At Chestnut Hill Academy, students enjoy nutritionally balanced, attractive meals prepared from scratch in our on-site commercial kitchen. Our menu features a wide range of multicultural food items to represent and reflect different food cultures as an extension of the diversity awareness activities that are engaged in at school. You can order lunches for the upcoming month using the links above. Please be aware that orders need to be placed one month ahead. Snacks are provided in the morning, afternoon, and during our Extended Day program. A vegetarian option is available for every lunch, and our school follows a nut-safe policy in recognition of the prevalence of peanut and tree nut allergies.
Family-Style Dining at CHA
CHA is removing the lunch line and moving to family-style dining in the remodeled cafe! Whether you’re eating at home, dining out, or having dinner with friends, good table manners for children are an essential part of every meal. Teaching children good table manners gives them essential tools for social interaction that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Staff and students sharing a relaxed mealtime experience that allows children to take part in the entire meal from setting the table to cleaning up is a valuable life skill. With daily repetition and consistency, we are optimistic that the students at CHA will master family-style dining. In addition, we will be changing the fate of unwanted food to reduce waste and upholding our commitment as a Level 4 King County Green School. Students who wish to apply for You and Me Cleaning Crew or Table Captain positions should scroll to the bottom of the page.
Why Family Style Dining at CHA?
Implementing family-style dining will foster children’s:
- Social/Emotional Development – Children learn how to be responsible for themselves as well as others by following rules and routines such as passing food items. They are also developing independence and self-direction.
- Physical Development – Fine motor skills are developed as they use utensils to serve and eat as well as pitchers to pour. Their eye-hand coordination benefits from these simple tasks as they learn to control the small muscles in their hands.
- Language Development – Language and literacy skills are developed as they engage in conversations with staff and other children. Staff can use this time to talk with children about activities and important events going on in their lives, about the healthy foods being introduced, and classroom happenings or plans.
- Cognitive Development – Children’s problem-solving, reasoning, decision-making, and understanding are developed by learning amounts, sizes, textures, numbers, counting, the position of food items and tableware.
What is ”Eatiquette”?
Coined by James Beard, Eatiquette is based on a simple concept: give children a lovely meal and create high expectations, meaning set real silverware, plates, and cups along with a refined menu and they will eat. We will strive to teach the students the basic table manners outlined in the CHA Parent Handbook, which include but are not limited to:
- Come to the table with clean hands.
- When passing food use “please” and “thank you.”
- Choose appropriate meal topics.
- Wait until everyone is served before eating.
- Never, ever chew with your mouth open or talk with your mouth full.
- Do not interrupt when someone else is talking.
- Do not talk with your mouth full.
- Put your napkin in your lap.
- Use a soft voice in the cafeteria.
- Sit properly in your chair and stay there.
- Remember to throw away your garbage in the appropriate receptacle and to recycle whenever possible. Stay seated while eating.