Dear Colfax Families,
Colfax Elementary is committed to the health and well-being of all our students. We know students are successful academically if they are healthy, supported, engaged, challenged, safe and their social and emotional needs are met. All meals and snacks provided to students during the school day meet the minimum nutrition standards. Students are encouraged to reduce the amount of high calorie foods and sugary drinks. Our salad bar offers healthy options like fruits and veggies rather than the high calorie sugar or salt laden fast foods.
Below are reminders, clarifications and responses to questions that have been brought to our attention:
- In adherence to Federal Guidelines, students must choose three items and a fruit OR a juice for a breakfast entree. For a lunch entree, students must select three from the five food groups. Pizza counts for a grain and a meat if there is meat on the pizza (see attached entrée breakfast and lunch charts). Helping your child make smart choices and becoming more independent will greatly benefit them as they grow older. Please help us with this. Encourage your children to have a voice and make smart choices.
- Our guidelines dictate to us that students must take a full entrée. A full entrée constitutes a “balanced” meal. Picking one or two items only from the breakfast and/or lunch choices is not permitted. We know at home we teach our children to take only what they are going to eat, so they are not wasting food, but at school we must meet this lunchroom guideline. In this way, we are also encouraging children to try new foods! Please help your child understand that they must take a full breakfast or lunch entrée.
- In order to ensure students, who are arriving late (after the second bell has rung), get a nutritious meal to start the school day we provide breakfast for them. Students can either choose a hot breakfast in the cafeteria or a sack breakfast. If students pick a sack breakfast, they can go to their classroom and begin their instructional time with their class while they eat their sack breakfast. Getting students into the classroom as expediently as possible is a priority. A hot breakfast is also available up until 8:30 a.m.; this must be eaten in the cafeteria.
- The choices students have for getting a school breakfast are 1) Take a sack breakfast (gets students into the classroom faster to start learning), 2) Take nothing, 3) Have a hot breakfast in the cafeteria. This option is available only up until 8:30 because the cafeteria staff have to clear the breakfast items and start preparing for the lunch meals. Additionally, please keep in mind that arriving late and getting a hot breakfast after 8:10 takes away 20 minutes of instruction (add this up over the course of one week, month or year).
- If a student or adult touches a food item, he/she MUST take it. Food that has been touched, even if it’s wrapped, by multiple hands poses a health risk and contamination of food.
- Each student is issued a unique student identification number to be scanned each time a student accepts a breakfast or lunch. Most students memorize their number but for the younger students, they are expected to hand their lunch ID card to the manager for breakfast and lunch. These cards have already been prepared and given to teachers to hand out daily. Any allergies your child has will come up once their lunch ID card is scanned. If your child has an allergy and you have not reported it to us, please do so as soon as possible.
- Our cafeteria staff would prefer to be called by their names and not “lunchroom ladies”. They will be wearing name plates to support our community in getting to know them. Please also see the short biographies for each of our cafeteria staff included in this week’s Thursday folder. Please help us show them how much they are valued and appreciated for their hard work!
We sincerely hope that the above clarification is helpful to you. Please do not hesitate to ask any questions you might have or bring any concerns to our attention. We are here to be of service. Please help us tend to our responsibilities in a more efficient manner by supporting us with the items outlined above.
Loyola A. Martinez
Interim Assistant Principal
Nov. 3rd – No School
Nov. 7th– CSC
Preschool Only- no school on Nov. 6th
Nov. 10th– Thanksgiving Day Lunch- If you would like to have lunch with your child, the cost is $5.00 with or without milk for adults and $3.00 for children not attending Colfax. Tickets are available in the office.
10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.
10:55 a.m. – 11:25 a.m.
1st /2nd (Bateman/Vivanco)
11:10 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
1st /2nd (Wolf/Franco)
11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
11:25 a.m. – 11:55 a.m.
11:55 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
Nov. 9th – Skate City
Nov. 30th – PLT 8:30-9:30 in the library
Friday Morning Meeting
Every Friday we celebrate our students in morning meeting in the gym from 8:15-8:30. Parents we love it when you join us!
Coffee with the Principals Fridays from 8:30-9:00
Right after morning meetings please join us in the Family Nook, in front of the office, for a cup of coffee and to chat.