Thursday, October 29, 2009

Tips From The Nursing Department

If you or someone you take care of takes medicines here are some helpful hints to make it easier and safer.
  • Separate medications into categories as much as possible.
  • Keep all regularly scheduled medications together. Additionally separate them by the time they are taken. Keep all other medications that you take on as needed basis separately.
  • Plastic weekly medication containers that you load once a week are helpful –when buying get separate colors to color code for different times of day. Load the containers when it is quiet and you can concentrate on one thing.

Taking your medications as prescribed is the one of the major problems doctors report. These tips should help you to be safe and get the maximum benefit from your medications.

"Take care of your body. It's the only place you have to live."
~Jim Rohn

Register Today For Shaw's Community Rewards Program

Latham has been approved to receive contributions from Shaw’s Community Rewards Program.
Here's what you can do to help:

All you have to do is click HERE to register your Shaw’s Rewards Card and designate Latham Centers as the non-profit you wish to support.

Our Community Rewards ID# is 49001023004.

Then shop at any Shaw’s or Massachusetts Star Market on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and Shaw’s will contribute 1% of each supporter’s eligible Rewards Card purchases made on those days.

And stay tuned... we’re waiting for approval from Stop & Shops A+ BonusBucks Program as well.

"It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do little - do what you can." ~Sydney Smith

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Changes in the Nurse’s Schedules

The nursing department sees students all day with a broad spectrum of medical problems. We are proud to say that expanded nursing hours are allowing us to take students with more complex medical problems and to have the availability to give as needed (PRN) psychotropic medications for those students who benefit from them. We've also redecorated the infirmary to make it more cozy and homelike for all the students.

"I've seen and met angels wearing the disguise of ordinary people living ordinary lives."
~Tracy Chapman

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Leaves May Be Changing...But Latham's Going Green!

This fall is an exciting time for Latham Center’s Maintenance Department as we begin our new initiative to “Go Green”. In recent months, we have been shifting our focus toward more eco-friendly methods and products to do our part in preserving Cape Cod’s extraordinary environment. Included in these steps are a switch from chemical household cleaners to “green” alternatives and the use of energy saving light fixtures wherever possible. In addition, Latham Centers has partnered with both NLR (Next Level for Recycling) and the Green Team of MassDEP (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection) in an effort to reduce waste and raise recycling awareness on campus.
NLR, a Connecticut based company, provides the capability for Latham to significantly reduce our potential for environmental mercury contamination associated with the improper disposal and mismanagement of used fluorescent and mercury-containing lamps. Our new recycling center is located right on campus and is sure to be an advantageous addition to our program.

Similarly, joining the Green Team of Massachusetts Schools has provided Latham Centers with a better opportunity to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while getting our students involved! Massachusetts’ 2006 waste reduction rate was 60% and the state has set a goal of 70% waste reduction by 2010 – a goal we hope to help our state achieve. Using the recycling bins, composting containers and “Idle-Free” parking zones provided by the program, both our students and staff will be putting in a little effort to make a big difference!

"I must do something" always solves more problems than "Something must be done."

~Author Unknown

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Nursing News...Flu Season Is Here

Health authorities are urging everyone to get the seasonal flu vaccine and then when it is available to follow it with the H1N1 vaccine. Children 4 and under and health care workers will probably be the first to receive the vaccine with everyone else being covered as the vaccine becomes available. As always, common sense prevails...
  • Do not go to work if you are sick
  • Sneeze into your sleeve near your elbow-(don’t cover your mouth with your hand)
  • Hand washing with soap and water is the best defense against most illness. When soap and water is not available, have purell-like products handy. Think about the door handles, gym equipment, tabletops and other things you come in contact with outside of your home and wash after touching.

"Health is not valued until sickness comes."
~Thomas Fuller

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Latham Players On TV

October 3rd marked a day at Cape Cod Community Television where Artistic Director Penelope Chatterton and her crew presented the group, "The Latham Players!". Her host was Max Manning, a new producer at the studio, and the "Players" did a grand job!

The celebration was for Eunice Kennedy Schriver who created the Special Olympics. Max read information about this event as he interviewed each "Player" about their experience and special talent. We were all looking for how the Special Olympics impacted their lives. A meaningful show with humor, dedication to Eunice and gratitude for all she has done. Each Player proudly wore their medals!

We sang our favorite songs as we also showed gratitude for the use of Community Connections in Yarmouth for our rehearsal space. Thank you again Donna Sabecky and her staff for their support for "The Latham Players". You have been critical in our lives with all you do!

"Nothing is more honorable than a grateful heart."

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Students Get A Kick Out Of Kickball

On a beautiful fall afternoon, students and staff gathered to participate in a bragging rights game of kickball. The first annual staff vs. student’s kickball game was a smashing success. Both teams gathered on the Brewster Recreation baseball field located across the street from the Latham Centers.

Honorary volunteer captain Jessie S led the students out to a quick 5-1 lead after 2 innings. However, a determined staff team clawed their way back into the action. Both teams showed great sportsmanship and cooperation as the lead seesawed back and forth throughout the game. Yet, after the student team demonstrated their tremendous communication skills and as a team huddled to discuss strategy heading into the last inning of play. With all their teammates standing and clapping in the dugout, the student squad launched a late inning rally. As they scored 3 runs in the final inning to overcome their residential staff and win the game in stunning dramatics 12-11.

Smiles and laughter could be seen and heard throughout Brewster as the student team celebrated their hard earned win. Both teams had a wonderful time playing against one another. Both teams spent a gorgeous October afternoon displaying the wonderful spirit that can only be found within the tremendous individuals that make up our great Latham team. Thank you to all that participated and next year the staff will be looking to revenge their heartbreaking loss. Congratulations students on a well played game!

"Carry laughter with you wherever you go."
~Hugh Sidey

Monday, October 12, 2009

A Productive Work Day At Latham

Our friends, the Telecom Pioneers, have brightened our lives once again with their commitment, enthusiasm and toil during their recent work day at Latham. A crew of over 12 Pioneers arrived early ready to paint, dig and plant to make our school look more beautiful for our students. Thanks to their generous service our Latham campus looks great!

"In about the same degree as you are helpful, you will be happy."
~Karl Reiland

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Latham Hawks Soar Down the Field

The Children’s Program was proudly represented at last week’s Special Olympics Flag Football assessment game. Because of the rain, the game was held indoors at Taunton High School. This is the inaugural season for Flag Football and we are very happy that we had the interest from our staff and students to participate!
Wayne MacDonald, the head coach, has his work cut out for him and is working hard to teach many of the students the rules of the game while practicing and honing their skills. The final games will take place at Gillette Stadium on November 1st. Click HERE for further details.

"The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side."
~Margaret Carty

Friday, October 2, 2009

Latham Students Letters to the Cape Cod Times

One of the projects that happened this fall in some of the classrooms was to write a letter to the newspaper explaining what students got out of our Summertide program, which takes place during our typical school days. Summertide is a combinatation of academics, activities, field trips and fun. Below are some of the letters from the kids.

Dear Cape Cod Times,
There are lots of fun things to do at Latham School. For one thing, if any one does not like school, but likes to go to school for field trips well, Latham School has a lot of fun school field trips to go on. And Latham School’s field trips are not only fun but educational too. Also it may look like there is nothing to do out side but you can walk on the loop, play basket ball, go on the swings, dance to music, play kick ball, or football. And if it is a hot day or you’d just want to chill with your friends and talk you can do that to.

Sincerely, Brian

Dear Newspaper,
I like Latham Center because we get to go on a lot of field trips. I love going on field trips. I also love doing math work.

Sincerely, Max

Dear Newspaper,
I like Latham Center because it is cool. My room in Simpkins Cottage is a nice place for me to sleep. The kitchen serves good and delicious meals. I love that Latham Center has a dog named Scout. The students get to walk Scout and play with Scout. At Latham Center, I get to go on an outing every single day. Latham Center has a nice cook named Scott who feeds me well. There are a lot of cool activities to do like photography, discovery, pottery, swimming, and art. Last weekend, we had a carnival on campus which was a lots of fun. We got to play games and win prizes and even got to dunk staff in the dunk tank. Each week, there is a movie night, going to the Chatham library night, swimming night, and fishing night. The games are a lot of fun. Every staff is nice and funny. I laugh and talk a lots with staff. Staff like me a lot. I like the staff very much. It is very fun at Latham Center.

Sincerely, Brennan

Dear Newspaper,
I like Latham Center because we get to go to the mall and other fun places. We do lots of fun arts and crafts projects. We get to go outside a lot to hang out with our peers. That is why I like Latham Center.

Sincerely, HyeJin

Dear Cape Cod Times,
I go to school at Latham. I have fun here. During summer clubs I like to swim and do wood working. I learn a lot of new things at school. My favorite subjects are math and computers.

Bye, Alyssa

Dear Cape Cod Times,
My name is Niki. I live at Latham. I am 12 years old. I like to do pottery and art. I love the pools and I like to sing. I love math and playing. I learned many things this past year.

From, Niki

Dear Cape Cod Times,
I go to Latham school. I am 12 years old. My favorite thing to do is to go on the computer. I like to read books to. During art club I like to do pottery, read books in the book club, and go on the swings. My favorit subject is math.

From, Devin

Dear Cape Cod Times,
I go to Latham School. During summer clubs I love to swim in the pool, swing, and I like pottery. My favorite teacher teaches pottery. I LOVE MATH SO SO MUCH!

From, Alexandra

Dear Cape Cod Times,
I go to the Latham School in Brewster on 6A. What I like about the summer program is that I had fun going on the trips. The zoo and pirate museum and Plymouth plantation and the beach scavenger Hunt are all examples of outings we went on.
Things I like in class were working on fractions and helping a peer solving a scholar dollar bonus problem. A scholar dollar is money that is a dollar bill… You can spend it in our school store and you earn it by doing your work. You can work at Latham for real money and go off campus for work.
We have a school dog named scout. Scout is a corgi dog without a tail.
Latham is a safe program for kids.

Sincerely, Antoinette

Dear Cape Cod Times,
I like being at Latham School on a busy road. Scout is the best thing about Latham. I train him. Scout is the Latham School dog. He is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi. I had a show for him where he jumped through hoops and over hurdles. He was also weaving around cones. It took a month to train him.
I like to working on my dog project in class. I chose my favorite breed which is Australian Shepherd. Do you know where they are from? They are from California!
I also liked visited the zoo. It was fun seeing different animals. The red Panda was my favorite and I like the beach too. That’s another field trip we go on during the summer. I like Latham, Its fun!

Sincerely, Vanessa G.

Dear Cape Cod Times,
I am at Latham School. I love going swimming to the beach. I like to do division in school. I had fun at the zoo during the summer. I really liked seeing the seals! I enjoy working in the kitchen. I hope you enjoyed learning about Latham.

Sincerely, Vanessa H.

"Writing comes more easily if you have something to say." ~Sholem Asch