Mountain Oak School has wonderful gardening program and now that Mountain Oak School has settled into its new site, the parent association and the faculty have formed a garden and grounds committee to develop the 3.8 acres into lovely space for Mountain Oak students to enjoy.
In 2011, the entire community of Mountain Oak School came together and created a school garden under the guidance of local farmers Carol Bigham and Sunshine Reilly at Burnin' Daylight Farm in Chino Valley. Students planted peas, radishes, arugula, potatoes, flowers, salad greens, sunflowers, herbs, tomatoes, cucumbers and watermelon.
Much of the harvest from the Mountain Oak School garden at Burnin' Daylight Farm was sold at the Prescott Farmers Market and went to the purchase of two large apple trees, which are at the new Mountain Oak School site. Also many perennial flowers and herbs were also dug out of the school garden at Burnin’ Daylight Farm and transplanted into garden boxes that are set around the new school grounds.
So far this academic year, the 2011-12 third-grade class taught by Ms. Ross planted garlic in November. With the help of parent volunteers, soil was brought from Burnin’ Daylight Farm, a raised bed spiral was created and garlic grown at the previous school garden was lovingly planted in the spiral. As part of the Waldorf inspired traditions, the garlic spiral was covered with straw and pine boughs and used in the Winter Garden event at the end of the Fall 2011 semester.
Through the ongoing support of parents and the active participation of the faculty, the school garden continues to be a vital and magical component of the curriculum and programing at Mountain Oak School. To learn more about the garden also check the section Our Garden under the Community tab on this website.
Our school strongly encourages salads, sandwiches, fruits, nuts and simple sugar-free natural juices or purified water as snacks and lunches.
In addition, our newsletter provides information about the important role healthy foods has in the physical as well as cognitive development of the child and our school provides resources and periodic guest speakers for parent education on the topic of nutrition and the child.
Lunch and snack are brought from home and are eaten at the designated snack and lunch times. We encourage foods to be of a wholesome and nutritious nature. Any food that contains artificial dyes, preservatives, colors, added sugars, corn syrup, or artificial sweeteners are discouraged. Candy, gum, and caffeinated or carbonated beverages are not to be brought to school.
Parents/Guardians are responsible for sending a hot lunch in appropriate containers if they prefer this option for their child. Microwave ovens are not used in classrooms. Lunch boxes and other food containers are to be leak proof, free of advertisements, athletes, rock stars, cartoon characters, and other media images.
Lunches can be ordered at school on a monthly basis. Vendors vary from year to year. The order form is on the website and attached to The Tuesday. Orders and payment must be turned in by the deadline in the third week of the month preceding. There are no refunds for any reason, including a child’s absence from school. This is a fundraiser run by teachers and parent volunteers. Parents from each participating class tally the children’s orders, and order the food from the restaurant. On their day each week, the volunteers pick the food up, and distribute it to the classrooms. Proceeds are split between participating classes.
The 11-12 school year will have these offerings: New Frontiers will continue to offer their fresh salads; Robeks Juice, located out Willow Creek Rd. in the Fry’s shopping center, is making delicious smoothies; El Charro on Montezuma downtown is delivering their popular burritos and taquitos; and, the very loved Mama Edda’s Pizza will continue as the Friday fare. Remember to still pack a snack on the days a child has ordered lunch.
This program is for preschoolers and kindergarteners and runs from noon to 3:00 pm.