Portsmouth School Nutrition Department 1 Junkins Avenue, Suite 402 Portsmouth, NH 03801 Tel: (603) 436-0443 Fax: (603) 431-6753
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Nutrition Department,
1 Junkins Avenue, Suite 402
Portsmouth, NH 03801
603-431-6753 Fax

Deborah Riso
School Nutrition Director

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November 28, 2012

Dear Parent/Guardian,

The Portsmouth's Food Service Department is excited to announce enhancements to our online school meal payment service.  We have transitioned your existing MyNutrikids.com account to a new service called mySchoolBucks.com. This website provides a number of key features that you will find beneficial including:

  • scheduled recurring payments
  • automatic deposits when your child's account balance runs low
  • extended purchase history for the past 90 days
  • low balance email notifications

If you had a MyNutrikids.com account, you will NOT need to create a new account with mySchoolBucks.com. Your existing login username and password will remain the same. Children that are associated with your account will also carry over to the new service.

Now that the transition is complete, you will be automatically redirected to mySchoolBucks.com where you can begin using the new service. Parents with an existing MyNutrikids.com account should have received an introductory email from mySchoolBucks.com, which provided instructions on how to use this new service.
For more information about mySchoolBucks.com please visit:

If you have any questions please call Deborah Riso at 436-0443 or Donna Sulley at 610-4474

Thank You,

Deborah Riso
School Nutrition Director

Partners in education

Children develop healthy habits for life with a strong partnership between the School Nutrition Department and classroom programs. We are proud to be a continued partner in education in the Portsmouth School District. Recently Patricia Laska (the Nutrition Services Director and a Registered Dietitian) visited a fourth grade class at the Little Harbour School to provide great hands-on information on healthy nutrition and digestion. Ask your children if they remember how long the rope was that was used as an example for the length of their digestive tract!

Why eat breakfast?
I don't have time!
Many studies report up to 40 % of all kids do not eat breakfast. Some kids will skip breakfast because they think it's a way to stay thin. If you are someone who thinks this is true think again! Studies show that breakfast is associated with better weight control. Breakfast eaters tend to eat fewer calories, less saturated fat and cholesterol and have better overall nutritional status than breakfast skippers. Without breakfast your energy levels are very low and as a result, you tend to impulsively snack - often on high-fat sweets - or to eat extra servings at lunch or dinner. When you eat breakfast, your body feels nourished and satisfied, making you less likely to overeat the rest of the day and allows you to reach your full potential.

The research shows even more compelling reasons for kids:

  • Research has shown a strong connection between eating a healthy breakfast and success in school. Students who eat breakfast before school have a general increase in math grades and reading scores, better attention, less sick days and less visits to the nurse.
  • In addition research has shown that children who eat a healthy breakfast achieve higher scores on standardized tests, get better grades overall and generally meet their daily nutritional needs in comparison to those who do not eat breakfast.

Eating a good breakfast in the morning is a sure way to help start your brain and body working well to prepare you for school. If it's too hard to get a good breakfast in before an early bus or carpool consider eating with us! Meals served through the Portsmouth School Nutrition Program are required to meet all Federal nutrition guidelines. A healthy breakfast served by us includes:

  • Milk
  • Fruit/vegetable/100% juice
  • Whole grains/breads and /or cereal or
  • Meat/meat alternate

"No time" is no excuse, so tomorrow morning; come and fuel up at your school cafeteria with a healthy breakfast!

*Information from the American Dietetic Association


Portsmouth School Nutrition Department is affiliated with several organizations that each offer continued networking with colleagues, skill development tools for employees and professional certifications. In addition the Nutrition Department aligns themselves with several buying groups (NH buying group, NH farm to school and federal commodities) to maintain a competitive edge in purchasing power. For more information on the associations just click on the below links to navigate their sites.

Portsmouth School Nutrition Department
1 Junkins Avenue, Suite 402
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Tel: (603) 436-0443
Fax: (603)431-6753

Deb Riso
School Nutrition Director
Tel: (603) 436-0443

Paula McCarthy
Little Harbour School
Tel: (603) 431-4831

Joanne Curtis
New Franklin School
Tel: (603) 436-8133


Linda Ball
Portsmouth High School
Tel: (603) 431-4185

Jodi Kenny
Dondero School
Tel: (603) 431-5065

Michelle Parker
Portsmouth Middle School
Tel: (603) 431-4835