Laura W. Sacks, RN, B.A., B.S.N., M.A.
973-677-4144 - Work
973-677-2439 - Fax
Orange Preparatory Academy
400 Central Avenue
Orange, New Jersey 07050
Trivia Question: What are some great tips to feel better?
18 Ideas to Help You Feel Healthier
- Make sure you have a good breakfast – include fruit, protein (eggs, peanut butter, cheese), and complex carbohydrates (whole wheat bread, granola bars, oatmeal).
- Get enough sleep – 8 to 10 hours per night.
- Get some exercise every day.
- Do community service
- Put your phones down, and talk to your friends and family members
- Play some board games.
- Work on controlling anger.
- Try to have good relationships with friends and family members.
- Eat carefully and thoughtfully. Try to limit fast food and unhealthy snacks.
- Study and work hard to do your best in school.
- Work on your problems – even get some counseling if you need some help. There is always someone to talk with, and people really care about you!
- Add some laughter to your life.
- Advocate for yourself. Respectfully speak up about things. .
- Be kind.
- Eat more healthy foods.
- Find what you love to do (reading, art, sports, volunteer work, etc),
- Get organized.
- Smile more.
We Truly Care About You
If you are feeling overwhelmed, sad, or stressed, it is so good to talk with someone. There are many staff members in school who care about you, whom you can trust, and who can help you. You can speak with Mrs. Berry (our School Social Worker and Anti-Bullying Specialist), Ms. Romero (our 9thgrade School Counselor), Ms. Stainfil (our 8thgrade School Counselor), a staff member in The Zone, or Mrs. Sacks, RN (our School Nurse).
There is always someone here for you.
Please review this confidentail letter, complete it, and return it to the nurse tomorrow:
Does your child wear glasses, experience asthma, heart problems or have any other health needs or special requirements that his/her classroom teachers, physical education teachers, or the school nurse should know about? Please take a minute to complete this form so we can update your child’s health records, and return this as soon as possible.If there are no health concerns at the present time, please indicate this below, as well.
All information will be held in confidence by me and will only be shared with your child’s teachers or other educational professionals if it is necessary to help ensure your child’s educational needs are met.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me or stop by my office. Thank you.
Student’s Name ____________________________________ Grade _________
Home Phone _______________________________________ Cell Phone ___________________________________
Work Phone _______________________________________ Student’s Doctor ______________________________
Does your child have any of these problems?
Please check: No Yes
Allergies ____ ____ If yes, which ones ________________________________________________
Does your child need an epi-pen in school? ____ yes _____ no
Asthma ____ ____ If yes, does your child need a pump and/or a nebulizer treatment in school?
______ pump ______ nebulizer treatment
Eyeglasses ____ ____ If yes, does your child have an updated pair of glasses? ____ yes ____ no
If your child has glasses, does he/she wear them? _____ yes ____ no
Does your child need glasses? ______ yes ______ no
Medications ____ ____ If yes, which medication(s) does your child take? ________________________
Does your child need medication in school? _____ yes ______ no
If yes, which medication will be needed in school? _______________________
Heart problems ____ _____ If yes, please describe: ________________________________
Diabetes ____ _____ If yes, please describe: ________________________________
Dental Problems ____ _____ If yes, please describe: ________________________________
Seizures ____ ______ If yes, please describe: ________________________________
When was your child’s last: Dental appointment _____________________ Physical exam ____________________
Would you like to share any other information: ___________________________________________________________
*** Please initial here if your child has no medical problems at this time: _________________
I give permission for the School Nurse to release medical information pertaining to my child to teachers, administrators, school counselors, or any other educational professionals that will have direct contact with my child. This information will only be shared if it is relevant to my child’s educational needs.
___________________________________ _______________________________________________ ______________
Signature of Parent/Guardian Parent/Guardian’s Printed Name Date
MAKE A COMMITMENT TO
Everyone deserves healthy relationships. The problem is that while we’ve all felt love, we’re never taught HOW to love. We’re shown how to tie our shoes, style our hair, drive a car, yet we’re never actively taught the most fundamental human skill of all.
#LoveBetter is designed to change that. By learning what healthy relationships look like and practicing these skills in our lives, we can strengthen our relationships and teach others to do the same. Making the world a healthier place starts with you, and how you love in your relationships.
Today, we’re asking you to give someone you love the most important gift of all – an open conversation about the ways you both love well, and the ways you can improve. Given that the world today needs love more than it ever has, imagine the difference we could make together. So, how can you do your part? Pledge to #LoveBetter today.
Talk about the real stuff
Sometimes conversations between parents and teens can be all about achievements, schedules and chores. Go beyond that. Find out what keeps them up at night, and ask, “What’s the best part of your day?” Become attuned to their emotional world so that you understand what their dreams are, what they struggle with and how their life is going.
Give them space, but pay attention
Give teens space to grow and separate from you, but also watch for changes in behavior. Are they giving up activities they used to enjoy? Are they staying up all night or eating differently? Is your outgoing kid now withdrawn? If you’re worried, say so. Show interest in their internal life without judgment.
Resist getting angry
When parents learn a teen has been hiding something or is having behavior issues, the response is often anger or punishment. Instead, see what’s going on. If a kid is acting out or doing things like self-harming, skipping school, respond with compassion first. Say, "It seems like you’re having trouble, I’m here to help. Tell me what’s happening with you."
Don’t put off getting help
If you’re worried about an adolescent, talk to a school counselor, therapist or doctor. It’s better to get help early, rather than when trouble has firmly taken hold.
Treat the whole family
When a kid is in crisis, many times it’s not enough to treat the child—you have to change the family dynamic. It’s possible that something about the home environment was causing the child stress, so be open to acknowledging that and getting family counseling if needed.
Learn more about adolescent mental health, including where to find help.
The Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Children and Teens
The National Alliance on Mental Illness: Teens and Young Adults: http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-and-Young-Adults
The National Institute of Mental Health: Teen Depression
The National Institute of Mental Health: Anxiety Disorders
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Help and Treatment
I hope your child has a very good, healthy, academically successful year.
If you have any questions or concerns, please see me, or call 973-677-4144.
Breakfast - Please encourage your children to have breakfast every day. Children have a hard time focusing without having a decent breakfast in the morning. Many students visit the nurse with complaints of headaches and stomachaches. Often the reason is that they did not eat breakfast.
Sleep - Please encourage your children to turn off their phones at night. Try not to eat or drink about an hour before going to sleep. Establish a good routine before bed - read a non-academic book, take a warm shower, and keep social media to a minimum before bedtime.
Advice for teens about how to get stronger and healthier, and just feel good:
Cómo ser más fuerte, más sano y sentirte bien:
Communicate – Comunícate - speak with a good, trusted friend, parent, guardian or other family member, school social worker, school counselor, teacher, school nurse, therapist, pastor, or minister.
Sleep – Duerme - work on getting 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Turn off your phone. Try not to eat, drink, or exercise within a few hours of going to sleep. Try reading a non-school, relaxing, and enjoyable book before you sleep.
Eat healthier – Come más sano - try to eat the food you love, but eat less. Take your time to eat, and learn to recognize when you are full. Have less fast food, and fewer desserts. Have less salt and less sugary drinks. Water is much better than sugary drinks. Make half your plate fruit and vegetables. Check out www.ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Volunteer – Voluntariá - there are many volunteer opportunities available in our community. You can work at a soup kitchen, food pantry, get active in ADAPT (the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Team), tutor, help senior citizens, and participate in church volunteer activities.
Exercise – Hace ejercicio - challenge yourself to get 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Moderate activity includes walking briskly, biking, and dancing. Vigorous activity includes jumping rope, playing basketball, soccer, volleyball, running in track, swimming laps, aerobic dance, and working out in the weight room. Limit the time you spend watching TV or doing other sedentary activities (computer time and games).
Have pride in your community – Tené orgullo de tu comunidad – walk proudly around our Orange community. Do things to help yourself have self-respect. Clean up the neighborhoods, and care about making Orange the place to be and come home to after you finish your education.
Have pride in your work, and do the best you can - Está orgulloso de tu trabajo, y haz lo mejor que puedas – try to do your best in all you, especially in your school work, sports, activities, with your family and your friendships.
Meditate – Medita – learn how meditation can change your life. Meditation helps cope with stress and overcome challenging life problems. It also helps you accept yourself for who you are and for the differences you may have. When you meditate, you care for your mind by separating yourself from the busy world and focusing on your thoughts and feelings. Meditation usually incorporates breathing, observing, and listening. There are classes in meditation, and you can also find ways to do it online. Meditating can help you feel healthier and happier.
Practice mindfulness – Practica concentrarte - mindfulness helps you slow down, and just think about what is going on with yourself. You can turn off your digital device, and simply breathe. Meditation helps you be mindful– it is purposeful, nonjudgmental understanding about what is happening. Students who meditate before an exam often do better. It can improve your concentration. And, you can reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Often when we are anxious, our brains are thinking too much, especially about the worst things that can happen. Mindfulness can help you be aware of your thoughts so you can simply label them as “my worries.” Then, you can then focus on the reality about what is truly going on. Thus, you can reduce the extra thoughts, and focus on what you need to focus on, which then can help you to relax.
Get some counseling if you need it (for example, what you are thinking about or doing gets in the way of what you need to do) – Pedí ayuda profesional, si crees que lo necesitas – if you have some problems, it is so good to go to counseling. Counseling helps you understand yourself better. It helps you cope with issues so you can focus on your work. Two good place to start: Main Street Counseling, 8 Marcella Avenue, West Orange – 973-736-2041, hours - Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 8 pm. and Family Connections, 395 South Center Street, Orange - 973-675-3817, hours Monday to Thursday, 9 am to 8 pm, and Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Questions?? Just call them, or ask someone at school to help you set something up.
Be kind – Se bondadoso – showing kindness to others benefits the recipient as well as the giver. This means that when you are kind to others, you are also being kind to yourself. An act of caring can help you feel better if you are feeling sad or depressed. It has been shown that kindness can help relieve stress, and help your heart. Kindness also helps create trusting relationships. A simple act of kindness just feels good. Some specific ways to show kindness include: showing empathy and understanding, having patience, listening, being generous, showing respect, being trustworthy, having loyalty, and having gratitude – just being thankful and saying, “thank you.” Sharing your appreciation is a great way to be kind, and it is also contagious. When you are kind, it often inspires others, as well.
Have a very healthy Fall!! Mrs. Sacks, RN
Frequently Asked Questions for School Nurses:
What should I do if my child has been vomiting? Keep your child home, and call your doctor.doctor.
What should I do if my child has diarrhea for the last 24 hours? Keep your child home. Seek medical attention,
as needed. Check for a fever. Keep your child hydrated.
What should I do if my child has a fever over 100 degrees? Keep your child home, and call your doctor.
What should I do if my child has diarrhea for the last 24 hours? Keep your child home, and call your doctor. Check for a fever. Keep your child hydrated.
What should I do if my child has a fever over 100 degrees? Keep your child home, and call your doctor.
What happens if my child gets ill in school? Your school nurse will call you to pick up your child.
What happens if my child is injured? Your school nurse will call you to pick up your child.
If your child stays home, it is good to send a note when she/he returns to school.
If you need a copy of your child's immunizations, just ask your school nurse.