For any 6th, 7th or 8th grade students that have not received their ipads or need an ipad for the first day of school: You may pick up ipads beginning on Thursday, September 10 in the main office from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Please call Kiara O'Reilly at 651-403-7406 if you have any questions.
EVERY 5th grader will need an ipad to participate in their classes. Ipad distribution dates are Tuesday, September 8 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or Wednesday, September 9 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. You may come at any time on either day; whatever works best for your family. With your ipads, you will also receive two workbooks for language arts and a detailed sheet from your teachers with information about 5th grade orientation. Please pull into the main parking lot and begin lining up at the gym doors – there will be an adult present to guide traffic. Please wait in a single line and be patient. We will bring the materials to your car – please do not get out of the car or go to the main office. All materials will be at this one location, curbside for everyone’s health and safety.
Thursday, September 10 if your last name is A-K or Friday, September 11 if your last name is L-Z
The 5th grade event will run from 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and will include time to meet each of your teachers, learn some helpful technology tools, receive your iPad log in information and see our brand new lunch room. This event is only for students and we would appreciate parents dropping off at 9:00 a.m. at our gym doors so we can start on time and allow for social distancing rules and regulations. For those children who attend, please make sure your child brings their iPad, pencil and wears their mask. Please know for those children who don’t attend, we will videotape the event and have it available on our website; we hope to see all the students that feel comfortable doing so. We will also mail invitations with details regarding ipad distribution dates, student schedules and transportation options to all of our 5th grade families next week. Transportation will not be provided by Heritage. Please contact Kiara O’Reilly at 651-403-7406 or firstname.lastname@example.org if this is an issue for you.
Free meals are now available to all children in School District 197 (ages 1-18). The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced it will waive all fees for school meals through December 31, 2020 (or earlier if funding runs out). This is an extension of the summer meals program that provided meals to families throughout distance learning last spring and into the summer. For more information, click here.
How will my student get their free meals?
When learning in-person at school, breakfast and lunch will be available at no cost to students. Students may purchase a carton of milk for $0.50 to go with a breakfast or lunch brought from home, as milk by itself is not free. When learning at home (either as part of hybrid learning or full-time distance learning), a free breakfast and lunch bundle will be available for families to pick up between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. at every School District 197 school. Free meals will only be provided for scheduled school days. Meals will not be provided on holidays or scheduled days off. Breakfast and lunch menus are available on the district website. The menus apply to meals served in school and picked up curbside.
Please hang onto the barcoded PIN card you recently received in the U.S. Mail. Students will need these once schools resume normal breakfast and lunch service.
What are the benefits of school meals?
School meals offer students:
Age-appropriate calorie limits and portion sizes
Daily servings of fresh fruits and vegetables (Note: all students must take at least one 1/2 cup serving of fruit/vegetables with their lunch meal and at least 1/2 cup juice or fruit with their breakfast meal)
White or flavored fat-free milk or 1% white milk
Whole grain breads, pastas, and grains
Lean proteins from meat and non-meat sources
Options with reduced sodium and limited saturated fats
Do I still need to fill out a Free & Reduced Application (FRP) form
Even though meals are free for the first few months of school, you still need to fill out your Free & Reduced Application form. This ensures you’ll have help paying for meals after December 31 (or earlier if funding runs out), and also helps you cover costs for other school-related activities. In addition, it grants our district access to state funding to support our schools. Complete the 2020-2021 Free & Reduced Meal Application online here or request one by calling 651-403-7320.
Please Note: Families MUST fill out a new application for benefits at the beginning of each school year or benefits will expire on October 22, 2020.