Children need a good start with a relaxed, nutritious breakfast. Please be sure that your child’s breakfast includes enough protein to keep him/her satisfied through the morning. Do not allow caffeine-containing sodas.
If your child has difficulty eating early in the morning or your family finds itself in an unusual rush, please send breakfast along with your child to eat in school.
Lunch and Milk
All children staying for lunch bring their meal from home. We encourage children to bring either a cold lunch or warmed food in a thermos. Facilities for quick heating are available only in the elementary (1st- 8th grades) classroom; however, children must take turns using the microwave. On any given day, some children will need to wait.
Preprimary children who desire warmed food should bring it in thermal containers. Preprimary teachers do not warm food for children.
We try to teach children that food is precious and should not be wasted. Your child will bring home food that s/he has not eaten. Please work with your child to develop meals that are nutritious and will be fully eaten and enjoyed.
- Lunches should be nutritious, including sufficient fruits and vegetables and enough protein to keep him/her satisfied through the day.
- Do not send chewing gum, candy, soda pop or other foods with excessive sugar and fats.
- The school provides cartons of 2% or skim milk for lunch. Students who do not drink milk bring their own beverages. Sugary and caffeine-loaded sodas are not allowed.
- The classroom teacher provides snacks in the preprimary. Preprimary children have milk during snack time each day.
- Children in the elementary school have a snack break, and their lunches should include a nutritious snack for that time.
- The AfterSchool program includes a snack, but, for many children, an extra lunch item is a big help for a long school day.
Nutritional Guidelines for Lunches and Other Foods
Ancona is concerned with the health and wellbeing of the whole child – physical and emotional wellbeing as well as cognitive development. Numerous scientific and medical reports indicate that many of our children are establishing poor eating habits that lead to the increased likelihood of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and poor health in general. In addition,
A growing body of research confirms the link between good nutrition and academic performance, including important facilitators of learning such as attention and calm. We owe it to our children to provide them with the nutritional environment they need to optimize both learning and health.
As they are growing up, children should be given opportunities to learn good eating habits just as they develop reading, writing, and math skills. It is important for us as adults to establish basic nutritional standards at school to help guide children in developing these good eating habits.
Because Ancona does not have its own food service, we must partner with parents to ensure that the lunch and snack items for children to bring to school promote healthy eating. In addition, any school activity or function at Ancona must also reflect the nutritional guidelines below.
The American Heart Association, among others, recommends that children minimize the intake added sugars, high fructose corn syrup, transfats and excess sodium. Overall, we want to provide meals that:
- Are rich in vegetables and fruits (think multi-colored)
- Include a source of lean protein
- Include whole grains
- Are low in sugars, corn syrup, salt and fats