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November 18, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Baked Ziti

    November 18, 2019

    Organic baked ziti and steamed mixed broccoli and cauliflower. Served with seasonal fruit.

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November 19, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Squash and apple soup

    November 19, 2019

    Squash and apple soup with whole wheat french baguette and olive oil. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Fall Visit Days

    November 19, 2019 - November 21, 2019 @ 

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November 20, 2019
  • Infant/Toddler Singalong

    November 20, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 9:15 am
    R Vitality

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  • Fitness- LE, UE, MS (2nd Quarter)

    November 20, 2019
    Outside

    LE Group #1: 9:00-9:45am
    UE Group #1: 10:00-10:45am
    UE Group #2: 11:00-11:45am
    LE: 1:30-2:15pm
    MS: 2:30-3:45pm

    Rain Location: Crescendo (all groups)

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  • Toddler Lunch - Brown rice with vegetables

    November 20, 2019

    Organic brown rice with fresh vegetables. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Pizza Lunch - PRI/ELEM/MS

    November 20, 2019

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November 21, 2019
  • Middle School Science Fair

    November 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    All parents invited.
    Elem students invited.

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  • Middle School Science Fair

    November 21, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    Crescendo.
    All parents invited.

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  • Toddler Lunch - Cheese Quesadillas

    November 21, 2019

    Cheese quesadillas with spinach and organic cherry tomatoes, avocado and ranch dressing. Served with seasonal fruit.

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  • Middle School Science Fair

    November 21, 2019

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November 22, 2019
  • Toddler Lunch - Baked beans and bread

    November 22, 2019

    Organic baked beans with bread slices and organic vanilla yogurt. Served with seasonal fruit.

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November 23, 2019
  • Parent Ed: Introduction to Montessori

    November 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Summit Room

    This interactive workshop will introduce parents to the fundamentals of the Montessori philosophy, method, curriculum, and discipline approach. In addition to learning and meeting other parents, you will be able to 'get in sync' with the Montessori approach to maximize the return on your investment in a Montessori education. Lunch will provided, as will coffee/tea/water and light snacks.

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Farm to School

An experiential learning opportunity for children in Toddler trough Middle School.

Farm-to-School Week

The week before our Fall Festival focused on promoting student understanding of food and nutrition in all our programs. The Farm to School program at Princeton Montessori School is an experiential learning opportunity for children in Toddler trough Middle School. Our students gain knowledge about food sourcing and farming, current global issues about our food system relative to nutrition, cost, and availability; and advocacy skills in ensuring access to nutritious, locally-sourced food. Through hands-on experiences working on a farm, in-school lab experiences related to farming and food and relationships with local farmers, students use their critical and creative thinking skills to collaborate on solutions-based concepts to address challenges in the global food system.  An emphasis on ensuring healthy foods, healthy bodies, and a healthy planet is central to our work with students, farmers, staff and parents. As a result, program participants gain awareness of healthier food choices, expand their knowledge and network of local farmers, and become stewards of their local environment.

In the Toddler classrooms the children looked at different kinds and colors of apples and then tasted them. They also talked about animals that you might see on a farm, who lives in a barn, and were milk comes from. 

The Primary children have an abundance of apple work out on the shelves. They tasted and compared different apple types and talked about where some foods come from. They learned about the life cycle of the apple, sequencing real pictures from seed to fruit and also using a felt board to tell the story. They made booklets identifying the parts of apple and read many food and farm related books. A friend from Lower Elementary visited the Rose Room and read “Eating the Alphabet” to several children.

The Lower Elementary students are studying seeds in Biology class. They explored many seed varieties and marveled at the diverse shapes and sizes, from the coconuts to milkweed. This week they turned their attention to corn, a monocotyledon seed of the large grass family. Each student had a plate of popping corn to examine. They tried to remove the yellow pericarp unsuccessfully and discussed how this protects the seed from deterioration. Later they had some fun popping the corn to remove the outermost covering and to expose the delicious cotyledon, realizing that food for the seed is also food for us. The students got a good laugh and thought how funny it would be to go to the movies and ask for a big tub of yummy buttered cotyledon!
Other Lower Elementary farm related classroom work included; the Life cycle of a pumpkin, Using farmers market vegetables to learn about tally marks, and naming farm nouns.

During the week of our Harvest Fall Festival the Upper Elementary ecology students had a special cooking project to promote student understanding of food sourcing, farms and nutrition-related to fall offerings. Two types of pumpkins were contrasted, one for carving and one for making pies. In the spirit of Montessori, the students cooked for each other as a community activity. Each class baked mini pumpkin pies  for the group which would be meeting on the following day. Our last class of the week carved the remaining pumpkins and roasted the seeds to share for school snack.

Middle School students worked on designing a logo for the Farm to School program. They each came up with an idea and then voted on the winning design. The logo will be used on future Farm to School newsletters and promotional materials.

 

Please contact Alex Cardona, Parent Association Farm to School Program Chair, Cardona.alexander@gmail.com if you have any questions about the Farm to School program at Princeton Montessori School. View our Farm to School information sheet.

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