THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER JULY 2022
The 2022 Summer Food Service Program was a great success. The program was made possible by our wonderful Child Nutrition Program staff and the participation of the Huntsville City Schools communtiy. We greatly appreciate the support we have recvied this summer session and we look forward to executing our program again next year.
This year's Summer Food Service Program has allowed us to serve over 58,000 meals to children this summer alone. That grand total is a big win for us and it shows that this program is especially important when school is not in session. We hope you all enjoy the rest of the summer and the warm weather days that lie ahead.
Inspirational Quote of the Month
“Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”
― Roy T. Bennett
Come join the Team!
- 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
Free and Redced School Meal Applications
The Free & Reduced Meal Application Deadline is
Friday, September 23, 2022
If your child attends one of the following Huntsville City Schools, then you can complete a Free or Reduced School Meal Application for the 2022-23 school year:
- Challenger Elementary/Middle
- Goldsmith Schiffman Elementary
- Grissom High
- Hampton Cove Elementary/Middle
- Huntsville High
- Jones Valley Elementary
- Monte Sano Elementary
- Mountain Gap Elementary/Middle
- Weatherly Heights Elementary
Paper applications will be available for Families to complete and submit at all the school sites listed above.
You may also complete an online application located on the Huntsville City School webpage listed under the Child Nutrition Program department section.
The link for the online application is EZMealApp
5 things you can do to get your child ready for school next month
These tips can help parents best prepare for the return to school.
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As it usually does, summer is flying by, so that means the start of a new school year isn’t that far away.
In light of that, here are five things to help get your child ready for the start of school in August, according to San Jose Catholic School.
For more information, visit this website to learn more.
1. Stay on a routine.
During the summer, routines are appropriately altered. Kids stay up later and hopefully sleep in! However, as the school year approaches, it’s helpful to get the kids back on track. Routine is key!
2. Keep skills sharp.
Most schools have a summer reading assignment, and some have a math assignment as well. This helps prevent the “summer slide” when students can forget what they’ve learned. Summer skills practice should be designed to help students retain knowledge for the next grade level. Make sure your child is doing what your school requires for summer learning.
3. Go shopping to create excitement.
A great way to create excitement for the upcoming year is “Back to School” shopping. Having your child choose their bags, binders, pencils and supplies generates anticipation for the upcoming year. It also creates such great memories.
4. Know what is going on at school for the year.
Parents also need to their homework! Take the time to review the school calendar, any changes in procedures and policies, faculty and staff. From before school to after school, now is the time to inform yourself which helps with a smooth start to the school year.
5. Help your kid adapt socially.
For many Pre K 3 to Kindergartner students, this may be the first time they are away from mom and dad. Schedules and socialization are VERY important for this age group. Partner with friends with children of the same age and set up “away time”. Encourage your kids to be independent. Tying their own shoes, picking up their own toys and eating on their own will help them transition into a classroom environment.
Thank You to our 2022 Summer Food Service Program Staff!!
DID YOU KNOW?
- 2022 Summer Food Service Program
Summer P-EBT Benefits-
Alabama SFAs will use their standard NSLP applications for summer P-EBT benefits.
The State will issue summer P-EBT benefits to these households upon approval of their applications.
- HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS
- STEP 1: LIST ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS WHO ARE INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND STUDENTS UP TO AND INCLUDING GRADE 12
- STEP 2: DO ANY HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS CURRENTLY PARTICIPATE IN SNAP, TANF, OR FDPIR?
- STEP 3: REPORT INCOME FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS
- STEP 4: CONTACT INFORMATION AND ADULT SIGNATURE
CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Kimberly Ferguson - CNP Supervisor, Chapman Elementary/Middle School
Kimberly Ferguson has been employed by Huntsville City Schools in the Child Nutrition Program for over 15 years. She is originally from Huntsville and she is not married. Kim describes herself as a laid back and easy-going person who is very caring. Prior to working for Huntsville City School, Kim was an Assistant Manager for Mapco.
Kim expresses that the thing that loves the most about her job is the work environment and the children that she serves. When she is not working, Kim likes to spend time with her family and friends. Kim also states that the children, at her school spurs the motivation that she has in her job role. She explains that the highlight of her career at Huntsville City Schools was when she was promoted to Child Nutrition Program Supervisor.
Kim has two dogs, named Cloey and Boo-Boo and her favorite food is Mexican cuisine. Kim shares that she is particularly good at preparing meals and she also loves all types of music genres. She informs us that she prays for her co-workers everyday. Kim states that if were not working in the Child Nutrition Program then she does not know what else that she would be doing. Her favorite hobby is cooking.
Kim feels that the Child Nutrition Program is important because the meals that she serves may be the only nutritious meals that a child may receive every day. Her favorite sport is College football where she roots for the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team. Kim explains that the Child Nutrition Program means taking part in providing meals for Huntsville City School students.
One day Kim hopes to visit New York City and in the next five years she will continue to work in the Child Nutrition Program.
Kim defines success as being happy in life with whatever it is that you do.
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