Welcome from the lunch room!
It's hard to believe we have already completed the first full month of school! It has been fun getting to know your kids, so many new faces!
As we start a new year, we are continuing to teach our kids about voice levels in the lunch room. We talk about what your voice should sound like if you were in a restaurant. The kids are doing pretty good! You should be very proud.
We have three lunches, each 20 minutes long. We have found that if the kids get in and get settled this is plenty of time to eat. If you see your child coming home with food in their lunchbox, I would encourage you to have a conversation with them. Often I'm finding they don't like certain foods and want to just throw them away. I try to get them to take it home so you can see what they are eating and what they are wanting to throw out. I would also like to encourage you to pack a bottle of water in your students lunch as they are just coming in from recess and are often very thirsty. There are no drinking fountains in the lunch room and I hesitate sending them to the gym as that takes away from time spent eating. They are of course always welcome to buy a milk or juice but often just ask me for water. Coming up with creative healthy food to pack in cold lunches can be challenging, I know, I have 10 kids of my own! I would love to share some ideas with you here and in our newsletters. In the meantime you can email me.
This is my 10th year at Cougar Valley and I just wanted to say welcome to the new families and welcome back to our returning families. Please feel free to come and have lunch with your student anytime your available. Birthday treats are welcome but ask that you keep them to "small bites'. A cookie or small cupcake. Looking foreword to a wonderful year with your terrific kids!
~ Kim Loveless
Your Cougar Valley "lunch lady"