Nutrition & Wellness
Meals During Remote Learning
Creative Minds is starting the 2020–21 school year on all-virtual schedule. While classes are being held remotely full time, we’re offering weekly deliveries of seven breakfasts and seven lunches to children enrolled in our meal-delivery program; registration is required to receive meals.
The meal-delivery program will continue until December 31, 2020. If we offer hybrid schedules (partly in-person / partly remote), we’ll continue to deliver meals, but the serving model may change. We’ll share more information if hybrid schedules are offered.
Cost & Eligibility
Meals and delivery are free for all families, whether or not they have qualified for free and reduced-price meals.
All Creative Minds students and other children in their households are eligible for meal delivery. Children must be younger than 18, though they do not need to attend our school or be related to a Creative Minds student to receive meals.
Sign Up for Meal Delivery
If you’re already enrolled in our meals program, there is no need to sign up again. You will continue to receive weekly deliveries, but instead of receiving five breakfasts and five lunches for each child who is registered, you will receive seven of each meal.
Enroll for the first time or register additional children in one of these ways:
- Fill out and submit our sign-up form in English or in Spanish.
- Email Heather Hesslink at email@example.com.
- Send a text message to Heather Hesslink at (301) 919-1318.
If you email or text Heather, please provide this information:
- Your first and last name
- Daytime phone number
- Email address (if you have one)
- Address in DC that you’d like food delivered to
- Names of the Creative Minds students you’re registering
Deadline: There’s no registration deadline. You may sign up at any time while this program is in progress. The program will continue until December 31, 2020.
Whenever you enroll, submit the sign-up form by 2:00 p.m. on a Thursday to begin receiving deliveries the next week.
If you are registering additional children, sign up by 2:00 p.m. on a Thursday to begin receiving meals for these children the next week
Breakfast & Lunch Menus 2020–21
If you have additional questions, please email Heather Hesslink at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals During In-person Learning
When school is in session for in-person learning, Creative Minds serves breakfast, lunch, and an after-school snack to students in the school building. We partner with Stokes Kitchen to provide our students with balanced, healthy meals and snacks.
During in-person learning, breakfast is available free of charge to all students each morning.
During in-person learning, lunch is available for purchase at a rate of $5.50 per meal. Families may qualify for free or reduced-price school lunch on the basis of their income. Find information about qualifying for these meals in the “National School Lunch Program” section, below.
When our After School program is in session, snack is served, free of charge, to all students attending the program.
National School Lunch Program
Creative Minds is a participant in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches for students who qualify on the basis of family income.
When in-person learning is in session, students who receive lunch through the NSLP are provided meals from Stokes Kitchen—the same meals that all other Creative Minds students who sign up for school lunch receive.
During remote learning, students on the NSLP receive breakfast and lunch from Top Spanish, our partner in the free-meals delivery program.
Families can apply for free or reduced-price school meals (FARM) through the National School Lunch Program by submitting an application:
Completed applications may be returned to the front desk (when school is open for in-person learning) or emailed to email@example.com.
Children’s diet has a significant influence on their ability to focus and learn. A healthy digestive system has a positive effect on the nervous system and increases attention and mental clarity. At Creative Minds International PCS, we teach children about health and nutrition in the curriculum.
In addition to a healthy diet, we address our students’ wellness through opportunities for movement and exercise throughout the school day. Activities include yoga, dance, sensory integration work, and physically active games.
Our students benefit from outdoor learning on our natural playspace, which features an outdoor classroom, art studio, and school garden. The CMI natural playspace was sponsored by the Creative Families Association.
Helpful Links and Forms
- Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals: English
- Solicitud para familias de comidas gratis oa precio reducido: español
- Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals: Amharic
- Creative Minds School Health Profile
- FY20 Filter Test: Lead in Water Test Results
- Meal Charge Policy
- Solicitud Español NSLP
- Cómo Solicitar Comidas Escolares Gratis
- Creative Minds International PCS Local Wellness Policy
- Common Cold
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus): English or Spanish
- Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (Coxsackie)
- Head Lice
- Measles: CDC Fact Sheet
- Measles: DC Health Fact Sheet
- Scarlet Fever
- Sickle Cell Disease
- Strep Throat
- Guidelines for Keeping Sick Students Home from School
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