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601 West Morgan Ave.

Chesterton, IN 46304

Phone: 219-983-3600

  • Photo of Mr. Zeck having breakfast with students


    Left to right, Bailly Principal Kevin Zeck joined winner fourth grader Nathan Cox and his friend Chase Beckett-4th for a reward feast. During National Breakfast Week (NBW) the first full week in March, each time a student purchased a school breakfast at a school participating in the contest, they were entered in a drawing. Winners received a reward feast at lunchtime of their favorite breakfast foods offered during NBW and were able to pick four friends as guests. Other participating Duneland Schools were Brummitt Elem, winner Jeffery Vereb-Kdg., and Jackson Elem., winner Mario Perez-2nd grade.

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  • Unpaid meal debt creates financial challenges for schools

    School lunch

    About 71% of school districts reported unpaid student meal debt during the 2012-13 school year, according to the School Nutrition Association. Unpaid meal debt in larger districts can reach as much as $4.7 million. Districts are working to tackle the challenge with formal and informal solutions. SNA spokeswoman Diane Pratt-Heavner recommends policies "that respect students while preventing escalating unpaid meal debts." The Atlantic online 


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  • USDA, HHS release new dietary guidelines

    The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans issued by the Department of Agriculture and HHS call for limiting added sugars and less protein for teen boys and men, while urging people to focus on overall healthy eating instead of individual nutrients. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said people "don't need to make huge, fundamental changes" because "small changes can add up to big differences." The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (1/7), USA Today (1/7)


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  • Smart Snacks in School Rule

    On July 1, 2014, the Smart Snacks in School Rule will go into effect, and students will see changes in the snacks that are available at school.  The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required the USDA to establish nutritional standards for all foods sold in school.

    Serving the right snacks at school can actually improve nutrient intake and lead to smarter student choices.

    The goal of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act is to improve overall child nutrition, and to advance the nutritional quality of all foods and beverages sold and served at school. The Smart Snacks in School rule focuses specifically on providing kids healthier food for the entire school day, not just at breakfast and lunch. And the rule’s oversight extends to any foods and beverages sold a la care in the cafeteria, at snack bars, in school stores and through vending machines.

    The new standards require schools to serve snacks whose main ingredients are more whole grain, low-fat dairy, fruits, vegetables or protein. The rule also places limits on the amounts of sugar, fat and sodium content in foods served at school.

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  • Indiana's Lunch Meal Pattern Video
    The Indiana Department of Education has created an informational video for parents about the lunch meal pattern that focuses on the positive changes and success stories from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Click here to view the video!

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School Lunch Changes for the Better!

Student in the school breakfast line All Duneland school cafeterias have implemented new meal pattern guidelines for school lunches. The new guidelines ensure that meals are healthy, well balanced and provide students the nutrition they need to succeed at school. School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and also have strict limits on saturated fat and portion size. All school lunches meet new standards requiring:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits.
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce) wider variety of vegetables, including dark green, red/orange vegetables and legumes.
  • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free).
  • More whole grains.
  • Less sodium (Although the regulation for sodium reduction in school lunches does not go into effect until the 2014-2015 school year, our cafeterias will gradually begin to implement this guideline over the next couple of years.)

Applying the new meal pattern guidelines to our menus will help provide your child/ren a high quality, nutritious lunch. We always strive to offer Duneland students’ healthier and delicious choices.

School meals are a great value and continue to be a significant convenience for busy families. Meal costs are: Grades K-6 Breakfast -$1.35, Grades 7-12 Breakfast - $1.50, Reduced Breakfast $0.30, Grades K-6 Lunch – $2.45, Grades 7-12 Lunch $2.65, Adult Lunch $3.50. Parents can prepay online using mypaymentsplus.com, or at school by using a check or cash.

Now is the perfect time to encourage your child/ren to choose school lunch. We look forward to welcoming your children to the cafeteria this school year. Find out more about Duneland’s healthy school meals by exploring the links to the left!

Wishing you and your child/ren good health and much success for a GREAT 2013-2014 school year!

Time to Look at Child Nutrition in A New Light

Establishing healthful eating habits has lifetime benefits. The key to a healthful feeding relationship is a division of responsibility between the parents (caregiver) and child.
Adults’ Feeding Responsibilities
  • Choose and prepare foods
  • Provide regular meals and snacks
  • Make eating times pleasant
  • Offer chances to learn new skills

Children’s Eating Capabilities

  • Children know how much to eat
  • Children will grow predictably
  • Children’s eating will mature Make regularly scheduled meals a top priority.
Don’t pressure or force children to eat.
Be realistic about mealtime behavior.
Model the habits you want children to develop.
Share the joy of eating together.

    Are foods of minimal nutritional value available at school?
    Eating these snacks instead of a balanced meal promotes poor nutrition and diet deficiencies, as well as dental concerns. State and Federal guidelines prohibit the sale of these items during lunch serving times.

    Is the school lunch program addressing the current obesity issues that many school age children are having today?
    Definitely. The schools are reducing the fat content of foods served by introducing low and non-fat dairy products, baked products instead of fried foods, and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of high calorie pre-packaged foods.

    Reducing fats, serving balanced meals, and increasing.physical activity at school and at home are ways we call all help our children have a healthier and happy lifestyle.

    Don’t forget that we serve breakfast every school day. It is hard on children to be Overweight. Use fruit and fresh vegetables for snacks. Reduce sweets, fatty chips and sugary drinks. Help kids to get active and exercise. It helps!

    How does the program address food allergies?
    All food allergies must be reported to the school nurse. You must bring in a written letter from your physician. Most schools have special tables for students with peanut allergies. The school nurse will inform the Food Service Department of all students with special needs.

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