School Lunch Program
Northshore is part of the National School Lunch Program. Lunch is offered in all Northshore schools and many schools also offer breakfast before school.
We serve meals that are convenient, economical and healthy to our students daily. Our menus are designed to provide good nutrition, variety and best service possible for your children. We continually look for new menu items to offer.
Changes to School Meals Better for Students
The United States Department of Agriculture issued updated nutritional requirements for the National School Meal Program starting in the 2012-13 school year. The changes are based on the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
These new nutritional guidelines are great news for our students because they support our school nutrition team's efforts to create healthier meals.
School meals now offer:
- A variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, many locally sourced
- Whole grain rich foods, such as bread, pasta, rice and tortillas
- Low-fat milk, water and 100% fruit and vegetable juices
- Lower fat, sugar and salt (sodium) options
Major school meal changes:
- Students will be required to take a serving of fruit and/or vegetable
- Meals will vary in size to meet calorie needs based on grade levels (K-5, 6-8, 9-12)
- Meals will feature a greater variety and more servings of fruits and vegetables highlighting dark green, vibrant red/orange vegetables and legumes/beans
- More whole grain foods will be available
- Plain low-fat or fat-free milk or flavored fat-free milk will be available
- Saturated fat will be reduced and all meals will contain 0 grams of trans fats
- Salt (sodium) will be reduced in all meals
Click here to download Food Services mailer, What's Happening in School Foods, distributed to all Northshore families.
Elementary Lunch Information
Most elementary students eat in their classrooms. Students at Bear Creek, Canyon Creek, Cottage Lake, Fernwood, Kokanee, Lockwood and Woodin elementary schools eat in cafeteria-type settings. All elementaries offer a choice of two entrees served with a "Five-Star" Salad Bar which includes at least two fruit choices, two vegetable choices, a tossed green salad with dressing and milk. Cartons of milk or juice can also be purchased separately. The cost of lunches is subject to change annually.
Elementary menus are distributed monthly and are available on-line (see below). Nutritional information is also available. Acrobat Reader is required for viewing.
Nutritional Information (grades K-5)
Secondary Lunch Information
All secondary schools have cafeterias and students choose from deli, Mexican, Italian and grill lunches in addition to a la carte items that are priced separately. Milk is included in the price of a full meal. Cartons of milk or juice can also be purchased separately.
Free and Reduced-Price Breakfast & Lunch
Parents whose family income falls within specified guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture should apply for free or reduced-price meals for their students. Applications are sent home to all families at the beginning of the school year. The cost of a reduced-priced breakfast is free to all students who qualify. Lunches served to students in kindergarten through third grade who qualify for reduced meals will also be free. Preschool and 4th through 12th grade will be charged 40 cents. Eligible families may also qualify for other services such as health insurance. Contact your school nurse for more information.
Download Applications: (Acrobat Reader required.)
Free and Reduced Letter to Households (2013–14, English)
Free and Reduced Application (2013–14, English)
Free and Reduced Letter to Households (2013–14, Spanish)
Free and Reduced Application (2013–14, Spanish)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrition Program Links
The following prices will be in effect for breakfast and lunch at Northshore schools for the 2013-14 school year:
Adult breakfast can be purchased for $2.15 with lunch priced at $3.75.
Parents can prepay on their student's accounts by sending cash or check (made out to Northshore School District). Parents may also pay with credit card using Discover, Mastercard or VISA by contacting PayPams.
PayPAMs (P arent A ccount M anagement S ystems)
The PayPAMS program accepts Mastercard, Discover and VISA. PayPAMS will charge $1.95 per payment transaction for a processing fee. The school district does not accept credit card payments via the food service phone number. Fees are not charged when a family pays by cash or check (made out to the Northshore School District) at school. The student's ID number should be included with all payments.
To set up an account, visit www.paypams.com. The first time you contact PayPAMS, you will be asked to register your information and choose the student(s) you wish to link to your credit card payments.
Benefits of PayPAMS include:
PayPAMS Parent Manual (16-page pdf download. Acrobat Reader required.)
- Payment access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the Internet or telephone
- Schedule automatic payments based on account balance
- Review of cafeteria purchases online
- Email notification of account balances
Contact Information (all 425 area codes)
| Linda Hoel |
|Receptionist, Payroll, Sub Assignments|
|Accounting, State Reports, Free & Reduced Price Meals, POS System|
| Brenda Rodriguez |
|Elementary Kitchens, Food Service Inventory|
| Michael Shurtlieff |
|Secondary Kitchens, Catering|