RESOURCES A BREAKFAST (in the Classroom) BONANZA! Are you seeking resources to help with stakeholder buy-in to start or expand your breakfast in the classroom (BIC) programs? Turn to www.schoolnutrition.org/SNF/BIC to access a variety of tools and materials. In addition to Beyond Breakfast blog (http://beyondbreakfast.org) stories from the field, webinar archives and links to related SN articles, you’ll find: » A Closer Look at School Breakfast Service Times. SNA’s School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) spotlights findings from the 2016 School Nutrition Operations Report on how schedules can impact participation. Spoiler Alert: The data suggests participation will increase if you serve breakfast after the start of the school day. » NEA Healthy Futures School Breakfast Toolkit. A comprehensive resource with everything you need to know about operating a BIC program, including tips for participating districts, schools and educators. » Best Practices and Success Stories Toolkit. Participating districts tap into a variety of success story, menu survey, satisfaction survey and focus group tools. » Technical assistance videos for stakeholders. Access visual demonstrations of such topics as calculating financial viability, determining equipment needs, identifying appropriate delivery models and getting stakeholder buy-in. Developed by the Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom (PBIC)—(SNF), the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the National Education Association Foundation and the National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation—these tools can be used by anyone aiming to promote this valuable meal program. With funding from the Walmart Foundation, PBIC has been supporting breakfast-in-the-classroom expansion since 2010. The grant program is in its fourth funding cycle. PBIC is currently accepting grant applications to cover BIC start-up costs in 10 states: Idaho, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Visit www.breakfastintheclassroom.org for more on the eligibility criteria. SNA PLANNER JULY 9-12, 2017 Annual National Conference Atlanta, Ga. OCT. 9-13, 2017 National School Lunch Week JAN. 21-23, 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference New Orleans, La. MAR. 4-6, 2018 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAR. 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week APR. 26-29, 2018 National Leadership Conference Long Beach, Calif. MAY 4, 2018 School Lunch Hero Day SCHOOL NUTRITION SPECIALIST NEW EXAM LAUNCHES AT ANC This summer, SNA is introducing an updated version of the four-hour School Nutrition Specialist (SNS) exam at its Annual National Conference in Atlanta. The new exam will include 20 additional multiple-choice questions for a total of 220. Only 200 actually will be scored, with the new 20 questions—randomly dispersed throughout the exam—being pre-tested for inclusion in future examinations. Candidates should plan on answering all questions. Pre-testing questions is a standard industry process and best practice approved by the Certificate and Credentialing Governing Council. In today’s challenging work environment, achieving the SNS Credential is a mark of excellence and achievement that is well worth the hard work. For more information on SNS exam eligibility requirements and other updates, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/Credentialing. SCHOOL NUTRITION FOUNDATION Add Some SNAPP, Crackle and Pop The Annual Fund Campaign raises monies for the School Nutrition Foundation (SNF) to invest in education programs, research and scholarships that have a profound impact on K-12 foodservice professionals and the students whom they serve. SNF’s School Nutrition Affiliate Participation Program (SNAPP) provides a means for SNA state affiliates and their members to support this important endeavor. Even better? It’s a fund-sharing campaign that allows states to get back a percentage of the money raised and direct those dollars specifically to their own professional development offerings or conference scholarships. How does SNAPP work? It’s a snap! » State associations that have 3% of their membership participate in the Annual Fund Campaign receive 20% of the total raised. » State associations that have 5% of their membership participate in the Annual Fund Campaign receive 25% of the total raised. » The state affiliate that has the highest percentage of membership participating in the Annual Fund will be recognized at the 2018 Annual National Conference in Las Vegas. Here is your chance to help build a strong school nutrition future and raise much-needed funds that support SNA members at the national and state levels. Donate today at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/SNF! Need more information? Contact SNF Development Director Janet Hedrick at (301) 686-3081 or email@example.com, visit the Foundation booth at the Annual National Conference in July or check out www.schoolnutrition.org/SNF. ANC17 LESSON PLANS SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC) offers you a peek at hundreds of the hottest products on the market, as well as opportunities to make the coolest connections with old friends and new. But it’s the incredible range of educational offerings that makes this the singular, don’t miss event of the year! Whether you seek out an informative session featuring the experts at USDA, a late-breaking “pop-up” offering on hot topics or an engaging roundtable discussion, there’s something sure to pique your interest. » USDA AT YOUR SERVICE The USDA Help Desk is back by popular demand! Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) representatives will be available at a special kiosk located on Level 3. No need to make appointments to get answers to your individual questions. Simply stop by Sunday–Tuesday, 9:00 am–3:00 pm. These experts are eager to serve you, as you serve the nation’s students. In addition, USDA’s team of school nutrition specialists will be presenting more than 20 different education sessions and pre-conference workshops. Be sure to check your onsite ANC Program Guide for more details about such sessions as “What’s Shaking in Schools? Strategies to Reduce Sodium in School Meals,” “Share Tables: USDA Policy and Safety Considerations for Success,” “Food Waste Reduction Strategies and Methods,” “The Latest Dish on USDA Foods,” “What You Need to Know: Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities” and more! » TARGET AUDIENCES ANC features varied opportunities to learn from and network with others with similar niche challenges. Sure, you won’t want to miss your Member Section meeting, but there are other specialty sessions you may want to prioritize, too. » Under 40 or new to school nutrition? You probably encounter some unique challenges. Want to share strategies with others who know just how you feel? Mark your calendar for the Young Professionals Meet-up on Sunday, July 9, 2:15–3:15 pm. » If you’re new (less than three years) to the role of school nutrition director, consider attending the New Directors Roundtable on Sunday, July 9, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm. » Work in a rural area? Take part in Rural Districts Session on Monday, July 10, 8:30 am–9:30 am. » Dreading an upcoming Administrative Review? Don’t. The Best Practices for Preparing for Your Administrative Review Roundtable will quash your fears and answer your questions. It’s scheduled for Sunday, July 9, 2:15 pm–3:15 pm. Use the ANC on the Go app to easily plan your personal education agenda. You can filter sessions by date, key area, member type and topic area. CAFETERIA PROMOTIONS This Way to Fun! WAIT? DIDN’T SCHOOL JUST CLOSE FOR THE SUMMER? It sure did—but that means now is the time to get planning for next year’s special cafeteria events and activities. The weeks will fly by, and you don’t want to wait until you’re so busy with inservice training, applications processing and all the other activities associated with back to school that you can barely think straight, never mind start mapping out your calendar and donning your thinking caps. Fortunately, you don’t have to sweat the big ideas along with the heat! Let the online 2017-18 Celebration Opportunities & Ideas for School Cafeterias promotion calendar be your source for jump-starting creativity. This helpful tool is an exclusive benefit for SNA national members. This free member service (produced by the editorial staff of School Nutrition) should be your first stop when planning next year’s cafeteria fun. And, in its easy, breezy, downloadable PDF format, you can check it out on a mobile device while traveling (perhaps to Atlanta for #ANC17) or print it out and share it with your team for collective brainstorming. There are dates you have been celebrating since your own school days, like Valentine’s Day and Halloween. There are dates you have no doubt marked on your own agendas as school nutrition professionals, such as School Lunch Hero Day and National School Lunch Week. But don’t overlook other dates that provide ideal opportunities to build student engagement. From Star Wars Day to Sun Safety Week to National Chili Month and more, the Promotion Calendar offers occasions for low-key trivia contests on the serving line to blow-the-doors-open cafeteria dance parties—and everything in between. At press time, the 2017-18 resource was in the final stages of design and should be available within a few weeks. Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/PromoCalendar (member login required) to put this member benefit to work for you. (And be sure to send photos and reports of your innovative celebrations to firstname.lastname@example.org!) SNA FAQs How do I submit my SNA Certificate paperwork? You have two options. You may submit all proof of training documents along with a completed Certificate Program Cover Sheet (optional for initial Level 1 submissions), your application and the appropriate fees. OR Your manager may review your training and then sign the Cover Sheet providing confirmation; this is submitted along with your application and fees. If your supervisor signs the cover sheet, you do not need to send copies of the supporting documentation, except for a copy of your high school diploma or GED. However, you should always keep a file of all training documentation in the event you are randomly selected for an audit. For additional questions visit https://schoolnutrition.org/certificate/Earn-SNA-Certificate. I was told earning my SNA Certificate would mean I’d receive a bonus or a pay increase. When does that come through? SNA is not responsible for any monetary awards at your place of employment related to your SNA Certificate. These are unique agreements between you and your employer. Please check with your supervisor or human resources department about potential pay increases or bonuses before going through the steps of the SNA Certificate program. Be sure to get information about any documentation requirements and timelines associated with receiving monetary awards. I have earned my SNA Certificate. How do I print a copy from the SNA website? Congratulations! To print, go to your Certificate page, which you can find by logging on to your SNA Account. Click Member Records and then click Member Certificate Records. When you pull up your Certificate, click the Print Screen button on your keyboard. The button is typically located above the Insert/Home/Page Up block of keys. (Please note, the Print Screen key may be labeled as Print Screen, PrtScn or Prt Scr.) On laptops, you may have to hold the Function key to access the Print Screen function. If you get a box that and says, “Disabled,” you can print the Certificate by clicking Control (Ctrl) key and the letter “P” simultaneously. SOCIAL MEDIA SNA Blog Spotlights Innovation Social media is a wonderful tool, as it allows you to instantly share news, ideas, interesting facts and so much more. SNA uses its social media channels to help support your messages about healthy school meals to parents and others in the general public. Our primary platforms for this endeavor are the TrayTalk blog (www.TrayTalk.org) and its accompanying Facebook page. SNA shares stories and photos that highlight the many ways school nutrition professionals are making a positive difference in children’s lives. Blog posts feature everything from unique flavors and recipes on school menus to creative strategies for increasing produce consumption to the installation of a “blender bike” that lets students pedal their way to a nutritious breakfast! SNA promotes these posts through the TrayTalk Facebook page and shares them with legislators and the media in targeted outreach efforts. You can use the content as inspiration for your own program or to share with your own community, to continue to dispel tired myths about school meals. GOVERNANCE Got Leadership Talent? SNA Leadership TALENT SCOUT THE SNA LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (formerly the Nominating Committee) will be at SNA’s Annual National Conference this summer to identify and recruit candidates to fill 2018 open positions on both the Board of Directors and the Committee. Wearing “SNA Leadership Talent Scout” buttons, they will be reaching out to members to discuss leadership opportunities. Nominations close September 30. The slate will be announced in October and the election will be held February 15-28, 2018. The Leadership Development Committee is charged with encouraging members on their leadership journey and actively promoting national leadership. So, don’t be surprised if someone taps you on the shoulder and encourages you to consider opportunities with the Association. SNA’s revised governance structure offers new opportunities for volunteers to serve the national Association. For example, the Board of Directors now includes 11 positions that require state leadership experience, but no national SNA governance experience. In addition, there are multiple committee, advisory council and task force appointments to be made each year. To be considered, you must be an SNA national member in good standing and have earned the SNA Certificate or SNS Credential (except for state agency and industry members). Certain positions are further restricted by membership category, geographic location and subject matter expertise. The Leadership Opportunity web page (www.SchoolNutrition.org/AboutSNA/LeadershipOpp) has a variety of resources to help you determine how you might step up to serve—or nominate someone else with a passion for both school nutrition and leadership. JCN&M PUBLICATIONS ONLINE RESEARCH JOURNAL SEEKS NEW EDITOR SNA’s The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M) seeks a new editor to succeed Carolyn Bednar, PhD, RDN, professor emeritus, Department of Nutrition & Food Sciences, Texas Woman’s University. Bednar has served as the publication’s editor since 2013, and will be stepping down this summer. SNA is very grateful for her leadership, commitment and professional expertise. JCN&M is a refereed electronic journal designed to disseminate research findings and other relevant information applicable to school nutrition programs on a wide variety of topics. Published twice a year by SNA, JCN&M is available free of charge, online only. Editor candidates must have a doctorate in dietetics, health sciences, nutrition, foodservice management or related subject, as well as at least five years’ experience in school/child nutrition research. Interested applicants should email a query to SNA Senior Director of Digital and Print Communications Patricia Fitzgerald at email@example.com to obtain a copy of the position description. The Spring 2017 issue of JCN&M is now available online. It features studies related to meal application and verification procedures; strategies to increase produce consumption among children; the benefits and barriers of school gardens; the challenges of managing food safety risks in Summer Food Service Programs; and the results of an initiative to offer produce for sale at bimonthly farm stands. In addition, three “Practical Solutions” papers describe techniques to improve operations and training. To access all these articles, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/jcnm and click on “View the Current Issue.”
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