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We Love Our Holy Cross Nurses!

May 9, 2012

During this Nurse Appreciation Week, we pause to thank our Holy Cross school nurses, Mrs. Mandl and Mrs. Pikus, for all they do!

Thanks for mending the scrapes, bumps and bruises, administering medicines, calming sore tummies, pulling loose teeth, doing triage on the occasional broken bone and so much more!

You’re the best.

Here are some photos of health classes our school nurses have helped organize this year (and thanks also to Holy Cross dad, Bill Schneider, for his help coordinating these classes.)

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March 28, 2012

from Holy Cross nurses, Kathy Pikus and Polly Mandl

Allergy season has arrived in full force!!  We are seeing many miserable feeling kids in our office.  When symptoms linger, sinus infections can follow.  Environmental control is the key to treating allergies.

A few things you can do to help their symptoms include:

  • Keep windows closed and leave AC on recirculation mode to filter out pollens and change filters frequently.
  • Spring clean areas like bookshelves and windows which collect pollen, dust and mold.
  • Try to postpone outdoor activities till late morning and after since pollens are usually released in the early morning hours.
  • While driving in the car, leave windows up and AC on.
  • Stay indoors on dry, hot and windy days.
  • Hang dry laundry items inside to avoid outdoor allergens collecting on them.
  • Mold spore counts will be higher after a rain and in the evening.
  • Clean up/shower after being outdoors since allergens like pollen stick to fabrics and can be deposited onto furniture and pillows and people (hugging).
  • Have child shower and wash hair and change to clean clothes before getting into bed so they don’t deposit pollen in their bedding where they will be sleeping all night.
  • Saline nose spray to irrigate sinuses removes stuck mucous from passages and staying hydrated thins the mucous so it can flow more freely.
  • Over-the-counter and prescription antihistamines can help symptoms a lot as can sometimes taking them before symptoms begin.  Allergy eye drops can give more instant relief to red, itchy, watery eyes as can washing your face and flushing your eyes with water to remove surface pollen.

Hope these suggestions all help!!

Call us with any questions or concerns.

~ Polly and Kathy


Help for Joplin

June 1, 2011

from Holy Cross school nurse and parishioner, Kathy Pikus –

Items needed in the collection include:

  • New underwear for all sizes
  • Hygiene products, feminine hygiene products
  • Manual can openers
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Clorox wipes
  • Blankets
  • Bedding
  • Batteries
  • Aspirin
  • Vitamins
  • Bandaids
  • Neosporin
  • Trash bags
  • Gallon size zip lock bags
  • Baby food
  • Cleaning items
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Work gloves, dust masks & hand tools
  • Gift cards to Walmart, Target, Walgreens & Dollar General

The collections will be delivered this weekend or early next week to St. Peters Catholic Church in Joplin.  If you have any questions or want to donate but can’t make it there tomorrow, please call me at 522-1942. Thanks!

Holy Cross  Catholic Church
8311 West 93rd Street
Overland Park, KS  66212.
Church office = 913.381.2755


Strep Contagion Notice

April 26, 2010

from Holy Cross school nurses, Kathy Pikus and Polly Mandl,

Parents, we have had multiple cases of strep throat in the school last week and currently.

Incubation period is 2-5 days. Symptoms are fever, nausea, stomach upset, headaches, sore throat and swollen lymph nodes in neck.

May return to school after 24 hours of antibiotic therapy and fever free for 24 hours without tylenol/motrin.

Thank you,
Kathy and Polly


Vaccine Update

March 26, 2010

Vaccinefrom our Holy Cross school nurses –

We got some new information from the Johnson County Health Department that is different from what they told us before so we wanted to let you know about it.

For the school year 2010/2011, the state of Kansas will require 2 Varicella (chickenpox) vaccines for all kindergarteners and 1st graders only. 2nd through 10th grade need only ONE shot—They are considered immune if they had one shot; if they had one shot and a subsequent c-pox illness, (even if it was a light case); or if they had the chickenpox disease only (even if it was a light case). The health dept. is “strongly encouraging” all students to get 2 varicella vaccines but only ONE is REQUIRED for grades 2nd through 10th.

The Johnson County Health Dept wanted us to let you all know that they currently have a campaign going on where your children, ages 1 to 18 yrs old, can receive the varicella vaccine FREE of charge through them now through June of 2011. The free vaccine can be for the first and/or second vaccine.

Their hours are:
Monday to Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon
Also, the first Monday of every month, they are open until 6:30p.m. at the Olathe office only.

Hope this new information helps. Please feel free to always call us if you have any questions about this or any other matter.

Thank you,
Polly Mandl and Kathy Pikus


Last Lice Update

March 10, 2010

from Holy Cross school nurses, Polly Mandl and Kathy Pikus –

We cannot thank you all enough for all of the time and effort that you have put into checking your child’s heads daily and treating if needed. It was not fun, but we all got through it. As of today, there was only one child out with head lice.

Please, please, keep checking your childrens’ heads all through spring break.

We hope to have no one out with it when we come back to school after the break and then we could assume we are over the worry of it (for now!) (It does not hurt to always keep your guard up though to prevent it!)

Again, thanks so much to everyone for your persistence and help with this matter. We cannot tell you how much we appreciate all you did. Have a fun and restful spring break!

Polly Mandl and Kathy Pikus


New Immunization Requirements

March 9, 2010

From our Holy Cross school nurses, Kathy Pikus and Polly Mandl –

There are 2 new immunization changes for next year for Grades K through 9.


The majority of students have had the 3rd Hepatits B IMMUNIZATION, but most of our students do not have the 2nd VIRICELLA IMMUNIZATION.

The only exceptions to this new requirement are as follows:

1) Your child has had a case of the chickenpox which has been documented BY THE PHYSICIAN on the Kansas immunization record (KCI)(mm/dd/yr) provided to the school.

2) Medical exemption documented by the physician with an ANNUAL written statement provided to the school.

3) Religious exemption with a written statement signed by one parent or guardian provided to the school.

These are the new requirement put out by the State of Kansas which all schools and families are required to follow.  We would like to ask you to please make sure these immunization requirements are up to date prior to the start of the 2010/2011 school year.

Please get a copy of any immunizations given to your child so we can keep their KCI form up to date.  Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions.

Kathy and Polly

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