Miller News

February 2022

Upcoming dates

February 1st - 100th day of school

February 1st - PTO @ 5:00 p.m.

February 9th - Parent teacher conferences @ 3:30-6:00

February 10th - NO SCHOOL/Parent teacher conferences @ 12:30-7:30

February 11th - NO SCHOOL

February 14th - Valentine's Day

February 17th - Donuts for Dad @ 7:30 a.m.

February 18th - Spring Picture Day

February 21st - NO SCHOOL

February 23rd - Late Start

February 25th - Character Trait Assembly

Wellness Policy

Dear Miller Family,


Just a friendly reminder we, as a district, are to follow the wellness policy


BIRTHDAY PARTIES AND TREATS

Treats brought to school must be commercially packaged and be wellness plan approved. Please talk to the teacher before you bring treats to find out the number of students in the class and the best time to bring treats and if the treats meet the wellness plan guide. Bringing treats is optional not mandatory. A book for the classroom or school library in honor of the birthday student is a wonderful gift for the school in place of treats. Party invitations may be brought for distribution if there is an invitation for every child in the classroom.

TREATS

Treats brought to school must be commercially prepared and packaged and meet the distinct wellness plan. (See wellness plan on page 22)

Local Wellness Policy (BOE Policy JGCA)

The board is committed to providing a school environment that promotes student wellness as part of the total learning experience for its students. To this end, the board shall promote and monitor a local wellness plan that includes methods to promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and provide assurance that school meals and other food and beverages sold and otherwise made available on the school campus during the school day are consistent with applicable minimum federal standards. The plan shall:

§ Include goals for providing proper student nutrition promotion and education, physical activity, and other school-based activities designed to promote student wellness which are based on evidence-based strategies and techniques;

§ Meet federal nutrition standards and guidelines for all foods and beverages provided to students in each school during the school day; and

§ Ensure standards and nutrition guidelines for all foods and beverages sold to students during the school day at each district school are consistent with the requirements of the School Breakfast Program, the National School Lunch Program, and the competitive food standards established pursuant to the National School Lunch Program.


*Please take note we can only accept treats and snacks at school that fall under the healthy snack guidelines. We have attached examples and non-examples of healthy snacks. If you have a snack in question, don’t hesitate to contact the school and we will be happy to help with alternatives.


Sincerely,


Tim Skinner, Principal



What’s wrong with cupcakes?

There’s nothing wrong with having treats on occasion. Everything can fit into a healthy diet when consumed in moderation. Keep in mind, though, that each child’s birthday can mean multiple celebrations: one at home with family, a party with friends, and then another at school or child care. Food doesn’t always have to be part of parties. Instead, find ways to celebrate a birthday & recognize a child on their special day.


If you decide to make food a part of the celebration, encourage healthier options.

Healthy Party Snacks(must be commercially prepared or prepackaged):

· Trail mix

· Yogurt

· Low-fat popcorn

· Low-fat pudding

· Applesauce or fruit cups

· Raw veggies

· Graham crackers

· Raisins or dried fruit

· Whole grain tortilla chips

· Whole grain crackers

· Reduced fat cheese


Non-Examples of Healthy Party Snacks:

· Cupcakes

· Cookies

· Soda

· Donuts

· Ice Cream

· Candy

· Chips

KELPA

What is KELPA?

The Kansas English Language Proficiency Assessment (KELPA) is a yearly summative assessment, administered in grades K-12, that assesses the four domains reflected in the English Language Proficiency Standards: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The KELPA is a mostly computerized assessment with the exception of a few paper pencil items on the K-1 Writing assessment. Students take the KELPA and all other state assessments using the KITE Client Student Portal.

Who takes KELPA?

When a student’s home language survey indicates that a student speaks or is exposed to a language other than English, that student is identified as a possible English Learner (EL). The student is then administered the KELPA in the Spring to identify any current limitations in the ability to understand, speak, read or write academic English. Students who exhibit any limitations are identified as an EL and are provided services that include academic and social language necessary to succeed in their educational endeavors. Once a student has scored proficient in all four domains of the English Language Proficiency Standards, in a given year, they are moved to a monitored status for two years and then exited from receiving services.

Family time!

Here is a delicious, easy, and safe recipe you can do with your children at home.


English Muffin Pizza


Ingredients:

  1. 4 English Muffins, split
  2. 1/2 cup pizza sauce
  3. 16 slices Pepperoni, or meat topping of your choice
  4. 2 cups mozzarella cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C)
  2. Place English muffin halves cut side up onto a baking sheet. Spoon some of the pizza sauce onto each one. top with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices.
  3. Bake for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cheese is melted and browned on the edges.