Dear Affton Schools Parents:
With the beginning of the school year approaching, Chartwells Dining Services would like to welcome everyone and share some of the exciting new things we have planned for the school meal program.
Below we have highlighted many of the exciting new things Chartwells has to offer in your schools. School meals are nutritious, a great value and more satisfying than ever for students. This year, Chartwells has exciting events and new menu items planned for your child’s school cafeteria. Our job is to make sure that we serve healthy, well-balanced meals that students will enjoy eating.
Chartwells provides the Simply Good program so students have the opportunity to learn about healthy food options. This program includes fun engaging activities along with recipes that will be provided to our students. Simply Good has a culinary emphasis that focuses on healthier meal options, especially ones with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Simply Good also provides bulletin board materials which will be posted in all of the cafeterias with fun facts regarding each month’s food focus. We also feature locally grown produce on our menus weekly along with information about the farm that it came from. This gives students the opportunity to eat fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown on a local farm. This year, sampling of fresh fruits and vegetables will be offered throughout the year during lunch periods at each of the schools.
What better way to start your day other than having breakfast at school? With hectic schedules and busy mornings, we have the perfect breakfast option for you. Breakfast is available at school daily for $1.40, and is a part of the free and reduced meal program. Take advantage of this option to ensure your child eats a nutritious breakfast. Numerous studies show a strong link between nutrition and learning. A nutritious breakfast helps students to be more alert so they can actively participate in class. A nutritious breakfast leads to improved concentration in the classroom, as well as more strength and endurance throughout the day! Daily breakfast offerings include muffins, cereal, bagels w/cream cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit and low-fat milk. Featured entrees include scrambled eggs, apple cinnamon oatmeal, breakfast sandwiches, yogurt parfaits, pancakes, waffles, and more! Be sure to check out this year’s new breakfast items on the menu! You won’t want to miss them!
Easy-to-Access School Menus
The way you access school menus is better than ever, and we are sure you will love it! Affton Schools, in partnership with Chartwells K12, is now using Nutrislice to publish the school menus to a new interactive website and a free smartphone app! Now you can access your menus anywhere, anytime! The menus will also now provide more information about menu items, including a photo and description. It will filter common food allergens like nuts, dairy and wheat. You can access nutrition information like carb counts and calories with just a few clicks! As well as print a PDF version of the menus directly from the website, if you prefer. Nutrislice was created to further Chartwell’s mission to provide fresh, nutritious, and delicious meals that students love. There is no better way to provide this information and promote healthy eating than through Nutrislice. Please visit Afftonschools.nutrislice.com.
From supporting our school gardens to setting responsible purchasing practices, our concern for the environment is evident. We serve certified, humane, cage-free eggs, poultry produced without human antibiotics, provide milk that is free of artificial growth hormones, and of course buy local products to support family farms. Chartwells encourages responsible and sustainable practices in our supply chain and is proud to lead the food service industry with groundbreaking methods in sustainability. One way of doing so is by our exclusive partnership with Hampton Creek built around the belief that good food, both for the body and society, should be widely accessible and delicious. Chartwells K12, in partnership with Hampton Creek, is proud to serve your student the specially formulated, K-12 compliant Just Cookies™ Whole Grain cookie, and Just Mayo, Just Honey Mustard, and Just Ranch salad dressings.
Delicious is What’s For Lunch
Lunches in our cafes are ideal for every palate and every age group and we are bringing students’ favorite foods from outside school inside, including fresh local fruits and vegetables, pizza, classic All-American burgers and foods with Asian flair and bold, BBQ flavors. All of our food is made with care and utilizes lean meats, low-fat cheese, and whole grains.
Mesnier Primary and Gotsch Intermediate Schools
Students are offered the option of three meal choices per day: one hot lunch option and two alternate options. The alternative lunch options will vary, but at least one cold lunch will be offered daily. The menu is designed to introduce children to a variety of foods that are not only good for them but also delicious. Included with the meal is an assortment of fresh fruit and vegetable options, along with a hot vegetable. We are proud to serve your children locally grown produce as often as possible. On Friday’s we feature school approved Papa John’s Pizza. New menu items will be offered this school year, check them out on your monthly lunch menu!
Rogers Middle School
Meal Station Offerings:
Bake: Features school approved Papa John’s pizza on Wednesday’s and Friday’s along with specialty items throughout the week like made from scratch calzones, homemade pizzas, and whole grain breaded mozzarella cheese sticks.
Taste: Offers hamburgers, grilled & breaded chicken sandwiches, along with the ultimate favorite- the spicy chicken sandwich. A specialty item is offered daily such as the grilled Chicken Club Sandwich!
Outtakes: A variety of “grab n go” lunch options available daily such as the build your own pizza kits, chef salads, yogurt parfaits, and muffin fun lunches.
Amigos: Offers a daily variety of all the favorite Mexican items such as soft and hard tacos, nachos, and taco salads. The toppings offered are endless!
Crisp: Offers a wrap and salad bar. Students can choose their choice of meat, fresh vegetables, and toppings, or they can choose to have the daily featured item such as the Caesar Chicken Wrap or the Buffalo Chicken Salad.
Add Ons: All meals offer a hot vegetable and a fresh fruit & vegetable bar that is full of fresh seasonal produce, including locally grown when available.
Affton High School
Meal Station Offerings:
Crust & Stuff: Offers a daily variety of homemade pizza on a whole wheat crust with flax seed oil. Many new specialty pizzas will be offered.
Casa Amigo: Offers a daily variety of all the favorite Mexican items such as soft and hard tacos, nachos, and taco salads. The toppings offered are endless, along with rice and refried beans. Come try our new salsa and pico de gallo!
Grab-A-Stack: Offers hamburgers, grilled & breaded chicken sandwiches along with the ultimate favorite, the spicy chicken sandwich. A specialty sandwich is also offered as a daily feature such as the Jalapeno Cheeseburger or Turkey Club Sandwich.
Play Bowls: Offers a variety of home-style meals from gourmet Cheesy Baked Pasta to our delicious Orange Chicken Stir Fry Bowl.
Ready Set Deli: Offers a sandwich, wrap and salad bar. Students can choose their choice of meat, fresh vegetables and toppings, or they can choose to have the daily featured item such as the Caesar Chicken Wrap or the Buffalo Chicken Salad.
Extra Extra Bar: All meals offer a hot vegetable and a fresh fruit & vegetable bar that is full of fresh seasonal produce, including locally grown when available.
Healthy Ala Carte Snacks: Prices vary, offered in all schools
Featured items in the High School and Middle School are smoothies from Smoothie King. Also offered are grab and go lunch items like fruit and yogurt parfaits, a variety of bento boxes: Hummus with Pita, Chef Salads, Fresh Fruit and Cheeses, Vegetables and Dip, and specialty cold sandwiches. All schools offer a la carte snack items such as whole grain, low-fat baked chips, snack crackers and dessert items, as well as 100% fruit juice drinks. Unless you do not permit your child to have a la carte items they are available for purchase with money that is placed in their meal account.
Chartwells uses Affton’s Tyler SIS Parent Portal to record student payments and purchases throughout the school year. A few reminders to begin the year:
- Set Up-Establish your student’s meal account before school starts. Make sure you know the access information to get into your student’s meal account
- Deposit Funds-Checks should be made payable to the Affton Schools Foodservice with the student’s name and amount enclosed in a pre-payment envelope, which are located in the school offices. You may also pay with cash or online.
- Online Payment-Pre-payments can be made with PayPal in the Tyler SIS Parent Portal by going to the Affton School District website and clicking Online Meal Payment under the Parents Tab.
- Pre-payments-After the start of school, pre-payments will be accepted in the morning or at the register.
- Keeping Up with Your Child’s Account– Pre-payment deposits are recommended weekly or monthly to avoid negative student account balances. Letters will be sent home weekly if your child has a negative balance either through email or mail. You may also log into the Affton SIS Parent Portal and check your student’s account balance. There are charge limits in place so please ensure your child has money in their account in order to purchase lunch and a la carte items.
- Cash Sales- We accept cash purchases at the point of service at the middle school and the high school.
Online Meal Payment Through SISK12
The Tyler SIS Parent Portal’s computerized debit system allows you to pay in advance for meals and ala carte foods such as milk, juice and smart snacks. Payments may be made using PayPal, with your debit or credit card. There is a nominal service fee per transaction. Although we recommend that all students use their prepaid account to ensure speed of service, customers will still be able to deposit cash on a daily basis as they have in the past.
Student Account Balances
Balances from the previous school year have been carried forward to the new school year, and from school to school. For balance information, you may call the Food Service office at 314-633-5984 or check the Tyler SIS Parent Portal. Parents are notified of low or negative balances every week through email or mail. If your student has a negative balance, please call to resolve this before the beginning of the school year. There are strict charge policies in place this year, so please ensure that your student has money in their account to purchase meals and a la carte options.
Both Chartwells and Affton Schools are dedicated to providing quality, nutritious meals to students. We hope you will encourage your child to continue to enjoy their favorite meals and try our new dining offerings. We hope you will join us for a meal at school to see the changes for yourself. If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions please do not hesitate to call.
Brittany Gillick RD, LD
Director of Dining Services
Affton School District