Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Happy New Year

Welcome to 2017! It is already proving to be a busy year and we can all find ourselves getting overwhelmed with the rat race of rushing to practices, appointments, and running errands all before it gets dark at 4 pm! My best advice is to find a balance. Take time to do something for you! With that being said here is a few things coming up at Center Drive and Dedham for you to be aware of.

In early February both schools will be participating in an anonymous survey put on by Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey also known as MIYHS. Its purpose is to quantify  the health-related behaviors and attitudes of 5th through 12th graders by direct student survey. 

Orrington students in 7th and 8th grade and Dedham students in 5th through 8th will be participating the week of February 6th. Be looking for your permission form via mail or email over the next couple weeks. These forms need to be returned ASAP. For more information and links about the test visit https://data.mainepublichealth.gov/miyhs/.

NEW Vaccine Rule
Starting in the school year of 2017 it will be required that all students entering grade 7 receive a Tdap booster. Please talk to your doctor to make sure your student entering 7th grade is immunized for the start of the school year. Please don't hesitate to call me with questions!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Share the Love

If you haven't seen this feel good video about letting loved ones know they are "doing better than they think", check it out here. Let's share positive words and thoughts with those around us, whether it be a friend, a teacher, a family member, or a stranger. Let's focus on the gifts we can't buy. Happy Holiday's everyone!

Do Something Good

Monday, November 14, 2016


Good Morning.

I was delighted to walk through the halls last week to find a class taking a "brain break" and dancing to music. The teacher told me about a site called GoNoodle where there are videos to get your kids moving. I just had to check it out myself. My daughter had a blast dancing to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling"! If you have a child who loves to move you have to check out this free site. I promise you will enjoy!


Friday, November 4, 2016

More Healthy Recipies

Anyone else in a weeknight dinner slump? My kids lately want pancakes, pizza, and cereal. I won't lie and tell you these haven't been staples from time to time. Finding something a 5 year old, 2 year old, and adults agree on that is healthy can be difficult. Last night we had success.

Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
1 pound lean ground turkey
1/2 cup whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs
1/4 cup simply tomato ketchup
1 egg
1/2 cup skim milk
salt and pepper

Mix your ingredients in a bowl and add more breadcrumbs or liquid if needed to get the consistency you like. Here is where we splurged. Bacon! Everything in moderation right? I used the real stuff but you could use turkey bacon instead. Cut your slice of bacon into 4 small pieces. Place two in the bottom of a sprayed muffin tin. Then scoop your meatloaf balls into the muffin tin on top of the bacon. You can top it with more ketchup if you would like. Bake at 375* for 40 minutes. We served ours with steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes. My kids ate it up. Hallelujah!

Here are links to some more of our favorites.

Cereal Bars
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
Chicken Lo Mein

Keep those germs at home!

If your child has been sick and has had a fever, diarrhea, and/ or vomiting in the last 24 hours, keep them home! You are still contagious for up to 24 hours after your fever has subsided and you can be contagious for upwards of 3 days after having a stomach virus such as the Norovirus where you are nauseous and vomiting. Don’t get me wrong we love having your kids and school and we love that they want to come to school but we want to keep our school community healthy. If your child has been out due to vomiting it is also a good idea to ensure their usual eating habits have returned prior to sending them to school. If they are still not up to eating they are not going to have the energy they need to learn here at school. We appreciate your cooperation in helping keep our school community safe!

We had a great response to the flu clinic. I am so happy to have helped vaccinate almost 200 people between our two schools. I know many of you have received them at your doctor's office and I applaud you. To those who have difficulty getting your child to the doctor's office for a simple vaccine. The Bangor Public Health Department has walk in hours Mon and Wednesday from 9am - 12pm and every 4th Thursday of the month from 4pm - 7pm. 

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?
The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Inside Exercise

Today it is a rainy and cold day and it already has me thinking about how I am going to stay active with my kids this winter as temps drop and snow begins to fly. If you are like me you are not a huge fan of the cold and figuring out how to stay active can be hard. My kids love to dance and I have found the perfect way to enjoy a little activity doing something that they love. I am going to share some links to kid appropriate dance videos. You can dance and sing along to songs you know with your kids. It is a great way to stay active and not feel like you are exercising. Plus your kids will love having you do it with them.

Kids Dance Videos PK-2

Dance Videos Grades 3 and Up

When you click the link it will bring you to one video and then there are multiple related videos on the side. I have viewed some of these but not all. So please always view separately before watching with your child.

Have fun, Stay active.

Kaitlin Robinson, RN

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Colder Weather

Fall weather approached quickly and it is getting colder! I just want to remind you to dress your child in layers for the colder mornings out at the bus stop. Hats and mittens are a great thing to keep packed in their bags also because it won't be long (sad I know) before we are needing them everyday for recess.

Keep in mind with all the extra garments things get crowded in the cubby areas and children's hats and jackets can end up on top of each other. You may send a shopping bag if you would like for easy storage of your child's things to prevent them from ending up in a heap. I also want you to perform your weekly head checks because this is the time we start seeing more cases of lice. As always contact me with any questions.