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Danielle Paroyian, R.N.

Dear St. Pius V Families,

Wow, I can not believe we are almost half way through December, I hope everyone is having a blessed Advent season. Just a reminder if your child is in PK, K or 7th grade please send in their updated physicals and immunizations these were do at the beginning of the school year.  If your child is due for vaccines please have proof sent in after Christmas vacation, if not your child is not up to date on vaccines they might be excluded from school.

As most of you may have noticed through Remind we have had many students coming down with Strep this school year.  I will be going around in the next week just to remind students and teach our younger students about good hand hygiene and cough/sneeze etiquette.  As well as reminding kids not to share food, drinks and other personal items that may transfer germs from person to person. Also having your child bring in a reusable water bottle is a great idea! They are able to fill the water bottle up using the water coolers instead of using the water fountain that is located on the second floor.  This is another way to try to prevent the spread of germs this cold and flu season.

So far this school year we have already had our Eye Screening this past October and in March we will be having the hearing screening; no date has been set yet for the dental screening and in May we will be doing the Scoliosis screening for 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me by calling 401-383-3930 or by email dparoyian@spvri.org

Visit the nurse web page on the St. Pius V School website for routine school health information.

Warm Regards,

Danielle M. Paroyian, RN, BSN

School Nurse & Extended Day Director

 

Dear St. Pius V School Parents,

I hope everyone had a fun and safe summer!  Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. I am looking forward to a successful, healthy school year for all our students at St. Pius V School.  This school year my hours will be 8:00 am to 2:15 pm to oversee all the needs of our students from Preschool to 8th grade.  I look forward to meeting all our new students.  I will be making every effort to meet every new student.  I have visited students in the cafeteria during the first lunch period and our preschool and pre-kindergarten classes the first week of school.  

I have started a Nurse's page which can be accessed via to school website under faculty and staff.  There you will be able to find important information throughout the year regarding health and wellness as well as forms that may need to be completed and sent back.

I believe having the St. Pius V students see me, and my office, at a time when they are not hurt or ill is very important.  It allows the students to see that the School Nurse, and the Nurse's office, aren’t so scary! 

It is my goal for this school year to keep all of our St. Pius V families informed regarding important health information and upcoming health promotion/disease prevention events.  Having a website and newsletter dedicated to the St. Pius V School Nurse’s office will assist me with meeting this goal. 

Please do not hesitate to stop in and see me or call with any questions or concerns you may have….my door is always open!  I look forward to a very safe and healthy school year! 

Warm Regards,

Danielle M. Paroyian, RN

School Nurse

St. Pius V School

(401)421-9750

dparoyian@spvri.org

Dear St. Pius V School Parents,

We have finished our first month and the 2017-2018 school year is off to a great start.  We are in our first week of October, everyone is excited for next weeks Harvest Festival and Halloween at the end of the month.  

Please remember that cold and flu season is just around the corner, we are already seeing students home sick because of fevers and the stomach bug.  To keep everyone health this season please review with your children some healthy practices: 

Washing hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, have them sing the ABCs or Happy Birthday song twice.

Covering mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing-preferably into the inside of the elbow or with a tissue and disposing of the tissue immediately into the trash.

Avoiding sharing drinks, water bottles, eating utensils and cell phones.

Avoiding touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

If your have not sent in updated medical that has been requested over the last month, please have that sent in as soon as possible, this includes Individual Health Care Plans for children with asthma and food allergies requiring emergency medications.

Friendly Reminders

Please remember that if your child has a fever of 100.4 or higher that they will be sent home and will need to stay home until they are fever free with out medicine for 24 hours.

We have our first health screening on October 5th with Dr. Michael Martinez from Advanced Eye Care Associates, this screening is the only vision screening this school year.

Our flu clinic is on Thursday October 26 from 4-6:30pm, you can register online at www.schoolflu.com. the clinic is open to all students, school staff, parents, grandparents and siblings over 3 years of age.

October 8-14th is National Fire Prevention Week ending with Home Fire Drill Day 

I have attached a link to help make your home safe by planing a home fire drill.         HomeFireDrillDay.MakeSafeHappen.com

 

Warm Regards,

Danielle M. Paroyian, RN

School Nurse

St. Pius V School

(401)421-9750

dparoyian@spvri.org

Dear St. Pius V Families,

I cannot believe we are in November and getting close to the holiday season.  Please remember that with Thanksgiving just around the corner we should talk about why we are thankful this year.  I want to thank all the parents who have taken the time out of their busy schedules to send in their children’s medical forms that have been requested and if you have not already done so please bring them in ASAP.  The district school nurse will be calling next for these forms and will be given Sister Maria Francesca a list of students that will be excluded from school.

To everyone who came to our Flu Clinic on October 26th, thank you.  We want to make sure that our students are healthy and by getting the Flu Shot we are preventing the Flu from spreading and making more of our students sick.  The best way from preventing illness is infection control, washing our hands, covering our mouth with our elbow when cough and sneezing, using hand sanitizer when we can’t get to a sink and throwing our germ filled Kleenex away.  Also bringing a refillable water bottle instead of going to water fountain. The students in Preschool through kindergarten have a water cooler in the basement, 1st grade has one in the classroom and on the 2nd floor we have a filtered water cooler for everyone else.

For the next few weeks I will be going around to each and every grade reviewing infection control and for the younger grades I will be teaching them about the correct way of washing their hands, how germs spread and how to cough/ sneezing into their elbows.  This is something as parents you can always talk to your children about and ask them questions.  I have worked with the preschoolers and they are so smart and most of them are already aware of what they need to do.

As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me anytime.

Have a Blessed November,

Danielle M. Paroyian, RN
School Nurse 
St. Pius V School
49 Elmhurst Avenue
Providence, RI 02908
Phone 401-421-9750 Fax 401-455-3928

Dear St. Pius V Families,  

Its hard to believe winter is around the corner, but our first snow has not fallen, so there is still time to start preparing. There are a lot of fun things to do outside in winter.  However, it is important to consider safety.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has provided us with some helpful winter health and safety tips: 

Outdoor Winter Activities                              

Ice skating, skiing and sledding are great ways to get exercise on a cold winter day.                              

Remember, children should be supervised with these activities. 

Safety Tips:

It is safer to sled feet first or sitting up, instead of lying down head-first. 

Sled on slopes that are not too steep and are free of obstructions like trees or fences.

Skate only on approved surfaces.

Skate in one direction with the crowd.

Never skate alone. 

Do not chew gum or eat candy.

Wear a helmet when skiing.  

Stay away from crowded areas.

Other winter concerns:

Nosebleeds 

If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds it may be from the dry air.  Try using a cold air humidifier in the child’s room at night.  Saline nose drops or petroleum jelly may help too. If severe, consult your pediatrician.

Hypothermia/Frostbite

When it is cold outside, remember to set a reasonable time limit on outdoor play and have children come inside periodically to warm up. Dressing in layers is best. 

School Nurse Notes:

Vision screening was done in October. A note was sent home for those students who had the vision screening.  If you received a referral letter, please let us know if your child was seen by the eye doctor and the results of the exam.  Because vision can affect learning, it is important that students who need glasses wear them while in school. If you need assistance in finding an eye doctor or financial assistance for glasses please let us know.

With the new year coming will continue our hearing, dental and scoliosis screening starting in March.

Reminder: All students in kindergarten and 7th grade need a current copy of an updated physical exam form on file in school.  Please forward a copy as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.  I have been periodically sending out emails or letters home to the students who are still missing things.

Have a blessed Advent Season,

Danielle M. Paroyian, RN

School Nurse

Dear St. Pius V Families,

Just a reminder that we are still in cold and flu season and we are seeing an increase in Strep throat cases since January.  The water fountain has been covered so please send your kids in with reusable water bottles that they can refill throughout the day.  

On March 8th we will be having our annual Hearing Screening forms will be sent home February 26th and our due back on March 6th.  All Preschool through 3rd Graders and any new students without record of a hearing screening on file will be screened unless you do not want your child to participate in the screening, if so please let me know prior to March 8th.

February is National Dental Health Month!            

Lifelong habits begin at home.  Make dental health part of your daily routine and share these reminders with your whole family:

Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, especially after breakfast and before bedtime.  Drinking water after eating also helps to clear your teeth of food particles.

Floss every day. An adult should help children under the age of eight to floss.  Older children should be ready to floss on their own.

Limit the number of times you eat snacks, especially the sticky ones and long lasting ones.

Visit a dentist regularly for a routine check up and a cleaning.

Protect your teeth by wearing a mouthguard when playing sports.

Don’t forget to change your toothbrush regularly, and after an illness.

Sweet snack facts:

Eating a lot of snacks with sugar may cause cavities.

Every time you eat sugar, plaque in your mouth mixes with the sugar to make acid.  The acid hurts the teeth and causes decay over time. This can be painful!

March is National Nutrition Month – Info. From the NIH

We Can!  (Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity & Nutrition) is a national education program designed to give parents and communities a way to help children learn to eat nutritious foods.  As parents, you can do a lot to help your children learn healthy eating habits and maintain a healthy weight.  Involving them in meal preparation and cooking can motivate them to try new foods – and is a good way to spend time together as a family.

What is a “healthy” diet?   

A healthy eating plan is one that :

Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk products. 

Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts.

Is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium/salt, and added sugars. 

Stays within your calorie needs.

Focus on Healthy Food Choices - Choose the GO, SLOW, and WHOA foods:

GO FOODS – are the lowest in fats and added sugar. They are nutrient dense with a better source of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients important to health.  Examples of GO foods are fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, egg whites, or egg substitute.

SLOW FOODS - are higher in fat, added sugar, and calories.  SLOW foods include vegetables with added fat, white refined bread flour, low- fat mayonnaise, 2% low fat milk products, peanut butter, pizza, baked chips, and mac and cheese.  Have slow foods sometimes.

WHOA FOODS – are the highest in fat and sugar.  They are calorie dense foods and low in vitamins, minerals, and other needed nutrients.  Have WHOA foods once in a while, and when you do have them, have small portions.  Examples of WHOA foods are whole-milk products, fried foods, bakery sweets, candy, soda, chips, sugary cereals, and creamy salad dressings.

Hungry for more?   Visit the WE CAN! Web site at http://wecan.nhlbi.nih.gov Visit the Keep the Beat : Deliciously Healthy Eating web site at http://hin.nhlbi.nih.gov/healthyeating

Have a great February Vacation!

Danielle M. Paroyan, RN

School Nurse

St. Joseph – Immunization Walk-in Clinic for Children

 

Children who are uninsured or who do not have regular doctors can be immunized for free through St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services (21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4359). Children who have insurance or who have doctors will not be vaccinated at St. Joseph.

Walk-in’s are welcome on the following dates and at the following times:
• Monday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM (Closed for lunch 12 – 1:00 PM)
• Tuesday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM (Closed for lunch 12 – 1:00 PM)
• Wednesday: 12 – 6 PM
• Thursday: 8 AM – 4:30 PM (Closed for lunch 12 – 1:00 PM)
• Friday: Closed
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St. Joseph – Clínica para la Vacuna de Niños sin Cita

Los niños que no tienen seguro o que no tienen doctores regulares pueden ser vacunados gratis a través de St. Joseph Center for Health and Human Services (21 Peace Street, Providence, Rhode Island; 401-456-4359). Los niños que tienen seguro médico o que tienen doctores no serán vacunados en St. Joseph.

Sin cita son bienvenidos en las siguientes fechas y a las siguiente horas:
• Lunes: 8 AM – 4:30 PM (Cerrado para almorzar 12 – 1:00 PM)
• Martes: 8 AM – 4:30 PM (Cerrado para almorzar 12 – 1:00 PM)
• Miércoles: 12 – 6 PM
• Jueves: 8 AM – 4:30 PM (Cerrado para almorzar 12 – 1:00 PM)
• Viernes: Cerrado

Stop the Spread of Germs

Healthy children learn better.

 

Please keep in mind the basics of healthy living as you teach your child good lifelong health habits:

What you can do as a parent to boost your child’s immune system:

 Be sure they get plenty of rest each night.

 Encourage healthy foods: Offer lots of fruits and vegetables and whole-grains; limit junk foods such as sweets and chips; have regular mealtimes; encourage water for thirst instead of soda or juice.

 Be sure your children get DAILY exercise out in the fresh air whenever possible.

 Avoid exposing your child to second-hand smoking, either in the house or in the car.

 Teach your children to keep their bodies and hair clean (daily showers/shampoo),use deodorant as needed, to brush their teeth twice a day, and to wash their hands often.

A boost in your child's immune system helps with learning and cuts down on absences!

 

 

When to keep your child home from school:

Temperature over 100 degrees in the last 12 to 24 hours. If you suspect that they may be sick please check their temperature with a thermometer before sending them to school. If they have a fever it is not appropriate to send them to school, even if you give them acetaminophen or ibuprofen and their fever breaks. Your child will still be contagious to other children and will also not be feeling well enough to learn.

Vomiting or diarrhea occurred in the last 12 to 24 hours.

An unexplained rash appeared.

Red or crusty eye lids or drainage from eyes appeared.

Headache, cough, sore throat, or congestion severe enough to interfere with attention to school work.

Flare ups from asthma occur, that would make it difficult to work in school.

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School-Based Health Screenings

*Dental

Pre-Kindergarten, Grades Kindergarten through 5, and grade 7

Date: TBD

Dental screenings will be performed by a dentist from St. Joseph's Health Services.  If there are any concerns regarding your student's dental health, you will receive a dental health referral notice.  If you do not receive a referral notice, you student passed the state requirements for dental screening.

*Hearing

Date: March 7, 2019 at 9:00 am

Pre-Kindergarten, Grades Kindergarten through 3, and any student new to school without record of a heearing screenings will be performed at St. Pius V School by the RI School for the Deaf.  If there are any concerns regarding your student's hearing, you will receive a hearing referral notice.  If you do not receive a referral notice, your student passed the state requirements for hearing screening.
 
*Vision
Kindergarten through Grade 5, Grade 7 
 

Date: Thursday October 5, 2018 at 8:30 am

If there are any concerns regarding your student's vision, you will receive a vision referral notice.  If you did not receive a notice, your student passed the state requirements for vision screening,

Scoliosis
Grade 6 through 8
 
Date: May 22, 2019
 
This screening is done by the Providence District School Nurse Teacher and myself. If there are any concerns regarding your student, you will receive a referral notice to see your child's pediatrician.  If nothing is sent home, your student passed the state requirements.
 
Permission slips are sent out about 3 weeks prior to the screening, and they will also be available on the nurse's page.
 

Please note that these state mandated screenings are conducted by professionals outside of St. Pius V School, so the hearing screening and dental screening will only be performed on the specific dates determined.  There will not be any re-screenings for absent students.

NEW MEDICATION ADMINISTRATION CHANGES FOR 2018-2019 SCHOOL YEAR

 

Dear St. Pius V Families,

For the 2018-2019 school year I will no longer be able to administer any Over-the Counter medications without an order from your child’s pediatrician.  If your child comes to the school nurse’s office for an illness such as a stomachache or a headache they will be treated with non-medication alternatives.  The treatments would be ice packs, cold compress, saltine crackers, ginger-ale, and or peppermint candies.

I am asking for your cooperation regarding giving medication in the schools.  I will administer medication in school only when necessary to maintain the student's health and to facilitate regular attendance. I ask that you comply with the following guidelines:

1. The first dose of any medication MUST be given at home.

2. It is expected that all medication be delivered to school by an adult and NOT brought in by the student. This goes for ANYTHING Over the Counter as well.

3. In order for ANY medication to be given at school - prescription or over-the-counter, the medication AND a correctly completed Prescription in School Form must be brought in to school and signed by both the parent/guardian and physician. A new order form must be brought in every year. I have blank forms in the nurse office and they are also on the St. Pius V School website under "Prescription Consent Form."

4. Medication MUST be in the original container from the pharmacy with the label intact or in the original over-the-counter container. It is also important to make sure the bottle has a current expiration date on it.

5. All medication will be properly locked in the nurse’s office. I will send you a "medication reminder" letter when your child's medication is getting low or expiring.

6. Antibiotics which are given three times a day are usually NOT given at school. Please consult your physician before bringing these medications to school.

7. If your child takes medication in the morning at home, it is important to give it at the same time every day. If your child is coming to school late due to an appointment or delayed school opening, the morning dose should be given as usual because the school dose will be given at the time ordered, unless you notify the staff in writing not to give the dose usually given at school.

8. All medication must be picked up by an adult at the end of the school year. I will send home a note about two weeks before school ends to remind you that there is medication in the nurse’s office. Medication will not be sent home with your child. All unused medicines will be discarded in an appropriate manner.

Attached you will find the form that your child’s pediatrician needs to complete for any medications that will need to be dispensed at school including Over the Counter.

Please feel free to contact me with and questions or concerns.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Sincerely,

Danielle M. Paroyan, RN, BSN

School Nurse

401-421-9750

Fax 401-455-3928

 

  • The RI Department of Health and RI Emergency Management Agency has started a registry for residents with disabilities, chronic conditions and other healthcare needs.  This registry will help local and state emergency responders, when they are responding to emergencies at your home meet your needs.  

    Many people may need extra help during a time of emergency, including people who:

    • Use life support systems such as oxygen, respirator, ventilator, dialysis, pacemaker, or are insulin dependent;
    • Have mobility disabilities and use a wheelchair, scooter, walker, cane, or other mobility device;
    • Are visually impaired, blind, hard of hearing, or Deaf;
    • Have speech, cognitive, developmental or mental health disabilities; or
    • Use assistive animals or a prosthesis.
  • The State of Rhode Island requires students who have not been previously enrolled in a public or non-public school in RI to have a complete physical exam that includes vision and lead screening for students under 6 years old.

    An updated physical examination is required for all new students entering St. Pius V, as well an updated one for students entering kindergarten and 7th grade.

  • This form if for any prescription or OTC medication that a student has been prescribed by their health care provider.  These are for medication that the student would be taken during school hours such as inhalers, Benadryl, Epi-Pens, etc.  Please fill out form and have your doctor sign, this can be faxed to the school at 401-455-3928. 

  • Asthma is a chronic health condition that affects a person's lungs and their ability to breath. If your child has asthma, please consider completing an Asthma Action Plan form (PDF) with your child's doctor and providing the school nurse with a copy. This plan will remain on file in the health office and will be shared with staff. Asthma Action forms are very important resources for the nurse to have in the event of an emergency or if your child develops an urgent asthma need during school hours. This form should be updated each school year. To take the online Asthma Control Test (ACT), go to www.asthmacontrol.com to find out what your child's score is and to obtain information that can be printed out and shared with your child's doctor.

  • Food Allergies
    Please contact the school nurse immediately if your child is diagnosed with a food allergy, particularly one that is serious enough to require medication (such as a peanut allergy). For more information regarding Food Allergies visit Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) website.

    If your child has a food allergy, please consider completing a Food Allergy Care Plan(PDF) with your child's doctor and providing the school nurse with a copy. This plan will remain on file in the health office and will be shared with staff.

NURSE’S OFFICE SUPPLY WISH LIST

 

Because there is great demand for the school nurse there is a huge need for supplies. The following are always greatly appreciated: 

Tissues- boxed and travel sizes
Sanitary pads- regular, thin
Saltine crackers
Soft and hard peppermints
Granola Bars (Nut Free)
2-liter bottles of ginger ale or smaller
Cheese crackers