Reflections will be coming again next school year 2015-2016.
Health & Wellness
Please be aware of the Miami Dade County Schools Wellness Policy and how it relates to your PTA and fundraising. Snacks and Beverages that do not meet criteria may not be sold, on the school campus one hour before, during, or for one hour after school. Please consult with your Principal on this policy and be clear on it’s restrictions. This is NOT a PTA initiative, but one of Dade District Schools. We urge you to work on fun and healthy alternatives to items that do not meet healthy lifestyle criteria. Read down for some fun program information from National PTA relating to Healthy Lifestyles! Add a Health and Wellness Chair to your PTA board!
Revisions Effective For The 2012-2013 School Year
School sites are required to have a School Wellness Committee. (Page 7)
Schools are required to complete the School Health Index annually. (Page 7)
Schools are required to complete the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy School Builder annually. (Page 7)
The “Healthy Food and Beverage Guidelines” have been changed to the “Rule on Food and Beverages Sold on Campus and in Vending Machines District-wide.” (Appendix A)
All vending machines on campus, including the staff lounge, must comply with the “Rule on Food and Beverages Sold on Campus and in Vending Machines District-Wide.” This means no carbonated beverages, candy or snacks that do not meet the nutritional standards can be sold in the vending machines.
All snacks sold on campus before, during and one hour after the last class of the day must meet the criteria set out in the “Rule on Food and Beverages Sold on Campus and in Vending Machines District-Wide.” (Appendix A)
All Beverages sold on campus before, during and one hour after the last class of the day must meet the criteria set out in the “Rule on Food and Beverages Sold on Campus and in Vending Machines District-Wide.” (Appendix A)’
A list of Beverages and snack items that are approved for sale in vending machines can be found at http://nutrition.dadeschools.net/ on the left hand side under Wellness.
All fundraisers on campus before, during and one hour after the last class of the day must meet the criteria set out in the “Rule on Food and Beverages Sold on Campus and in Vending Machines District-Wide.” (Appendix A)
“Recommendations for Healthy Celebrations at School” was removed as an appendix and can be found at http://nutrition.dadeschools.net/ on the left hand side under Wellness.
Recommendations for Healthy Fundraising” was removed as an appendix and can be found at http://nutrition.dadeschools.net/ on the left hand side under Wellness.
he CDC estimates that K-12 students in the U.S. miss 38 million school days each year due to influenza alone, while tens of millions more are lost due to colds and other preventable infectious diseases.
Recognizing the importance of educating students about health and hygiene both in the classroom and at home, the National PTA, National Education Association (NEA), and LYSOL have partnered together to create the Healthy Habits Program.
This initiative will kick off during the first-ever Healthy Habits Week on September 23, and provides teachers and parents with resources to help support student health and well-being. The coalition has created a robust online portal and program toolkit—with collaboration from the CDC—that contains resources for parents and teachers to engage students on health in interesting ways:
A cornerstone of the Healthy Habits Program is the Healthy Habits Tour, featuring a one-of-a-kind school bus turned into a science museum on wheels that will visit schools nationwide in September and October and give students an interactive way to learn about health and wellness. Through a series of interactive stations, students learn proper cough and sneeze etiquette, common places where germs might be lurking, and how to stay well through hand washing and other healthy habits.
For additional information about the program, the toolkit and the Healthy Habits Tour, visit www.healthyhabitsprogram.com.
Health & Safety
The goal of PTA’s health and safety programming is to be a resource for PTA leaders in partnering with schools to create safe environments that encourage healthy, safe choices and social and emotional support for all students.
PTAs have a role in advocating for or supporting health and safety changes at every level of a child’s learning environment. When PTAs and schools work together to address the health and safety topics most relevant to their local school needs, they:
- Foster family-school connections by focusing on issues that both schools and families care deeply about.
- Deliver information to families in a way that builds trust with schools and fosters a welcoming environment.
- Identify areas, equipment and behaviors within the school and home environments that could be healthier or safer for children.
National PTAs also gives families the tools they need to create an environment at home that supports the positive changes happening at school. Through established partnerships, leveraging of best practice resources, creating educational tools, and providing training, we are providing local PTAs with diverse, dynamic, up-to-date tools and resources to use in partnering with schools and engaging families in identifying and addressing barriers to providing healthy and safe learning and home environments.
Friends of the Science Fair
Friends of the Science Fair‘s purpose is to support the Science and Engineering Fair participants in the State of Florida.
Through the sale of photographs and other fundraising activities, FoSF has helped thousands of young science fair participants compete in Science and Engineering Fairs at the State and International levels.
In the past, when a child qualified for the State or International Science Competitions, his/her parents had to pay hundreds of dollars for the trip themselves. Sometimes deserving students could not take part in this incredible experience because of the financial burden on their parents.
Friends of the Science Fairwas started to give everyone an equal chance to participate.
Please support The Young Scientists of Florida!
Curriculum & Instruction
All Miami-Dade County Students are required to fulfill these requirements.
ESE – Special Education