15 LCPS Schools Win Big With School Garden Scholarships

This spring, School Nutrition Services and Loudoun County Health Department (LCHD) teamed up to award 15 schools with scholarships to help develop and sustain their school garden programs. The partnership between LCHD and School Nutrition has been ongoing for the past 3 years. They have supported LCPS school garden initiatives by supplying nearly 150 indoor hydroponic self-watering vertical garden towers, soil, seeds, and garden kits to PK – 12 classrooms in the county. Jennifer Brady, Obesity and Chronic Disease Prevention Educator for LCHD, said “Pairing hands-on gardening education with nutrition education has been shown to increase a child’s likelihood to try new vegetables and this is the outcome we have heard anecdotally from teachers. LCPS kids are enjoying kale after growing it in their garden towers much to the surprise of their parents!”

Dr. Becky Domokos-Bays, Director of School Nutrition, described the school garden program as “an inter-disciplinary approach to nutrition education accomplished by coordinating school gardens, school cafeterias and physical education provides students with authentic, rich experiences that is helping them make nutritious choices is exciting. Students of all ages and abilities are learning life long positive health habits through the this valuable partnership.”

This year, thanks to funding from the Virginia Department of Health, LCHD provided $15,000 in additional supplies to gardens in 15 schools based on the individual needs of each school. Interested teachers completed an evaluation of their gardens and were able to request funding for the specific items they needed to take their school gardens to the next level. This ranged from lumber and rakes for gardens just starting out to more advanced gardening supplies like permaculture materials. School Nutrition Services utilized some of the funds received from their USDA Farm to School Planning Grant to provide additional supplies and tools to the select schools. They will also work with these schools during the upcoming school year to provide hands-on educational opportunities for the students.

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2018 School Garden Scholarship Winners:

Middleburg Charter Academy: $500
Lovettsville Elementary: $500
Mercer Middle : $1,000
Frederick Douglass Elementary: $3,000
Meadowland Elementary: $1,000
Rolling Ridge Elemetary: $1,000
Heritage High: $500
Loudoun Valley High: $500
Sully Elementary: $1,000
Smarts Mill Middle: $1,000
Cedar Lane Elementary: $500
Belmont Station Elementary: $1,000
JM Lunsford Middle: $1,000
Park View High: $1,000
Pinebrook Elementary: $1,500

For more information on school gardens or the farm to school program in LCPS, contact Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org.

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2018 PowerFUEL Summer Meal Sites

School Nutrition Services is pleased to announce the 2018 #PowerFUEL summer meal sites.

Loudoun County Public Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Meal Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during the meal service. Meals will be provided on a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Parkview HS & Briar Woods HS

  • BRK 8:30 AM-9:00 AM Lunch 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
  • July 2nd- Aug 3rd Monday – Friday Closed July 4th

Forest Grove ES, Guilford ES, Rolling Ridge ES, Sugarland ES, Sully ES

  • BRK 8:00 – 8:30 Lunch 12:30 – 1:00
  • July 9th -27th Monday – Friday

Leesburg ES

  • Lunch ONLY 11:00 – 12:00
  • June 18th – August 3rd Monday – Friday

Sterling Public Library Library

  • BRK 10:00 -10:30 Lunch 2:00 – 2:30
  • June 14th – August 3rd Monday – Friday Closed July 4th

Camp Rock (Fields & Heritage) Check schedule below:

  • June 25 Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • June 26 Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • June 27 Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 9    Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 10  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 12  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 13  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 16  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 17  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 18  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 19  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 23  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 24  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 25  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 26  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 30  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • July 31  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug  6   Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug  7   Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug  8   Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug 13  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug 14  Heritage BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 – 12:30 Fields Lunch 1:30 – 2:00
  • Aug 15  Fields BRK 9:30 – 10:00 Lunch 12:00 -12:30 Heritage Lunch 1:30 – 2:00

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3017), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed for or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov

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School Nutrition Wins Big at State Conference

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In March, Loudoun County School Nutrition Services local chapter took home several awards at the School Nutrition Association of Virginia State Conference in Hampton, Virginia. The awards received by Loudoun County members:

  • 100% Membership Award for the central office team.
  • Cow of a Different Color Award for the highest percentage increase for an individual chapter for Virginia.
  • Holy Cow Award for the largest membership increase for an individual chapter in Virginia.
  • Mayra Rosales, School Nutrition Manager at Creighton’s Corner Elementary, received the SNA-VA Marketing Award for her dedication to marketing her program through harvest of the month promotions and the successful cultural night sampling event, where parents, students and administration had the opportunity to test and provide feedback on a variety of culturally diverse vegetarian menu items such as paneer cheese.
  • Cathy Wilson, School Nutrition Manager at Frederick Douglass Elementary, received the SNA-VA Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Award for her efforts to integrate school nutrition into the thriving school garden program at the school. Cathy and her team harvest items with students and work with them to provide taste parties and activities throughout the year.
  • Kirk Dolson, Principal at Park View HS, received the Friends of SNA-VA Award for his tireless efforts to partner in the successful After School Fuel supper program, being a member of the district wellness committee and supporting the new Patriot Patch garden program.
  • School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator, Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS, received the Helen G. Ward Scholarship to support her educational goals as she is currently completing her Master of Business Administration in Marketing at Liberty University.
  • Rose Custer, School Nutrition Manager at Horizon Elementary, Niki Kanavas, School Nutrition Manager at Dominion Trail Elementary, and Debbie Turner, School Nutrition Manager at Loudoun County High School, each received recognition for their 20 years of service in school nutrition.

There are currently 108 active members in the association who are employed by LCPS School Nutrition. School Nutrition Association of Virginia promotes quality school nutrition programs, provides educational opportunities and affects regulatory and legislative issues concerning school nutrition.

For more information visit www.lcpshealthycafe.org or contact Stefanie Dove, RDN, SNS at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org.

School Nutrition Helps Guilford Elementary Introduce PBL Unit

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Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator

Last week, School Nutrition worked with the third-grade students at Guilford Elementary to kick off their year-long PBL project. The driving question for this unit is “how can we as young chefs, make healthy choices at school and at home?” Stefanie Dove, RDN and Marketing Coordinator, has collaborated with the teachers at Guilford to guide students with this project through a variety of activities from fruit and vegetable taste tests, recipe writing and development, cooking, and menu planning.

The introduce this project, Willowsford Farm and School Nutrition Services donated produce for all third-grade students, teachers and their parents to sample a variety of seasonal produce. The taste party included: broccoli, purple cabbage, radishes, spinach, carrots, apples, pears, roasted squash and beets. All students tried the items together while discussing the importance of trying new foods and eating a variety of fruits and vegetables to fuel their bodies with essential vitamins and minerals. At the end of the taste party, 10 students were randomly selected to take bags of produce home with them so that they could encourage their families to try new foods as well.

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For more information on this Project-Based Learning (PBL) project or to collaborate on a project or nutrition education activity, please contact Stefanie Dove, RDN at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org

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Putting School Nutrition in the Spotlight at the 1st Annual Regional Garden Summit

Written By: Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator

On October 14th, 2017, DC Greens hosted the first annual Regional School Garden Summit at Ludlow-Taylor Elementary in Washington, D.C. The goal of the Summit was to nurture the emerging regional network of nonprofits, schools, and government agencies interested in capacity and network building around school gardens by providing a space to learn, share best practices and make new connections. The day consisted of panel discussions covering topics such as innovative school garden program models, sustaining school gardens through public policy and advocacy, growing networks, and collaborative efforts to connect gardens and the cafeteria.

Stefanie Dove, RDN, School Nutrition Marketing Coordinator for Loudoun County Schools Department of School Nutrition, sat on the panel to discuss the ways LCPS utilizes school gardens as educational tools to connect the concepts to school meals. LCPS Cafe also provided copies of their School Garden Toolkit in the gift bags for all attendees. Mark Pankau, Physical Education Teacher at Guilford Elementary, sat on a panel to discuss the importance of growing school garden networks.

In the afternoon, all 75 attendees were provided a lunch that was prepared using ingredients from the school garden. After lunch, attendees were shuttled onto buses where they spent the afternoon touring several school gardens across the district. The summit ended with an evening of networking with other school garden advocates in the region.

For more information on the school garden program in Loudoun County, please contact Stefanie Dove at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org.

Guilford Elementary Set Begin Garden to Cafeteria Program

In the spring of 2017 Guilford Elementary was honored to receive a $1,500 grant from the Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF), to install six raised grade level garden beds as part of Health and Wellness PBL project at Guilford. The purpose is to integrate nutrition lessons through planting and harvesting of grade level crops. Guilford has also been named one of the LCPS schools for the new School Garden to Cafeteria pilot program through the School Nutrition Office. The project has ties to all grade levels and is facilitated by Mark Pankau, Health and Physical Educator for Guilford.

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Project Based Learning is the second phase on all Loudoun County Public School campuses following the One to the World (OTTW) projects of last school year. The driving question that our students will be investigating will be, “How will growing our own food help us make decisions for our future?”.

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Guilford has already made great progress in our PBL and OTTW integration across grade levels and disciplines with specialists supporting grade levels as exhibited in our wellness and physical education in the areas of nutrition for third grade, exploring the different Virginia Regions through physical activity and supporting planting and growth with the KinderGARDEN projects. These are examples, like the grade level garden beds and highlights how school Specialists can support classroom core curriculum while making meaningful connections for children.
In July Mr. Pankau was contacted by the Loudoun Health Office with information on the Virginia Food Access Network Day of Action on September 29th. The VFAN goals are to raise awareness of organizations working to increase food access to improve nutrition and end hunger. A second goal is to encourage the promotion of food access by facilitating volunteer opportunities.
The Garden to Cafeteria project will provide students hands on skills, while supporting the needs of the Loudoun community. The grade level gardens ribbon cutting on September 29th, will be the kickoff event to the LCPS pilot school program and the VFAN Day of Action.

For more information please contact Mark Pankau at mpankau@lcps.org or Stefanie Dove, RDN at stefanie.dove@lcps.org

School Nutrition Is Here To Help

The Loudoun County Public Schools Department of School Nutrition is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals including Registered Dietitians, that are dedicated to students’ health, well being and their ability to learn. We are taking the lead to promote nutrition, wellness and physical activity for our students. Check out our district’s new interactive and user friendly Nutrition Services website by visiting www.lcpshealthycafe.org.

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Good nutrition leads to great academic performance. When your nutritional needs are met it is easier to focus and learn. When you are physically fit you are more alert, more positive and enjoy a better quality of life. Combine good nutrition with physical activity and you will have a winning combination to succeed in school. Our team is also here to help our students, parents, teachers and community partners develop and grow the farm to school program in our district.  Whether we assist with garden implementation, taste parties or nutrition educations or work with our local farmers to organize activities in the classroom, we are always happy to help!

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Along with information about menus, food allergy guidelines, meal applications, and online payments…you will find interactive nutrition lesson plans, nutrition videos, nutrition games, fitness calculators, fun activities, and healthy recipes…and it is all updated quarterly! Want to access this information from your mobile device? Download our FREE app!

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In Loudoun County, it is cool to eat at school and Nutrition Services is committed to helping you form the healthy habits today that will last a lifetime! Stop by and try one of our new menu items to help you fuel up for the day!

For more information on our program, please contact Stefanie Dove, RDN at Stefanie.Dove@LCPS.org or (571) 252-6502.