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KATY COMMUNICATOR IMPORTANT NUMBERS
Crest Management Company (for Section 10 only)
Nottingham Country Fund, Inc. 281-579-0761
Karen Janczak firstname.lastname@example.org
ALL EMERGENCIES 911
Harris County Sheriff 713-221-6000
KISD Police Department 281-237-4000
Ft. Bend County Sheriff 281-342-6116
Ft. Bend Constable Precinct 3 281-238-1430
(after 5PM call Ft. Bend Co. Sheriff’s office)
Katy Family YMCA 281-392-5055
Fort Bend Co. Court House 281-342-3411
William B. Travis Building 281-342-3411
Jane Long Annex 281-342-3411
Harris County Court House 713-859-0685
Katy Chamber of Commerce 281-391-5289
KISD Administration 281-396-6000
KISD Transportation 281-396-7560
Creech Elementary 281-237-8850
Exley Elementary 281-237-8400
Hayes Elementary 281-237-3200
Pattison Elementary 281-237-5450
Beck Junior High 281-237-3300
McMeans Junior High 281-237-8000
Cinco Ranch High School 281-237-7000
Taylor High School 281-237-3100
Katy Creative Arts 281-391-5003
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Libraries Harris Co.
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Libraries Ft. Bend Co.
Cinco Ranch Branch 281-395-1311
George Memorial Branch 281-342-4455
Mamie George Branch 281-491-8086
Centerpoint Energy Gas 713-659-2111
Reliant Energy 713-207-7777
Centerpoint Energy (to report outages) 713-207-2222
SiEnviro - WATER/SEWER 832-490-1601
Fort Bend Telephone 281-391-2222
AT & T Repair 1-800-246-8464
AT & T New Service 1-800-288-2020
Waste Corp. of Texas (WCA) 281-368-8397
(Trash Pick up Mon. & Thurs.)
Comcast Communications 713-341-1000
Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777
Baker Road Post Office 1-800-275-8777
Katy - Park Row Post Office 1-800-275-8777
Dept. of Public Safety 713-465-8462
Poison control 1/800/764-7661
Harris County Animal Control 281-652-1970
Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital 281-644-7000
Kingsland Diagnostic Center 713-932-3000
Memorial Hospital 713-932-3000
Columbia Rosewood Medical 713-780-7900
Houston Methodist West 832-522-5522
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teenage job seeker’s list, please fill out the form on our website (www.
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your name, birthdate (mo. & yr.), phone number, year you will graduate
and the name of your newsletter/subdivision. Check the list of jobs you
want on your form. Please make sure your email is correct, we send
emails in the summer to make sure all the info is still good and that you
want to stay on the list. If we do not hear back from you after 3 tries, we
will remove you from the list until we do. Must have parent(s) permission.
Neither the subdivision, nor Krenek Printing is responsible for those listed
on the Teenage Job Seeker List. Please ask for and check out references
if you do not personally know those listed. This is just a list of teenagers
from the subdivision who wish to find part time jobs. Responsibility for
any work done by these teenagers is between those seeking helpers and
the teens and their parents.
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COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOL UPDATES
CONTINUED CAMPUS PHASE 1 SAFETY PROTOCOLS
Katy ISD Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols remain in effect to ensure the continued
mitigation and deterrence of the potential spread of COVID-19. The District anticipates
releasing Phase 2 protocols when state, local and the Texas Education Agency (TEA)
provide updated guidance allowing for de-escalation of virus mitigation protocols. Katy
ISD will provide updates as additional information becomes available. Please check the
Katy ISD “Smart Restart” webpage to review current Campus Phase 1 Safety Protocols.
KATY ISD BOARD OF TRUSTEES CALL
FOR A MAY 2021 SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION
The Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved to hold a general election in
May 2021 for a three-year term in Positions 6 and 7.
• Early Voting by Personal Appearance: Mon, April 19 to Tues, April 27, 2021
• Election Day: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Currently, Position 6 is being held by Susan Gesoff and Position 7 is held
by Dawn Champagne. State law requires a candidate for trustee of an
independent school district to be a qualified voter by the time mentioned
in Election Code Section 141.001. Katy ISD trustees are the governing body
of the school district and are the main advising group that oversees and
shapes policies. Individuals serving as Board members are not employees
of Katy ISD, yet they dedicate countless hours to lead an A+ school district.
KATY VIRTUAL SCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN
For students, virtual classes are an excellent way to acquire graduation credits
and/or expand their learning opportunities. Last year, over 4,000 students
utilized the Katy Virtual School (KVS) program offered by the Katy Independent
School District. KVS launched in 2013 with a primary goal of expanding the
learning opportunities for students by offering choice and flexibility for rigorous
online courses developed and taught by Katy ISD teachers. KVS has begun
online registration for Summer 2021, Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters.
“KVS provides online learning that offers a flexible, online experience, which
helps students achieve their educational goals,” said Susan Richards, Katy ISD
Instructional Technology e-Learning Manager. “The virtual model of e-learning
is in high demand and delivers quality instruction to Katy ISD students, outside
of normal school hours, to support student graduation plans. KVS is different
from the current Katy Virtual Academy (KVA), which is the online learning
model implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” added Richards.
KVS will offer a wide range of courses from Creative Writing, AP Art
History, English III, World Geography, Economics, Psychology and more.
There are over 30 Advanced Placement (AP), Katy Advanced Program
(KAP) and academic level courses available to students with additional
opportunities being added each year. The cost per course is $200 per
semester. KVS is an approved College Board online provider for Advanced
Placement (AP) courses and by the NCAA for student initial eligibility.
For more information, students can talk with their campus counselor for
additional information, email KVS at firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the Katy ISD Virtual School website.
Please note: Katy Virtual School and Katy Virtual Academy are two
separate programs. Katy Virtual School is a supplemental program to
help entering or present high school students take courses in advance.
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KATY ISD SEVEN LAKES HS CHEER WINS STATE
It’s been a great school year of state championship wins for Katy Independent School District, this time the trophy goes to the Seven Lakes High School
(SLHS) Cheerleaders, who won the 2021 Conference 6A-D1 UIL State Spirit Championship, which took place in Fort Worth, Texas. Out of 43 6A-D1
schools, the Spartans took home the gold and the coveted title of being named “CHAMPIONS.” “This is the second time the Spartan Cheer Team has
medaled at state,” said SLHS Cheer Coach Amy Weaston. “In 2019, the Spartans took home third place. We are so proud to bring home another state
title to our supporting Spartan Nation,” added Weaston.
OTHER KATY ISD TEAMS WHO EARNED TOP 10 SPOTS AT UIL SPIRIT STATE CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS INCLUDE:
Mayde Creek HS Cheer Team - fifth place at the 6A-D1 competition
Jordan HS Cheer Team - fifth place in the 5A-D2 competition
Cinco Ranch HS Cheer Team - seventh place at the 6A-D1 competition
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ALL HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY LOCATIONS WILL
REMAIN CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC AT THIS TIME
HCPL No-contact Curbside Holds Pick-Up is now available at ALL HCPL
Harris County Public Library will continue to offer a wide array of online
• Use HCPL Wi-Fi service while maintaining social distancing with HCPL’s
• Download ebooks and audiobooks, stream movies, research and learn
• Attend an HCPL program or story time online through Facebook or
• Check your account to renew loans or request books
• eBooks, comics or graphic novels through OverDrive
• Stream classic films, indie cinema and award-winning documentaries
• Listen to audiobooks through RBDigital or OverDrive
• Read along and play with picture books on TumbleBooks
• Ask us a question via chat on Ask a Librarian
• Get book recommendations via Book Hunters
If you do not have an HCPL library card, you can get instant access to all
HCPL’s digital materials including ebooks, streaming movies and research
tools with an iKnow Digital Access Card.
How does Curbside Holds Pick-Up work?
Here’s how it works: When you receive notification that your holds are
ready for pick-up, call your HCPL pick-up location. Please have your
library card number and PIN handy. You will be given a pick-up time and
instructions for curbside pick-up (These may vary slightly from branch to
branch). When you arrive at the library, follow the instructions you were
provided over the phone. You may be asked to show your library card or
other form of ID for verification.
Note: Library staff will not be able to take your returns during curbside
pick-up, please put them in the book drop. For your safety and that of
HCPL staff, curbside pick-up may be temporarily suspended during bad
MAUD MARKS LIBRARY
1815 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX 77450, 281-492-8592
LIBRARY HOURS - Mon. 1 PM - 9 PM, Tues. 10 AM - 9 PM, Wed. 10 AM
- 6 PM, Thurs. 10 AM - 6 PM, Fri. 1 PM - 6 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 5 PM, Sun.
closed. Website: www.hcpl.net. “Like” us on Facebook: www.facebook.
com/maudmarkslibrary. Subscribe to our newsletter at www.hcpl.net/
KATHERINE TYRA (BEAR CREEK) PUBLIC LIBRARY
16719 Clay Road, Houston, TX 77084, 281-550-0885
Our hours are: Monday - 1 PM - 8 PM, Tuesday/Thursday - 10 AM - 6 PM,
Wednesday -10 AM - 8 PM, Friday - 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday - 10 AM - 5 PM.
All programs are free and open to the public. For information, call 281-
550-0885 or log on to www.hcpl.net.
KATY BRANCH LIBRARY
5414 Franz Road, Katy, TX 77493, 281-391-3509
Hours of Operation: Monday & Tuesday 10 AM - 7 PM, Wednesday 1 PM - 8
PM, Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM, Friday 1 PM - 6 PM, Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM,
Sunday CLOSED. Join online at www.hcpl.net or come by in person and
we’ll help you sign up!
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LAKEMONT COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE
Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, 2021, 8 AM-2 PM • The Lakemont
community is off Mason Road, south of the Westpark Tollway.
EPIPHANY OF THE LORD CATHOLIC CHURCH’S
SECOND ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT -
MONDAY, APRIL 19, 2021
Epiphany of the Lord Catholic Church’s second annual golf tournament
fundraiser sponsored by the ACTS Ministry will be held on Monday, April
19 th at Willow Fork Country Club in Katy. Shotgun start at 10 AM. Prizes
with breakfast and lunch served. Registration online at epiphanycatholic.
THE 22ND ANNUAL KCM “SWING FROM THE
HEART” CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENT
On April 19 th , KCM Staff and Supporters will take to the Green and
“Swing for the Heart” as they compete in the 22 nd Annual KCM Charity
Golf Tournament. This year’s tournament will take place at Weston Lakes
Country Club and is shaping up to be a blast! Besides just the tournament
itself, a silent auction and raffle will be part of the festivities this year! The
silent auction will be conducted online and more information regarding
it will soon be available on ktcm.org/golf! Keep an eye out!
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We have done everything we can to try and reopen our doors, including
becoming the first theater in the country to install hospital grade UV lights
in our air filtration system. We even offered a safe and distanced indoor
concert as well as an indoor offering from our educational touring unit
this past fall. And when those projects proved financially challenging and
COVID numbers spiked again, we created “Light Up the Lot” and moved
all our programming outdoors. We’ve never given up. We never will give
up. But due to circumstances beyond our control, we find ourselves
needing to pivot once more. Which brings us to the announcement of
our virtual season. Go to www.adplayers.org for all the information.
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Back L-R: Allyson Struble, Abby Scott, Savanna Zavidny, Camryn Noble, Alexandra Cotton, Hannah Ivey, Sydney Shushan, Brooke Berry, Sadie Stalker, Shannon
King, Abigail Moon, Ava Adams, Elise Stovall and Megan Knicely. Center L-R: Emily Hutson, Emma Drury, Emma Samaie, Morgan Stahl, Isabella Carr, Cassidy
Mazy and Julia Diehl. Front L-R: Adriana Gimenez, Elizabeth Fowler, Claire Dumas and Kaylie Martin. Photo by Kim Schaffer Photography
NATIONAL CHARITY LEAGUE, INC., STAR CHAPTER RECOGNIZES
SENIOR CLASS OF 2021 FOR ACHIEVEMENTS
On February 14 th , National Charity League, Inc., Star Chapter (NCL, Inc.) honored the Senior Class of 2021 at the Chapter’s annual Senior Recognition
Ceremony. The evening included recognition of each of these 25 graduating seniors for their accomplishments and contributions to the community
as well as dinner and dancing with family and friends in attendance.
Over the last six years, these young ladies, alongside their mothers, have contributed over 12,211 volunteer hours at 32 local charities. The Class of
2021 volunteered at the Westview School, Neighborhood Kidz Club, Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels), The
Ballard House, Katy Christian Ministries, Fort Bend Women’s Center, The Krause Center, The Monty Ballard YMCA, Brookwood, Willow River Farms and
Texas Children’s, to name a few.
In addition to serving their community through volunteering, these young ladies were also honing leadership skills and developing cultural awareness
by planning and attending educational meetings, chapter-wide events, socials, class retreats and cultural events including ballet, symphony and
The Star Chapter wishes these accomplished young women great success in their future endeavors. The seniors honored are: Ava Adams, Brooke Berry,
Isabella Carr, Alexandra Cotton, Julia Diehl, Emma Drury, Claire Dumas, Elizabeth Fowler, Adriana Gimenez, Emily Hutson, Hannah Ivey, Shannon King,
Megan Knicely, Kaylie Martin, Cassidy Mazy, Abigail Moon, Camryn Noble, Emma Samaie, Abby Scott, Sydney Shushan, Morgan Stahl, Sadie Stalker,
Elise Stovall, Allyson Struble and Savanna Zavidny.
A CULTURAL EXPERIENCE
Want to bring a little culture into your life and the lives of your children? Why not try hosting a high school foreign exchange student? It’s a great way
to learn about a new culture all from the comfort of your home. STS Foundation is currently looking for host families for the 2021/2022 school year.
Hosting is such a rewarding experience and it benefits all of those involved. STS Foundation accepts all types of host families - from single parents,
newly marrieds, empty nesters and same sex couples. In order to host, you would need to meet the following qualifications:
• Host must be 25 years or older • Pass a background check • Provide food for 3 meals daily
• Ensure reliable transportation to and from school (bus is ok) • A bed for your student • A safe and loving home
STS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that places foreign exchange students with American host families. For more information about hosting,
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MARCH 21ST IS COMMON COURTESY DAY
Queue jumpers, finger clicking… people that board the train carriage
before giving you the chance to get off. What about those people that
never say “please” or people that read your messages but don’t reply for
days? Common Courtesy Day gives people the opportunity to be more…
well, ‘courteous’ - even if it’s just for one day out of the entire year.
In the Merriam-Webster dictionary, courtesy is described as a: behavior
marked by polished manners or respect for others: courteous behavior b:
a courteous and respectful act or expression. Common courtesy can be as
simple as saying “please” and “thank you” when asking for and receiving a
service, gift or assistance. Kindness and courtesy do go a long way and are
noticed by others even if you do not realize it. Letting someone in front
of you in traffic is easy. Hold open a door for someone or give a person a
hand with his groceries. Give up your seat on the bus to someone who
might need it. Introduce yourself to the new employee or kid at school
and take the time to introduce her to the rest of the crew. These are just a
few examples of small things that make a difference to someone else. They
are momentary deeds of being courteous. The aim of Common Courtesy
Day is to practice common courtesy for one day and encourage others
to do the same. According to the Collins English dictionary, Courtesy is
defined as: politeness, respect and consideration for others.
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kindness will not only make others feel better and reflect positively upon
yourself, it can make you feel good too. Here are some examples of how
you can celebrate Common Courtesy Day:
• Greet people with “good morning” and “good afternoon.”
• Give up your seat for someone who may need it more.
• When you drink the last of the milk in the fridge, replace it.
• Hold the door.
• Place the cardboard tube from the toilet paper holder in the bin and
replace with fresh roll.
• Refill the printer with paper when it runs out.
• Pay someone a compliment.
• When you ‘borrow’ a pen, actually give it back.
• Contact someone you’ve not spoken to in a while.
• Complain less.
• Instead of getting mad, appreciate that the person that just barked at
you is probably just having a bad day.
• Feed the homeless.
• Do a spot of cleaning at home or at work.
• Leave someone a ‘thank you’ note.
• Respect the environment - don’t litter and maybe consider walking to
work instead of driving.
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As part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day is observed annually
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Girl Scouting in the United States of America began on this day, March
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meeting. At this first troop meeting in Savannah, Georgia, there were 18
girls present. For these girls, Juliette Gordon Low organized enrichment
programs, service projects and outdoor activities and adventures. Since
the time of the first meeting, Girl Scouts has grown to over 3.7 million
The organization’s original name was the Girl Guides of America
By 1920 there were close to 70,000 members
By 1930 there were over 200,000 members
In 2005 there were over 3.7 million members
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National Girl Scout Day commemorates the birthday of the Girl Scouts
of America. While individual troops and regions have celebrated the
anniversary of this day, we were not able to identify when it became an
annually observed national day.
BROWNIE GS TROOP OPENINGS
FOR 2ND GRADE GIRLS-KATY WIDE
Troop 128006, a Katy wide 2 nd Grade Brownie Girl Scout Troop, has
opening for 2 nd grade girls. We welcome new to GS, returning & existing
2 nd grade Girl Scouts. Meetings: Every other Monday, 6:30-8 PM, 20000
Franz Road area. Contact Lee at email@example.com for more
WE’RE GIRL SCOUTS OF THE USA
We’re 2.5 million strong-more than 1.7 million girls and 750,000 adults
who believe in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risktaker,
Leader) to change the world. Nationally, our extraordinary journey
began more than 100 years ago with the original G.I.R.L., Juliette Gordon
“Daisy” Low. On March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia, she organized
the very first Girl Scout troop and every year since, we’ve honored her
vision and legacy, building girls of courage, confidence and character
who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl
Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, a United Way agency,
is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than
53,000 girl members and 17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.
We’re the preeminent leadership development organization for girls and
we offer every girl a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure
and success. To volunteer, reconnect, donate or join, call 1-800-392-4340
or visit www.gssjc.org.
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BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA TROOP 418 -
NEW GIRL-LED UNIT
For the first time in its 100+ year history, the iconic program of the Boy
Scouts of America will be open to young women, giving girls from ages
11-17 the same experience that boys have traditionally enjoyed. Scouts
BSA Troop 418 is a new girl-led unit, meeting at Trinity Baptist Church
on Spring Green on Mondays 7:30-8:30 PM. We are looking to grow our
troop and would love to have you join us! For more information contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or find other units in your area at
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BEST OUTDOOR EXERCISE ACTIVITIES
Sports are generally designed to be leisure activities, but you can turn your
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you can use the sports and activities to improve your fitness level. The five best
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backpacking one of the five best outdoor sports and recreational activities
for exercise. Regardless of the intensity and duration of the backpacking
trip, you burn a significant amount of calories while experiencing the great
outdoors. Backpacking for one hour can burn about 600 to 700 calories per
hour while building lower body strength and stamina.
Running: Running is a classic outdoor sport and recreational activity and
one of the best for building endurance, stamina and muscular fitness
while burning calories. Running at 8 mph can burn more than 1,000
calories per hour and you can increase that amount with rugged outdoor
terrain, such as hills or trails.
Cycling: Learning how to ride a bike is a rite of passage for kids, but
cycling can provide a lifetime of exercise and fitness. You can take the
bike on paved roads or trails along with off-road trails to experience
remote locations in the mountains or forests. Along with burning about
400 calories per hour, cycling builds lower body strength while improving
balance, coordination and cardiovascular fitness.
Swimming: Swimming is known for providing a low-impact total body
workout, but it’s also one of the top outdoor sports. You can vary your
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20 WAYS TO ENJOY MORE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
Building a healthy plate is easy when you make half your plate fruits
and vegetables. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus
vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 1⁄2 cups of
vegetables your daily goal. Try the following tips to enjoy more fruits and
vegetables every day.
1. Variety abounds when using vegetables as pizza topping. Try broccoli,
spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.
2. Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk, frozen strawberries
and a banana.
3. Make a veggie wrap with roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese rolled
in a whole-wheat tortilla.
4. Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips with your favorite low-fat salad
dressing for dipping.
5. Grill colorful vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red
peppers, mushrooms and onions.
6. Add color to salads with baby carrots, grape tomatoes, spinach leaves
or mandarin oranges.*
7. Keep cut vegetables handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes,
lunch box additions or
a quick nibble while waiting for dinner. Ready-to-eat favorites: red, green
or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks,
cucumbers, snap peas or whole radishes.
8. Place colorful fruit where everyone can easily grab something for a
snack-on-the- run. Keep a bowl of fresh, just ripe whole fruit in the center
of your kitchen or dining table.
9. Get saucy with fruit. Puree apples, berries, peaches or pears in a blender
for a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or on
pancakes, French toast or waffles.
10. Stuff an omelet with vegetables. Turn any omelet into a hearty meal
with broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes or onions with low-fat
sharp cheddar cheese.
11. “Sandwich” in fruits and vegetables. Add pizzazz to sandwiches with
sliced pineapple, apple, peppers, cucumber and tomato as fillings.
12. Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal,
ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.
13. Top a baked potato with beans and salsa or broccoli and low-fat
14. Microwave a cup of vegetable soup as a snack or with a sandwich for
15. Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini,
spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce
and rice dishes.
16. Make fruit your dessert: Slice a banana lengthwise and top with a
scoop of low-fat frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with a tablespoon of chopped
17. Stock your freezer with frozen vegetables to steam or stir-fry for a
quick side dish.
18. Make your main dish a salad of dark, leafy greens and other colorful
vegetables. Add chickpeas or edamame (fresh soybeans). Top with lowfat
19. Fruit on the grill: Make kabobs with pineapple, peaches and banana.
Grill on low heat until fruit is hot and slightly golden.
20. Dip: Whole wheat pita wedges in hummus, baked tortilla chips in
salsa, strawberries or apple slices in low-fat yogurt, or graham crackers
*See “Smart Tips to Build a Healthy Salad” at www.eatright.org/
nutritiontipsheets for more tips on creating healthy salads.
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SMART SNACKING TIPS FOR KIDS
Snacks can play an important role in meeting kids’ nutrient needs.
Choosing foods from all of the food groups will give them the energy
they need between meals. It helps to plan and portion out snacks in
advance. Kids will usually only need 2 or 3 snacks daily, and these should
be provided at least one hour before meals. It is recommended that
snacks (and meals) be eaten in an area without distractions. So avoid
snacking while watching TV or when using other electronic devices.
Better yet, let the kids help prepare the healthy snacks.
HERE ARE A FEW EASY, TASTY (AND HEALTHY)
SNACKS TO HELP GET YOU STARTED
1. Parfait: Layer vanilla or plain low-fat yogurt with fruit and dried
2. Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced fruit
or smooth nut butter.
3. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty
seconds for a delicious smoothie.
4. Sandwich cut-outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out
your favorite shape
using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!
5. Mini-pizza: Toast a whole wheat English muffin, drizzle with pizza
sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
6. Frozen treats: Mix equal amounts of fat-free plain or flavored yogurt
with 100% fruit juice, then pour into paper cups and freeze for a tasty
7. Quesadilla: Sprinkle shredded cheese over a corn or whole wheat
tortilla; fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.
8. Spread hummus on a tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat
cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.
9. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith
apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.10. Microwave a cup of tomato or
vegetable soup and enjoy with whole grain crackers.
11. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a dinner roll.
12. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar
cheese and salsa.
13. Spread celery sticks with smooth nut butter or low-fat cream cheese.
Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”
14. Dip slices of fruit or whole-grain graham crackers into low-fat vanilla
pudding or yogurt.
15. Inside-out sandwich: Spread mustard
on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
16. Rocky road: Smear low-fat chocolate pudding on a whole grain
graham cracker, then top with a marshmallow.
17. Sprinkle cinnamon on unsweetened applesauce and enjoy with a
whole grain graham cracker for a taste similar to apple pie.
18. Make your own fruit roll-up by pureeing fruit and either baking it in
the oven or by using a dehydrator.
19. Bake homemade chewy granola bars using whole-grain oats and
20. Whip up mini-muffins using healthy ingredients, like whole grain
flours and pureed fruit.
Find more healthy eating tips at:
www.kidseatright.org | www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets
For a referral to a registered dietitian nutritionist and for additional food
and nutrition information visit www.eatright.org.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the largest organization
of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to
improving the health and advancing the profession of dietetics through
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Easy Banana Cream Pie
You could make this on National Banana Cream Pie Day March 2nd!
3 cups heavy cream
1/2 cup crushed ice
1 (3.5 ounce) package instant banana pudding mix
1 (3.4 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix
3 bananas, sliced
1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
1 cup heavy cream
Using an electric mixer, whip 3 cups heavy cream on low speed until
it starts to thicken. Add crushed ice and continue to whip another 4
minutes. Increase speed and add vanilla and banana pudding mixes,
whipping until pudding mixes are blended fully with the cream and the
mixture thickens. Increase speed to high and beat until mixture is stiff.
Line the bottom and half way up the sides of pie crust with banana
slices. Cover bananas with half of the banana cream mixture and top
completely with banana slices. Top with the remaining banana cream
mixture. In a small bowl, whip 1 cup cream until stiff peaks form. Using a
pastry bag, pipe cream onto top of pie, covering completely. Refrigerate
1 hour before serving.
You could make this on National Blueberry Popover Day March 10th!
3 tablespoons butter, cut into 6 equal-sized pieces
1 cup whole milk
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, or to taste
1 lemon, halved
DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Put a piece of butter
into each of 6 large muffin cups. Put muffin tin in preheated oven until butter melts,
about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Beat milk, eggs, 1/4 cup sugar and vanilla together in a large bowl. Whisk flour into
the milk mixture until you have a batter. Divide batter between muffin cups. Drop
even amounts of blueberries into each batter portion. Stir 1 tablespoon sugar and
cinnamon together in a small bowl, sprinkle evenly over the batter portions.
Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees
C) and continue baking until popovers are no longer moist in the center, about 25
minutes. Dust tops of popovers with confectioners’ sugar. Squeeze lemon juice over
popovers. Serve warm.
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March Gardening Tips
VEGETABLES: Plant vegetables such as tomatoes, sweet corn and
snap beans and pepper, as well as cucumbers, lima or butter beans,
cantaloupe, okra (if the soil has warmed sufficiently - 70 degrees F. or
higher), southern peas, pumpkin, squash, peanuts and watermelon.
LAWN: Re-sod or replant as needed with turfgrasses adapted to this
part of Texas and suited to the planting location (shade or sun). • When
resodding semi-shaded areas with St. Augustine, use ONLY the variety
Floratam for best pest resistance. See www.plantanswers.com/grass.htm.
TREES AND SHRUBS: Plant container-grown trees and shrubs as soon as
possible. In shady areas, where grass is difficult to grow, consider planting a
dependable groundcover such as English ivy, Asian jasmine, vinca or one of
the prostrate junipers. • Prune spring flowering and evergreen shrubs during
early March. However, be sure to prune spring flowering shrubs after they have
bloomed. • Fertilize with a pre-plant application of a slow-release fertilizer
analysis such as 19 - 5 - 9 at the rate of 3 pounds per 100 square feet of garden
planting area. Early March is the ideal time to fertilize landscape plants because
you give them food just before the spring growing season starts.
NATIONAL PLANT A FLOWER DAY - MARCH 12TH
Spring is just around the corner and March 12 th is the day to participate
in National Plant a Flower Day. Each year this day is dedicated to the
planting of flowers and looking forward to the spring season. Flower
gardening has become a hobby for many, young and old and National
Plant a Flower Day is a start to the new season each year.
Marigolds and Daffodils are the flowers of this month. It’s good to know
the zone you live in to determine which flowers grow as perennials (those
that grow back every year) in your area and which are considered annuals
(those that require planting every year). To find out more check out the
USDA site for Hardiness Zones.
Seeds can be started inside and set in a sunny window. When the weather
is nicer, move those plants outside. Keep the soil moist, but not wet and
follow the instructions on the seed package for proper germination of
the seedling. For those who can’t wait, get out those seed catalogs and
start planning your next flower garden.
Are you in a warmer climate? Then it’s time to get out the trowel and
the garden gloves and start turning over some new soil. Sow some new
seeds, bulbs or plants and nurture those blossoms into a brilliant blaze
for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.
Tips for Starting a Flower Garden: Start with a potted garden. If you aren’t
ready to tear up a patch of lawn, this is a good way to go. They do require
more watering, but less care overall. • Select plants that grow well in
your spot. Some plants grow well in the shade and others prefer the sun.
Others love both! • Did you know gardeners who prefer perennial gardens
have to thin their flower beds every couple of years? They also like to
share the extra bulbs and seeds with those who are new to gardening,
so if you know someone with a green thumb, get to know them better.
You might get some free plants, advice and a budding friendship! • Local
greenhouses stock plants that grow well in your area. Don’t be afraid to
ask them questions and shop there frequently. • Let’s all work together
by planting a flower and helping make the world a more beautiful place.
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