Filtered water is provided in each classroom and each child is provided with an individual glass cup with their name on it. These personal cups are put through our sanitizing dishwasher every week. Juice and sugary drinks are not served at school and we asked that these beverages not be included in children’s lunch boxes.


Each family pays a low snack fee when they enroll. This fee covers most of the cost of snacks through the year and the organic milk we serve at lunch. Simple, nutritious snacks are provided to the children each morning and afternoon. We are committed to serving healthful foods and use seasonal. local and organic items whenever possible. Our snacks include a whole-wheat grain, a fruit and/or vegetable and a protein such as cheese, legumes and nuts or nut butters (excluded when we have children with a nut allergy). The Health Department requirements about food service are stringent, and we adhere to their regulations as well.


Lunch is a popular, social time for the children but at Harmony Montessori we also cultivate good manners, quiet conversation and careful clean-up. Children eat in their classrooms with their teachers and are provided a full hour of time to eat and clean-up. Porcelain plates and glass drinking cups are provided for each child.  Water and Organic 2% milk is served at lunch.

We offer two options for your child’s lunch:

  1. You can choose to pack a nutritious balanced meal for your child each day.  We ask that you include some complex carbohydrates, a fruit or vegetable and a protein. We ask that chips and crackers be used very little, if at all to ensure your child has enough energy to sustain them throughout the day. To ensure your child’s lunch remains fresh we encourage parents to include a gel ice pack in their lunch to maintain a healthy and safe food temperature. Warm ups can be added once a week to your child’s lunch and may only be heated in a glass container.
  2. Hot lunch is also available through purchase from “Fresh n’ Local”, our lunch catering company. A menu is published two weeks before the start of each month. Parents may choose which days they would like to purchase lunch by circling the corresponding date and submitting their order along with a check to the office. Cost for a small lunch, which we have found is adequate for most children is $3.50 per lunch. You can view a sample menu of Fresh N’ Local’s choices at the top of this page.

Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

We understand and support families and children with special dietary practices or food allergies.

Lead Testing

August 2016                                                                                                   

Harmony’s Water Test Results                       EPA’s Guideline Standards

Lead                              Zero                                                    Below 15 ppb (parts per billion)

Bacteria                        None                                                   None

Pesticides                     Zero                                                    Below 3 ppm atrazine

Total Nitrate/Nitrite      0 ppm                                                 Below 10.0ppm

Nitrite                            0 ppm                                                Below 10.0ppm

Total Chlorine               1 ppm                                                 Below 4 ppm

pH                                  6.5                                                      6.5 to 8.5

Total Hardness             25 ppm                                               50 ppm or less


Immunization & Exemption Rates for the 2017-18 School Year

                   Preschool                                                          Kindergarten – Elementary                    Multnomah County 

Immunization      Immunized         Exemptions                      Immunized      Exemptions                       Immunization

DTaP                        98%                     2%                                      94%                       6%                                 95%

Polio                         89%                    11%                                    94%                        6%                                 95%

Varicella                   86%                     14%                                    83%                        17%                                96%

MMR                         92%                     8%                                    89%                        11%                                  96%

Hep B                       88%                     12%                                    81%                        19%                                 95%

Hep A                       89%                     11%                                    83%                        17%                                 94%

HiB                           92%                     8%                                    92%                         8%                                     N/A