Food today is really getting a lot of attention for being over processed, filled with harmful chemicals and preservatives, high amounts of sugar and sodium, and genetically modified organisms.
That's why when I wrote the charter,I made it a point to provide healthy menu options for students.
Here's an excerpt from our charter application:
It will be our goals to provide foods such as organic whole grains, organic vegetables, and organic fruits, lean proteins, while eliminating chemical food colorings, preservatives, refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, aspartame, and other harmful and unnatural ingredients.
GreenWood will work with local farmers to bring in as much local and organic, non-GMO foods as possible.
The school lunch program also provides student and family education regarding nutrition and basic exercise. Our school breakfast and lunch program will ensure that every child, including those that are economically disadvantaged, will have access to at least two nutritious meal a day.
For many parents, this is a big deal. Please make sure that the school lunch and breakfast programs give you the highest quality food and that they live up to their obligations. They should also offer vegetarian and vegan options for your children.
I wanted Health & Wellness to be a huge part of the GreenWood curriculum. It is written in the charter that students will receive 60 minutes of daily exercise. Thirty of those minutes may be in the form of two structured recesses while the other thirty minutes will be in the form of a thirty minute daily structured PE class.
The director told me she would not be able to fit in the thirty minute structured PE class daily but could fit it in once per week and then would rely on teachers to do several five minute stretching and brain breaks during their class each day.
Although that is a good idea to have students taking breaks and stretching during class - it should not replace the daily structured PE class that was originally put in place to allow students to stay fit and get the cardio exercise they deserve. Will all teachers actually take the time to incorporate this into the daily lessons? As a parent, I would feel better knowing that my child is heading to a PE class each day.
Page 7 of the charter application already states that 50% of class time instruction must allow children to move and stretch while learning. This is in addition to the daily 30 minute structured PE class.
Parents, it is up to you to make sure your children are given that 60 minutes of daily exercise that was promised to you in the beginning. Speak up and let the leadership know what you want and expect for your children.
Environmental education and stewardship is so important in today's world. That is why I chose to make it one of the focus points of the school.
I heard that GreenWood has hired an environmental teacher who used to work at the Ogden Nature Center and is supposed to be really great! That's good news.
Today, more than ever, it is important to work together and to appreciate and honor each other's diverse talents and skills.
I really hope that honoring diversity is important to the leadership of the school. The director made it a point to let me know that studies show that marriages last longer when the two people have similar interests and more in common. (yes, I know that was a hint to let me know that we don't see eye-to-eye). I'll accept that philosophy for marriage but for a community school - diversity is good. It is especially good to have a diverse leadership who can relate to all community members, students, parents - not just those who think the same or have the same beliefs. This is a community school - not a marriage.