April Wellness Letter

Dear PS 333 Parents, Teachers, Community:

Happy spring everyone!

Hope you all had a wonderful spring break! Things have been busy here at MSC with electives with 5th and 6th graders in full swing and a new set of 8th graders taking cooking classes. A few kindergartener classes have been learning how to make porridge for their fairy tale unit with so many fun toppings. In the electives, we recently made our own no-bake energy bites which were a big hit. So easy and no mystery ingredients included. Recipe below:

Makes 18 20 bites

Ingredients

No-Bake Energy Bar Bites

1 cup oatmeal
1⁄2 cup peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter) 1/3 cup honey
1 cup coconut flakes
1⁄2 cup ground flaxseed
1⁄2 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

Procedure

Add all ingredients above in a medium bowl and mix until thoroughly incorporated. Let mixture chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. Once chilled, roll into bite-sized balls and enjoy! Store in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to one week.

Upcoming this month:

Our next wellness & green meeting will be Tuesday, May 6th right after drop off in the greenhouse. All are welcome!

The 2nd Family Fitness Fun Night will be on Friday May 16th from 5:30 7:30! Come join us for fun fitness workshops and a healthy delicious dinner. It is free for MSC families, and all are welcome.

Greens labs begin on May 13th for 2nd-8th graders. We will be making 2 salad dressings as well as a yogurt dip with strawberries for dessert. Be on the lookout for the brochure with these recipes and more!

Note from Claire:

The MSC Wellness and Green Team has been working tirelessly on improving our waste system in the school. On that note, we have ordered new waste bins and will be re-training staff and children on their use. The process of recycling, composting, re- using and cutting down on waste is part of the holistic education that we value at MSC.

Wellness in the Schools inspires healthy eating, environmental awareness and fitness as a way of life for kids in public schools.

Children as young as kindergarten can be environmental stewards. You can begin to look for the new three-part waste bins in the K-3 classrooms, and we will phase into the 4th-8th soon.

Children should be recycling paper in one bin; recycling bottles, cans and lunch tins in another; composting food waste and then putting as little trash as possible in the trash bin. We will keep the same containers for terracycle.

Please support our work in school by recycling, and re-using outside of school as well. As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

sara@wellnessintheschools.org.

Best,

Sara Fry WITS Liason