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Bala Cynwyd Middle School



The Cafeteria is the place to display your very best manners and quiet, self-disciplined behavior. It is where everyone will eat lunch, whether you purchase it or bring your lunch from home.

Books should be placed in your locker before you enter the cafeteria. Keep your conversation at a reasonable level. Students are expected to talk quietly so that their conversation does not interfere with the conversation of others. Students are not permitted to save or reserve seats at cafeteria tables.

After eating your lunch, please remain seated, except to return your tray to the wash area. Weather permitting, students may be able to gather outside on the patio to eat and enjoy BC Break Time after eating in the adjacent field. The easel outside the cafeteria will announce whether BC Break Time is approved prior to lunch each day along with other announcements for students. Anyone wishing to leave the cafeteria during the lunch period must first obtain permission and have a pass from the teacher he/she is to visit.

Additional Student Guidelines for Cafeteria Behavior

  • Everyone at your table is responsible for keeping it clean and removing all trash, food and trays.
  • You are expected to sit in your seat and clean up at that seat. Do NOT move to another table leaving your trash behind for others to clean up.
  • Push brooms, dust pans and mops are available that should be used by anyone who spills food that cannot be easily cleaned by hand. We expect everyone to cooperate in this clean-up if it is necessary.
  • No one is to harass anyone else for lunch money. The cafeteria has a lunch loan program; listen for details in your LEARN class.
  • If it is a pleasant day, and you want to go outside, this is the procedure that we expect everyone to follow: a) clean up your area and entire table. If anyone at your table is irresponsible about trash, it is everyone else's job to enlighten him or her about cleaning up. No one at any table will be excused outside if the table is obviously messy; b) Raise your hand and wait for one of the cafeteria/recess aides to excuse you; c) Walk, do not run, to go outside, and remember to walk when you come back into the building.
  • When you return trays, please also return the plastic utensils; they are NOT disposable in this cafeteria. Try to use ALL TRASH CANS, not just the one closest to you. If you see that one is full, use the next one; it is common sense and common courtesy to our custodial staff. Also, pour liquids into the trash can with a special strainer top, not into the other cans. Again, this shows both consideration and good thinking.
  • When it is close to time for dismissal and you are still in the cafeteria, someone will ask that you return to your seat after having cleaned up; a cafeteria monitor will inspect your table area, and you will be dismissed BY TABLE, not individually. Therefore, it is important, again, that your group of friends and lunch mates keep your area clean.
  • Anyone who cannot live up to these expectations will have to sit at a time-out table near the serving area and may be assigned an additional consequence as well. Lunch time is a time to relax; let’s keep it that way!
  • From time to time, there may be visitors from the community or your parents having lunch here with you in the cafeteria. Remember that each one of you represents Bala Cynwyd Middle School to those people!

BC Break Expectations

BC break is a privilege afforded all students showing expected behavior in the cafeteria as long as the weather is permitting. BC break rules will be explained to students during expectations assembly at the start of the school year. Students are allowed to exercise, run and converse in the adjacent field to the cafeteria and use approved sports equipment provided. Students must stay within the fenced area, abide by BC Break rules and all directions from the cafeteria aides. Students may not bring electronic speakers or their own sports equipment to the break field. Any student not behaving up to established expectations may be denied the opportunity for BC for set periods of time. 

Lunch Payment

BC has a Point of Sale System (POS). All students have a pin number; this number is used to access the POS system. They use this pin number to access their PREPAID ACCOUNT AT THE REGISTER. Parents have the ability to limit usage to “lunch only” if they specify in writing, otherwise students can use their account to purchase ala carte items in addition to a school lunch. Checks should be made payable to LMSD Food Service for any amount of money. The check can be sent to school with your child or you can drop it off in the school cafeteria. Notices of low balances will be sent home periodically. Students are expected to manage their accounts and maintain a positive balance at all times.

The price schedule for Middle School for the 2016-17 school year as approved by the Lower Merion School District is:

  • Student Breakfast: $2.00
  • Student Lunch Platter: $3.75 - $3.85
  • Milk: $0.55
  • Ala Carte Items: Varies