SCHOOL NUTRITION PROGRAM
The School Nutrition Staff at M.S.A.D. #60 is very proud of what we are able to offer students in our district. School meals are an important part of a child’s day and those meals give them the energy they need to get through the entire school day!
“YOU CAN’T TEACH A HUNGRY CHILD”
The sections below include information explaining how to apply for free and reduced meals, how your child’s meal account will work, what we offer in the cafeterias at each of our schools and other fun facts, creative recipes and tips on keeping your family active. Menus are updated monthly and can be found by clicking the link below. We hope this will help answer any questions you might have about our program.
Please feel free to call the School Nutrition Office at 676-2234, ext. 5 any time for assistance.
Be sure to scroll down towards the bottom of this page each month for ideas on family activities and recipes!
***Like us on Facebook to check out new menu items, and fun and exciting events in the cafeteria****
4/17 – 4/21 – April vacation……ENJOY!
4/27 – NEW Menu Item – Cheese Burger Meatloaf!
You can apply for free or reduced meal benefits for your children at anytime during the school year. Even if you’ve had a change of income since your previous application you can reapply at any time. It’s convenient and easy to apply online at www.heartlandapps.com or you can download an application from the district web site. Please don’t hesitate to contact the School Nutrition Office if you have any questions or if you’d like an application mailed to you, 676-2234, ext. 5.
Are you looking for a fun and exciting part time job? Are you retired but want to do something fun to fill some of your time? Please give us a call at 676-2234, ext. 5. We’re looking for reliable, hard working people to fill in as needed in substitute positions in our kitchens. Give us a call for more info!
Important reminder: Please be sure we have your completed free & reduced meal application on file for this school year. A new one has to be filled out each year. Applications can be submitted anytime during the school year.
Only one application is necessary per household.
**Online applications are available at http://msad60.heartlandapps.com/
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NEW MEAL PATTERN POINTS:
•As MSAD #60 students return to school this fall, they’ll find healthy choices in their school cafeterias.
•MSAD #60 will be serving school meals that meet tough new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
•School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size.
•Starting this fall, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
•Age-appropriate calorie limits
Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
•A wider variety of vegetables (including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes)
•Fat-free or 1% milk
•More whole grains
•And less sodium
•We’re always working to offer MSAD #60 students healthier and tastier choices.
•In addition to meeting new standards, we’re also purchasing and serving local foods – apples from Giles Farm, squash from Spear Farm, Corn from Harris Farm and Anderson Farm and so much more!!!! “Eat Local Foods”
•School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families.
•Our school lunches cost only $2.75 for grades K – 5 students and $3.00 for grades 6 – 12 students and parents can pay for these meals online a myschoolbucks.com
•To see our menus please click on the MENU link at the start of this page
The entire School Nutrition Staff appreciate your patience while we put all of these changes into place and we can assure you that we’re working really hard to offer the kids great healthy choices that they’ll enjoy. We welcome any comments or suggestions, so please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 676-2234, ext. 5.
FREE & REDUCED MEAL PROGRAM
Free & Reduced Meal Application 2016 2017
Free & Reduced Parent Letter & Instructions 2016 2017
Important Tips & Info for filling out an application:
* A new meal application needs to be filed every school year. You can click on the link above to download a copy.
* If you are eligible for food stamps, please be sure to submit the letter from DHS to us as soon as possible. If you did not receive an updated letter from the DHS, you need to fill out a free and reduced meal application indicating your food stamp/case id number on it. (The only number accepted is the 8 digit case id number the state has assigned to you for food stamps. The number on your state debit card is not acceptable). Please be advised that if you are eligible for Maine Care only and not eligible for food stamps, your eligibility for free or reduced meals will be based on the total household income. Eligibility for Maine Care only does not automatically make you eligible for free meals.
*If your DHS status is fairly new, please don’t assume that we automatically know that. Please notify us immediately by sending in the DHS letter or the meal application with your 8 digit case number stated on it. The state does not notify us the same day you become eligible. It does take some time before we receive any updates from them. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It benefits all of us if you communicate directly with our office if any updates or changes.
*Only one application per household is necessary. Your application can be sent in to the office at any of the schools your children attend and it will be forwarded to the School Nutrition Office to be processed. After processing, you will receive a letter notifying you of your eligibility. Please keep in mind that with the influx of applications that are received in September and October, allow up to 10 business days for your application to be processed.
*Please be sure all the information on your application is complete. This will help us process your application in a timely manner. If any of the required information is missing, we’ll try to notify you by phone or will send mail the application back to you for proper completion.
*If you are approved for free or reduced meals, this will only apply to regular breakfast and lunch meals. All extra snacks, kindergarten snack milks, larger juice & milk drinks, etc. cost extra so please be sure your child has money on his/her account for these purchases.
*If you become eligible for free or reduced meals, please be aware that you will still be responsible for any balance previously owed before your status changed.
*Each October, the State requires all school districts to verify 3% of all applications received and report the results to the state. These applications are picked randomly by computer. You will be notified by mail if your application has been chosen and of the date your information is due back to our office. We will then send all chosen applicants a letter notifying them of their eligibility.
*If your income changes, please give our office a call immediately to let us know you need to update your application. We might be able to do it over the phone or you can re-apply.
If you have any questions or would like to check on the status of your application, please don’t hesitate to contact our office at 676-2234,ext.5.
Online Meal Account Access
Did you know that you can access your child’s account by registering through the MySchoolBucks.com? Click the link at the top of the page and you can make payments and even see what they’ve been eating! There’s all kinds of other information available too – resources for good nutrition, tools for making healthy choices, etc. www.myschoolbucks.com brings it all together and makes healthy eating easier for children and their parents!
To register you’ll need their 7 digit school id # – to get this number, please call your child’s school or the School Nutrition Office
at 676-2234,ext. 5 or email – Karen.Ward@msad60.org
School district staff can also take advantage of this service along with the bonus below!
Bonus – For every $50.00 online payment to your child’s account 1 free meal will be added – a $2.75/$3.00 value! This bonus will be available continuously throughout the year for online payments only!
Note: This bonus applies for each $50.00 payment on one child’s account. The system isn’t able to split payments between several accounts.
PLEASE NOTE: Once you register it does take some time to process so you will not be able to see your account info immediately. You can also register without actually putting money on your child’s account. By registering it gives you the option to look at their account to see what they’ve been eating or put money on their account or both.
More info below on how your child’s meal account works……
How your Child’s Meal Account Works
The computer system we use for our meal program is called Nutrikids.
Parents can also access this online at www.myschoolbucks.com
Each child is assigned a 7 digit id number when they are first registered in the district. The last 4 digits of this number is the number they will key into the pin pad at the cash register to access their meal account. The cashier can also look up their account by last name. Once a child accesses his/her account, the cashier charges the account for items purchased. If a child’s balance begins to get low, you will receive a note or automated telephone call to remind you to send in more money (this applies only to grades K – 8). Important note: Please be assured that any children who are on free or reduced meals cannot be identified in the lunch line. All accounts are kept confidential.
Special alert notes on accounts: We can place specialized notes on accounts that will pop up when the account is first accessed. For example – medical notes concerning allergies to milk, peanuts etc. Some parents find that their child is purchasing too many extras and can request a note that might say “no snacks allowed”, “lunch meals only”, etc. Parents can request an account note by sending in a note to the school’s kitchen manager or by calling the School Nutrition Office.
Payments made at school: Please make every effort to send payments in with your child on Monday mornings. This allows our staff to plan on a scheduled payment processing day so that the meal lines are not interrupted during the busier lunch times or throughout the day. For grades K – 8, payments made at school must be presented to the cashier in an envelope including the child’s full name, teacher, grade and amount enclosed. Pre-printed envelopes are available and will be sent home as needed. When making a payment by check, the entire amount of the check will be put on your child’s account, no change can be given back to your child. Checks should be made payable to MSAD #60 School Nutrition Program.
Payments made by check that are returned to us by the bank due to insufficient funds will automatically be deducted from your child’s account including the service fee charged to us by the bank. Two attempts are made by the bank to process these checks before they are returned to us. Once our office has received the notice from the bank, we will send a letter notifying you that your check was returned and that your child’s account was adjusted. Please be sure to send in the amount due as soon as possible so that your child’s account doesn’t continue with a negative balance.
Year end account balances: Any balances (including negative balances) that are remaining on accounts at the end of each school year rolls over from grade to grade along with your child. Seniors who are graduating are encouraged to use up their balances. Refunds on accounts can be requested with a written note from a parent/guardian including the name the check needs to be made out to and a mailing address.
The following is our charging policy effective September – May 31st each school year:
Grades K – 7: Students will be allowed to charge a maximum of 2 lunches after their account has reached a $0 balance – they will then be offered a peanut butter & jelly sandwich until their balance is paid. No breakfast or ala-carte (snack) items can be charged until the account is paid up to date.
Grades 8 – 12: No charging is allowed.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: As of June 1st, every school year, there will be no charging allowed at all schools in order to get all accounts paid up to date before the last day of school. If your child owes money, please send your payment into school as soon as possible. You may also go online to myschoolbucks.com with a debit or credit cart and make a payment to your child’s account.
Thank you for your cooperation!
Please try to use up your meal account balance before your last day of school. If you have a balance remaining and would like a refund, please have a parent or guardian request it in writing to the Noble kitchen manager or they can call the School Nutrition Office at 676-2234, ext. 5.
Allergy Procedures: (as of 9/1/12)
The School Nutrition Program (SNP) will make substitutions for all children with a Section 504 plan per Federal and State requirements.
The SNP will also make comparable substitutions for students that are not on a Section 504 plan and have a documented medical need such as a milk allergy or intolerance. A “comparable substitution” will be a food that can provide the same nutrients such as fortified soy milk as a substitute for milk allergies or lactaid milk for lactose intolerance.
A current physician’s note must be on file documenting the medical need for food or milk substitutions.
Substitutions will not be made for food preferences including vegan, vegetarian, religious, personal preferences, etc.
Activity in Action
BREAKFAST CART and GRAB & GO breakfast options are available at the following schools only:
*** NOBLE MIDDLE SCHOOL offers a BREAKFAST CART which is available from classroom to classroom on each floor.
*** KNOWLTON SCHOOL offers a GRAB & GO choice that is available at the cafeteria window.
These options help us offer breakfast to students who’s bus may get to school late, etc. and can be brought to their classroom. A variety of items will be offered daily such as muffins, bagels, coffee cake, mini cinnamon rolls, etc. along with a drink. The item offered will be shown in bold at the bottom of each days menu as follows: on the Elementary menu as G&G (grab & go) and on the Middle School menu as BC (breakfast cart). Purchases will be input into the computer and deducted from your child’s meal account.
SCHOOL MEAL CHOICES ARE ENDLESS!
Our Elementary Schools, grades K – 5, offer 2 – 3 entree choices per day with additional choices being offered on the food bar.
As your children enter the higher grades (6th – 12th) the meal choices can be confusing. To help you and your child understand what a “regular” meal consists of, and so you know what you’re paying for, here are some examples:
**How to make a breakfast – 4 items will be offered, a student must select a minimum of 3. They can choose one milk, one or more fruit/vegetable, only one grain, or one or two grain/meat.
For example – choose milk, fresh fruit and bagel & cream cheese or french toast with sausage.
Most kids like the larger size milks and juices that we offer in grades 8 – 12 but they are charged extra for them. If they remember to take 3 of the 4 items offered it will be considered a regular breakfast and they’ll be charged accordingly, $1.75/$2.00
If they only take 2 items and a large juice, they will be charged the regular single price for the breakfast item (such as $1.00 for a bagel with cream cheese then .75 – $1.75 for the large juice).
Students eligible for reduced meals will not be charged for breakfast. Breakfast is free (to free and reduced eligible students only), thanks to funds from a State run program. Your child will be charged extra for anything more than a regular breakfast.
**How to make a lunch – 5 items will be offered, a student must select a minimum of 3. They can choose one milk, one fruit and/or one vegetable, one grain, one meat/protein
For example – choose milk, mixed fruit and/or salad bar, chicken burger or slice of pizza.
Examples of sides: potato; hot vegetable; fruit; salad bar. Again, if they remember to take 3 of the 5 items offered, it will be considered a regular lunch and they’ll be charged $2.75/$3.00.
If they only take 2 items and a bottle of water, for example, they will be charged the regular single price for the lunch item (such as $2.75 for a piece of pizza then $1.00 – $1.50 for the water/juice).
Reduced price lunch is .40. Your child will be charged extra for anything more than a regular lunch.
All other items such as – baked goods/desserts, baked chips, cereal or granola bars, ice cream, fruit snacks, large juices & milks, etc. are all charged as separate items and cost extra.
DID YOU KNOW?
DID YOU KNOW………….
Research shows that students who skip breakfast have shorter attention spans and don’t do as well on tests. Make sure your youngster gets up in time to have a nutritious breakfast either at home or at school.
Tip: If he’s having trouble waking up early enough, move his bedtime back.
Did you know that your child’s school serves breakfast every day? We offer a variety of nutritious breakfast meals each day. There’s something for everyone and most of our breakfast items can even be saved for snack time! Breakfast is a great value – $1.75 for elementary and $2.00 for middle & high school
Did you know that if you qualify for free or reduced meals that breakfast is free? This breakfast benefit is provided thanks to a State run program. Unfortunately, it’s reported that only 40% of the free and reduced eligible children in the state of Maine eat breakfast at school. That percentage is unbelievable considering how hectic a family’s morning can be between parents getting ready for work and being sure their children are ready for school. It worries us that alot of children just aren’t eating breakfast at all. Having breakfast at school makes it so convenient for everyone and gives the kids a chance to start their day off on the right foot!
Studies have shown that children who eat breakfast on a regular basis receive the nutrition they need to get through the school day ready to learn!
ENERGIZE YOUR DAY! EAT SCHOOL BREAKFAST!
Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
SERVINGS: 16, 8 oz. servings
|Lowfat vanilla yogurt
|Juice, orange, unsweetened, chilled
||2 lb 3 oz
|Applesauce, unsweetened, chilled
||2 lb 4 oz
- Combine yogurt and orange juice together, stir until mixed well.
- Add applesauce, 2 cups at a time, stirring until smooth. Refrigerate