WPHS Students Host Health Fair at Audubon Park Elementary

2016-apes-health-fair4On Wednesday, October 11, 2016, students from Winter Park High School conducted a mini health fair for 200 5th graders at Audubon Park Elementary.  We wanted to educate these students on healthy eating and clean living in a fun and engaging manner.

The high school students manned 12 different booths that encouraged the fifth graders to build a better sandwich, juice their own OJ, learn why it is important to eat breakfast and why they should eat fruits and vegetables.  We also had stops that taught the students to properly wash their hands, choose healthy snacks, get their daily dose of calcium and exercise regularly.  The 5th graders had a terrific time trying new foods like chia seed pudding and creating their own sandwich with lots of different veggies. They were all eager to learn about the simple ways they could live healthier lives and fully engaged themselves in the different booths and activities.

2016-apes-health-fair2Joseph Vasquez, a high school student who worked the healthy snack station, said, “It was surprising how interested and engaged the kids were in learning about the healthy snacks, and trying them. Many of them actually liked the hummus. It was a lot of fun!”

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Celebrating Food Service at Audubon Park Elementary

Samantha Ward, acting principal at Audubon Park Elementary (APE), recently took time to highlight APE’s cafeteria staff and meal programs.  Ms. Ward provided information about APE’s meal service, including breakfast and lunch, in the school’s most recent newsletter.  If you would like to see what is on the menu for APE students, or any other OCPS student, for breakfast and/or lunch, please go here. Below are some pictures of the wonderful APE cafeteria staff dressed up for “International Talk like a Pirate Day” on September 19.

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Healthy Snack List from Audubon Park Elementary

At Audubon Park Elementary, students’ health and wellness are important.

The Healthy School Team (HST) at Audubon Park Elementary realized that it can be often be confusing and complicated to find healthy snack foods appropriate for the classroom.  As a result, the HST created a list of healthy snacks that meet Smart Snack Standards issued by the USDA and followed by Orange County Public Schools.  The snacks are all mom/HST member approved. Many are sold in bulk at Costco or other cost-saving stores.

“We have some very dedicated parents and staff over here at Audubon Park Elementary who are dedicated to healthy life choices,” said Sean Paino, HST leader at Audubon Park Elementary.  “We came up with what we thought would be an acceptable list for healthy snacks.”

The list was sent home with the latest school newsletter so all parents can see the quick, healthy, and kid/mom approved snacks for school.

We love this list and hope you do as well!

Download the Healthy Snack List .

Healthy School Team at Audubon Park Elementary

We recently walked into Audubon Park Elementary where we saw this beautiful bulletin board celebrating their Healthy School Team.  Way to go, Audubon Park Elementary!

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Every Kid Healthy Week at Audubon Park Elementary

To celebrate Action for Healthy Kids’ Every Kid Healthy Week, Audubon Park Elementary recently held “Healthy Habits.”  During PE class, Kindergarten through 3rd grade students rotated through three stations.  At the yoga station, students practiced ways to keep their bodies and minds healthy. At the mindful eating station, they learned about the importance of being aware of what they consume to keep them healthy. At the gardening station, students were given a tour of Audubon Park Elementary’s garden and learned about the benefits of eating natural foods and composting.


Audubon Park Elementary – Jump Rope for Heart

Jump Rope for Heart APE 1Audubon Park Elementary recently held a very successful Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser, raising approximately $7,200.  This is three times what the school raised last year! The older students were given short and long jump ropes, the younger students were provided with extra attention through jump rope stations.  Congratulations to Audubon Park Elementary!

About Jump Rope for Heart

The American Heart Association Jump Rope For Heart is a national education and fund-raising event sponsored by the American Heart Association and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).  Jump Rope for Heart engages students with jumping rope while empowering them to improve their own health and help other kids with heart health issues.

Dollars raised through Jump Rope For Heart give back to children, communities and schools through AmericanJump Rope for Heart APE 2 Heart Association programs, including:

  • Ongoing discovery of new treatments through research
  • Advocating at federal and state levels for physical education and nutrition wellness in schools
  • Training courses for middle and high school students in CPR

Jump Rope For Heart  Helps Students Grow

  • Kids learn the value of community service and become empowered to contribute to their community’s welfare.
  • Children join together in helping other kids with special hearts.
  • Students learn how to develop heart-healthy habits while being physically active.
  • Participants learn jump rope and basketball skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
  • Students help their school earn gift certificates for free P.E. equipment!

Audubon Park Elementary Has a New Principal

Anna4Anna Garrido Ferratusco is Audubon Park Elementary’s new principal, a school she got to know well when she served as its assistant principal from 2010 to 2012.

Mrs. Ferratusco has been with Orange County Public Schools for 11 years. She has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum resource teacher, assistant principal and now principal. Prior to becoming the principal, she was at Columbia Elementary as the assistant principal. She is looking forward to a very successful school year.

Welcome back, Mrs. Ferratusco!

Health Expo at Audubon Park Elementary

audubon parkAudubon Park Elementary will host its 4th annual Health Expo on Thursday, April 8.  This year’s theme  is Sprinting to a Healthier You.

Designed to make students and families aware of ways they can live healthier lives, the Health Expo will include over 27 vendors. They will  provide information to help students and parents get physically active and eat healthy.

The Health Expo is  organized and hosted by Audubon’s Healthy School Team.  Two years ago about 200 people attended the Expo, and last year that number doubled to almost 400.  Audubon hopes to set a new record this year.

This year’s Health Expo is part of a larger Healthy Living Week that is scheduled April 8 – 12.  Each day during Healthy Living Week, Audubon is educating  students on how they can live a healthier life.  Activities planned range from an Olympic sprinter talking about exercise, to lessons on maintaining proper emotional health, good nutrition, avoiding drugs, and dental and personal hygiene.

As a special surprise for the students, the Health Expo will feature an obstacle course where students will do different physical activities while answering questions about how they can be healthy.  Parents will also have a special surprise.  By getting at least eight signatures from different vendors they visit, parents will be eligible for raffle prizes ranging from a soccer summer camp voucher to free exercise classes.