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Tuesday, September 2


You know, kinda like lunch? Hot lunch, that is. Remember school food?

It's hard to remember all of those details on the first day of school. There are supplies to gather, forms to fill out, physicals to schedule, and lunch money to send.

That's right, my kids are school lunch junkies. We tried the healthy, home-packed lunch thing in the past and it just doesn't "happen". Either I have to pack it (and then deliver it to school when they forget it) or we have shelves and shelves of spoiled lunch goodies in the pantry and the fridge. So this year I threw my hands in the air at the start of the year. I am not even going to try. Back to school is stressful enough, right?

Anyways when I looked up lunch prices I found out something that put the final nail in the coffin of my healthy, home-packed lunch pipe dream. If your kid goes to a Bend-LaPine school then you can pay for meals online. Hooray!

Why? Because it always seems like in addition to forgetting that healthy, home-packed lunch the kids are always forgetting their lunch money too. Also, I can check their balances to see when they are running low and "guesstimate" how many times they have sneaked into school breakfast. (I say "guesstimate" because you can't see details yet, just the balance. But apparently this feature is "coming soon".) When they do remember that they are out of money in their little lunch accounts, I usually get around to dealing with it after they have gone to bed for the night. Which means I forget about it, too. In short, lunch money is one of those things that should be really easy, but for some reason it's not.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am still all about kids being independent and learning to take care of themselves. But in this case I'll grant the bye.

Two thumbs up to the BLP School District for this new service. And a big thanks from this busy, busy mom!


Elise Michaels Media said...

This is the first year I haven't taken a "first day of school" photo. So. Very. Weird.

Melissa said...

That's great to know! Why haven't they told us about this? They always use purple ink to stamp Henry's hand when he is out of money, but it's impossible to see on his dark skin, and of course he doesn't remember until he's cut off from lunch.

The best thing about school starting is that I no longer have to pack lunches for day camp. Hooray for hot lunch! If it was good enough for us...

Jennifer (ponderosa) said...

We got that flyer, too. As soon as I figure out what my son's student ID # is, we're signing up! Go bend-la pine.