Parent / Guardian Information and Menus

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School Meals Improve Learning Environments

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year.  All schools offer breakfast & lunch everyday.  The menu is planned according to state specifications for calories, sodium, and fat.  All grain products served are at least 51% whole grain, and milk is low fat, or fat free.  A la carte items meet state “A list” standards for healthy school snacks. We serve a variety of fruits and vegetables daily including fresh local, canned, frozen, & dried options.  We serve apples from UMASS Cold Spring Orchard, and vegetables from the Belchertown School Garden when in season.

To identify themselves at the cafeteria register, students preK-3rd grade use name cards provided by and kept at the school, and students 4-12th grade use a 4 digit pin.  We match names and photos at the register to verify identity. Student pin numbers should be kept confidential and not shared between students. Utilizing another student's account to make purchases may be considered theft.  Students will receive pin numbers on the first day of school.

As per the district meal charging policy here, students will not be denied a meal or given a substitute meal due to an inability to pay, and financial matters will be handled at the adult level.  As such, parents are expected to prepay for student purchases, and if this does not happen our system generates automated reminder emails, phone calls, and letters utilizing contact information you provide to the school, until the account is brought current.

Parents can prepay three ways; online at www.myschoolbucks.com , or with a check made out to “Town of Belchertown” with student’s full name written in memo area, or cash in an envelope including student’s full name.  Checks and cash can be handed to classroom teachers or brought to cafeterias. Be advised, there is a $2.49 fee for every online deposit, so parents are encouraged to prepay for as many meals and a la carte items as they can comfortably afford to avoid multiple deposit fees.  The district does NOT receive any financial benefit from online payments.  The fee is charged to the myschoolbucks.com program from banks for providing secure online fund collection.  Regardless of your preferred method of payment, visit www.myschoolbucks.com and sign up for a free account to see itemized student transactions in real time.  We start offering à la carte items for purchase in 1st grade. If you would like to customize your student’s spending limitations, please contact me directly.

Click here to see instructions on setting up your 'mySchoolBucks.com' account.

We make accommodations for students with documented food allergies.  If this pertains to your child, please submit a doctors note regarding the food allergy to the school nurse.  The district follows an allergy substitution plan for all major allergens, and this plan will be distributed to you.  New this year, we are offering lactose free milk for students who are lactose intolerant and have a doctor's note on file.  We have also expanded our gluten free options through a local collaboration with Randall’s Farm.

Menus can be found at the bottom of this page, as well as in the local paper, and a printed version is sent home each month. Belchertown School Meals are planned using Nutri-kids software. This software enables parents to view the nutritional content of the school lunches; click "View Nutrients" on any given day of the school menu. 

I look forward to the opportunity to serve you, the students, and the community in the coming year.  If at any time I can be of assistance, please contact me directly.

Kelly Slattery, RD, LDN

Food Service Director
(413) 323-0442

kslattery@belchertownps.org