Junior Chef Competition and Herbs from ESS Garden

This year we are hosting a Junior Chef Competition during the International Night dinner. All ESS kids are invited to participate! The idea is that the kids make a special dish to bring to the International Night dinner where guest judges will sample each dish and give prizes out to the top three recipes. The recipes will also be highlighted in the Wellness Committee newsletter.
If you are interested please return the handout to your child’s homeroom teacher. This handout should have gone home in folders this week but I’ve attached a copy if your child did not receive one. Please be sure to include your child’s name and the list of ingredients on the dish. We will hide the names during the judging.
Thanks to our ESS Garden Coordinator, Marla Nix, any students participating in the Junior Chef Competition during International Night are welcome to select herbs in the ESS Garden. Ms. Nix says there is a lot of thyme, lots of lemon balm, a small amount of chives and some mint. If your junior chefs needs any of those herbs for their dishes for the cooking competition, please let me know and we’ll make sure your student gets the herbs in time for the competition.
Happy Cooking!

After Halloween Candy Donation Project 2016 (Spanish, Amharic)

Hey Students! During November 1st through November 4th 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 Monday, 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, click here.

WHAT: Candy donation and Thank You Letter

FOR: Shepard’s Table

WHEN: November 1-4 (Tuesday thru Friday) during school 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 us: esswellnesscommittee@gmail.com

And here’s the info in Spanish and Amharic — Halloween Candy Donation Project Spanish and Amharic

Local Urgent Care Providing FREE Halloween Candy Screening 

For those participating in Halloween, local urgent care provider Patient First on 16th St in Silver Spring is providing free candy X Ray screening for any families interested. The screening may help to detect any dangerous, added items in candy such as plastics, sharp objects, etc. See the flyer below.

National School Lunch Week — Plan a #CafeteriaDate

This week is National School Lunch Week. While the ESS cafeteria is a bit space restricted for hosting a Bring Your Parents to Lunch type of event, MCPS allows parents to attend lunch with their student. Just need to plan ahead and call the office as a courtesy for Cafeteria staff.

Consider planning a #CafeteriaDate with your ESS student to check out what’s on the menu and say thank you to the hardworking cafeteria staff.   Here’s a tip sheet and more info for your #CafeteriaDate.

Cucumbers from the ESS Garden

From Back to School Night, some cucumbers from the ESS PTA Wellness Committee’s table. Tasty and fresh! Over the summer the garden produced over 30 pounds of cucumbers.


Walk to School Day, 10-5-2016

Happy Walk to School Day!

In celebration of the day, the Safe Routes to School folks are releasing maps for families to help plan walk or bike routes to school all year long. Here’s the ESS map. Big thanks to Lucy Nehr from the City of Takoma Park for leading the effort on the map.


Some pictures from today’s event:

Remembering Philando Castile

We wanted to pass along this podcast episode in memory of Philando Castile. Castile was a Cafeteria Supervisor in Saint Paul, MN. You may recall that he was shot by police during a traffic stop earlier this year. Passing on this podcast, Inside School Food, because it’s great memorandum of him and provides some insight into the very important role cafeteria staff play.

Castile’s school was a pioneer in farm-to-school, cook from scratch kitchens, “choice bars”  featuring Minnesota grown produce and connections with community farmers. As a Cafeteria Supervisor he had the dynamic role of being responsible for managing food allergies, ordering and receiving, cooking and preparing fresh food and keeping the food services environment safe and clean, as well as providing customer service and crowd control.

PODCAST: Inside School Food / Remember Philando Castile