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Dartmouth Elementary

DME Lunch Schedule

Grade Lunch Time
Pre-K / ECSE 10:50 - 11:10
Kinder 11:05 - 11:35
1st Grade 11:00 - 11:30
2nd Grade 11:25 - 11:55
3rd Grade 11:35 - 12:05
4th Grade 11:50 - 12:20
5th Grade 12:00 - 12:30
6th Grade 12:15 - 12:45

Dartmouth Cafeteria


  • Students may go through the cafeteria line to get food or bring a lunch from home.
  • Meals, additional entrees, and snacks are available for purchase during lunch time
  • RISD offers free or reduced lunch prices for students that qualify
  • Students will use an ID on a lanyard to scan for lunch and library to avoid touching checkout surfaces
  • If you are dropping off your child’s lunch box, please use the cart in the front air lock. Must be dropped off by 10:30am.
  • No lunch visitors during the first few weeks of school. (See below for updated lunch visitor info.)


  • Breakfast is available for purchase from 7:30am-7:50am
  • RISD offers free or reduced breakfast prices for students that qualify.
  • Students should bring their backpacks to their classroom first and pick up their lanyard with ID Badge


  • Daily snacks should be healthy in nature. Please do not send snacks that require utensils or could cause a mess. Students often eat a snack while working independently.


  • If you want to drop off edible or non edible items for ALL the students in your child’s classroom, please contact your child’s teacher in advance.
    • Some classrooms may have allergies
    • Teachers might prefer treats to be brought only at the very end of the day, etc.

Payment Options:

  • Payment should be loaded onto the students account so that they can scan their ID badge at lunch without needing to handle money
    • Money can be added online with a credit card using the PayPAMS website
    • Money can be added in person with cash or check (no credit cards) – please send cash/check in an envelope with your child’s name on it for them to bring to the cafeteria at the beginning of the day.


  • Interactive nutritional menus for breakfast and lunch can be found on the RISD Child Nutrition website 

Lunch Visitors:

  • Now that we have established our cafeteria and lunchtime routines and procedures, we are going to start having parent/guardian lunch visitors starting October 3rd!
  • Lunch visitors are limited to parents/guardians and grandparents.
  • All lunch visitors must check-in at the front office to get a visitor badge prior to lunch. ID is REQUIRED.
  • Because we are limited on space, we need to adhere to the lunch visitor daily schedule:
    • Mondays: ECSE, PK and 3rd Grade visitors
    • Tuesdays: Kinder and 4th Grade visitors
    • Wednesdays: 1st Grade and 5th Grade visitors
    • Thursdays: 2nd Grade and 6th Grade visitors
  • Because we are limited on space, we will have designated tables for visitors to sit with their students.
    • ECSE, PK, and 1st Grade visitors will sit with their students at the far north tables of the cafeteria.
    • Kindergarten visitors will sit at the table on the far east side of the cafeteria.
    • 2nd – 6th grade visitors will sit with their students at the tables closest to the kitchen.
  • Lunch visitors will sit with their student only. Lunch visitors may bring in lunch for their student only. We cannot bring lunch or treats to other students.
  • Lunch visitors must join their students during their designated lunch times.