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Here are a few fun facts about food and fitness from the Scotts Valley School District Wellness Committee.
 
These fun facts are based on teacher and student concerns, so if there is more that we can answer, then please contact Wellness Committee Email Communicator, Adina Licht, and adinan@pacbell.net Thanks!
 

Wows from Wellness #2 School Year 2016-7 

 

Smoothies, Spin Class and Happy Students

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Athletics, nutrition and good learning definitely go hand-in-hand when School Food Service Director Sandra Sanchez is around. This year, thanks to her and Second Harvest Food Bank, about 1,000 smoothie samples were made and enjoyed by students, parents and staff at Brook Knoll Elementary School, Vine Hill Elementary School and Scotts Valley Middle School using blender bikes instead of electricity. Thank you Sandra Sanchez, Second Harvest Food Bank, Michiko Sato, Leila Danner, Diane Chambers, Gina DePolo, Jennifer Lipman, Jennifer Fornengo Aronovici, Photographer Michelle Zeserson Riddle and everyone who helped to make these spin classes fun and healthy. 

 

If you want to try making the smoothies at home, then just blend up

- a handful of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

- a cup of juice (Sandra used grape juice or orange juice)

- a cup of vanilla yogurt

- a cup of ice.

You can also play with the ingredient amounts and make it your own.

 

 

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The Santa Cruz County Student Resource Directory has a wealth or information to support students at levels pre-K through college. Below is a link to their directory - 

Santa Cruz County Student Resource Directory

 


Wows from Wellness #6

 
New Breakfast Item!
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Did you know that your students can order fruit and yogurt smoothies for breakfasts on Wednesday mornings?
Thank you Sandra Sanchez for replacing the Pop Tarts with breakfast burritos, french toast, yogurt parfaits and now fruit and yogurt smoothies!
 
Recipe Contest Winners!
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Congratulations to the winners of the Scotts Valley School District Elementary Schools Recipe Contest!
Here are the winners listed with their winning recipes.
Some of these healthy and tasty recipes will be offered in school lunches during the month of June so everyone can have a chance to taste some of the winning recipes.
Did you know that the prizes included 2 bicycles, Palace Art gift certificates, Boardwalk Bowl passes and so much more?
Thank you Sandra Sanchez for having the contest and thank you to our many sponsors!
 
Vine Hill Elementary
 
-Colby L            Grade:2   Recipe: Mixed Rice
-Naomy L         Grade:5   Recipe: Macaroni and Cheese Chicken Nugget Tacos 
-Lyla A            Grade:2   Recipe: Fruit Salad
-Lise C            Grade:K   Recipe: Chicken Taco Salad Wrap
-Ava H            Grade:1   Recipe: Fruit Butterfly
-Jazzy P           Grade:2   Recipe: Green Chili Enchiladas
 
Brook Knoll Elementary 
 
-Chloe C             Grade: 3   Recipe: Bow Tie Pasta Salad
-Riley S               Grade: 5   Recipe: Chicken Fried Brown Rice
-Christina F        Grade: 4  Recipe: One Pot Rice with Chicken
-Andrew W        Grade: 3   Recipe: Taco Pizza
 

 

Wows from Wellness #5
What if you could do something easy and free with your student that might help them
    - feel more calm in their body
    - do better in school
    - feel more confident
    - stimulate areas of the brain that are associated with feeling happy?
 
You might have guessed that I am talking about meditation.
 
And you might think that clearing your mind of thoughts and sitting in an uncomfortable cross legged position is the only way to meditate.
 
Fortunately, there are many ways to meditate:
    1) moving meditation - where you quiet your mind and focus on the task at hand, such as throwing a ball,     swimming, walking, running, etc. I like to think of this one as sports meditation)
    2) sensory meditation - where you focus on using one of your senses, such as concentrating on sipping a cup of     tea
    3) mindfulness meditation - focusing on your thoughts or on clearing your mind of thoughts (this would include     transcendental meditation)
    4) guided meditation - receiving verbal instructions about how to meditate, such as being told to concentrate on     breathing or a happy place, etc.
 
There are over 10,000 schools that have started meditating with their students. And I know that Vine Hill Elementary has many classrooms that are now meditating, thanks to 3rd grade teacher Julie Pierce.
 
Here are 3 tips from Julie about getting started:
    1. Mindfulschools.org is a great resource for parents and teachers
    2. A great book for little ones is Sitting Still Like a Frog. It comes with a CD to guide meditation.
    3. Peaceful Piggy and Moody Cow are two great books to start the conversation about mediation with little ones.
Thank you Julie!
 
My 5th grade daughter's favorite type of meditation is guided meditation. And here is a link to her favorite one minute guided meditation called One Minute Meditation by Don Reed Simmons:

Wows from Wellness #4
1. Let's talk lunches! Did you know that even though
    - Fresh fruit has been added to every meal
    - Pop Tarts for breakfasts have been replaced with eggs, french toast, breakfast burritos and yogurt parfaits
    - Four awesome people served 20,000 student breakfasts and 42,000 student lunches from August to January.
But - the prices are still -
    - $2.25 for breakfasts and $3.25 for lunch at the elementary schools
    - $2.50 for breakfasts and $2.50 for lunch at the middle school and high school.
Wow and thank you School Food Service Director Sandra Sanchez!
 
2. Let's talk recipes! Contest forms are due this Friday, April 1st, 2016!
School Food Service Director Sandra Sanchez is hosting a recipe contest for Brook Knoll and Vine Hill students from February 22nd until April 1st (forms must be received by Friday, April 1st, 2016). The winners will receive various great prizes, including getting their recipe made into an item on the lunch menu, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk passes, Pleasure Pizza gift certificates, Palace Art Gift certificates and more. The entry forms should be available at the offices for Vine Hill and Brook Knoll.
 

 

Wows from Wellness #3
Rainy Day Fitness Fun 
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1. A survey of the Scotts Valley School District Wellness Committee, which includes some student members, found that playing the video game Just Dance is the favorite way to get moving when it is raining outside.
2. And one Vine Hill student says that she likes to find a few minutes break in the rain and just run up and down the street once or twice. That or she cartwheels or jumps around in her family room. She says that her body tells her when it just has to get moving -- great advice!
 
Vine Hill and Brook Knoll Recipe Contest
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School Food Service Director Sandra Sanchez is hosting a recipe contest for Brook Knoll and Vine Hill students from February 22nd until April 1st (forms must be received by Friday, April 1st, 2016). The winners will receive various great prizes, including getting their recipe made into an item on the lunch menu, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk passes, Pleasure Pizza gift certificates, Palace Art Gift certificates and more. The entry forms should be available at the offices for Vine Hill and Brook Knoll. And the form is available online at the Scotts Valley School District website, www.scottsvalleyusd.org under the Food Services section.
 

 

Wows from Wellness #2
1. Bye-bye pop tarts! The elementary schools breakfasts are phasing in 2 new breakfasts to replace Pop Tarts
    #1 french toast with eggs and bacon
    #2 yogurt parfaits!
2. Hello Organics! What did I see at my first tour of the spotless kitchen at the high school where the meals are made for the whole school district? I saw Organic apples and Organic pears!
3. Hello new menu items! Sandra Sanchez, Foodservice Director of the Scotts Valley School District, is working on a new barbecue rib sandwich and a new vegetable side dish.
 

 

Wows from Wellness #1
1. You asked for fresh fruit and you got it! There is now fresh fruit in every school foodservice meal!
2. Did you know? That there is a staff of only 4 people who prepare the > 800 meals each day for all of the Scotts Valley local public schools.
3. You asked for less sugar and they are working on it! Sandra Sanchez, the Director of Food Services in Scotts Valley, is working on fresh hot breakfast options like eggs and french toast for 2016!
4. Vine Hill Elementary School and Scotts Valley High School each just had a detailed audit of every aspect of the Foodservice department from the facility to the menus -- everything has to meet government standards. Did you know that Sandra and her team passed with flying colors! Normal audits take 5 days and these audits were done in 2 days because everything is so well done here! Thank you and congratulations Sandra!
5. Sandra and her team make the best pulled chicken sandwiches for the lunches! Ok, maybe this isn't a fact, but yum!
6. You can take part in the menu development! Sandra had a cooking contest last year and there will be another cooking contest this year for students to create healthy lunch menu items. And then the winning recipe will become part of the lunch menu for the schools.
7. Got 10 minutes? You can get healthier! There was a new study published that if you can run for just 10 minutes each day, 5 days per week, then that is enough to protect your body from the risk for stroke, arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even some cancers. And if it can do all that for us adults, then imagine what that level of physical fitness can do for students.
8. Air popped popcorn, fresh and dried fruit, veggies and dips, and smoothies are all amazing options for school parties that have no sugar!
9. Children who read for at least 20 minutes per day are much more likely to get good grades.
10. Look for some healthy food fun in 2016 compliments of your Scotts Valley School District Wellness Committee!