At Aspen View Academy we are committed to creating a healthful, nurturing environment to promote the wellness and advancement of the whole child; from academics, athletics and arts, to character development and basic nutrition. Numerous studies have shown a direct link between eating fresh, healthy and well-balanced meals and its positive effects on a child's ability to concentrate, focus and have the energy needed for academic learning.
Allergies at AVA
Parents, we need your help to keep all of our students safe during the day. We have a number of students that have peanut and tree nut allergies. We are asking that all food brought to school be nut free. In addition, there will be a nut free table at the lunch room. I know this request may cause inconvenience for some of you. Please understand these allergies can sometimes cause severe reactions, leading to life-threatening situations for the students that are affected. Thanks for your cooperation with this request.
Nutrition Survey and Presentation
The Nutrition committee surveyed AVA families in October 2012. The survey was completed by 128 respondents, of which 79% of families had submitted an intent-to-enroll form. Of the respondents 69% would consider purchasing a formal school lunch program. Thank you to all the respondents for your insight and suggestions. The results confirm parents would like their children to have access to fresh, healthy lunch options at an affordable cost. AVA is excited to have a nutrition partnership with Douglas County Nutrition Services. Please see our detailed nutrition presentation and further nutrition survey results.
Douglas County Nutrition Services (DCNS)
Douglas County School District Nutrition Serviceis excited to have the opportunity to work with the Aspen View Academy community!
We are committed to providing the highest quality meals for your child. We also work to create an environment where your child can learn to make healthy decisions that lead to a healthy life.
We provide approximately 30,000 nutritious meals every day to students and staff. We participate in the National School Lunch Program, National Breakfast Program (at select sites), and After School Snack Program (at select sites).
School meals are important to your child because they help develop sound nutritional habits by exposing students to a variety of foods. We offer many food choices and provide healthful fruits and vegetables daily. In addition, the well-nourished student has better attendance, is more attentive, better behaved and an increased energy level. All of these elements are tied to academic success.
School Meals are Safe, Nutritious and Balanced
Food safety is our first and foremost concern. We have implemented a Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) Program throughout the District to reduce the chance of a food-borne illness event. Temperatures of all food products are monitored throughout production and service.
School Meals are nutritious
School meals contain 30 percent or less of total calories from fat, less than 10 percent total calories from saturated fat, and contain at least one third of the RDAs for protein, Vitamins A and C, Iron, Calcium and calories.
School Meals are balanced
Every day, students choose their meals from a variety of fruits and vegetables including: fresh fruits and salads; whole-grain breads and cereals; lean meats; and low-fat dairy products.
Parents are welcome!
We invite our parents and families to come and see how school lunch has changed. Parents are always welcome! We are proud of our program and our hard-working employees and we encourage you to eat with your child. DCSD Nutrition Services invites all parents to have lunch with their children at any time during the school year. The cost is just $3.50 for an adult meal without milk; with milk the price is $4.00. We hope to see you soon!
Payment Options: https://www.myschoolbucks.com
During the 2013-14 school year AVA used School Payment Solutions. The services provided by SchoolPaymentSolutions.com are now located on MySchoolBucks.com
- Any payments you have made through SchoolPaymentSolutions.com have been received by your school district and will be reflected in your student's school balance
- If you have not done so already, you will have to create a new account on MySchoolBucks and add your students to your household
- When signing up for a new account, be sure to pick Douglas County School District RE 1 AND when adding your students, be sure to pick their school in the box above First Name.
Nutrition Services will also accept checks. Please be sure your student's name and ID number are on the check. Please do not send cash with your student.
Students who purchase a lunch will choose their food and stop at the register for payment. They will use a pin pad to punch their ID number into the system. A screen on the monitor appears with the student's name and photo. The cashier will enter the items purchased and the student will be on his/her way. It would be very helpful for your student to learn his/her ID prior to the upcoming year.
DCNS has been on the forefront of revamping the national school lunch program. Douglas County was among the first in the county to employ a chef as part of the Chefs Move to Schools Program. Successful piloting of the Harvest Bars in a few elementary and middle schools has led to a district-wide rollout, with carts being financed by schools PTO's or grants. New programs offer more nutrition-packed options to the daily lunch program: The Harvest Bar, "Berry"Blendz" (fruit smoothies) , nutrition breaks and parent education classes. The average school lunch is $3.50 (includes harvest bar and milk) and nutrition breaks are $1.00 . The links below provide additional information about DCNS, sample menus, free and reduced school lunch program and how to follow DCNS on facebook.
Future Nutrition Program Goals
The Nutrition Committee will continue fundraising events and grant requests for the Harvest Bar and blenders. We will also continue developing proposals for a future garden and/or greenhouse. AVA will look to team with DCNS to offer parent/child nutrition classes. Please feel free to contact our committee members for any questions and/or suggestions.