Saturday, October 1, 2016

October Menus and Cafeteria Update

Hard to believe that September has basically come and gone already - and that means a new breakfast and lunch menu for the SCS cafeteria.   You can find them at this link:   SCS October Lunch Menu and SCS October Breakfast Menu

Looking ahead here is one thing we can certainly look forward to at lunch for our older students - the fresh vegetable salad bar - one of my favorite lunches especially now that I often can combine with a great soup and even some warm topping like cajun chicken!

Salad - a daily option for our SCS lunches
I grabbed cafeteria director Becky Mashak for a quick interview this week - interrupting her efforts to prep a bunch of fresh cut zucchini for our vegetable of the month offering.  Here is her take on what is coming on the menu this month:

I stopped into the cafeteria this week to check on how our Kindergartners were doing - one of the more challenging pieces of learning about school is how to navigate picking up a hot lunch, find a seat, eating alone and then helping pick up the mess.   That's actually a pretty big deal for most 5 year olds!   So we started the year delivering hot lunches to the classrooms and only this last week began the move to the cafeteria.   They are doing great - thanks to some quick learning and also some great support from some new friends.
Polly and Sharon help sort out the milk choice as well as some fresh vegetable options

Need help opening a milk or yogurt?   Middle Schoolers like Hunter volunteer their time in the cafeteria to help

The recycling / composting station is fantastic - but certainly a challenge for any 5 year old - but it sure keeps the pigs at New Village Farm happy when they get their daily delivery of food scraps!  

 Because school meals are so important, we want to encourage you to complete the school meal application if you have not yet done so.  New forms must be completed annually for each child in school.  These applications can be filled out at any time of the year, and family eligibility limits change annually. 

Children living in households receiving 3SquaresVT or Reach-Up benefits are directly eligible to receive free school meals, as are children who are homeless, part of migrant families, in foster care, or enrolled in Head Start preschool programs.
In addition to the benefits to children and families, using school meal programs also benefits the school and the community. Increased participation in the program can help our school get more grant money to improve education, strengthen our school meal programs and farm to school, and qualify SCS to serve meals at no charge to all children in the community during summer and after school. 

If you would like help completing these forms, or have unanswered questions, feel free to contact our Food Service Director, Becky Mashak, or our School Counselor's Katie Tyler or Rachel Petraska or go

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