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Update from Food Services and Wellness

Food Services account notifications and online payments

Later this month, we will begin notifying families about low or negative balances in student food services accounts. To add money to a food account, you can use the online system called MyPaymentsPlusIf a food account balance is low, you can 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.

School Menus Online

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

After School Dinner Program Begins

Starting Monday, Sept. 10, Bellingham Public Schools will offer free hot dinner to all children 18 and under in the community. These meals are offered daily Mondays through Thursdays through June 6, 2019, except on middle school early dismissal days. Dinner is served from 5 to 6 p.m. at Shuksan Middle School, located at 2717 Alderwood Avenue (at the corner of Northwest and Alderwood). Please note that accompanying adults are charged $4.  All meals must be eaten onsite in the Shuksan cafeteria and to go options are not available. The after-school dinner program is sponsored by the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Harvest of the Month for September is Cucumbers

During the month of September, students have the opportunity to eat cucumbers off the salad bar and samples will be shared throughout the month in schools. For information about cucumbers, visit the Whatcom Farm to School website.

Free and Reduced Applications for 2018-19

Families that qualified for free and reduced meals last school year, or believe they qualify this year, are encouraged to submit a new application before Oct. 11, 2018. The OSPI 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. This year’s application is available online or on page 41 of the Family Handbook and Calendar mailed to families in August.

Save the Date:  Beyond the Birds and the Bees

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.