Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Oct 10

PTO Movie Night!  Race To Nowhere- Thursday, Oct 18th- beginning at 6:30PM in the Cougar Cafetorium.  Named one of the top 10 education documentaries by TakePart.com, "Race to Nowhere" is a film and call to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, and contributing citizens. Join a network of schools, colleges, corporations, hospitals, religious institutions and non-profits igniting the “Race to Nowhere” conversation nationwide. Trailer can be found by clicking here.  

For your calendars- CBMS Math Night- Thursday, Oct 25th- 6:30-8PM.  Bring your math thinking caps and be prepared to do some math and learn about our math programs!

On Columbus Day Monday, WWSU Staff was involved in an Inservice Day at HUHS, with a focus on brain research with Dr. Christian Jernstedt.  For more information on Dr. Jernstedt's work, click here.     

For those interested in the Red Cross Babysitting Class, please note that the October and November sessions are full. However a January class has been scheduled.  If there is enough interest, a class will also be scheduled after January 26th.  If interested please contact Mary Holden at Harwood- holdenm@harwood.org  


Letter from Superintendent Brigid Scheffert

Dear WWSU Parents and Faculty,

I am writing to follow up with you after receiving numerous email and phone messages expressing your concerns about the implementation of the new nutrition guidelines. As you are likely aware, schools and families around the country are truly struggling with these changes. More and more parents are reporting hungry kids and the increased need to send in snacks and second lunches to get students through the day.

I believe it will be difficult to get those in charge to understand the true impact. Much of the national press reports responses from officials indicating that the dissatisfaction is simply to be expected citing the transition period. They believe that all this fuss will simply go away in a few months because the students will adjust, and the food service directors will become more creative. USDA officials are suggesting that schools now provide after school snack programs and supper programs for our co-curricular students.

Here are some of the things we can do to both get the real messages to be heard and to get the legislation amended.
  1. Send me email messages (bscheffert@wwsu.org) of your detailed personal stories. Be specific as to how these changes are affecting your kids and family. I am creating a collection of all feedback.
  2. Send messages to legislators. Contact information is provided below. It is important that they understand the real magnitude of what is happening in Vermont.
  3. Send media pieces to local and state sources.
Parents and community members are asking what the consequences will be if we fail to fully comply with these new nutrition regulations. The answer is we simply do not know yet. It is important that we do not confuse receiving the “additional 6 cents on each meal” incentive with the requirements to meet the regulations. Whether or not we get certified and become eligible for the 6 cents, we will still need to meet the requirements. Vermont law requires each school board operating a public school to provide a food program that meets all the requirements of the National School Lunch Act. Therefore, I suppose if you don’t, one could conclude that you cannot operate a public school. Also, some or all of our federal dollars may be at risk, not just those dollars attached to our food programs. I am sure I will learn more over the next several weeks about the enforcement criteria and subsequent corrective actions.

I have scheduled a number of meetings and visits with officials. Our WWSU Executive Committee/Board will continue to discuss our food service situation, review our data over time, and determine our path of advocacy going forward. All of our correspondence, including my press release from last week, can be found on our website at www.wwsu.org. I will keep you posted throughout the year.

Sincerely,
Brigid Scheffert Superintendent of Schools


State Representatives & Senators:

Adam Greshin, Representative
611 Eurich Pond Rd., Warren, VT 05674

(802) 583-3223
adamgreshin@madriver.com

Senator Bill Doyle
186 Murray Rd., Montpelier , VT 05602 (802) 223-2851
wdoyle@leg.state.vt.us

Senator Ann Cummings
24 Colonial Dr., Montpelier, VT 05602 (802) 223-6043
acummings@leg.state.vt.us

US Representatives & Senators:

Representative Peter Welch
30 Main St., 3rd Floor, Suite 350 Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 652-2450
http://welch.house.gov/

Senator Pat Leahy
P.O. Box 933
87 State Street, Room 338 Montpelier, VT 05602

(802) 229-0569
http://www.leahy.senate.gov/

Maxine Grad, Representative
301 Paddy Hill Road, Moretown, VT 05660 (802) 496-7667
maxjg@wcvt.com

Senator Anthony Pollina
93 Story Rd., North Middlesex, VT 05682 (802) 229-5809

apollina@sover.net

Senator Bernie Sanders 1 Church St., 2nd Floor Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 862-0697
http://www.sanders.senate.gov/ 

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