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Dental Program 17-18'

date 09/29/2017 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

It is with much sadness that I let you know that last year was last Dental Clinic with the Northern Dental Access team due to lack of participation. Thankfully they were able to connect me with Childrens Dental Services who provide the same basic program only they are able to do more onsite!
I too am new to this program and I encourage parents/guardians to contact them with specific program questions at: 612-746-1530
Please fill out and send in your forms to me, and know that we need a minimum of 15 youth signed up before they will come out to our school.
You're welcome to get this form either from outside the school office at the information center or print off the form here under the "forms" tab.
I can only see amazing things coming from this program and I truly hope our youth get the chance to partake.
Many Thanks,
Jessica

Hand Foot & Mouth Disease

date 09/13/2017 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Parents & Guardians,
 Please note that we have seen hand foot & mouth disease in our elementary. As a reminder this spreads very easily like a cold does so it is even more important to remind our youth and ourself to wash our hands frequently.
 
Please feel free to follow the link below for more information on the condition
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hand-foot-and-mouth-disease/symptoms-causes/dxc-20342322

I will also post it under the forms section.

Students need to be fever free before returning to school, often the the students mouth will be very sore as well and I encourage students to stay home until they feel well enough to participate in class.
Any questions or concerns please feel free to get ahold of me via phone, email or stoping into my office.

Measles Outbreak 5/4/17 Via MDH

date 05/04/2017 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Please follow the links below for more information provided by the Minnesota Department of Health regarding the recent Measles outbreak in Minnesota.
Many Thanks,
Jessica

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/measles/

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/measles/measlesfacts.pdf

Survery for 8th-12th on 4/6/17

date 03/27/2017 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Dear Parents/Guardians,
 You're students were given a form regarding an upcoming survey being done on April 6th from St. Joseph's Community Health. On the bottom of this form is an "Opt-Out" letter if you do NOT want your student to participate. Please note I need these back by April 5th in my office by 3:30pm for your student to NOT participate.
This is completely confidential, with no way of linking to any student and information gained can only improve the quality of care.
If your student did not bring home the form please find it on the "Forms" tab to your left.
Any questions please feel free to let me know.
All students who participate are put into a drawing for one of 2 $25 gift cards.
 

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week IQ Challenge Answers

date 12/20/2016 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

1. Acetaminophen is a common pain medication (Tylenol) you can buy at the store without a doctors prescription. It is not an Opioid. The other three brand names for Opioid drugs, which have a chemical makeup similar to Herion. With their risk for addiction & other side effects, they need to be prescribed by a doctor. When used as prescribed, these Opioid drugs can help people in pain. When they are misused they can be as addictive as Heroin, even causing deadly overdoses. Misused of a drug means you're using it in ways or amounts other than intended by a doctor, or you are using it without a prescription or just for the feeling it causes.
2. Very few kids ages 12-17- about 1 out of 10- drank alcohol in the past month. So MOST-about 9 our of 10 kids-did not.
3. Once the pill or capsule is swallowed, it takes about 15 minutes for MDMA to enter the bloodstream & reach the brain. MDMA produces its effects by increasing the activity of neurotransmitters (the chemical messengers of brain cells) including serotonin, dopamine & norepinephrine.
4. According to NIDA's 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey, the 3rd most popular drug used by HS seniors is non-cigarette tobacco: hookah smoking & small cigars.
5. A, B, D. When cough & cold medicines are taken as directed, they safely treat symptoms, caused by colds & flu. But when taken in higher amounts or when cold symptoms aren't present, they may affect the brain in ways very similar to illegal drugs. DXM can actually make the heart beat dangerously faster.
6. D All of the Above. Kids are attracted to alcohol for all of these reasons. As kids, mature, its natural for them to assert their independence, seek new challenges & take risks on the way to becoming adults. Drinking may be one of those stress are other reasons kids try alcohol. Unfortunately, many kids don't fully recognize the negative effects alcohol can have on their health & behavior.
7. B & D. The liquid in e-cigs can cause nicotine poisoning if someone drinks, sniffs or touches it. We don't yet know how the vapor affects pets & there's not enough research to determine if e-cigs can help someone quit smoking. However, recent research with more than 200 students who started using e-cigs showed that during the n ext 6 months, about 1/3 of them started smoking cigarettes, cigars or hookahs.
8. ALL. All of these are ways people have died after using inhalants to get "high". Inhalants can be things like household cleaning fluids such as solvents & aerosols, or common gases found in things like cigarette lighters or propane tanks.
9. NONE. Despite myths to the contrary, science hasn't shown that marijuana actually cures any kind of disease. However, there are some reports that ingredients found in the marijuana plant can help relieve symptoms of some diseases like MS & Epilepsy. Currently, there are 2 FDA approved pills made from the THC that are used to treat nausea in cancer chemotherapy patients & to increase appetite in some patients with AIDS. Scientists are only beginning to study the potential medicinal effects of marijuana, but based on what we've learned so far, its unlikely that smoked marijuana will make a good medicine due to its effects on the lungs.
10. B. Drinking alcohol can cause kids to have accidents & get hurt. In 2010 alone, about 1889,000 people under age 21 visited an emergency room for alcohol related injuries.

Dental Clinic Date Has Been Set!!

date 09/15/2016 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Good morning everyone!! Our annual Dental Clinic date has been set for December 6th-8th. This event is free to those who have Medical Assistance, Minnesota Care and for those who are uninsured there is a greatly reduced fee. Please click on the "Forms" tab and print out the Dental Clinic Forms PDF and either email/scan, fax or turn them back into me by Nov 1st. If you are unable to print these forms please let me know & I will send you a form for your student(s).
We are working hard to get all students who qualify and need this service signed up as soon as possible this year. We are incredibly greatful to the Northern Dental Access Center for providing this service to our students! Any questions or concerns please let me know.
Many thanks & have a wonderful day!
Jessica

Influenza on the rise

date 03/14/2016 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

I recently sent out an email regarding the rise in Influenza in the area communities and at this time I need to note that we do have a few students who have confirmed Influenza. More often than not those who have Influenza are not diagnosed as it presents as a cold in the beginning stages. Please take a moment to refresh your memory on the symptoms of Influenza by using the link provided.
http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/symptoms.htm
As a reminder students can return once they are fever, vomit & diarrhea free for 24 hours without medication.
This is an excellent time to remind all those in your household to cover their cough & sneeze, washing hands frequently and staying home while sick. The surrounding communities have already been hit fairly hard by Influenza so to best protect ourselves we need to be diligent with our number one defense, hand washing.
Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your primary provider, utilize the CDC website or contact myself.

Flu Clinic Set for Monday Nov 9th

date 11/03/2015 author Jessica Malterud category Important & Time Sensitive Announcment comment Leave a comment

The flu clinic held at the school for students, staff and community is being held Monday Nov 9th from 9-11:30am. Please go to the "Forms" tab on your left to print off a form for your student(s). Please note the 3 options for payment/free and select the one appropriate, if you are in need of making a payment make checks out to St Joseph's Community Health or send cash in an marked & sealed envelope. If you, or another adult in your household,  would like to also receive your vaccine please print off the adult form, they do not bill insurance and the cost for the vaccine is $26.
Any questions or concerns please let me know. If you are unable to print the form and need it sent home (either or both adult/child) please call/email me immediately.
All forms are due Friday Nov 6th at 3:30pm.
Jessica

September is: National Head Lice Awareness Month

date 09/11/2015 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

Exciting news right?! Well as much as no one likes to hear about lice, as with everything prevention is the best medicine. Kg-5th grade students will be given a head lice pamphlet to take home with not only valuable information but coupons in it as well.
I am always more than willing to send home more information via your students, email or if you want to stop in. Please know its always our efforts to keep on top of lice and we do follow the head lice guidelines of the CDC, Minnesota Dept of Education and the Minnesota Nurses Association. 
                               

Flag Education

date 05/14/2015 author Jessica Malterud category Uncategorized comment Leave a comment

It is with the utmost respect and gratitude that I thank the following VFW Post 1260 Commander Bruce Malterud, Trustee  & Patriotic Instructor Janie Malterud, Sr. Vice Commander David Christianson and Ladies Auxiliary Member Becky Christianson. These members graciously donated their time and effort to come and present to our 2nd grade classes on the 30th of April while these students were having flag education at school. These members not only gave a talk about the flag and its history, but showed the students the proper way to fold a flag. The students were beyond excited to have this opportunity and were found to be very "awh" struck with these men & women in uniform. Students were all given a flag to bring home. Please see a few of the thank you cards the students sent to the VFW Post 1260 in the photo gallery.