Thanks ESS students for generously donating some of your Halloween candy to Shepherd’s Table, our local soup kitchen. When they run out of dessert, they have your donations to use. Thank you!
Hello ESS families.
After Halloween Candy Donation Project is upon us.
During November 1st through November 7th consider donating individually wrapped candy/chocolate from your Halloween loot to the front office to give to Shepard’s Table, a neighborhood nonprofit providing meals, basic services and medical support to the homeless and people in need in Downtown Silver Spring.
Why this service project? Halloween is Tuesday, October 31 and those students participating may get a lot of candy while out and about trick-or-treating. With an abundance of treats, this is a great opportunity to share the bounty with Shepard’s Table. They will use the treats for dessert during their meal service and for clients with diabetes who need candy when their blood sugar levels get too low. Plus, donating is a great way to reduce the amount of sugar consumed after this holiday!
No candy, no problem – consider writing a Thank You note to Shepard’s Table for helping the people in our community. For more on Shepard’s Table, https://shepherdstable.org/
WHAT: Candy donation and Thank You Letter
FOR: Shepard’s Table
WHEN: November 1–7 (Wednesday thru Tuesday) duringschool hours
HOW: Go to the front office and drop off your bags of candy and/or Thank You note. There will be a container clearly labeled for the donations.
Some additional notes:
• Please DO NOT bring in any candy or chocolate that contains nuts.
• All candy/chocolate must be individually wrapped, and be unopened.
• Please securely bag all candy for donation.
• Please DO NOT buy candy specifically for this service project.
• You do not need to donate candy to participate; you are welcome to write a Thank You note to drop off.
Thanks for participating!
Questions??? Email ESS PTA Wellness Committeeesswellnesscommittee@gmail.com
Join Real for For Kids – Montgomery for a unique and fun event called “The Real Foods Festival” on Saturday October 28, from 9 am – 1 pm.
The festival will feature a variety of workshops in two slots (9:30-10:30 a.m. and 10:45-11:45 a.m.) for kids and parents on cooking, nutrition, mindfulness, yoga and other wellness topics. Such as:
- Meal Prepping with Whole Foods with Melissa Brescia (for teens and adults)
- Raising Healthy Eaters: How to Win the Mealtime War with Jessica Braider (for adults)
- Kid’s Cooking adventure with Dawson’s Market (ages 4–11; under 5 must have parent with them)
- Plant Sciences and Raw Foods with Hira Chowdhary (ages 12-16)
- Plant Sciences and Raw Foods with Hira Chowdhary (ages 4-11; under 5 must have parent with them)
- Yoga, Mindfulness and Fun for Kids with Lauren Rubenstein (ages 5-10)
The main room will feature tables from local wellness organizations and restaurants with samples of their food.
In addition, local chefs will team up with groups of students (ages 10 and up) to provide cooking lessons on preparing a new school lunch entrée of their creation during the first workshop slot. Atnoon, the teams will present their entrées and offer samples to all participants and students will then vote on their favorite chef/student entrée and select a winner from the teams.
Hey Kindergarten Parents!
If you’re considering donating snacks to your child’s Kindergarten class, give this Kindergarten Snack Guide snack recommendations a read. This is just a guide, but we hope new parents find this useful.
Get to know the food served at East Silver Spring ES and know what you can do as a parent to help your children make healthy eating and drinking choices.
- MCPS Wellness Physical and Nutritional Health, Revised June 29, 2017 (Wellness Policy) Some highlights include:
- Water will be available at no charge in the place where lunch meals are served during the meal service. Any elementary school child purchasing lunch is entitled to a free, 8 ounce bottle of water.
- A la carte items should be Smart Snacks compliant
- Total sugar content must be less than or equal to 35% sugar by weight.
- Soda, candy of any type, and donuts are prohibited from sale to students regardless of their nutritional profile (Note: this doesn’t prohibit serving cinnamon buns and other sugar-sweetened items at breakfast.)
- MCPS Elementary School Menus
- Nutrient and ingredient profiles of the food in MCPS
- MCPS Food & Nutrition, Nutrient & Allergen Data
- A la carte:
- At ESS ES, low fat, sugar-sweetened ice cream is available for purchase every Wednesday.
- A variety of a la carte items are available in the school cafeteria separate from meals. All items available for sale are in compliance with JPG-RA. Wellness: Physical and Nutritional Health. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/menus/alacarte.aspx
- Parents have the ability to restrict the purchase of a la carte items. Contact the school cafeteria manager. (Note: this doesn’t apply to breakfast.)
- What school food does my child buy? All school food purchases are tracked and an account history can be requested if there is a need to check how money is being spent. http://www.montgomeryschoolsmd.org/departments/foodserv/debitsystem/default.aspx?id=385154
- Doritos, Fruit Snacks Get the Boot as Montgomery County Schools Ban Certain Additives
- MCPS has instructed their vending company to begin the removal of marketing messages on vending machine fronts for beverages that are not allowed in daytime sales to bring them into compliance with their own wellness policy.
- In September, 2014, MCPS announced a new policy prohibiting from future bids for school food the following chemicals in future MCPS food: Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), trans fat, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 3, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Aspartame, Acesulfame-Potassium, Saccharin, Butylated Hydroxyanisol (BHA), Potassium Bromate, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Tripoly Phoshate (STPP), and Tert-Butylhydroquinone (TBHQ).
As updated July 2017. Click here.