Health & Wellness
Meet Nurse Kate
We are so excited and proud to welcome Nurse Kathryne Gross to St. Teresa of Avila. Nurse Kate holds a Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing from Bellarmine University and is set to graduate with a Masters in Community and Public Health Nursing in Spring 2022.
Nurse Kate will be with us full time this year and has been working hard to make sure our school is safe and ready for everyone to stay healthy in our learning environment.
Nurse Kate will have new information to share each week. Check out the weekly Bruin Bulletin or this page. Stay safe Bruins!
It’s Time for the Flu Shot!
Dear Bruin Families, As we move towards another flu season, I would like to remind you how important it is to get your flu shot this year. The Cincinnati Children’s physicians are highly recommending you and your family get the flu shot in order to lower the amount of viruses in communities. Unfortunately, many signs and symptoms of influenza (the flu) look much like the coronavirus, and can be honestly mistaken without testing. By obtaining the flu shot, you lessen the chances of getting the flu this year, thus making a nurse’s job easier in assessing flu vs. COVID-19. If you opt to get your child vaccinated with the flu shot, please have your doctor sign the form below and return it to the school for documentation. This also helps the nurse recognize if a child is sick or possibly experiencing a side effect from the flu vaccine. We appreciate your cooperation and advocacy for the health of your children.
In health and wellness,
Kate Gross BSN, RN
Screenings: Vision and hearing screenings have commenced for 2020-2021 academic year. I have already completed K, 1st, and 7th. I am currently working with our new students in all grade levels. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
COVID Vaccinations: Vaccines are becoming more available over the next few months – if you have questions or would like more information, please contact me and I can best direct or answer any questions. The vaccinations only fully work if we keep to the Bundle as well : distance, mask, and hand washing.
Mental Health Awareness: As you know, the past year has been more than stressful on our and our children’s mental health, it has been traumatic. Having to quarantine, missing athletics and games, limited contact with friends and family – these, in and of themselves, are enough to create a shift in mentality and emotions. I have been doubling down in checking on the students while they are here at school, but if you sense this shift in your child(ren) and need resources, please let me know. Below are a few resources I could find for this letter, yet there are so many more out there. Nothing is too big or too small to mention, we are here for your family.
KNOW THE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19: View the chart to the right or click this link to print:
COVID-19 VACCINE INFORMATION:
Resources we are using to help us build safety measures for your children as we return to school:
Videos to be shown at school:
Should you have questions or concerns for Nurse Kate or Principal Ostertag, please do not hesitate to ask! Contact the school office at 471-4530 x119.
All medical forms are easily accessible here. http://www.stteresa.net/forms/
Please be sure to update the school when any changes in medication or treatment take place.
With so much swirling around us today we know your children have questions and need the support of adults. Here are a few articles to help you gain greater insight in how you can help.
Healthy Kids Health Links
You are in a unique role to help prevent childhood obesity. Children spend many hours in early care and education programs, as well as family child care. Help kids build good habits by ensuring a healthy environment for children to learn. Healthy Kids, Healthy Future encourages you to meet these goals. Click here to learn more:
Henry the Hand
Keeping schools and children healthy by teaching the 4 Principles of Hand Awareness!
A non-profit located in Cincinnati, Henry the Hand offers Infection Prevention Tool Kits for early childhood centers, pre-schools and schools that help teachers and school nurses educate young children and students to the benefits of handwashing (hand hygiene), respiratory etiquette (safe coughing and sneezing habits), and not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth (T Zone). They also have resources for families. Visit their website to learn more. Henry the Hand
Spread the Word, Not the Germs!
Breathe With Me
We are EQUAL
We can work to make a difference right where we are. Mr. Rogers’ & Officer Clemmons’ example on how to treat each other, speak to each other, love each other, and most importantly respect each other is an easy one to follow. In an episode first aired in 1969, Fred Rogers and Officer Clemmons washed each other’s feet. Love was the theme of the episode; a powerful message that was sent to millions across the world and one which we want to perpetuate. This is the message that we teach and live by at St. Teresa of Avila. ALL are WELCOME, ALL are LOVED.
The injustice and mistreatment of people in our country and across the world must stop. We can all work together to educate people and continue the fight against racism and injustice. There are many ways to say “I love you” to our neighbor – this is just one.
For more of Mr. Roger’s wisdom on how to treat each other and ourselves with more dignity, respect, care, and compassion we share this article: Seven Lessons From Mr. Rogers That Can Help Americans Be Neighbors Again
Image: Officer Clemmons and Mister Rogers, reprising their 1969 foot bath more than two decades later, during their final scene together in 1993. (c) The Fred Rogers Company.