SCS Food Services Manager Josie Ennist
and Chef Gail Sokol teach students how to "Think Outside the
Lunchbox" to make healthy choices
SCS welcomes Barbara Moore-Cootware as food service
Schoharie Central recently welcomed Barbara
Moore-Cootware as food services manager, sharing her with Middleburgh
Central School District, where she also serves in that position.
Moore-Cootware fills a vacancy created when Josie Ennist accepted a
position with the state Health Department.
"Barbara's food services experience Middleburgh,
including her expertise with the mySchoolBucks payment service, enabled
a particularly smooth transition for Schoharie, and we are very pleased
to have her on our staff," said Superintendent Brian Sherman. "Sharing
services is also an asset for both of our districts during these
financially challenging times."
Although she divides her time between the two
districts, Moore-Cootware can be reached via email at
BCootware@schoharie.k12.ny.us or at the Food Services Office, 295-6618.
mySchoolBucks online meal account system
Schoharie Central School’s Food Service Department provides parents and guardians with a convenient and secure
online payment service called mySchoolBucks.com.
This website will allows parents and
guardians to deposit money directly into a child's school meal account
and view balance/purchase information for the past 90 days. Having money
in a child’s account prior to his or her entering the cafeteria allows
lunch lines to move along much faster and gives children more time to
eat and be with friends.
Parents/guardians may access mySchoolBucks.com by
to create and then add money to their child’s school meal account.
All that's needed is the child’s name, school, and
student ID number. Instructions are being provided with a letter to
parents; click here to download a pdf of
the letter and instructions .
Parents and guardians also should know:
- If you have more than one child in the district,
you can handle all online prepayments from the same online account.
- Payments may be made with a Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit or
debit card. You may also make a payment using an e-check.
- To use the online prepayment service, a
convenience fee of $1.95 per deposit transaction will be assessed to
cover bank fees. Parents placing money into multiple meal accounts will
only be assessed the $1.95 fee once per deposit transaction.
- You may fund up to $120 per child, but a family
may pay for all of their children on a single transaction.
- Schoharie Central School will not profit from the
use of this site.
- Parents and guardians who choose not to take
advantage of the online payment service may continue to make advance
payments via check made payable to Schoharie Central School Lunch Fund.
Please remember to write your child’s full name on the check.
For questions about this new service, contact the
Food Services office at 518-295-6618.
Link to mySchoolBucks online payment system:
NUTRIkids POS system is convenient, confidential,
Schoharie Central School has a new, computerized
Point of Sale (POS) payment system, called NUTRIkids, for all meals
purchased in our cafeteria. Individual student ID numbers, personal meal
accounts, food allergy information, confidentiality and ability for
parents to easily deposit money into their children's account all add up
to a system that's convenient and promotes healthy eating.
Click here for
New lunch regulations promote healthier eating
School meals offer students milk, fruits and
vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits on
saturated fat and portion size. As of September 2012, school lunches
will meet additional standards requiring:
Age-appropriate calorie limits
Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
(students must take at least one serving of produce)
A wider variety of vegetables, including dark
green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be
More whole grains
Our menus will feature more information about the
new school meal standards.
Good nutrition = better learning
Apply for Free & Reduced Lunch
Good nutrition is vital for growing bodies and
minds. Our school participates in
the National School Lunch Program, which offers nutritious meals for
students for free or at a reduced cost,
based on household size and income. The 2012-13 school year application form is now available for download or printing and only
has to be
completed once to cover all children in your family.
If you need
assistance with completing the form, please email Food Service Manager
Barbara Moore-Cootware or call her at 295-6618. All information is confidential. If you are aware
of an extended family or relative who may be eligible to apply for this
service, please consider sharing this form with them.
CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION FORM
(PDF) - 2012-13
CLICK HERE TO
DOWNLOAD A FUN AND INFORMATIVE FLIER ABOUT HEALTHY SCHOOL MEALS
School lunches boost children's health, according to
A study by Iowa State researchers confirmed that the
National School Lunch Program (NSLP) improves the health outcomes of
children who reside in low-income households. The study of nearly 2,700
NSLP children (ages 6-17) found that the NSLP reduces the prevalence of
food insecurity by 3.8 percent, poor general health by 29 percent, and
the rate of obesity by at least 17 percent in its participants.
Monthly Lunch Menus
Menus are updated monthly. Lunch items are subject
High School and Elementary Lunch Menu
Breakfast & Lunch Prices
School Lunch Fund
The SCS School Lunch Program strongly encourages
parents to make payments to your child’s account by the week or month,
in the form of a check if possible, as that is the easiest way to keep
track of balances. Checks can be made payable to SCS School Lunch Fund.
For elementary students please remember to put payments in an envelope
labeled with your child’s full name (and names of any siblings that are
to receive account payments) and teacher’s name.
Meal Charging Policy
Students that have “debits” or negative balance in their account are not
permitted to purchase snacks (e.g., ice cream, chips, etc.). Also,
students may “charge” or debit the POS up to $9.00. Then parents will be
contacted, and students will be offered a peanut butter sandwich and
milk until the charges/debits are paid. Thank you for your continued support of the SCS
School Lunch/Breakfast Program!
School Lunch/Breakfast Account Status Receipts
Since we have started the new Point of Sale (POS)
cash register system there have been many inquiries about student’s
account balances. Therefore, we have begun printing a cash register
receipt for students putting money in their account, and for students
with debits or negative account balance.
These receipts are given to students when the
transaction is made and contain the account balance. If the receipt has
“Balance CR,” that means credit, and the student has a positive balance
in their account, if the receipt has “Balance DB,” that means debit, and
the student has a negative balance (or “charges) on their account.
Parents should contact
Barbara Moore-Cootware, School Lunch Manager, at 295-6618 if they see any
discrepancies with the reported balance, or wish to check on an account
balance. The POS system maintains a transaction report for each student
and this report can be provided to parents if there are any questions
regarding a students account.
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"Choose Sensibly" Snacks Hit
Elementary and Jr./Sr. High School Cafeterias
The words “Choose Sensibly” along with a yellow logo are popping up in
both the Elementary and Jr/Sr High School Cafeterias. Those words and
that logo identify a snack item that fits within the guidelines set by
the New York State School Nutrition Association’s “Choose Sensibly”
campaign. This is a program that endeavors to improve the nutritional
quality of the snacks our children are selecting.
According to these guidelines a sensible snack will have:
The standards for beverages are:
Low-fat milk and low-fat flavored milk
Juice with 25% or more fruit juice
Water or flavored water without added sugar,
artificial sweeteners or caffeine
Beverages with 10 milligrams or less caffeine
Schoharie Central School Lunch Program began to implement this program
last year and for this school year will have many new "Choose Sensibly"
snacks available for ala carte sales during lunch.
This year students
will find the "Choose Sensibly" logo on items like baked chips, fresh
fruit, bottled water, peanut butter crackers, rice cakes, granola bars
and small sized Little Debbie cookies. "Choose Sensibly" Ice cream
products so far include Minute Maid Juice Bars, Fudgesicles, Creamscicles,
and Scribblers. The School Lunch Program continues to search for other
snack items children enjoy that meet the "Choose Sensibly" guidelines.
The "Choose Sensibly" campaign was designed to
encourage and motivate students to buy single serve snacks that meet the
"Choose Sensibly" nutritional profile, rather than those that contain
higher grams of fat, sugar and sodium and contain more than one serving
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