Every morning teachers take a “lunch count” for the day. Students must raise their hand when the teacher takes the “lunch count”. Meals are ordered according to this hand count. Students may select from two options each day: "Hot Lunch" or "Other Lunch". The "Other Lunch" option changes weekly so be sure to check the menu for the offerings.
Paying for Lunch:
On the elementary level, all students have a lunch card located at the lunch line daily. Each student’s card has their name and each grade has a designated color card. After walking through the lunch line, the child will put the card in a basket. Then the cards are scanned using a computer system at the end of the lunch period, which will deduct the amount the lunch costs from the child’s previous balance.
Negative balances (elementary):
When the student account is negative an automated phone call will be made daily informing the family. Parents are asked to respond to the phone calls and keep their child’s lunch account current. An account set up at mymealtime.com will allow you to monitor your student’s lunch account purchases as well as their account balances. Smart snacks cannot be purchased from a students account if the account is in a negative balance.
Negative balances (middle school):
Your student(s) should be monitoring his/her account balance daily to avoid a zero balance. When the student account is negative an automated phone call will be made daily informing the family. Parents are asked to respond to the phone calls and keep their child’s lunch account current. An account set up at mymealtime.com will allow you to monitor your student’s lunch account purchases as well as their account balances. Ala Carte foods cannot be purchased from a students account if the account is in a negative balance.
End of year balance procedure:
MealTime balances will remain in returning students’ accounts over the summer to be used the following year. Eighth grade students may transfer their remaining funds to a younger sibling (current or incoming student) or request a check reimbursement by completing the form on the website. Reimbursement checks will be cut only for amounts exceeding $10. If we do not receive a check/transfer request by the date notified, remaining balances will be applied to the Bernice Gliege Angel Fund (page 3) that supports students in need.
The Food Service Department would like to encourage that meal payments are made in advance. It is your choice to either pay online (fees apply) or send a check in with your student. Your student will hand in the check to their homeroom teacher in the morning. That money is then sent to the office and picked up by the food service staff to be deposited. Meal payment (cash or check) should be placed in an envelope marked “School Lunch” and must include the following information:
• STUDENT NAME:
• PAYMENT: CHECK________ CASH ________
Checks are to be made payable to Arlington Heights School District 25.
If you have more than one student at the same school you only need to write one check, but indicate how much is to go into each child’s account. The indicated amount will be deposited in each student’s account via the computer. Money will be carried over to the next year, until the student graduates from our district. Many families prefer to pay in advance for a certain number of meals, so it is easy to keep track of when to send money.
• 1 meal $ 2.85
• 5 meals $14.25
• 10 meals $28.50
• 20 meals $57.00
Money deposited in a student’s account can be used for lunches or for snacks with parental permission.