Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Healthy Morning Snack Packs at Participating Elementary Schools

Since several elementary school's start times are later this year, many students are choosing to eat breakfast at home, but are ready for a snack by the time school starts. Food and Nutrition Services is excited to offer a new healthy Morning Snack Pack program at participating elementary schools for students who need something a little extra to hold them over until lunch. Healthy Morning Snack Packs are now available for students when they arrive on campus. Students can enjoy the morning snack before school starts or, if their teacher permits**, they can save it for snack time later in the day. **Varies by school. Please check with your child's school for more information. Students may select a more traditional breakfast or the Morning Snack Pack for only $1.25 at participating schools. At those schools that offer the complimentary breakfast, if the students do not select the breakfast, there will be no charge for the snack pack. Students that qualify for meal benefits, may obtain a breakfast or a Morning Snack Pack at their established meal price. If a student chooses to select a breakfast and a snack pack, the price of the snack pack is $1.50 for all students. Three different versions of the Morning Snack Pack are available. The Graham Snack Pack is available on Mondays and Wednesdays, the Cheese Cracker Snack Pack is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the lowfat Muffin Snack Pack is available on Fridays. All snack packs include a choice of milk. For more information on the Morning Snack Pack program, please contact your child's school’s Food and Nutrition Services Manager. Participating schools include:
  • Anclote Elementary School
  • Calusa Elementary School
  • Cotee River Elementary School
  • Cypress Elementary School
  • Deer Park Elementary School
  • Denham Oaks Elementary School
  • Double Branch Elementary School
  • Mary Giella Elementary School
  • Gulf Highlands Elementary School
  • Gulfside Elementary School
  • Hudson Elementary School
  • Lacoochee Elementary School
  • Lake Myrtle Elementary School
  • James M. Marlowe Elementary School
  • Northwest Elementary School
  • Pine View Elementary School
  • San Antonio Elementary School
  • Sand Pine Elementary School
  • Sanders Memorial Elementary School
  • Schrader Elementary School
  • Shady Hills Elementary School
  • Sunray Elementary School
  • Veterans Elementary School
  • Woodland Elementary School

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Pasco Education Summit: Join Us!

PTA/PTO families, school leadership teams, SAC members, and parents are cordially invited to attend the 2010 Pasco Education Summit, being held on January 25 at Sunlake High School from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This event, which is being co-sponsored by state Representatives Will Weatherford and John Legg and Pasco School Board Chairman Allen Altman, will feature morning and afternoon panels focused on a discussion of key education topics for the purpose of guiding education policy in the state of Florida. This summit presents a unique opportunity for District stakeholders to share their insight with the Florida House of Representatives' chief education lawmakers. There will be a brief period of audience participation following each panel discussion. If you would like to attend the Education Summit, please RSVP with our Communications Department as soon as possible. We appreciate Chairman Altman’s efforts in organizing this special event between our legislators and educators, and look forward to seeing you there. Downloads: Summit Invitation Summit Agenda

Monday, January 04, 2010

Pasco Schools’ H1N1 Vaccination Program Serves Thousands

The Pasco County H1N1/Swine Flu school-located vaccination project began on November 5, 2009 and was recently completed on December 17, 2009. Over the course of the project three vaccination teams visited 45 elementary, 4 charter, 15 middle and 16 high schools, and administered more than 25,000 H1N1 vaccinations to students throughout the district. The vaccine was given to 10,695 elementary-age students, with a required second dose administered to 7,680 children under age ten. Over 6,625 students received the H1N1 vaccine at the secondary level. A total of 3,620 staff participated in this program. Overall, Pasco County Health Department vaccination compliance increased and student absences due to flu-related illness continue to decline. We offer our most sincere thanks to the school nurses, administrators, staff, volunteers and Pasco County Health Department employees whose expert assistance ensured strong coordination and a smooth operation. The results were outstanding!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Tips for Parents: Handling Holiday Stress

With winter break fast approaching, it's important to remember that this time of year can be stressful for both parents and children. Children who experience significant stress over the holidays - due to travel, family situations, or even the normal hustle and bustle of the season - are less likely to enjoy their vacations, and less likely also to be well-rested and prepared for their return to school in January. With this in mind, our Student Services department has compiled a list of the following ten tips to help parents minimize potential sources of holiday stress. We hope you find them useful, and we wish you a very happy (and stress-free!) winter break.
  1. Watch for signs of stress in your children, such as unexplained tears, nervous behaviors, complaints of stomach or headaches, or withdrawal from the family.
  2. Be aware that your children may experience stress or sadness related to family changes, the death or illness of special people, and significant changes in your family’s financial situation. Take time to let your children talk with you about their feelings.
  3. Allow your children to participate in some of the planning, cooking, shopping, or wrapping…you can create special memories together and give them an opportunity to feel some control over a time that may seem “out of control” to them.
  4. Stick to your family routines as much as possible…late bedtimes and unhealthy eating tends to lead to cranky children.
  5. Be realistic about what you and your family can handle…it is not necessary to attend every holiday activity and get-together. Balance your busy calendar with time to rest.
  6. You don’t need to spend a fortune to create a meaningful season for your children. Make or purchase only gifts that you can afford, and teach your children to show gratitude for gifts they are given.
  7. If you are traveling, let your children bring items that comfort them, such as a favorite stuffed animal or blanket.
  8. De-emphasize and limit television and video game time, and emphasize your favorite family traditions and rituals.
  9. Be flexible. When you or your children start to feel overwhelmed, take a break and slow down. Focus on the parts of the holiday season that you want your children to remember.
  10. Have fun! Plan some activities for your family that will alleviate “vacation boredom.” Take advantage of free community activities and festivals, take a walk together to look at holiday lights, or do something kind for someone else.

Take Someone You Love to Lunch at Schrader Elementary

Love is in the air at Schrader Elementary School. "Loved" people joined second-grade students for lunch in the cafeteria last week to start the school's year long promotion. Each grade selected a different month for the promotion, which allows students to invite a special person to join them for lunch. In Janurary, first graders will enjoy their special day on the 25th, followed by the third grade on February 16th, the fourth grade on March 25th, the fifth grade on April 15th, and ending the year with the Kindergarten on May 13th.
We hoped this event would allow us to thank parents and guardians for the love they show their elementary students, and for making a difference in their lives. It is wonderful seeing how happy the students are to have their special "loved" one join them for lunch. --JoAnn Schmidt, FNS Manager at Schrader Elementary School

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