Thursday, September 17, 2009

No More Couch Potatoes at Seven Oaks Elementary

Potato heads of all shapes and sizes top the serving lines at Seven Oaks Elementary School for its September “Don’t Be a Couch Potato” promotion. The school food service staff is hoping to encourage students to “Get Up, Get Out and Get Fit.” During lunch, students can select a color-sheet that portrays a Potato Head shooting hoops, jumping rope, riding a bike, playing baseball, rollerblading, performing a pirouette, or playing on the seesaw with a friend. Students are asked to return their colorful potato head picture to be displayed in the cafeteria and/or serving area. Each student who returns a color sheet will be entered to win a variety of prizes. At the end of each week, student entries will be randomly selected. Prizes include small “activity” inspiring equipment, and other donated prizes.
"Each month we try to find fun ways to encourage students to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s not only our department's mission, but something we all believe in. Encouraging students to live an active lifestyle is something we all can do. Our department wants to be an asset for our families and students." -Dallas DeVenny, FNS Manager at Seven Oaks Elementary.
Throughout the year, the food service staff plans to offer more health-inspired promotions, including “Don’t Be a Ghoul, Eating Right is Cool” for October, and “Get Hoppin’ for Good Health” in the spring.
"With a limited budget this school year, business partners or community members, who are interested, can donate “new” sport or health-inspired goods that we could give to students as prizes. This would be a great way for the community to help support our mission of helping to build a healthier student body.” -Richard Kurtz, FNS Director
For more information on the health promotion efforts of the Seven Oaks Elementary food service staff, you may contact Dallas DeVenny, FNS Manager or call (813) 794-0778.

Friday, September 11, 2009

2009-2010 Creative Teaching Grants Now Available

The Pasco Education Foundation on-line application process for classroom grants is now available. Instructional employees of the school board are invited to apply for a grant by visiting the Foundation's grant application page. The deadline for applying is October 18, 2009. This year the Foundation will award a minimum of $40,000 in classroom grants. The maximum grant award is $300 per teacher. All applications must be submitted on-line. Creative Teaching Grants are made possible by the support of individuals that purchase the Support Education (apple plate) specialty license tag, the Suncoast for Kids Foundation made possible by the Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, the St. Petersburg Times, Bank of America, and Verizon. Since its inception in 1991, the Pasco Education Foundation, Inc. has seen its assets grow to more than $3,000,000. This support allows the organization to award hundreds of scholarships to students and teachers annually, including awarding and administering the Take Stock in Children program for more than 165 students in Pasco County. Each year, teachers and administrators benefit from the Foundation’s classroom grants. These grants provide needed supplies and curriculum support. The Pasco Education Foundation also recognizes and celebrates the county’s top students and public school employees through numerous events and ceremonies throughout the year.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

2009-2010 Region V School Nutrition Seminar

Child nutrition professionals will celebrate 60 years of school nutrition at their Region V Seminar on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at River Ridge Middle/High School located in New Port Richey. Child nutrition professionals can earn 6 CEUs by attending three of our 8 featured interest sessions, and laughing at our funny keynote speaker and “humorous educator,” Mr. Joel Weintraub, sponsored by the FSFS Foundation.
"Joel's presentation style was magnificent. We felt like we were at a stand up comedy hour. He got the group invovled . . .addressed the simple skills of stress management . . . and was something truly needed by our department."
From Joel Weintraub's presentation brochure. A theme-inspired lunch will be served featuring lunches from yesterday (meatloaf), today (ham and provolone panini), and tomorrow (sushi or hummus platter)! For dessert, 60th birthday cupcakes! For more information, please contact Julie Hedine, FSNA Region V Director at (813) 794-2435 or jhedine@pasco.k12.fl.us. Register before September 23rd and FSNA members only pay $15. After the 23rd, participants must register on-site for $20. For more information regarding the seminar and our keynote speaker click here and scroll down to the Region V Seminar.
"We hope child nutrition professionals from Region V will come help us celebrate 60 years of school nutrition, participate in the interest sessions, and spend time networking with others. It should be a great time," stated Julie Hedine, FSNA Region V Director.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Fall 2009 Principal and Assistant Principal Candidate Pools are Now Open!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Food and Nutrition Offers New Service for Parents

Families whose income is below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits. A family MUST submit a new application at the start of each new school year. Food and Nutrition Services is excited to offer a new service to parents. This school year, parents can fill out an application online for their child(ren) for free and reduced-priced meals. The online application is a more convenient and an error-proof way for families to apply for meal benefits. It allows Food and Nutrition Services to process an application in half the time as a paper application. The online registration process does not provide families with immediate notification as to their child’s eligibility status, but will ensure that the application is completed correctly and will speed up the approval process at the District Office. Once the application is processed, a notification letter will be mailed to parents with their child's eligibility status. The online application is available on the FNS website, or by clicking here. New paper versions of the 2009-2010 Free and Reduced-price Meal Applications are available in the school cafeteria or the school’s administration office. The 2008-2009 meal eligibility status will expire on September 4, 2009. Any student who received free or reduced-price meal benefits at the end of the 2008-2009 school year must submit a new application and be approved by the expiration date. If these requirements are not met, the student will be required to pay full price for all meals until a new 2009-2010 Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application is received and approved by the Food and Nutrition Services Department. Once a completed paper application is submitted, the approval process may take five business days or half this time if an application is submitted online. “Each year we process approximately 53,000 family applications. The new online application has reduced the time it takes to process an application by at least half. By using the online application, we could save the District money from printing costs, process applications more quickly, and help the environment at the same time,” stated Nicole Westmoreland, FNS Finance Coordinator. For more information or questions, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), FNS Finance Coordinator at (813) 794-2438, (727) 774-2438, or (352) 524-2438.

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