, religion or abilities
  • Deliberately physically threatening or hurting someone
  • Deliberately interfering with property
  • Sending hurtful notes, emails or text messages
  • Spreading rumors and/or circulating photos or information on social networking sites
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