Universal FREE breakfast and lunch are offered at Joyce Kilmer School.
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Elementary students (K-5) have a combined 45-minute lunch and recess period.
Middle school students (6-8) have a 25-minute lunch period and some recess has been added for the upper grades, but is not required by BPS policy.
Adjustment to Lunch Routine for Kindergartners
Students who are entering school for the first time have to learn the routines and habits of school, just as anyone coming to a new place. For our youngest students, it takes some time to adjust, particularly to eating lunch in 20 minutes while sitting and socializing with their new friends. Some parents are shocked to find that their child’s lunchbox comes home in September with partially- or un-eaten food, but this is fairly typical for four- and five-year-olds who are learning to eat in the cafeteria for the first time. Parents should know that no child goes hungry at school, as snack time is provided in addition to lunch. Students may be so excited or distracted by chatting with their new friends or the sights and sounds of a busy cafeteria that they actually do not finish their lunch in time. Not to worry. Our cafeteria staff circulates and makes sure everyone eats something, and our Kindergarten classes have snack time as a regular part of the daily schedule. Students typically take a few weeks to learn the new routine.
Students need physical activity as a means of learning, exercising, socializing, releasing energy, and helping their minds absorb the learning that has taken place in the school day. To that end, we offer recess to all students PK-8. Recess is approximately 20 minutes long and is either immediately before or immediately after lunch. We try to get students outdoors as often as possible, unless severely inclement weather dictates otherwise. Students go outside for recess unless:
Individual students’ recess time may be revoked as a consequence of misconduct at lunch or recess.