Feb 13
Harry Louis (4th Grade at Quimby Middle School) has won the Maine 10-11 year old Hoop Shoot competition
Sponsored by Elks Lodge. Harry won the Hoop Shoot in Madison. He followed up with winning at the district level. He was then forwarded to compete against all Maine contestants, which he won. The next step is attending the New England level in Portland on March 24. If he succeeds, he will compete nationally in Chicago in April. Congratulations Harry!​​

Feb 08
Printable Lunch Menu - Week Ending 02.17.2018


New Menu Po​sted ​every​​​​​ ​​Th​​​u​​​​rs​​​d​ay!​!​​​​​​​

Feb 06
Is it a Cold or the Flu?
Rare in adults and older children, but can be as high as 102 F in infants and younger childrenUsually 102 F, but can go up to 104 F and usually lasts 3 to 4 days
HeadacheRareSudden onset and can be severe
Muscle AchesMildUsual, and often severe
Tiredness and WeaknessMildOften extreme, and can last 2 or more weeks
Extreme ExhaustionNeverSudden onset, and can be severe
Runny NoseOftenSometimes
Sore ThroatOftenSometimes
CoughMild Hacking CoughUsual. and can become severe
Diarrhea and VomitingRareSometimes, more common in children than adults

Colds and flu are spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. Occasionally, people can get a cold or the flu from touching a germ infected surface.

Research shows that people with the flu may be able to infect others 1 day before symptoms begin and up to 5 days after getting sick.

If your child has flu symptoms, keep him home from school. If your child has a cold, the decision may depend on the severity of the symptoms. Always keep a child home if they have a fever. They should be kept home until they have been without a fever for at least 24 hours to prevent spreading illness to others.​

Jan 30
Flu season is upon us......

Flu - 2018 Checklist.pdf

The CDC has confirmed cases in all counties. The flu virus has hit Maine with vigor and predictions are that it may get worse.

This letter comes as a reminder of some of the tips we can all use to help us stay healthy. Some tips for flu management and treatment are included below. The CDC Flu Symptom Checklist for Families is on the reverse side of this letter.

The importance of hand washing cannot be underestimated. Hands need to be washed frequently and washed well. This means washing with soap and washing for 15-20 seconds (about as long as it takes to sing the ABC's song or Yankee Doodle Dandy). Use a hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

We have all been taught to cover our mouth and nose when we cough or sneeze. Traditionally we have been instructed to do this using our hands. Today we are teaching everybody to use his or her shoulder, upper arm, or even the inside of his or her shirt. This way the germs are captured in the material of the clothing in a location other people are not likely to touch. When we cough or sneeze into our hands, we frequently do not get to wash our hands immediately. We then transfer those germs that are on our hands to whatever we touch next. Someone else comes along, touches that object and now the germs are on their hands. This cycle continues, the virus spreads, and it is the most common way flu germs spread from one person to the next.

Rest. Get lots of it. When we are tired, our resistance to illness drops. This is not a time when we can afford to have this happen. Students have busy academic, athletic, and social schedules. They can easily get quite 'run down'. Make sure children are getting adequate (even extra) rest. This will help keep up their immune system.

Lastly, please keep sick children at home. Children should be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school. This gives them adequate time to recuperate and not spread the virus to others. Please refer to the RSU 83 / MSAD 13 Health Protocol in the Nurse section of the district web site for guidelines on when students should not be in school.

Management and Treatment

          Light activity until symptoms and fever disappear.
          Rest as much as possible.
          Drink at least two quarts of fluid per day -- water, juice, etc.
          Eat a regular diet as tolerated.
Take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) as directed for body aches and or fever. Take cough medicine as indicated for cough.
Other Instructions:
          Gargle with warm salt water as needed for sore throat.
Wash your hands often, use tissues when coughing or sneezing and properly dispose of it.
Physician follow-up:
          Call your health care provider if:
          you have a fever that persists for more than 2 to 3 days,
          you have any recurrences of symptoms, or
          you have any questions or concerns about your illness.

Please feel free to call me if you have any questions. Let's all work together to stay healthy.

Mary Ellen W. Chadbourne, R.N., B.S.N.
District School Nurse
(207) 672-5572

May 30
2017-2018 School Calendar
Jan 03
Health Rule Change Notice

The Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Education revised the Maine School Immunization Requirements rule on December 20, 2016. The changes further align Maine’s immunization rules with current national recommendations to better protect the health of all Maine people. The following two changes were made:


1.      Effective immediately, the exclusion period for varicella disease (chicken pox) has increased from 16 days to 21 days. This means that any child who has not provided proof of immunization or history of disease will be unable to attend school or any school related activity for 21 days. This time period will be extended if any further chicken pox cases occur after the first. The law requires a 21 day exclusion period after the LAST case.


2.      Effective for the 2017-2018 school year, all students entering, advancing, or transferring into seventh (7th) grade will need to receive one dose of Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) vaccine before attendance is allowed. This requirement is for 7th grade students only; grades 8-12 are not included in this rule change.


You can find a link to the rule (Chapter 126 / 261) here:



Pertussis (whooping cough) is a very contagious respiratory disease that can be severe and last for months. The immunity received from either early childhood immunization or pertussis disease wears off over time, leaving older students and adults susceptible to pertussis. Immunization with Tdap can protect students, schools and communities against whooping cough.


We are providing you with this information now so that you have ample time to schedule an appointment prior to the first day of the 2017-2018 school year.


Attached please find the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on this new school immunization requirement.