This letter is in regards to the District’s Wellness Program and how it affects you and your child. The District follows the Smart Snacks in School nutrition standard as set forth by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This means that all food provided at school during the school day must meet this set of standards. This includes snacks provided for class and/or building parties. You can find a list of snacks that meet the district’s standards at: Smart Snacks Food List.
Children need healthy snacks to help them grow and stay healthy. Snacking isn’t bad for kids, but what they snack on is important. If you give your child healthy snacks now, he or she will learn to make healthy food choices in the future. Please read the list of healthy snack examples to help you plan for and choose healthy snacks. We want your child to be the healthiest they can be.
Some healthy snack food examples:
• Cereal with milk • Low-fat cheese melted on a whole-grain tortilla • Fresh cut-up fruit with yogurt for dipping • Graham crackers and low-fat milk • Yogurt with whole grain cereal or fruit on top • Baked tortilla chips and salsa • Baked potato with cottage cheese or salsa
• Vegetables and low-fat dip • Whole-grain crackers or toast with peanut butter or hummus • Fruit salad • Low-fat string cheese • Yogurt smoothie (yogurt, ice, milk and any type of fruit) • Popcorn and 100% juice • Apples, grapes, oranges cut into “smiles,” or any kind of fruit • Whole-grain muffins or bagels
We are looking forward to making our school the healthiest it can be so our students can do their very best. Working together with these new requirements will allow our students to have a happy, healthy 2017-2018 school year.