Perfect Attendance

Each month students who arrive at school each day on time and complete the entire day receive receive a Principal’s Recess ticket. This ticket allows students to have an extra recess to play with hula hoops, sidewalk chalk, footballs, basketballs, soccer ball, jump ropes and more. Give your student the opportunity to participate by having them at school everyday.

Harvest of the Month

In September, Rio Plaza launched the Harvest of the Month program (HOTM).  Each month, students at Rio Plaza will have the opportunity to taste a fruit or vegetable from a local farm as well as learn about its history, how it is grown and why it is nutritious and an important part of a healthy diet.

Nutrition Specialists, Joanna Munro and Kelsea Cregut from the Ventura County Farm to School Collaborative gave every student at Rio Plaza the opportunity to taste delicious, local grown cherry tomatoes, the Harvest of the Month for September. The students tasted different varieties of lettuce in October.

The HOTM will be featured on the salad bar in the cafeteria each Thursday and highlighted in a salad on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

Rio Plaza was awarded a Project Produce grant through the Chef Ann Foundation. The $2500 will purchase the fresh fruits and vegetables used in the HOTM program as well as cooking classes which are due to commence in January 2016.

Exposing the students to a diverse range of produce through tasting lessons will encourage students to try new fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits and vegetables are key to children’s healthy eating. They make their bodies feel better and their minds work better.