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Hello ECC Family,
I hope you are all enjoying this winter season. I have to say that I was thrilled that the snow storm stayed away. Let's hope we can continue on with very little snow storms. The preschool has been very busy playing with pretend snow, making snowman, and other wonderful winter art. Some classes are beginning their community helpers theme. I enjoy this theme because I get to visit the classroom and talk about the nurses role in the community. I hope the children enjoy it as much as I do. In February we will be talking about dental health. I will visit each classroom and we will be reviewing how to brush our teeth. I have a very large set of pretend teeth and a large tooth brush as well. Each child will practice on this big set of teeth.
The children are doing a great job with the lessons they were taught with germ etiquette; lots of coughing and sneezing in their elbows. We have seen some up and down spikes with children staying home for cold/fevers. This week we have had a few children with sore throats and had 2 children diagnosed with strep throat. We have had only a handful of the stomach bug illnesses. Thank you for doing such a great job of helping to keep our building healthy by having the children stay home when they are sick.
We have three more weeks until February vacation. I am looking forward to a healthy three weeks and a healthy vacation. Enjoy this great winter season.
Barbara Ann Donovan, BSN, RN
Hello ECC Family
This has been a wonderful fall season for the preschool. I hope the children are coming home and sharing all the wonderful things that happen here at the ECC. I love going into all the preschool classrooms and seeing the enthusiasm of all the children. The rooms have become full with the children's art work on the walls, make every classroom cheerful and bright. Whether singing songs or riding scooters they all have amazing smiles on their face. Listenting to the children sing in circle is amazing. When they walk by the nurses office I can hear, before they get to my door, "Hi Barbara Ann".
Thank you for doing such a great job keeping your children home when they are ill. We have had a somewhat healthy fall. There was a cold/virus that some students have had. Unfortunately for them it has been lasting about 2 weeks. Most children have stayed home for one or two days and are then feeling well enough to return to school. The children all learned germ etiquette to help to keep each other healthy. They were amazed to see all the germs (water in a spray bottle) floating all around the room. They were enthusiastic to learn about covering their nose and mouth with the inside of their elbow when sneezing and coughing. They did a wonderful job washing their hands with water, soap and power.! You all have such amazing children.
I am thankful to have the chance to work with all of your children. I know how fortunate I am to be able care for them and be part of their preschool experience. I hope you all have a wonderful and peacful holiday. Enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.
Barbara Ann Donovan, BSN, RN
I hope everyone is enjoying the wonderful weather that we have been having the past week. Although I love the weather, I am sure that some of you and your children, like myself, are suffering from environmental allergies right now. The pollen count has been moderate to high the past few weeks and many of us suffer with this allergy. If your child suffers from these allergies and the doctor has prescribed medication whether oral, nasal spray, or eye drops please remember to give the medication to the students before they come to school. A few ways I can help them when they have a reaction in school is I can use cold compresses to ease the discomfort. I have asked the teachers to wash the children's hands and face when they come from outside to remove the pollen. I am sure if we work together we can help the children to have a happy and healthy day at preschool.
Barbara Ann Donovan BSN, RN
Hello Ecc Families,
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We are now into the December virus season. Each time this year we begin to see an increase in colds and fevers. Although it has not been a huge problem here in the preschool we are starting to see some children with these types of symptoms. I appreciate all those that have kept their children home when they become ill. Just a friendly reminder that we know children will be in school with runny nose and coughs. It is at the beginning of the virus when children are just starting with cold like symptoms that they probably need extra rest and are most contagious. They do not have to have a fever to stay home for school. It is best that when a cold starts they stay home and rest for a day or two. Of course if they have a fever they should stay home and be free of the fever for 24 hours, without the use of medication to bring it down, before they return to school.
You have all done a great job helping to keep our building healthy. If you continue to be mindful of keeping your child home when sick it will help to keep the building healthy even during this cold and flu season.
On a positive note although we have seen the cold virus we have seen very few stomach illnesses.
Have a happy winter season and just a reminder that the children will go out weather permitting and should dress for the weather every day. This includes hats, gloves, boots, and snow gear.
Hello ECC Families,
What a cold morning it is. The weather is starting to change. It is important that the children dress appropriately for outside play. A few of the children were saying they wished they had gloves on today. Gloves and hats may be needed now that it is so chilly, especially in the morning.
I have been visiting the children during snack time. It is nice to see so many healthy snacks. Although the chidlren may like candy its probably not the best snack for them to bring in. Snack choices like fruits, vegetables, crackers, and cheese are great simple choices for the children. Also remember that they only have a short time for snack so one choice is plenty.
The PTO is meeting tonight at 7:00 PM, here at the ECC. I hope you all have the oppportunity to come.
Have a great fall day.
Hello ECC Families, 10/06/2014
It has been a healthy start to the fall season. (My favorite season of all). We have had very few illnesses reported. Last week I visited every class and we learned how to wash our hands and also when and why we wash them. We also pretended to sneezed t to show how germs (in this case water) can spread to our friends if we don't cover our mouth and nose when we cough or sneeze. The children seemed to enjoy the lesson and were able to demonstrate to me all that we learned.
I hope our children continue this healthy path. I have had a few questions on ear infections. If your child is being treated for an ear infection but has no fever and is feeling up to being in school, they certainly can come. We never want someone to stay home if they are well enough to be here. Please remember if your child is sick it is important to keep them home until they are free of symptoms without medication for 24 hours.
Have a great fall season.
Barbara Ann Donovan, RN
Hello ECC Families,
It is hard to believe that September is almost over. With the change in weather we are starting to see children with runny noses and coughs. Next week I will be in every classroom teaching the children about hand washing with soap and water and coughing or sneezing into their sleeves. I will be sharing with them that these are simple ways that we can prevent the spread of illnesses.
I am sure that most of you have been following the news on the Enterovirus D68. Here are some things to look for:
- runny nose
- body/muscle aches
Most of the children get these symptoms and recover within a few days. Those who get very ill with the EV-D68 infection have trouble breathing, and may have wheezing. Most of the children with these difficulties are known to have respiratory issues such as asthma or cystic fibrosis.
You can help to prevent the spread of this virus and any other illness by having your child stay home from school if they develop a combination of the symptoms listed above. Allow you child to rest and get better at home before they return to school.
It looks like a beautiful weather ahead of us. I hope you all enjoy your weekend.
Barbara Ann Donovan, RN
I hope everyone had a fun and safe summer. I am looking forward to working with all of your children to make it a healthy year at the Early Childhood Center (ECC). Please feel free to reach out to me at 978-794-1577 with any questions. You can also email me at email@example.com.
We are off to a great start to the school year. The children have adjusted nicely to their new experiences. They have big smiles on their face as they pass my office door. I hope they feel that my office is a friendly place to visit. I try to connect to each and every one of them from the beginning so if they need me they won't be nervous. Some may come home and tell you they saw the 'doctor' today. It really was me the nurse.
We plan on having the children go outside everyday weather permitting (no rain or snow). It can be chilly in the early morning so please dress them with appropriate outdoor clothing when coming to school.
Snacks should come to school everyday with your child. The children have a short amount of time to eat their snack. It is helpful if you send in just one snack with a drink.
All emergency cards, with any medical concerns your child might have should be in the nurses office. If during the school year your child is diagnosed with any medical condition or allergies please remember to let me know. It is important that I have all medical information for your child. Also a reminder that all Physicals, Immunization records, and a lead test result should now be in the nurses office.
Please look on the school website under 'From the Nurses Office' for updates throughout the year.
Barbara Ann Donovan RN