Friday, August 19, 2016

Marathon Kids

Kids Running on Track
“You know me. I’m the kid who acts up in class. The budding all-star. The bookworm. The kid who gets picked last. I live in East LA. In Brooklyn. I live in Boise, Idaho. And I want you to coach me.  
You are not just a PE teacher to me - you are a role model. And you can be my Coach. Help me become a Marathon Kid.”
We think you’re pretty inspirational. We know you change lives in your school community. In fact, the below video was inspired by and for you and educators in your community. Marathon Kids and Let’s Move! Active Schools are on the hunt for future Coaches at schools in your district to take kids on a 104.8-mile journey. They’ll set goals, track their miles, learn how to fuel their bodies. They’ll earn exclusive Nike rewards. They’ll watch you - their role models - choose healthy behaviors. And those lessons will stay with them for life. 

Now through Sept. 15 , you can apply for a grant to bring Marathon Kids to your school community this year and give your students even more opportunities to be active before, during or after school - at no cost. We’ve got the program, exclusive Nike rewards and support ready. We even have the funding covered. We just need the Coach. 
Whether you want to start Marathon Kids at your whole school or district, or you know of educators who would be interested in starting a club with the class, follow or forward these three simple steps andapply by Sept. 15  to make sure your kids get up and running with Marathon Kids this year:
  1. Download and read the Pre-Registration Packet(10 minutes)
  2. When the portal opens on Mondayapply for the Marathon Kids Active Schools Grant bySeptember 15.  Only applications submitted via the grant portal will be accepted. (10-15 minutes)
  3. If your school hasn't already, update your Let's Move! Active Schools Assessment for the 2016-17 school year. (5-10 minutes)
Contact with any questions. 
Coach Me Video

Thursday, August 18, 2016

New Skills for Youth Survey

Please complete this survey to create more ways for Ohio students to get high-quality training and skills.  
The Ohio Department of Education believes every young person deserves a pathway to economic success. That is why we are pursuing a grant from the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium and JP Morgan Chase. The three-year grant would allow our state to expand and improve career-focused education that prepares students for high-skill and high-wage jobs.

To prepare for the grant application, the department is conducting a survey to gather information from citizens throughout Ohio, including educators, parents, students, businesses and community organizations. We want to learn about the quality of and access to career preparation resources currently available in schools. This includes next steps needed for building programs, courses or other experiences that support career-ready students.

The department will use the information from the survey to create the grant proposal on how Ohio will increase pathways for students to get the training and skills they need to compete for jobs.

Here is the New Skills for Youth survey. We encourage you to participate in the survey and to share it with your family, friends and community. Thank you for helping us in this effort.



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  • Child labor laws to protect against unsafe working practices and conditions
  •  Federally funded hot lunches that feed 26 million children today in our public schools
  • A separate juvenile justice system so children won't be tried and incarcerated as adults
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OH Action for Healthy Kids: August News

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Bring Recess Home this August!

It’s the last few weeks of summer and what better way to enjoy it then being outdoors? It’s time to turn off your TV, computer and other electronics, and bring recess home by playing schoolyard games, like kickball or Four Square, in your backyard. Remind kids that they should aim for 60 minutes of physical activity each day! Encourage your kids to keep track of their physical activity minutes and set goals with them. Check out Game On’s Health at Home activities for more ideas!

NEW Grants: Boost Your School Breakfast Participation – HURRY, these grants won’t last long

  • Is your school looking to increase breakfast participation? Are you participating in CEP or offering breakfast at no charge for all students? AFHK has NEW breakfast grants available for School Breakfast Promotion or School Breakfast Family Engagement.  Go to our grants page online to view eligibility criteria and important deadline information.  Questions?  Contact the AFHK Breakfast Grants Manager today.

Upcoming Webinars:

Wellness Wednesday: Walking and Running Initiatives in School
Wednesday September 14, 2016 4:00-4:30 ET (30 minutes)

Join Action for Healthy Kids for our first 2016-2017 school year Wellness Wednesday Webinar to learn about how your school can implement walking and biking initiatives both in school and as active transportation options! Hear examples from AFHK schools and get your kids moving today!  


Contact Kristen O'Connor, OH AFHK State Coordinator

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Four Simple Tips to Grow Your PTA

Source: National PTA / One Voice Blog
College Students Having Informal Meeting With Tutors
Many schools have a base of “die-hard” PTA fans. These are the parents who keep renewing their membership in the PTA year after year, with little or no prompting. But the base of die-hard fans simply isn’t big enough to sustain your PTA membership. The good news: If you provide enough value, many more people would join your PTA.

Tip #1: Provide strong financial benefits for joining the PTA:
  • Try to arrange discounts from local businesses (e.g., pizza parlor or ice cream shop) for PTA members.
  • Set up discounts on your online store for your PTA members.
  • Create small “perks” for PTA members at every school or PTA event (free popcorn at a movie night, an extra free scoop of ice cream at a school carnival, etc.)
Tip #2: Provide non-financial benefits such as information and feeling of belonging.
Keep your school community informed and “in the loop”:
  • Post a school calendar online.
  • Provide information about school-wide events such as concerts, sporting events, fundraisers.
  • Invite everyone to general PTA meetings.
  • Publish a monthly newsletter with updates on past and upcoming events.
Instead of using an email distribution list, consider using an online communication portal such as SimplyCircle to keep the communication flow going. It sends your communications via email, but also creates a calendar of all the events (complete with automatic reminders to maximize participation), and a permanent and private archive of all updates, documents and photos that you share.

Tip #3: Make everyone feel included and feel like part of the community.
If you have a large Spanish-speaking community, make sure to provide all of your information both in English and in Spanish.
Sponsor events such as New Family Orientation or Ice Cream Social–let people get to know each other in a casual, fun setting.
Organize Community Service events and give back to your broader community.
Emphasize that by becoming a member of the PTA, they get a voice and voting rights in decisions affecting their school and their children.

Tip #4: Make people feel valued and appreciated, and let them express their appreciation of others.

Thank your school volunteers in a creative and unique way, like calling them out by name in a school newspaper or sending them handwritten thank you notes from the students.

Don’t forget to organize a Teacher Appreciation event, which gives parents an opportunity to thank their child’s amazing teachers for all the great work they do.
Happy growing!

Dr. Elena Krasnoperova is the Founder and CEO of SimplyCircle, a popular parent portal for classrooms, PTAs, schools and other parent communities. She is a mother of two children in elementary school, and an active member of the PTA.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Zika Virus

Webinar:  Zika Virus Response Planning:  What School Administrators Need to Know
Friday, August 19th, 2016, 1:30-2:30 PM EST

Please join us on Friday, August 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST to hear a special presentation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and theDepartment of Education titled Zika Virus Response Planning: What School Administrators Need to Know

As the school year begins, many of you may have questions on CDC’s guidance Zika Virus Response Planning: Interim Guidance for District and School Administrators in the Continental United States and Hawaii,  and how schools can prepare for potential cases of Zika. We are excited to have Dr. Eric Dziuban, Chief Medical Officer in the Division of Human Development and Disability at CDC and lead for the Children’s Health Team of the CDC Zika Virus Response, provide an overview of the guidance.  In addition to the guidance, Dr. Dziuban will also discuss the following topics:
·         Zika basics
·         Roles and responsibilities of school officials and public health authorities
·         Planning for possible Zika transmission in K-12 schools
·         School preparations for mosquito-borne transmission of Zika in local areas, and
·         Considerations for child care, camp, and higher education settings

Instructions to access the Webinar:
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