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WHAT'S COOKIN' June 2016

Cinco De Mayo Fun!

Lots of fun with decorations and menu. Thank you for making it a fun day. Be thinking of next year's menu! If you come across any recipes you would like to try, please let me know.

Catering Success

I'm so proud of the amazing catering program that has been developed this year. Thank you to Emily Malone, Bronwen Anderson, Dana Barringer, for working so hard on the many DSC caterings this year including the Scott McLeod workshops, board demographic study sessions, and other workshops including many teacher meetings within the high school. Every special touch you put into the caterings was noticed by the people you served.


Thank you to Jane Broberg and Bonnie Ohm at Twin Oaks for the beautiful job on the retirement tea and other various functions throughout the year that were held at that school as well.


Catering events have been a great way to connect with the rest of our district and promote our program. Most of the people we cater for do not eat in our cafeterias and are not aware of how great our program is. This is the perfect opportunity for us and I appreciate all the efforts to make it successful.

Kumquats!

In May all schools had their students try something new...kumquats. These are small orange like citrus fruits that are both sweet and sour. Some kids said they tasted like sour patch kids! Thanks for all the great pictures. These testings are great ways to get kids to try something new. Look for more taste tests next year.

Team Members Needed for 2016-17

We will have several openings over the summer months. Currently we have positions open at Five Hawks and the High School. If you have someone you know who might be a good fit onto our team, please contact me at 952-226-0008 or have them contact me. We will be doing our hiring in June and then again in early August.

Looking Ahead to 2016-17

I know it's hard to even think about fall weather and back to school right now! When we work in a school district we are always planning for the future so I wanted to give you just a glimpse of some of the things we will be focusing on next year.

FOCUS ON FOOD

-Sourcing more local foods when possible. We will have periods through the year

that we will be getting produce from Wozupi Gardens in Shakopee MN

-Commercial food processors at all schools to process raw fruits and vegetables

more easily. There will be training at the Management Workshop in August.

-Strategically source higher quality products like whole muscle meats, cleaner labels, etc.

FOCUS ON EDUCATING STUDENTS ON NUTRITION

-"Try It Tuesday"-we will be highlighting specific foods (that might be new to students) and their nutrients on various Tuesdays throughout the year

-"Meatless Mondays"-vegetarian options available every Monday

FOCUS ON BREAKFAST

-Pilot breakfast carts at middle schools. Continue to promote breakfast at

elementaries.

FOCUS ON FUN!

-Continue theme days, lucky tray days, and promotions to create fun and increase

participation

FOCUS ON SAFETY

-Looking at new ways to make food safety more consistent

FOCUS ON COMMUNICATION CUSTOMER SERVICE

-communication with parents and students is crucial-use social media, newletters and schoology

-Scanning labels into Nutrislice for special diets

-Connecting with students

-Other ways to get nutritional information in the cafeteria

-Promote bag lunch options for field trips

CEU's Over The Summer

There will not be any summer classes held in the district over the summer. If you are needing to take classes please check out the Institute of Child Nutrition website for online courses at http://www.nfsmi.org/ . MN School Nutrition Association also has their annual state conference in St. Cloud. You could earn up to 16 key area credits in 2.5 days! Check out their website for more info at http://www.mnsna.org/upcoming-events . District classes will resume next fall.
Have a great summer everyone! Enjoy it knowing we had a fabulous year serving our kids and look forward to an even better 2016-17!