THE TOP TEN REASONS TO
LOVE SCHOOL LUNCH
1. Children should have a healthy balance of fruits, vegetables,
protein and calcium to help them be better learners. Fayston
Elementary Foodservice strives to provide a balanced lunch,
breakfast and snack based on guidelines provided by the National
School Lunch Program. With a healthy and balanced breakfast or
lunch your child can be at their best while at school.
2. Moms and Dads need a break too!! The early mornings
are always rough! I have two school age children so I know how it
goes. Fayston Elementary Foodservice will take the ease away.
Send your child to have school lunch. You will be surprised at
what they like.
3. A variety of vegetables, fruits and calcium choices are provided
daily. Your child will have certain items that we are required to
serve. However, they are given choices. Requirements are based
on the National School lunch program to help children stay at a
4. School lunch is affordable!!! Your children will receive a healthy
breakfast for the low cost of $1.50. Lunch is STILL $2.85. To
put together your child’s lunch from home could cost more than
$3.00 per day. A Lunchable averages around $2.99-4.99 and has
a very small amount of nutritional value. For $2.85 your children
will receive a balanced lunch.
5. Fayston Elementary Foodservice uses organic, fresh and local
foods whenever possible. Each year we continue to provide local
vegetables from local farms and our school gardens. We also
continue to purchase Flint Brook Farm Beef whenever it is
available. Again, for $2.85 your children would be getting local
beef, carrots and Vt. Based Yogurt! Not a bad deal.
6. Your child could be eligible for Free/reduced (.40) Lunch and
breakfast. Don’t be shy – this is an asset to our school. Each
child that is part of the Free/reduced increases our entire school
for more funding. All information is confidential and remains at
the district office. Children that are part of the free/ reduced
program will be treated as if they are a full price child. You can
then receive all the above for FREE!!
7. Menus choices are chosen with your children in mind. We try to
incorporate fun events and activities to help your children try new
things. Your children will miss out on these fun activities if they
do not participate in the school lunch program.
8. Your school lunch agents are trained professionals. Our newest
assistant, Gail Hotchkee, comes from the Fletcher Allen Health
Care ………………. She has excellent communication skills and
promises to bring a different spin to our program. Cheryl Joslin
returns with now eight school years at Fayston Elementary and
has a Culinary Arts Degree from Newbury College. Two chefs on
9. Fayston Elementary has a NEW kitchen. In the past we have
always maintained a 97% or higher health inspection report. Our
new kitchen might give us 100%. You can be sure that food is not
mishandled and our facility is always at it’s cleanest.
10. It is just plain good! Parents can join for just 3.75! It’s a great
way to check on your child mid day. You can dine with your child
and their friends and see how their day is going. Head back to
work and see them at the bus stop. They always love to see you
and we love to have you. So Please JOIN US!
Fayston/Waitsfield Elementary School Lunch Program
We will again be using Power Lunch. This is a computerized system that will
keep track of lunches eaten and money paid/owed. We realize that for many
parents it is hard to figure out how many lunches your child will be eating
ahead of time, or if you do count them up and prepay, oftentimes
circumstances occur such as absences, field trips or snow days that lend to the
confusion. That said, we would like to remind you that we have an ADVANCE
payment plan. This plan will help both the staff and the parents to have a good
sense of meal tallies.
HERE IS HOW IT WORKS:
1. A child’s parent will prepay a whole dollar amount to be put towards what
your child will be receiving. This payment will be put into our computerized
system. Each child will be receiving a card with a barcode and their name on
2. Each school day, when the classroom teacher takes the lunch count, the
child’s card will be set into either a COLD, HOT or MILK stack with all the
other classroom children’s cards. These cards will then be given to the
administrative assistant to be counted for us to know how many we are to
3. These cards will be returned to me to scan into our system for each service
they have received for that day.
4. When your child’s card hits the $10 left, we then send a notice home with
your child requesting another prepayment. There is an average of 40
lunches, breakfasts etc. that can be purchased during a menu cycle. It is
helpful to us that when a menu is dispersed you could recognize a need for
more monies to be sent in for that cycle.
*These cards will have no dollar amount written on them, so each child will
merely have meal item amount, thus maintaining privacy for all families. *
The price of school lunch this year will remain $2.85 per lunch. Adult lunches
will be $3.75. Breakfast, snacks and milk prices will also remain the same.