Welcome to Wethersfield Food Services

Wethersfield Food Services 

Wethersfield Public School's Food & Nutrition Services

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School Lunch Menu

Wethersfield Public Schools District Wellness - Did You Know............... 

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WETHERSFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS FRUIT & VEGETABLE POLICY 

ANY STUDENT THAT BUYS A MEAL SHALL HAVE ACCESS TO UNLIMITED FRUITS & VEGETABLES.

ANY STUDENT THAT BRINGS A LUNCH FROM HOME MAY PURCHASE A FRUIT OR VEGETABLE FOR $.50  EACH.

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Important Information Regarding Cafeteria Debit Card System and Myschoolbucks.com

Elementary School Breakfast Program

Dear Parents

Wethersfield Public Schools have started a breakfast program in all the elementary schools this year for all students. This new breakfast program is a daily option for any student, follows the USDA National Breakfast Program guidelines and, is in addition to, the National School Lunch Program.

The daily Elementary Breakfast contains:

(1) Assorted whole grain cereal (l) Whole grain snack cracker

(1) 4 oz 100 % juice pouch,

(1) 8 oz milk

This new breakfast program is available every school day before each start of school.

The price for breakfast is:
Regular (or A la Carte) = $1.60 Reduced (for those who qualify) = $0.30 Free (for those who qualify) =Free

If you have any additional questions, please contact our Food Service Director, Jamie Davies. He can be reached at:

(860) 571-8222

or jdavies@wethersfield.me

ChooseMyPlate.org

MyPlate is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully; it is not intended to change consumer behavior alone. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting.

Getting Started with MyPlate

My Plate Food Groups

Counting Calories in Mixed Dishes

Food Safety Advice

Health Eating on a Budget

Healthy Eating Tips

10 Tips Nutrition Education Series

Physical Activity

Sample Menus and Recipes

Printable Materials

To learn more, go to www.choosemyplate.gov 

Free & Reduced Letter & Application - SNAP

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
 

Applying for reduced price or free meals:

For families who qualify, reduced price and free lunches are provided. Free or reduced price meals may be applied for at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but experience a change such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed or get SNAP (formerly food stamps), fill out an application at that time. The Free & Reduced Letters and applications can be downloaded by selecting the link below.

Free and Reduced Letters   and   Applications

Free and Reduced Application - Spanish

Addendum A - Sharing Information With Other Programs

If you prefer the application in a language other than English, please click here

https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/translated-applications


Balanced Choices

Balanced Choices® is our comprehensive approach to health and wellness teaching students and the school community how to make sound choices for healthy lifestyles.  Our award-wining program provides healthy meal, snack and beverage options and a meal guidance system for students which assist them in making the most nutritious options when selecting meals, snacks, and beverages at school. Each selection meets precise nutrition criteria and incorporates more whole grains, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables and low-fat options into the menu.


Meals
The Balanced Choices® meal program is a guidance system to assist students in making the most nutritious meal choices at the point of service.  Each Balanced Choices® meal meets precise nutrition parameters and is highlighted on the serving line.  This meal program goes beyond the USDA meal requirements because it provides the recommended nutrients in a single meal instead of an average of all meals served in one week.

Snacks and Beverages
Snack foods that are served during the school day or as part of an after-school enrichment program can make a positive contribution to a student’s health and wellness. Offering snacks and beverages that meet Balanced Choices guidelines provide students with a “better for you” choice.  Our snack and beverage nutritional guidelines go beyond the USDA Healthier Schools Challenge to limit calories, portion size, fat, saturated fat, sodium, sugar and caffeine and are based upon a single serving package size.

Meal Guidance System
The Balanced Choices Meal Guidance System makes it easier for students to identify healthy favorites. Creatively designed, these materials include:
• Icons
• Posters
• Snack wheels
• Static cling decals and stickers
• Brochures
• ID tags
• Brochures

With the Meal Guidance System students will learn to recognize healthy options and create their own balanced meals outside of the cafeteria.

Foodallergy.org - The Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network

Kidshealth.org

National Dairy Council

 

Child Nutrition

Decades of nutrition research and in-school programs have helped National Dairy Council take a leading role in the fight against poor nutrition, inactivity, and overweight/obesity among our nation’s youth. National Dairy Council invests significantly in improving children’s health in many ways: in-school initiatives, partner engagement, nutrition research, and counsel to the dairy industry on providing nutritious products to youth. With a focus is on the need for healthy balanced meals, National Dairy Council leverages the facts and nutrition research to educate thought leaders on the important role milk (including flavored milk) plays as part of a healthy diet.

 

Dairy

 

Together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin (niacin equivalents). Not to mention great taste.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recognize that moderate evidence shows that milk and milk products are linked to improved bone health, especially in children and teens, and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes and lower blood pressure in adults.

 

Fact:

Dairy Foods Build a Healthier You - Together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogart provide a unique combination of nine essential nutrients that help imprive overall diet quality and promote good health.

Click here for more information regarding Child Nutrition from the National Dairy Council.

Click here for Recipes from the National Dairy Council.

Nourishinteractive.com - Nutrition Interactive

Healthy Tips For The Family

Sometimes you just need a little reminder of ways to improve your family's eating and activity habits. It does not have to be drastic. In fact, smaller steps are easier to follow and incorporate into your family's daily routine.
You may be surprised how the littlest changes can make a significant difference in your family's overall health and well-being. Health insurance is also a very important part of family's well-being.
Remember: Every little change adds up to a healthier child!

Nutrition Tools


Tips: Food, Activities, Grocery Shopping

USDA - United States Department of Agriculture

WIC - Women, Infant & Children Services, Food & Nutrition Services

How to Apply for WIC

CT.gov Department of Public Health WIC Program

 

Who is eligible?

  • Pregnant women (through pregnancy and up to 6 weeks after birth or after pregnancy ends).
  • Breastfeeding women (up to infant’s 1 st birthday).
  • Nonbreastfeeding postpartum women (up to 6 months after the birth of an infant or after pregnancy ends).
  • Infants (up to 1st birthday). WIC serves 45 percent of all infants born in the United States.
  • Children up to their 5th birthday (fathers, grandparents, foster parents or other guardians may apply for WIC for their children).

 

What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Must meet the income guidelines, which are set at or below 185% of the federal poverty income limit (WIC counts an unborn infant as a household member).
  • Be at nutritional risk; WIC uses 2 broad categories of risk: medically based such as low birth weight and diet based, such as poor eating habits.
  • Must live in Connecticut (WIC does not require proof of citizenship or alien status and participation in WIC will not affect your immigration or naturalization status).

 

 

Click here for the Spanish Connecticut WIC Outreach Brochure

 

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Prescreening Tool, Am I Eligible?

Eligibility Requirements

Fact Sheet About WIC Retail Stores

WIC Food Packages

 

To learn more, go to http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/ or to https://www.ct.gov/dph/wic

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Student Allergies

Wethersfield Public Schools recognizes that food allergies may be life-threatening. 
The district encourages parents/guardians of students with food allergies to notify
the school nurse of the allergies. See more information 
regarding food allergies under the Nutrition & Educational Resource section.

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Dear MyNutrikids.com User,

We have great news! In our continuing effort to provide the highest level of service, over the next few weeks we 
will be transitioning your MyNutrikids.com account to mySchoolBucks.com for online school meal payments. 
This website provides a number of key features you will find beneficial including:

  • Scheduled recurring payments
  • Automatic deposits when your child’s account balance runs low
  • Extended purchase history for the past 90 days

Important Things to Note About mySchoolBucks:

  • Your existing account information including login username/password and associated children will be carried over 
    to the mySchoolBucks website.
  • The convenience fee for cafeteria account deposits will be $1.95, which will cover all deposits made within a 
    single transaction.
  • You may fund up to $120 per child, but you may pay for all of your children on a single transaction.
  • mySchoolBucks has the following payment methods available for use:
    • Visa®
    • Mastercard®
    • Discover®
    • Electronic Check
  • Due to legal requirements, we are unable to transfer your low balance email reminder settings from MyNutrikids.com. 
    If you would like to continue using this feature, you will need to set this up when mySchoolBucks becomes available.

To help answer some of your questions about this transition, we compiled a list of commonly asked questions in the provided link below:
http://www.learnmyschoolbucks.com/Parent/faqs.html

Additional Resources:

Thank you,

The MyNutrikids.com Support Team


Your child's Student ID is the same Student ID indicated on the OverDrive letter sent out earlier this summer.

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MyPlate is part of a larger communications initiative based on 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices. MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully; it is not intended to change consumer behavior alone. MyPlate illustrates the five food groups using a familiar mealtime visual, a place setting.

See ChooseMyPlate.org  and the other tabs above for more information and activites. 

Children's coloring sheets (option 1option 2)

 

Nutrition & Educational Resources


Nutritious meals are the foundation of any healthy eating plan and the school breakfast and lunch meals remain the cornerstone of all school based child nutrition programs. It is the position of Chartwells School Dining Services that we become active participants in fostering healthy school environments in the communities that we serve. Creating a healthy school environment involves the collaboration of many, including Administrators, Parents, and School Dining Managers. At Chartwells, we take this responsibility very seriously and aim to be an integral part of the wellness solution.

Chartwells employs more food and nutrition specialists serving the academic community than any other food service company.   All of our recipes, menus and nutrition programs are designed by a network of Registered Dieticians and professional Chefs.  This team provides local support for every school district we serve. 


Since students spend a significant portion of their day in the school environment, schools are uniquely positioned to convey the fundamentals of good health to students. Teaching students about wellness during the school aged years, builds a foundation for a healthy and productive life.

At the elementary level, the Chartwells Eat.Learn.Live. charactersTheodore Eat, Sydney C. Learn, and Ava Live focus on the importance of balanced meals, physical activity and nutrition education.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) developed the Connecticut Nutrition Standards in response to Section 10-215e of the Connecticut General Statutes, which requires the CSDE to publish a set of nutrition standards for foods offered for sale to students separately from a reimbursable school lunch or breakfast. The Connecticut Nutrition Standards focus on

  • limiting fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugars;
  • moderating portion sizes; and
  • promoting increased intake of nutrient-dense foods such as such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low-fat/nonfat dairy products, lean meats, legumes, nuts and seeds.

The nutrients addressed in the Connecticut Nutrition Standards are based on current nutrition science and national health recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and national organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association and American Academy of Pediatrics. They are supported by 28 health and education organizations in Connecticut.

Click here for lists of Acceptable Foods and Beverages that meet CT Nutrition Standards on the CSDE website.
 

Health & Wellness

What is the difference between Health & Wellness

Health refers simply to a physical body being free from diseases, but wellness is an overall balance of your physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational well-being. Wellness is a lifestyle and is not an end to be acheived. Wellness means that one strives for balance throughout his whole life. On the other hand, health would be that a person wants to lose weight and lower blood pressure. Once he does this, he is considered healthy. Health is a goal one can acheive while wellness is a dynamic concept that continues for a lifetime.

Read more at http://wiki.answers.com

Click here for Wethersfield Public School's Wellness Policy

The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 - Public Law 108-265 108th Congress Act

Public Law 108-265) required that schools participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Nutrition Programs (National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Afterschool Snack Program and Special Milk Program) establish a school wellness policy by the 2006-07 school year. The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) conducted a review of school wellness policies in Connecticut schools using a school wellness policy assessment tool developed in partnership with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University.

Click here to view the CT State Department of Education's (CSDE) requirements of the Wellness Policy.

Click here to view Wethersfield Public School's CT State Department of Education School Wellness Policy Report.

Wethersfield participates in Healthy Food Certification with the CT State Department of Child Nutrition (HFC) under section 10-215f of the CT General Statues. By complying with Healthy Food Certification, our program sells only snack items that meet the Connecticut Nutrition Standards which focus on limiting fat, saturated fat, trans fat, sodium and sugars, moderating portion sizes, and promoting increased intake of nutrient-dense foods such as whole grains. The nutrients addressed in the Connecticut Nutrition Standards are based on current nutrition science and national health recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, MyPyramid and national organizations, such as the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Dietetic Association and American Academy of Pediatrics.

Click here to view the list of districts particpating in the Healthy Snack Certification program.

Click here for additional information on the Healthy Snack Certification.

School Dining Services

Please click here for the Summary of CT General Statute for Food & Beverages in Schools.

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Photos from Food Play at Emerson-Williams School

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The students of Charles Wright are continuing their quest for 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day- well after the 95210 initiative. Bravo Mrs. Fritz's class!

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REMINDER:  Breakfast is available daily at each of the Wethersfield Public Schools.

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                                          Menus can be found here:

.                                   School Lunch Menu

Payment Information

The Point of Sale (POS) system has now been installed in all of our schools and has been very successful.  By taking advantage of this system it will help manage your child’s lunch balance.  Funds may be deposited at any time of the week by sending in a check (made out to Wethersfield Cafeteria Fund) or cash in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and ID number on it. Checks are the preferred method of payment

UNPAID MEALS POLICY

Lunch Menus

School Lunch Menu

Dining Services

Dining Services are provided to all schools within the Town of Wethersfield, including five public elementary schools, Silas Deane Middle School, Wethersfield High School, CREC Discovery Academy, and CREC SoundBridge.

The Department of Business Services is responsible for contract negotiation and oversight of contract execution and facilities management by the vendor who provides food service management; compliance with state and federal reimbursement and nutritional guidelines; triennial cafeteria fund audits; and processing, certification, random audit and appeals for free and reduced lunch applications.

Elementary Schools Lunch Pricing

All complete meals include a choice of fruit and milk.

Student Price: $2.60 Adult Price: $5.00 Milk: $ .60
A la Carte Items:

  • Baked Chips: $1.00
  • Ice Cream:    $1.25
  • Small Water: $1.00
  • Large Water: $1.35 

Field Trip Flyer

 Field Trip Lunch Service

Wethersfield Public Schools Food Service

Nutritious student lunches are our first priority. USDA research
indicates that children who participate in the School Lunch
program have superior nutritional intakes compared to those
students who do not participate. Teachers or coaches can order
lunches for students traveling on classroom field trips or on
athletic team competitions.

If students will miss school lunch while they are on a field trip or traveling to a
competition, they can sign up for lunches that can be picked up in the school
kitchen/cafeteria on the morning of the trip.

Please fill out the field trip order forms and submit it to the
Food Service Office 7 days before the trip.

Students can choose one of the following selections:

A.  Turkey & Cheese Wrap
B.  Ham & Cheese Wrap
C.  Italian cold cut grinder (Hero)
D.  Crispy Chicken Wrap
E.  Veggie Salad with Cheese
F.  Crispy Chicken SALAD

All lunches will include fresh baby carrots, fresh fruit, a bag of baked chips, and a low-fat milk (16.9oz bottled waters can be substituted for milk on field trips). Paper goods will be included.
Coolers can be signed out for longer trips.

The cost for each student will follow their school’s lunch prices:
Elementary $2.60, SDMS $3.60, WHS $3.60; no charge for students who qualify
for free lunch; $.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunch, Adults $5.00.
Students who sign up for a field trip lunch can have their lunch charged to their
Nutrikids account or pay cash.

Please call Rob or Meagan at 860.571.8277

Please click on this link to download the Field Trip Lunch Order Form.

Free and Reduced Letter and Application

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
 

Applying for reduced price or free meals:

For families who qualify, reduced price and free lunches are provided. Free or reduced price meals may be applied for at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but experience a change such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed or get SNAP (formerly food stamps), fill out an application at that time. The Free & Reduced Letters and applications can be downloaded by selecting the link below.

Free and Reduced Letters and Applications

Free and Reduced Application - Spanish

High School and Middle School Lunch Pricing

All complete meals include a choice of fruit and milk.
Student Complete Meal Price: $2.70/3.60

A la Carte Items:

  • 10oz Juice $1.25
  • Chips and Snacks $1.00
  • V-8 Juice $1.75
  • Cookies $ .25
  • Small Water $1.00
  • Fresh Fruit $ .50
  • Large Water$1.35
  • Cereal $1.00
  • Switch $1.50
  • Hot Pretzel $ .50
  • Nesquik $1.50
  • Bagel $1.00
  • Milk $ .60
  • Cream Cheese $ .50
  • Smoothie $2.25
  • Yogurt Parfait $2.25 

Farm to School - Local Produce Providers

My School Bucks

Dear MyNutrikids.com User,

We have great news! In our continuing effort to provide the highest level of service, over the next few weeks we will be transitioning your MyNutrikids.com account to mySchoolBucks.com for online school meal payments. This website 
provides a number of key features you will find beneficial including:

  • Scheduled recurring payments
  • Automatic deposits when your child’s account balance runs low
  • Extended purchase history for the past 90 days

Important Things to Note About mySchoolBucks:

  • Your existing account information including login username/password and associated children will be carried over 
    to the mySchoolBucks website.
  • The convenience fee for cafeteria account deposits will be $1.95, which will cover all deposits made within a single transaction.
  • You may fund up to $120 per child, but you may pay for all of your children on a single transaction.
  • mySchoolBucks has the following payment methods available for use:
    • Visa®
    • Mastercard®
    • Discover®
    • Electronic Check
  • Due to legal requirements, we are unable to transfer your low balance email reminder settings from MyNutrikids.com. 
    If you would like to continue using this feature, you will need to set this up when mySchoolBucks becomes available.

To help answer some of your questions about this transition, we compiled a list of commonly asked questions in the provided link below:
http://www.learnmyschoolbucks.com/Parent/faqs.html

Additional Resources:

Thank you,

The MyNutrikids.com Support Team

Point of Sale (POS) System

The Point of Sale (POS) system has now been installed in all of our schools and has been very successful.  By taking advantage of this system it will help manage your child’s lunch balance.  Funds may be deposited at any time of the week by sending in a check (made out to Wethersfield Cafeteria Fund) or cash in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and ID number on it. Checks are the preferred method of payment

What is a Point of Sale System? A Point of Sale System is a computerized system that works similar to a debit card system. Here is how it works:

Each student in the school is entered into a computer database and assigned a number. In this case the number assigned will be the same as the bar-coded number on the school ID Card. Free and reduced meal eligibility is also entered into the computer. All information entered into the database is kept confidential by a series of secure passwords and codes.

Parents send in payment for lunches as they normally would. Checks should be placed in an envelope with the student’s name, grade, and the amount of money enclosed. All checks should be made payable to Wethersfield Cafeteria Fund, and should include the name of the student and school name on the bottom left-hand corner. Once money is received, a student account will be set up in the computer.  Those students entitled to free meals will not need to take any action, as they will be automatically set up in the database.

The students will need to carry the student ID card into the cafeteria, as they will use it to access their account. Once the student has procured his or her lunch or items from the cafeteria line, he or she proceeds to the cashier, who will take the card and scan it through the computer. The value of the transaction is then deducted from the student monetary account in the same manner as a debit card.

It will be the responsibility of the student to keep his/her id password confidential.

It’s that simple!

This system features many advantages to both parents and students. Parents will have the ability to monitor their children’s eating habits and spending by requesting usage reports on exactly how the student has spent money deposited in the account. With the POS system, parents do not need to worry about giving their child lunch money on a daily basis and can place as much money in their child’s lunch account as they wish. Students will spend less time waiting in lines at the register, and will not have to deal with fishing money out of pockets. All they do is swipe and go! Both parents and students can have instant access to the balance of their lunch account, and students will be verbally reminded when their lunch account needs to be replenished before it is depleted!

If you have any questions or concerns about our POS System, you may call 571-8222.



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  • October 2017
    • TueOct17 Special Board of Education Meeting 5:00 PMStillman, Lower Level Meeting Room
    • TueOct17 Special Board of Education Meeting 5:00 PMStillman
    • TueOct24 Finance Committee Meeting 6:00 PMTown Hall
  • November 2017
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Students in Mrs. Cookson's 4th grade class have been working to read "with their noses in the book" and notice details about their characters in order to develop an interpretation. This week they applied these new strategies to closely read and interpret photographs. Please click for more.
Webb Students, Staff, and Parents come together for Walk to School Day! Thank you to all our families that were able to join us and to Mr. John Morris and Mrs. Elaine Paradise from the Board of Education for walking with us!
WHS Students Helping Puerto Rico
Fifth graders from Charles Wright had their first grade level PBIS celebration of positive behaviors. Students earned their way into this friendly game by demonstrating Charles Wright PRIDE - the promise to be respectful, independent, dependable and engaged. Students enjoyed an afternoon game of kickball, building camaraderie and celebrating good behavior choices.

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Wethersfield, CT 06109
Phone: 860-571-8100

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