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John F. Doherty, Ed. D.

Julia Hendrix
Superintendent of Schools Principal
Birch Meadow School

82 Oakland Road 27 Arthur B. Lord Drive

Reading, MA 01867 Reading, MA 01867
Phone: 781-944-5800 Phone: 781-944-2335
Fax: 781-942-9149 Fax: 781-942-9164

Reading Public Schools

Instilling a joy of learning and inspiring the innovative leaders of tomorrow

September, 2017

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

This year, as part of your childs Health and Wellness curriculum in grade five, they will be taught a health component
using a comprehensive health curriculum entitled, Health and Wellness by Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. We believe your
child(ren) will benefit from this chosen curriculum as well as enjoy the lessons. Students in each grade will have health
for ten 30 minute classes separate from physical education time. Below you will find the time frame when each class will
be starting their Health and Wellness curriculum:

Grade Teacher(s) Starting the week of

5th Mrs. Coye September 18th
5th Mrs. Slater December 4th
5th Mrs. Conrad March 12th

Topics covered by Health and Wellness will include the following focus areas, and will be presented in an age
appropriate manner (more detailed information on the back):

o Mental, Emotional, Family, and Social Health

o Drugs
o Alcohol
o Nicotine
o First Aid
o Nutrition
o Hygiene/Puberty

We hope that offering this curriculum will prove to be engaging and informative for you and your child. Thank you for
supporting your childs Health Education!

Your Elementary Health & Wellness Teachers,

Sarah Atwood, Michelle Hopkinson, Daniela Galdo,

Patrick McCracken, & Chris Bauer

The Reading Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.
Grade Level Summary
General Overview
Review of understanding the three parts of Health (family & social, physical, and mental emotional health).
Understanding how medicines are used to promote health.
Understanding how to safely use medicines.
Learn the signs of drug misuse and abuse.
Understand what alcohol is and how it effects the body.
Understand the long-term and short-term effects of drinking alcohol.
Learning what products contain nicotine.
Understanding how harmful nicotine is to the body.
Learning long-term and short-term effects of smoking cigarettes.
The dangers of secondhand smoke.
Learning different types of energy sustaining foods.
Understanding how a busy schedule and feelings can affect our food choices.
Mindful eating.
Understanding how to maintain cleanliness.
Learning where to get items to maintain cleanliness.
Understanding body changes (puberty).

Common Language / Key Vocabulary (with Definitions):

Health The condition of your body, mind and relationships.
Physical Health How well your body works.
Family & Social Health How well you get along with others. It involves your relationships with family members,
friends, and people in the community.
Mental & Emotional Health How well your mind works. It is how well you express your emotions. It is also how you
feel about yourself.
Drug A substance that changes how the mind or body works.
Medicine A drug used to prevent, treat, or cure a health condition.
Over the Counter Drug (OTC) Medicines that can be bought without a doctors order.
Prescription Drug Medicine that can be obtained only with a doctors order.
Drug Misuse The accidental unsafe use of a medicine.
Illegal Drug A drug that is against the law to have, use, buy, or sell.
Drug Abuse The use of an illegal drug or harmful use of a legal drug.
Addiction A strong desire to do something even though its harmful.
Alcohol Is a depressant drug found in some beverages.
Depressant A drug that slows down body functions.
Minor This is a person under the legal age for an action such as drinking alcohol.
Alcoholism This is a disease in which a person is addicted to alcohol. People with this disease drink alcohol often and
it can often run in families.
Tobacco A plant that contains nicotine.
Nicotine A stimulant drug found in tobacco. Nicotine is addictive.

Common Measure(s):
Skills Inventory
Scenario Assessments
The Reading Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.