Smart Start Healthy Kids Initiative
Instilling healthy habits from the start!
Through physical activity, reduced screen time, and instilling healthy habits, we are committed to creating healthy and fit lifelong learners.
Cake, cookies, ice cream and other unhealthy treats are not permitted. Below are examples of over 400 healthy alternatives you can bring in to share in your child’s special day. Please remember that in support of our healthy initiative, candy is not permitted in goodie bags. You may include non-candy items, little toys and healthy alternatives in your goodie bag treats. Please keep in mind that items smaller than the hole of a toilet paper tube presents a choking hazard and should be left out of goodie bags. Also balloons are not permitted on our school campus. Click on the button below to see 28 pages of healthy birthday and other holiday snacks.
Health and Nutrition Education
Health and nutrition topics are taught in school science lab & children grow vegetable in school garden, conduct measurements, field studies, make predictions, and harvest and eat veggies. Parents report that they eat more vegetables at home when they grow them in school.
Here are some things the children can do in the garden
In addition to 90 minutes per day of physical activity on the playground, all children participate in soccer classes: ages 2 and 3 once a week, and children ages 4 through 6 twice a week. To reduce screen time for VPK children, the use of tablet technology is limited to 20 minutes once a week as we would rather focus on hands on learning. There is no television in the school. Twenty misting fans have been installed throughout the playgrounds, decreasing temperatures by 10 degrees, allowing longer playground times without the children getting overheated, and keeping mosquitoes away.
Oral Health: Parents pay a $40 annual Oral Health Fee. That $0.13 per day entitles their child to a disposable toothbrush to be used daily after lunch.