Your child will be eating lunch at school starting at 12:15 pm. They may eat the lunch the school provides (hot lunch) or they may bring their lunch from home (cold lunch). Hot lunch and cold lunch are terms that your little one might not be familiar with so it is helpful at the beginning of the year to make sure they understand what each refers to. Here is a link to School Nutrition. You will find the lunch menu here and a link to pay online for your childs lunch account. I strongly recommend that if your child is eating hot lunch, that you place money on their account this way. The link for MyPaymentsPlus (online lunch account) can also be reached by clicking here. The School Nutrition link also has information regarding free and reduced lunch, milk prices, and nutrition information.
If your child is bringing lunch from home, it is helpful if they are able to open all of the items in their lunch boxes easily. I do not eat lunch with the children and they are monitored by lunch room aides. If they can open all of their items, it just means they can be more independent and they won't have to wait for someone to help help before eating.
I take lunch count every morning after announcements. It is helpful if your child knows whether or not they are hot or cold lunch without looking in their backpack. Have a brief dialogue with your child in the morning regarding what they are eating and the lunch choices for the day. After they are finished eating they go outside for recess and the bell rings at 12:55.
I provide snack everyday. I order my snacks through the school district and they all follow the healthy snack guidelines (10 grams of sugar or less). Please do not send special snacks with your child to school. If there are special dietary restrictions, please let Nurse Tanya know and we can work together to determine snack options. Your child does not have to eat snack if they choose not to. I provide things like goldfish crackers, graham crackers, string cheese, fruit chews, crackers and cheese, and saltines.
I encourage you to have your child bring a water bottle to school. We will leave them at school during the week and then bring them home on Fridays to be cleaned. Please make sure this is a sports bottle and not just a plastic bottle with a screw on lid. Please no sippy cups. They can keep their water bottle at their desk as long as it is not a problem for them or others. We also have a water fountain in our classroom to be used at appropriate times.