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  •  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

  • Contact Tracing Video

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/28/2020 12:55:00 PM

    The Vermont Department of Health requested this video on contact tracing be shared.

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  • Vision and Hearing Screening for the 2020/2021 School Year

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/15/2020 2:00:00 PM

    Eye Chart

    Due to COVID Guidelines in the school setting, the Vermont Department of Health is encouraging us to partner with the medical community to promote annual vision and hearing screenings in the medical home, during well child visits.

    If your child had or will be having a well child visit this year, please send in a copy of their hearing and vision results.  If they were seen by a specialist, please provide me with a copy of those results, as well.  You may email, mail, or fax them to me.

    As always, feel free to call or email me if you have questions or concerns about your child's health and wellness.


    Thank you,

    Reyna Maher, BSN, RN

    School Nurse


    Fax 879-8190

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  • Masks And Kids: What You Need To Know

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 9/21/2020 8:30:00 AM

    A wonderful University Of Vermont Children's Center resouce for you and your child about the Corona virus and about wearing a mask, the proper way to wear a mask, and how to care for your mask.


    Masks and Kids: What You Need To Know


    masked emoji with heart

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  • It's As Important As Diet And Exercise

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/15/2019 10:05:00 AM

    Elementary aged children should get 10-12 hours of sleep a night.

    When you sleep your body repairs itself.  This repair process improves you memory and enhances your physical skills.  When you sleep your muscles relax and your brain rests.

    Not enough sleep affects your mood and emotions.  Not getting enough sleep causes low energy levels, impacts how you look and feel, and can lead to poor health.

    Sleep Tips:

    • Turn off all electronics (i-pods, TV, computer games) 30 minutes to an hour before bed time
    • Use your bed ONLY for sleeping (do not watch TV or play video games in bed)
    • Avoid caffeine (especially in the evening); this includes soda, chocolate, coffee, and some types of tea
    • Create a bedtime routine and do it every night before you go to bed
    • Get at least one hour of exercise a day
    • Try to keep a regular sleep schedule (even on weekends) - same bedtime each night and same wake-up time each morning

    Bulletin Board with sleep tips


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  • Almost DONE!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/6/2019 1:05:00 PM

    Vision and Hearing Screening Stickers


    If you have seen these stickers on your student's t-shirts, jackets, or backpacks over the past few weeks, it means their vision and hearing was screened.  I have one kindergarten class and preschool left to screen.

    Each year all preschoolers, kindergarteners, first graders, and third graders are screened.  Additionally, second graders on 504 Plans, IEP's, or who have vision and/or hearing concerns are screened.  If your student does not pass the original screening, I will typically re-screen them.  If they do not pass the re-screening, then I will phone you and send a referral note home.

    Screening guidelines can be found on the Vermont Department of Health website under the Standards of Practice:  School Services Manual.  Look under "Screenings".

    If you have any questions or concerns re: your student's vision and/or hearing, please contact me @ or @ #857-7740.


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  • 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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