Carters Mountain this Friday!

LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with the letter Ff.

*Reviewing letters Bb, and Tt.

*Learning to read the following Trick Words: Come, look, at, me, see, I, the.

Please review these words nightly.

*Having “Show and Tell” on Wednesday (Girls) and Friday (Boys if we get back

in time) on the letter Ff.

*Doing activities in our NURSERY RHYME UNIT.

*Lots of LITERATURE: identifying the parts of a book, author, and illustrator.

*We will be working on Literacy activities each week with our Book Buddies, Mrs.

Wilson’s 2nd grade class, on Friday afternoons.

MATH:

*Learning to CLASSIFY and SORT according to color, shape, and size.

*Counting orally from 0-10.

*Doing activities with POSITIONAL WORDS.

*Patterns- 2 colors=ABAB or AABB and 3 colors=ABCABC

*Identifying objects with 2 attributes (color/shapes)

SOCIAL STUDIES

*Learning about the American “FLAG” and the Pledge of Allegiance.

*Working on listening skills, following directions, class rules, and getting along

with each other.

SCIENCE:

*Starting our unit of study on our 5 SENSES.

*Doing activities in our unit on Fall. Our emphasis this week is on APPLES! I am

asking that each student bring in 1 red apple, 1 green apple, and 1 yellow

apple by Monday.  We will be doing many fun activities with these apples.

Thanks!

——– Over

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

**September 25th, Carter’s Mountain Field Trip.  Chaperones we will depart

from RES at 8:40 and return by 2:30. Please send in your money and form

by September 22nd.

*Monday, September 21ST, Interims go home.

*Monday, September 28th, NO SCHOOL for students

*Friday, October 9th Roadrunners on the Run. Try your best to send out 10

letters. The class who has the most with 10 signatures gets to dunk Mr. Gardner

in the dunk tank!!

*Be sure to save your BOXTOP FOR EDUCATION labels!

Mrs. Neiditch

*Contact me at wneiditch@glnd.k12.va.us

*Great job on their Me Boxes!! The students did a great job presenting

them!

Welcome to the Start of Chorus

As summer has come to a close, we are already in full swing in the choir room at GMS and GHS.  We Are well on our way to learning may exciting and new songs in every class.   Each class this year is bursting at the seams, which is a good thing.  I am eager to see all of these singers on stage together.  Exciting times.

Students have read and understand the syllabus that was handed out during our first week of classes.   Many parents have returned the parent chorus patron sheet with lots of support for the choral program.  Thanks so much for your help, support, and enthusiasm.

At the top of my blog, please see the separate pages of things that may pertain to your child’s class.  i.e.  GMS Chorus, GHS Mixed Chorus, and GHS Women’s Chorus

 

Equal Learning Opportunities

As our 1:1 program has expanded upward from the elementary grades, our district has been proactive in creating an environment where digital tools and digital mindsets will  be commonplace when the expansion reaches the higher grades. To fill in the the gaps where we don’t yet have devices for every student, we have instituted a BYOT program at GHS. It sounds scary to jump into something new and foreign, but there are excellent reasons to stretch ourselves to go beyond what is comfortable and has worked in the past.

This image comes from a excellent blog post I read yesterday. Having heard my own two children have this conversation at home, I thought I’d share both the image and the post. Using technology in education and moving away from lectures is less and less a choice and more and more an obligation.

We have plenty of our own technology in Goochland. We also have opportunities to develop student-centered activities through our G21 framework. I know I’ve been away with iPad deployment over the past few weeks, but I’m available to work with anyone interested in trying something new.

Learning About Learning

I know I have not blogged in a while. We have been exceedingly busy deploying iPads to all our 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students. Tomorrow we get to visit our one cohort of 3rd graders at Goochland Elementary. It is exciting to be entering our third year of 1:1 learning.

I’ve also been very busy outside of school. I’ve formally become a student again, and the past ten days have been mind-stretching and time-consuming. Tonight I was going through my required readings and I came across a paragraph that made me stop reading and come over to this blog and write a post about it.

If you try to read a video game manual before you have ever played a game, you can, at best, associate definitions and paraphrases with the words in the text. The manual is boring and close to useless, when it is not simply inexplicable. If, however, you play the game for hours—you do not have to play at all well—then when you pick up the manual again everything will be clear.
This comes from James Paul Gee’s Digital Media and Learning: A Prospective Retrospective (link), and while the quote refers to a video game manual, it could very well be about a textbook in any of our classrooms. As Gee himself explains in the next few paragraphs, learning from reading the textbook without proper contextual references leads to passing the test but not much else. There is no Deeper Learning in learning for the test. Last year and over the summer, we, as a school division, spent a lot of time thinking about and designing learning experiences that are student-centered. An important part of our plans was the inclusion of a kick-off event, a vivid, memorable introductory event that would give context and purpose to whatever was to follow. I’ve often heard of teachers asking students to read a textbook chapter for homework in advance of any hands-on activity or in-class discussion. What do students really get out of this assignment? What if I asked any adult to read this intense text on the importance of Chalcid wasps in biocontrol efforts as homework for next Monday? Take a look. I read it because I have many Chalcid wasps in my macro photography collection. I know you have no interest. Still, give it a glance and try to imagine how students might feel when confronted with textbook full of stuff they have never heard about. Now think about what I could have done ahead of time to make this text a bit more more understandable and relevant despite the content being so foreign to you.
  • Show a video of a chalcid wasp laying eggs.
  • Show pictures of the typical hosts for chalcid wasps and ask students to tell me about them. Let you look up information to use in the discussion.
  • Talk about the problems of introducing toxic chemicals into a garden and let you think of alternatives. Guide you through searches for alternatives.
In the end, the text would simply fill in the gaps and become a study guide. We all want our students to love our content area as much as we do. We want them to look at a new textbook and hug it to their chest with glee at the thought of reading about the Constitution, single cell organisms, or the expansion of Islam. It would be great if they did, but they probably don’t. It is up to us to bring the content to life, to make it relevant and relatable. Your best chance to do this is with a well thought out kick-off event for any topic.        

Hope you enjoyed your 3 day weekend!

LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with the letter Tt.

*Learning to read the following TRICK WORDS:  “look” “at” “my”.

*Having “Show and Tell” on Wednesday (girls), and Friday (boys) on the letter Tt!

*Doing activities in our unit on NURSERY RHYMES.

*Practicing cutting, tracing, coloring, and writing our names.  Continue helping your child write their name “Kindergarten Style.”  I am already seeing big improvements!

 

MATH:

*Learning to CLASSIFY and SORT according to color, shape, and size.

*Counting orally from 0-10.

*Doing activities with POSITIONAL WORDS.

*Doing graphing activities

*Finishing our unit on SHAPES.  Your child should be able to easily identify these shapes: circle, triangle, square, rectangle, and oval.

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

*Learning The Pledge of Allegiance and recognizing the American Flag.

*Working on listening skills, following directions, class rules, and getting along with each other.

*All About Me Unit Begins.  All About Me boxes are due Friday, September 11th.

 

SCIENCE:

*Thank you for your help with this color unit.  You did a great job!

*Doing graphing activities

 

 

 

 

 

——–à OVER

 

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Instructional Fee due   ($10.00).  Please turn this in if you have not already.

*Monday, September 7th, School’s closed.  Have a great holiday weekend.

*Thursday, September 10th at 6:30 is PTA night.  After the meeting we will have classroom visitation.  

*Friday, September 11th All About Me boxes are due.

Friday, September 11th, Blue Ribbon Reader forms due.

*September 25th we will be going on a field trip to Carters Mountain.  More information to come.  We will have 5 chaperones per class, in order to be considered you have to receive a background check.

*Please join the PTA.  The class with 100% participation wins a prize.  If the school has 100% participation we can win grants for our school.  Join the PTA for $6.00.  Make checks out to RES PTA

*Be sure to save your BOXTOP FOR EDUCATION labels for class prizes!

Mrs. Neiditch

 

*Contact me at wneiditch@glnd.k12.va.us

 

**HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO COLLIN OLEXY ON SEPTEMBER, 6TH!!

 

Directions to Amelia County High School

AMELIA-45 min.  6500 Otterburn Road, Amelia, VA 23002

Rt. 522(South) to Rt. 60; Cross Rt. 60,  this will turn tnto Rt. 13; Go 5 miles on Rt. 13; Take left on Rt. 609; follow Rt. 609 to Rt. 360; Turn right on Rt. 360.; Go through the flashing lights; Take the next left (across from Goodman Truck/Tractors); Turn right on Rt. 614; Go 1/2 mile on school is on the right.; Cross country course is behind the school.

Fun with Ms. Sprouse

Check out Ms. Sprouse’s blog about working with the kiddos on the first day of school. :)

 

https://goochland.schoology.com/user/12045153/blog/post/351049833

We are going to have a great year!

Want to Volunteer in Room 105?

Please come to the RES Parent Volunteer Orientation Meeting

 Thursday, Sept. 3

                  8:45 am-morning meeting

                  6:30 pm-evening meeting

At these 2 sessions, experienced volunteers will go over best practices for Room Moms/Parents, Copy Moms, Classroom Helpers, etc.

 

Background Check

 

GCPS requires all school volunteers to have a background check on file in the Central Office.  If you would like to chaperone a field trip or volunteer at RES during the school year, please contact Mrs. Demetra Harris at the GCPS Central Office. She is even offering some Saturday hours by appointment only.  Once you have the background check completed, you are welcome to volunteer at in Room 105 and RES.

dharris@glnd.k12.va.us

804-556-5603

2nd week of School

LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with our FIRST name.  Working on writing our names “Kindergarten Style.” Please see attached paper

*Having “Show and Tell” on Wednesday (Girls) and Friday (Boys) (favorite stuffed animal)!

*Practicing cutting, tracing, coloring, and printing.

*Reading many new books and answering comprehension questions about these books.

*Starting our unit on NURSERY RHYMES

S.O.L: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.4 K.5 K.6 K.7

 

MATH:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with the following shapes:  circle, triangle, square, rectangle, and oval.

*Counting orally from 0-10.  *Please practice nightly with your child.

*Doing activities with POSITIONAL WORDS.

S.OL.: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.11

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

*Learning The Pledge of Allegiance and recognizing the American Flag.

*Working on listening skills, following directions, class rules, and getting along with each other.

*Making new friends!

S.OL.: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.4 K.5 K.8 K.9

 

SCIENCE:

Doing activities with the colors GREEN, ORANGE, BLACK, and BROWN*During our unit on colors, your child may wear the “color of the day” to school.  Color days are as follows: Monday= green, Tuesday=orange, Wednesday= brown, Thursday= Black, Friday= Favorite Color Day . * S.O.L.K.1 K.4 K.6 K.8

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Instructional Fee due   ($10.00).

*Wednsday, September 2nd is School Picture Day. :)

*Thursday, September 3rd If you are interested in volunteering at Randolph please attend the Volunteers’ Orientation Mtg – 8:45 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

—-àOver

*Monday, September 7th, School’s closed.  Have a great holiday weekend.

*September 10th at 6:30 is PTA night.  After the meeting we will have classroom visitation.  Join the PTA :)

*September 25th we will be going on a field trip to Carters Mountain.  More information to come.  We will have 5 chaperones per class, in order to be considered you have to receive a background check.  Please see attached paper.

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

*Check your child’s book bag daily!

*Ride the bus!

*Label all money!

*Send your child’s folder to school everyday!  Please look at their calendar in their folder each day.  Students are very excited if you comment on the students smiley face color for the day for behavior.

*Expect your child to be very tired for the first few weeks!

*GIVE HUGS!

*We had a great first week in Kindergarten!  I am so proud of all my students!  Parents, you are doing a great job too!

Mrs. Neiditch

1st week of Kindergarten :)

We had a great first day!  This is our first official Newsletter!  Thank you for taking the time to read it. J  Each newsletter will inform you of what our class will be doing for the upcoming week.  It will also tell you if we have any special projects or activities for the week and if there are any important RES events happening.  Normally you will receive the Newsletter on FRIDAYS.

 

ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK INCLUDE:

LANGUAGE ARTS:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with our FIRST name.  Help your child write their name “Kindergarten Style” (see attached paper).  This paper does not need to be turned in to me.

*Having “Show and Tell” on Wednesday (Girls) and Friday (Boys).  Suggestions:  beach, ocean, your summer vacation.

*Practicing cutting, tracing, coloring, and printing.

*Reading many new books and answering comprehension questions about these books.

*Rhyming activities

S.O.L: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.4 K.5 K.6 K.7

 

MATH:

*Identifying, writing, and doing activities with the following shapes:  circle, triangle, square, rectangle, and oval.

*Counting orally from 0-10.

*Doing activities with POSITIONAL WORDS.

S.OL.: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.11

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

*Learning The Pledge of Allegiance and recognizing the American Flag.

*Working on listening skills, following directions, class rules, and getting along with each other.  *Making new friends!

S.OL.: K.1 K.2 K.3 K.4 K.5 K.8 K.9

 

 

 

—–à   OVER

 

SCIENCE:

*Doing activities with the colors RED, BLUE, PURPLE, and YELLOW.  **During our unit on colors, your child may wear the “color of the day” to school.  Color days are as follows: Tuesday=red, Wednesday=blue Thursday= purple Friday=yellow.  Be sure to help your child wear the appropriate color each day (if possible).

* S.O.L.K.1 K.4 K.6 K.8

 

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

*Instructional Fee due.  ($10.00).

 

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

*Check your child’s book bag daily!

*Ride the bus!  Be here by 8:05.

*Label all money!

*Wear “P.E. appropriate” shoes EVERYDAY!

*Send your child’s folder and agenda to school everyday!

*Show and tell for girls every Wednesday and Boys every Friday

*Expect your child to be very tired for the first few weeks! 

*GIVE HUGS!

 

I am truly looking forward to a great year! We had a GREAT first day in Kindergarten.  Please give your child a BIG HUG!!!

Mrs. Neiditch

J

 

*Contact me at wneiditch@glnd.k12/va/us

*Visit our Blog at http://blogs.glnd.k12.va.us/teachers/wcolwell/

New Blog!

My new blog has been moved to schoology.  The link is below.  I still plan to keep this blog and turn it into a more teacher professional site.  I plan on keeping all  the songs, extra educational sites and other information here.  All happenings in the classroom will be updated on the new Schoology blog.

https://www.schoology.com/user/16005526/blog

 

Thanks,

Mr. B

 

WELCOME BACK!

Join us Thursday , August 20th 3:00-7:00 for Business Night.  Get your schedule, pay your fees, and meet your teachers!

We are excited about this upcoming year and we can’t wait to meet you!

 

Welcome Back

I’m excited about beginning the school year and meeting all the room 108 kids.  Kindergarten Orientation is Thursday, August 20, 1:00-2:30.  GCPS school buses will pick up you & your child at your designated area. If you are uncertain of this place & time, please contact RES at 556-5385.  Students and parents will assemble in our cafeteria upon arrival to RES.  I will be introduced in the cafeteria and take my new students to my room.  While I am getting to know my students, parents will spend some time with Mr. Gardner in the cafeteria.  He will fill all parents in on the routine and procedures for RES.  After meeting with Mr. Gardner, parents will join me in my classroom.  I will share specific things about kindergarten and my classroom.  This will be a great time to ask questions and sign up to help in the classroom.  Afterwards, all students will be brought back to my class.  I am so excited about the upcoming school year!

Please bring your child’s school supplies to Orientation.

Thank you,

Beth Alvis

RES Kindergarten

ealvis@glnd.k12.va.us

Mrs. Austin’s Kindergarten Kids 2015-08-19 11:32:42

Dear Room 111 Families,

         Welcome to kindergarten!  I look forward to a wonderful year of teaching and learning!  Below you will find lots of important information regarding routines and procedures for room 111.  Please take a moment and read over this, contact me if you have any questions.  Keep this letter in a special place so you can refer to it if necessary.

 

Kim Austin

 

Snack

We will have a snack time each day.  Please send a healthy snack (crackers, fruit, carrots, dry cereal, etc.) for your child every day.  Please do not send candy, soda, items that are difficult to open or require a spoon.  Also, do not send anything in a glass container.  Make sure that you label items allocated for snack so your child won’t eat his/her lunch at snack time.  You can label it “snack” in a baggie.  The cafeteria does not provide milk or snacks for your child.  Your child’s snack must be brought from home.  Please send water for your child to drink or he/she can get a drink from the fountain.  Please send your child’s water in a container that will not easily spill. 

***Please do not send nuts or any food that has nuts in the ingredients. We have students in our class with nut allergies.  Thanks in advance for being mindful of other students when selecting a snack for your child. We never share food; please have a conversation with your child regarding food sharing.

 

Birthdays

Birthday teats are always welcome.  Please let me know at least one day ahead if you’d like to bring something (individual small cupcakes, cookies, popsicles, Oreos or brownies work best).  We will share these treats during our lunch. Keep it simple.  :)

 

Green Folders

All important papers and work will come home your child’s green folder daily.  Homework and assignments will also come home in the green folder.  Please check the folder nightly, keep the class work at home and please give your child positive reinforcement for his/her work.  Praising your child for a job well done is an instant confidence booster. Looking through your child’s work is also a great way to start a conversation about what he/she is learning in school.  You may use this folder to send in notes, bus passes, money, book orders, etc.  Whenever you send in money, please place it in a zip lock bag and label it with your child’s name and indicate what the money is for.

Student Calendar:

The student calendar will come home daily; this is how I will share your child’s progress each day.  This student calendar will be placed inside your child’s green folder.  Keep in mind that the student calendar is primarily used for behavior and communication.  Academic progress will be noted on your child’s written work, interims, or report cards.  Please sign and place the student calendar in your child’s green folder.  You are welcome to write notes to me on your child’s calendar.  I do not mind if you write notes regarding absences or dismissal in your child’s calendar. This calendar should be stored in your child’s green communication folder.

 

Late Arrivals:

If your child is arriving late (after 8:20), please check in at the office.  Your child should walk to the classroom alone, so our classroom interruptions are minimal.  Thank you for understanding this request.

 

Absences:

Please call the office when your child is absent at 556-5385 anytime.  We have an answering machine therefore you can simply leave a message.  State law requires schools to call parents regarding absences if we are not otherwise notified.  A written excuse is required when your child returns to school.  If you send an email to me regarding an absence please copy your email to lrussell@glnd.k12.va.us

 

Fees and Money

Instructional Fee:  $10.00      (Checks made payable to RES)

Cafeteria Fees:

Breakfast  $1.20  (Students go directly to the Cafeteria after he or she gets off the bus)

Lunch       $2.55 (includes milk)

Milk                   .60

I highly recommend creating an account for your child.  You can do this online or in the cafeteria.  The account is a convenient way to pay for breakfast, lunch, etc.  (This is also a great “backup” in case of forgotten lunches). 

Additionally, ANY money sent from home must be in a clear zip lock bag and must have a note stating what the money will be used for.   This will eliminate confusion and lost money.   If your child needs money added to his or her account the cafeteria will send a note to remind you or I will write a note on your child’s calendar.  Don’t forget to take a look at your child’s agenda each evening.

 

Behavior: 

I use a system of color changes in my class.  Green= Great Day, Yellow= Warning, Blue= Short Time-Out, Red= I will give parents a call regarding red color changes.

Kindergarten will be an exciting and rewarding time for you and your child.  We will all work together to make this a successful year for all the room 111 kids.   Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

 

Homework:

The room 111 kids will make lots of class books.  I will send these books home for your child to read Monday-Thursday.  There will be a short activity related to the class book that your child brings home.  Please complete the activity and return the class book on the following school day.  I rotate the books.  If one book is missing another child may not have a book to carry home on the following day.  I promise that you will love these books!  :) I am not sure when the books will be ready for students to bring home.  I am thinking sometime in September.  It takes some time to prepare the class books.  I will send homework assignments related to colors and letters.  This will begin the first week. 

 

Contacting Mrs. Austin

You may use email, phone, or written notes 

Email:  kaustin@glnd.k12.va.us

School:  556-5385

During school hours, you can leave a note with the office, and Mrs. Russell will either email me or leave a note in my mailbox

 

If you need to contact me regarding afternoon or morning transportation using email always copy Mrs. Russell.  If I am absent or my computer is down, it is imperative that Mrs. Russell be aware of any changes in your child’s routine.  If I receive an email, I will reply.  If you don’t hear from me, you may want to send it again or call the school.

 

PTA: Please consider joining our wonderful PTA.  Becoming a member and lending your support directly benefits all of the RES kids.  Our PTA is the best and all parents love being a part of this organization.  The cost is $6.

 

Box Tops for Education: We all have money sitting in our kitchens.  Just cut the little box top symbol off of your favorite food containers and send them to school.  Don’t forget to ask your friends and family to help out. If you need more information regarding this program, visit this site:

http://www.boxtops4education.com/

 

Technology:We will use the laptops on the first week of school.  Please complete an acceptable use policy as soon as possible.  This will be included in the papers that come home on the first week of school.  This form is necessary before your child can use technology.  We will also use iPads.  Please consider sending in a set of headphones for your child to use during technology time.  I will place them in a ziplock bag and keep them for you child to use during the school year.

 

1st Day Reminders

1. Have your child ride the bus to school.  Make sure your child wears his/her nametag.  Write your child’s afternoon transportation on his or her nametag.  There is a designated line for the bus # or car rider or YMCA.

2.  Send in all supplies if you haven’t already brought them to Open House.

3. Send back all papers that need to be signed.

4. Kiss and hug your child and tell them to have a wonderful day.

5. Wear PE appropriate shoes.  Please do not send your child to school wearing sandals, crocs, or flip-flops. Tennis shoes are always a best choice. 

 

 

 

Class Donations:

 

Always Greatly Appreciated Classroom Wish List

We are always in need of the following supplies if you would like to donate.

 

*Clorox Wipes for teachers to clean off the tables/doorknobs/etc.

*inexpensive paper plates – small and large

*cotton balls

*plastic spoons and forks

*stickers for our Creation Station

*treasure box items (items from Dollar Store or Party City)

*plastic toy food for our play kitchen

*any color construction paper

*A roll of paper towels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kindergarten’s Daily Sch

Welcome to Room 105!

Dear Room 105 Parents,

 I’m excited about beginning the school year and meeting all the room 105 kids.  Kindergarten Orientation is Thursday, August 20, 1:00-2:30.  GCPS school buses will pick up you & your child at your designated area. If you are uncertain of this place & time, please contact RES at 556-5385.  Students and parents will assemble in our cafeteria upon arrival to RES.  I will be introduced in the cafeteria and take my new students to my room.  While I am getting to know my students, parents will spend some time with Mr. Gardner in the cafeteria.  He will fill all parents in on the routine and procedures for RES.  After meeting with Mr. Gardner, parents will join me in my classroom.  I will share specific things about kindergarten and my classroom.  This will be a great time to ask questions and sign up to help in the classroom.  Afterwards, all parents will visit our school library and pick up their children.  I am so excited about the upcoming school year!

Please bring your child’s school supplies to Orientation.

Thank you,

Whitney Neiditch

RES Kindergarten

wneiditch@glnd.k12.va.us

Information About the School Nutrition Program

Healthy meals are an important part of how we create an educational environment in which every learner’s potential can be maximized. Please take a look at the information below and contact your child’s principal if you have any questions or concerns about how lunch or breakfast will be served, how to pay your child’s meal fees, or how to apply for free or reduced meals.

Meal Payment 

We really encourage you to prepay meals. This will speed up service and provide your child more time to enjoy lunch.  Pre-payment may be made for the week, month or year. Students may pre-pay in the cafeteria by cash or check.

You always have the option to pay or check balances online at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com or use our telephone system @ 1-866-572-6091.

Balances left on your child’s account at the end of the school year will carry over to the next school year. Refunds are only issued if a child will be leaving Goochland County Public Schools.

 Menus 

Our menus are designed to average fewer than 30% calories from fat and 10% calories from saturated fat each week. Lunch menus will always provide one-third of the daily-recommended levels for protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C and calories. Breakfast will contain one-fourth of these daily recommendations. The daily menus will consist of a minimum of two main entrees, cold plates and salads, choice of two fruits and two vegetables and three selections of milk. All bread items served are whole grain.

Monthly menus will be posted on our county web site at www.glnd.k12.va.us.

 A La Carte Items

The purpose of a la carte sales is to enhance, not replace a balanced meal.  We encourage you to talk with your child about how many and which of these items you prefer him or her to choose. All a la carte items contain no more than 35% calories from total fat as served, and no more than 35% by weight sugar content per serving. In addition, these products are prohibited from having caffeine or being carbonated. 

Lost or Forgotten Lunch Money

Sometimes our students lose or forget their lunch money. We strongly recommend prepayment to help avoid this, but we understand it’s going to happen. Students who lose or forget their breakfast or lunch money will always be served a meal. The principal will send you a notice requesting that the students’ account be reconciled. Once a student’s account has reached a deficit of $10.00, the student will be provided an alternative meal of a ham or turkey sandwich, fruit, vegetable and milk. 

Parents, you are invited and encouraged to eat lunch with your children any time during the school year.   We simply ask that you schedule these opportunities with your child’s principal. Adult lunches are $3.75.

Applications for Free and Reduced Meals

These applications are provided to every student at the beginning of each school year. Applications are also available at all school sites or from the Food Service Office (804-556-5604).  Only one application is needed for all students in a household, but you will need to complete a new application each year. If you receive a Letter of Direct Certification, you do not need to fill out a free and reduced application. 

Applications may be returned to your school’s cafeteria manager. This information is kept in strict confidence within the division. If you have any questions about who has access to your application, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Food Allergies

We cannot stress enough the importance of your communicating with us about your child’s food allergies. Please be sure to notify your school office as well as the cafeteria manager at your school site of any FOOD ALLERGIES your child has.  Any allergies or special needs requiring substitutions to the regular school meal will require a physician’s statement.

Student Conduct in the Cafeteria

We intend for your child’s breakfast or lunch time to be enjoyable. It’s time that can be spent socializing with peers and interacting with adults, both integral to the education process. In order to provide the very best experience for all students during meals, we ask that students practice good table manners and converse in a normal speaking voice. Your child’s school may have other, more specific cafeteria rules in place (such as where to sit, how to return trays and discard trash). Generally speaking, we just ask that everyone be respectful and enjoy the food and the time!