Our lunchroom is thriving this year, and we would like to let you know about some coming changes to our lunch program. We would also like you to discuss some of these topics with your children, so that we can have a better functioning breakfast/lunch program. If you, or your children, have any questions please feel free to come visit with me after school any afternoon.
First, our breakfast program is going great this year, and we are happy to see so many excited smiling faces every morning. But, please remember the breakfast program is for students that did not have breakfast at home that morning. We are having many students eating school breakfast as a second breakfast, and throwing away the items they don’t want. Discarded food items are costing our school additional funds that could stay with the free breakfast program to help our school maintain this wonderful program. We are hoping that you can help our students understand that they are welcome to come eat a breakfast with us when they need to, but this is not a second breakfast or snack program. I am sure that together we can resolve this issue to help keep our breakfast program going for years to come.
Second, we would like to experiment with helping our community food bank. They are always in desperate need of milk. We can help them by starting a donation bin for any UNOPENED, NOT ABUSED, cartons of milk that the kids are not going to drink. Our first hope is that they drink their milk. But, if they change their minds, we would prefer they donate it to the bin in the lunchroom than throw away good milk that could go to our communities less fortunate. We are working on helping the kids understand that they are not required to take milk, that by USDA standards they need to have three food groups on their tray, one of them being a fruit or vegetable in a minimum of half-cup portion, or fruit and vegetable in a combined half cup portion. We also provide water as an alternative to milk for those who are intolerant or do not wish to have milk. We are looking for parent volunteers to help transport the donated items to the food bank twice a week. Volunteers will receive 30 minutes of volunteer time. Please contact me if you are interested.
Third, we have been working on getting our lunch balance notifications sent via email and we are ready to start this next step in our program! Every Friday any student that has a -$10.00 balance or higher with the lunch program will have an email notification sent to their parents so that we can all stay on top of our students lunch accounts a little better. We are excited to have better and more consistent communication with all our Reagan Academy families and hope this works out for everyone.
Thank you for the opportunity to work with your children every day and get to know them better. We love them!