School Meals and Classroom Snacks
School Meals at Gatewood
Good nutrition throughout the school day supports:
- academic achievement
- a positive social and learning environment at school
- student health
To support our students’ learning and health, Gatewood promotes good nutrition throughout the school day:
- Birthday celebrations: Teachers determine whether and how birthdays will be celebrated in their classroom. If food is allowed by your child’s teacher for birthdays.
- Snacks, other classroom celebrations, and all-school events: Food offered to students at other times during the school day will make a positive contribution to children’s health and diets, with an emphasis on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and other healthful foods.
- Classroom snacks are generally donated by families (coordinated by your class GatorAide or teacher) and supplemented by the PTA.
- Classroom celebrations and all-school events will most often focus on activities and may sometimes include a healthful snack.
- Incentives: When used at Gatewood, incentives will most often be non-food items, privileges, or activities.
Thank you for supporting our efforts to improve nutrition at Gatewood. We wish to create the best learning environment possible for children. According to research done by RULER at Yale, a healthy diet is one of three essentials to promote success in learning. The three are diet, exercise, and sleep.
Student Meals at School
SPS students are offered three meal options (one hot and two cold) each school
Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to those students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Additionally, Seattle Public Schools has several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students. See a list of schools that will offer free meals for all students.
Free Meals for Students
Your child may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. In all Seattle schools, students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals receive meals at no cost.
You must reapply every year. Qualification is based on household income.
Students who qualify receive additional benefits including reduced fees for the following programs.
- Event Fees
- Field Trips
- Advanced Placement Tests
- Running Start Books
- Associated Student Body (ASB) Fees
- Pre-College Exams (PSAT/SAT/ACT)
- College Application Fees
Apply for Student Meal Assistance
Breakfast and lunch will be served at no cost to those students who qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Additionally, Seattle Public Schools has several schools that will offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students.
Learn more about how to apply for nutrition assistance, add money to your student’s account, or check menus and allergy information.