Lunch

Notre Dame School of De Pere participates in the National School Lunch Program ensuring healthy meal options are offered daily. Hot lunch meals are provided through a private contractor, Konop Companies.

Lunch Menu – September 2017

Volunteer:
Each school family is required to volunteer three times per year in the lunch program. (This requirement applies to all school families except those only in the two-day pre school program.)  Lunch Volunteer Information

2016-2017 Cafeteria Volunteer Sign-Up — Lunch Volunteers

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Q. When does my child eat lunch?
A
. Grades 3-5      11:05 AM – 11:30 AM
Grades 1-2      11:35 AM – 12:00 PM
PreK – K         11:40 AM – 12:10 PM
Grades 6-8     12:15 PM –  12:35 PM

Q. What lunch options are available to my child?
A. We offer a hot lunch meal for the student, which meets dietary guidelines and regulations. One milk is available for each hot lunch meal. Additional  milks can be purchased when the student writes his/her name on a sign up sheet by the milk cooler. Milk is also available for students who bring their own lunch from home.

Q. What are the lunch prices?
A.
Hot Lunch  (includes one milk):
PreK – 8 Student                   $3.25
Student Reduced Lunch     $0.40
Guest (adult or child)          $3.90
Milk                                         $0.50

Q. When must my child select his lunch option?
A. When the teachers take attendance at the start of each school day, a lunch count will be taken. If a child did not bring a lunch, they must indicate if they are taking Hot Lunch. This is required to ensure adequate portions of food are prepared by Konop.

Q. How can I find out the balance of my child’s account and purchase history?
A. We will be using the PowerLunch system. It does require that each child have his or her own account, rather than a single family account. The student’s PowerSchool ID number is used to access the account. The PowerLunch section can be found under PowerSchool.

You are encouraged to sign up for automated reminders through PowerSchool when the account is low to stay up to date. This helps with defraying the cost of sending out low balance letters via regular mail.

Q. If my child’s lunch account is low, how do I add to it?
A.
Please write a check to “GRACE/Notre Dame” with the child’s name on the envelope and send to either school office. One check can be sent for multiple accounts. Please indicate the amount you would like placed in each account. Dollar amounts can be transferred from one account to another.

Q. My family qualified for free/reduced-priced meals last year. Do I need to do anything for this school year?
A.
Yes, unless you have received an eligibility notification letter for direct certification, every year a new application needs to be completed. Students are grandfathered in from last year for the first 30 calendar days of the school year. To avoid disruption in your child’s status, a new application should be received in the district office by September 15. If your financial status changes during the school year you may apply for free/reduced priced meals at anytime.

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Q. What are Nut Free tables?
A. We offer “nut free” tables in our lunch room for anyone who may have a life-threatening allergy to peanuts and peanut products. These tables are clearly marked with a sign. Anyone can sit at these tables as long as they do not have nut products in their lunch.

Q. Can a parent/guest have lunch with their child at school?
A. Yes, please contact the school office by 8:25 AM, if you wish to eat hot lunch with your child so that a meal can be ordered from Konop. We ask that you please do not bring fast food or pizza into the cafeteria.

Q. What are the dietary guidelines?
A.
The Child Nutrition program implemented new guidelines in meal nutrition standards. These changes ensure that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students the nutrition they need to be successful at school and educate them to develop healthy life-long eating habits.

The new standards include:

Choose My Plate

  • Larger portions and greater variety of fruits and vegetables. Students are required daily to take 1/2 c. fruit or 1/2 c. vegetable with their lunches daily.
  • A wider variety of vegetables that include dark green, red/orange vegetables and beans/legumes. Rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals that help students achieve and maintain optimal health/nutrition.
  • Age-appropriate calorie limits and portion sizes for managing and maintaining body weight and growth/development.
  • Half of the grains (breads, pasta, rice, cereal and other breakfast foods) offered to students will be whole grain rich.
  • Milk offered to students will be fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free).Schools will also be required to limit the levels of saturated fat, sodium and trans fats in meals.
  • Water will be accessible during lunch service to ensure students stay hydrated throughout the day and to encourage daily water consumption instead of high calorie beverage consumption.
  • For more information on the new food standards please go to “National School Lunch Program” for the website.

Please contact Mrs. Beth Simonet, Food Service Manager, with any questions regarding the school lunch program at bsimonet@gracesystem.org