THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER MARCH 2021
Salutations! I hope you are having a great start to Spring 2021! This month has been filled with celebrations of a couple of the special programs that the HCS Child Nutrition Program enact each day. Both the Child and Adult Care Food Programs (CACFP) and National School Breakfast Program (NSB) have a common goal which is to provide meals to young people all across this country. Bringing these segments of Child Nutrition to the forefront is so important as it educates the general public about the many facets of how school meals are served to children and why it is so necessary for assisting our community. We greatly thank our entire CNP staff and all of our wonderful students who participate in our programs during this month and continue to do so every day during the school year.
- H. Ward
Inspirational Quote of the Month
“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” – John Holmes
Come join the Team!
- CNP Worker (TEMPORARY)
- CNP Supervisor
- CNP Supervisor (TEMPORARY)
Maintenance / Warehouse Helper (Itinerant) - CNP (TEMPORARY)
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
Six Tips to Help you Spring Forward this March
Most of us look forward to springtime, but not to losing the hour of sleep when clocks spring forward.
March 14 kicks off daylight saving time and clocks will be turned ahead one hour. Losing that one hour of sleep can affect productivity, concentration, and both physical and mental health. Fortunately, our sleep experts have some simple tips we can use to help us adjust to the time change. And that can help us minimize the accidents and health problems that are linked to it.
Even though the clock will say 8 a.m., your body will think it's 7 a.m. This can leave you feeling groggy for several days, especially in the morning.
How to cope with daylight savings time?
It's important to keep sleeping patterns the same during the change to daylight saving time. Here are a few tips for doing that:
Start getting to bed earlier.
You can ease your body into the time change by starting your nighttime routine 15 minutes earlier in the days leading up to the start of daylight saving time. This can be especially helpful for small children, who often feel the effects of the time change more than adults. Then, turn your clocks forward Saturday morning instead of Sunday morning. Live your day based on that schedule. Allowing two days, rather than a single day before the start of the week can ease the biological transition (your circadian rhythm) to the new time.
Wake up at the same time each morning to keep your sleep cycle more regular. This means even on weekends! Although sleeping in can help you feel more rested in the short-term, it causes difficulties falling asleep and waking up during the week. In fact, getting out of bed at the same time every morning is the single best way to improve sleep and wake functioning. A consistent sleep schedule based on a single pre-determined rise time will help you feel more rested throughout the entire year. Getting up at the same time is far more important than going to bed at the same time, though consistency on bedtime is certainly also important. On the first Sunday of daylight saving time, get up at your regular time whether you had a good night's sleep or not. And avoid taking a nap if it’s not part of your typical routine.
Enjoy the longer evenings.
One great perk about spring and daylight saving time is that there is more sunlight in the evenings. Enjoy the natural lighting outside or indoors with your curtains open. Sunlight helps naturally reset your body clock. Letting natural light come into your bedroom in the morning also aids in greater alertness upon awakening.
Being physically active is good for your health and it can help you sleep better, too. Go for a walk or run outdoors during daylight where you are exposed to natural sunlight. But try to avoid working out too close to your bedtime. It’s best if you can allow at least two hours to "cool down" from exercise before going to bed.
Be mindful of what and when you eat and drink.
Eat dinner earlier in the evening to help your body prepare for bedtime. Try to avoid spicy or fatty foods, especially as bedtime is approaching. They can lead to indigestion and insomnia. Avoid caffeine and alcohol later in the day so you fall asleep more easily.
Reduce screen time.
Television, tablets and phones may help you unwind for the evening, but they can stimulate your brain and actually make it harder to fall asleep. Try avoiding hand-held screens and computer displays at least two hours before bed, and avoid television at least an hour before bedtime.
full article at 6 tips to help you spring forward in 2021 | HealthPartners Blog
National School Breakfast Week 2021! March 8th - March 12th
Lee High School
Students picking up Breakfast
Columbia High School
CNP Worker Ms. Millie delivering breakfast meals
James Dawson Elementary School
CNP Supervisor Mrs. Strickland and a student at breakfast in the classroom
CACFP Week 2021 March 15th through March 19th
DID YOU KNOW?
CACFP Week is a national education and information campaign sponsored annually the third week of March by the National CACFP Sponsors Association.
The campaign is designed to raise awareness of how the USDA's Child and Adult Care Food Program works to combat hunger.
The CACFP brings healthy foods to tables across the country for children in child care centers, homes, and afterschool programs as well as adults in day care.
Huntsville City School sites that currently participate in the CACFP Afterschool Supper program include:
- Chapman Elementary/Middle
- Columbia High
- Highlands Elementary
- James Dawson Elementary
- Lakewood Elementary
- Lee/New Century Tech. High
- Jemison High,
- Robert McNair Middle
- Martin Luther King Elementary
- Montview Elementary
- Morris Elementary/Middle
- Ridgecrest Elementary
- Rolling Hills Elementary
CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Ms. Bobbie Humphrey
Ms. Bobbie Humphrey has been with Huntsville City Schools in the Child Nutrition Program (CNP) for almost 22 years and is currently at Morris Elementary/Middle School. She is originally from Huntsville where she has resided her entire life. She is a single parent and has a 24-year-old daughter. Bobbie explains that it was a blessing to carry her daughter to and from school and it was a special favor from God. She conveys that it all started at J.O. Johnson High School where she and her family became the Jaguar family. The ladies that fed her in school later become her co-workers. These persons that Bobbie worked with helped to make her into the employee that she is today.
Bobbie articulates that her co-workers taught her how to be a strong independent worker and how to work smarter and not harder to get the job done. She states that the enjoyment that she gets is from cooking for the kids that go from high school through elementary and watching them become adults and have their own families. Bobbie also says that seeing smiles on the kid’s precious faces lets her know that her job is well done, and they appreciate it. She thanks God for blessing her with the opportunity to work in CNP and giving her strength for this length of time as a special CNP worker at Huntsville City Schools.
Bobbie describes herself as soft-hearted and laid back. She says that she can be silly at times and she is very outspoken. Before her current role in Child Nutrition, Bobbie was working in fast food. She feels that the most important thing about her job is the children and that she gets an opportunity to cook for them. When Bobbie is not working, she spends time with the people that she loves so much. Bobbie expresses that she is motivated by God as he gives her the strength to get through the day. The highlight of Bobbi’s career is seeing the children she has been feeding for years and that they appreciate and remember her from when they were younger. Her favorite foods to eat are seafood, Mexican cuisine, and soul food which is her favorite.
Bobbie says that she loves all types of music. Her co-workers may not know that she is fond of the Alabama fans and the Alabama football team. She also shares that the kids keep her going in CNP and they have her heart and she just loves them. If Bobbie were not working in CNP, then she states that she would have a restaurant where she would be cooking and serving the people. Her hobbies include shopping and simply relaxing.
Bobbie feels that CNP is important because it makes sure that the kids get what they need from the meals that she prepares for them. Her favorite sports are football and basketball where she cheers for the Auburn Tigers. Bobbie states that working in CNP means everything to her. In the next five years, Bobbie says that she will be cooking and retired. Bobbie defines success and simply being successful.
Bobbie's Favorite scripture is Philippians 4:13
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me"
EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
Ms. Semyra Acklin - CNP Supervisor of the Month, Challenger Elem./Middle
Mrs. Maria King - CNP Worker of The Month, Columbia High
Indira Passée 3/5
Remithia Strickland 3/4
Willie Ann Coleman 3/6
Wonda Miles 3/7
Maggie Daniels 3/10
Maria Boyzo 3/11
Jackie Pruitt 3/15
Joyce Blanchard 3/20
Semyra Acklin 3/20
Kim Seals 3/21
Pam Horton 3/21
Elsa Santos 3/26
Brittany Rice 3/27
Luzviminda Arnold 3/27
Bobbie Humphrey 3/28
Paula Elkins 3/28
Joyce Blanchard 19 years
Kim Ferguson 14 years
Keith Cantrell 8 years