Celebrate February! It is American Heart Association Heart healthy month. Please see links for more information on being Heart Healthy!
Fabulous February to all our DCS Families and Friends!
Valentine’s Day is on its way and you are loved!
Encouraging our students to be “Bucket Fillers” by following the 3 B’s is always the “loving thing” to do, especially, at Dunn’s Corners School!
We have wrapped up Semester 1 in Health. Fourth graders will continue receiving Health Semester 2. They will be reviewing Body Systems and Nutrition (5210) in a little more depth. New topics like Diabetes, Asthma and Feelings/Emotions will be introduced.Please continue to dress for winter weather. Grab that hat! Most of our body heat escapes from our heads. Speaking of heads….check out the helpful information below regarding head lice. I have also included a quick article on the stomach bug.
Information on Head Lice
Head lice are small insects that live on the hair and scalp of humans and feed on blood. The eggs called “nits” are white specks that look like dandruff, but cling to the hair shaft and cannot easily be dislodged or removed. Lice and Nits do not jump or fly. They usually die after being off a person for 48 hours.
Some symptoms of Head Lice include:
· Itching of the scalp which can be mild to intense.
· Redness noted behind ears or nape of neck.
. Do not use regular shampoo. Contact your pediatrician or pharmacist to choose an effective product.
. Follow directions on product; use fine tooth comb to remove nits. Use daylight.
. Wash bed linens, pillows, scarfs, hats, clothing and towels in hot water and dried in hot dryer.
. Use disinfectant/hot water for combs/brushes.
. Put non-washable items in a plastic bag x 10 days.
. Vacuum carpets/floors/furniture and vehicles.
. Check all family members, siblings, close contacts and treat as necessary.
· Lice are transmitted by direct contact with the individual or in-direct contact with clothing, furniture, sharing brushes,and combs. Bring pillow/brush to sleepovers.
· Classrooms will continue to be cleaned and maintained as usual including vacuuming of carpeted areas.
· No child should be excluded or allowed to miss school because of head lice/nits.
. Parent contact will be made when children have been found to have lice or nits.
. Students may remain in school and take bus home.
. Prompt proper treatment is in the best interest of the child and their classmates.
. Student may return to school after appropriate treatment.
Please call your school-nurse teacher with questions/concerns.
“The Stomach Bug”
The stomach bug is a highly contagious virus sometimes caused by the norovirus. The infection causes gastroenteritis (inflammation of the stomach and intestines). This leads to diarrhea, vomiting and stomach pain. The stomach bug is often called by other names, such as food poisoning and stomach flu. The stomach bug is not related to the flu, which is a respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus.
. The stomach bug causes about 21 million cases of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S.
. Symptoms: frequent diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration (call pediatrician).
. Several strains of the virus exist, so you can get infected and sick many times in your life.
. You are most contagious during active diarrhea/vomiting and first 3 days recovery.
. Wash your hands! Best way to stop spread of infection
. Keep hands away from T-Zone (mouth, nose, eyes, ears).
. Avoid direct contact, sharing food, drinks and objects used by infected person.
. Keep student home till eating/drinking to sustain them through an academic day and stools are formed (Read more: Letter from Your School Nurse Teacher).
. Stay hydrated and call your Pediatrician if your child shows signs of dehydration.
Check out Links for CDC site on the Stomach Bug.
Please call your school-nurse teacher with any questions/concerns.
Dear DCS Families and Friends,
“Jumping January” is here! And we have been jumping in and out of snow that will continue to come and go! Please dress your child according to the weather. DCS will have morning and lunch recess everyday weather permitting.
In health class, we are covering our Safety Unit. This includes: Burn Safety, Fire Safety, 911, Sun, Water, Bike Safety and Stranger Danger. Please review the “Fun Packets” sent home on all these topics. Your child can share with you their “Safety Knowledge”. There can never be enough “Bucket Filling” opportunities in a day! Enjoy!
Please check out a couple of new links that encourage families to be proactive in living healthy life styles. Making healthy choices throughout the New Year makes a differences in the lives of our students at DCS. (See new links on the right.)
Wishing all of you blessings of health, joy and snow this New Year!
School Attendance Guidelines 2016-2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Please look in the "Files" section to the right for our updated School Nurse Teacher School Attendance Guidelines.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact me.
Dear DCS Families and Friends,
I’ve dubbed this December, “Dashing December”. Before you know it we’ll be “dashing through the snow”, December is just a dashing (lively) time and it will have dashed by us with 2017 hot on its heels!
Speaking of a lively time...our health classes have been dashing with lively conversation about nutrition (5-2-1-0), increasing our self-esteem by keeping clean, and medication safety is no dashing matter this month (take time to ask a trusted adult to read the label and administer the medication, right person, right dose, right route and right time). Please check out two new links: kids.giantfoodstores.com (Energy In. Energy Out) and SmartMovesSmartChoices.org (Medication Safety and statistics). It’s all about how our choices are making a difference helping our students stay healthy and stay in school.
Please refer to the School Nurse Teacher letter for guidelines on when to keep your child home.
Enjoy this wonderful and blessed season and have a “dashing December” in many ways!
Dear DCS Families and Friends,
I'm calling this month "Notice November". Take time to notice the beautiful autumn days. Take time to notice how much our students have accomplished so far. Take time to notice all the "Bucket-Filling" people and moments that give us a thankful, grateful heart.
Healthy Habits are the key to Wellness
The students are currently learning Personal Hygiene and Body systems. Please Help us to reinforce that “Feeling clean can increase Self-Esteem”.
Also, please check Friday backpacks for important information about the 5210 Program.
5210 is a program promoting a healthy lifestyle for everyone. Please take a few minutes to view this introduction to the program.
Begin with small changes for a healthy body and mind!
Thank you for helping keep our students safe and healthy.
Happy "Noticing November" month!
October is here!
October is here and so has the cooler weather!
Wear layers to accommodate the cool mornings and warmer afternoons. Always wear safe shoes for playground and PE times.
In health classes we have covered: Playground Safety and how to follow the 3 B's using the Bucket Filling story as our guide. It is also the start of our Hand Washing and "Protect, Don't Infect" unit. Please look for my "Fun Packets" in their binders. Upcoming topics are: Body Hygiene and Body Systems, Dental Hygiene and Nutrition.
There's so much more!
Please look at the "Fun Packet" on Germ Prevention. Hand washing, good nutrition, exercise, and getting your flu vaccine are the best ways to avoid the flu.
DCS will host their Flu Clinic: Thursday, October 6th from 3:30pm-6pm. Please use the forms at the clinic to register if you did not register online.
Wishing you a healthy autumn!
Flu Clinics in Westerly:
We're already heading for that time of year!
Here are the locations and times of the flu clinics hosted in our local schools:
Bradford Elementary School: 10/25, 3:15-6
State Street School: 10/17, 3:30-6
SpringBrook Elementary School: 10/11, 4-6
Westerly Middle School: 11/03, 2:30-6
Westerly High School: 10/21, 6:30a-12p
Please get your flu vaccines. Stay healthy!
Follow the directions on the web site: www.thewellcomp.com/school. to register.
Have a great day!
Frest Start September is here!
Dear Friends and Family,
A few helpful reminders to keep everyone fresh and safe:
-drink plenty of water; bring your water bottles:)
-wear safe clothing (hats, UV shirts) and shoes (sneakers) for recess and phys-ed
-apply sunscreen and/or bug spray before school.
Parents and Guardians, please bring in new physician's orders and any medications for your child for the first day of school, especially, epipens and inhalers.
Wishing you more summer days ahead,
June Days...Summer Days
Spring-Summer Tidbits 2016:
Dear DCS Family and Friends,
The end of our school year is fast approaching! Here are few gentle reminders for our parents/guardians/students at DCS:
-Please pick up inhalers, epipens, prescription medications and over-the-counter medications on the last day of school. All prescription and over-the-counter medications used in school will require new physician’s orders each new school year.
-Please apply sunscreen and bug spray at home before school.
-Please wear safe comfortable shoes for gym and outdoor activities.
A few summer safety tips:
-Always tell an adult where you are going.
-Use public restrooms with adult supervision.
-Wear correct size correct protective gear for summer activities. Please see the two new links regarding sports activities for children.
-Apply and reapply sunscreen and stay hydrated on the beach:).
-Use the Buddy System.
Have a safe, healthy, “Bucket-Filling” (not the beach sand kind:)) summer!
April Showers Bring May Flowers!
April showers (rain or snow) bring May flowers!
Speaking of rain or snow…Please continue to dress for spring weather which tends to get a little “springy”! Dressing in layers is a plus for keeping us either warm or cool at this time of year. Continue to wear safe, comfortable shoes for gym and playground time.
As the weather changes, other things change, too; colds and allergies are here. Continue to practice proper hand washing. Keep hands away from the T-zone. Cough and sneeze in your elbow or tissue. Make healthy nutritious choices that will boost the immune system, choose fruits, veggies and proteins. Getting enough rest and exercise are essential for good health. It’s important to get eight to ten hours of sleep at night and one to two hours of exercise each day. Keeping our children healthy helps them come to school ready to learn!
May flowers bring Bugs back… and that means protecting ourselves from Ticks.
-Help prevent Lyme Disease:
1. Wear socks pulled over long pants
2. Wear long sleeves, a hat and closed shoes
3. Use tick repellant on clothing
4. Inspect yourself and your pets after being outdoors
-Know the symptoms:
1. Skin rash
2. Stiff neck
5. Muscles and joint pain/swelling
For more information call the Arthritis Foundation at:
Please see link for proper tick removal.
Spring Time Update
Hi DCS Friends and Families!
Just a friendly reminder, since the weather is sooo "Springy" (bouncing back and forth with cold vs cooler temps); please, dress in layers. Stay warm or cool and healthy as our weather continues to change.
Continue to do good Hand Washing, cough/sneeze in your elbow or tissue, keep hands away from the T-zone. Also, it's helpful to make healthy food choices, get the appropriate sleep each night that you need and don't forget to stay active!
In our Health Classes we will be wrapping up our unit on Nutrition and discussing the following units:
Drugs that Harm (Smoking and Alcohol)
Safety Unit (911, Fire, Burn and Poison)
Stranger Danger (Bullying, too!)
Summer Safety (Sun, Bike, Water).
I send home a fun activity packet so the children can review with you what they've learned. Please take time to let them share their knowledge. It can be a real Bucket Filling experience for everyone!
March is Eat Healthy Rhode Island month 2016!
Hi DCS Families and Friends!
March is for munching all kinds of healthy foods!
Our school (grades 3 & 4), participated in a state wide Eat Healthy RI poster contest. The theme was "What does a healthy body look like after eating nutritious foods?". The children's posters, who participated, are displayed in the hall near my office. They are wonderfully nutritious looking! The winners will be announced March 9th. On March 9, please ask your child to celebrate Eat Healthy RI day by wearing green!
MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout you lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:
-Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
-Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
-:Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
-Support healthy eating for everyone.
Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.
Please see my new link on nutrition.
Have a great month eating healthy!
February is All About Having Heart!
Happy February DCS Family and Friends!
February is heart healthy month ...Please check out my Valentine to you and take a peek at my new Link: "Heart Healthy" for kids. You'll find some great tips for having a healthy heart.
We are wrapping up our unit on nutrition. Please ask you child about nutritious choices and how they can rethink their drink. After vacation, we will begin our unit on Safety. This unit will cover:
Drugs that Help/Harm
Staying Safe at Home
February is a matter of the heart! Encourage your child to make healthy heart choices and be a Valentine to others by being "Bucket Fillers" and following the 3B's at school and at home!
Happy New Year DCS Families and Friends!
Brrr...it's cold out there! Winter has arrived...
Please check out the "Winter Tips" link on the right to get pointers for winter dress and safety.
Hopefully, everyone had a "smooth" transition getting back into the "swing of things". I encourage all my awesome students to get enough sleep, exercise and make nutritious food choices so they come to school each day ready to learn!
Health classes are back up and running. Continue to watch for the take home fun packets for each lesson. The children reviewed Dental/Oral Hygiene this week (will continue in the next week). Now's their chance to shine and be Bucket-Fillers!
Stay safe and warm!
Winter Safety Tips
Hi DCS Families and Friends!
Please check out the new link: "Winter Safety Tips".
Lots of helpful guidelines and tips for the winter.
Dear DCS Families and Friends!
The month of December is here!
Please look at the "Activity Packets" coming home with your child. We have covered: Body Hygiene, Body Systems and The Senses in health class. In the New Year, we will cover: Dental Hygiene, Nutrition, Rethink Your Drink and more to come!
A few friendly reminders:
-get a good night's sleep
-choose healthy foods and snacks
-dress for the weather (layers are great with the type of unusal weather we've been having)
-practice good hand washing skills
-get your flu shot/mist!
Best Holiday Wishes and Health and Joy in the New Year to come to all DCS Families and Friends!
Medications for 2015-16
New supplies/medication and doctor's orders need to be provided to the school nurse at the beginning of the 2015-16 school year prior to administration of any medications. Reminder notices have been sent. Please contact the nurse if you have any questions or need any paperwork.
.Clinic - 401.315.2642
New Links & Resources
Check out the links and resources on the right side of the page. Click on each category and view the available links under each. Topics available are all areas that the students will learn about in health this year.
Have fun with these!
Hand washing Skill
Welcome back Dunn's Corners School Families:
My goal is to keep our students as healthy as possible this school year. Our first lesson in Health is the single most important way to prevent the spread of germs. Please try to reinforce the following steps at home:
Henry the Hand washer says follow these 5 steps:
After using the bathroom
If you don’t have tissue available, sneeze or cough into your elbow.
Mid October Updates:
Hi DCS Families and Friends!
Just a few important dates to remember:
November 18, 3:30p-6p is our flu clinic
December 15, Dr. Shannon will be in to do dental screenings
So far in Health Class we have covered:
Hand washing Skills
and Germ Prevention.
All of our classes have a take-home "Fun Packet" to share with family members. Spend a little time reviewing and doing them with your child. Enjoy! I hope it's a "Bucket Filling" experience!
Hope you are all enjoying the beautiful autumn weather!
Welcome DCS Families and Friends!
It's a new school year full of new adventures!
Please send your children in with water bottles! It's so important to stay well hydrated throughout the day.
Safety matters! Send your children with proper footwear; sneakers are best for playground activities and gym.
Please come and drop off any meds your child may need with the Westerly Medication Authorization form found in the links.
I will be sending information home to keep you posted of any changes.
We do have a hearing screening scheduled in September. Please look for a form in your child's backpacks.
Feel free to get in touch with me if you have any questions/concerns.
Summer Fun June 2015
Summer Fun June 2015
Hello DCS Families and Friends!
Summer is here! Summer brings a lot of cool sports and activities.
Hopefully , these tips will keep you safe on your summer adventures!
Summer Safety Tips:
Signs of mild to moderate dehydration:
Make healthy beverage and food choices throughout the summer!
Have a Fun, Bucket-Filling Vacation!
Spring Summer Tidbits
Spring/Summer Tid Bits:
Spring has “sprung” which means Summer is on the way!
Here are some friendly family helpful hints:
~Wear protective clothing:
-shirt with sleeves (if it’s too hot to wear a shirt, it is likely too hot to be outside)
~Find shade (avoid sun exposure between 10am and 4pm)
~Pack a “Sun Safety Kit”:
-water bottle (it’s important to stay hydrated!)
I also wanted to provide a checklist for parents of incoming Grade K students.
Westerly Community and Staff Flu and TDAP Clinic
Westerly Community and Staff
Flu and TDAP Clinic
(Tetnus and Whooping Cough)
Where: Tower Street Community Center
93 Tower Street, Westerly
When: Monday, March 2nd
4pm - 6pm
BCBS, Medicare Part B, United Health Care,
Neighborhood Health, Tufts, or Tufts/Carelink
Different or No Insurance - No Charge
YOU MUST HAVE YOUR INSURANCE CARD WITH YOU
Flu for ages 3 years of age and older
TDAP for ages 11 years of age and older
Wellness Company: phone: 401-461-0662 website: www.thewellcomp.com
If you have any questions please contact Nurse Robin.
Immunization Requirements for Students Entering Kindergarten
Students and child care providers are required to be vaccinated against certain diseases in Rhode Island. These requirements are based on recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, and healthcare providers in Rhode Island.
More information about these diseases is available online.
School Nurse Letter
A letter from your School Nurse Teacher – Winter 2015
Your School Nurse Teacher has come up with some helpful guidelines that help you to know whether your child should stay home from school; the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests answering these three quick questions:
Fever is the body's way of destroying the germs making it sick, and it's a common symptom of infections such as flu. Keep your children home if their temperature is 101° F or higher. Wait until children are fever-free without Tylenol or Motrin before letting them return to school.
Diarrhea is often the result of infection, food poisoning, or a side effect to medications like antibiotics. Keep children home until stools are formed and your doctor gives the okay. Make sure your sick child stays well-hydrated.
Vomiting is another way for the body to rid itself of the germs making it sick, and is usually caused by a stomach virus or stomach infection. Keep children home if they've vomited twice or more in the last 24 hours. They can return to school after symptoms clear up or your doctor says they're no longer contagious.
Mild cold or respiratory symptoms are no reason to keep children at home so long as their nasal drainage is clear and their cough is mild. Severe cough and cold symptoms should keep kids home from school. A serious cough could be a sign of contagious conditions like whooping cough, viral bronchitis, or croup. It can also be a sign of asthma or allergies. If the cough is mild, you may send in cough drops with a note to the nurse. If they have an inhaler, a doctor’s order must accompany the inhaler to school.
Sore throats can be a symptom of strep or a common cold. If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat, keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after starting antibiotics. If your child has a mild cold, it's okay to go to school.
Pinkeye (conjunctivitis) is contagious, and children should stay home from school for the first 24 hours after treatment begins. Symptoms of pinkeye include eye redness, irritation, swelling, and pus. If your child wakes up and their eye is crusted over, please consult his/her doctor.
Headaches Opinions differ on whether a child should be kept home. If your child doesn't have any other signs of illness, and feels okay, your child can go to school.
Rashes can be the sign of contagious conditions such as chickenpox or impetigo. If the rash is itchy, has drainage or is widespread over the body, they should be kept home until they're diagnosed. They can return to school after symptoms are gone or if their doctor gives the okay.
Earaches aren't contagious. There's no need to keep a child with a mild earache home, as long as your child feels well enough to concentrate.
Head lice verses Nits (Lice are live bugs and nits are tiny teardrop shaped eggs) In all cases the parent of the identified student will be notified when a case of nits +/or lice is found. Active head lice cases require communication with the parent. Treatment is required before returning to school. Good home to school communication is key.
Be well! Please call your School Nurse Teacher with any questions.
Springbrook 348-2306 Bradford 348-2287 Dunn’s Corners 315-2642
State Street 348-2344 WMS 315-1659 WHS 315-1599
The winter season is upon us and with that so can be the incidences of head lice. Head lice are a common community problem. They are wingless insects that live close to the human scalp. Lice move by crawling and cannot jump or fly. They are spread by direct head-to- head contact; usually during slumber parties, sharing hats, scarves and personal items such as combs, brushes and headbands.
There are many myths about lice and myths about treatments. I would encourage a regular examination of your child’s head throughout the school year. There is no need to worry ~ prevention is always the best medicine. If your child has lice or nits, please contact the school nurse. I am available for consultation and I can provide information about prevention and treatment of this pesky little foe.
Cough drops may be used as needed provided a parent or guardian has provided written permission.. Student may self –carry the cough drops if the parent/guardian and the school nurse are in agreement. Cough drops should not be used during activities that might cause a higher risk of aspiration or choking including, but not limited to, PE class, sporting events and practices, recess, and the playing of musical instruments requiring air to be blown in by mouth.
Information About Head Lice
Headlice Information: Management of head lice should not disrupt the educational process. No child should be excluded or allowed to miss school because of head lice or nits. Treatment is available at local drug stores/Walmart without prescription and can be done effectively in one day. Multiple days out of school for a lice occurrence is discouraged. Parent contact will be made when children have been found to have lice +/or nits. Students with live head lice (multiple) will be sent home if lice are found during school hours. Children with nits can go home at the end of the day. The nurse will communicate with the parent. Students can take the bus. These children should be sent home with an educational pamphlet on lice and nits for the parent, and detailed instructions on how to care for nits/lice (Lice 101 information from NASN). Children may return to school as soon as the first lice treatment is completed. It may be in the same day. The School Nurse should check the child for evidence of treatment and provide parental feedback when appropriate. During the course of the school year, children will be brought to the attention of the school nurse as suspected cases of head lice from a variety of sources. The nurse will use his/ her discretion on how to handle each case in a confidential manner. If a child does have live lice on his/her head, there is scientific evidence that the possibility of transmission to others has already been present for at least a month before any symptoms or detection was possible. To IMMEDIATELY EXCLUDE that child, sends a negative message to the child. This procedure is based upon recommendation from the American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses
A note from the School Nurse
It’s that time of year when we all need to start thinking about preventing illnesses. Here are a few tips that the CDC (center for disease control) recommends to fight colds and flu:
Take time to get a flu vaccine.
Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs
Department Web Pages
The School Nurse Teacher Policies and Procedures
· Administer first aid, medications & treatments to elementary students
· Teach prevention & therapeutic aspects of health on a 1:1 basis in clinic on elementary level
· Teaching Health classes for grades K- 4
· Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team in assessing & planning for students
· Maintain confidential records in accordance with the RI regulations
School Nurse Policies & Procedures
During the school day a School Nurse Teacher is on duty in the clinic located on the main level of the building. When a student has an illness or injury and requests to see the nurse, the teacher will send them down or request assistance as needed if unable to ambulate on own.
· No student is to be sent home due to illness without first contacting a parent or guardian for permission.
· Students may only be sent home by the School Nurse Teacher or a school administrator
· The School Nurse teacher is to make teachers aware of any pertinent student medical problems at the beginning of the school year and at each new quarter. Teachers are asked to work with the nurse in providing these services to students.
· No medication will be administrated by the School Nurse Teacher unless the appropriate documentation is on file in the nurse's office.
· Students requiring medication during field trips must have the field trip policy signed by parents or guardian on file in the nurses' office. Medication must be supplied by parents in a pharmacy labeled container.