School Lunch Changes for the Better!
Dear William Tell Elementary families,
This fall, all Tell City-Troy Township school cafeterias will be implementing new meal pattern guidelines that are required by the State. This new pattern will ensure that meals are healthy, well-balanced and provide students the nutrition they need to succeed at school. School meals currently offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, but now they must meet strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. Since the new requirements began in 2012-2013, our school lunches have met additional standards requiring:
· Age-appropriate calorie limits
· Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
· A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes
· Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
· More whole grains
· And less sodium (The regulation for sodium reduction in school lunches actually does not go into effect until school year 2014-2015, but our cafeterias will gradually begin to enforce this guideline over the next couple years.)
Applying the new meal pattern guidelines to our menus will help provide your children a high quality, nutritious lunch. We’re always working to offer our students healthier and delicious choices
School meals are a great value and a huge convenience for busy families too!
Now is the perfect time to encourage your children to choose school lunch! We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this fall.
Here is a Smart Snack Calculator to see if your snack measures up:
- Walking School Bus (August to Nov.)
- Walking Wednesdays
- Positive Messages about health and Wellness in hallways
- Little Marksman Running Club (spring)
- SHAQ Assessments (spring)
- Vision Assessments
- Backpack food for weekends for students who are risk for hunger.
- Pint Size Heroes (this year we plan to have 3 blood drives)
- Wellness and Parent Advisory Meetings
- Staff Health Fair
- Staff initiatives- encouraging walking with walking school bus & use of workout room
- Free Classes offered for staff and students at the Jr-Sr High
- International Walk to School Day
- ACES Walk
- Lunch menus with Fear Factor Foods highlighted
- Super Food HEROES through I.U. (4th grade)
- Past participant of National Bike to School Day
- Recess and field days are used as rewards
- P.E. Classes utilizes the SPARK program
- Summer Lunch Program
- Triathlon (1-6)
- Minds in Motion for Kindergarten students
- Healthy Snacks offered (Olweus) on Fridays
- Wear Red Luncheon for Heart Awareness at Jr-Sr High
- Healthy Snacks provided by our café to Pre-K, K & 1st.
- The following are William Tell Elementary initiatives to support health and wellness:
Our William Tell Elementary families have done a wonderful job supporting the change to eliminate food brought in as birthday and holiday treats. If you choose to send in a birthday treat, there are many choices, such as: a book for the class, a soccer ball, basketball, music cd for relaxing, pencils, party favors, etc. Please do not feel like you have to send in anything at all. We recognize student birthdays on announcements and give out birthday pencils in the office.