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Lunch and Snack 2020

Lunch/Snack/Water Bottles

For the 2020–2021 school year, snacks will not be communally provided, but rather all students and faculty members will provide their own snacks daily.
 
For the foreseeable future:
  • lunches will no longer be stored communally in a classroom refrigerator
  • the use of microwaves to reheat personal lunches will be discontinued.
All are encouraged to utilize cold packs or thermoses within their lunch boxes if temperature control is desired.
 
As in years past, all students will bring a water bottle to use throughout the day. To promote
cleanliness, all students’ water bottles will be sent home each day for washing. Water bottles may be refilled from classroom sinks when needed.

As a Green and Healthy School, we strive to inspire environmental sustainability and stewardship. Some ways we practice this is through our waste management program. Did you know that recycling plastic is not the first step to environmental sustainability? In efforts to help our planet,  we are finding new ways to reduce and reuse!

Here are some ways you may support our school, our students, and our earth. 

 
Water bottle: stainless steel or BPA free plastic, and labeled with name
 
Lunch box: labeled with your child’s name.  Looking to reduce lunch packing waste? We suggest: Yumbox  or  Bees Wrap  both also found on Amazon including other similar low waste options. Be sure that the lunch box or lunch box thermal carrier size will also accommodate a daily snack choice for your child. We will not be using microwaves or refrigerators this school year. Please provide an ice pack for the lunchbox and a thermos for food/soup or other liquids you would like to keep warm for lunch. 
 
Utensils:  We suggest: Spork or Compact Set, both found on Amazon including other similar low waste options.
 
Did you know? Plastic baggies, forks, and spoons may not be recycled in a normal recycling plant.

Please pack your child a healthy and nutritious snack and lunch each day in their lunchbox. Below you may find ideas from our Green Team on how to pack in a way to reduce plastic waste.

  • Gogurt is considered more of a dessert than a healthy snack choice and creates a lot of plastic waste. Try Chobani
  • Sending in the appropriate portions helps to reduce food waste. 
  • Buy cheeses as one large block that may be cut instead of individually wrapped. 
  • Applesauce is not a fresh fruit and uses packaging. 
 

Other things to remember when packing lunch and snack 

Students will pack uneaten portions of their lunch and snack in their lunch boxes to be disposed of at home.  Would you like to learn more about how to compost at home? Please contact our Environmental Specialist, Rachel Beck to learn more. 
 
For the foreseeable future, lunch boxes will no longer be stored communally in a classroom refrigerator, and the use of microwaves to reheat personal lunches will be discontinued. All are encouraged to utilize cold packs or thermoses within their lunch boxes if temperature control is desired. 
 
 
Per the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s licensing regulations, families are to send in snacks each day of the week and to ensure that snacks are: 
    • Nutritious
    • Ready to eat (cut block of cheese into cubes, fresh apples into slices, carrots cut into strips)
    • Fruit (at least 2 days) and vegetables (at least 3 days)
    • No nuts or nut products (please read labels carefully)
    • Since all food will be kept individually, students may bring nut products unless a severe allergy in the class makes airborne particles a risk. Any such restrictions should be communicated to families prior to the start of school
 
 

Snack supports a healthy diet and follows state licensing regulations. Snack shall include two of the following: 

    • Dairy (cheese, yogurt, or cream cheese)
    • Bread/Grains (whole grain breads, cereals, crackers, pretzels)
    • Fresh fruit/vegetables (apples, bananas, oranges, melon, cucumber, carrots, celery)
    • Protein (hummus, deli meat slices, yogurt)
    • The school has faucets so reusable water bottles may be refilled. Preschool and Elementary are offered organic milk to drink with snacks and lunch.
 

Read the research project from our 2018-2019 Green Team: 

During the school year of 2018-2019 our Green Team noticed that at times our trash was heavier than our recycling. Educating the school about what we may recycle helped students to develop their own recycling signs in efforts to remind them about what waste goes where. Did you know that plastic forks and spoons may not be recycled? Because of their size the recycling company that sorts all of our recycling can not recover any of these plastic items as they are too small and fall through the machinery. The team also discovered that something is only recyclable if there is a company willing to purchase the recycled goods. As an example, aluminum cans may be recycled over and over and can be created into something new however other products, like plastic, are not being recycled as successfully, therefore the team looked to a new way of looking at our waste. Let’s first reduce, reuse, and then recycle. 



Click the links below to learn more: 

National Geographic, Planet or Plastic?

NPR, Where Will Your Plastic Trash Go Now That China Doesn't Want It?