The most recent brain research has proven that brain cells starving for nutrients cannot
function optimally. The children’s work at school is directly affected by the nutritional
quality of their meals. Children should arrive at school having eaten a healthy breakfast
including a high fiber, low fat, carbohydrate and some protein. An experiment by Simeon and
Grantham-Macgregor with 9-11 year olds showed that they became impulsive and had a
shorter attention span when they skipped breakfast. (Jensen, Eric. The Learning Brain).
Lunch - When your child packs a lunch, make sure it has a protein, a carbohydrate, and very
little sugar. Studies by Connors at the National Institute of Mental Health indicate that when
sugar is eaten with a protein, the learner benefited by being more alert than if the sugar was
eaten with a carbohydrate. Sugar is utilized differently by the brain when carried in with a
protein (Connors, Keith. Feeding the Brain.) Some good protein foods to pack include
lunchmeat (turkey, etc.), cashews, tuna sandwich, cheese and yogurt.
Please pack one of the following, including:
1 to 2 oz. of lean meat or fish
1 to 2 oz. of poultry, fish or eggs
¼ to ½ cup beans, peas or lentils
2 tsp. to 4 tsp. of peanut butter (if allowed in your classroom*)
Fruits and Vegetables - Preferred to have two different kinds of fruits and vegetables
¼ to ½ cup total
½ to 1 slice of bread, biscuits, rolls or muffins
¼ to ½ cup cooked noodles or pasta
¼ to ½ cup cooked cereal, rice or grains
Capri Suns, Kool aid, fruit drinks and soda pop
Please do not send candy, dessert items, gum, carbonated or caffeinated drinks, “lunchable”
style foods or “squeezable” foods. Highly processed food products such as chips, fruit rollups,
etc. are discouraged. The school provides milk and water at lunch time. Other drinks may be
enjoyed at home. Please note: Due to allergies, some classes are nut free.
Appropriate Amounts - Send only as much food as your child will eat. Each child will
take home his lunch bag every day with any food he/she was unable to eat. This will
serve as a guide as to what and how much each child eats away from home so there will be
Snacks - The parents in the Toddler/Primary and Middle School classes provide daily snacks
on a rotating basis. A Room Parent will be coordinating the schedule. In the elementary and
upper school classes, the children are encouraged to pack a natural snack (complex
carbohydrate or protein) in their lunch bag. Please note that class specific guidelines may
The brain needs food almost every 3 to 4 hours to keep working at optimal levels. Our
bodies depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. Cognitive performance suffers when
blood glucose concentrations are low. (Gold, 1998. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Vol. 67: 764S-771S).
Note: The School is not responsible for feeding students who do not bring their lunch.
Partnership with Wholesome Food Services - Students in Elementary through Upper School may participate in our partnership with Wholesome Food Services to order a daily lunch from various restaurants. For more information, log on to our website and click on the Wholesome Food Services tab on your resource page.