September 10, 2013
I generally try to write just one, semi-coherent newsletter per week–on Tuesdays–but since so many questions, and so much information, is circulating in this first week of school, I’m sending it out in bursts. I’m pretty sure this will not be my last communique between now and Friday…
LUNCH: Right now, I want to give you some (hopefully) helpful information about school lunches and their cost and why it is so important that you fill out the lunch form, either on paper or online. This will also explain all about the payment process. Please click here to read about it. and I’m pasting it below, as well.
WE NEED CLASS PARENTS! I want to encourage anyone who is interested, and has the time, to consider signing up to be a class parent, to help with communication, class projects and fundraising for your child’s class. Click here for a brochure that explains what this vital job can entail, and what other class parents have done in the past.
CALENDAR CHANGE: Note that the new family breakfast will be held Wednesday, Sept. 25, as part of the first general Parent Association meeting of the year, instead of on Sept. 18, as originally scheduled.
FOR PRE-K PARENTS: Next Thursday, Sept. 19, at 8:45 a.m. in the library, join Valerie Preston, our Pre-K social worker, for a lively discussion about adjustment to Pre-K, establishing routines, and age-appropriate expectations—and everything else! Click here to see the flyer.
That’ll do it for this afternoon. Congratulations on getting through the second day of school!
School Meal Information, 2013-2014
This year, in accordance with the Department of Education’s policy, the cost of a full price meal will increase to $1.75 (from $1.50). Free and reduced-price lunches are now under one category—they are all free!
• Breakfast is also free.
• Many students are eligible for free meals. A completed School Meals Application enables eligible students to eat lunch for free. Students who are note income-eligible or do not turn in an application will pay $1.75 for lunch. Parents and guardians can return paper applications to Linda in Room 405, or to classroom teachers. Even better, you can apply online NOW at nyc.applyforlunch.com.
• Last year’s lunch forms will remain on file and in effect October 1, 2013. Current application forms must be returned whether your child eats school lunch or not. Simply write N/A on the application or check the “I do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals” and sign it.
• If you pay for school lunch for your child, you will not receive your first bill until October. Bills will be sent home monthly after that. Payments can be made monthly, or you can pay for the entire year up front if you like (see chart below for cost).
• To make sure that lunch money is not lost, bring payments directly to Linda in 405.
• Put your payment in a sealed envelope. One the envelope, write your child’s name, class, date of payment and the amount you have enclosed in the envelope.
• If you are paying for more than one child, submit each payment in a separate envelope.
• If you are paying by check or money order—which we prefer!!—make it payable to “East Village Community School” and write your child’s name and class on the memo line.
• If you have any questions regarding your application or payment procedures, please see Linda in the office, Room 405.
Below is a chart indicating the cost of lunch for each month and for the FULL YEAR
(if your child takes lunch every day).
We encourage you to pay for the full year in advance, to reduce the monthly billing. We cannot, however, provide refunds in the event a child misses lunches you have paid for in advance. Excess lunch money will go to the “Sponsor-a-Class” fund.”
Month # of Days Lunch Full Price
September 2013 16 28.00
October 2013 22 38.50
November 2013 17 29.75
December 2013 15 26.25
January 2014 21 36.75
February 2014 15 26.25
March 2014 21 36.75
April 2014 15 26.25
May 2014 21 36.75
June 2014 19 33.25
Annual Total 182 days $318.50
School Meals FAQs
Q. Should I return an application even if I am NOT eligible for free or reduced-price meals?
A. Yes! The application is also used to determine the amount of State funding our schools receive for supplies such as books, classroom furniture and other resources. If you feel that you are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals then check the box next to the statement I do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals at the top of the form and return it to your schools to help ensure adequate funding to your school!
Q. Why should I complete the School Meals Application?
A. Completed applications allow students from eligible households to receive free or reduced-price meals throughout the school year. For parents with busy schedules, the School Breakfast Program provides a great option. Encourage your children to take advantage of the benefits of eating breakfast free of charge in school each day. Completed applications enable many students to eat lunch for free or for 25. Students who do not return an application or who are not income-eligible will pay $1.50. Be sure to complete an application!
Q. Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
A. No. You need to complete only one application per household for all students attending the same school. If there are children in multiple schools living in the household, an application must be filed in all schools. A separate Application must be filed for each foster child since they are each considered a household of one.
Q. How do I know if my household is eligible for free or reduced-price meals??
A. Parents or guardians should complete the School Meals Application sent home at the beginning of each school year and return the form promptly to the school. The school will send you a letter informing you of your eligibility once it has been determined, based on the household size and gross income. Your child is eligible for free meals if your household income falls within the free limits of the Federal Income Guidelines. Children in households receiving Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children are eligible for free meals regardless of income. Each foster child must be listed on a separate application.
Q. If I don’t have a Social Security number can I still complete an application?
A. Yes. Complete the application and write the word NONE in the space provided.
Q. Will other government agencies see my completed application?
A. No. Completed applications are confidential.
Q. What if my household receives Food Stamps, or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families?
A. You should receive a Direct Certification letter, listing the names of school age children in your household, from The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. When you take or mail this letter to your child’s school, he or she will be eligible for free school meals. If you do not receive a Direct Certification letter in the mail, you should complete the School Meals Application and provide your Food Stamp or FDPIR/TANF case number that is on the benefit letter that was sent to you. Your child will then be eligible for free school meals.
Q. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?
A. Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting Food Stamps, TANF or other benefits. If you lose your job or are temporarily disabled, your children may be able to get free or reduced-price meals.
Q. If I have a question about the status of my online application or if my child qualified for free meals, who should I call.
A. Families and schools can call the SchoolFood Help Desk for assistance with paper or online applications or questions about eligibility.
Call (718) 707-4400 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.