Friday Focus

January 14, 2022


Message from the Director

On Monday, we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and reflect on his meaningful lessons that impact us all. His wisdom teaches us to keep moving forward, despite setbacks. He believed there are important lessons and opportunities in every challenge. He once said, "only in the darkness can you see the stars." Darkness is an analogy for hardship and there are important insights we gain, like seeing the beauty of stars shining, when we grow and learn from difficult times. I feel his words have special meaning for us as we push through pandemic challenges. What have you discovered about yourself during this time? I know I've discovered how strong you are and how determined you are for our program to succeed. I also see how hard you are working and that you're tired. Take the opportunity to resolve this new year to care more for your self and improve your organizational skills at work and at home. Both will have a major impact on your physical and mental health by reducing stress and anxiety, boosting self confidence and saving you time.

With gratitude,


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Make Organizing a Routine

Being successful means planning with a purpose. Just showing up isn't enough. Trying to remember all the little details, due dates, etc., without organization can add significantly to your stress level if you don't use a process. Start each day considering what tasks need to be done, which projects need to be planned and create a "to do" list. You can also do this process at the end of the day for tomorrow. Since the first thing you generally do in your daily routine is open your email, a real time saver is to use the task list right there in the side panel. Click on the task icon and start creating your list. This is a nice feature because you can create a task as you read an email instructing you to do something. Click on the circles next to a task to mark it as complete. The task repeats each day until you check it as completed. The beauty of creating your "to do" list within your google email is that you can do it anywhere or anytime a thought strikes you without worrying you will forget. If you can't see icons on your side panel, scroll down and click on the arrow in the lower right corner and it will open.
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TJM discovers "super" potato that refused to be cut into sidewinder spirals.

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Taco Tuesday

Thanks to Lorily Sabin, FS Lead at SELF for sharing this adorable photo of Ryder who loves to dig right in on Taco Tuesday!
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Administrative Review: Date Marking and Made in America Requirement

During a state review, the monitor will check walk-ins and store rooms for correct product storage. Items open or out of their original container MUST be date marked. In addition, the reviewer will look for products that are not made/produced in America. Many times, produce may come from Mexico in the off season. Written justification must be kept on file in our office for items like bananas (not produced in America) or grapes (out of season in America), etc. This is yet another reason substitutions must be pre-approved. If you have product from another country and there is no justification on file, it is a violation. The Made in America requirement is federal law.
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SNA Urges Congress to Make Changes in Child Nutrition Programs.

The School Nutrition Association (SNA) publishes an annual position paper recommending changes to our federal programs for Congress to adopt. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our programs from labor shortages to supply chain disruption. This year, SNA is asking for the following:

1. Extend all Covid related waivers through 2022/23.

2. Permanently increase reimbursement amounts for Breakfast and Lunch to current SFSP rates.

3. Permanently make all meals free to all students.

4. Ease sodium, whole grain and milk menu requirements.

5. Reduce overly complex regulatory and administrative burdens.

You can read more by clicking on the link below.

Do You Know When to Use Parchment Paper and When to Use Pan Spray?

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Any permanent employee (including substitutes) interested in any of these positions can apply by emailing a brief letter of interest to Kathy Kane, Director at

Non-employees can apply by completing an online application as an External Applicant here:

Office Clerk, 7 hours, 210 days

FS Tech, Cooks Corners, 3.5 hours

FS Tech, Cooks Corners, 5.5 hours

FS Tech, Parkview, 4.5 hours

FS Tech, Memorial, 3.5 hours

FS Tech, BF, 5 hours

FS Tech, TJM, 4 hours

FS Tech, Flint Lake, 4 hours

FS Tech, Heavilin, 4 hours

FS Tech, Heavilin, 4 hours

FS Tech, VHS, 6 hours

2021-22 Calendar

January 17, 2022 No School, MLK Day (No Work Day)

February 18, 2022 No School (No Work Day unless used as Weather Make Up Day)

February 21, 2022 No School, Presidents' Day (No Work Day)

March 21-25, 2022 No School, Spring Break (No Work Days)

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