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Weather Related Delays/Closings

Please review the attached weather policy for Kids & Company.  It covers school closings, early dismissals and cancellation of afterschool activities.   If you haven't already, it would be a great idea to make a family plan for these days.  

On page 2 of the policy, you will find links to sign up for text notification.

Homework Assistance

Through Bemidji State University's work study program, we are able to have America Reads/America Counts tutors working at the sites.  It's our goal to have America Reads tutors at each school.  These tutors can help your child with homework, tutor if your child is struggling in a certain area, or just doing academic related activities.  The form, Request for Tutoring or Homework Assistance, will be made available when there is a tutor at your child's school. 

Child and Adult Food Care Program

We participate in the Child and Adult Food Care Program (CACFP).  By following their requirements, we are able to get some reimbursement for the costs of snacks.  

This fall, there are quite a few changes taking place that affect what we can serve:
  • Flavored milks must be fat free.  We have been serving all fat free milk for several years now.
  • Grains that we serve must be "Whole Grain Rich" - over 50% of the grain must be whole grain, and other major grains must also be whole grain or enriched.  This is affecting us quite a bit.  Although many snacks are changing to be whole grain rich, there are several items that we can no longer serve.  I am particularly concerned about the gluten-free snacks we have been using.  
  • No dessert-type snacks.  This also affects us, though we do not serve many dessert type snacks.  Some sites were serving cookies to celebrate that month's birthdays, and we can continue serving smaller cookies as an extra.
  • Cereals must be low in sugar.  Our supplier doesn't have many of the allowed cereals as of yet, but hopefully they will make them available soon.  We can serve any of the cereals on the Minnesota WIC Program product list.  
So, your children may be complaining a bit about the duplication of snacks, but hopefully we will find more and more acceptable snacks as time goes by.  Overall, though, I think this is a good change for the wholesomeness of our snacks!