Bridge Street Health Office
La Oficina de Salud de Bridge Street
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Dear BSS Parents,
I’m wanting to reach out to you about winter gear and my efforts to make snow pants and snow boots available to all students here at school.
For the past 4 years I’ve kept the extra winter gear in the health office and children would come in before and after their recesses to look for and then return boots, jackets, and/or mittens they could wear if they forgot to bring their gear that day. However it created too much congestion in my office during a time of day that is generally my busiest.
During the fall, I put what winter gear I had into a central location (first floor hallway near the elevator) for kids to borrow as needed. There are many winter jackets of all sizes, snow pants, and I had initially put out 6 pairs of snow boots for sharing.
I recently noticed that all of the snow boots have disappeared. If any families have gently used snow boots to donate (again), it would be appreciated. My plan is to mark all of the boots with BSS initials so that if we find them in the lost and found we know where they go. I will also make a point to monitor the area during recess occasionally to remind kids to return what they borrow and to help them keep the area neat.
I’d like to help promote this kind of community atmosphere with our students. Can you please talk to your student about this sharing area and remind them that if they make use of the items to please return them and keep it neat for others. Also, if anyone has an idea or the time for decorating it can you please let me know?
This is a work in progress and I would love any thoughts or suggestions you have to make this area more accessible. The best way to contact me is through email or catching me in the health office.
MANDATORY SCREENINGS DURING SCHOOL YEAR
State mandated screenings for vision, hearing, postural screenings and BMI/heights and weights will be conducted throughout the school year. Notices will be sent home prior to postural screening (this is only required for our 5th graders). Heights and weights will be conducted for grades 1 and 4 with BMI. At ALL times, your students’ confidentiality and privacy are maintained and you may opt out your child from any screening with a written notice to Nurse Jess. If your child has had a health physical within the past 6 months, I will not need to screen your child again as long as I have a copy of the form from the doctor's office.
Welcome to the new
2018-2019 school year!
I am thrilled to be your child’s school nurse. Please take some time to read this letter and use it as a reference throughout the academic year.
Health Office Website
Last year I started this website for the health office and I try to update it regularly. Principal Choquette includes the link in her weekly newsletter. I encourage you to read the latest health reminders or updates and let me know if there are any school related health topics you would like me to address.
Your child may develop health issues during the school year. Many of you keep your child’s teacher apprised of this information but I urge you to also contact me so that I can record any new allergies, keep an eye out for possible infectious diseases, and offer support when I can. Feel free to send me an email if you’re not able to drop in. (email@example.com)
As part of DPH guidelines, I do vision and hearing screenings on our students as well as scoliosis checks on our 5th graders. However, if I have on file your child’s recent health form filled out by the pediatrician, he/she will not need to be screened. Always send in your child’s health form and vaccines so that I always have the latest health information.
While lice is nothing more than a big headache, it strikes fear into the hearts of most of us parents. I can not urge you enough to check your child’s head weekly. I do not check the heads of entire classrooms but I will check your child upon request. Please encourage your children to keep their hair pulled back and to avoid sharing brushes and/or hats.
Your children are active at recess! Those children who wear comfortable sneakers during their recess make fewer health office visits than the students who wear flip-flops or sandals. Climbing and running are activities that are not safe in unstructured shoes.
Bridge Street School does not allow homemade treats brought into the classroom because we have so many different types of life-threatening allergies. As a district, we are steering away from even bringing store-bought food in for birthdays and other celebrations. I will be generating a list of ideas for non-food celebration treats for my website and I encourage you start thinking about this with other parents at school.
Please come by and introduce yourself if you are a new member of our BSS family.
Warmly, Jessica LaCroix
Field Day is approaching!
Friday, June 8th
Be a Sun Smart Kid. Bring a hat, sunglasses, try to wear light colored clothing, and have someone responsible apply Sunblock and Bug Spray BEFORE you come to school.
Please send in an EXTRA T-Shirt because of certain activities involving water.
Bring a bottle of water with you to school so you will not get dehydrated.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to wear SHOES you will be able to run, jump, and play in, such as OLD Sneakers/Tennis Shoes.
PLEASE …..NO FLIP FLOPS OR SANDALS, as it is much easier to trip and fall and get hurt in this type of footwear.
RESPECT One Another. Be Kind and Considerate, and have a FUN and Healthy day.
May 7, 2018
If you received a hearing or vision screening referral form that I sent between the end of January through early April and have not had your child checked, please do so and return the form to me. There are many instances where a referral in either hearing or vision leads to further medical evaluzation whereby we discover students need glasses or even that their ears are unknowingly fiiled with wax/fluid which then causes some hearing loss.
May 4, 2018
Once the weather changes to heat and humidity, students often migrate to my office in search of somewhere cool to be. I urge kids and families at this point in the year to start packing ice water in your child's water bottle. Temperatures inside of the school can wilt students who aren't properly hydrated, and the ice inside the water bottles really helps keep them cool.
This is also the time of year for mosquito bites! Many, many students make their way to my office during the day so that I can apply Calamine lotion. To help keep students in class, I encourage you to check your kids in the morning before school and apply an anti-itch lotion to their bites.
It's also not a bad idea to apply both sunscreen and bug spray to your child before heading off to school.
From Mrs. Flaherty. . . Chef Solus' Healthy Tip of the Week of April 2, 2018
If your 4 year old gets 4 tablespoons of protein, he has met his daily protein needs.
March 28, 2018
Chef Solus is a character that our PE teacher, Mrs. Flaherty, uses for teaching purposes with her classes.
She will provide weekly healthy tips for the BSS family.
Chef Solus' Healthy Tip of the Week
Avoid foods with trans fat (you can find it in the label).
February 5, 2018
Each month offers us a chance to learn about and help raise awareness for different health conditions and to recognize the people who may have them. I've previously mentioned that February is Heart Month; however, it is also Turner Syndrome Awareness Month. What do we need to know about this genetic condition? The website of the Turner Syndrome Society of the U.S. tells us it's a condition that occurs only in females and can be diagnosed as early as prenatal life all the way to adulthood. Increased awareness of this genetic condition has helped to decrease the age of diagnosis, which is ideal for treating the health conditions related to TS.
The only physical characteristic that is consistent among all females wit h TS is a short stature (average adult height is 4'8"), although there are many attributes that are linked to TS, such as visual/spatial learning challenges, heart abnormalities, and chronic ear infections. For a more comprehensive list, visit the Turner Syndrome Society of the U.S.
February 2, 2018
January 30, 2018
Below are recommendations taken from the CDC to help reduce the spread of flu.
- Get a yearly flu vaccine. Even though it doesn’t cover all strains, it is the single best way to protect against or shorten the severity of the flu. Talk to your health care provider about this. It's not too late to get the vaccine!
- Stay home when sick. If you have a fever or signs of a fever (chills, feeling very warm, flushed appearance, or sweating), you should stay home for at least 24 hours until fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medicine.
- Encourage all to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or their bent arm. If they use a tissue, they should put the used tissue in a trash can and wash their hands.
- Encourage frequent handwashing using soap and water for 20 seconds, dry hands with a paper towel, and use the paper towel to turn off the faucet. If soap and water are not available and hands are not visibly dirty, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol may be used.
- Encourage all to keep their hands away from their nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Routinely clean surfaces and objects that are touched often, such as tables, desks, countertops, doorknobs, computer keyboards, hands-on learning items, faucet handles, and phones.
- Studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for only 2 to 8 hours after being deposited on a surface. Therefore, special sanitizing processes beyond routine cleaning are not necessary or recommended to slow the spread of flu, even during a flu outbreak.
- Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more information at: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm
January 24, 2018
In honor of February being Heart Health Awareness month, our PE teacher, Mrs. Flaherty will involve our BSS students in "Jump Rope for Heart". On February 12-14 you will find our students jumping rope during their PE classes and simultaneously learning how physical fitness benefits their hearts. We want our students to know how important physical activity is in their youth so that they become adults who are physically active, keeping their hearts and the rest of their bodies fit for life. There is also a fundraising component to this activity and the proceeds will be given to the American Heart Association to. Mrs. Flaherty will also add an educational component to this program. She says, "I will teach the physical health component by incorporating age-appropriate activities which are aligned with the Massachusetts State Frameworks".
Mrs. Flaherty, getting ready for Jump Rope For Heart, with her jump-rope.