PikMyKid Connection

Vitamins: How to Make Sure You’re Eating the Right Foods!

Vitamins! How to get enough of them? Which ones to choose? We face these questions all the time. Here you can read how to get the most needed vitamins from fruits and vegetables.

Vitamin A we need to improve our vision, support our hair and skin health, and improve the growth of bones and teeth. We can get this vitamin from: mangoes, grapes, pumpkins, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, parsley, broccolis, green salads, spinach, melons, watermelons, apricots, peaches, apples.

Vitamin B we need to get this one because it helps to slow down the aging of our skin, protects cells from damage, helps with the formation of red blood cells, and helps assimilate vitamin A. In order to get it we need to consume: avocado, asparagus, broccoli, spinach, green salad, tomato, sea kale.

Vitamin K this is very important because it participates in the assimilation of calcium and in the interaction of calcium and vitamin D, also it helps to keep kidneys healthy. We can get vitamin K from cabbage, spinach, green lettuce leaves, potatoes, grapes, asparagus, garlic.

Vitamin C this vitamin protects the body from developing cancer and diseases in the cardiovascular system, helps in the production of collagen (healthy skin and bones), and improves the digestion of iron. People can get this vitamin from: black currant, apples, grapes, strawberries, broccoli, green salad, dill and parsley, citrus fruits, potatoes, carrot, watermelon.

Vitamin B1 we need this one to have a healthy a heart, a functioning nervous and digestive systems, also, it helps to regulate the metabolism. We can get it from: apples, grapes, green salad, broccoli, white cabbage, sea kale, potatoes, carrot, beet, and watermelon.

Vitamin B2 regulates the metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, reduces eye fatigue, we also need it for cell growth and respiration. It also minimizes the negative effects of various toxins on the respiratory tract. We can get vitamin B2 form verity of fruits and vegetables, such as white cabbage, green salad, potatoes, apples, grapes, watermelon, sea kale.

Keep your child healthy and get all the nutrition you all need!

 

 

 

Kateryna Vashkevych, <br /> Customer Success InternKateryna is originally from Ukraine. She is a Masters student at the University of South Florida studying Entrepreneurship. She received her Bachelor’s in Finance in Ukraine. When she is not studying, Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. She also has a love for dogs.

How to Color Easter Eggs Using Natural Ingredients

It’s Easter time!

 

You’re wondering how to make your Easter Egg Hunt awesome? How to surprise your children with cool colors for their Easter Eggs? But you want natural ingredients. We got you!

 

If you want to get red-brown colored eggs:

  • You need to collect 15 onion shells and boil them in water for 30 minutes
  • Then let them cool down
  • Add 1 tbsp. of salt and boil for 10 minutes

 

In order to get yellow colored eggs:

  • Boil 2-3 tbsp. of turmeric with 1 liter of water and let it to cool down
  • Boil the eggs for 15 minutes in this mix

 

For green colored eggs:

  • Boil crushed leaves of spinach for at least an hour (low fire)
  • Let it to cool down
  • Add 1 tsp. of vinegar
  • Put the eggs in the mix and boil for 15 minutes

 

For pink colored eggs:

  • Boil grated beets for 30 minutes
  • Let them cool down
  • Add 1 tbsp. of vinegar
  • Put the eggs in the mix and boil for 15 minutes

 

For blue colored eggs:

  • Boil leaves of red cabbage for 30-40 minutes
  • Let them cool down
  • Add 1 tbsp. of vinegar
  • Put the eggs in the mix and boil for 15 minutes

 

After coloring them, you can make your Easter eggs look shiny! In order to do that, you can wipe them with oil using a cotton pad.

 

Happy Easter!

 

Kateryna is Kateryna Vashkevych, <br /> Customer Success Internoriginally from Ukraine. She is a Masters student at the University of South Florida studying Entrepreneurship. She received her Bachelor’s in Finance in Ukraine. When she is not studying, Kateryna likes to collect coins and travel. She also has a love for dogs.

Baking 101: 3 Easy Things to Bake with Kids

Rocky Road

Ingredients

  • 100g butter, roughly chopped
  • 300g dark chocolate, broken into squares
  • 3 tbsp golden syrup
  • 140g rich tea biscuits, roughly crushed
  • 12 pink marshmallows, quartered using scissors
  • 2 x 55g of Maltesers (my favourite), Milky Way or Crunchie

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter, chocolate and syrup in a large pan over a low heat, stirring frequently until smooth, then cool for about 15 mins.
  2. Stir the crushed biscuits and sweets into the pan until well mixed, pour into a 17cm/6 ½ inch square tin lined with non-stick baking paper and spread the mixture to roughly level it.
  3. Chill until hard and then take out of tin and remove paper. Cut into fingers. Store in an air-tight container.

 

 

Microwave Flapjacks

Ingredients

  • 110g unsalted butter
  • 3 tbsp Golden Syrup
  • 110g Light Soft Brown Cane Sugar
  • 225g Mornflake organic oats
  • 1 rounded tsp baking powder
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • Pinch salt
  • Tate & Lyle® Fairtrade Icing Sugar, to dust
  • Ground cinnamon, to dust
  • You will also need a 20cm (8”) shallow square silicone mould lightly greased.

Instructions

  1. Combine the butter, Golden Syrup and the Light Soft Brown Sugar in a microwaveable bowl and microwave for 1-2 minutes until melted.
  2. Remove, stir and cool for 5 minutes then mix in the oats, baking powder, egg and salt.
  3. Tip into the silicone mould, level and press with a palette knife to smooth.
  4. Microwave on high for 4-5 minutes or until no liquid remains and the mixture has dried out.
  5. Remove, leave to cool for about 15 minutes and then mark into pieces.
  6. Cool completely in the mould then turn out and cut into squares with a sharp knife. Lightly dust with the sugar and cinnamon and serve.

 

 

Iced Easter Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 150g butter
  • 150g brown sugar
  • 175g Condensed Milk
  • 1 egg
  • 175g plain flour
  • 115g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • Zest of 1 lemon (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, 350°F, Gas Mark 4. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment.
  2. Beat the butter, sugar and condensed milk together until creamy. Add the egg (don’t worry if it looks like its curdling), beat well and then add the flours.
  3. Mix to a firm dough. Cover in clingfilm and refridgerate for 30 minutes.
  4. Roll the dough out on a floured surface to the thickness of a pound coin. Cut shapes out.
  5. Transfer the biscuit shapes to the trays and bake for 10 minutes until light golden. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  6. Ice and decorate the biscuits.

 

All credits to: foodnetwork.co.uk. Recipes courtesy of Carnation, Celebrity Bake Book and Lyle’s Golden Syrup.

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

 

 

5 Things to do in the Line to Pick Up Your Kids

1. Hack the matrix to see if you can make the car in front of you go any faster.

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2. Raise Billy Mays from the dead to teach you the ways of the perfect infomercial

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3. Look out of the car window and realize that it is now the year 4078. Humanity has been trapped in an endless loop of carline pickup since that fateful day in 2017. Elmo is now dictator. Road rage zombies prowl the streets. The end of humanity is approaching.

4. Fall into a numb state of contemplation. Who are we? Where are we from? Is life real? Is the Royal family from Mars? If Brangelina is dead, is love real? Is Larry the Cable guy part of the Illuminati?

5. Ponder the existence of cryptids. Get lost in two hours of supposedly confirmed Loch Ness monster footage on the Deep Web and live to tell the tale. Book a plane ticket to that island in Colombia that’s supposed to have dinosaurs. Order a set of security cameras online to see if that rustling you hear at night is a raccoon or is actually Bigfoot. Actually go on an expedition to Skull Island to find King Kong. You’re in the dismissal line, anyways- you have more than enough time.

 

 

About the author: Shrisha Saravana
Shrisha is a junior contributor to the PikMyKid blog, and at 13 years old, she’s not that bad at it. She lives in Florida and is attending Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, one of the first schools to adopt PikMyKid.

PikMyKid Founder Speaks at St. Pete Entrepreneurship Forum

Today, our founder, Pat Bhava, spoke at the St. Pete One Million Cups Forum; a  forum of startup and small business owners collaborating to share ideas, tips, and to support each other through the company-building process.   

      The forum is held every week at the St. Pete Greenhouse, where two business CEO’s in various stages of starting or running their business present and then take a panel of questions and suggestions from the crowd. PikMykid is actually a veteran presenter, and has presented at this forum since the early days of the company. In fact, many faces in the crowd were familiar, and were amazed at how far our once tiny company has come! 

       Pat had a blast answering crowd questions, and the crowd certainly asked some good ones. One gentleman had a pressing question especially relevant to our product. He asked, “In today’s era, there are a lot of concerns relating to cyber security and losing private information. If a child loses their phone, how does PikMykid account for that?” Pat had an answer for him. “Absolutely, cyber security is a huge concern,” he said. “To mitigate that , we actually have zero dependency on any sort of tracking devices for each child – we don’t even use the term “tracking” – in our product. Instead, each teacher digitally checks that the student has gotten on a bus or to their designated pickup spot. The responsibility lies on the adults, not children. Parents are recognized via the app as soon as they step onto campus, to ensure the teacher gets the kid to the parent as soon as possible. But no, we don’t have any hardware that the child should be responsible for.”  

             Another woman asked about the hardware and people required for the implementation of the product in schools. “Well, actually we have almost no hardware”, said Pat. “All of our product is digital and can be set up at long distance. In fact, all we send to schools is a stop sign that reminds parents to announce via the app when they enter the carline. Since all of our data is on the cloud, we don’t have physical records, either.” 

            A gentleman also had another important question- what’s in it for the schools? Why do they want to pay 3,000 dollars for the product? “Actually this is an easy question,” said Pat, grinning. “Every day, schools pay teachers almost an hour of overtime, waste paper, and annoy parents with a time intensive, unnecessarily long process. In fact, the University of South Florida researched it, and they estimated that schools actually save over $45,000 with the PikMyKid app. For that, $3000 is a small price to pay.”

   Pat also had some exciting news to share. “We are actually now officially collaborating with the Florida Department of Transportation! Since we help take cars off the road to decongest areas near schools, they are working with us to help us expand and improve our product even further to give schools the best possible experience.”

    After a great presentation and panel, there was a meet-and-greet session with the crowd. Pat got the opportunity to help out many small business CEO’s and share tidbits of knowledge he picked up in the field. He even had the opportunity to have a cup of Kahwa coffee and a talk with fellow entrepreneurs in different fields. 

About the author: Shrisha Saravana
Shrisha is a junior contributor to the PikMyKid blog, and at 13 years old, she’s not that bad at it. She lives in Florida and is attending Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, one of the first schools to adopt PikMyKid.

No school? Hallelujah! At least, according to Massachusetts Superintendent

Aaron Polansky, superintendent to Old Colony Regional Vocation Technical High School in Rochester, Mass., wanted a creative way to let his students know that waking up was unnecessary on Tuesday morning. He decided to rewrite Leonard Cohen’s famous ballad to break the news.

“I heard there was a winter storm, in Southern Mass there is snow in store, and you don’t really want to risk it do ya?” Polansky crooned into the camera. “Well it goes like this, we cancelled trip to New York City for Cosmo Kids so I guess we probably should cancel school.”

Seven students then sang the “Hallelujah” chorus in the background while dancing.

Aaron Polansky performing the song with his students.

In light of the forecasted nor’easter, many schools on the Easter Seaboard are taking a day off or dismissing early to be safe. In some areas, 10-12 inches of snow are expected- a veritable blizzard.

Polanksy has uploaded the video to YouTube, where it has hit over 7,000 views. Click here to watch it: Video (Hallelujah! No school)

Use the Pikmykid™ dismissal manager to manage schedule changes, early dismissal, snow days, delegation, parent/school communication, and more!

 

 

About the author: Shrisha Saravana
Shrisha is a junior contributor to the PikMyKid blog, and at 13 years old, she’s not that bad at it. She lives in Florida and is attending Berkeley Preparatory School in Tampa, one of the first schools to adopt PikMyKid.

3 Easy Craft Ideas for Kids!

No plans for Spring Break? No problem! We’ve got you covered. As part of National Children’s Craft Day, we have compiled a list of three easy craft ideas for kids. No need to worry about what your children are going to be doing this Spring Break week while you work.

Easy craft idea #1: Rainbow Yarn Art

Here’s what you need to make this rainbow yarn art:

  • Yarn (in the colors of the rainbow)
  • Cardstock
  • Cotton Balls
  • Small Bowl
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 cup Cold Water
  • 1 cup Boiling Water
  • 3 Tbsp Imperial Sugar

Steps:

  • In a bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and cold water.
  • Add the boiling water and stir to combine.
  • Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature — this will be your glue.
  • Now you should trace half of the small bowl onto your card stock; this will become the outline of your rainbow.
  • Cut the yarn to fit along the arch on your card stock. Once the glue has cooled, add the yarn to it and coat it completely.
  • Run your fingers down it to wipe off the excess glue.
  • Each arc of the rainbow will get smaller, so you’ll have leftover yarn at one side of the rainbow.
  • To make the clouds: stretch a cotton ball. Allow it to dry overnight; and then show it off!

 

Easy craft idea #2: Cupcake Liner Flower Craft

Here’s what you need to make this cupcake liner flower art:

  • Cupcake Liners (multiple colors)
  • Construction paper
  • Buttons
  • Confetti
  • Rickrack
  • Glue

Steps:

  • You’ll need two cupcake liners of different colors for each flower; so depending on the number of flowers you want to make, the cupcake liners you’ll need will vary. Stretch and crease one of the liners so that it is bigger than the other, and stick them together.
  • Add glue to the inside of the smallest cupcake liner and sprinkle in sequins.
  • Glue a button to the very center.
  • Cut the rickrack for stems for the flowers and glue it onto the canvas.
  • Finally, glue on the cupcake liner flowers. Now stick it on your fridge!

 

Easy craft idea #3: The Galaxy in a Bottle

Here’s what you need to make this cupcake liner flower art:

  • Clear glass bottle with a lid
  • Cotton balls
  • Glitter
  • Food Dye and Water
  • Glow in the dark paint

Steps:

  • Fill your bottle half-full with cotton balls; compress them.
  • Pour some water into the bottle, enough to saturate the cotton balls.
  • Drip 2-3 drops of food coloring into your bottle. Add a squirt of glow paint and a dash of glitter.
  • Then – repeat the previous step. Add more cotton balls, more water, more glitter and glowy juice.
  • Using a stiff straw to tamper the cotton balls back down into their layer helps to fill the jar.
  • Keep adding new colors and new layers until your bottle is completely full. Put the lid on your bottle securely.
  • As your bottle ages, you will want to rehydrate the cotton balls to keep the blurred “sky look”. Set the bottle on your window to allow the glow paint to charge. Your children can now travel to the space!
All credits go to: kidsactivitiesblog.com.

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

5 Essentials to Pack for Your Child’s Spring Break

Spring break is right around the corner! This means traveling for thousands of students all around the United States. Nowadays, kids want more than just sleepovers and sporadic visits to the park. For them, it’s all about excitement: going to the beach, visiting amusement parks and camping/hiking adventures. We want to make sure that your children are not only safe during school time, but also when they are taking a well-deserved break from it. This is why we’ve made a list of five essentials all parents should pack for their children.

  1. Money

Who knows more about how costly life is than hard-working parents like you? Eating out almost every meal of the day, buying snacks from the vending machines and buying tickets for the arcades require a considerable amount of money. Regardless if you take your children with you or not, it is always important to give them a couple of dollars in case of an emergency.

  1. Cell Phone and an Extra Charger

It is super important to keep in mind that not all parents agree on providing their children with cell phones and that is totally fine! In this case, a cell phone would be used as a safety measure. Providing your child with a cell phone while on vacations will give you peace of mind; knowing that you can contact him/her all the time and, if they’re traveling with you, you can definitely reach them easily in case they get lost or there is an emergency in which you are not present. Extra chargers are important to ensure that the phones will be available when needed.

  1. Extra Clothes

Keep in mind that spring break for your children means: fun! They don’t really care about eating their ice cream and then cleaning the mess with their shirts. Also, sudden weather changes and bad weather days require you to be prepared to keep them warm and clean. This is why packing extra clothes is crucial to ensure an awesome spring break experience for both you and your beloved children.

  1. Healthy Snacks

Long car rides, lots of connecting flights and long layovers? You need to fuel your children with healthy snacks! We want them to enjoy this time to ensure that they’ll go back to school with all their batteries loaded. This is why you must make sure to keep them fed with healthy snacks.

  1. Accessories/Toys

Heading to the beach? Don’t forget to bring your floating devices and sand toys. Heading to the forest? Don’t forget to bring your tent and a couple extra sleeping bags to ensure that your child will feel comfortable and will enjoy every minute of this adventure! Regardless of where you’re going, make sure you think about all the possible scenarios so you bring all the necessary tools.

And remember: Have fun!

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

We have great news from The Swift School and EdCamp!

The Swift School, located in Roswell, Georgia, does a great job in serving students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences. In March this year, they will be hosting an incredible conference called EdCamp Dyslexia. This event branches from the national foundation EdCamp. “EdCamps are organic, participant-driven professional learning experiences for educators across the country and worldwide!” As a matter of fact, they are the first in the country to create an educational camp based on dyslexia! Isn’t that amazing? This “unconference” brings educators from all over together. It’s highly interactive, and participants choose the topics discussed.

EdCamp Dyslexia is an amazing opportunity to consider technology use for students with learning strengths and challenges that accompany Dyslexia. All EdCamps are free for participants because the main goal is to impact
student learning and development!

PikMyKid knows that with the use of technology we can improve the school dismissal process, but, most important, the safety of our children and all those involved. Therefore, we are very excited to announce our sponsorship of EdCamp Dyslexia hosted by The Swift School! EdCamp Dyslexia will be of special interest to educators exploring technology use for students with dyslexia and other language based learning differences.

Please visit these links for more information on how to get involved and how to support this amazing event:

http://www.theswiftschool.org/edcampdyslexia

www.edcampdislexia.org

Looking forward to supporting this awesome Edcamp!

 

 

Laurie is a recent graduate from the University of South Florida; she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies. Before moving to the US, she lived in South Korea and Honduras. Laurie is experienced in Human Resources and Customer Service. She loves to volunteer for non-profits, travel the world and try new foods.

5 Ways to Make Your Child’s Valentine’s Day Cards Stand Out

1. DIY them

There are plenty of adorable ideas for cards online that you and your child can easily do together. This is a good way to get them involved in making something for the class and spending some time with you! Pinterest is always a good website to find ideas, but some other sites include:

https://www.brit.co/kids-valentines-cards/

http://www.woohome.com/diy-2/30-fun-and-easy-diy-valentines-day-crafts-kids-can-make

2. Personalize Them

Have your child write something heartfelt. If they have a few special friends in the class they could write a little note on the inside of the card. If they do not wish to take the time to write something individually to everyone, at least have them sign the cards.

valentines day cards3. Include a photo

A fun way to make your child’s cards stand out is to attach a photo of them on it. There are some creative and funny things you can do with a picture and a card. This is a fun way for the kids in the class to remember who they received the card from.

 

4. Add a treat

Whip up a quick and easy treat to attach to the card! If you do not have time to make something, buy some chocolate or sweethearts from the store and throw them in a cute little heart patterned bag. Children will love the extra treat and it is sure to be a hit with the whole class.

 

5. Write a pun

Adding a pun to the card is both funny and clever. Have your child come up with some puns and look online for ideas. There are plenty of crafts you can make to coincide with the pun you choose.

 

 

 

 

2016-03-30 16.21.40 (1)Veronica is a Social Media & PR Specialist at PikMyKid. She strives to analyze and determine the specific needs for K to 12 schools internationally. As the in-house expert for PikMyKid, she spends the majority of her time ensuring that the product meets the needs of the modern, forward-thinking school. PikMyKid is the innovative solution to every school’s day-to-day dismissal problems. The company prides itself on keeping children safer, while helping schools stay organized using groundbreaking technology.

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