Waste Free Lunch!

A waste-free lunch program is a process of educating students, parents, and school staff about where our trash ends up and how we, as individuals, can reduce the amount of trash we generate. Waste-free lunch programs favor the use of reusable food containers, drink containers, utensils, and napkins. They discourage the use of disposable packaging, such as prepackaged foods, plastic bags, juice boxes and pouches, paper napkins, and disposable utensils.

http://www.wastefreelunches.org/index.html

What does a waste-free lunch look like?

A Typical American Lunch
(DISPOSABLE)

  • sandwiches sealed in plastic bags
  • fruits and vegetables in plastic bags
  • prepackaged chips, cookies, fruit bars, granola bars, cheeses, and fruit leathers
  • prepackaged yogurts, applesauces, and puddings
  • crackers, pretzels, chips, and other snack foods sealed in plastic bags
  • disposable juice boxes, juice pouchs, soda cans, water bottles, and milk cartons
  • plastic forks and spoons
  • paper napkins
  • reusable lunchboxes and disposable paper and plastic bags

A Waste-Free Lunch
(REUSABLE)

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

*With this type of lunch, lunch food items can be bought in larger quantities. The packaging can be left at home for reuse or recycling. Waste-free lunches are not only a wise environmental choice, but they are less expensive as well.

What does it cost to pack a waste-free lunch?

A Disposable Lunch
1 egg salad sandwich$1.25
1 yogurt.85
1 granola bar.45
1 apple.30
1 package of carrots and dip.65
3 plastic bags.12
1 juice pouch.35
1 plastic spoon.04
1 paper napkin.01
TOTAL$4.02
A Waste-free Lunch
1 egg salad sandwich$1.25
1 serving of yogurt.50
1 serving of granola.35
1 apple.30
1 serving of carrots and dip.25
water0
cloth napkin0
stainless steel spoon0
packaging0
TOTAL$2.65

The Bottom Line

Disposable LunchWaste-Free Lunch
$4.02 / day$2.65 / day
$20.10 / week$13.25 / week
$723.60 / school year$477.00 / school year


723.60 – 477.00 = $246.60 savings per school year per person

“The Great Balancing Act”

Please join us on Wednesday Oct 16th, 12:15 pm at the Little Silver Women’s Club for our first PTO meeting of the year! Lisa Hillman, MSW, LCSW, CP, owner of Exceptional Wellness Counseling in Shrewsbury will discuss the importance of free time in our modern life.  Her presentation will include why free time is important, the impact of being overscheduled, and figuring it out for your own family! 

https://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/fashion/over-scheduled-children-how-big-a-problem.html

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/overscheduled-child-may-lead-to-bored-teen#3

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2017/05/10/the-myth-of-the-overscheduled-child/

https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/how-play-time-outside-helps-kids#1

Lunch from Angelo’s of Little Silver is available for purchase on Membership Toolkit. Lunch will include sandwich or salad, chips and a small dessert. Bring your reusable water bottle! We will pick the BINGO card winner!

Lisa Hillman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Certified Psychodramatist (CP). She is the founder and owner of Exceptional Wellness Counseling. Lisa has been in private practice for over 15 years. She started Exceptional Wellness Counseling in 2013 due to lack of services in the area. Lisa works with at risk children and adolescents, adults, couples and families. She has served as a school social worker, a behavioral consultant for the New jersey public schools, and has led over 100 therapeutic groups. She has presented workshops nationally, and serves as a trainer at the collegiate level and at private schools.

Getting Started with Membership Toolkit!

Having trouble getting started on Membership Toolkit? Email us @ lspto07739@gmail.com for a step by step tutorial.

Reasons to register:

Provide your contact details to the PTO so we can update you on our events (we don’t get it from the school!)

Ability to sign up to volunteer at events and to enter the room parent lottery!

Access to our store for the ECA Program, tickets to our events and more!

And for Members only, you can access our online directory and connect with classmates! New this year, student emails and phones can be entered and all members of your family can have the app on their mobile device.

Go to Bed! Healthy Sleep Habits and Sleep Disorders in Children

Tuesday, April 9th at 7 pm in the Markham media center, come hear Dr. Matt Davis, sleep specialist and neurologist with Neurology Specialists of Monmouth County and Sleep Dynamics, talk about sleep disorders in childhood and the importance of sleep for children. He will review current recommendations, problems that arise when we don’t get enough sleep, common sleep disorders among children, and how to improve sleep quality.



Dr. Davis is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and attended medical school at the University of Buffalo. His neurology residency and fellowship in sleep medicine was at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. 
Dr. Davis is board certified in neurology and sleep medicine.  He is the associate medical director and section chief of the neurology division at Sleep Dynamics in Neptune, NJ.  He also currently holds a position at Rutgers-Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Neurology.

In addition to general adult neurology, Dr. Davis has special interest and training in adult and pediatric sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, disorders of excessive sleep, such as narcolepsy, and parasomnias, such as sleepwalking.  He manages and interprets home sleep testing from our office.

Book Fair starts Next Friday!

 


The 2019 Point Road Scholastic Book Fair kicks off on Friday Feb. 22nd with an open family shop from 5-7:30 pm (all are welcome!) and the Book Lover’s Ball from 6-7:30 pm. The book fair will run from Monday, February 25th thru Friday, March 1st . Parents are invited to shop with your child during their Technology class time. Click here to see the class schedule. Additionally, we are open until 4 pm every day.

Signups are now open on the Genesis parent portal (under School posts) for the Book Lovers’ Ball where students wear the costume of their favorite character! DJ is booked so get ready to dance! Celebrity readers will be on hand for added entertainment! Spots are filling fast! Tickets are required. The main office will distribute tickets later this week.

Get ready to update your library and consider donating a book from your Teacher’s wish list to add to the class library – those that do will be entered into a raffle! Sign up for volunteer opportunities here.
Committee volunteers will receive volunteer signup first and then it will open to additional parents.

Class Book Fair Visit Schedule 2019 FinalDownload Here

Getting the Most Out of Your Nutrition- For Yourself and Your Family

Please come to our next PTO meeting on February 13th at 12:15 at the Little Silver Women’s Club. Our featured speaker is Kim Mazzella, General Manager, Nutritionist – Eastpointe Health & Fitness, Atlantic Highlands, NJ, who will guide us through ways to manage busy schedules and balanced meals. Discounted Blonde Shallot salads (vegetarian and chicken) are available to purchase, $7. Click Here to RSVP! Please go to the store to place your order.

Kim Mazzella, General Manager, Nutritionist – Eastpointe Health & Fitness, Atlantic Highlands, NJ

As the General Manager and Nutritionist for Eastpointe Health and Fitness, Kim works with members to ensure a balanced and integratedapproach to health. Kim graduated from Montclair State University with a degree in Foods and Nutrition. She is also a certified
personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine
(NASM.) Specializing in weight loss and sports nutrition, Kim has
worked with clients of all ages and fitness levels to ensure an appropriate caloric intake, address lifestyle concerns and increase energy
levels through a balanced diet. In addition to her formal education,
Kim has a number of certificates including her Precision Nutrition
Level 1 Nutrition certification as well as a Sports Nutrition from
International Sports Sciences Association. Kim also works as a health and wellness consultant for Humana and other companies delivering Webinars and classroom training on various Health and Wellness
topics including nutrition, exercise and health lifestyles. She is also a
contributing writer for a women’s how to guide for health/wellness and general empowerment.
In addition to her health and nutrition background, Kim spent 19 years working for Merrill Lynch in a variety of positions including Vice President of Human resources where she managed new
employee training and on-boarding. Kim is committed to helping her clients to achieve the results critical for health and wellness. Her
extensive background and experience in both exercise and nutrition
counseling provide a solid foundation for client success.
 

Back to School To Dos!

  1. Know your student’s teacher/ homeroom assignment information
  2. Join the PTO (new families) or update your directory information
  3. Pay your annual dues (all families & faculty)*
  4. Sign up for volunteer opportunities, committees and the Room Parent lottery.
  5. Download the My School Anywhere Directory App
*Please pay your dues even if you do not wish to be included in the Directory.  You will have the option to hide your information.  You must be a dues paying member to volunteer for the Room Parent lottery and to have access to view the directory.

Existing Families

Step 1:
Once you receive your student’s home room teacher, please click the link Update Directory Enter your email address to review your directory entry, update change of address & select your student’s new homeroom teacher.
Step 2:
Payment of dues ($30 for families) gives you multiple user access to our new & improved online and mobile directory app plus one printed directory book.
Click here to pay your dues by September 21, 2018.

New Families Only

Step 1:
Click the link join.myschoolanywhere.com & enter the code LSPTO07739 to create your directory entry.
Step 2:
Payment of dues ($30 for families) gives you multiple user access to our new & improved online and mobile directory app plus one printed directory book.
Click here to pay your dues by September 21, 2018.

Faculty Members

$10 Faculty Dues for access to the online directory, one printed directory and access to our new & improved mobile directory app.

Click here to pay your dues by September 21, 2018.

 

Updating the directory registers you with the LS PTO.  This allows us to send you email blasts with the lastest information & allows you to shop in our store. It DOES NOT grant you access to the directory. Only dues paying members have access to our directory.

Step 3 for All Family & Faculty Users:

Once you’ve paid your dues, download the My School Anywhere App on any smartphone or tablet (multiple devices allowed).

https://www.myschoolanywhere.com/gomobile.html

Did you Know?

As per the District’s new streamlined Parent Communication vehicle, Homeroom Assignment Information for the 2018-19 school year for students entering grades 1-8 will be available on the Genesis Parent Portal on Monday, August 20th.  The Parent Portal will be closed until August 20th.  On that date, your user name is your email address.  If you forgot your password, click the forgot my password button.

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Letters for incoming Kindergarten students will be mailed ensuring that all assignments have been received, as new parents to the district are not yet familiar with Genesis.   Students in grades 6-8 will receive their schedules during the first day of school.