At Milwaukee Montessori School, we recognize that students are with us for a large part of their lives and that we share responsibility for their good health and effective daily habits. For this reason, we have a very strict no-sweets and no-highly-processed food policy as well as no single-use plastics. We ask parents to not pack any processed foods (items that are prepackaged and have a label) that add up to more than eight grams of added sugar per lunch.* We encourage fresh fruit and unprocessed foods instead.
*Non-Permitted Food Items:
- Salty potato, tortilla, “veggie,” or “Cheeto” chips of any kind, including baked.
- Soda, fruit juice, or coffee drinks.
- Any processed food with over eight grams of added sugar, such as cupcakes, snack cakes, donuts, muffins, snack pies, candy, candy bars, “granola bars” with chocolate chips, frosting, or glaze, cookies, fruit snacks, or fruit in sugar syrup.
- Pre-packaged crackers filled with cheese or peanut butter.
- Peanuts in Children’s House or younger.
School Lunch Options
Milwaukee Montessori School offers a healthy hot-lunch program with a delicious salad bar. We offer three options for lunch enrollment: full school year, one semester (either fall or spring), or a milk-only program for those who bring their own lunch.
Bag lunches from home must follow the food policy. Students who bring prohibited food items will be asked to repack them and take them home.* If your child would like to pack his or her own lunch, we suggest foods from each food group, such as bread, dairy, fruit, vegetables, and protein.
Each day, a healthy snack is available to students in their classrooms. Food from home may not be substituted for the school-provided snack.
Because plastic pollution is a global crisis, we ask that families not send single-use plastics to school. When children bring “disposable” plastic bags to school, we instruct them to bring them back home for washing and reuse. We suggest using reusable silicone food storage bags instead. Easier on our planet and your wallet!