5 minute Activities!!!

Create a food rainbow! The more colorful our fruits and veggies, the more nutritious. Have students try for three colors during lunch!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Wellness Policy Reminders

Hello Centennial,

The Working on Wellness (WOW) Committee wants to remind us all of the Wellness Policy we have adopted to help support healthy eating and active living for staff and students across our district. 

There is one thing we all know: Healthy Students (and Staff) Learn Better!!

Wellness Policy Cheat Sheet for a quick overview
Wellness Policy
Wellness Policy AR (more specifics on how we will implement the policy)

We often hear questions around the SMART Snacks rules for any foods served outside the cafeteria meals time. Here are some resources to help you better understand the rule as well as ideas that are either healthy snacks or non-food ideas.

SMART Snacks rule
Ideas for healthy snacks
Healthy Celebration Ideas

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

WOW February Wellness Challenge Wrap-Up!

The Working On Wellness (WOW) Employee Wellness Committee completed the February Wellness Challenge with 38% of our of staff participating turning in 695 cards over the month!!
Congratulations to ITC! They had 100% participation and win the Wellest Award trophy! Meadows came in second with 74% participation!!!  To reward our winner they will be getting a chair massage day provided by Balanced Health and Injury Clinic. 

The winners of the district-wide drawing are Emily Trosino, a 5th grade teacher at Parklane, won a massage gift certificate to Balance Health Clinic and June Sawtelle, a Parklane Assistant, won a Fitbit!!

Watch the video of the drawing happen!!

Thank you to everyone that participated!  Continue to take care of yourself as we head into summer. We all get stressed and tired some days so let’s support each other everyday!

Annual 2018-19 Wellness Policy Assessment

Presented on March 13th, 2019 to the School Board

The Wellness Committee (WC) assesses how we are implementing the Wellness Policy annually and reports back to the school board our successes and ideas for better implementation. We create both a handout and a presentation to share with the school board. 

The Wellness Committee and the WOW (Working on Wellness COmmittee) will be merging to better focus on a holistic wellness model created by ASCD and CDC called Whole School, Whole Child, Whole Community (WSCC).  We will be using the CDC's School Health Index tool to better assess how well our schools support wellness in all areas.  We will begin by assess Healthy Eating, Physical Education & Activity, and Health Services. 

Our first meeting will be on May 29th at 4pm in the District Office Board room.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wellness Policy Assessment and School Board Report

Creating a school environment that supports all of our wellness is critical to creating an academic setting where we can learn and thrive together.  Check out the great impact that our wellness work has done over this year!!

 Annual School Board Wellness Policy Assessment and Report: 

School Board Report March 21, 2018

Prezi Presentation

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Annual Wellness Policy Assessment

The Wellness Committee conducted their annual assessment of the wellness policy across Centennial to the School Board on March 8th.  Centennial schools have been supporting student and staff wellness in so many amazing ways! To list just a few:

  • The positive impacts of full time PE at all Elementary schools
  • Taking movement breaks for both staff and students to play, walk, and talk together.
  • $1500 Grant awards from NW Health Foundation/LEt's Move Active Schools for View, Wood, OE, & PL and $3000 for Meadows!!
  • Parklane came in First Place for the October Fire Up Your Feet Challenge winning $2500
  • CMS came in third in the Fire Up Your Feet Challenge winning $1000
  • CHS has brand new cafeteria serving bars that allow ALL students to get a full salad and to move through the line quickly.
  • Over 12,000 Farm to School Meals have been served for lunch that feature a main entree of a locally sourced meat and local fruits and veggies!!
We also found a few areas that Centennial needs to focus on for the upcoming school year to better support our students and staff.  
  • Always offer a health food option during a classroom celebration. Pizza parties are great but put out a bowl of carrots or apples to give another option (or maybe just have extra recess!)
  • A K-6th grade Health Curriculum
  • Resources for staff to better understand working with trauma informed practices
  • Supporting our hard-working staff with at-work wellness opportunites from the WOW committee!
Thank you Centennial for all that you do everyday!

See the full presentation with the assessments here:  

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Healthy Cooking Class with Liz Koetje

Homemade Protein Powder and Homemade Larabars!

Liz Koetje taught a groups of us how to make low-cost, nutritionally packed, easy protein powder to sprinkle on your smoothie, oatmeal, eggs, rice, cereal, whatever for an extra boost of protein an nutrition.  We are all so busy all day that being able to have  a quick, nutritious boost is important as we head into flu-season!

I wanted to share some awesome pictures and the handouts that Liz created for us!  Keep on eye out for out Wellness Wednesday workshops, the first Wednesday of every month for new classes! 

Healthy Happenings are really happening right now!!

Healthy Happenings from the WOW Committee:

Have you given the WOW committee your thoughts and feedback for the second year of our WOW grant?  Take just a few minutes to help out the WOW employee Wellness committee by sharing your ideas on supporting all of our Centennial Staff.  

Backpacking Europe Walker Tracker Challenge started on the 1st!  Register athttp://wow.walkertracker.com and track all your activity to participating in our virtual staff competition.  The challenge goes all the way till Dec 13!  Adrian Hardin is our current leader and way in front of the pack!  Congrats to Kelsey Sommer and Judy Hartwig for winning WalkerTracker raffle movie ticket prizes for registering by Nov 2nd!  There will be more chances to win prizes on Dec 13th for everyone that completes the challenge!!

Healthy Happening from the Wellness Committee:

The Wellness Committee supports students wellness by encouraging physical activity and healthy eating.  Our next meeting is November 9th at the District Office from 3:45-4:45  and we will be updating our school assessments and meeting with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to talk about resources and grants!

Green School Updates from the CRCT:

The Centennial Conservation Resource Team supports green school conservation efforts across the district.  Our next meeting is on  Wednesday Nov.16th from 3:45-4:45. The City of Gresham School  Environmental grants are open for projects focusing on: 
  •  Reduction of solid waste through reducing, reusing, recycling or composting
  • · Improving water quality
  • · Improving water conservation
Grant are open for up to $1000.  Email Julie Mack for the application link. Join us at the CRCT meeting to review your grant application and get your questions answered!