We believe that the education of the whole child is carried out through to nutrition. We make it a priority to help children understand how the food we eat fuels our bodies and how important it is to make healthy choices and try new things. Nutritious and varied snacks and a hot lunch is served every day (lunch is optional). If there is a harvest from our own school gardens available, whether it is herbs, fruits, or vegetables, the Chef will try to incorporate these. New foods are introduced often and repeatedly served in new and enticing ways. Our school Chef puts lots of love and thought into every dish she serves. We also believe that this time is a learning process in which children practice their Practical Life skills. From the youngest student to the oldest at Pines, lunch is a greater lesson. See below for a peek into what lunchtime looks like. Two snacks are included with your tuition and we offer a 'Hot Lunch' program as an option. The meal program can be arranged for on a daily or full month basis. This is good news for our gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian friends as some lunch days feature many different choices of vegetarian and grain-free dishes.
This is what lunchtime looks like at Pines Montessori School.
All communities in our school gather in their classrooms, to prepare for lunch. They wash their hands, set their own place and decorate their community tables. Thanks to the generous spirit of our parents at the 2009 Spring Gala money was raised to purchase real place settings- plates and bowls, utensils- spoons and forks, pitchers and plastic “glasses”. Children participating in our catered lunch program spoon, scoop, or tong, their lunch from lovely bowls and baskets onto their plates. Children bringing healthy lunches from home unpack their lunches from their containers onto the plates. Children then sit at a table of their choice to share good manners, friendly conversations, and a delicious meal.
While enjoying this meal the lights are dimmed and music is softly playing, a true Montessori dining experience. After the children have finished their meals they scrape their dishes and wash them in a two-part sink of soapy water and clear water and place them in a bin to be disinfected by their teachers. The children then clean their tables and sweep the floor. During this time they took care of themselves, their environment, and were helpful to their younger peers. Lunchtime is a very enjoyable relaxing time for children.
"My kids love Pines, the quality of teachers, the setting and the environment is what we were looking for."
We love our school! My two children are so happy here!
My son is excelling in so many ways!
The teachers are the best. They truly care for each student.
Our son started here this year in the Lower Elementary class as a first year student and he could not be happier.
The teachers are top notch and the environment, ranging from a huge open play space, to organic garden beds, to classrooms stocked with the best materials, is just fabulous.
- Pendse Family
We are so happy with the school, teachers, students and parent community.
Such a great school & teachers! Every parent I meet says the same thing.
My baby goes to Pines Montessori and I LOVE it so very much! All I have to do is ask her if she wants to go to school and she starts kicking her legs, laughing and smiling.