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Leschi PTA and Madrona PTSA Provide Nutrition Breaks for Students
Students at Leschi Elementary and Madrona PreK-8 are enjoying afternoon "nutrition breaks" thanks to new PTA/PTSA-run programs that aim to improve student concentration and behavior through healthy eating.
Leschi was the first to start a nutrition break program this fall, and Madrona soon followed suit, launching a similar program in November.
Madrona's "Snack Attack" program offers students a healthy snack such as fresh apples, oranges or cheese each afternoon. The program replaces the need for parents to provide snacks or for teachers to purchase snacks for the classroom. One parent does the shopping and then parent volunteers meet every Monday morning to wash, cut, and divide the food into plastic bags for each classroom for the whole week.
"The emphasis on our program is on providing fresh fruits, vegetables and high protein foods to students in the afternoon. This gives students a nutrition break and gets them to try things they might not otherwise eat. The program also alleviates some of the snack-time responsibilities from teachers so they have more time to focus on other things," said Jennifer Reyes, one of Madrona's snack program coordinators.
Parents pay $22 per student for the entire school year, but the program is free to those families who cannot afford the extra cost, thanks to donations. The PTSA also received community support from Albert Lee Appliances which donated a free refrigerator to the PTSA after being approached about the program. Currently, snacks are provided to students in kindergarten through 5th grade, but the PTSA plans to extend the program to all grades by January 1 as they continue to build funding.
"Organizing a program like this may seem daunting at first, but with a group of committed volunteers, everyone pitches in and it only actually takes about an hour of our time each week," says Reyes.
PTSA parent volunteers prepare fresh snacks for the Snack Attack nutrition
break program at Madrona PreK-8.
Madrona Teacher Invited to D.C. to speak
at educational briefing
Ms. Rachelle Moore, mentor with the Seattle Teacher Residency, and her former resident, Ms. Kristen Le, were invited to speak as panelists at a briefing on Capitol Hill hosted by Senator Patty Murray last week. Moore and Le shared their residency experiences at the briefing, while also speaking on behalf of the Coalition for Teaching Quality which advocates for "profession ready" educators. At the briefing, the Coalition released a roadmap document for "Profession Ready Teachers and Principals for Each and Every Child."
Please click on this link to read the Seattle Times blog article: http://blogs.seattletimes.com/educationlab/2014/10/09/teacher-residency-patty-murray-dave-reichert/
Welcome to Madrona K-8!
Located in the heart of one of Seattle’s most historic and vibrant neighborhoods.
A public school has been in this location in Seattle since 1890. From humble beginnings in 1890, the property has undergone many changes over time to become the present day Madrona K-8 School, culminating in a renovation to our current facility in the 2000-01 school years. Our facility is in excellent condition and is one of the gems of the Seattle Public School System. It’s design as a K-8 incorporates 2 wings (one for K-5 and one for middle school), state of the art science labs in middle school, a regulation size gym, a spacious library, a stage with sound system, a computer lab, learning garden, art room with kiln, nurses station with full-time nurse, and full service kitchen facility where breakfast and lunch are served daily throughout the school year.
Madrona K-8 Back to School BBQ on 8/29/2013.
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