Bache-Martin Elementary School
2201 Brown Street  
Philadelphia, PA  19130
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Notes from the School Nurse

Welcome to the School Nurse Corner! In this page you will find useful notices, resources and reminders from Nurse Little and Nurse Hall. 
School Nurse January update:

On Wednesday, Jan 16th Wills Eye will be back to continue vision screenings, and doctor visit, for glasses follow up, for grades K to 5 only!!

OHIP dental program applications were handed out for FREE dental screenings and some treatments in school, the date TBD.

Nurse Little will be offering CPR, AED, and Epilepsy training classes for all teachers and staff; the date will be announced soon.

Congrats to all Bache Martin families, we have 95% immunization compliance. Whoot..whoot..Thank you parents and guardians for our Great health compliance!!

Let's continue forwarding a well physical for your child. *Please read and refer to the sick letter for colds, flu, and stomach viruses. Please be adviced that students areetting hit with these illnesses.

If you have any questions contact Nurse Little or Nurse Hall directly.

Cold and Flu season:

Cold/Flu season is here! When should I keep my student at home? Please use this handy guide, and let's stay healthy together!

DON'T FORGET: Please submit a note for an excused absence! You can download a template by clicking here. 

  • In case of student illness – a note from a parent is acceptable. ​​
  • If the student is out for 3 or more days at a time, a doctor’s note is required to excuse absences.
  • You can access your student’s attendance record by creating a parent/family account at and signing up for the Parent Portal – let Ms. Cocca know if you’d like any assistance with the parent portal.
  • Students: Don't forget to hand in those notes!

If a medication has been prescribed by your child's pediatrician, and needs to be administered, please contact the nurse's office. You will need to fill the Request for Administration of Medication form. Bring this form, along with the medication, to the nurses' office.

Common School Forms

​Here are forms that might be needed by parents before/during the school year:

For additional forms, please go to the Philadelphia School District's Student Health Forms Page. 
Wills Eye at Bache-Martin:

On Sept 24th, Wills Eye is coming to Bache- Martin to provide required vision testing for students in grades 2 to 5. 

Please return the form that Nurse Little sent with your student last week (you can find more information about the checkup there)

Questions? Please contact Nurse Little (Rm. 123a, in the Martin building)

FREE Eye Exams for kids

Insurance doesn't cover eye checkups? think your child might need glasses? Please watch out for this event in November, 2018:

Give Kids Sight Day
Free Eye Care for Kids at Jefferson Alumni Hall 
November 17, 2018 from 8:30am to 1:00pm

FREE eye checks and eyeglasses for Philadelphia area children 17 years and under, from Philadelphia and surrounding counties, who have not had, or who have not passed, an eye screening and/or who are uninsured.  For more information email: [email protected] or call 215-563-5848 x21.

For more information email:
[email protected]  or call 215-563-5848 extension 21. 
Beginning of the school year reminders: 


All Kindergarteners, new students, and incoming 6th graders must submit a well child physical to the school nurse (see MEH-1 form below)

Dental Checkups:

If you have a 3rd or 7th grader, we need to have a Dental Checkup before the start of the school year. Please make sure your Student's dentist fills out the Private Dental Examination Form (MEH-155, found below) for us!


All Kindergarten and new students must have a copy of updated immunizations, physical and dental submitted prior to registration.

All 7th graders are required to receive Tdap and Meningitis vaccines.


State immunization requirements changed last year!

On the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, unless the child has a medical or religious exemption, a child MUST have had at least one dose of the required vaccines , or risk exclusion from school. Here are some of the changes.

  • A required 4th dose  of the Polio vaccine – including one at or after age 4.
  • 4 doses of Tetanus, diptheria, pertussis (DTP/Dtap/DT/Td, or Tdap)
  • 2 doses of Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR/MMRV) 
  • 3 doses of Hepatitis B (HBV) 
  • 2 doses of Chickenpox (Varicella/MMRV) after age 1
  • All rising 7th graders must have both meningococcal conjugate and Tdap vaccines.

Call your child's doctor to set up an immunization appointment; if your child does not have a doctor, call the City District Health Centers . For more details and information, including a complete list of vaccinations needed for entry to school, please visit:

If a child does not have all the doses or needs additional doses, and a medical plan (red and white card) obtained from the doctor’s office cannot be provided immediately, please fill out this form, and submit it within the first five days of school for obtaining the required immunizations:

Dental Care - Free or low cost

Don't have dental  insurance? Here are some places, in our neighborhood, where you could get free, or low cost dental care:

Community College of Philadelphia Dental Clinic

Main Campus 1700 Spring Garden St
Philadelphia,PA 19130
Hours: By appointment, vary during the week.
Services: Examinations, cleanings, sealants, and X-rays.
Fees: FREE of charge.
For more information, call 215-751-8626

St. Christopher’s Hospital

3601 A St
Philadelphia,PA 19134
Hours: Monday through Friday, 9-3. by appointment only. Appointments are available with less than two weeks waiting time.
Services: General dentistry.
Patient Eligibility: A child is eligible to enter the program up through third grade and is offered comprehensive and continuous care until age 17 if maintaining an annual preventive visit.
Fees: Free for children who qualify
Contact: Judy Gelinas at (215) 427-8877 or [email protected]

Delaware Valley Community Health, Inc. —Fairmount Primary Care Center
1412 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia,PA 19130
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Services: General dentistry, periodontics, endodontics and prosthodontics
Patient Eligibility: Care will be provided to anyone in need.
Fees: Contact the center for information on accepted insurance plans or other payment options.
Contact: Patricia Deitch, Executive Director, (215) 235-9600

Puentes de Salud
1700 South Street 
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Phone -- 215-454-8000
Fax -- 215-893-2251
Email -- [email protected]
They  provide primary care, dental, women's health and pediatric health services at no or low cost.

Bache-Martin School Counselor page

Ms. Cocca, our school counselor, provides a variety of services to meet student, family and community needs. 

The School Counselor services include direct and indirect services. Direct services apply to the direct support and development of the social/emotional, academic and college/career domains of each student. Indirect Services apply to supportive and collaborative services

Direct Services:

  • Individual Counseling​
  • Small Group Counseling
  • Peer Mediataion
  • Academic, College/Career, High School Guidance
  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Positive Behavior Support Plans
  • Crisis Counseling and Intervention
Indirect Services:​
  • Teacher Consultation and Collaboration
  • Family Consultation and Collaboration
  • Referrals to Behavioral and Mental Health Services
  • School-Wide Programming
  • Parent and Family Workshops
Ms. Cocca has created the  Bache-Martin School Counselor website ; please visit her site to learn more about each of the services, in addition to finding helpful resources for Bache-Martin families! 

Suicide Prevention Resources

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people ages 10-24.

Social  media, and popular TV shows can influence teenagers greatly. Talking to your childen is the first step to prevening suicide, be ready to recognize the warning signs. 

Mr. V and Ms. Cocca wrote a letter to Bache-Martin parents last year, regarding suicide prevention, and the health and well being of our kids. Please take a moment to read it (or re-read it).  

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, text 741741 or call (800) 273-TALK (8255) .

Our goal is to keep the health and well-being of all our students in mind. We are available to assist you, should you have questions.
 Additional resources can be found in Ms. Cocca's website.

If you think your child might be at risk, don't think twice, please reach out right away.