Monday, May 8, 2017

Goodbye for now

Dear Parents,
          I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know, if you have not heard already, that this will be my last year as the nurse at Center Drive and Dedham Schools. In the fall I will be continuing my education to obtain a Master’s in Nursing Education. It is through this job that I received the confidence and motivation to purse this new chapter in my career. I haven’t yet figured out how I am going to say good bye to an amazing group of students who I have loved since the day I started 5 years ago. I have been blessed to work with two amazing sets of staff and parents and I can’t thank you enough for the support you have given me over the years. Once finished with my education I hope to again be an active member of the school community in Orrington as a parent and Dedham will always be close to my heart. Both places have been such a blessing to be a part of and I can’t express how much I will miss being a part of these wonderful school communities.
 Until we meet again.

          Kaitlin Robinson

Friday, April 14, 2017

Tick Awareness

It is that time of year again. Here is some great information for you to protect yourself and family. Prevention

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The best way to avoid long-term consequences of Lyme and tick-borne illnesses is to prevent tick bites altogether. Use the following tips to minimize your exposure to disease-carrying ticks:
  • Avoid tick-infested areas when possible. When walking in the woods, stay in the center of trails, avoiding contact with overhanging grass and brush. Trails are less attractive areas for ticks to live than dense underbrush.
  • Wear light-colored clothing, long sleeves and pants, and tuck pants into socks. Wear a hat and tie back long hair to make it harder for ticks to attach to your scalp.
  • When walking or working in the woods for an extended period, use duct tape wrapped inside out around the ankles to trap ticks attempting to crawl up your legs.
  • Wear EPA-approved repellents appropriate for adults or children. Carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application; some repellents are designed for application to clothes and equipment only. For more information, see the EPA Insect Repellent, Use and Effectiveness website:
  • When coming in from outside activities where ticks may exist, put clothes in the dryer set on high heat for at least 30 minutes. Ticks cannot survive the dry heat. They can survive exposure to hot water, so skip the washing machine and expose the clothing to the high heat of the dryer first.
  • After spending time outdoors where you might have been exposed to ticks, make sure you geundressed in a dry bathtub so you can spot ticks that fall off clothing. Immediately shower using a washcloth to knock off any unattached ticks and DO A ROUTINE TICK CHECK on yourself and your children.
  • Check dark, moist areas, hair and scalp, behind ears and knees, elbows, underarms, skin folds and the groin area. Though it may take time to include a tick check into your family routine, over time it can become as simple as daily tooth brushing.
A few things to remember:
  • Daily full-body tick checks of yourself and all family members are your first and most important prevention against Lyme and tick-borne diseases.
  • If you are diligent about checking for ticks, there is no need to limit or abandon your usual outdoor activities.
  • Other possible tick-borne co-infections found in your area could include Bartonella, Babesia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichia, and Tularemia. See our “Co-infections” section for more information about these diseases.
  • Young children have a higher incidence of Lyme disease than adults – possibly due to spending more time outdoors.
  • If you have ever had Lyme disease, you are not immune and may contract the disease again upon re-exposure.
For more information about preventing tick bites, please see the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website:
Learn more:
Insect Shield Products
Using insect shield products and clothing can protect tick bites. Here are some links with recommendations on how to create your own insect shield clothing, as well as insect shield clothing and products.

Monday, March 6, 2017

School Physicals

Dr. Ross will be here (both Dedham and Orrington) the morning of Wednesday March 29th to perform school physicals. If your child is interested in a spring sport please verify that their physical on file is up to date prior to try outs in early April. They will not be allowed to try out until documentation is received. I will be sending notices home to parents of students whose physical has expired or is close to expiring. You may sign up your child for a physical here for your convenience. Dr. Ross can usually get them back to class after 10-15 minutes so they are also not missing a lot of class time. 4th grade parents please take this under consideration as well, if you think your child would like to participate in school organized sports next fall when they enter 5th grade. If you are interested in your child receiving a physical at school please call me so I may send home a permission form.

(Please click on health forms above and see attached paper Physical Health Questionnaire, please print and return ASAP)

If your child was seen by their primary physician within the last year, written documentation from the doctor's office stating the date the student was seen and that they are cleared for physical activity is enough. They can fax that to me at 825-4525 (Orrington) or 843-4330 (Dedham)

Thank you.

Kaitlin Robinson, RN, BSN 
(825-3697) Orrington
(843-6498) Dedham

Monday, February 27, 2017

Puberty Curriculum Changes at Center Drive

Good Morning Parents. This is pertinent to parents at Center Drive. I have sent you all a letter explaining the changes in our puberty curriculum but wanted to post the video link here for you to view. If you have any questions please let me know.

Puberty Video Link Please scroll to the bottom of the page. The 4th graders will view girls and boys only respectively and the 5th grade will view the co-ed video but as individual girl and boy groups. Please select the top updated videos, as those will be the videos shown. Thank you!

Mrs. Frederick will continue to teach the Dedham 5th graders puberty curriculum. Thank you. PG

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

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