Andrew Wolff

Does your family eat enough fruits and vegetables? If your answer is yes, then give yourself a pat on the back. However, more than 90% of both adults and children do not eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables. Depending on the age of your child, most children need between 1 and 1 ½ cups of fruit and 1 and 2 cups of vegetables daily, adding about a cup of each for adults. September is Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month, a great time for families to focus on eating MORE fruits and vegetables.



10 Tips for Getting Your Family to Eat More Fruits & Veggies

  1. Keep visible reminders. If they don’t see it, they probably won’t choose to eat it. Make fruits and vegetables readily available to eat. Place a fruit basket on the counter at all times and make sure cut-up fruits and vegetables are the first thing you see when you open the refrigerator.
  2. Try something new. Make it an exciting event each week. Feature a new fruit or vegetable. Allow your family to be involved in the selection process at the grocery store, as well as preparing the new item.
  3. Put your kids in charge. Nothing excites children more than allowing them to be in charge of something. Ask them to help with stirring, measuring ingredients or breaking apart vegetables.
  4. Dip it. Offering a dip on the side can make fruits and vegetables much more appealing. For a quick veggie dip, mix plain yogurt with a French onion seasoning packet. For a fruit dip, mix vanilla yogurt with a little peanut butter and cinnamon.
  5. Blend into a frosty treat. Smoothies are a perfect opportunity to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Blend yogurt, frozen fruit of your choice and spinach together and you’ve got a tasty drink that is also healthy and fiber-filled!
  6. Disguise them. Next time you make mashed potatoes, steam up some cauliflower and mash it right into the potatoes. Purée vegetables into soups or grate carrots and apples and mix into muffins.
    Get creative! There are many ways to sneak fruits and vegetables in your family’s favorite dishes.
  7. Use as snacks. When you’re on the go, keep apples and oranges in your car. Or have carrot sticks and hummus when a snack is needed before dinner. Fruits and vegetables can be just as portable as other high-sugar, convenient snacks.
  8. Make it fun. If your family associates eating fruits and vegetables with having fun, it may increase their chance of enjoying a healthy lifestyle for the long-term. Make meals and snacks a pleasant, exciting atmosphere, and you may have a family who loves fruits and vegetables.
  9. Double it up. If a recipe calls for one cup sliced mushrooms, add two cups. It will only require a couple minutes of extra chopping and will increase the nutrients in your dish.
  10. Be a good role model. As head of the household, you are your family’s biggest role model. If you are eating fruits and vegetables, your habits may carry onto the rest of the family. Also, if you do not like a particular food, still allow the other members of the family try it. You may be surprised at the foods they decide they like!

The 2018 Jump Rope For Heart Fundraising has started!

According to the CDC:Heart Disease in the United States

About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. More than half of the deaths due to heart disease in 2009 were in men.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the most common type of heart disease, killing over 370,000 people annually.

Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack

On March 2nd we will have our Jump Rope for Heart event day. On this day we set a aside specific times for all classes to participate in this event. These activities can take place during gym class, recess breaks or lunch periods. The activities and the day are a non-competitive, fun day. They include many jumping stations as well as other activities. The main goal is to have fun and just move!

Calling All  Atlantic Highlands Elementary School Students……


Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the Jump Rope for Heart online incentives!  Here’s How…..


  • Register Online at
  • Spread awareness by sending out emails and  e-cards to family and friends. 


Wristband: Any student that registers online.  No donation is required. (They will appear on your team report.)

Jax the Ninja and Clip.  Instant gift provided to student who has returned the signed coupon by his/her parent indicating that they promise to raise at least $5.

Charger (glows in the dark): Instant gift provided to a student who has earned an online donation of $10 or more.

Disco (first plush): Instant gift provided to a student who has raised $40 in online donations.

Mystery Friend: Instant gift provided to a student who raises $150 online

Plush Jax: Instant gift provided to a student who raises $225 online






Physical Education: Physical Education meets twice a week. Students can wear blue jeans to class!  I still strongly encourage athletically inspired clothing.  Sneakers must have tied laces. UGG or UGGS are not proper shoes to be worn during class. Participation is a must for all students


Lessons being taught
Physical Education    

                                          PREK: Gross and fine motor skills

                                          K-2nd: Dance Activities

                                          3-6th: Dance Activities




Health 5th & 6th grade meets every third P.E. day for Health. 3rd & 4th grade have it once a week. Students should have a folder and a notebook to take notes.


                                                              3rd: Food Safety

                                                              4th:Food Safety

                                                              5th: Food Safety

                                                               6th: Food Safety

Interesting Apps and websites to check out. Many of these are food related .


Health Links and Fun Websites     Make better, healthier food choices with Fooducate. Available for iPhone, Android, and online.   Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a national non-profit public interest and environmental advocacy organization working to protect human health and the environment by curbing the use of harmful food production technologies and by promoting organic and other forms of sustainable agriculture. ShopWell helps you find healthy and nutritious alternatives to your favorite foods with highly personalized health scores on everyday grocery store products.    GoodGuide scientists rate products on a 0 – 10 scale for their health, environment, and social impact. The overall score for a product is an average of the above ... - how hotdogs are made sad - how to watch your hands in space - Great for Health Current events -Great for Health Current events - Great for Health Current events - Great resources for Health Current events





Photography Club -

 Students should bring their cameras and memory card to each club session.

Boys Intra-murals will be held on Mondays this year.

Photo Club Schedule 2017-2018
Dec 7th - 14th
Jan 11th - 25th
Feb 8th - 15th
Mar 8th - 22nd
April 12th - 26th
May 3rd - 17th
June 7th - 14th