April 18, 2012

posted Apr 18, 2012, 9:02 AM by Diana Thomas

At the bottom of this newsletter, there is information about a program our school will be implementing on May 1 called Breakfast in the Classroom.  Please read through the information and follow up with any questions or concerns you may have.

 Lost & Found – we continue to have quite a few clothes items in the lost and found.  If your child is missing clothes, please check.

The month of April has very few activites planned as our teachers and students push to complete the required curriculum.  May does have quite a few school-wide and class activities planned.  Look for information in upcoming newsletters.

If you would like to receive the newsletter through email, please send a message to lrennaker@darby.k12.mt.us  or give Ashley a call.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates

  • Apr 27 4th Midquarter
  • May 1 Midquarter Reports Sent Home   

Junior High Athletics Schedule

  • Thur, Apr 19 Tennis @ Superior – 4:00 pm
  • Thur, Apr 19 Track @ Corvallis – 10:00 am
  • Fri, Apr 20 Girls Basketball, Tennis and Track Pictures @ the JH Gym – 2:45

Breakfast in the Classroom

April 18, 2012

Dear Parents,

Is the morning rush at your house a mad dash to get out the door with your children barely having time to grab their homework, much less eat a nutritious breakfast?  If this sounds familiar, you will be relieved to know that getting that important morning start will no longer be a challenge.

Beginning on May 1, 2012 your child can take part in an innovative new program called “Breakfast in the Classroom.”  Just as the name implies, a nutritious breakfast will be served to each student, right in the classroom, every school day.  Students will have an opportunity during the first 10 minutes of class to eat breakfast with their classmates and get the fuel they need to be ready to learn.  Breakfast will be free to all students.  There will be no breakfast service from the cafeteria before school.

How does Breakfast in the Classroom work?  Each day, breakfasts are packaged and delivered by student helpers to each classroom.  Once in the classroom, each student chooses a breakfast and eats at his or her desk while the teacher takes morning attendance and shows the morning announcements, does review work or has read aloud depending on the grade level.  Breakfast normally takes about ten minutes. Trash is put in the provided trash bag and then put in the hall with the containers to be picked up by a work study student or teachers assistant.  No food is left inside the classroom.

What foods are served in Breakfast in the Classroom?  White milk is served daily, as is fruit or 100% fruit juice.  Entrees are nutritious and easy to eat quickly.  Meals often include popular breakfast items such as cold cereal, bagels and cheese sticks.  On hot food days a hot entrée such as a sausage, egg and cheese muffin will be served.

What are the advantages of Breakfast in the Classroom?  Traditional breakfast in the cafeteria does not meet the need of many students. Research shows that students who do not eat a nourishing breakfast are not able to concentrate well, become irritable more quickly and show hunger related symptoms such as headaches and stomachaches.  When breakfast is moved into the classroom and served to everyone, every student is able to start the day ready to learn without hunger-related disruptions.

Share this exciting news with your child and be ready on May 1, 2012 for the start of this new program! As this program rolls out, we would like to hear your feedback on how it’s going and areas of improvement. Please e-mail the superintendent lrennaker@darby.k12.mt.us with any questions, comments or suggestions. If you have not applied for free and reduced meals and believe that you may qualify or if you have had a change in your income please fill out a free and reduced lunch application which are available in the high school and elementary offices.
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