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

  • 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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  • Grow Your Mind

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 3/7/2018 12:45:00 PM

    Growth Mindset Bulletin Board

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    Posted by Reyna Maher on 2/9/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Ice skater

    Healthy Eating Bulletin Board; Olympic Themed

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  • Flu News

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 1/19/2018 9:00:00 AM

    flu shot


    Influenza rates in New York have rapidly increased over the past week.  Please review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) webpage for flu prevention and care.


    • stay home if you are sick
    • get a flu vaccine (EVERY year)
    • wash your hands
    • do NOT touch the "T-zone"
    • cover your cough and sneeze
    • clean frequently touched surfaces


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  • AED!

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 1/9/2018 11:00:00 AM

    AED signage

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  • Old Man Winter

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 12/11/2017 10:00:00 AM


    Winter Bulletin Board

    It's winter!  In VERMONT!  The air is cold and dry.  Winter conditions cause skin to become dry, to crack, and to bleed.

    How to care for your body in the winter:

    • Stay hydrated
      • drink water
      • humidify air
    • When bathing/showering
      • keep it short
      • use warm (not hot) water
    • Use lotion
      • after bath
      • before bed
    • Moisturize lips
      • use chapstick
      • don't lick lips
    • When going outside, keep skin warm and covered
      • wear a hat
      • wear gloves or mittens
      • wear a coat
      • wear snow pants
      • wear a scarf


    Visit the Health Office for chapstick, lotion, and to borrow warm clothing.

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  • Winter Clothing Reminder

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/28/2017 10:00:00 AM


    During the winter months, please send your student to school with:

    • a coat
    • a hat
    • glove/mittens
    • snow pants
    • boots to wear outside
    • a pair of shoes to wear indoors


    If students do not wear boots or snow pants they will be asked to stay on the pavement during recess.  This is done to keep them dry.

    If you need assistance in obtaining winter gear, please contact me ( or at 857-7740).

    Thank you,

    Nurse Reyna

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  • TOOTHditions From Around The World

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 11/6/2017 1:00:00 PM
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  • Vision and Hearing Screenings

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/25/2017 2:00:00 PM


    Mr. Bones with Vision and Hearing Stickers

    We are in the middle of vision and hearing screening at Hiawatha!  Typically all students in grades pre-k, k, 1, and 3 are screened for vision and hearing.  Second grade students on specialized or individualized education plans, and/or students who wear glasses or are hearing impaired will be screened, as well.  Please see the Vermont Standards of Practice for further details.  You will receive a phone call and a referral from the Hiawatha Health Office, if there are any concerns regarding your student's vision and/or hearing.

    Please contact Nurse Reyna with any questions!


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  • Third Grade Field Trip

    Posted by Reyna Maher on 10/13/2017 10:30:00 AM

    Bus w/ surprised child. Bee

    The view from the top of Snake Mountain.  Third graders (and their parents) hiked to the top of the mountain and then lunched with a fair number of bees.   View from Snake Mountain.


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