St. Mary School

Health Office

June 2017

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Dear Parents/Guardian,

     It’s hard to believe that it is June and we are looking at the end of the school year. Where did the year go?  There are a few reminders and requests in order to close the school year and prepare for next year.

     All those students who are going into sixth grade MUST receive the Tdap vaccination and a second varicella (chicken pox).  All students entering kindergarten in September must also receive a second varicella.  Students who will be entering  seventh grade in September, are now required to receive the meningitis vaccination.   A form for your pediatrician to sign will be sent home with your child.  The form MUST be returned and signed by the start of September 2017 school year.  There have been changes in the New York State immunization schedule so please check with your pediatrician for these new updates.

     Students entering pre-k, kindergarten, second, fourth or seventh grade MUST have a physical exam prior to the start of September school year 2017.  If there are conflicts with your medical insurance so that you are NOT able to have a physical prior to September 2017 start, please let me know. A form will be sent home with all those students in the above stated grades.

     If your child has had medication stored in the health office during the school year, please make sure you stop by no later than June 23rd in order to pick up the medication.  Any medication that is left in the health office at the end of the year will be discarded.  The forms that are required for next year will be sent home with your children.  Please make sure to check your child’s backpack for these forms and return the forms in September with the necessary medication.

     There are a few helpful tips to enforce while summer vacation is in progress.  Make sure when you are out in the sun you put on a liberal amount of sunscreen/sun block in order to protect your skin from the sun’s rays.  Head lice can be an unwelcome visitor at day camp.  Please reinforce with your children the importance of NOT sharing head gear and keeping hair close to the head.  If there are ANY medical concerns, be sure to share that information with the appropriate people.  Be very careful when out in the woods or walking in the local parks.  Use preventive measures to help guard against tick bites.  When riding a bike, skate board or scooter, put on protective equipment (helmet, knee pads, and elbow pads) as appropriate.

     Congratulations to the graduating class of 2017.  I wish each and every one of you  success and happiness as you continue on the journey of life.  May you cherish the memories you made here at St. Mary. May the Lord bless each of you and may you seek His guidance and direction as you go forward.

     I say it all the time because it is true; I cannot do this job without the support of you the parents.  Thank you for all the help and cooperation you have given to me throughout the school year.  I appreciate the support.

     Have a wonderful summer. Enjoy, relax, be safe and I look forward to seeing you all in September. God Bless.



Stephanie K. Psomas RN