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Danielle Wegener, RN ICCE

School Nurse

847-362-0730 ext.333

Fax 847-362-8130

[email protected]





My background and credentials:


  •  Associate Degree in Nursing from College of Lake County
  • 21 years as a Registered Nurse to include jobs in Maternity, Pediatrics, Perinatal Education and School Nursing
  • 19 years as a certified childbirth educator, CPR, and Safe Sitter instructor for Advocate Condell Medical Center, Libertyville, IL
  • Member of the National School Nurse Association (NSNA) and Illinois School Nurse Association (ISNA)
  • Representative for Illinois Poison Control


Thank you for visiting this page. My name is Danielle Wegener and this is my seventh year at St. Joseph Catholic School (SJCS). I grew up Libertyville and attended both SJCS and Carmel Catholic High School. After graduating from Carmel, I attended the College of Lake County where I earned my nursing degree in 2002. I started my career at Advocate Condell Medical Center in the maternity unit and worked in Labor and Delivery, Mother/Baby and Well Baby Nursery. I worked there for a few years and then transitioned to a pediatric office and enjoyed the office setting. In 2004, I returned to my position in maternity and became a certified childbirth educator and CPR instructor. I enjoy teaching and continue to do so a few times each month.


I got my start in the school setting by working as the summer school nurse for District 70 in 2009, 2010 and 2011. I also subbed in District 70 during the school years.


I live in Gurnee with my husband Jason and our two sons, Vincent , Nicholas and our two pugs Isabelle (Izzy) and Mia (Mimi).  I enjoy cooking, reading, shopping, traveling and spending time with my family.


Please be sure to periodically check back or subscribe to my page for health updates and information throughout the school year. My door is always open so please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you and I look forward to working with your children this upcoming school year.



Danielle Wegener, RN ICCE






Yearly Health History Form is Due on 8/19

If you haven't done so already, please complete and submit your student(s) yearly health history.


Previously communicated

Yearly Health History Forms

As with each new school year, we need a health history form completed for every student attending SJCS for the 2022-23 academic school year. The information provided will inform the school nurse of your child’s health history, any current/long-term medications being taken by your child, any life-threatening allergy/condition(s), and/or any medical concern(s). 

This information is confidential and only the school nurse and administration will have access to it.  Please complete THIS STUDENT HEALTH HISTORY FORM for each SJCS student in your family by August 19th. 

Thank you,

Mrs. Wegener

Sports Physical Reminder 5th-8th Grade

For all 5th-8th grade students who will be participating in a school sponsored sport please read the following requirements:
  • Sports physicals are required every year for all athletes in grades 5, 7, and 8.  A complete physical is required for all students in 6th grade.
  • Physicals are due to the school office before the athlete can practice. Please email, upload or drop off to the school office completed physicals before the first day of practice.
  • All physicals must be in the school office before a student will be allowed to practice to avoid exclusion. 
  • Please ensure that the entire form is filled out and completed by all required parties.
Forms can be found here Sports Physical Form
Please reach out with any questions.
Thank you,
Mrs. Wegener

School Nurse is Back to School

Dear Families,
I hope this finds you well and you are enjoying the last lazy days of Summer! I will be back in my office starting 8/8 and available from 8:00-2pm. If you have any questions or needs for the upcoming school year, please reach out either by phone or email. Looking forward to seeing your kiddos soon :)
Mrs. Wegener

March is National Nutrition Month

Break the Brown Bag Blues
In honor of National Nutrition Month, give your child's lunch a brown bag makeover. It is important to pack your child a healthy lunch to provide them with the nutrients they need for learning, growing and play, it's also important to make sure they eat it . To ensure your child's lunch doesn't go to waste, I have included some simple tips to help break the brown bag boredom.
Sit down once a week or before grocery shopping to plan lunches together. 
  • Encourage them to pack or help you pack their lunch. If they have a role in putting it together, they are more likely to eat it. 
Celebrate special days.
  • Plan lunches menus around special days. For example, pack all green veggies or fruit sides, or make a rainbow fruit salad for St. Patrick's Day.
Try new foods.
  • Bring your child to the grocery store to pick out some new fruits or vegetables. This will encourage an interest in trying new foods and may be helpful for picky eaters.
Incorporate the rainbow in each lunch.
  • Pack a salad with lots of veggies and see how many different colors that you can add- fruit is a tasty addition to salads. 
  • Fruit salad with the colors of the rainbow and add a few mini marshmallows for fun.
  • Add peas, broccoli, or carrots to mac and cheese
  • Minestrone soup/Vegetable Soup
Switch up the same old sandwich routine.
  • Use mini whole grain pitas, tortillas, crackers, English Muffins instead of bread. 
  • whole grain cereal
  • soup
  • mac and cheese
  • cheese and crackers
  • whole grain English Muffin pizza
  • pasta
Invest in fun containers.
  •  A quality insulated lunch bag in a fun print and insulated food container will enable your child to take a wider variety of food options. Also, remember to use an ice pack to keep cold foods cold if your child's lunch box/bag is not insulated to prevent food poisoning. 
  • Bento boxes Best Bento Boxes 2022
More fun ideas and recipes to help boost that brown bag!

Thank you :)

To all the kind and generous families that donated supply items to the nurse's office,
Your kindness and support is much appreciate and I am lucky to apart of this amazing school. 
Mrs. Wegener

Everyday illnesses vs. COVID-19

Being sick in today's world looks a bit different than it has in the past. Families are so focused on ruling out COVID-19, that they are forgetting about the other common illnesses such as the common cold, influenza, gastroenteritis, etc. It is always a good idea to have your child tested through their doctor's office if they are not feeling well. This way, they can be fully evaluated and get the proper care and guidance they need to feel better.  Testing facilities  

Safe Treats for Halloween and other Classroom Parties

I am often asked of safe treat/foods that can given at classroom parties and I wanted to share food items that are safe for all. Although, not required a healthy option is highly encouraged. This can include fruit, yogurt, popcorn etc.
As an added safeguard, please check ingredient labels each time of purchase to make sure there is still no peanuts/tree nuts or cross contamination statements. Ingredients can change without warning.

Safe Party Foods/Snack List

Peanut & Tree Nut Free

Please avoid snacks that contain peanuts (including peanut flower, peanut oil, or peanut butter) or tree nuts (including almonds, cashews, pecans, macadamias, hazelnuts/filberts, Brazil nuts, pistachios, pine nuts, walnuts, and coconut, or any flour, oil or butter).

Please read labels carefully to make sure the products are safe. This includes avoiding labels with cross contamination warnings such as:

  • May contain traces of peanuts/tree nuts”
  • “Produced in a facility that also processes peanuts/tree nuts”
  • Or any similar statement.


All fresh fruit, Prepackaged/Bagged fruit

Market Pantry Raisins

Ocean Spray Craisins- Plain only

Sunmaid Raisins

All fresh vegetables-Pre Packaged/bagged

Fruit Cups/Applesauce

Fruit Cups- Delmonte, Dole

Applesauce- Musselmans, Mott’s

GoGo Squeez Applesauce on the go

Mott’s Snack and Go


Yogurt in individual cups/tubes (NO nut based alternatives or flavors)

String cheese-Kraft, Frigo, Horizon Organic

Yogurt- Yoplait, Stonyfield Farms, Horizon Organic, Dannon, Trader’s Joe’s (Squishers tubes), GoGurts, 

Crackers/Chips/Snack items

Triscuits and Triscuits Thin Crisps

Cheez Its

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers

Honey Maid Grahams

Back to Nature-Honey Graham Sticks

Teddy Grahams

Keebler Scooby-Doo Graham Cracker Sticks

Fruit Newtons

Animal Crackers ( Specific brands- Austin’s, Barnum and Annie’s)

Nilla Wafers

NAbisco Ginger Snaps

Pirates Booty

Clif Kid ZFruit or Z Fruit and Veggie bars

Nutri Grain soft baked cereal bars

Cheetos and Simply cheetos, Doritos, Tostitos

Sun Chips

Lays or Simply Lays

Skinny Pop

Boom Chicka Boom


  • Keebler town house flipsides pretzel crackers
  • Rold Gold
  • Snack Factory Pretzel Crisps

Kellogg’s Rice Krispie Treats

Chips Ahoy


  • Original
  • Double stuffed
  • Mini’s
  • 100 Calorie Pack
  • Thins
  • Mint

Enjoy Life Brand cookies

Hostess Donettes ( Not crunch variety)

Pudding- Handi snacks, Snack Pak

Fruit Snacks:

  • Florida’s Natural Au’Some Fruit Nuggets
  • Cliff Kids- organic fruit rope
  • Mott’s Original assorted fruit snacks
  • Welch’s fruit snacks
  • General Mills fruit snacks

Bakery Items

Nutphree’s bakery products: cupcakes, frosted sugar cookies ( Jewel, Walmart, Mariano’s, Whole Foods)

Lee Donut Shop- Donuts (nut free store)




Tootsie Brand Candies (all)

Candy Canes (Spangler Brand)


Dum Dum suckers

Gummies- Albanese brand

Hershey Kisses- milk chocolate only

Junior Mints

Laffy taffy

Pixy stix

Ring pops

How Much Sleep Do Students Need?

As we get back into the swing of school routines and activities, sleep is often something that gets overlooked. Adequate sleep contributes to a student's overall health and well-being. Student's who get the proper amount of ZZZ's have better focus, improved concentration and academic performance. 
Those who do not get a sufficient amount of sleep have a higher risk for many health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, poor mental health and injuries. Also, they are more likely to have attention and behavior problems, which can contribute to poor academic performance in school. 
To promote optimal health, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children should get the following amounts of sleep on a regular basis:
  • Infants 4 months to 12 months old: 12 to 16 hours (including naps)
  • Children 1 to 2 years old: 11 to 14 hours (including naps)
  • Children 3 to 5 years old: 10 to 13 hours (including naps)
  • Children 6 to 12 years old: 9 to 12 hours
  • Teens 13 to 18 years old: 8 to 10 hours
What Parents Can Do
  • Model healthy habits and promote a bedtime and rise routine.
  • Dim lighting, (adolescents who are exposed to more light from (such as room lightening or from electronics) are less likely to get enough sleep. 
  • Implement a media curfew and ban all electronics from the bedroom 1-2 hours before bedtime.

Correction to "Snack time" post

Dear Parent,
I apologize, but there was a mistake in my post that recently went out regarding classroom snack time.
Correction:    Snacks for snack time MUST BE NUT FREE
I apologize for the mistake and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Mrs. Wegener

Nurse Notes

Summer Break is so close and we have successfully navigated through a school year like no other. To continue down this path I have posted some reminders and information that I think will be helpful. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.
Mrs. Wegener
Hand washing is one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of germs and protect ourselves from illness. I have posted a link to an informative article that teaches proper hand cleaning technique, details safe and unsafe hand sanitizers, and provides tips on how to make hand washing fun for little ones. I hope everyone is staying safe! 
Mrs, Wegener

Optional Medication Pick Up Tomorrow

Dear Parent,
If your child has medication in my office at school and you would like to pick it up for the time being, I will be in my office tomorrow  from 9-Noon. This is not required and you may leave it, but this will be the only day I will be in my office until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns, I will be checking my email daily.

Supplies Wish List

Dear Parents,
I understand the demand is high for cleaning and sanitizing products, but if you come across the following, I am kindly asking for donations:
  • Clorox or any brand of sanitizing wipes
  • Purell or any brand of hand sanitizer
  • 1- Aquaphor Healing Ointment
  • Band Aid Brand, Neosporin Brand or any  generic form of Antiseptic/ First Aid Wash
  • Sanitary pads, Ultra Thin
  • Life Saver Mints Pep O Mint
  • Large flexible bandages
  • Travel sized Tissue packs
  • Jumbo sized cotton balls
  • Large latex-free exam gloves
Thank you for your continued support to keep our students healthy!