SLUSD's Monthly Employee Wellness Newsletter
Brought to you by the Employee Wellness Committee  
Employee Wellness Newsletter
September 2019
Wellness Welcome to 2019-2020
What a joy to have everyone back! Seeing all of your smiling faces at the SLUSD Kickoff BBQ and in your schools and offices during the first weeks of school shows what the magic of summer can do for our collective spirit. As we start Self-Care September, feel free to click on the Self-Care September calendar - full of ideas to help you be kinder to yourself as well as others.

Our monthly Employee Wellness Newsletter is grounded in district goals for employee health and wellbeing. The SLUSD 3-year strategic action plan will finish strong at the end of this school year. Within that plan, GOAL #3: Collaborative and Engaged District Culture addresses the need to promote health and wellness efforts for students, families and employees that support improved teaching and learning in the classroom.

In addition, our Employee Wellness Policy , adopted in 2016 identifies the need to work in partnership with the local bargaining units to identify strategies to support staff in actively promoting and modeling healthy eating and physical activity behaviors. This newsletter is a collective effort to support those goals, and specifically, support you in the deeply influential work you do. Please provide feedback on ways to continue to improve our efforts at building a culture of excellence in employee wellness at .

Check out this short video which shares 6 practical things we can do to put self-compassion into practice, some of which may surprise you.
Courtesy of the SLHS Pirate Post

Psychology students at San Leandro High School are seen here starting their day with chair yoga and mindfulness work. What a way to start the day!

For those of you who don't know, the "Calm" app is free for educators and can be used on Promethean boards. For more information, click here .
Financial Wellness: Organizing Financial Documents

Provided by Zuk Financial

There is likely no more organized time in a school or classroom than September. Why not take advantage of the tidy vibe and organize your financial life at home? You might be surprised how many people have financial documents scattered all over the house – on the kitchen table, underneath old newspapers, in the hall closet, in the basement. If this describes your financial “filing system,” you may have a tough time keeping tabs on your financial life. Click here for organizational strategies for those crucial documents and
Health Benefits Open Enrollment Time

Beginning September 9, 2019 through October 4, 2019 all eligible employees will be able to participate in the annual Open Enrollment period. Open Enrollment is a time to carefully examine the new rates and decide if you need to make changes to your medical, dental and/or vision coverage. It is also the time to add dependents that were not previously on the plan you now wish to enroll. 

Any increase/decrease in your premium amounts will be reflected on your December pay warrant. All new health enrollments or changes in coverage made during open enrollment will be effective on January 1, 2020.

If you would like more information, please click on the following link:

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Veronica Sanchez at (510) 667-0537 or
City of San Leandro Launches “Snap Your
Best San Leandro” 2019 Photo Contest
Need an incentive to get out and move around our beautiful city? The City of San Leandro invites you to participate in “Snap Your Best San Leandro,” a photo contest where applicants have the opportunity to publicly showcase photography skills by submitting photographs taken within San Leandro. 
The photo contest aims to celebrate life in San Leandro in three categories, including: environment, architecture, and culture & community. Finalists for each of the categories identified through the photo contest will be awarded with a $100 gift card. Submissions are due no later than October 1, 2019.
WHAT:          Snap Your Best San Leandro! 2019 Photo Contest
WHEN:          August 15, 2019 to October 1, 2019
WHERE:       Photographs must be taken in the City of San Leandro
Visit  to learn more and to download an application to participate. All applications are due by October 1, 2019, with photos to be submitted in a digital format that are accessible online.
Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll

September 22, 2019

7 AM to 2 PM*
*7am - 8am for cyclists only
Niles Canyon Road 
Highway 84

The Niles Canyon Stroll & Roll is a biennial event where Highway 84 (Niles Canyon Road) is closed to vehicular traffic. This is an opportunity for people to bike and walk safely through the canyon with their friends and family.

The Stroll & Roll began in 2015 by Alameda County Supervisors Richard Valle and Scott Haggerty in an effort to promote an initiative to create a Class 1 Trail through the Niles Canyon. Click HERE for more information.
Columbia Sportswear Store Special Offer

Summer is in the rear view mirror, but our gorgeous Bay Area weather will continue for months to come. It’s important to make the most of it while it lasts! Get outside and do what you love – go for a hike, take a swim, and take advantage of the great outdoors! Whatever it may be, the Columbia Employee Store is stocked with the latest season’s arrivals from our family of brands, ready to prepare you for all of your sunny adventures.
San Leandro Unified School District  is exclusively invited to access the store, take advantage as the invite runs  September 6th - September 29th  only!
  • EMPLOYEE discount (items marked at 40-50% off regular retail pricing) 
  • All of the latest product from the Columbia Sportswear Company family (SOREL, Mountain Hardwear, prAna, and of course Columbia Sportswear).
  • The attached invite (printed or digital)
  • Work/organization ID (business Card, work badge, pay-stub, signature of work email, merged email, uniform, form of affiliation with organization, etc.) + Personal ID.
  • This invitation is valid for all individuals within your organization: employees, members, interns, volunteers, retirees, etc., as long as they can provide proof of affiliation.
  • Invite is valid for you + 4 guests (you must be present)
  • This invite grants store access only (offer not valid online)
Find store location and hours  here  or on the invite.  
Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues. Click HERE to learn more about ways to recognize this month and show you care about mental health.
Summer Garden Pasta
Here’s a great way to use up all those extra zucchinis you don’t know what to do with, and any other home garden bounty. To make this a quick weeknight dinner, prep on the weekend or night before by making the “sauce” and chopping the veggies and then refrigerating. Then, all you have to do is cook the veggies and pasta, and toss it all together – easily making dinner in 15 minutes!
Servings: 4
1 teaspoon olive oil or avocado oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
2 zucchini, sliced and quartered
2 cups fresh corn (approximately 3 ears of corn)
8 ounces whole grain or bean pasta (fusilli, bow tie, or other)
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil
1 cup low-fat ricotta cheese
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
Add 1 teaspoon of oil to pan. Sauté chopped onion in pan on medium heat until golden brown. Stir occasionally. Add chopped yellow squash and zucchini and cook until it starts to brown. Add corn and cook 1 to 2 more minutes until slightly browned. Set aside.
Cook pasta according to directions.
While pasta is cooking, combine basil, ricotta cheese, buttermilk, Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper in bowl and stir well. If you have not already, chop the tomatoes and toast the walnuts.
Toss together cooked vegetable mixture, cheese mixture, fresh tomatoes, cooked pasta, and walnuts.
Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 560
Total fat: 21 g
Saturated fat: 5 g
Cholesterol: 25 mg
Sodium: 660 mg
Total carbohydrate: 76 g
Dietary fiber: 12 g
Sugars: 13 g
Protein: 25 g
Vegan Sloppy Joes
A vegetarian spin on a traditional family night meal, this simple plant-based recipe tastes like comfort food with none of the guilt.

Servings: 4

2 tablespoons olive or grapeseed oil
1/2 medium white or yellow onion, minced (plus more for sauce and serving)
2 cloves garlic, minced (2 cloves yield about 1 tablespoon)
1/2 medium green bell pepper, diced
1/2 cup shredded carrots
Salt and pepper
1 cup lentils cooked with water or vegetable broth (alternative: 1 cup soy crumbles)
For sauce:
2 teaspoons tomato paste
1 onion, very finely chopped
2 tablespoons sweet chili sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
Salt, to taste
2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 cup finely chopped fresh tomatoes or canned tomatoes
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

For serving:
4 whole-wheat hamburger buns
Finely chopped onion (optional)

In a large skillet over medium heat, add oil, onion, garlic, bell pepper and carrots. Season with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Sauté for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the peppers and onions are tender and slightly browned. Stir in lentils or soy crumbles.
Add the tomato paste, onion, sweet chili sauce, mustard, chili powder, salt, dark brown sugar, ketchup, tomatoes and apple cider vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Continue cooking the mixture over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, about 5 to 10 minutes.
To serve, spoon 1/4 of the sloppy joe mixture onto the bottom half of each hamburger bun. Sprinkle with chopped onions, if desired. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information (per serving)
Calories: 298
Fat: 8 g
Saturated fat: 1 g
Sodium: 614 mg
Carbohydrates: 45 g
Fiber: 17 g
Sugar: 14 g
Protein: 14 g
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