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Green Up Maitland

Green Up Maitland was a great success! Maitland Middle School had over 30 students and parents come out to help beautify the campus. A big shout-out to Ms. Orseno and Ms. Dunham who came out to help! A special thank you to all those teachers who donated yard tools, especially Ms. Grady— her yard wagon helped a ton! Enjoy these pictures from a great event:

Maitland National Junior Honor Society Hosts Food Drive

The Maitland Middle School (MMS) National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) coordinated a food drive to support MMS families in need. The school identified over 15 families to support with a Thanksgiving meals this year.  This is a true team effort, from those who donated, the NJHS students who collected and sorted the food, Ms. Mafcher who sponsored everything, and the parent volunteers who deliver the baskets!

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Maitland Middle School Goes Pink

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Maitland Middle School students and staff dressed in pink on Thursday, October 13.

Rennie Ashcraft, Maitland Middle School Healthy School Team Leader, prepares to knock out breast cancer.  Way to go, Rennie!

Rennie Ashcraft, Maitland Middle School Healthy School Team Leader, prepares to knock out breast cancer. Way to go, Rennie!

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Lake Sybelia Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K

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With children’s health on the minds of parents, teachers, and school and community leaders, Lake Sybelia Elementary PTA created Dolphin Dash 5K to promote healthy habits for school families while raising money for critical technology needs.

 

Race Day Schedule – Nov. 14
7:30 am – 8 am: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration
8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (chip timed)
9:30 am: Kid’s Mile Dash (K-5th Grades, Not Timed)
9:45 am (or after last finisher): Awards Ceremony and Bounce Party (if fundraising goal is met)

Directions and Parking
Lake Sybelia Elementary is located at 600 Sandspur Rd., Maitland, FL 32751. Parking available at Hillcrest Courts LSE dolphindash signand surrounding residential areas. *Arrive early to find parking.

Course
The 5K course starts at LSE and winds around beautiful lakes Sybelia and Catherine, ending back at the school. For more information and a detailed map, visit www.lakesybeliapta.org.

Restrictions
For safety reasons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs will NOT be allowed in the race. Strollers are welcome.

Shirts
**Race T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for all registrants before Nov. 1st. After Nov. 1st, t-shirts will be assigned in registration order while supplies last. Supplies are limited.

Awards 5K (chip timed)
Overall best three Female and Male Runners
Top Female and Male Masters (40+)
Top three Female and Male finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 and over

Registration – One entry per person
Online: click here 
Mail or Drop off: Complete the registration form available at www.lakesybeliapta.org and mail/drop off at LSE Attn: LSE PTA, 600 Sandspur Rd, Maitland, FL 32751
On race day: at Lake Sybelia Elementary from 7:30 – 8 am (Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted)

Packet Pick Up
Thursday: November 12, 8 – 10 am & 3 – 6:30 pm at LSE
Friday: November 13, 11 am – 6 pm at LSE
Saturday: Nov. 14, 7:30 am – 8 am at LSE

Join the 2015 Sole Challenge

sole challengeThe 2015 Sole Challenge is just days away, but you still have time to sign up to walk and help your child’s school win funds for healthy activities and programs.

Created by Healthy Central Florida (HCF), the event is a free and friendly competition to see which community organization in Winter Park, Maitland or Eatonville can generate the most participants for the walking event.

The event is on Saturday, October 24, at Quinn Strong Park, 345 South Maitland Ave., Maitland, 32751. Sign-in and activities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the official Sole Challenge walk will begin at 8:30 a.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

CASH PRIZES for the MOST participants – $1,000, $500 & $250 in EACH category
Schools
Faith-Based Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations

Individuals and businesses can win prizes too – Fitbit Flexes, a one-year membership to RDV Sportsplex and more!

Once again, this year’s Sole Challenge will feature Bo Outlaw, of the Orlando Magic, music, as well as free t-shirts and pedometers for the first 600 walkers. There also will be kid’s activities, face-painting, giant climbing wall, inflatables, blender bike, and a healthy breakfast for all.

It’s all totally free! So now is the time to round up PTA/PTO members, sports teams and any other school group you can think of to participate in the Mayors’ Sole Challenge. See you there!

Lake Sybelia Elementary Dolphin Dash 5K

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The Greater “Porpoise”

With children’s health on the minds of parents, teachers, and school and community leaders, Lake Sybelia Elementary PTA created Dolphin Dash 5K to promote healthy habits for school families while raising money for critical technology needs..

 

Race Day Schedule – Nov. 14
7:30 am – 8 am: Packet Pick Up & Late Registration
8:30 am: 5K Run/Walk (chip timed)
9:30 am: Kid’s Mile Dash (K-5th Grades, Not Timed)
9:45 am (or after last finisher): Awards Ceremony and Bounce Party (if fundraising goal is met)

Directions and Parking
Lake Sybelia Elementary is located at 600 Sandspur Rd., Maitland, FL 32751. Parking available at Hillcrest Courts and surrounding residential areas. *Arrive early to find parking.

Course
The 5K course starts at LSE and winds around beautiful lakes Sybelia and Catherine, ending back at the school. For more information and a detailed map, visit www.lakesybeliapta.org.

Restrictions
For safety reasons, bicycles, in-line skates, skateboards and dogs will NOT be allowed in the race. Strollers are welcome.

Shirts
**Race T-shirts and sizes are guaranteed for all registrants before Nov. 1st. After Nov. 1st, t-shirts will be assigned in registration order while supplies last. Supplies are limited.

Awards 5K (chip timed)
Overall best three Female and Male Runners
Top Female and Male Masters (40+)
Top three Female and Male finishers in the following age groups: 10 & under, 11-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59,60-69, 70 and over

Registration – One entry per person
Online: Click here
Mail or Drop off: Complete the registration form available at www.lakesybeliapta.org and mail/drop off at LSE Attn: LSE PTA, 600 Sandspur Rd, Maitland, FL 32751
On race day: at Lake Sybelia Elementary from 7:30 – 8 am (Cash, check and credit cards will be accepted)

Packet Pick Up
Thursday: November 12, 8 – 10 am & 3 – 6:30 pm at LSE
Friday: November 13, 11 am – 6 pm at LSE
Saturday: Nov. 14, 7:30 am – 8 am at LSE

JCC Hosts 2nd Healthy Habits For Life Day

JCC 1As the Nemours 5-2-1-Almost None game wheel spun in the Jewish Community Center’s auditorium in Maitland, children were asked to name their favorite physical activity, fruit or vegetable.  Nemours messages for a healthy lifestyle including “eating the colors of the rainbow” and “sometimes/anytime food and activities,” were all shared as part of the JCC’s Early Childhood Learning Center’s 2nd Annual Healthy Habits for Life day held on January 22nd.  The event gave hundreds of children a chance to learn more about nutrition and physical activity through fun, interactive activities that included an obstacle course, smoothie tastings and a chance to make their own trail mix out of gogi berries, kale and veggie chips, and dried cherries and mangoes!  Families were also asked to participate at home by asking their child about their healthy choices.  The children were then able to present this information at the Show and Share to learn how their class made healthy choices for the week.

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Versatile Black Bean Spread

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Summer Fun For Brains And Bodies

Kids PlayingThose lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer—which officially begin June 5, the last day of school—can be costly to the brain. Educators say students can lose up to two months of reading and math skills during summer months, forcing teachers to spend multiple weeks when school resumes bringing student brains up to speed.

But there is much parents can do to help avoid a summer slide. Here are some suggestions to keep brains and bodies fired up this summer—what is good
 for one is good for the other. The list includes ideas supplied by Winter Park Consortium Healthy School Team Leaders.

  • Check out Find Active Fun at www.findactivefun.org, your source for hundreds of ideas for free and low-cost active fun for the family.
It is supported by Healthy Central Florida, a community initiative aimed at making local residents the healthiest in the nation.
  • Start summer with a family bucket list of activities members want to do and places to visit.
  • Have kids sign up for swim lessons or a summer swim team. Both exercise the mind and body. Or encourage them to learn to play tennis—or any sport they haven’t tried before. The brain loves new challenges.
  • Sign kids up for music lessons—great for building the brain and attention span.
  • Use sidewalk chalk to write letters on the ground and have children hop from letter to letter spelling words. (Movement helps retention of knowledge)
  • Check out the many fun activities at the YMCA of Central Florida.
  • Protect precious brains by making sure kids always remember to use a bicycle helmet and making sure it fits properly. (That includes parents too.) Also, teach them to never dive into water unless they know how deep it might be.
  • Read, have your children read, read along with them and read to them, or even better, help them create a summer book club with friends. To learn how to get started, go to the PBS Parents website: www.pbs.org/parents, then click on “education” and then “reading and language”
  • Visit local and state parks as a family and keep a log of where you go. Wear a pedometer and keep track of steps as well.
  • Get some exercise— and some healthy fruits and vegetables—by visiting one of the many farmers markets in Central Florida. To find out where they are located click here.
  • Go canoeing or kayaking together and see who can spot the most Florida critters.
  • Encourage kids to try out a new hobby. One idea—the Winter
Park Public Library has a “Knotty Knitters” club for all ages and skill levels.
  • And lastly, but just as important as all of the other tips, have fun together!

Chilled Lemon Asparagus with Pecans

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