Friday Focus

September 23, 2022


message from the director

I have to admit that Fall is my favorite time of year. It arrived yesterday afternoon, and just like that, the temperature dropped. In September, we celebrate many things that play a role in our profession including Food Safety Education Month, Hispanic Heritage Month and National Fruits and Veggies Month. I'm proud to say that you walk the talk and promote healthy meals in a way that celebrates and connects students to each of these areas. Just when I think I've seen the best promotion ever, you come up with an even better one! Thank you for working together to create a fun dining atmosphere for our students and encouraging them to try new things. I've added a new Digital Resources section to this newsletter with even more ideas you can use. Keeping hungry students nourished is necessary for learning to take place in the classroom. Just take a look at the Fun Facts below to get an idea of how many children you reach and the size and scope of our operation. You are, indeed, the greatest school nutrition team on the planet!

With gratitude,


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Follow Up Fridays

Managing information is hard. We are bombarded daily with texts, email, social media feeds, phone calls and more at work and at home. If you've requested a work order, supplies, IT support or custodial help, etc. and have not received a response, a follow up is in order. We often mistakenly think that if we don't hear back, our request is not important and no one intends to do anything. This instinct is almost always wrong. Not responding doesn’t mean someone is ghosting you. It’s important to keep this in perspective. People are often juggling a series of important responsibilities. Don't wait, focus on getting the problem solved with gentle reminders. Set aside Fridays to follow up on issues by touching base with the person you requested something from and ask for a status update. I keep a "Follow Up" list using google tasks on my email screen to keep track of things I'm waiting for a response to. Always keep your projects moving forward and work toward the solution. Let's do this!
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Great Promotions!

The middle schools celebrated the arrival of Fall with a colorful veggie assortment just in time for National Fruits and Veggies month. Thank you Debbie Johnson and Nancy Moore and their teams for such a "tasteful" promotion! Kat Jones at Memorial came up with an ingenious idea for a special menu promotion that also worked as a reminder to students and families about picture day. Incredible ideas, keep them flowing!
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26 Toasted Cheese Culinary Techniques for Healthy School Meals, NFSMI

digital resources


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:

FS Tech, Cooks Corners, 5.5 hours

FS Tech, Parkview, 4.5 hours

FS Tech, BF, 4.5 hours

FS Tech, TJM, 4 hours

FS Tech, VHS, 6 hours

FS Tech, Flint Lake, 4 hours

2022-23 Calendar

September 23 Half Day, K-12 (Regular Work Day)

October 10-11, 2022, Fall Break, No School (No Work)

October 20-21, 2022 Half Days K-8 (Regular Work Days)

November 8, 2022 eLearning Day (Regular Work Day)

November 23-25, 2022 Thanksgiving Break, No School (No Work)

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Our mission is to support academic and lifelong success by nourishing students and building healthy eating habits.

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