Dear Kindergarten Parent/Guardian:
WELCOME TO WESTONKA PUBLIC SCHOOLS! It is with great excitement that we welcome your child to Westonka Public Schools this fall! During the course of your child’s academic career, the staff from Food and Nutrition Services will work hard to build a strong relationship with you and your child. Many studies have proven that the degree of parental involvement and commitment in their child’s education has a direct correlation to the success of their child’s academic career. Many times this undertaking will require the commitment of a precious commodity - your time.
Now that your child will be in school for the entire day, he or she will be introduced to the school cafeteria and it will be necessary for you to plan for your child’s meals. Make it a habit to review daily menus and choices.
- Breakfast is served each school day and is free to all Kindergarten students. This is a light breakfast and is just enough to keep food in the tummies of students throughout the morning so they can focus on learning. Please note that the parent’s role is to review with their child about whether or not they may take a school breakfast.
- You and your child may also decide to purchase a lunch from our school meal programs. We develop menus that focus on kid friendly foods that contain whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. Of course, you always have the option to pack a lunch from home but please, remember to prepare healthy lunches, including food from all food groups and sending it with an ice pack to keep it cool. Students who bring a lunch from home can purchase a carton of milk at school for $0.50.
If you think your child might qualify for free or reduced meal benefits, please complete the Application for Educational Benefits. IMPORTANT NOTE: Applications need to be completed each school year to be eligible for benefits.
Meal prices will be published and mailed to all homes in August. The cost for all meals and milks are deducted from your child’s meal account. Advance payment for all meals is required. We ask parents to send payment before the first day of school; students are not allowed to charge meals. We use a computerized meal accounting system.
This will be a great introduction to our nutrition program and the special care our staff provides at Westonka Public Schools. We hope your child enjoys their school meals. If you have any special concerns, please feel free to contact your school’s cook supervisor, or myself at (952) 491-8084.
Director of Food and Nutrition Services