Fall Newsletter: http://gsschool.wixsite.com/gsnutrition
Parent Guide to Food Safety at Givins/Shaw
Our Anaphylaxis Prevention Approach
As you are probably aware, we have a number of students at our school who have life-threatening food allergies, and we have, as a school and a community, worked to establish practices and systems to ensure that all our students are able to enjoy a safe and inclusive learning environment. You’ve no doubt received various communications from our school and partner organizations about how we are doing this, and you’ve probably been careful to follow the guidelines and requests.
But it can be so confusing. Sometimes the guidelines seem unclear, and the requests inconsistent. Which foods are safe or un-safe? What can we send to school with our kids? What are we supposed to do?
To help clarify, we’ve pulled together this fact-sheet, along with some responses to commonly asked questions and points of confusion.
Givins/Shaw Nutrition Committee
OUR MISSION: The GS Nutrition Committee is committed to providing students with a daily, healthy, nutrient-rich morning snack so that our students are ready to learn and participate. We are committed to building healthy eating habits in our school community.
1. Enhance the quality, nutritional value and diversity of our morning snack program by: making changes to our menu, sourcing new suppliers/vendors and providing volunteer support to our nutrition coordinator, as needed
2. Reduce waste from the morning snack and maximizing recycling and composting
3. Enhance nutrition and wellness education for students and the GS community
Identify fundraising needs and lead initiatives accordingly with the support of the community
- Removed chocolate milk from the morning snack and decreased the amount of sugary yogurts being offered
- Held the first movie night fundraiser at the school which was a big success!
- Published a cookbook with the help of the community that featured family favourite recipes (first batch of 100 cookbooks were sold in about a week!)
- Shared learning resources with teachers and students with the help of our local Loblaw's "Nutrition in our Aisles" free program
- Introduced the Nutrition Newsletter in January of 2016 with helpful information, monthly menus, great articles from nutrition professionals and amazing recipes
- Began using Green Shift compostable spoons for our yogurt snacks
- Expanded the diversity of our snacks. Just some of the new menu items offered last year included: edamame, Ozery’s pitas, and fresh fruit smoothies
Look! for a Nutrition Committee donation envelope in your child’s backpack this term. Your contributions make this program possible and will go towards improving our morning snack for our kids!
Read! our Nutrition newsletter coming this fall and get your monthly snack menu, great recipes and all upcoming event info.
Questions? please reach out to one of the Nutrition Committee members : Melissa Armstrong, Diana Chansamone, Dora Chiu, Alex Diaz Januzzi (Snack Coordinator), Shannon Groulx, Lorraine Roth , Penny Pantazopoulos, Jean Scranton