GRAB and GO breakfast
Cicero District 99 is committed to ensuring all students start the day with a healthy breakfast. Children who eat breakfast tend to perform better in school, have better attendance rates and display fewer behavior problems.
Morning routines can be hectic for parents and children, and many kids aren’t hungry when they wake up. This is exactly why District 99 provides breakfast every morning in a way that allows all students to participate, even after the first bell rings.
To provide breakfast service that is most accessible to students, District 99 operates the Grab and Go Breakfast program, which allows students to pick up their breakfast from mobile carts located in the school hallways on the way to their classrooms.
During the first 15 minutes of their first class, students have an opportunity to eat breakfast with their classmates and get the fuel they need to be ready to learn.
BREAKFAST IS SERVED DAILY AT NO COST TO THE STUDENTS!
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BREAKFAST HOURS
UNITY JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL BREAKFAST HOURS
Parents, please note: Children should NOT arrive to school before the designated time, as adult supervision will not be available.
COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY OPTION
Cicero School District 99 is pleased to offer an community eligibility option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
What does this mean for you and your children attending the school(s) identified above?
All enrolled students in Cicero District 99 are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to their household each day of the school year. No further action is required of parents. Children will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application.
For further assistance, please contact Jan Wolff at (708) 863-8229.
HEALTHY SCHOOL CELEBRATIONS
Providing alternatives to food as a reward promotes healthier habits by reducing exposure to less nutritious food items and, therefore, the amount of calorie-dense food items consumed (i.e., cakes, cookies, candy, etc.). This helps children develop improved food preferences and hunger cues to carry them throughout life.
Please help District 99 in creating new celebration traditions that focus on healthier alternatives. For ideas on non-food alternatives, please review:
- Constructive Classroom Rewards Bonus Tip Sheet from The Quick & Easy Guide to School Wellness (from the Healthy Schools Campaign.)
Remember, all foods and beverages brought for parties must first be approved by the principal’s office. Anyone delivering items for a school or classroom party must first stop by the school's main office. It is important the schools ensure that food allergies of any participants are known before serving any food item. Only pre-packaged, store-bought items are allowed. Cakes, candy and soda are not healthy options and will not be allowed.
Team Nutrition, an initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service, supports national efforts to promote lifelong healthy food choices and physical activity by improving the nutrition practices of the Child Nutrition Programs. District 99 provides resources to schools, child care settings and summer meal sites that participate in these programs.
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