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1:15 Lunch?
Old 08-22-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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I just got a new schedule that said due to our school boundaries changing the 5th grade wouldn't eat until 1:15. Isn't that super late???


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Old 08-22-2011, 06:28 PM
 
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It does seem awfully late, but just think how short your afternoon will be. That would be an upside.
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:38 PM
 
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That seems a little late. Our last lunch is 12:10 and people complain. Mine is 11:20 for the last 4 years!
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:51 PM
 
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We used to have our lunch at 12:45 and I thought that was late. Can your kids bring in a snack for the morning?
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Old 08-22-2011, 06:59 PM
 
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I guess it depends on what time school starts. We start at 7:55 and our lunch is at 12:00 (3rd grade). The school down the street from my house starts at 9:00, so a 1:15 lunch wouldn't be completely out of line. We do have a snack around 9:30...about half my class brings a snack.


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I agree that that is late. Do you guys start later in the morning, where maybe they are assuming kids are having a late breakfast? I would definitely encourage students to bring a healthy, non-messy, easy snack if they wish. I would also really, really encourage eating breakfast before coming school! Eating breakfast is something I always encourage, but I think it is definitely important to encourage with this late lunch time. Waiting until noon or so to eat when you didn't have breakfast is hard, but 1:15?!? That's very late, so I would definitely give the snack option and really, really promote breakfast as well. Does your school offer breakfast?
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Old 08-22-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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That's very late. Poor kiddos!
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Speaking of snacks...
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I have always included a snack option in my class. I used to set aside a specific time, but have begun letting The Darlings snack when they choose, provided they are at their seat and working independently (both conditions must be met; no noshing during lessons, and no wandering around with food.)

I'm attaching the monthly snack coupons I use with my Darlings, and will send along the parent letter we do in class (in English and Spanish) in a second post. Depending on my level of pre-school-year energy and available time, I have either made them into stapled booklets or have just given them out at the beginning of each month; either way, I strongly advise that students put their name on them, in ink, as soon as they get them. (Lost coupons are just that: lost.) I also keep a class list with my snacks and cross off each name as the child spends their coupon, to eliminate "borrowing..."

By utilizing our local Sam's Club, I find I'm able to provide a fruit snack or cheese crackers for each child at relatviely little cost. Some of my colleagues have also offered parents the opportunity to send in snacks for the class, which has worked well.

The caveat, of course, is allergies; depending on the needs of each year's group, we modify the parent letter to include a warning about peanuts, etc.

Hope this is helpful. 1:15 seems like a late lunch, regardless of school start time; I know my body clock would take awhile to get used to that!
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Snack letter
Old 08-23-2011, 05:08 AM
 
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Here's the letter we do together in class, the day before snacking begins.
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Old 08-23-2011, 05:10 AM
 
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I think I would gnaw my arm off if I waited to eat that late.


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Old 08-23-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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This will be my second year with a 1:15 lunch. It is late. I have added on a snack break after special at 11:15. That seemed to do the trick. Good luck! Be sure to pack a snack for yourself too...you'll need it.
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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Wow. It would have to be a pretty substantial snack for ds before that lunch! It's so late from breakfast, and his behavior and emotions would drop radically otherwise. Hopefully, you can have snack students, so you don't have to cover it. I'm sorry you're scheduled that way!
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:56 PM
 
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was 1:40 at my old school....you get used to it.

My new lunch time is 1:10...again you get used to it. Just make sure you have snack
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:45 PM
 
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Thank you for all of the wonderful replies. McCub thank you for the attachments! We went at 1 today and it wasn't too bad. I'll definitely allow a snack, but I feel bad for kids who forget or don't have anything to bring :/
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Old 08-23-2011, 04:23 PM
 
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I let kids bring in a healthy snack and they eat it during Community Circle at 10:15.
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Kids without a snack
Old 08-24-2011, 07:29 AM
 
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Not having anything to bring can be a problem. When we write our parent letter we talk at great length about how a snack can be as simple as a handful of dry cereal, or a piece of fruit; it doesn't have to be some glitzy, pre-packaged item. Also, we get lists of families who are on free/reduced lunch so I keep an eye on those Darlings in particular; if I see them without a snack (but looking as though they'd very much like one) I will slip something into their desk about 2-3 times per week. Same goes for the rest of my class. On average, I only end up providing snacks for 1-2 kids, so it doesn't cost that much.

As to those who forget, my standard response--delivered very sympathetically--is, "Oh, that must be disappointing. Have you spent your coupon yet? You have? Well, why don't you take a minute to write a reminder in your assignment notebook so you'll remember tomorrow?"
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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I had lunch at 10:45 last year. This year is 1:00. the kids coming to me last year had a late lunch so they are used to it...me not so much : )
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Old 08-25-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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We eat at 1:15. We do get very hungry, but we have a school-wide reading block from 10-11. During that time, each classroom gets bags of snacks (usually fruit, yogurt, or granola cars) to share to hold everyone over. I'm not sure where the snacks come from, but I bet it has to do with us being a title one with a high population of free lunch.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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Last year we ate lunch at 12:20 this year due to a change in start times my class eats lunch at 11:15. I encourage my kids to bring a snack from home to eat on the playground at recess. We have had a problem with mice in the classroom I was in last year, everyone eats snack on the playground if they have one. I don't provide snacks any more. The kids asking me for snack are the same ones bringing Takis and soda for lunch. I figure if they can bring those then they don't need me to provide a snack for them.
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:53 PM
 
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Our recess is 10:30 - 11:00 and lunch 11:00-11:30, so when I have lunch duty, I have to eat my lunch at 10:30. I would much rather have a 1:30 lunch!!!
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Old 09-11-2011, 12:58 PM
 
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Our school starts at 9:00, our lunch is at 1:25, very late. We do have a snack break, kids adjust nicely.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:14 PM
 
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I think you'll have to go with a snack - you could turn it into a healthy food lesson.
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