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Message from the Director

Dear Butte School District Student and Parents,

Thank you for another great school year. As the Director of Central Services for the Butte School District, I would like to update you on a few of the changes we made over the last two years.  I sincerely encourage you to have your child take advantage of the school meals that will be offered this upcoming school year. 

The school district implemented Breakfast in the Classroom in five schools: Kennedy, West, Butte High Career Center, Butte High, and East Middle School. So far, the initiative has been a huge success, and food service is looking forward to expanding this new breakfast program into more schools this upcoming year. 

What is Breakfast in the Classroom? It is an evidence-backed initiative to fight childhood hunger and maximize the efficiency of school meal programs by offering breakfast after the first instructional bell instead of before the bell. This gives students the option to eat in their classroom during the first 15 minutes of class, allowing them to settle into their day without the time crunch of traditional breakfast.

Traditional breakfast in the cafeteria does not meet the needs of many students. Less than half of the students who eat lunch at school eat breakfast at school. 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 you move breakfast into the classroom, every student has the opportunity to eat a nutritious breakfast so that they can start the school day ready to learn without hunger-related disruptions.

This alternative breakfast program is not disruptive to class structure, and many teachers have commented on how quiet and orderly their classrooms have become because of it. Thanks to grants from No Kid Hungry, the Butte School District has been able to install these programs and manage them with the help of an AmeriCorps VISTA service member. 

Please see below NEW meal prices for the 2019-20 school year:

ELEMENTARY

Student                                    Full Pay           Reduced          Adult
Breakfast                                $1.55               $.30                 $2.00
Lunch                                      $2.55               $.40                 $3.55
Milk                                         $  .60 for all

EAST AND BUTTE HIGH SCHOOL

Student                                    Full Pay           Reduced          Adult
Breakfast                                $1.55               $.30                 $2.00
Lunch                                      $2.80               $.40                 $3.55

Once again, we have two schools that qualify for the CEP Program (Community Eligibility Provision).  This grant allows schools with a high percentage of needy families to serve free meals to all students enrolled at that school.  This means if your child attends either West Elementary or Kennedy Elementary their meals are totally free.  This includes both breakfast and lunch.  Parents do not need to fill out a hot lunch application or have their income verified in any way to participate in the CEP program.  It is totally free to all students in these two schools!

 Free and Reduced applications will be coming home with each and every student (except at West and Kennedy School) at the start of the school year.  It is very important that they be filled out and returned as soon as possible so as not to incur unnecessary charges.  If you have any doubt at all about qualifying, please fill out the application anyway.  It is in your best interest to at least try to qualify for Free or Reduced meals for your children.  Please remember that you only need to fill out one application per household.  It is important in these difficult times to keep balances paid in full at all times so we can continue to provide meals at a minimal cost to everyone.  We do need to pay for the food we serve and we do rely on the revenue that comes from student accounts to pay our bills.  We are here and happy to assist you in any way, with filling out the actual application to answering any questions or concerns that you might have.  We honestly want to see any families needing additional support receive this benefit.  We want to assure that all children get the healthy meals they need at school in order to succeed.

Please make sure to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application and get it turned in as soon as possible.  If you do not receive a Notification of Eligibility Letter for the current year that means we have not received your application!   

My goal is once again to make sure that no child in the district has to go to class hungry.  The food we serve not only fills them up, but provides the needed nutrients to grow and thrive. We thank you for your participation in the school lunch program. We strive to provide a nutritious meal at a reasonable cost for all students.  I hope you will give your children a chance to try our school breakfast and lunch offerings so they may enjoy affordable, convenient, healthy meals at school!

Thank you for your support of the school meal program. Please feel free to call me at any time (406) 533-2591 with any concern, or if you would like to become involved in our on-going efforts to provide Butte’s kids with the food and environment they need to achieve success!

Sincerely,

Kurt Marthaller
Director of Central Services
Butte School District #1