By Nancy Thatcher, SNA School Nutrition Employee/Manager Representative 2014-03-27 09:32:46
Passing the Test April is a big month! Not only does this issue of the magazine unveil the themes for National School Lunch Week 2014 and National School Breakfast Week 2015, it also may be a busy time in your district, because students are participating in standardized testing. Students in New Mexico just took our version of these tests last month, so I know how long and tedious testing can be for kids. As our students went through the testing process, I thought about some of the things that we do in my operation to help our school community during this time. First, we make sure we offer a good, nutritious and protein-packed breakfast for the students each morning during testing. Then, at 10 a.m., we send nutritious snacks and water to classrooms. This lets the students relax, rejuvenate and refocus to continue testing. When they arrive in the cafeteria for their lunch period, we provide them with another much-needed break and a chance to socialize, while eating a nutritious meal that will help them perform on their tests. My staff and I also have learned to be supportive in other ways, too. For example, when students come to the cafeteria, do not ask how they are doing on their tests or how they feel the testing process is going! As my 14-year-old granddaughter has shared with me, they are tired of testing, they are tired of hearing about testing and the last thing they want to hear is questions about the testing! So, what should we do during this stressful time? Do smile at the students and say you are glad to see them. Compliment them on their clothes or hair. Be sincere and enthusiastic—you can really brighten their day by spreading a little positivity. Think about how far a friendly smile and kind word might go with you, not only on any average day, but especially on a long, important day of standardized tests. Knowing that my team and I play an important role by providing students with healthy and tasty meals that they need to perform their best during testing is a good reminder of just how valuable school meals are to our kids. For some of them, school breakfast and lunch may be the only meals they eat each day! And for all students, we are teaching that essential connection between proper nutrition and academic success. When it comes to serving our kids well every day throughout the school year, let’s give ourselves a pat on the back for passing the test with flying colors! Carry this enthusiasm and pride into next month and say “thanks” and “congratulations” to each member on your cafeteria team. May 2 is School Lunch Hero Day, and May 5-9 is School Nutrition Employee Week (see more at right)! We have a lot to celebrate! School Nutrition Employee Week May 5-9, 2014 W While school nutrition professionals deserve to be celebrated every day for their work to feed and nourish the nation’s children, School Nutrition Employee Week (SNEW) offers a special opportunity to recognize your staff and coworkers with some focused attention on all of their valuable efforts and contributions. The week also reminds everyone in the community, including parents, teachers and school administrators, of the important role that school nutrition professionals at every level play in the education setting. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snew for ideas on how to honor your colleagues— and have a little fun the Friday before SNEW: May 2 is School Lunch Hero Day. Show your thanks by giving staff the gift of an SNA membership or by purchasing small gifts from SNA’s online Emporium. However you recognize your colleagues during this special week-long event, they’re sure to feel honored and appreciated! Chapter Leadership Day Annual National Conference July 12, 2014 Chapter Leadership Day, held in conjunction with SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) in Boston, is a valuable opportunity for volunteer leaders to learn new ideas and techniques for strengthening their chapters. Presentation topics will include developing a strong leadership team, planning effective meetings and building membership. The cost is $25 per attendee. Be sure to indicate on the ANC Registration Form if you plan to participate. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/anc for more details. This year’s ANC, held July 13-16, 2014, is coming up fast! Attendees can expect more than 100 education sessions, an Exhibit Hall filled with nearly 850 booths, inspirational General Sessions (featuring award-winning actress Viola Davis, founder and chief executive officer of Share Our Strength Billy Shore and motivational speaker Aric Bostick) and a final event concert by Huey Lewis and The News.
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