Return to School Meal Procedure for In-Person and Virtual Learners

ALL meals are STILL FREE to ALL STUDENTS until the end of the school year.

 Virtual learners can still pick up meals-to-go on Wednesday/Thursday but they must text the school when arriving (see instructions below) and note new service times- 8:00am-10:00am Wed/Thurs.

Face to Face Students:

Breakfast- Distributed at dismissal/ EATEN AT HOME

  • Students place their breakfast order in homeroom every morning.  Parents of young students (Kindergarten, etc.) can communicate student orders with homeroom teachers.
  •     Breakfast is “to-go” and is taken home in the afternoons- it isnot consumed at school.
  • Breakfasts are given to students prior to dismissal
  • Breakfasts are FREE to ALL students through the end of the school year.

Tardy students- parents MUST text their meal order to (678) 744-9205.  Include first/last name and “Breakfast” and/or “Lunch.”

Lunch

  • Students who want hot school lunch must order in homeroom every morning.  Parents of young students (Kindergarten, etc.) can communicate student orders with homeroom teachers.
  •  When ordering, students will receive a regular meal unless they specify vegetarian.
  • Students can order milk only.  Milk will be billed to student’s account at $0.50 each.
  • Lunch will be brought to students prior to their lunch time
  • Lunches are FREE to ALL students through the end of the school year.
  • Tardy students- parents MUST text their meal order to (678) 744-9205.  Include first/last name and “Breakfast” and/or “Lunch.”

Virtual Students:

  • 5-day meal kits will be available for pickup Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00-10:00am.
  • Meal kits are FREE to ALL students through the end of the school year.
  • Preordering is strongly encouraged.  To preorder, text the following information to (678) 744-9205:
    Full name of each student ordering a meal kit
    Chocolate, white, or lactose-free milk
    Time of pickup
    Phone number to reach you
    When arriving, text (678) 744-9205 and meals will be brought out to your car.
    If you do not preorder, expect to wait for your order to be filled.
    When arriving, text the following information to (678) 744-9205:
    Full name of each student ordering a meal kit
    Chocolate, white, or lactose-free milk
    Phone number and location
    Please park and turn off your car if possible

Please note: Vegetarian meal kits are available but MUST be preordered.

Free & Reduced Price Lunch

Read the Nutrition FAQs for information on free and reduced price meals. Download the program instructions in English or Spanish, fill out the application here: Schoolcafe.com.

Nutrition Information for When School Reopens

TMS Meals: Health in Mind

We are pleased to offer meals from Preferred Meals, and meal tracking and payment services from our online portal, Schoolpaymentportal.com. Both services keep families fully informed of the menu, allergens, student lunch activity, and payment history.

Meals contain all food groups and nutrients that are required by USDA (under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act). This includes requirements such as a minimum ½ cup fruit and ¾ cup vegetable servings at every meal, whole-grain rich grains, and limits on sodium and trans fats, among other requirements. Preferred Meals’ kitchens are nut-free and pork-free, and are inspected by onsite USDA staff, which assures safe food handling and accurate labeling practices. You can view allergen information by placing your mouse over each menu item on online menus on Preferred Meals website. And, importantly, students really like Preferred Meals’ food. We offer 1 meat and 1 vegetarian option daily. Breakfast is $1.50, and lunches are $4.00 each.

How Does My Child Order Breakfast / Lunch?

Breakfast will be served daily with no ordering needed.  Just show up!

Lunch MUST be ordered by the student in homeroom.  Starting with the 2018-19 school year, lunches are ordered same-day.  No advance ordering is required.  Students order lunches by informing their classroom teacher, first thing in the morning, if they will need school lunch (either regular or vegetarian) that day.

For the first 2 days of school, to make things easier for everyone, lunches will be automatically ordered for students.  To ensure smooth transition, TMS will have plenty of extra lunches on hand while students and families adjust to the ordering procedure.

Some teachers may request that parents do the ordering for their kids, depending on the age (i.e., Kindergarten).  Parents may send in a note to teachers stating which date or dates (you could order a week or a month at a time if you wish) their kids would like to get school lunch.

Menus are posted in classrooms, the front office, the cafe, online on the TMS website, and in weekly newsletters so you will always be informed of what school lunch options are.

How Do I Pay for Breakfast or Lunch?

Please pay for all meals in advance. Payments can be made by cash, check, credit card, or ACH withdrawal.

To pay by cash or check, send payment to the front desk clearly labeled with student name and “Lunch” or “Nutrition.”

For credit card or ACH payments, use Schoolpaymentportal.com. You can make payments from your computer or mobile device and set email notifications for when your balance falls below a designated point. It is recommended that everyone set up an account in the portal- even if you don’t plan to use it for payment. It is quick and easy to do.

Please note: if you wish to pay by credit card or ACH, the portal charges a service fee per transaction:
• $1.00 for ACH for under $500.00 transactions. Fee increases by a dollar for every $500.00 additional), or
• $1.00 + 2.3% for credit cards (a $20.00 credit card charge would be assessed $1.46 in fees).
This fee covers the cost of credit card/ACH processing. Therefore, I recommend you purchase lunches in batches, such as $20 or more, to minimize the impact of this charge.
You will not be charged any fees if you pay TMS directly by cash or check.

As always, email the TMS Nutrition Department with any questions or concerns. We look forward to serving the students this year!

Would I Qualify for Meal Benefits?

  • Benefits are based on family size and household income.
  • Meal benefit applications are online at Schoolcafe.com
    NOTE- use SchoolCafe ONLY for meal benefit applications- do NOT pay on this site)
  • Filling out the application qualifies you for 1 volunteer hour per household.
  • All families are encouraged to apply for benefits, even if you think you do not qualify.
  • Paper applications are also available. Contact the Nutrition Department to obtain a paper form.
  • If you have received benefits in the past, note that you must reapply EVERY YEAR.  Benefits from the previous school year expire mid-September.

I Want to Apply For Meal Benefits. How Do I Do That?

  1. Go to SchoolCafe.com
    NOTE- use SchoolCafe ONLY for meal benefit applications- do NOT pay on this site)
  2. If you don’t already have an account, go to the bottom and type “Dekalb” in the school district pull-down menu.
  3. Create New Account- select “I’m a Parent.”
  4. Create ID and password and answer questions.
  5. Select “Apply for Benefits”
  6. View Household letter for income guidelines; click “Next”
  7. Click the box at the bottom and click “Next”
  8. Go to the Dashboard and click the large “Add Student” and enter student information and click both required boxes at the bottom.
  9. Select “Museum School Avondale Charter” (if you do not see our school listed, repeat Step 8 and make sure you are on the dashboard page).
  10. Fill out household information and when complete, you will see your meal benefits status- qualified for Free meals, Reduced-Price meals, or Denied (Full-Price meals).
  11. Note: This system is for applying for benefits ONLY. Do not make any payments to this account as it is not part of TMS’s lunch ordering or payment system. Do not view menus as it is not TMS’s menu.
  12. Once you have registered your child/ren, Use the “Eligibility” menu on the Left and hit “Apply”
  13. To check application status, Use the “Eligibility Info” menu on the Left and select “My Applications.”

Contact the TMS Nutrition Department Erin.johnson@themuseumschool.org if you have any questions.

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