Swain Family Association Meeting is February 7 at 8:30 am in Roger’s Commons and via Zoom. Swain Campus Director Mrs. Megan Franzyshen will talk about who to go to for what and stronger together - cross campus opportunities.
Join us in the Snyder Conference Room in Snyder House on the Merle-Smith Campus to discuss our latest book. For more information on the monthly selection and future dates, please click HERE. All parents/guardians are welcome.
We have heard from a few families that you may still have questions following theState of the School Addressand the follow-up Swain Town Hall, specifically surrounding the newly required dining plan. We were able to address many of these in person at the town hall; however, since not everyone was able to attend, we will be holding an additional information night with our administrators and Sodexo representatives, including their nutritionist, on February 15 at 6:00 PM. In the interim, below are some details that may be helpful.
Changes to the dining plan beginning in the 2023-2024 school year:
The dining plan will be required for Swain students in first through eighth grade.
The dining plan remains optional for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students.
To help offset this additional cost for families, the previous activity fees that were required as part of enrollment have been dropped.
Why did we make these changes?
In order to provide a high-quality and cost-effective dining plan, every student needs to participate. For the past two years, the dining plan has lost money. We are committed to offering this valuable program; however, it has to be self-sustaining.
We believe that providing a healthy lunch program is an important component of our overall educational program. Research has shown that when children eat well, their brains and bodies are ready to learn, which leads to greater performance in school.
Having all students participate in the dining program aligns with our commitment to an environment of equity and belonging.
What you need to know about the dining plan:
Lunches are provided by Sodexo, a food service contractor employed by the school that serves all three Moravian Academy campuses.
All students at the Downtown and Merle-Smith campuses participate in the dining program.
Sodexo works with families to accommodate food allergies and other dietary restrictions. They currently provide Halal, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian options at every lunch.
If you believe that your child has a medical condition that Sodexo cannot accommodate, please contact Megan Franzyshen, who will connect you with Ben Leffler, Sodexo Director of Dining Operations. He will be able to address the specific capabilities of Sodexo as well as provide you with forms for appropriate documentation to request an exemption.