Nurse Notes

  • Wellness Newsletters 
    Fall 2015 


    Recently your child received a pamphlet on Oral Health. I want to let you know about a couple of wonderful and free dental programs that will be starting right here at school. Please look for the bright yellow folder in your child’s backpack that is coming soon. Fill out the enrollment form and return to school.  The Fluoride Rinse Program for third graders will be starting on Oct.1. Enrollment forms will be sent home. Please look in your third graders back pack.

    One way to prevent tooth decay is by using fluoride mouth rinse especially in areas like Cape Cod where there is no fluoride in our drinking water. Fluoride is a mineral. When small amounts of fluoride are swished in the mouth, the fluoride goes inside the teeth to make them stronger. Teeth that get fluoride often do not get cavities as easy as teeth that do not get fluoride. The fluoride mouth rinse program that your child can participate in at school is a way to keep your child’s teeth healthy and prevent cavities that cause tooth decay and tooth aches.

    Fluoride Mouth Rinse Program
    Third grade parents please look for the parent permission for your child to participate in the Fluoride Mouth rinse  program. This program is sponsored by the Department of Public Health -office of oral health. This simple method of applying fluoride has been demonstrated to be safe and effective in preventing tooth decay by 20-40%. Under supervision, participating students will rinse their mouths in school with 2 tsp. of fluoride solution for one minute each week. Please take advantage of this free preventative dental program at school. Just sign the permission slip and return to school.
    School screening will begin the month of November. Vision, hearing and heights and weights will be done on all first graders. Grades 2 and 3 will be screened on hearing and vision. Please call the School Nurse Mrs. Melley with any questions or concerns.

    There are children in school this year that have severe allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. These children cannot be around peanuts or tree nuts. Please remember this when sending in snacks, lunches and celebration items Any food sent in to share with students should be pre-packaged and contain an ingredient
    label. The label should not include peanuts or tree nuts. I have hand-outs with some suggestions for peanut free snacks in my office.

    To learn more about food allergies, visit the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network’s website at

    Thanks in advance for your cooperation. If you have any questions or concerns please call Mrs. Melley at 508.790.6495.