Nutrition & Wellness

Healthy Foods: At Tate’s we are creating an environment of wellness that encourages children to learn simple healthy habits that prevent disease, enhance overall health, and improve a child’s learning and behavior. Embracing eating fruits and vegetables and teaching children how to choose healthy foods, work hand-in-hand with our student garden and apple orchard activities. Fueling our bodies for wellness affects all aspects of growth and brain development as well as processing information correctly. Dr. William Sears, renowned pediatrician and author of more than 40 books on children’s health, says, “Poor food choices cause neurotransmitters, which pass along information in the brain, to malfunction. Healthier foods allow informationto be processed correctly, which helps children function at their optimal level.”

In the 2015/16 school year, we will introduce a new facility which will allow us to prepare healthy, nutritious meals on site. All menus will be jointly approved by a registered dietitian and a certified health coach from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. Our Family Wellness Speaker Series will encourage parents and students to fully embrace the mind-body connection with topics such as “Traffic Light Eating” and “Healthy Eating Made Simple.”

HEALTH EDUCATION

Emotional and Social Intelligence: The single greatest predictor of future success for your children is not IQ or how much they know – it’s how they use what they know. As society continues to change, we see that children are now often feeling a sense of social liberty before learning the rules of social maturity, and we believe that things should be done differently. We want children to learn so much more than information.  Our curriculum, special areas, and extended day activities are built around the idea that learning about yourself (and others) goes a long way in helping students understand how the world works.  We want our students to spend time outside, to see that they have what it takes to deal with tough situations, and to spend time with one another to learn how to agree, disagree, and problem solve using their social and emotional abilities.  To this end we use learning-disguised-as-fun to teach things like listening, conversation skills, empathy, body language, conflict resolution, and positive risk taking.

Sexual Health & Abstinence Education (6th – 8th Grade):
The topic alone is enough to make parents grit their teeth. And we realize that it’s becoming harder to protect your child from more mature content.  That’s why we cover this topic with sincerity and purpose. We believe it’s important for our students to know the natural physical and emotional consequences of sexual health and behavior. We approach the topic with humor and curiosity – much like students naturally would – and follow up with facts and statistics that paint a true picture about the inherent positives, negatives, and risks of sexual activity.  

Our program is built on trust, honesty, and openness which encourages abstinence as the only foolproof way to avoid any undesired outcomes of sexual activity.