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					     2011                             Coordinator’s Comments
                                      The holiday season has arrived and if it seems like September was only yesterday
                                      you are not alone! The holidays are an opportunity to take a break from the hustle
                                      and bustle of busy school schedules and reflect upon challenges and celebrate
                                      successes over the past year and plan for the upcoming year. The School Milk
                                      Program would like to sincerely thank Milk Coordinators for all the hard work you’ve
                                      done this fall to ensure the success of the School Milk Program. To show our
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                                      appreciation, we have enclosed a copy of the 35 anniversary edition 2012 Milk
                                      Calendar.
                                      Dairy Farmers of Manitoba would like to wish each and every one of you a joyful and
                                      festive holiday season.
Coordinator’s Comments
                                      Happy Holidays and Happy Moo Year too!
Coming soon: Milk Spirit Week         Sarah Cahill, RD                                  Colleen West
                                      School Milk Program Coordinator                   School Milk Program Assistant
A year in review: Milk Coordinators
share their experiences               Coming soon…Milk Spirit Week 2012!
Indoor recess activities: Getting
Crafty with cartons                   Milk Spirit Week registration is just around the corner and we’d like to highlight the fun
                                      your school can have while celebrating. Each year, Dairy Farmers of Manitoba
                                      rewards schools (both elementary and JR/SR High) for participating in the School
                                      Milk Program. Milk Spirit Week is a 5 day celebration held at your schools
                                      convenience sometime between February and June. All schools are given access to
                                      our activities and ideas resource filled with exciting activities to plan Milk Spirit Week.
                                      The first 200 schools to apply with three milk related Spirit Week events will receive a
                                      kit of special Spirit Week rewards. Continue reading to find out how Milk Spirit Week
                                      is a Moo-velous idea to complement your school’s Milk Program.
 Mail
 Dairy Farmers of Manitoba            What you need to know…
 36 Scurfield Blvd.                   The whole school can participate in Milk Spirit Week!
 Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1N9                    A reminder e-mail with registration information will be sent to Milk Coordinators
 Email                                    prior to registration.
 schoolmilk@milk.mb.ca                   On-line registration starts January 4, 2012.
                                         Only the first 200 schools that register and satisfy the requirement of three milk
 Telephone                                related events are eligible.
 488.MILK or outside Wpg                 A Spirit week kit is delivered to the school 1-2 weeks prior to Milk Spirit Week.
 1.800.567.1671
 On-Line                              Please visit our website at www.milk.mb.ca/school for:
 www.milk.mb.ca/school                                  2012 Activities and Ideas Booklet - to plan Milk Spirit Week
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                                                        Register on-line - starting January 4 , 2012


                                      A year in review: Milk Coordinators share their experiences

                                      At the end of every school year, we ask coordinators for their feedback on the School
                                      Milk Program. Last year, we asked you to share your challenges and your successes
                                      with the program. What we continue to learn is that a phenomenal network of School
                                      Milk Coordinators, school staff, parent volunteers, community businesses and student
                                      helpers contribute to the continued success of the School Milk Program. Here is what
                                      your fellow Milk Coordinators had to say…

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                                                A year in review:
                                                Milk Coordinators Share their experiences                        (continued)




                                                We asked Milk Coordinators to describe any challenges they had in running the School Milk
                                                Program:

                                                Challenge: Estimating amount of milk required

                                                This may help: Try using a pre-sell system. This method of advance order and payment
                                                from elementary school parents helps coordinators to predict how many students will be
                                                purchasing milk from day to day. For a sample of how to use a pre-sell system, visit the
                                                school milk website at www.milk.mb.ca/school.
Gingerbread Latté                               Challenge: Leftover milk which has expired

                                                This may help: Try getting creative. Before milk expires make instant pudding and sell it to
                                                make back some of the cost of milk. Instant pudding made with milk is a great way to get
Syrup                                           calcium and protein while enjoying a sweet snack. Another idea - in the winter, sell or
Makes 2 1/3 cups (575 mL) syrup                 donate the almost expired milk to your elementary school’s patrol squad to make hot
                                                chocolate and help them warm up after their shift.
2 cups (500 mL)   water
1 ½ cups (375 mL) sugar                         Challenge: Accessing milk
2 ½ tsp (12 mL)   ground ginger
½ tsp (2.5 mL)    ground cinnamon               This may help: Try shopping around. Depending on where your school is located you may
½ tsp (2.5 mL)    vanilla extract               have several options for milk delivery. Picking up milk is a very common practice among
                                                Milk Coordinators and volunteers – wholesalers have large quantities available and offer low
Combine water, sugar, ginger, cinnamon          prices. If your school is in rural MB consider purchasing milk from a local store or restaurant.
and vanilla in a medium sauce pot.
(Choose a pot that holds twice the volume       Challenge: Unfinished 250 mL cartons of milk (especially from kindergarten students)
of the syrup mixture. If the pot is too small
the mixture could easily bubble over.)          This may help: Try purchasing 4 L jugs and pouring the milk into cups. To be
                                                environmentally friendly have the students bring their own cups and teach them how to
Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat        wash and store the cups after every use. Not only is this system environmentally friendly,
and simmer syrup, uncovered for 15              but it can also be less expensive for some schools.
minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat
and let cool. Store syrup in a resalable        We also asked Milk Coordinators to describe what contributes to the success of the School
container in the fridge (water bottles work     Milk Program in their school:
well!). Shake well before use.
                                                    Receiving support!
Latté
                                                       From parents, teachers, canteen/cafeteria staff - to help promote and run the
Makes 2 cups (500 mL)
                                                        School milk program
1 cup (250 mL)    milk                                 From community business and local association - donations, fundraisers, milk at
¼ cup (50 mL)     Gingerbread Latte syrup               cost
                                                     Having information available (parent brochures) to send home to parents and
For adults add ½ cup (125 mL) espresso
(or 1 ½ tsp (7 mL) of instant espresso               distribute at parent teacher interviews.
powder in ½ cup (125 mL) boiling water)              Educating the students about the nutritional importance of milk.
Using a steamer, stove top, or microwave             Distributing fun milk prizes for the students to keep the program exciting throughout
bring milk to a boil. To a 2 cup (500 mL)            the year.
mug, add hot milk, gingerbread latté
syrup, and espresso if serving latté to              Selling both white and chocolate milk.
adults. Stir. If desired, top with whipped           Having a fabulous Milk Mover! (the individuals who regularly help get the milk
cream and nutmeg.                                    delivered to the students.) For example the milk man/woman, milk coordinator, staff,
                                                     student, volunteer, community business.
                                                     Creating opportunities for in-school promotion – using posters, showcasing milk
                                                     rewards in the school display case, daily morning announcements, reminders on the
                                                     schools outdoor sign, Milk Spirit Week, etc.


Source of Recipe: www.recipecircus.com
                                                       Indoor recess activities:
                                                       Getting crafty with cartons


                                                         Milk Mobiles

                                                         Use any size of empty milk carton to make cars, trucks, trains and other
                                                         wheeled vehicles. Wash and dry milk cartons. For 250 mL milk cartons
                                                         remove the top (4 flaps folded into a peak) leaving the bottom of the milk
                                                         carton and 4 sides. For a larger milk carton, remove one long side and 2 of
                                                         the top flaps. Fold the remaining 2 top flaps down and tape them to make a
         Milk Carton Ice Luminary                        large rectangle.

Supplies:                                                For axles, use plastic straws, pencils, or wooden skewers. Make holes in the
                                                         sides (two in the front and two in the back) of the vehicle to slip the axle
    1.    2 L milk carton, empty, rinsed                 through.
    2.    500-600 mL water bottle, empty
    3.    6 cups Water                                   For wheels use circles cut from milk cartons, wooden beads, thread spools, or
    4.    Freezer OR outside works if it's cold          bottle caps. Some wheels will need holes punched in the middle. To keep the
          enough!                                        wheels from falling off, place something at the end of the axle: a tack, rubber
    5.    Food colouring, sparkles, various              band, or glued wooden bead. If using a straw for the axle and a bottle cap for
          greens, berries, etc.                          the wheels, cut 4 evenly spaced ¼” slits in each end of the straws. Insert the
                                                         straws through the four holes of the car then fold the slit sections of the straw
Directions:                                              ends backward to make tabs. Glue the straw tabs onto the flat tops of four
                                                         plastic caps.
Cut off top of milk carton leaving a completely
square empty pillar. Cut off top of water bottle,        Decorate the milk mobile to make it into any vehicle desired!
so top of bottle is approximately the same
diameter as bottom of bottle – fill with sand,           Want to make the milk mobile moo-ve?
rocks, or anything heavy. If desired, mix food
colouring into 6 cups of cold water. Fill empty          Punch a small hole into the middle of the back end of the vehicle (start with a
carton half way with water then insert weighted          small hole, but make it bigger if it does not let enough air escape.) Insert open
water bottle into centre (tip: to keep the bottle        end of an inflated (untied, but pinched off) balloon through the inside of the
from moving around, attach 2 pieces of masking           vehicle so the body of the balloon remains inside the vehicle and the open end
tape diagonally from each of the top corners of          is outside the vehicle. Let go of the balloon end and the vehicle will zip around
the carton to make an “X”. Finish filling the            the room until deflated.
carton with remaining water being sure to leave
½” of the top of the water bottle exposed.
Ensure water bottle remains in the centre of the
carton. Freeze for at least 8 hours. If adding
greens and berries, place in water after an hour
or 2 of freezing.

When frozen solid remove the water bottle
centre by emptying the “weights” from water
bottle and filling with warm water. Remove
water bottle from carton. To remove ice from
the carton, turn carton upside down and run
under warm water in the sink (Ice should slide
out of the carton easily ) or peel away the milk
carton.

Luminaries can be used to decorate sidewalk
paths or front door steps and can even be used
as table centre pieces (place a cookie sheet or
cake pan under luminary to collect melting ice
and decorate the pan with evergreen branches
and pine cones). Place a tea candle inside the
luminary and let it glow all night, until the candle
burns out!

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