THE HCS CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM
NEWSLETTER FEBRUARY 2022
We would like to thank our great staff for making our Child Nutrition Program possible. They work extrmely hard and diligent to ensure that our Huntsville City School Students are able to attain a nutritious meal each school day. All served school meals are extremely important regardless of when it is served and that includes breakfast.
During the week of March 7 - 11, we will be celebrating National School Breakfast Week 2022. National School Breakfast Week (NSBW) celebrates the importance of a nutritious school breakfast in fueling students for success. This year’s theme is “Take Off with School Breakfast,” and it reminds parents and stakeholders that a healthy school breakfast helps ensure students’ academic success in school so they can “take off” and reach their goals.
National School Breakfast Week 2021
DID YOU KNOW?
Take Off With School Breakfast!
Every March, school districts across the nation celebrates National School Breakfast Week! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and schools provide millions of breakfasts to hungry children each and every day!
The #NSBW22 theme is “Take off with School Breakfast”!
Tenn. school nutrition pro: Supply chain woes to continue
James Remete, school foodservice director for Williamson County Schools in Tennessee, predicts that supply chain issues will only get worse. Despite the challenges -- such as missing orders and even its primary grocery supplier dropping them as a client -- Remete said the district is committed to serving a variety of food to students.
Full Story: WTVF-TV (Nashville, Tenn.) (2/16)
Senators introduce Kids Online Safety Act
Two US senators Wednesday introduced the Kids Online Safety Act, which aims to better protect children from potential harm caused by social media. Under the legislation, social media companies would be required to help prevent and mitigate harm to minors, including suicide and eating disorders; enhance privacy protections; and conduct and support scientific research about the effects of social media on youngsters.
Full Story: ABC News (2/17), CNBC (2/16), National Public Radio (2/16)
Dietitians identify healthful snacks that promote satiety
Some foods that are low in calories but high in protein and fiber -- which can help promote satiety -- include grape tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, beans, canned salmon, tuna fish, hard-boiled eggs and oatmeal, registered dietitians said. Registered dietitian nutritionist Jonathan Valdez says pistachios also are on the list, and provide potassium, magnesium and other vitamins, and RDN Cory Ruth includes kale chips, which provide calcium and vitamin C and have a "super satiating crunch."
Full Story: Parade (2/15)
15 fun facts about February
Morgan McGrath, Staff Writer
February 9, 2018
February is here! And with it comes Black History Month, Presidents’ Day, Valentine’s Day, and even Groundhog Day. However, what else is there to know about the shortest month of the year? What are some fun facts about February? The list is as follows…
- February is National Hot Breakfast Month!
- Valentine’s Day was first celebrated around the year 500.
- Shakira, Rebel Wilson, Chris Rock, Ashton Kutcher, John Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Rihanna, Emily Blunt, and Rashida Jones are just a few celebrities born in February.
- Pisces and Aquarius are the zodiac signs for this month.
- The word February comes from a Latin word meaning “purification.”
- February’s birth flower is the violet.
- The birthstone for this month is the amethyst.
- February is Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month!
- Mardi Gras, celebrated this year on Feb. 13, is also known as Pancake Day.
- Feb. 29 is National Frog Legs Day.
- In February of 1878, inventor Thomas Edison was granted a patent for the phonograph.
- The chance of being born on Feb. 29 (this date only occurs on a Leap Year) is 1 in 1,461.
- According to grammarerrors.com, February “is probably one of the most commonly mispronounced words in the English language.”
- Chinese New Year starts on Friday, Feb. 16 of this year. According to the Chinese calendar, 2018 is the Year of the Dog.
- In the 1500s, February was known as “Feverell.”
Reference: 15 fun facts about February – Hawk Eye (bphawkeye.org)
CNP EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
Ms. Patricia Jefferson, CNP Worker at Providence Elementary
Mrs. Patricia Jefferson has been employed by Huntsville City Schools in the Child Nutrition Program for over 16 years. She is originally from Fayetteville, Tennessee. Patricia is married with three children named Darren, Isaac, and Keandra. She also has five grandchildren named Brayden, Bailey, K’dynce, Eringhton and Cason.
Patricia describes herself as kind, humble, and outgoing person. Prior to working in the Child Nutrition Program, Patricia was a home maker. She loves reading and cooking when she is not at work. Patricia explains that she is motivated to do her job in Child Nutrition by seeing the smiles on the children’s faces that she feeds. Her favorite food is pasta and she is very adept at teaching during Sunday School at her local church. Patricia loves to listen to Gospel, R & B, and blues music. She also says that most people may not know that she loves preaching the word of God.
Patricia feels that she is committed to working in the Child Nutrition Program because of the love that she has for children. Patricia states that if she were not working in Child Nutrition, then she would be operating her own Day Care facility and own a restaurant. Her favorite hobby is riding her motorcycle. Patricia believes that the Child Nutrition Program is important because it allows her to be more to the students at Huntsville City Schools instead of just people who feed them daily.
Patricia is an avid NBA fan, and her favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. Patricia expresses that participating in the Child Nutrition Program means to function as a team to get the job done. In the next five years Patricia plans to continue her role in feeding young people in Huntsville City Schools. Patricia defines success as reaching your goals and making sure that what she has obtained in her career at Huntsville City Schools will make an impact on her and to her people in a positive way.
EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH
Mrs. Janet Sharp, CNP Supervisor - Huntsville Jr. High
Roshun Manning 2/29
Amanda Jansen 2/20
Maria King 2/8
Sherry Freeman 26 years
Samantha Crutcher 23 years
Nekarla Steele 19 years
Wynona Beshears 9 years
Latonya Williams 6 years