Parent Back-to-School Checklist

Parent Back-To-School Checklist
Posted on 07/19/2019

Dear MASD Parents/Guardians:

We have officially hit the mid-summer mark which means it’s time to start thinking about BACK-TO-SCHOOL! Can you believe it?! To help you prepare for the new school year, over the next few weeks you will be receiving a weekly “homework” assignment. Completing ONE back-to-school task per week will prevent you from being overwhelmed with addressing a long checklist the week before school starts.

So let’s get started! Your first homework assignment is to make sure your children are ready for THE CAFETERIA!


MASD FOOD SERVICES

OUR MISSION: MASD will be continuing our partnership with The Nutrition Group this year as our contracted Food Service Management Company. With their expertise, our goal is to provide your child with a variety of healthy and appetizing menu choices as well as provide nutritional education to encourage healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime! From an educational perspective, we also recognize the value of healthy eating and how it plays a significant part in school performance by allowing the students to have more energy and be more focused in the classroom.

OUR PROGRAMS: MASD is fortunate to be able to participate in the National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs which are offered at all of our District schools. Your child will have the opportunity to purchase breakfast and/or lunch on each day of the week during scheduled student days. By participating in these USDA programs, we are able to offer affordable meals to our students for your convenience in order to help ease the daily school routine by not having to pack a lunch. In addition, your household may be able to receive these meals at no cost or a reduced cost if you qualify.

FREE/REDUCED MEAL ELIGIBILITY: Certification is only for the current school year. Eligibility for free/reduced meals during the 2018-19 school year continues through October 8, 2019. All families must REAPPLY IF you do NOT receive an eligibility notification from the District for 2019-20.

There are two ways to qualify for Free/Reduced Meals:

  • Direct Certification - If your household is currently receiving SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF (Cash Assistance), or Medical Assistance (with qualifying household income) through the Department of Human Services, your student will automatically qualify for free meals for the entire school year. Once we receive notification from DHS of this qualification for a particular household, we send out Direct Certification letters to notify the household of your student’s Free eligibility. If your certification letter did not include all eligible children in your household, please contact Tony Colemire by phone, 717-948-3300 ext. 1012, or by email at tcolemire@raiderweb.org so that we can update our records.
  • Free/Reduced Meals Application - If you do not receive a Direct Certification letter from the District stating that your child is approved for free meals, you must fill out a Free/Reduced Meals Application with your household information in order to be considered. Once the application is processed, you will be notified of the certification which will either be Free, Reduced, or Denied due to exceeding the income eligibility guidelines based on your household size. Only one application is necessary per household.

To complete the free/reduced application electronically, go here.
To complete a paper application, download it here and return your completed application to Tony Colemire, 55 West Water Street, Middletown, PA 17057.

PAYMENT OPTIONS & SCHOOL CAFÉ: You are able to fund your child’s cafeteria account in multiple ways. You can send in cash or checks with your child to give to the cafeteria staff (if you don’t want your child carrying cash/check you can give it to the office in the morning and tell them it’s for the cafeteria account.) If writing a check, please make payable to MASD Café. You can also add funds using a credit/debit card online by setting up a parent account at schoolcafe.com. Please note there is a convenience fee charge each time you add funds with this option. Your parent account also allows you to view your child’s current account balance and see purchase history.

PARTICIPATE IN BREAKFAST: Omit those expensive cereals and pop-tarts from your grocery list! Skip the hassle of trying to prepare breakfast before your coffee has kicked in! Never have to rush your kids to chow down breakfast before the bus arrives! For only $1.00/day your child(ren) can have a nutritious full meal to start their day off right.

NEGATIVE BALANCES: Periodically throughout the year, the food service department will issue negative balance letters to all applicable households. We ask that you make all attempts to pay down this debt as quickly as possible. If the entire balance cannot be paid off at once, please feel free to reach out to Tony Colemire to establish a payment plan. If not paid, this debt will carry over into the next school on the students account.

KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS: We know that starting Kindergarten can be a scary time for some children. To introduce our incoming Kindergarten students to our programs and to help them get comfortable with purchasing meals at school, all Kindergarten students are able to receive free lunch for the entire first week of school. No need to pack a lunch!

MEAL COSTS: There is no increase in the cost of meals this school year. Please note that due to the added cost of ingredients included in some of our menu items, we may need to charge a higher “tiered” price for applicable meals in order to cover our cost.

Breakfast Prices:
All Schools Regular Breakfast: $1.00
Reduced price of breakfast for students who meet eligibility requirements: $.30

Lunch Prices:
Elementary Regular: $2.40
Elementary Tier: $2.80
Middle School Regular $2.55
Middle School Tier $3.05
High School Regular: $2.65
High School Tier: $3.15
Reduced price of all lunches for students who meet eligibility requirements: $.40

MENUS & NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION: Students and parents can go to Nutrislice to find daily menu options as well as the nutritional value and ingredients of all scheduled meals. Nutrislice can be found on raiderweb.org on the Quick Link called "Menus." It is also available as an app for smart devices.

SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS: If your child has any food allergies/restrictions or if you have any questions/concerns regarding the Food Service Department, please contact Tony Colemire by phone (717) 948-3300 ext. 1012 or by e-mail at tcolemire@raiderweb.org.

STUDENT CAFETERIA ACCOUNTS & POS SYSTEM: Individual cafeteria accounts are automatically created for each of our enrolled students through our point of sale system, Primero Edge. Each child is assigned an identifying pin number to gain access to their account and they will enter this pin number each time they purchase even if your child receives free meal benefits. This will ensure that the appropriate meal cost is charged and so that the system can keep track of purchases made by each student on a daily basis.

Please note that all communication sent out from the Food Service Department regarding student account balances, student eligibility, or general program information will be sent via e-mail if we have an email address on file for your household in order to continue our efforts to “Go Green”. Messages will come from “no-reply@primeroedge.com”. Please make sure to open and read these e-mails as they will have important information regarding your child’s cafeteria account. If no e-mail address is on file, then communication will be mailed directly to your home address.
Any questions regarding this communication can be directed to the District’s Food Service Program Coordinator, Tony Colemire at 717-948-3300 x1012, or by e-mail at tcolemire@raiderweb.org.

So what is this week’s homework assignment, you ask?
Complete the two items in GREEN above if they pertain to your household. 
Then, CHECK! You've complete your first homework assignment!
Tune in next week to find out what's next!

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