Friday Focus

January 21, 2022


Message from the Director

Today is my daughter's 39th birthday. I find it almost unimaginable that she is that old, but then again I had to do a reality check on my last birthday when I renewed my driver's license. Time does march on and with it, so many changes. For example, can you imagine life without a smartphone? Keeping in mind that our theme this year is "Be Curious," finding new and innovative tools to help us work smarter not harder is a must for everyone. When you don't work to be organized, you create chaos and anxiety for your co-workers. When you don't work to be organized, you create work for someone else. Last week I showed you how to use the google task list within your email. This week, consider how you manage clutter. Study upon study show that the brain can be seriously affected by the amount of clutter in a work space which causes anxiety and stress. Visual clutter creates "noise" that negatively affects not only you, but the whole team. The number one tip from experts is to get rid of sticky notes! While there might be an occasional purpose for them, move your reminders and to do items to your digital google task list for you to see, not to distract others. Benjamin Franklin said, "For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned." Old habits die hard and many people fear change. Don't be afraid of change, it creates second chances, new beginnings and can make life easier for you and for those who work with you. Most of all, you deserve it!

With gratitude,


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While some of you do not have a formal "desk," I do see prep areas, carts, reach-in doors, bulletin boards, etc. used as a work space and the principles in this video apply to those, too.
Declutter Your Desk Using These 5 Simple Steps
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Virtual Food Show

Do you miss going to food shows? Have you never been to one? Now's your chance! The 8th Annual CSIfoodpro Expo opens January 26 and runs through February 3 . It's free and you can visit 24/7 from anywhere you can connect to the internet. You can "walk" the exhibit hall and visit booths, watch speaker sessions and more. I watched sessions last year in my pajamas using the web browser on my TV. You have to pre-register:

Click on the link below to take a tour of how it works, it's pretty cool!

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National Breakfast Week, March 7-11, 2022

Start planning your promotions now for National School Breakfast Week! Laura can order items you want from the School Nutrition Association. Check it out and take off:

Other Promotion Ideas

Every school is expected to conduct fun promotions throughout the year. It doesn't have to be hard or complex, just fun and interesting for our students. Check out this Celebration Calendar from Dick and Jane Snacks for ideas:

Confused by "expiration" dates?

Manufacturers usually list some type of date on their products like Best By, Use By, Sell By and Freeze By. These are not dates that indicate food is no longer good. These are not food safety dates, they are meant as a guideline for peak quality and in most cases, can still be served. The exception to this is individually packaged items like milk and chips. We do not serve any item that is visibly out of date on the package to our customers. These items are safe to donate. Listen to the Indiana Department of Education video below that explains this in more detail.
Different Vendors, Different Dates Webinar

Administrative Review: Production Records

A production record is the single most important document in our program. During an Administrative Review, every production record will be audited. The auditor must be able to determine if enough food was prepared for the number of meals reimbursement (federal money) was claimed for in a measurable way. Menu items are either an "each," like individual packages of milk, slushies, most breakfast items, etc. The other items are "bulk" and must be measured. For example, you cannot simply write that you planned and prepared 300 servings of corn. Auditors want to ensure that you, in fact, prepared the correct quantity. You need to write down what you prepared in pounds AND servings. Have pounds and servings in the planned (forecasted) area is what determines the amount you order. If corn is listed as weighing 3 oz. per serving and you plan 300 servings, you should be writing 57#/300 sv. This shows the auditor that you calculated correctly: 300 sv x 3 oz. = 900 oz. /16 = 57 lbs. Some items, like fresh broccoli begin as "bulk" in the planning and preparation column and need to show weights, but end up as an "each" once packaged. If you have any questions at all about this process, please contact Ashley for help. your math!

P.S. Ashley said "DO NOT" staple your Breakfast and Lunch production records together. They go in separate files.

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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:

FS Tech, Cooks Corners, 3.5 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

FS Tech, VHS, 4 hours

2021-22 Calendar

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 7-11, 2022 National School Breakfast Week

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

April 8, 2022 Half Day for K-12 (Regular Work Day)

April 11, 2022 No School (No Work Day unless used as Weather Make Up Day)

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