Nurse: Reyna Maher, BSN, RN

  • Reyna Maher


    Phone: 802-857-7740 
    Fax: 802-879-8190

    Welcome to the Hiawatha Health Office: 

    My name is Reyna Maher.  The students typically call me "Nurse Reyna".  I am a registered nurse (RN).  I have been the school nurse at Hiawatha Elementary School over the past several years.  Prior to my work at Hiawatha, I was an intensive care nurse.  

    I have a unique blend of acute, chronic, and public health skills that lead to my work here at Hiawatha.  I feel so fortunate to be able to work with our students, their families, and our community.  Please feel free to phone me or email me with any questions or concerns you may have about the health and wellness of your student or our Hiawatha community. Thank you!

    Hours:  The health office is staffed daily, during school hours. 

    The role of the school nurse: To promote each child’s health and development, to serve as a resource for children and their families, and to help facilitate a healthy and safe school environment.

Nurse's Blog

  • Kindness is COOL

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 12/6/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.  Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words associated with kindness.

    Open your eyes and look for people, animals, or communities in need.  If you see a need, ask yourself 'how can I help make this situation better?'  Then do something to help!

    Bulletin Board of Snowmen

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  • EWSD Nutrition Meeting

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/15/2018 10:00:00 AM

    offering an apple

    Last Thursday (11/8) I attended the EWSD Nutrition Meeting.

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  • Winter is HERE!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/13/2018 11:00:00 AM

    Winter Giphy

    WINTER CLOTHING REMINDER:  During the winter months, please send your student to school with a hat, a pair of gloves or mittens, a coat, snow pants, and boots.  If students do not have boots and snowpants, they will need to stay on paved areas of the playground during recess.  This is done to keep them dry.

    Also, please pack shoes for your student to wear inside the school building.  Wearing wet snow boots is not only uncomfortable but makes for wet floors, which can lead to injury.

    If you need assistance with obtaining winter gear, please contact me or Mrs. Grykien (

    Thank you,

    Reyna Maher, BSN, RN



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  • T-Zone

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/29/2018 2:30:00 PM

    A few important rules.  If you are going to wiggle your tooth, pick your nose (please just don't pick your nose), or touch one of your eyes, wash your hands first.  And...if you just wiggled your tooth, picked your nose (ew), or touched one of your eyes...wash your hands!

    T Zone Bulletin Board


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  • IN PROGRESS: Vision and Hearing Screening

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/12/2018 12:00:00 PM

    eye ballAll Ears

    If you see these stickers on your student's t-shirts over the next few weeks, they most likely had their hearing and vision screened. 

    Hearing and Vision Screening Stickers

    All pre-kindergarteners, kindergarteners, first graders, and third graders will be screened.  Additionally, students in second grade who are on IEPs, 504 Plans, or that require glasses and/or hearing aids will be screened, as well.  You will hear from me if your student does not pass either screening.  I typically re-screen to confirm the results and will then phone you and send home a referral notice.  

    Please contact me for any questions/concerns re: your student's vision and hearing.

    Please see this link for more information on the vision and hearing screening standards in the state of Vermont.

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  • Queen Bee!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/1/2018 1:30:00 PM

    Did you know my name means "Queen" in Spanish?  

    Last Friday (9/28) I visited Chapin Apple Orchard with our pre-K students.  We learned about pollination.  Guess who was the "Queen Bee?"  

    Nurse Reyna as Queen Bee


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  • Oh No! Don't Pick Your Nose!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 9/26/2018 1:25:00 PM

    Student Nurse Caroline made a non-toxic mucus slime for our "Oh No! Don't Pick Your Nose" presentation.


    Elmer's Glue (5oz)

    Baking Soda (1/2T)

    Contact Solution (1T)

    Mucus Slime

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  • Our Bodies Are Amazing!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 9/13/2018 2:30:00 PM

    Amazing Body Bulletin Board

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    Posted by Reyna Maher on 9/7/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Caroline Olmer is a senior nursing student at the University of Vermont.  She will be working with me on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the first week in October.  Welcome Caroline!

    Photo of Caroline



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  • Tick Information and Prevention

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 5/4/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Image of ticks


    In the United States, ticks are responsible for spreading potentially life-threatening infectious diseases.  Some of which can trigger not just chills, nausea, and a fever, but also neurological problems and even death.  The most infamous of these infections is Lyme disease.

    It is important to be aware of where ticks may be located in our environment and to prevent tick bites.

    Ticks are generally located near the ground, in brushy or wooded areas.  They can't jump or fly.  Instead, they climb tall grasses or shrubs and wait for a potential host to brush against them.  When this happens, they climb onto the host and seek a site for attachment.

    Prevention of tick bites:

    • Avoid tick habitat
    • Use insect repellent with one of the following active ingredients:  DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and wear permetherine-treated clothing (always follow product instructions; avoid hands, eyes, mouth)
    • After being outdoors:
      • Tumble clothes in the dryer on high heat for 5-10 minutes
      • Shower within 2 hours - this will wash away unseen nymphs
    • Do daily tick checks - remove attached ticks ASAP
      • Check under arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and in hair
    • Treat pets appropriately for ticks year-round


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