Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Think Spring!

Hello Parents!
It is hard to believe we are already into May! If the school year wasn't busy already it seems like we are in fast forward from here on out! We recently had the dental clinic at each school over the past two weeks and I am happy to have had over 40 kids participate! That is great! I know Mrs. Fredrick in Dedham will be starting her puberty lesson soon and next Wednesday May 11th Dr. Ross will be joining me in Orrington to help educate the 4th and 5th graders. Please feel free to view the video ahead of time and include your child if you desire. The links are posted below!

We are finally starting to see warmer temperatures so everyone is getting outside more. The ticks are already out and about. Please be on alert. I am going to re-share some information I last months newsletter. Enjoy the outdoors but stay safe!

Ticks and Lyme Disease

Here is a cute video to share with your kids.

Tick season has begun and with ticks and tick borne illness on the rise I wanted to again remind you about the importance of checking your children and yourselves after playing outside. We must also remember that household pets can transport ticks inside as well, so if you have animals that frequent the outdoors be mindful to check them too.

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia Burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. A person infected with Lyme disease cannot transport the virus to another person. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks. Laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics. Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat. The ticks that transmit Lyme disease can occasionally transmit other tickborne diseases as well.

Protection Tips

o   Routine checks after being outside.

o   If you plan on being out in the woods or long thick grass where long, light colored pants and tuck them into your boots. Wearing long sleeved shirts and keeping your hair under a hat is helpful too.

o   Wear bug spray that contains DEET

o   Once inside remove clothing and place them in the dryer on high for 20-30 minutes.

o   Shower or bathing is recommended if you have been out in the woods.

o   A lint roller is a helpful tool to run along clothing, arms, and legs to pick up ticks that may be crawling on you.

§  More tips can be found on the CDC link below.

ticks at different life stages

The CDC has great information about ticks and how to prevent bites, remove a tick safely, what to watch for as far as symptoms etc. You can find all that information here.

                                                        Talk to you soon! Mrs. Robinson (Nurse Kaitlin)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Puberty Education at Center Drive May 11th

Wednesday, May 11th Puberty education will be held for grades 4 and 5. I will be screening a video and assisting the girls with any questions they may have. Dr. Ross will be helping educate the boys. Below are the links to the videos that will be screened. Please watch them and let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 4th Grade will start at 1pm, 5th Grade will start a 1:45pm.

Permission forms to view the video will be coming home. 

Always Boy Video 4th Grade

Always Girls Video 4th Grade

Always CoEd Video 5th Grade (Boys and Girls will watch this same video but separately).

Dedham Puberty Education is taught by Mrs. Fredrick in 5th grade. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Spring Physicals

Dr. Ross will be in Orrington March 23rd and Dedham March 30th from 9:30am-12pm to perform spring physicals. This is a great service because it is no cost to you and you avoid removing your child from school to obtain a sports physical. This is open to all students grades 4-8.  If your child is in the 4th grade and thinking about playing a sport in 5th grade please consider having them sign up for a school physical. Please let me know if you are interested and complete the Physical Health Questionnaire under the Health Forms section.  

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Welcome Dedham Parents

Good Morning parents of Center Drive and Dedham students.
I have been working on my blog to give you access to more convenient access to forms and information. Up until today this was my blog for just Center Drive but I am happy to have one place for the whole district to get information. Please pay attention to specific dates and labels on forms, I will specify Dedham or Center Drive on the forms that are not shared.

Thank you. Have a great day!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Healthy New Year

Happy (Healthy) New Year

Here is a few tips to have a happy healthy 2016! It is cold and flu season. If you have not received your flu shot it is not too late!
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.
Stay home when ill!
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.
Lice Update

Just a reminder to keep head checks in your weekly routine. You are doing a great job, keep up the good work!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Flu Season Reminders and Glitter Germ Fun!

I had the pleasure of working with the pre-K programs to teach how germs are spread and how to correctly wash your hands. We read the story Germs are not for Sharing and discussed why it was important to cough like a vampire (into our elbow), to use a tissue and not our hands or sleeve, keep our hands out of our noses and mouths, and to wash our hands after using the bathroom, using a tissue, and before eating. We applied different color glitter (germs) to our hands and then shook hands with our friends in the class. We looked at how those who started out without glitter had all four different colors of glitter on their hands after shaking hands with their friends. I showed them how it also transferred to toys and books. I demonstrated the incorrect and correct ways of hand washing and all the kids got to practice. Here are some pictures from our fun.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Tips on Lice Prevention and Management

It's that time in the school year where we are starting to see some cases of head lice with the sharing of hats and coats being close together in the classroom. Here are some tips for successful removal.

Here are some frequently asked questions I hope can put you at ease.
How are head lice spread?  
Head lice can be spread whenever there is direct contact of the head or hair with an infested individual. Lice can also be spread through the sharing of personal articles like hats, towels, brushes, helmets, hair ties, etc.  There is also a possibility of spreading head lice via a pillow, headrest or similar items. 
Head lice do not jump or fly and generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host. 
Do head lice jump?  
Head lice to not have hind legs to hop or jump.  They also do not have wings and cannot fly. 
Can you catch head lice from cars, pillows or furniture?  
If a louse comes off the head and is left behind (i.e., on a pillow or head rest), it may be possible for the louse to infest another individual who places their head in that area.  Vacuuming is recommended for any areas or items that may be in contact with those who are infested. 
What is the life cycle of the head louse?  
Head lice can survive on a human host for approximately 30 days. They generally cannot survive longer than 24 hours off the host. 
A female louse lays 3-5 eggs a day.  The eggs hatch in 7-10 days and it takes another 7-10 day for the louse to mature and lay their own eggs. 
Nits found further than ½ inch away from the scalp are not viable due to the decrease in temperature.

Removal Tips
1.      Work under a good light, such as a lamp or natural sunlight from a window.
2.      Comb through the hair to remove tangles then divide  hair into sections and fasten off hair not being worked on
3.      Use a fine tooth comb go through each section and remove lice and nits. Look at the scalp for movement and remove lice on the scalp by hand. (Nits are usually oval shaped and appear grayish-white.) Viable nits are laid close to the scalp.
4.      If you choose and over-the-counter product to treat your child(ren) please read all directions and follow them carefully. Use caution as these are chemicals.
5.      Wash bedding and recently worn clothing in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Vacuum upholstered furniture, rugs, and car seats to pick up fallen lice or hairs with attached nits. You may also vacuum stuffed animals or place them in the hot dryer.
6.      Even under the best conditions, a few lice or nits may be missed. Daily combing should take place for 7-10 days until you can be sure that the infestation has resolved. It is good practice to screen for lice routinely to prevent future outbreaks.
Trust me I understand, just hearing the words “head lice” can make your head feel itchy, but don’t panic there are easy steps to rid your children from lice.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me here at school.
Kaitlin Robinson, RN