It is so exciting to start the school year in a new building. Please call me or stop by especially if you have any concerns or questions.
Seasonal Flu Information from MA Dept. of Public Health
Please visit www.mass.gov/flu for up to date information about the seasonal flu.
Vision, Hearing, Dental, Growth Screenings
The mandated screenings for Vision, Hearing, Dental, Growth are ongoing. Parents/Guardians will be sent a referral if student does not pass the screenings. All screenings are done discreetly to maintain confidentiality.
Flu Clinic at Recreation Center
Flu Clinic at Recreation Center:
Tuesday, October 15 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 16 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Adults and children above 6 months old welcome. Please wear short sleeve shirts.
$5.00 Donation Accepted
Role of Professional School Nurse
All of the school nurses are full-time Registered Nurses with DOE Certification. The role of the school nurse includes daily student and staff encounters for first aid, illness, and medications. In addition, infection control, environmental health and safety, health education, health counseling, mental health screenings, emergency care planning, and Crisis Intervention.
Heads up: Preventing Concussions
Welcome to the new school year at our new school. Hopefully the students can avoid the flu and having your child get the flu vaccine is a great start. Call your doctor to see if there is any vaccine available. It takes 10 to 14 days to build immunity to the flu virus.
In the meantime, remember to continue frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizer. Also, cover your mouth and nose with your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
If you develop cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, fever of 100.5 or greater, consider the illness the flu. Stay home until fever free for 24 hours without the use of tylenol or ibuprofen.
Call the doctor if you cannot keep the fever down, vomiting or breathing problems.
EEE and West Nile Virus are still a threat to our health until we experience a hard frost that kills the mosquitos. Remember to use bug spray, avoid outside activities during peak hours for mosquitos, wear protective clothing.
It's still tick season so check for ticks everyday and use insect repellent.
Sunscreen is still important. Please apply sunscreen to your child before school every day.
Vision, Hearing, Dental and Growth Screenings
The health office will be busy starting these mandated screenings in September. Kindergarten will be the first class screened. Parents or guardians will be notified if referrals are made for any follow-up. The screening will continue throughout the fall and winter. If you have any questions, please call or email the nurse.
Fluoride Rinse Program
The fluoride rinse program will begin in October, 2013 and continue weekly until the end of the school year. All Grade 2 and 3 students may participate with written parental permission. If your child is participating, please continue brushing twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing, having regular dental check-ups and eating a healthy nutritious diet to maintain dental and overall health. Please do not use the over the counter fluoride rinses (such as ACT) as the weekly fluoride at school will protect the teeth for the entire week. You may resume the OTC fluoride rinse during the summer if you wish. Please call Mrs. Valois, RN with any questions or concerns.
Back to School Information and Checklist for Parents
Head Lice Information
Head lice are a common community problem and most parents dread the thought of them. However they are certainly a nuisance but not dangerous to the health of the child or adult. Please click on the following link for more information.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
For additional information, please click on the link below:
Celiac Disease (CD) is a lifelong inherited autoimmune condition affecting children and adults. When people with CD eat foods that contain gluten, it creates an immune-mediated toxic reaction that causes damage to the small intestine and does not allow food to be properly absorbed. Even small amounts of gluten in foods can affect those with CD and cause health problems. Damage can occur to the small bowel even when there are no symptoms present.
Please click on the following website for more information:
Life Threatening Allergies
Food allergy is a serious medical condition affecting up to 15 million people in the United States, including 1 in 13 children. Whether you’re newly diagnosed or brushing up on the facts, learning all you can about the disease is the key to staying safe and living well with food allergies. Please refer to the website below for more information about serious allergies.
Asthma is a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children, but adults can have asthma, too. Asthma causes wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing at night or early in the morning. If you have asthma, you have it all the time, but you will have asthma attacks only when something bothers your lungs.
In most cases, we don’t know what causes asthma, and we don’t know how to cure it. We know that if someone in your family has asthma you are more likely to have it.
Diabetes is the condition in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy.
Most of the food we eat is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The
pancreas, an organ that lies near the stomach, makes a hormone called insulin to help
glucose get into the cells of our bodies. When you have diabetes, your body either doesn't
make enough insulin or can't use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugars to
build up in your blood. This is why many people refer to diabetes as “sugar.”
Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney
failure, and lower-extremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in
the United States.
Preparing for Winter Storms
Fluoride Rinse Program will started in November for students in Grades 2 and 3 with parental permission. Please remember that all students participating in the fluoride rinse program in school do not need to do a fluoride rinse at home for that entire period of time. You may resume fluoride rinsing during the summer if you wish. The rinse in done on Tuesdays. Grade 1 will be added in January. Staff members are welcome to participate.