September 18th Cooking Class

Warm Pineapple in a Brown Sugar Sauce
Whole Fresh Pineapple cut into chunks
6 TBSP Butter
½ cup Brown Sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
(recipe tripled for class)

This week:
We met in circle and discussed how pineapples grow on bushes in Florida and other tropical areas. Although most students have eaten pineapple raw it is also good grilled or in this fall inspired recipe warmed in a brown sugar sauce. The bright tartness of the pineapple fits nicely with the contrasting sweetness of the brown sugar. Since this was the first time we used heat cooking in class we discussed safety regarding heat and using a stove. In class we use a small two burner electric range top. The students were given a quarter of a pineapple each to cut into smaller chunks using their plastic serrated knives and their individual cutting boards. The pineapple was all placed in a large glass bowl. Then students helped move the butter around the saucepan as it melted, added brown sugar to the melted butter, sprinkled cinnamon into the sauce, stirred the sauce with a flat whisk, and then added in the pineapple. The pineapple was stirred, coating it in the brown sugar sauce. It was then allowing it to warm in the pan as students continued taking turns stirring. Once the pineapple was warm it was served and the students began eating.

Thank you to everyone who remembered to send in a container for leftovers. The students love bringing home part of their food to share with you, and containers with lids keep the food from spilling in the cubbies.

Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Teacher Appreciation Gifts

adventure Each year the teachers and faculty of Millhopper Montessori School work incredibly hard to help our children learn and grow in a safe and healthy environment. During Teacher Appreciation Week we like to let them know how much we value their efforts. This year’s theme is designed to honor each individual’s interests and choices. As part of our Teacher Appreciation Week activities, the PTO Appreciation Committee is pleased to once again offer the opportunity to purchase for our teachers and staff a gift certificate to a local merchant of their choice. By many families contributing to the same gift, they are able to select something special. Participation is optional and we hope the program will alleviate some of the stress of this busy time of year. If you would like to participate, please place your order on this webpage or you may review the letter that was mailed to your home and indicate the dollar amount you wish to contribute next to the individual’s name. Please total all your contributions and return the form with cash or check (made out to MMS PTO) in an envelope to Crystal Sorrow by Friday, May 13, 2016. You may leave the envelopes at the front desk or hand them to Crystal directly. Gift certificates will be presented to each recipient during Teacher Appreciation Week with a card from the families who have contributed. Dollar amounts are not included on the card. Since the PTO is now a non-profit 501(c)(3), your donation may be tax deductible. Please speak to your tax advisor regarding tax deductions. If you are interested in assisting with planning Teacher Appreciation Week or if have any questions, please feel free to contact either of us at or Have a wonderful end of the school year! Missy Norman & Sheila Koon PTO Appreciation Committee

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