Meet The Nurse

  •  Welcome to tReyna Maher on Mount Mansfield he 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 (857-7740) 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!


Nurse's Blog

  • Hygiene Makes You CLEAN!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 5/17/2019 12:35:00 PM


    This week I visited each Third Grade classroom.  During my visit, the students and I discussed personal hygiene and grooming.  Care of hair, skin, nails, feet, and even ears were discussed in detail.

    We discussed bathing and hair washing frequency.  We also discussed wearing clean clothing each day.  A hygiene "pack" was sent home with each student to promote the hygiene practices we discussed.

    Hygiene Products

    Hygiene Bulletin Board

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  • Nutrition with "Nurse" Sally

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 2/22/2019 10:00:00 AM

    A big Thank You to Sally Granholm, Student Nurse (from the University of Vermont)!  Sally spent several Tuesdays and Thursdays with me in the Hiawatha Health Office for her pediatric rotation. 

    In order to complete her rotation, she had to develop a Wellness Project.  She focused on Nutrition.  She handed out fruit and veggie stickers to students consuming fruits and veggies in the lunchroom, she put up the "Eat a Rainbow Every Day!"  bulletin board, and she read a book about nutrition to our pre-school students.

    Fruit and Vegetable Stickers

    Vegetables in rainbow pattern

    Student Nurse Sally reading a book to students

    It was a pleasure having "Nurse" Sally in our school.  She showed a genuine interest in pediatrics and in our students.  Her desire to care for others and her genuine interest in learning will serve her well as a registered nurse.  She will be missed. 

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  • STREP!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 1/18/2019 1:30:00 PM

    Please see this link for information on Strep.  We do currently have several positive cases in the community.  Thank you.

    Animated picture of swabbing throat.

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  • Hand Washing

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 1/4/2019 9:35:00 AM

    I have been visiting the classrooms throughout Hiawatha to re-inforce hand washing:  why, when, and how? 

    The book Germs Are Not For Sharing has been read to pre-k (and will be read to kindergarteners).  Glo-germs will be used to demonstrate proper hand washing techniques. 

    First Grade classrooms received a Germ Presentation along with a Glo-Germ demonstration. 

    Grade 2 watched a video on being PDI (Protect, Don't Infect) Agents.  We also used the Glo-Germs to demonstrate how much we are touching the "T-Zone" (eyes, nose, mouth).  The T-Zone is where germs enter our bodies. 

    Finally, we did a Bread Mold Hand Washing Experiment with Third Graders.  I visited each classroom and we had the teacher touch the most germy places we could think of.  They then touched a slice of bread, we then placed the bread in a sandwich bag and sprayed it with water.  We then had the teacher wipe her hands off and touch another slice and then placed it in a sandwich bag and sprayed it with water.  We then had her demonstrate proper handwashing (scrub with soap and water for 20 seconds over all surfaces and then dry).  After her hands were washed, she touched a slice of bread and we placed it in a sandwich bag and then sprayed that slice with water.  For fun, we all touched a slice of bread with our unwashed hands, placed it in a sandwich bag and sprayed it with water.  We then placed the bags with bread slices under the sinks in each classroom and waited a few weeks to see how much mold would grow on each slice.  You can visit the Health Office Bulletin Board (pictured) to see our results.


    Mold Hand Washing Experiment Results (on bulletin board)

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  • 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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