Hot lunch program
The following are our plans for the lunch program for the upcoming academic year.
The Prep hot lunch program has undergone several major changes in the last few years as a result of the partnership between parents and Aramark, our food services provider. These include:
• Making available healthier food choices approved by both Aramark and parent volunteer dieticians;
• Supporting nutrition education and promotion in the classroom and dining hall;
• Buying local, seasonal fruits and vegetables when possible;
• Removing the deep fryer from the kitchen and replacing deep-fried foods with healthier baked foods;
• Serving exclusively Canadian farmed, naturally raised meats.
A few of the actions recently taken include the introduction of multi-grain products, replacement of drink crystals by 100 per cent juices, a diverse salad bar, real cheese instead of processed cheese and consultation with the PPO to address nutritional issues.
Lunch for Forms SK-5 begins at 11:40 a.m.
SK -Form 3
All SK and Form 1, 2, 3 students will eat in Weston Hall at 11:40 a.m. Parents may elect to send a lunch from home or sign up for the hot lunch program. There’s an optional milk and juice program for boys who bring lunch and the morning/afternoon snack program which is available to all students.
Form 4 – 5
Students in Form 4 and 5 will all eat in the Dining Hall at 11:40 a.m. Parents may opt to send lunch from home or take advantage of the hot lunch program. This option provides students with a hot meal based upon an age-appropriate, three-week menu cycle (see the attached sample menu). Boys who bring their lunch have the option of subscribing to a beverage option which offers milk, or juice. (This is already included in the hot lunch option.)
Students in Forms 6 and 7 have the same home lunch/hot lunch option at 12:10 p.m. Seating in the dining hall or Weston Hall will be confirmed based upon numbers who subscribe to the different options. They too will have the same option of subscribing to a beverage option, which offers milk or juice drinks.
Can we learn at lunch? Certainly! We consider the lunch period an ideal time to reinforce two important principles:
1. We can put forward our best efforts when we look after ourselves. Making good choices about the food we eat demonstrates respect for our own health. We can also use good social skills during this time.
2. Students in Forms 2 to 7 are expected to take responsibility for the choices they make and not waste food. We teach our students to ask for a portion that they are prepared to eat. This demonstrates respect for others–those who prepare the food and those who might want more. This also demonstrates respect for our environment by reducing the volume we contribute to landfill. Some flexibility will be exercised in teaching these principles at the beginning of the year.
Your Lunch Options
With the co-operation of Aramark our food services provider, we offer all students the following 3 options at lunch:
1. The Hot Lunch Program (includes beverages)
The menu, which operates on a three week cycle, offers soup, one main entrée, one vegetarian entrée, a sandwich/salad bar and dessert every day. Milk, chocolate milk and fruit juices are also available. Students are permitted to line up for seconds providing they have finished what they have taken.
2. The Milk and Juice Program (for those who bring their lunch from home)
Boys may bring their lunch and enroll in the milk and juice program, which offers milk, fruit juices and chocolate milk.
3. Full Lunch from Home
Parents may opt to send a full lunch with their sons. This is the best choice for parents who wish to monitor their son’s lunch or parents of boys who are particular about food choices. Thanks to the Prep Parent Organization, microwave ovens are available for all students. Students are expected to take home uneaten food in order to help parents gauge what is being eaten.
Prior to registering for the hot lunch program, we would ask you to review a sample menu and consider whether a lunch brought from home or the hot lunch program best meets your son’s needs. Boys will be encouraged to make sound nutritional choices and will be expected to finish with little or no food waste. They are always welcome to try an item and return for more. As boys try different menu items over the course of the first menu cycle, some tolerance will be demonstrated for waste. After this time, students will be expected to make good decisions about what and how much they take.
In order to maintain an orderly and efficient lunchroom atmosphere, students will be expected to comply with common sense expectations. This includes: making sensible food choices, respect for procedures and respect for others. Alternative arrangements will be made for students who persistently disregard these expectations.
PLEASE MAKE SPECIAL NOTICE OF THE FOLLOWING:
If you subscribe to one of the programs, the charges listed below are added to your son’s account on a term-by-term basis. Once registered at the beginning of the year students remain registered unless the Prep Office is advised by note or email of a change.
Parents who wish to resign from the program must advise the Prep Office in writing prior to the beginning of the next term. There will be no credit for:
• days remaining in a term if a parent withdraws from the program during the term; or
• days missed because of any absence.
Parents who sign up for the hot lunch program do not sign up for the milk and juice program.
Bag lunches will be prepared for field trips as required for hot lunch registrants.
|TERM||CHARGE PERIOD||HOT LUNCH(includes milk or juice)||MILK AND JUICE PROGRAM ONLY||MORNING AND AFTERNOON SNACK (SK-1 boys only)|
|Fall||Sept. to Dec.||$590.00||$75.00||$115.00|
|Winter||Jan. to Mar.||$455.00||$50.00||$85.00|
|Spring||March to June||$480.00||$55.00||$95.00|