Madonna Parent Newsletter February 16, 2018


February 19th – President’s Day – No School March 16th – End of 3rd Quarter

March 22nd – Spring Fling Dance – 6:30-8:00 pm.  Home and School Meeting 6:30 pm.

March 26th – Parent/Teacher Conferences 1:00-6:00pm No School

March 27th – April 2nd – Easter Break – No School


Because of its significance to our parent/student population, I would like to take this opportunity to share, again, a message sent out last week by Jay Dunlap:

Yesterday morning I attended a seminar of Special Needs Trusts & Enable Accounts hosted at the law firm of Abrahams, Kaslow & Cassman. It was a very informative presentation hosted by two attorneys, one of who has two adult children with special needs.

Certain points always rise to the top when discussing how to plan for the adulthood of our children with special needs:

As early as possible, you should apply for services through Nebraska DHHS’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. The earlier you go through the process and get your child qualified, the more assurance you have that funding for services will be available as soon as your child turns 21. It is a lengthy process that acquires much documentation, but it is worth all the effort.

Apply for Social Security, and don’t take “no” for an answer. Though applying for DDD and SS funding can be long and arduous, these are programs and services intended to support adults with developmental challenges, and it is wise to make sure your child will receive the supports available. Social Security eligibility starts around age 18 for most people with disabilities.

Special Needs Trusts can then be set up to help with your child’s quality of life. Social Security and DDD funding are designed to help cover the essentials of food, clothing and shelter. Trusts can then support his or her quality of life.

EnAble accounts likewise can contain funds to enhance your child’s quality of life.

Getting all these elements in place can assure that your child will be well taken care of and well provided for through all the decades of his or her life.


And some reminders about influenza from the CDC . . . .

Flu Symptoms

Influenza (also known as the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by flu viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is different from a cold. The flu usually comes on suddenly. People who have the flu often feel some or all of these symptoms:

Fever* or feeling feverish/chills


Sore throat

Runny or stuffy nose

Muscle or body aches


Fatigue (tiredness)

Some people may have vomiting and diarrhea, though this is more common in children than adults.

* It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever.

Flu Complications

Most people who get influenza will recover in a few days to less than two weeks, but some people will develop complications (such as pneumonia) as a result of the flu, some of which can be life-threatening and result in death.

Pneumonia, bronchitis, sinus and ear infections are examples of complications from flu( The flu can make chronic health problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic congestive heart failure may experience worsening of this condition that is triggered by the flu.

What are the emergency warning signs of flu sickness?

In children

Fast breathing or trouble breathing

Bluish skin color

Not drinking enough fluids

Not waking up or not interacting

Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held

Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough

Fever with a rash


In adults

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath

Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen

Sudden dizziness


Severe or persistent vomiting

Flu-like symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:

Being unable to eat

Has trouble breathing

Has no tears when crying

Significantly fewer wet diapers than normal




We are in the process of completing the Madonna Student Directory and will be sending it home with your child.  If you do NOT want your name, address, phone number(s) and email included, please let the office know by February 22, 2018.



March 22, 2018 – Spring Fling Dance – Home and School Meeting 6:30 pm.

April 17, 2018 – Final Home and School Meeting of the year 6:30 pm.


Enjoy your weekend.

God Bless!

Peg Carney, Principal