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

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