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2016-17 Lunch Program

Dear Parents,

Welcome back! We have exciting changes with our lunch program for the 2016-2017 school year. Beginning on August 15th we will be serving Breakfast.
Breakfast price: $1.25 (New This year!) Reduced Breakfast: .30¢
North campus: 7:55-8:25
Stop serving at 8:20
Antelope Elementary: 7:40-8:10
Stop serving at 8:05
Jr High: 7:30-8:00
Stop serving at 7:55
**We will have Breakfast samples at Back to School Night!**
Lunch prices:
1st – 5th = $1.90 6th – 9th = $2.25 Reduced Lunch: .40¢

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. We will be serving the same quality, love infused food during breakfast as we do during lunch. Feeding your student breakfast in the morning has proven to help students with their concentration, participation in class, and test scores.
*****Only students eating breakfast are allowed in the cafeteria and must stay in the cafeteria, no wandering the halls.*****
Benefits of eating school lunch:
We cook as much of our lunches from scratch as we can. We offer full salad bar, fresh fruit, and whole grain rich bread option with every meal. Our meals are hot and fresh. We introduce new items often to expand their pallets and love of healthy delicious food. Most important from creating our menu to serving the students it is done with the labor of love. We care about what your student(s) eat. Meals, food and beverages sold or served at Syracuse Arts Academy meet State and Federal requirements based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines.

Free/Reduced lunch application:
We encourage EVERYONE to fill out the application. This does NOT affect the results of other school applications. This program, if approved, can help offset the cost of breakfast/lunch price.
Regular price lunch 180 days x $2.25 = $405.00
Reduced price lunch 180 days x .40¢ = $72.00
Your student(s) benefits from last year only carry over for 30 days into the new school year. You MUST reapply every year. New benefits are NOT retroactive. Approved application benefits will be applied as of the application submit date.
To complete the application, follow these simple steps online :
1. Go to our school website:
2. On the home page scroll down until you see Online Grade Book on the right. Then click on Grade Book.
3. Type in your username and password. (If you have not set up your own username and password, then please click on request a username below the login box. You will need your student’s ID number and birth date to proceed. ID numbers are located on school schedules and fee statements, or you can call the school and we will gladly look it up for you. The system will walk you through the steps to create your own Username and password to your student; they will have their own. Student permissions are different than those given to parents and guardians.)
4. Select one of your students.
5. Click on the Free/Reduced Meal Application icon in the right-hand column above the Lunch Account Balance. The system will take you through the application process. Only one application needs to be completed per family.
6. If you have any question regarding the application process you may contact our school.
Lunch Balances:
Please watch your student(s) meal balance. This is a lot like a check book and needs to maintain a positive balance. You can track your student(s) balance online. If you need to make a payment you can pay by card online this may take up to 48 hours to post and a small fee to process payment. You may also pay in the office with check or cash. If your student is in the negative you will receive a weekly phone call.

Food Allergies:
We can usually substitute meal options to help your student eat a balanced safe lunch. There is a form that must be filled out and signed by a medical doctor, listing substitutions. Because these meals can be costly we ask that you email April Empey – to help communicate which days your student will be needing special meals prepared. We will do our best to make accommodations.

Second Lunch Option is NO longer PB&J:
We value your students and want to make sure we are offering the best options for nutrition available while also being appealing. Although the PB&J is a wonderful option. We want to offer a hot option as a second choice. Students can now choose between the main dish and a chicken sandwich. PB&J will be kept as an à la carte option for those that still want it. However, it is not as part of the 'reimbursable meal' program (For more on what this means, watch the food blog on our website!). 6th-9th will continue to have the option of a full salad bar to build a reimbursable (complete) meal from.

À la carte:
We offer à la carte items to students in 6th-9th grade. These items are NOT included with free/reduced lunch pricing. Please have a conversation with your student about their participation. It is important that if your student chooses to participate that they have a positive lunch balance. We try to do our best to only allow students with a positive lunch balance to participate, but we need your help to ensure this happens. Full à la carte prices will be on our webpage by August 15th under the ‘Parents’ tab. Extra milk is available to all students for .30¢

Please send food that your student can safely heat, and is aware of how to use the microwave properly. Last year we had a few close calls with tinfoil, no water being added to the cup of soups or mac 'n cheese, and an attempt to cook and egg which resulted in the glass breaking. Items must NOT take longer than 2-3 minutes to heat up to give everyone a chance to use the microwaves and give them time to eat. If your student is taking longer than this at the microwave they may be asked to wait at the back of the line to give everyone a chance to heat their food and eat.

Field Trip lunches:
Teachers send home permission slips about the need for sack lunches on field trip days. Once the count is in from the forms, we order the food and prep accordingly. We are unable to make changes after the count is submitted.
Contents: Turkey slices or Soy PBJ, goldfish crackers or baked chips,
Roll (with the Turkey), apple slices, and carrot sticks, 6oz juice.
6th-9th grade will also include granola bar, and a cheese stick, or cheese cubes.
Picture will be posted on website under ‘Parents’ tab before the first field trip.

Summer Food Program:
During the summer those students who qualify for Free/Reduced lunch will also receive services during the summer. We provide a map of the participating schools on our website.

Information available on the website:
-Menu Calendar: It is important to keep your student informed. Please talk to your student about what we are serving. We do a hot lunch count in the morning. This count is important so we know how much to cook. Since we cook from scratch and want to limit our waste we need an accurate count. Once they make their choice we do not allow the student to switch at the last minute.
-Food blog newsletter- Every month I will be writing information about the new food we are offering and a favorite recipe to help you bring the item of the month to your dinner table. Also including pertinent information about the workings and needs of the kitchen. First one will start October 1st.

Substitute Kitchen Assistant-or-Lunchroom Monitor positions available:
Have fun, and earn money while your student(s) are in school. You must have a current food handler permit, and apply online, instructions can be found on our website under 'Contact Us' tab. Background check will be conducted after acceptance of application.

Volunteer opportunities:
Come see what is behind the scenes, and join us in the kitchen! Schedule is perfect and flexible for when your student is in the school. For days and times available please email: April Empey -

I am very excited for this school year. I have 2 children of my own, and know how stressful balancing life can be. I am here to help in any way I can. We have an open kitchen if you want to come see the production or ask questions you are more than welcome to stop in, or email me if you have any questions or need help understanding the 'whys' in our choices for the menu. Navigating the reimbursable meals and free/reduced lunch application alone can be overwhelming. That is why I am here.

Warmest Regards,
April Empey

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