Friday Hocus Focus
October 27, 2023
SCHOOL NUTRITION NEWSLETTER
message from the director
Each year around this time, Patty Jordan's humerus family skeletons show up. They're not great at handling job stress...they get too rattled. You would think nothing could get under their skin, but apparently they just don't have the stomach for food service. They acted like boneheads telling High Skull students "Bone-appetit" during lunch. Honestly, this family doesn't have a hip bone in their bodies. The skeletons were helpful, though, by reminding us of the importance of calcium. The bones we build in childhood have to carry us through the rest of our lives. Calcium for an adult helps keep the bones you built strong and can prevent bone loss. If you're not a milk drinker, there are plenty of other calcium sources for you to incorporate in your diet. Create a stronger future for your bones.
Try this at home!
Monster Dip Halloween Veggie Tray
Print "Cheater" 5-Minute Bean Dip Author: Lee Recipe type: Appetizers & Dips Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Low in calories, this quick-and-easy dip is high in protein, fiber, iron, and folate! Ingredients 10-oz container of store-bought hummus (I like Sabra) 2 15-oz cans navy beans, rinsed, drained, and patted dry with a paper...
Great Apple Crunch
National Milk Carton Shortage
IDOE is aware of the nation-wide milk carton shortage. Communicate with parents and students that milk choices may vary depending on availability. Keep in mind that serving flavored milk is not a requirement. The meal pattern requirement for milk is to offer two different choices of milk from the following options: 1% flavored, 1% unflavored (white), fat-free flavored, and fat-free unflavored. Flavored milk is not required to be served when 1% unflavored and fat-free unflavored (white) milk choices are offered. However, if any type of flavored milk is offered, at least one type of white milk must be offered.
If you cannot meet these requirements due to product shortages or have additional questions, please contact the Indiana Department of Education.
What is Open Enrollment (OE)?
- OE is the only time, during the year, you are allowed to make benefit elections for the upcoming plan year without a qualifying event (marriage, death, divorce, the birth of a child, or loss of other coverage.)
Who has to schedule and attend an open enrollment meeting?
- Any employee who works 20 hours a week or more will need to attend an open enrollment meeting. It is a REQUIRED meeting for employees who work 20 hours a week or more.
If I don't qualify for health/vision or dental insurance, do I need to attend Open Enrollment?
- YES, if you work at least 20 hours per week, you must attend open enrollment.
Who does NOT need to schedule or attend a meeting?
- Any staff member who works less than 20 hours a week
If I was recently hired within the last few months and enrolled in coverage at that time, do I need to attend Open Enrollment?
- YES, you still need to attend open enrollment regardless of your hire date.
What do I need to bring to the meeting?
- Birth date of spouse and/or dependents.
- Social Security Number for spouse and/or dependents (birth certificates are NOT needed)
How do I attend a meeting, and where is it held?
- You will schedule an appointment online with the link provided above.
- Representatives will be in your building at the appointment time you select.
VCS Insurance Plan
Free Employee Assistance Program
Your Perspectives EAP is here to provide confidential, no-cost support for you and your family 24/7.
Call or text 800.456.6327 to schedule an appointment with a counselor or contact us for in-the-moment support.
Use the “Live Chat” feature on your Perspectives Online Portal to instant message with a counselor 7 a.m.-9 p.m. CST Mon.-Fri. (Remember to use your unique Access Code, and your Password is perspectives
Here’s how to access your EAP:
Access Code: valpo
School Nutrition Association September/October 2023
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FS Tech, BF Middle, 4.5 hours
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November 7, 2023 eLearning Day (Regular Work Day)
November 22-24, 2023 Thanksgiving Holiday (No Work)
December 21, 2023 Half Day K-12 (Regular Work Day)
December 22 - January 5, 2024 Holiday Break (No Work Days)
January 8, 2024 Classes resume (Regular Work Day)
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