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Bonding and Addiction PowerPoint

Thank you to Drug Free Duval for allowing us to post the PowerPoint presentation from their January Lunch and Learn on Bonding and Addiction.  The presenter was Dr. Richard Marks.  Two DCCPTA Board members who attended said it was an EXCELLENT presentation.  Take a look!


Smart Snacks Implementation Materials

As a reminder, the Smart Snacks policy became effective July 1, 2015.

Please review the following documents for information on how your local unit will need to consider the food items you may choose to sell and what times during the day and evening that will be allowed on DCPS property.

This information has also been distributed to all school principals.

4-7-2015 DCPS Board Agenda Item – Adoption of Smart Snack Food Regulations

Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ – updated 4-8-15

UDSA Competitive Food Regs (Smart Snack) and Florida Rule (FDACS 5p-1 003) – Summary of Changes 6-1-2015






Smart Snacks for PTA

Smart Snacks Implementation Materials

As a reminder, the Smart Snacks policy became effective July 1, 2015.  Please review the following documents for information on how your local unit will need to consider the food items you may choose to sell and what times during the day and evening that will be allowed on DCPS property.


Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ – updated 4-8-15

Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ

4-7-2015 DCPS Board Agenda Item – Adoption of Smart Snack Food Regulations

UDSA Competitive Food Regs (Smart Snack) and Florida Rule (FDACS 5p-1 003) – Summary of Changes 6-1-2015


Tools Schools Focusing Smart Snacks

Smart Snacks in Schools Resources

Alliance for a Healthier Generation Smart Snack Product Calculator




Health & Safety – Chair

Health cropedChildren learn best when they are healthy and safe

Today’s students face serious threats:

  • 1 in 4 report being bullied during the school year
  • 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese


Here are some helpful tools for your PTA/PTSA healthy and safe programs.

Health & Safety Programs & Event Links

Health and Safety

Healthy Smart Snacks for PTA Activities

Family Resources

Consumer Safety & Product Recalls

Chartwell’s Farm to Table Program

The Top Mental Health Challenges Facing Students

DCPS Wellness Policy

The new Smart Snacks Policy goes into effect July 1, 2015.  Find out how this policy will affect your PTA with the following resources:

Fr om the DCPS Health & Wellness Department: Smart Snacks Rule – FAQ

Smart Snacks in Schools Resources – including a Smart Snacks Product Calculator

Alliance for a Healthier America – including another  Smart Snack Product Calculator

Duval County Council PTA provides information on many Health and Safety programs available in the Jacksonville Community. Many agencies are speakers at our General Meetings, others are participants at our annual Health & Safety Fairs.

School, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Here is a wealth of information and links that will assist Health & Safety Chair in planning PTA programs.  School, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Health & Safety Resources  October 26, 2015

Healthy Food Florida is an organization addressing the problem of “Food Deserts” in our communities, their impact on the health of residents and contribute to rising healthcare costs, and how reducing food deserts would impact the lives of Floridians. There is a FL House Bill and matching FL Senate bill proposing the creation of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives to encourage grocers to open more stores in low- and middle-income neighborhoods.

If you would like more information about the Healthy Food Florida group or would like to help write letters to the legislature, etc. please contact April Seliga at AprilSeliga@yahoo.com.

Here’s a map of the Food Deserts in Jacksonville.

Jacksonville Food Deserts

Healthy Food FL FACT SHEET

Healthy Food FL Voices

Proposed HFFL Bill HB 153

Proposed SB 760

A Message from Chartwell’s regarding Cumin and Peanut Allergies March 11, 2015

The FDA recently issued a consumer alert to people who are highly allergic or sensitive to peanuts, advising these individuals to avoid products that contain ground cumin or cumin powder, because some shipments of these products have tested positive for undeclared peanut protein. The target of this advisory is strictly peanut-allergic individuals. In this case, there is no risk to the general population in consuming ground cumin/cumin powder, and products containing this ingredient.

This advisory will impact Chartwells schools since cumin is a common ingredient used in recipes as well as a sub-ingredient in other prepared products we purchase. We take the health and allergies of all of our students very seriously, and are taking the necessary precautions to ensure students with peanut allergies are not exposed to potential allergens. Since it is not possible to determine which products containing cumin have been contaminated, we are removing all cumin-containing recipes and ingredients from menus for all Duval schools labeled as peanut-allergic schools. For any meals prepared for other students with documented peanut allergies, we are ensuring all recipes and products served to these students do not contain cumin ingredients. We are continuing to monitor the situation and we will continue the above precautions until we are assured cumin ingredients are safe to serve to peanut-allergic students.


School, Community, Health & Safety, Resources and Links

Child Safety

Bullying – Duval County Public Schools, Contact–Heather Watson, watsonh@duvalschools.org ,  904-390-2215, September 2014

ID A Kid—-Amber Alerts, Contact—Matt Campbell, Matt.campbell@prudential.com,  September 2014

Self Defense, Michael & David, zolondek@gmail.com , VI Garage, Mike and Kristellys Zolondek, 11855 North Main Street, Suite 3, Jacksonville, FL 32218 September 2014

The Players–Safe Kids, Lesley Seaton, Lesley.seaton@bmcjax.com, September 2014

Walk Safe, Contact–Lisa Wright, wrightfarm@bellsouth.net, 904-396-9549, September 2014

Community Education

Jacksonville Zoo

Cummer Museum

Jacksonville Public Library

General Children Links

Family Resources  National Standards for Family-School Partnerships

Jacksonville Children’s Commission (JCC) is an autonomous entity of the City of Jacksonville serving the needs of children and their families throughoutChilderns Commition Duval County. We partner with local non-profit organizations and sponsor a continuum of research-based programs to help ensure children from birth to age 18 have stable, nurturing families; are prepared to enter kindergarten and succeed in school; have support and guidance after-school and in the summer; and receive special help when they need it. The Commission works hand-in-hand with local nonprofit organizations, carefully tracking each program¹s effectiveness and outcomes.

Financial Links

Real$ense Jacksonville – Offering workshops on money matter FREE.

Low Cost Internet Access If your child receives free or reduced price school lunches, you may quality for Internet Essentials from Comcast. Call 1-855-846-8376

School Related Links

Alliance for Excellent Education – great site for the latest information and resources about Common Core, Digital Learning, and Advancements in Education New.

School Facts Jax, a free tool created by the Jacksonville Public Education Fund, to make public school information easily accessible to parents and citizens.

Real Talk Podcasts Duval Public School podcasts on various topics, including: Bullying, Assessments, Attendance, and many more

School Lunches, Snacks, and Nutrition

MySchoolBucks.com – School Payments Made Easy. Pay for school meals and more, anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone.  Create your FREE account to get started.

Smart Snacks for PTA Activities

Take a look at this video from DCPS’ School Lunch food service provider, Chartwell’s, about their Farm to Table program.  February 10, 2015

Daily food guide from the US Department of Agriculture at www.choosemyplate.gov.  There are daily tips, recipes, cookbooks and menus, resources for teachers and educators, graphics, links to other resources and partners, etc. Many features are available in Spanish too.  October 31, 2014

Whole Foods–San Jose Blvd., Donation—Cereal Bars and Coupons, Jennifer Johnston, 10601 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl. 32257, 288-1100, johnston@wholefoods.com

Mental Health & Addiction Links:

Drug Addiction Bonding-and-Addictions PowerPoint

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7

United Way 2-1-1 Phone System Offers Community Access to Health, Social and Human Services.  United Way 2-1-1 is nationally accredited by the Alliance of Information & Referral Systems (AIRS), the highest regarded information and referral accreditation program in the United States. United Way 2-1-1 is also nationally accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) and certified statewide by the Florida Alliance of Information and Referral Services (FLAIRS).

Community Asthma Partnership at Wolfson Hospital, http://www.communityasthmajax.org/, Lesley Seaton, Lesley.seaton@bmcjax.com,  September 2014

 provides valuable and verifiable information on substances abuse, addiction recovery, as well as motivational success stories to help you beat or avoid addiction.
 ParnershipFor Drug Free
works to reduce substance abuse among adolescents by supporting families and engaging with teens.
http://www.tobaccofreeflorida.com/, Kick tobacco with help.
https://quitsmokingcommunity.org , volunteers who are passionate about ending smoking around the world.
Drug Free Duval’s January Lunch ‘n’ Learn on the Bonding-and-Addictions. February 3, 2015

From Drug Free Duval , Susan Pitman, presented Drug Free Duval Presentation on Parent Engagement    at our October 2014.

Underage Drinking Drug Free Duval Teen Alcohol Booklet  order copies for your school from Sally Finn at Sally@drugfreeduval.org.

 JPEF Mental Health Resources  The Jacksonville Public Education Fund has graciously allowed us to share with our members the attached information flyer of Mental Health Resources available in Jacksonville. Please feel free to post on your own school and/or PTA websites and distribute to your school’s families.   August 21, 2015

Tobacco-Free Jacksonville Coalition, http://www.tobaccofreejacksonville.org/ , Dr. Robert Thomas, Robert.thomas@flhealth.gov, Florida Department of Health in Duval, Division of Nutrition and Chronic Disease, Chair—Harry Reagan – harry.reagan@comcast.net, September 2014

Physical Health

DCPS Vision Services Program by Dot Mathias June 2015  DCPS Vision Screening Program History by Dot Mathias June 12, 2015

Florida KidCare – Insurance, http://www.floridakidcare.org/, Lesley Seaton, Lesley.Seaton@bmcjax.com , 904-202-4052, September 2014

Chiropractor – Sports Heath, Dr. Jake Marshall, Marshall Family Chiropractic, http://maximizedlivingdrmarshall.com/ , mfc.jacksonville@gmail.com, September 2014

Disability Awareness Weeks

disABILITY graphic

In 2008, Disability History and Awareness instruction weeks were established for all schools in Florida, to occur during the first two weeks in October.

School districts are required to designate the first two weeks of October as Disability History and Awareness Weeks and also promotes providing instruction for students in all public schools to expand student knowledge, understanding, and awareness of individuals with disabilities, disability history, and the disability rights movement.

Here’s a document from the Florida Department of Education to get you started.


Health & Safety Program & Event Links – Duval County Council of PTAs

Here is a list of health & safety programs & event links that may be helpful in planning PTA/PTSA events and activities.  If may also help PTA families connect to appropriate organizations or programs.   If you have any question please contact the DCCPTA Health & Safety Program Chair at Health-Safety@dccpta.org.

This Document can be printed from this page or you can down load it and distribute to PTA members.


Health and safety events with links


Chartwell’s Chefs in Schools Program

chartwell-chefWe have a few different formats that we can use for a Chefs 2 Schools visit. The most common is our more interactive visit, in which our Chef and dietician prepare a sample of a healthy dish utilizing a fruit or vegetable that is our food focus of the month. We typically try to tie this back in to something that is offered on our menus. This is our most popular version of the Chefs 2 School event. Typically, we host around 30-50 students at these visits. Students get the opportunity to see the chef in action, the chef uses a few student volunteers to assist him, the dietician reviews nutrition education facts regarding the dish, and students get to take home a recipe card.

We can also provide a Chefs 2 School event for the whole school, set during lunch service. This is less interactive, and really focuses on the students simply sampling the item and taking a recipe card home.

Our third option, is called Food Art Friday. During this event, one of our chefs will provide the selected students with fresh fruits/vegetables, and allow them to create artwork with it. We usually reserve this for younger elementary students. They are able to touch, taste, and learn about healthy fruits/veggies. This is typically around 30-40 students due to the interactive nature of the visit.

For more information contact Louisa Alderson, Chartwells Marketing & Communication Manager, Office phone:  904-732-5117,  Louisa.Alderson@compass-usa.com.


General Meetings:

General DCCPTA Meetings
are above and run from 9:30 am - 11:30 am, hospitality 9:00 -9:30 a.m. meeting 9:30 am. Make sure your PTA/PTSA has a representative. Join us at:
Duval County Public Schools
School Board Building
Cline Auditorium, 1st floor
1701 Prudential Dr
Jacksonville, Florida 32207

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Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 5397
Jacksonville, FL 32247
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