Principal Newsletter

February 9, 2018

Dear Parents,                                                                                     

This week, we experienced our third 2-hour delay and our fifth school day cancellation for the year, due to weather.  Thank you for being flexible and accommodating with these changes in the face of short notice.  We are back in action and finishing up strong this week with our last Ski/LIFE Friday activities and the completion of our iReady assessments.  For those planning ahead, we are on track to have our last day with students on Wednesday, June 20.  (This date may change, depending on any additional snow days or granting of a waiver for the two canceled days back in October.)

This year’s flu season has been a tough one for many in the United States, and the flu has been making its way across New Hampshire. Unfortunately, one or more cases of flu have officially been diagnosed here at Cornish School.  Please read below for helpful information from our school nurse, Laura Prignano, regarding the flu and what steps you can take to prevent it.  We encourage students to frequently wash hands throughout the day and are enlisting custodial staff to incorporate additional anti-viral cleaning routines.

Congratulations to students whose artwork is currently being shown at the Claremont Opera House gallery.  The theme is Kindness, and the students’ work will be displayed through February 19.  Thanks to Ms. O’Connor for making that happen!

Mark Your Calendars!  

February 12:  CCPTO Meeting (re-scheduled from this past Wednesday), 7:00 pm in the Library

February 16:  Complimentary Lunch for all students from The Abbey Group; a Winter Olympics theme will guide the day’s menu!

February 19-23:  Winter Vacation

February 26:  School Board meeting, 6:30 pm in the Library; New option available starting this date from

Abbey Group for ‘grab and go’ breakfast during morning snack time.  More details coming!

February 27:  Math Olympic Day!  To promote numeracy with a Winter Olympics theme; stay tuned for more information. An assembly that afternoon will also include recognition for Students of the Month.

March 1:  Special Vision Screening here on campus.  Parent permission forms are due as soon as possible.  Please review the flier for details and the permission form.  This service is free and the testing is very quick.

            Have a wonderful weekend; warmest regards,

Jennifer Prileson



From the Nurse’s Office:

You have heard it on the news; this flu season is one of the worst.  It has been creeping towards New Hampshire and has officially been diagnosed here at CES.  Things to keep in mind:

People who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms that usually start suddenly, not gradually:

  • Fever (not everyone with flu will have a fever) or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in young children than in adults.


Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

If you suspect the flu, call your doctor.  

Prevention IS the best medicine.  

  • The flu vaccine is still available, takes 2 weeks to be fully effective and reduces the chance of getting this year’s strain by 33% as well as reducing the severity of symptoms if you do “catch” the flu.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often, avoid touching the “T” zone (mouth, nose, eyes) which is how the flu virus gets in.
  • Cough/sneeze into the inside of your elbow
  • Wipe down surfaces that are touched frequently with disinfectant, such as doorknobs, handles and phones
Kait Jones