Lunch and Recess

  • Lunch is served daily at Dows Lane Monday through Friday for children in all grades K-3.  All children have 25 minutes for recess and 25 minutes for lunch. We include a 5 minute crossover time to optimize recess and eating time.  

    Lunch Times:

    1st and 3rd grade

    10:50-11:15 - 1st grade eats/ 3rd grade recess

    (11:15 transition)

    11:20-11:45 - 3rd grade eats / 1st grade recess

    Kindergarten and 2nd Grade

    12:00- 12:25 - 2nd grade eats / Kindergarten recess

    (12:25 transition)

    12:30- 12:55 - Kindergarten eats / 2nd grade recess


    School lunch menus will be available monthly here: Food Service  

    A prepaid lunch option is available through We strongly encourage the use of this program to support the flow of purchasing in the lunchroom.  

    Student ID numbers are the personal pin number for purchases through MySchoolBucks.  We encourage all children to practice typing in their ID # on the picture of the keypad link below. 

    Nutrikids Practice Keypad

    Improved healthy snack options are available and ice cream treats are offered on Fridays. 


    Dows Lane Outdoor Recess Practices

    Our Belief:

    As a school, we believe that outdoor play, fresh air, and exploration are essential for healthy development for children. Our students go outside for recess as often as possible. 

    6 Reasons Children Need to Play Outside

    School Recess: When is it Too Cold to go Out to Recess?

    Keeping Kids Cool at School: When is it Too Hot to Play Outside?



    The Administration and School Nurse use the considerations below when determining outdoor or indoor recess. Our bottom line is student and staff safety.

    • Real feel temperature
    • Factors such as wind chill and weather conditions (sun, cloud coverage, high winds, etc…)
    • Safety due to snow/wet ground or playground equipment
    • NYSPHSSA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association) recommendations

    Students should come to school dressed in layers so they are prepared to go outside when possible and can also stay comfortable throughout the day. In the winter months, if students do not have adequate outerwear, they will stay inside during recess time.