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the healthy scholar initiativE
Empowering parents to make healthier choices for their children

Mission Statement 

The Healthy Scholar Initiative is a PTO-run advocacy group aimed at making the Scholars Academy a greener and safer environment.  This initiative strives to encourage involvement and build partnerships between faculty, administration, parents and the student body.  


2019 Grade 4-8 Health Fair:
In partnership with Ms. Phelps and Clean Juice, students from grades 4 to 8 participated in SA's first Healthy Living Fair.  Samples of infused waters and a variety of fresh healthy foods were available to try.  A workshop in yoga and meditation was also provided by our staff.  


HEALTHY MESSAGES:

Healthy Scholars strives to find new fun ways to encourage kids to make healthy choices.  Research shows that children can be primed to order healthier fast food items merely by thinking about what their favorite superhero would eat.  It's a fun way to convince children to eat more healthy foods!


TIPS AND TREATS

Here at Scholars we have a lot of students with food allergies. Have you seen a teal pumpkin and wondered what it meant?  The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season by providing allergen free or non-candy items.   Click here for more information.


Looking for tips to  provide a less sugary Halloween?  Click the picture for great ideas!


CLASSROOM BIRTHDAY BUNDLES

This program began as a way to raise awareness about better practices in the classroom. Birthday packages offer an alternative to birthday treats that are all too often laden with sugar and artificial dyes. Proceeds from the sales of the birthday bundles will go toward supporting teachers in their efforts to promote healthier practices in the classroom. 

Fill out the online order form below.  You will receive an email confirming your order.  Delivery of the bundle will be to the homeroom class on the birthdate or school day closest to birthdate.  It is at the teacher's discretion when the bundle will be distributed.

ORDER FORM



COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS

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The ColorCycle program has repurposed more than 70 tons of expended markers in the United States and Canada since 2013, and uses the most advanced plastic conversion technologies available today to make wax compounds for asphalt and roofing shingles as well as to generate electricity that can be used to heat homes, cook food, and power vehicles. 

All around Scholars Academy, students and teachers will be collecting used markers that are ready to be discarded. Please help support our efforts by sending your kids in with any used markers you may have around the house- even non-Crayola brands! Highlighters and dry erase markers can also be included. Drop-off boxes will be located at the front desk and the art room for your child to deposit the markers - just look for the ColorCycle Drop Here poster!

Thank you in advance for participating! With the help of parents like you across the country, the Crayola ColorCycle program can continue to keep tons of plastic out of landfills each year.  Remember, don’t throw out that used marker—ColorCycle it!

If you have any questions or want to help, please contact Sabrina Liner at sabrinaliner@gmail.com



Extended Care's Keep Calm Corner

What is a Keep Calm Corner?    

  • It is not a punishmentpartnersPhoto1
  • It is a place to calm down, relax, and take your own "time-out" before you make a decision that might earn you a "time-out"/consequence
The Keep Calm Corner includes...    
  • Comfortable seating, calm lighting, privacy
  • Books to read, books to color/draw in
  • Sensory items
    • Fidgets
    • Thinking putty and/or play dough
    • Visual Timer
    • Glitter Bottles
  • Feelings poster/pictures
  • "Think Sheets" aka "Reflection Logs"
These items, particularly sensory items, are very expensive. Thankfully, the Keep Calm Corner was able to receive sponsorship between our PTO as well as a parent, Mr. Randeep Singh to make it really special- THANK YOU!


Guardians of the Globe's Bamboo Grove

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In the spring of 2017, the "Guardians of the Globe" 4th grade group, led by Ms. Bartnik raised funds to install a natural bamboo privacy screen between the upper grade level playground and the factory. By 4 years, the 4th graders should have a full thick grove to leave behind.

This bamboo will not only serve to provide privacy and minimize noise, but also as renewable resource that absorbs greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide) and releases 35% more oxygen into the atmosphere than an equivalent strand of trees. Bamboo has an amazing growth rate, virtually no waste, and nearly every part of the plant is usable!

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