Dear Madison Public School District Students, Parents, and School Community:
The beginning of the school year will start soon and Chartwells School Dining Services’mission is to serve nutritious, well-balanced meals that appeal to our students and school community! School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too! We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall.
|Brown Middle School
|Polson Middle School &
Daniel Hand High School
|Reduced Price Meals
This fall, all school cafeterias are required to meet new federal nutrition standards for school meals, ensuring that meals are healthy and well-balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school. Now is a great time to encourage your kids to choose school lunch!
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Starting in School Year 2012-2013, school lunches will meet additional standards requiring:
- Age-appropriate calorie limits by grade groups
- Specific amounts of whole grains and proteins (meat and meat alternatives)
- Increased offerings of nutrient-dense vegetables and fruits
- Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
- Less sodium
- Reduction of saturated fats and the elimination of trans fats
Chartwells District Website
A customized website has been created for your district. Here you can access important contacts, monthly menus, relevant nutrition resources, promotions, pre-payment information, and more.
Online Pre-payment: Convenient, secure, and helps to reduce long lunch lines.
The current online prepayment option My Payments Plus a great way to deposit money into your child’s school meal account. Not only can you view your child’s balance, but may also print out a copy of your child’s eating history. While we continues to accept cash and check payments, having “money on account” helps to reduce the chance of negative debt and long meal lines, since scanning a card or inputting a PIN is a quicker, more efficient process. (We’ve found this particularly evident with our youngest customers who often have difficulty handling multiple tasks while in line.) Long lines also reduce the amount of time one has to eat, so please consider this option, allowing us to focus on feeding nutritious meals to more students!
Elementary Meal Programs:
For the elementary students, we will continue to follow an adventure of fun and nutrition education with the help of Theodore Eat, Sydney Learn and Ava Live – our nutrition characters who encourage students to eat healthy and be physically active. Watch for these characters on menus and signs throughout the cafeterias - they are our nutrition ambassadors! Be sure to check menus and our website for special promotions.
Middle and High School Meal Programs:
Older students have a more sophisticated pallet, so we’ve planned appropriate enhancements to meet their needs. Along with at least six main entrée selections daily, we strongly urge students to complete their meal with fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk.
This year’s new Simply Good program consists of five individual campaigns throughout the school year to build excitement in the cafeteria for elementary, middle and high school students throughout the school year. These events will educate your elementary, middle or high school student(s) about the importance of eating healthful and balanced meals.
Individual campaigns planned throughout the school year:
- Simply Good Fresh & Local – September / October
- Simply Good Food – November / December
- Simply Good Meals – January / February
- Simply Good Nutrition – March
- Simply Good Flexitarian – April / May
Watch for additional details about these events on our website. There is also a public accessible site for this campaign at Simply Good Food. We hope that you are able to stay in touch with us and to contribute your thoughts on our blog.
To learn more about Chartwells, visit our website at www.eatlearnlive.com. We‘re excited about our partnership with Madison Public Schools and hope to provide a great program while becoming part of your community.
To find out more about the facts about school meals visit www.TrayTalk.org.
Please feel free to contact my office at 203-245-6371.
Chartwells School Dining Services