Dear Sterling School Parent,

Chartwells is committed to providing your child with nutritious, balanced meals that fit criteria for the USDA Healthy Challenge. National statistics show that "when children eat school meals, they are more likely to consume milk, meats, grains and vegetables compared to students who don't, including students who bring lunch from home. They also have higher nutrient intakes — both at lunch and over the course of an entire day. And cost-wise, school lunch is a great value. A typical school meal contains an entree, two servings of fruits and vegetables, a grain item and milk. Students are also exposed to a greater variety of ethnic cuisines as well as fruits & vegetables.  From children to parents to teachers, everyone benefits when kids eat school lunch!"

School meals are nutritious! In order to qualify as a federally reimbursable school lunch, meals must meet specific guidelines. School meals must:

◦Provide a variety of foods from MyPlate and meet one-third of children's daily calorie needs.
◦Provide one-third of children's daily needs for "problem nutrients" — protein, vitamins A and C, iron and calcium.
◦Limit the amount of fat to 30 percent or less of calories and saturated fat to 10 percent of calories when averaged over the course of a week.
◦Offer a variety of milk options, including fat-free, low-fat and reduced-fat milk. Schools can also offer flavored milk and lactose-reduced milk.

All students, regardless of eligibility, enter their ID/PIN when purchasing their meals.  No further identification is made.

The menus served in the Sterling School cafeterias exceed these nutritional guidelines mandated by the USDA. And, in conjunction with the Board of Education and Wellness Committee, we have made other significant changes & improvements to the dining program and now we need to ask "What's Next?" Please take a moment and complete this brief survey with your student so that together we ensure success of our students.

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* 1. What grade is your child in?

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* 2. Does your student purchase meals, either breakfast or lunch, from the cafeterias?

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* 3. If your student purchases breakfast at school, how often does your student purchase breakfast?

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* 4. If your student purchases lunch at school, how often does your student purchase lunch?