March 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

    What a welcome break we had in the month of February with the blizzard that came our way giving us two much needed snow days.  There were lots of students sick with stomach viruses, some strep, a little bit of the flu; all in all not too bad of a month for illness.  I hope that the month of March is quiet in regards to any major sicknesses.

    Scoliosis screening has almost been completed. I have one more class to do. If there were any concerns, a referral letter was sent home.  Please follow up with your family doctor and return the evaluation to the health office.

    There are still several students who are in need of a physical by their pediatrician.  Reminder letters were sent home.  All students who are new to the school, in pre k, kindergarten, second, fourth and seventh grade MUST get a physical done for this school year by your pediatrician.  If your child does not get a physical, they can be excluded from school.  Physicals should be handed in to the health office NO LATER than May 1st.

    Tdap is a vaccine that is required of ALL students entering the sixth grade.  A letter will be going home with students who are currently in fifth grade outlining the criteria and a form for your physician to sign and return to the health office.  Meningitis is mandatory for all students entering the seventh grade.  Varicella is a vaccination that requires two shots.  If you have any questions, please call your pediatrician or the health office.

    Immunization records for all eighth grade students were sent to the receiving schools last month.  The only records that will not be sent are for those students who are still undecided as to where they will be going next year.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the health office.

    If there are ANY changes in your child’s health, it is VERY important to make me aware of those changes.  If your child is on ANY medications, I need to know so that if any issues arise in relation to that, I can properly address the issue and care for your child.  I strive to keep all children safe while they are here at school but I cannot do it without your help and assistance.

    Thank you for all your help and cooperation in helping me do my job here at St. Mary.  It is an awesome responsibility and I could not do it effectively without you.


Stephanie K. Psomas R.N.