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An Update from Food Services and Wellness, Oct. 2018

Free and Reduced Applications for 2018-19

The 30-day grace period for last year’s meal status ends on Oct. 11 and will return to full-pay for families that have not turned in a new application for the 2018-19 school year. The 2018-19 application is available online or can be found in the back of the Family Handbook and Calendar mailed to families in August. The priority deadline for all applications this school year is Oct. 31.

Applying for free or reduced meals is not only important for providing meals for your children but it also helps support district funding. Other benefits to families may include discounts for after-school and summer programs and student fee assistance. Eligibility for free and reduced lunch is based on any one of these three things: your total household income and size, your child’s individual status as foster, homeless, migrant or runaway, or participation in an assistance program by any member of your household. Fill out your application today to receive benefits as soon as possible.

Join Us at “Beyond the Birds and the Bees,” Oct. 24

A sexual health education informational meeting for parents/guardians of students in grades 5-12 will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24. The meeting will be held at the District Office, 1306 Dupont Street.

Families will learn why sexual health education matters in our schools and will be introduced to resources to help them start important conversations with their children. Topics will include HIV/AIDS prevention information. The materials and curriculum used in classrooms will also be shared. These materials can also be previewed online later in October. Contact Wellness at (360) 676-6470, ext. 6533 with any questions or concerns.

School Menus Online

Reminder: All school menus can be found online. The next edition of the print menu were distributed to elementary students the first week of October.

Harvest of the Month for October and November

During the months of October and November, students will learn about broccoli and cauliflower (October) and root vegetables (November) throughout the month. For more about these vegetables and featured recipes, visit the Whatcom Farm to School website.

Cafeteria Paraeducators Meet

In September, more than 15 paraeducators who monitor cafeterias came together to learn how to create a ‘welcoming environment,’ which is an integral part of The Good Food Promise vision. A calm and kind cafeteria promotes healthy eating at school. The meeting covered topics in social emotional learning, cafeteria expectations, and strategies to create a positive cafeteria environment.

Food Services account notifications and online payments

We regularly notify families about low or negative balances in student food services accounts.

An easy way to add money to a food account is by making payments through the online system called MyPaymentsPlusIf a food account balance is low, it will only take a few minutes to add money using a credit/debit card or a checking account at any time of the day from anywhere. Payments will post within one-hour to the student’s food account. Families will be charged a fee of $1.95 per transaction for making an online payment. Or, families can continue to pay for school meals with cash or check at their school.

First time registering? Visit our Food Services Online Payments webpage for step-by-step instructions.