• 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


    1. Make sure you have a good breakfast – include fruit, protein (eggs, peanut butter, cheese), and complex carbohydrates (whole wheat bread, granola bars, oatmeal).
    2. Get enough sleep – 8 to 10 hours per night.
    3. Get some exercise every day.
    4. Do community service
    5. Put your phones down, and talk to your friends and family members
    6. Play some board games.
    7. Work on controlling anger.
    8. Try to have good relationships with friends and family members.
    9. Eat carefully and thoughtfully. Try to limit fast food and unhealthy snacks.
    10. Study and work hard to do your best in school.
    11. 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!
    12. Add some laughter to your life.
    13. Advocate for yourself. Respectfully speak up about things.       .
    14. Be kind.
    15. Eat more healthy foods.
    16. Find what you love to do (reading, art, sports, volunteer work, etc),
    17. Get organized.
    18. 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:


    Dear Parents/Guardians:


    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.

    Yours sincerely,


    School Nurse



    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            


    This is from the organization, One Love.




    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.

     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.
Last Modified on June 25, 2019