meals & recess
Healthy eating is an important part of the school day! We hope that each of our students will start the day with a substantive breakfast, and will have the lunch time nutrition needed to keep the learning going strong through the end of the school day. TPS breakfasts and lunches meet or exceed the state guidelines for schools.Each day we offer a cold breakfast and a hot lunch option through Preferred Meals Systems. Families are invited to participate in either or both of these meal programs. And students may also elect to bring a packed lunch - please note, however, that TPS is unable to provide cooling or heating for home-packed meals.TPS utilizes an "offered vs. served" system for providing our meal service. Click here for a description of this system, which is approved by the USDA.A lunch count is taken each morning in classrooms by 8:10 a.m. in order to let our lunch service staff know how many meals to prepare for the day. If your child is tardy, you must let the front office know if a lunch is needed for the day.Students eating a school-provided breakfast may do so by picking up their meal in the cafe and returning to their classrooms to eat. Lunch (for those eating either the hot meal or their homemade meal) takes place in the cafe for all classes, with overflow numbers from the 7/8 classes eating in their classroom (these students rotate during the school year).Recess takes place at the Waldron, Hill & Buskirk Park (formerly known as Third Street Park) each day, except in the case of inclement weather. On days when weather does not allow us to be outside, recess takes place within each classroom.Breakfast & Lunch MenuTPS breakfast and lunch menus can be found on the TPS Menus Page of the Preferred Meals Systems website. The online menu is subject to substitutions. When at all possible, we send notification home via email in advance, to share this information. Please note that the vegetarian options are not listed on the website, unless the meal for all children is vegetarian. We ask that students only request vegetarian meals if they are actually vegetarians, in order to insure that we have enough of these limited meals for those in need.When checking on the website menu, you can find not only the food items, but also their nutritional values. Simply hover over the item, and the website will reveal these details to you!Meal Costs & Billing 2019-2020
Milk OnlyAdult Meals$3.85 (lunch)Billing for food service is done two times each month and is sent by email. Payment is expected when the bill is received and can be paid by check, cash, or credit/debit card. Because our school budget is so tight, we require that invoices be paid by the end of the week during whichthey are received.Keeping credit card information on file in the office is the easiest way to keep up to date on billing. Invoices are then emailed to families with the date when cards will be charged -- families are always told the amount to be applied before running a card. We keep all information locked in a secure location and only the Administrative Assistant processes the cards to maintain security. If you would like to keep a credit card number securely on file for ease of payments (for meals, after care, Enrichment and break care), please email Ms. Kristin, or see her at the front desk.Free & Reduced MealsFamilies in need of free or reduced meal fees must complete and submit an application. Families who believe they may qualify for this benefit are encouraged to apply even if they intend to pack their lunches, as there are additional benefits (such as waiving of school supply fees, and reduced Enrichment/Break Care fees) that are also granted through this eligibility. To download a parent instruction letter and application form, visit our forms page. For assistance in completing the application, or to receive a paper copy of these materials, please email Ms. Kristin.
Meal & Recess Schedule 2019-2020Breakfast is available from 7:40-8:05a each morning. Students utilizing the breakfast program pick up breakfast from the Cafe', and travel to their classrooms to eat. Lunch is eaten in class shifts in the Cafe'. Recess is taken each day. Except in inclement weather, our students take recess at 3rd Street Park, and are supervised at all times.Lunch & recess utilize the following schedule for 2018-2019: