Lunch and Snacks Memo

The Innovative School purchases school snacks from Georgia's Farm to Market, a local indoor farmer's market. Georgia's Farm to Market is a natural food store and restaurant where they encourage you to embrace your health. Georgia's offer grass-fed and natural meats, organic produce and a wide selection of vitamins, exotic teas, coffees and spices. We know that during a child's development years, it is extremely important that children receive proper nutrition. We provide daily snacks that are healthy, natural, local and organic which include fresh fruits and vegetables and local, hormone free milk.

Georgia's Farm to Market also caters school lunch daily on a weekly schedule. If packing a lunch is difficult for your family, you may sign-up weekly for the lunch program. Menus are available at the front office. Lunch forms attached with payment must be turned in the school office by 9:30am each Friday to participate in the lunch program the following week. The food is prepared daily and is a combination of organic, healthy, locally-sourced, and fresh ingredients. Every entrée is served with a fresh organic fruit and vegetable and hormone-free milk. Georgia's never use artificial colors or flavors or high-fructose corn syrup in the food. Menus are well-balanced, nutritious, and delicious. Georgia's Farm to Market lunch program is designed to make serving a handmade, healthy hot lunch as easy and convenient as possible.

Pack a Child's Lunch Montessori Style

A Montessori-style bag lunch creates opportunities for children to apply some of the functional skills they've experienced in classroom at mealtime. Practical Life activities include: opening and closing, matching, unfolding and folding, transferring with a spoon or tongs, spreading, cutting, and cleaning up.

Prepare lunches the evening before, with the children if at all possible. They'll relish the opportunity to undertake an important role in caring for themselves in this way. Giving children a chance to choose respects their food preferences and suits their eagerness to participate in family life.

Even when the family schedule makes children's participation unrealistic, pack lunch with a young child's sensitive taste buds and small tummy in mind. Provide a variety of single foods rather than an adult-sized sandwich and an entire piece of fruit. The same sandwich ingredients in individual containers are more likely to be eaten. Consider portion size -- few young children can manage a whole apple in one sitting!

Each child who eats lunch at school needs to bring a cloth placemat and cloth napkin. The measurements need to be approximately 11” X 8”. A thin cotton material that can be folded inside the school lunch box (provided by the school) works best. Please use plastic reusable containers instead of plastic bags. Send flatware (forks or spoons) if your child is going to need them. Involve your child in planning, preparing and packing lunch to encourage their knowledge about nutrition. This participation will decrease complaints about food. Uneaten food is sent back home to encourage discussion about the enjoyment of the food and the possibility of repeats or not! Empty calorie foods such as chips are saved for snacks rather than lunch items.

The school provides 2% milk or water for lunch. If you do not want your child to have milk, you may send 100% juice. Soft drinks such as Capri-Sun, Hi-C, Kool-Aid, etc., are not acceptable at school and will stay in the lunch box for student to take home for snack.

The school provides a fruit or vegetable serving, grain (pretzels, crackers, breads), and 2% milk or water for snack in the morning and in the afternoon.

Suggestions

Small, separate portions let children combine foods in different ways. For example, a few crackers, a dab of peanut butter, a few cheese slices, and a few apple slices offer children several tasty combinations from which to choose at mealtime.

Children love simple dips for their veggies and soft spreads that give their hands plenty to do. Plain yogurt or cottage cheese are nutritious dip "starters." Peanut butter, egg salad, tuna salad, and cream cheese are easy spreads.

Healthy foods are a hallmark of Montessori philosophy. Dr. Montessori was one of the first educators to recognize the connection between nutrition and the developing brain.

- Cheese
- Any sliced fruit
- Meat chunks
- Raw or steamed veggies w/dip
- Boiled eggs
- Corn on Cob
- Beans Gazpacho
- Soup
- Salads
- Nuts

- Guacamole
- Fruit kabobs
- Dried fruit
- Grains
- Pita bread
- Tortilla
- Brown rice
- Couscous
- Pizza or quesadillas
- Peanut or almond butter (on whole grain bread,
rice cakes w/raisins)

 

Lunches must be self-contained and ready to eat so that Early Childhood children do not need teacher assistance. Please be mindful that we do not have microwaves in the classrooms and are unable to heat up packed lunches. Please send warmed items in thermos or insulated containers.

The Innovative Lunch Date

Children who have achieved drop off, pick up and lunch-independence may invite their parent for lunch. Parents may make a "lunch date" with their child. Please make arrangements with teachers AHEAD OF TIME, so we can arrange a place for you and your child. We like to have one parent at a time.* For that date please bring a sack lunch (no junk food or sodas), and join us for lunch at 12:00 p.m.

 

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