Eat Asparagus

Eat the Rainbow!

Fruits and vegetables come in a rainbow of colors.  Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day - red, yellow/orange, white, green and blue/purple. 

Asparagus is in the green color group.  Green fruits and vegetables help maintain healthy vision and strong bones and teeth.  Examples are: Asparagus, bell peppers, chile peppers, cucumbers, green tomatoes, green apples, limes, yard-long beans and zucchini.

Adapted from: California Asparagus "Kids".

a healthier you

One size doesn't fit all. Try out the US Department of Agriculture's interactive tools to get a personalized eating plan, or to plan and assess your food and physical activity choices based on the dietary guidelines for Americans.

The food Pyramid

 - Find your balance between food and physical activity.

 - Be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day, or most day.

 - Limit fats and sugars.  They only add calories but no other nutrients.

Visit Chef Solus for printable food group worksheets for kids, nutrition education games, my pyramid puzzles, activities and more food pyramid chart fun.

Swine Flu Information

The Superintendent's office has distributed the following Swine Flu Information to parents and community members.  Click ENGLISH or SPANISH to download on PDF format.

the following information is available regarding Swine Flu Questions and Answers.  Click ENGLISH or SPANISH to download in PDF format.

from your Nurse

Thank you all 7th and 8th grade students and families  for  getting your Tdap records in.

I'm proud to announce that Joe Michell is the first school in the district to achieve 100% compliance with this new state law!

A big thank you to Merry Farnady who let me come  talk to the middle school students during PE, ot the PTO who donated ice cream certificates for me to hand out to students who brought in their records, to Nola Rechtin our Health Tech who handled the data entry, and to the principal who personally talked to many students about the importance of getting their records submitted.

Great  job  everyone!     
-­Shelley  Casey,  RN

Health Alert from your School Nurses

Alameda County has confirmed 5 cases of measles in 2015, and is investigating many other suspect cases. Four of these cases are associated with the Disneyland outbreak.  As of 1/16/15, 41 cases of measles have been confirmed in California, 36 with similar exposure to Disneyland parks, and 5 others confirmed in other states and 1 in Mexico. Outbreaks such as this are a reminder that all children and adults should make sure that they are either immune or have been vaccinated against measles. For assistance in obtaining access to health care and vaccines, please contact your school site nurse.

For more information about measles and Alameda County’s Public Health Department response, please visit.

Whooping Cough

The California Department of Health (CDPH) has declared a pertussis (whooping cough) epidemic in California because of the great increase of cases this year. The epidemic shows no signs of slowing.

Pertussis is a very contagious disease of the lungs and respiratory system. It is caused by bacteria. Infants and young children are the most vulnerable, as well as pregnant women, infant caregivers and household members.

Pertussis is spread person-to-person when someone coughs or sneezes and breathes in pertussis bacteria.

New Vaccine Law for incoming 7th -12th graders

All students who do not have proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot will not be able to start school in the fall until proof (yellow immunization card or immunization print out from your physician's office) is provided.

It's time to check your child's immunization records to make sure they have an up-to-date whooping cough/pertussis vaccine (Tdap) before the start of next school year. Due to a statewide increase in the number of whooping cough cases, a new California law (AB 354) now requires that all students entering 7th-12th grades this Fall must show proof of a whooping cough (Tdap) vaccine before they will be allowed to attend school.

Please contact your child's physician now to make sure his/her vaccines meet the new standards. This requirement may be met if your child has received a Tdap dose on or after his/her 7th birthday. Please obtain a copy of this documentation (yellow immunization card or immunization print out from your physician’s office) and submit to the Health Office at your child’s school by
May 31st, 2011.

You can also scan and email immunization documents to the school nurse at your child’s current school site:

Joe Michell and Granada High School
email Shelley Casey, RN at:

Mendenhall, Vineyard and DelValle/Phoenix
email Laura Curran, RN at

Christensen and Junction
email Julie Howard, RN at

East Avenue and Livermore High School
email Carolyn Reggiardo, RN at

Getting a booster shot now will protect your child against the disease and will meet the new requirement (AB 354).

According to this law, all 7th - 12th grade students who do not have proof of receiving a Tdap booster shot will not be able to start school in the Fall until proof is provided. In addition, students who have not submitted records will not be able to pick up their schedules at orientation or participate in summer time school sports related activities until proof is provided.

Click here to download information.

Why is calcium so important for children?

Calcium is one of the key factors in building and maintaining strong bones.  Children actually build the foundation for a lifetime of strong bones during
their teen and young-adult years.

Many young people aren’t getting enough calcium in the foods they eat and this can lead to more broken bones. Research shows that boys are 32 percent and girls 56 percent more likely to experience bone fracture than children were 40 years ago.

In addition to building strong bones, did you know that calcium:
 - Maintains a normal heartbeat?
 - Regulates blood pressure?
 - Helps the nervous system function properly?
 - May decrease your risk of developing colon cancer?
 - May play a role in weight management?

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school nurse

Shelley Casey, RN BSN PHN

Nola Rechtin, Health Technician


did you know?

- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
- Any child who skips or does not have access to breakfast can suffer learning and health problems.
- Children tend to copy eating habits of other family members, so setting an example of healthy food choices is important.


- Better overall nutrition
- Fewer absences and reduced tardiness
- Higher scores on achievement tests

Dairy Council of California

Quick and easy ideas for breakfast:

- Cereal bar with fruit and a yogurt
- Hard-boiled egg & whole-grain toast

- Cereal (reduced sugar) & low-fat milk
- Toasted bagel with cream cheese
- Toast
- Fruit smoothies (blend fruit with milk or yogurt)

Visit for FREE tips, interactive nutrition assessment tools, east-to-prepare recipes, meal suggestions and more.

Kid-Friendly Breakfast Recipes