Lunch - Money, Schedule and Menus

Lunch Schedule

  Kindergarten   11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  First Grade   11:50 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
  Second Grade       12:25 p.m. - 12:55 p.m.  
  Third Grade   11:40 a.m.  - 12:10 p.m.    
  Fourth Grade   11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  Fifth Grade   12:40 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.
  Sixth Grade   1:00 p.m. -   1:30 p.m. 

Lunch Money

  • You can pay for your student's lunch online at My School Bucks. The service is easy-to-use, private, and secure. There is a convenience fee. Once an account is established, parents can check the fund account anytime from their computer.
  • Students also can open a meal account (computerized debit card system) by bringing cash or a check made out to Stenwood Food Service to the cafeteria manager. This system allows parents to purchase meals in advance on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis. This also allows parents to provide an emergency fund should your child forget his/her lunch or lunch money.
  • With My School Bucks and the debit card system, students are issued a personalized pin number that is kept by the food services manager under their teacher’s name.
  • Parents can request that the money be used for meals only, with no a la carte snacks allowed. This information needs to be communicated to the cafeteria manager each time you send in money. When no preference is given, money is put into a cash account and can be used for all food items.
  • When your child is running low on money, an “I need lunch money” sticker will be sent home. Please make your child’s account a priority. If a child forgets their lunch and has no lunch money they will be offered a lunch paid for by the PTA. Students are expected to returns funds to the school counselor to reimburse the PTA.

School Payments Made Easy

Cafeteria Rules

  • Students are given an adequate lunch period and are expected to eat lunch unless excused in writing by a parent. During religious observations, students fasting will be provided an alternative location to spend their lunch period.
  • Students should not bring canned or bottled drinks or soda to the cafeteria for lunch.

Lunch Guests

  • Parents, grandparents, and siblings are always invited to come and eat with a student. It is a special occasion for the entire class. Visitors typically either purchase lunch from the cafeteria or bring a bag lunch from home. It is nice for the students to see that grownups also eat nutritious lunches. We ask that you do not bring in soft drinks or “fast-food” lunches. The sale of soft drinks to students is prohibited in all Fairfax County Public Schools, from elementary through high school, during the school day.Encourage your child to make healthy lunch choices by visiting the federal government's Choose My Plate and an FCPS online resource for Food and Nutrition information.