At Angels Montessori School we want to focus on ensuring that parents give their children health food. High quality food ensures proper health and growth for your child. Please try to avoid junk food, excessive sugar and ready made meals unless is is an emergency.
Two snacks are provided free of charge by the school daily. Snacks are usually crackers, biscuits, fruit and vegetables with dip. Some parents send their own snacks which we would more than happy to feed your child. However don't send too many snacks which will make them too full to eat lunch. Avoid junk food like candy bars, and chips for snacks. Raisins, veggies, fruits are more appropriate.
Currently the school offers a optional extra cost " Hot Lunch " program everyday of the week. We cook it in house and try to make it as healthy as possible. This is a delicious lunch. The lunch menu is posted in the PDF section of this web site and the school notice board. Lunch is a ceremonial meal at school, with several key lessons based on developing independence.
If you are packing a lunch at home, pack a well balanced, nutritional meal, excluding candy and other highly sugared foods with excessive quantities of additives, salt and preservatives. Nutritious foods include whole grain products, fresh fruits and vegetable and proteins. Chips, nuts and other food with choking hazards not appropriate for young children.
Please make sure your child’s name is clearly marked on lunch boxes and interior containers—which your child should be able to open and close. If you want us to warm the food make sure the containers are microwaveable. Better still get a " Keep Warm " Bento Lunch Box. Avoid plastic bags! We like to be trash-free! Reusable containers that your child can open and close is the best.
We are glad to help plan and implement the introduction of new foods to your child. Each new food should be given at home for four days prior to use at the school. This will enable you to check for allergy or other negative reactions, other than dislike, such as vomiting. Please make sure that the care provider is made aware of the times and the amounts of food to be given. These guidelines were suggested by the school consulting pediatrician.
Due to severe allergies and hyper activity, we strongly discourage peanut butter in our school. While it may not affect your child, it can have serious effects on other children possibly causing a life and death situation. Try to use alternatives like Pâté, Edamame and Feta Spread and Hummus. How about making your own lentil spread?
FOOD TO AVOID
We would like our parents to provide a healthy lunch for their children. Good food we have discovered often eliminates behavioral issues, improves concentration and reduces illnesses and sickness. Things like artificial Color - Red#40, sweeteners like High Fructose Corn Syrup and flavoring agents like Sodium Nitrate and MSG can play havoc on a child's health well into adulthood.
WHAT FOOD TO PACK
Don't just pack anything for lunch. The best way to do this is to make a monthly lunch menu. Sit down on a weekend and think about what you will pack for your child. Use only 100% juice. Pay attention to presentation. If the food looks awful your child will not eat it. Cook some fresh food the night before and pack it for lunch. Children like large food food pieces and not mushy mixed up food. Mix and match foods to make it interesting but keep the food groups seperate. Soups are great for winter. We can warm up the soup. Children just love something hot and warm, especially a lovely home made soup.