Snacks and Lunch
Parents will provide a healthful snack for their child each day. Please bring snacks in a labelled container and place it in the snack bin each morning. Snacks will be served between 10:00 and 10:30 each morning.
Grace Garden is committed to good nutrition as an integral part of the early childhood experience. Not only do children benefit physically, but they are also learning the principles of good nutrition. Our center does not provide lunches to the children. Parents are responsible for meeting the nutritional value and for meeting the child's daily food needs.
We appreciate your cooperation in sending non-perishable foods in your child's labeled lunch container. Please include milk, 100% natural fruit juice, or water as your child's beverage. Metal rimmed containers (ex. fruit cups, Vienna sausages) are prohibited because of the sharp edge.
Bottles, pacifiers, cups and all lunch and snack containers must be labeled with the child's first and last name.
Please be aware of food-related choking in young children. Grapes, hot dogs, apples, popcorn and carrots are all potential dangers. If you do send these foods in your child's lunch, be sure to cut them into small pieces.
For your convenience, we have included a list of nutritional lunch and snack ideas below.
NUTRITIONAL LUNCH AND SNACK IDEAS:
Fresh fruit: oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, or apple wedges (peeled for younger children), pineapple chunks, banana slices, seedless grapes (cut in quarters lengthwise for toddlers and twos), seedless watermelon chunks cantaloupe or other melons. Try apple wedges with cheese spread, fruit kabobs (use spaghetti noodles instead of a toothpick), peaches, pears, plums, strawberries or kiwi slices.
Dried Fruit: apricots, banana chips, prunes stuffed with cream cheese, cranberries, raisins, apples and pineapples.
Vegetables: carrots (cooked and cubed for little ones), celery (stuffed with cream cheese and raisins), cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes (cut in quarters for toddlers and twos), or fresh, canned or cooked zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn or green beans. Add ranch or other salad dressings for dipping vegetables. Try using a variety of cutting techniques to give vegetables an appealing appearance.
Proteins: hard boiled eggs (peeled), pieces of turkey, chicken, ham, or beef (sliced or cubed), cubes or slices of natural cheese (string cheese is a favorite among preschoolers), cream cheese, pimento cheese, or tuna.
Grains: bagels, natural fruit bars, rice cakes, bread sticks, tortillas, crackers, sandwich bread (spread with protein), unsweetened cereal, seeds, Goldfish, or pasta (with or with out sauce).
Parent Participating and Fundraising
*Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parent participation at school may be temporarily limited.
Parents and teachers work in partnership for the greatest development of each child. Parents are needed to plan and coordinate events during the school year to help Grace Garden grow and be the unique program that it is. We have many ways parents can volunteer in our program.
Parent participation opportunities fall into two categories:
One-Time Events and Ongoing Events.
Thanksgiving Feast Team
Breakfast with Santa Team
Sweetheart Dance Team
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Team
If interested in serving in any of these areas, please send us an email.
Fundraising at Grace Garden
Grace Garden is able to offer a first-rate, affordable preschool education because of the generous financial support of our families and friends. To ensure that the school continues its rich tradition, we engage in a few fundraising efforts throughout the year, including:
Every year, our fundraising committee encourages families to contribute an extra tuition payment. A “no-frills” way to raise additional financial support for the school, the effort helps Grace Garden pay for scholarships, continuing education for our teachers, and additional programming for our students.