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    Walk to School Day

    October is National Walk to School month (check the calendar for the date of this year's event). Leschi Elementary is challenging our students to put their feet to the pavement on walk to school day! Walking and biking to school gives kids a chance to get exercise early so they can focus their minds at school, it reduces air pollution, and cuts down on traffic around the school.

    There will be “walking school buses” with route leaders at many locations in our school neighborhood with signs, flags and safety vests meeting other families along the way to school. Look for a hand-out soon with a map of several routes and times that the route leaders plan to be at intersections.

    For people living further away, consider driving partway, and joining up with a route leader a couple blocks from the school.

    If you’re interested in leading a route or helping out, please contact Polly Jirkovsky Gual,

    Stay safe on your way to and from school!

    Fueling students for the future !

    Starting this school year, student lunch trays will look a littledifferent. That’s because new U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)guidelines will be in place to help students make even healthier food choices in the school cafeteria.

    Now it’s easier than ever to get a well balanced, nutritious breakfastand lunch at school. With a combination of new portion sizes and newmenu offerings, we’re setting the table for healthier meals with anabundant harvest of fruits and vegetables, many of them locally grown.

    Highlights of the new USDA nutrition standards include:

    • More fruits and vegetables
    • Meals with fewer calories, less fat and less sodium
    • Right–sized portions of more satisfying foods
    • More whole grains

    Most noticeable changes students will see at school include:

    • A greater focus on fruits and vegetables (students are now required to take at least a ½ c. serving with lunch)
    • Fewer grain offerings (including bread and rice)
    • Tighter rules about individual serving sizes of grains and proteins

    “Be Here. Get There.” Attendance Campaign

    The Mayor’s Office, in partnership with Seattle Schools, Alliance for Education, and Get Schooled, is running an exciting city-wide campaign to encourage students to get to school. Launched on October 3rd, the mission of Be Here Get There is to increase focus and awareness on the important link between school attendance and a student’s future success.As the school year progresses, schools, classrooms, and individual teachers and students will be awarded various prizes for the most improved attendance. Every day in school matters.