SNA EMPORIUM GREAT GIFTS FOR EVERYONE ON YOUR TEAM Want to show appreciation for your hard-working staff? Eager to express seasonal thanks for the support of school nutrition peers in other districts? Look no further than SNA’s Emporium, which is stocked with an assortment of themed gifts and treats. “I Make a Difference,” “My Kids Are Special” and “Serving Up Excellence” pins are examples of inexpensive but meaningful tokens you can share in the spirit of the holidays. How about a “Child Nutrition Is My Business” license plate holder? Or an SNA Teddy Bear? From shirts and coffee mugs to aprons, bags and pens, there is the perfect something for every school nutrition professional on your list—including you! Visit http://emporium.schoolnutrition.org to view the extensive inventory of merchandise and take advantage of year-end discounts on select items. PERSONAL WELLNESS STEP Lightly Into 2018! With the hustle and bustle of the upcoming holidays, make sure to stress less this month and earn 5 (five!) points every time you are mindfull about relaxing and enjoying the season—whether that’s being treated to a festive pedicure, dancing it out to your favorite playlist or cracking open a cozy book. Keep calm and destress! Then, start the New Year…light. It’s tempting to want to begin with a bang, contemplating big goals and bigger promises. But January 2018’s STEP Challenge is something of a “player’s choice.” YOU choose to break down a single wellness goal into small, manageable steps. Want to try drinking those eight glasses of water per day? Instead of attaching a gallon to your hip, try adding one extra glass per week to your regimen. This piecemeal method puts you in charge. Which “Small Change for Success” will you choose to kick off 2018? Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/steps. SNA PLANNER JAN. 21-23, 2018 School Nutrition Industry Conference New Orleans MAR. 4-6, 2018 Legislative Action Conference Washington, D.C. MAR. 5-9, 2018 National School Breakfast Week APR. 26-28, 2018 National Leadership Conference Long Beach, Calif. MAY 4, 2018 School Lunch Hero Day JULY 9-12, 2018 Annual National Conference Las Vegas OCT. 15-19, 2018 National School Lunch Week SAVE THE DATES: SNA’S VIRTUAL EXPO 2018 Registration Opens January 3, 2018 Register for SNA’s Virtual Expo, back for a second year! Featuring virtual vendor booths, live-chat opportunities and more than 20 hours of on-demand education sessions. The Virtual Expo is free and will run February 6-March 16, 2018. PUBLICATIONS Research the Possibilities What is published biannually in the fall and spring; is available exclusively online; is completely free to access; and provides the latest research findings, updated articles and significant issues affecting K-12 foodservice and management? Why, SNA’s The Journal of Child Nutrition & Management (JCN&M), of course! JCN&M is your best source for research exclusive to the K-12 school nutrition profession. Each issue features peer-reviewed studies focused on a variety of topic areas, such as nutrition standards, nutrition education, administrative challenges, food production and service, food safety, marketing and much more. Highlighted articles in the Fall 2017 issue include: • “Use of Point-of-Service Systems in School Nutrition Programs: Types, Challenges, and Employee Training” • “Essential KPIs for School Nutrition Program Success” (also see “Crunch the Numbers,” on page 24) • “The Purchasing Power of Collaboration” • “Evaluation of a Theory-Based Farm to School Pilot Intervention” In addition, you will find abstracts from the 2017 Child Nutrition Showcase at ANC in Atlanta, as well as a summary of research from the Institute of Child Nutrition. Research results can give you the upper hand when making the case for change and innovation in your school or district. Get an insider’s advantage when you bookmark JCN&M’s page on your computer at www.schoolnutrition.org/JCNM and be sure to check out other research findings by reviewing the JCN&M archives. SNA ANNUAL ELECTION Help Shape the Association’s Future In October, SNA’s Leadership Development Committee met to select the following slate of candidates to stand for election to the SNA Board of Directors and the SNA Leadership Development Committee. The SNA Election will take place over a two-week period: February 15-28, 2018, using a secure online voting website. More information about the candidates and the voting process will be featured in the January 2018 issue of School Nutrition. You can start now to get to know the candidates, however, so you are prepared to cast an informed vote. Remember, when you vote, you help to shape the Association’s future. It’s an important part of your job as a national member. These individuals serve as your voice, representing your professional interests and concerns. The candidates elected to the Board of Directors will be installed at SNA’s Annual National Conference (ANC), July 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas. The candidates elected to the Leadership Development Committee will begin their terms on March 1, 2018, to coincide with the annual nominations and election calendar. SNA BOARD OF DIRECTORS CANDIDATES President-Elect • Doug Davis, SNS, Burlington Schools, Vermont • Linda Eichenberger, SNS, Oak Hills Local School District, Ohio Secretary/Treasurer • Jill Kidd, SNS, Pueblo City Schools, Colorado • Jessica Shelly, SNS, Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio Southeast Regional Director • Daniel Ellnor, Jefferson County School District, Kentucky • Vanessa Hayes, SNS, Tift County School District, Georgia West Regional Director • Patti Bilbrey, Scottsdale Unified School District, Arizona At-Large Director • Chris Derico, SNS, Lewis County School District, West Virginia • Reginald Ross, SNS, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE CANDIDATES Southeast Regional Representative • Paula De Lucca, SNS, Wake County Public Schools, North Carolina • Cleta Long, EdD, SNS, Dade County School District, Georgia Mideast Regional Representative • Kristen Hennessey, Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Michigan Midwest Regional Representative • Lori Danella, SNS, Lee’s Summit R-VII School District, Missouri • Sandra Voss, SNS, Marquardt School District 15, Illinois West Regional Representative • Stephanie Bruce, Palm Springs Unified School District, California • Siri Perlman, Solana Beach School District, California SCHOOL NUTRITION Invite Ruby Reader to Your Holiday For the fourth consecutive year, School Nutrition magazine’s “Where’s Ruby Roaming?” contest is in full-swing! The magazine’s beloved mascot, Ruby Reader, is on the road again, visiting with SN readers, their colleagues, students, families and friends. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Before you close schools and head off for holiday plans or travels, be sure to pack Ruby Reader (cut her out of page 10 in the November issue) so she can be a part of your activities! Check out the March 2017 issue for pictures of Ruby’s adventures from last year—she was quite the world traveler—and it may spark creative ideas for excellent photos. Whether you take Ruby Reader across the street, downtown or on a trip overseas, we can’t wait to see your pictures and read your feedback on the SN articles and ideas that have helped you in your job. (Remember, your comments help us shape the magazine to your needs.) And by participating in the contest, you’ll help create a more engaged SN reader community…and be eligible for a special prize drawing! Visit www.schoolnutrition.org/snmagazineRoamingRuby for contest details. All entries must be received by School Nutrition no later than Friday, January 26, 2018. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Webinars Are the Way to Go WHY MAKE TIME FOR SNA WEBINARS? Because these elearning events are among the best—and easiest!—ways to expand your professional knowledge. From the convenience of a computer in your office, school or at home, you are instantly connected to notable experts in school nutrition with solutions to some of the problems you struggle to address. And in just an hour’s time, you will get advice, learn something new or improve your understanding of a complex subject. SNA’s popular professional development webinars are offered at no cost to SNA members and, in certain cases, you can earn CEUs for attending. Unable to attend a session in real time? No problem! You can access SNA’s Webinars On-Demand (www.schoolnutrition.org/webinar/archives) to retrieve the valuable information presented. Although you will have missed the opportunity to ask real-time questions during the session, presenters usually offer contact information and are willing to offer their insights upon request. Make time for your continued professional developments with SNA’s webinars—you’ll be glad you did! For more information on upcoming offerings and to access the On-Demand archives, visit www.schoolnutrition.org/webinars. SNA FAQs CERTIFICATE PROGRAM RENEWAL What do I need to do to maintain my annual certificate? The number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) must be categorized in the four key areas: Nutrition, Operations, Administration and Communications and Marketing. You will be required to maintain the number of CEUs based on your level and membership type. The CEUs must be earned during your 12-month Certificate period. You must also pay the annual renewal fee. You are responsible for maintaining records of CEUs earned each year and for renewing on time before your Certificate expires. NOTE: You are only required to submit CEU documentation to SNA if you receive an audit notice at the time you receive your renewal notice. For more information about how to obtain CEUs and the number required, please visit: www.schoolnutrition.org/certificate/Maintaining-Certificate. Will renewal notices be sent out? Yes. Three months before your Certificate program expiration date, SNA will send you a renewal form via mail. Simply submit the renewal form with payment to SNA at least 4-6 weeks prior to expiring. NOTE: If SNA has your email address in its database, you will also receive an email notification a few weeks prior to expiring. You are also able to pay your renewal fee online at www.schoolnutrition.org/certrenew. How many of the “To Your Credit” articles in School Nutrition (also known as Professional Development Articles [PDAs]) can I use to renew? You can use a maximum of three (3) passing “To Your Credit” or PDA articles per year to renew your Certificate (or the School Nutrition Specialist [SNS] credential). The passing grade is 80%. Each article is worth 1 CEU in a specific key area. PDAs can be completed online at www.schoolnutrition.org/PDA. PDAs can only be used to renew a Certificate or SNS. PDAs cannot be used to earn a Certificate, move up a level or for eligibility to take the SNS exam.
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