THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM

NEWSLETTER MAY 2021

DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

Hello All!

As we approach the end of the school year 2020 - 2021, we reflect on the challenges that we have overcome within the district. The pandemic created such a large hurdle for us but fortunately for Huntsville City Schools, we have such a great Child Nutrition Program staff who always display great resilience and perseverance. We now look forward to completing this school year and preparing for the Summer Food Service Program. It is very exciting to know that we will see a lot of our HCS community at some of the summer learning school sites in the coming days. Please have a safe and happy summer and also please take the time to enjoy the sunny days of June and July.

- H. Ward

Inspirational Quote of the Month

"Keep your face always toward the sunshine - and shadows will fall behind you." - Walt Whitman

Come join the Team!

Positions available:


  • CNP Worker

  • CNP Supervisor

  • To apply for a position with Huntsville City Schools, you must complete an online application with the Alabama State Department of Education. Just Click the Link below to start the process

Standard Application Login (searchsoft.net)

Friday May 7, 2021 School Lunch Hero Day!

The Summer Food Service Program Starts on Monday June 7, 2021

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The best things to do in May across the U.S.


Synonymous with blooming flowers and sunshine-filled, happy days, May is a great time to get out there and have some fun, wherever you may be. From taking in a show of ships during Fleet Week in New York City to celebrating the rich heritage and smooth sounds of jazz in New Orleans, here are ten ways to thoroughly enjoy the month of May across the United States.


Mingle with sailors during Fleet Week.

Every May, 4,500-plus Navy sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen and women dock in the harbors of lower Manhattan for a week to explore a multitude of events taking place in their honor, in addition to New York City's typically action-packed lineup. It all kicks off with the Parade of Ships, a sight to see as tall ships, warships, and historic military vessels cruise along the Hudson River. Afterward, head over to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, where movie screenings and educational exhibits are on display all week long.

Meet your new best friend at Woofstock. Find your new BFF, or just have a great time with your old one at Atlanta’s Woofstock, one of the largest pet adoption events in the southeast featuring activities for the whole family, pets included. During the two full days of cuteness, enjoy live music, dog contests, a play area for the kids, pet vendors, arts and crafts, and a selection of delectable food truck treats. One of the over 50 non-profit rescue groups may convince you to add some love to your family.


Have an out-of-this-world experience at Joshua Tree National Park.

Satisfy your extraterrestrial curiosity while enjoying spectacular stargazing at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California’s Mojave Desert.

Experience an epic weekend of engaging speakers at the annual Contact in the Desert conference, covering topics including UFO sightings, secret space programs, and government cover-up theories. It just might get you thinking about life on other planets in a whole new way.


Eat, drink, and soak up the sun at the Nantucket Wine and Food Festival.

The Nantucket Wine and Food Festival is an intimate gathering 30 miles off the coast of the historic whaling capital Cape Cod. Attend only if you love food, wine, history, and breathtaking scenery, because this five-day event features over 50 events where food is prepared by renowned chefs and served with world-class wines. Proceeds support local non-profits with a focus on the Nantucket Island youth.

The Chicago Film Critics Film Festival offers a rare opportunity to take a sneak peek at films ranging from comedies and dramas to documentaries and short stories before they hit the big screen. Created by the Chicago Film Critics Association, the events take place at the historic Music Box Theatre, a destination in its own right.


Burn calories in the City by the Bay. The Bay to Breakers 12K foot race began as an effort to unite the city after the horrific 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Outlandish costumes, local bands dotting the route, and the festive Finish Line Festival continue to embody the essence of the city — and maybe they’ll even inspire you to run a little bit faster than usual.

Buddy Guy, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, Louisiana

Feast on creole cuisine, jazz, culture, and more jazz. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, "the country's very best music festival" according to Life Magazine, is New Orleans at its finest. Musical guests have included Duke Ellington, gospel singer Mahaila Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis, and Ella Fitzgerald, to name a few.


Sing the blues with a mouth full of barbecue at Memphis in May. The Memphis in May International Festival at Tom Lee Park kicks off its almost month-long celebration with the Beale Street Music Festival, followed by the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with three official categories: pork ribs, pork butt, and whole pig. The grand finale includes a half-marathon or 5K race to shed those extra party pounds.


Witness the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” at the Kentucky Derby. Taking place since 1875 at the legendary Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, the Kentucky Derby is the crown jewel of American horse racing. Bursting with tradition, from the ladies’ hats — some classy and fashionable, others gaudy and hilarious — to the flowing mint juleps and the rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" performed by the University of Louisville Marching Band, make sure you don’t get too caught up and forget to place a bet on the winning horse.

Whether you can afford a seat in "Millionaire's Row" or just a general admission ticket, the "Race for the Roses" is the sports enthusiast’s experience of a lifetime.


Feel the need for speed at the Indianapolis 500. Advertised as the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indianapolis 500 automobile race, held every year over Memorial Day weekend, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana since its inception in 1911, drivers race 200 laps for a distance of 500 miles. Preliminary racing events and festivities start weeks before, and the IPL Festival Parade complete with celebrities, marching bands, floats, and more held the weekend of the big race should not be missed.


Reference:

Dougherty, Patricia " The best things to do in May across the U.S.", May 12, 2021, https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/best-things-to-do-in-may-in-america

DID YOU KNOW?

    Huntsville City Schools Summer Food Service Program 2021

    School meals will be served at 7:30 am for breakfast and lunch meals will be served at 11:30 am Monday through Thursday from June 7, 2021, to July 1, 2021, at the following locations with Summer School Programs:

    • The Academy for Arts and Academics
    • Blossomwood Elementary
    • Challenger Elem./Middle
    • Lakewood Elementary
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary
    • Morris Elem./Middle
    • Providence Elementary
    • Ridgecrest Elementary
    • Rolling Hills Elementary
    • Sonnie Hereford Elementary
    • Whitesburg Elem./Middle
    • Williams Elem./Middle
    • Huntsville High
    • Huntsville Junior High
    • Jemison/Mcnair
    • Lee/New Century High
    • Columbia High
    • Grissom High

      Curbside meals will be available Monday through Thursday 11:30 am – 12:45 pm
      From June 7, 2021 – July 23, 2021, at these school sites:
      • Lakewood Elementary
      • Morris Elem./Middle
      • Rolling Hills Elementary
      • Whitesburg Elem. Middle

        Breakfast & lunch Mobile Meals will be delivered to the following locations:
        • Monday – Thursday, June 7, 2021 – July 23, 2021
        • DR. Richard Showers Recreation Ctr. -11:00am – 12:00pm
        • Brahan Springs Park - 12:45pm – 1:30pm

        All Locations will be closed for Independence Day on Monday, July 5, 2021

        School Year 2020 - 2021 In Review!

        CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT

        Mrs. Tarsha Hudson - Child Nutrition Program Supervisor, Rolling Hills Elementary

        Tarsha Hudson has been with Huntsville City Schools for 15 years. She is originally from Huntsville, Alabama and she has been married for 10 years. Tarsha has two children named Sanetra and Deondre along with two grandchildren named Christian and Josiah. She describes herself as a quiet individual who can be hot-headed at times, but she has a very caring heart.


        Tarsha has resided in Huntsville her entire life. Before she began working at Huntsville City Schools, Tarsha was employed at Italian Pie which was a pizza restaurant. Tarsha expresses that the thing s she loves most about her job is the process of daily planning and decision-making that it entails. When Tarsha is not working then she likes to book vacations as a Travel Agent. She feels that she is self-motivated and when she sets a goal for herself, she aims for it and completes it.


        Tarsha explains that the highlight of her career in CNP was when she was promoted to the position of Supervisor in 2012. She does not have any pets and her favorite food is Bacon Ranch Quesadillas at Chili’s restaurant. Tarsha says that she is good at helping other people. Her favorite music is Gospel and R & B. People may not know that in 1995, She had a son who was born with a medical birth defect. He only lived to be three months old.


        Tarsha also expresses that the desire to assist with feeding kids is what keeps her working in the Child Nutrition Program. If she were not working in CNP then she says that she would be traveling the world. Her favorite hobby is reading, and she feels that CNP is important because it allows us to provide meals to students daily who may not receive a meal at home. She does not have a favorite sports team but her husband roots for the Louisiana State University football Tigers. Tarsha states that CNP means to her that she gets an opportunity to plan, execute, and the daily process of making sure that the students are being fed.


        One day Tarsha hopes to travel to Paris and in the next five years, she plans on being retired and working as a Travel Agent and Marketing representative full-time. She also wants to help her husband with this T-Shirt Business. Tarsha defines success as achieving the goals that you set for yourself.

        EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

        Ms. Connie Harper - CNP Supervisor of the Month, Highlands Elementary

        Connie has proven herself as a very good leader and it shines through with the respect from her staff and the recognition that she receives from her school site administrators.

        Ms. Wonda Miles - CNP Worker of The Month, Jones Valley Elementary

        Wonda has such a vibrant and positive attitude along with her great work ethic. She excels at providing meals for the children at Jones valley each and every day.

        BIRTHDAYS

        Janice Maples 5/11

        Patricia Fletcher 5/22

        Patricia Jefferson 5/28