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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade
Teaching & Learning

Health and Wellness

A focus on health and wellness is woven throughout many aspects of the Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, First, Second and Third Grade curriculums at Beauvoir. 
Beauvoir’s Children’s Garden, started in 2002, has been a large part of the Science curriculum and provides many of the vegetables and herbs used in Beauvoir’s kitchen. From a young age, the students learn to grow and harvest their own vegetables. 

In the spring of 2014, the garden was relocated to the former Cathedral Greenhouse space to make room for the St. Albans athletic fields project. After weeks of building raised beds, filling them with soil and installing an irrigation system, the plants thrived in their new home. The beds were planted with vegetables such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and carrots, as well as plant species to complement the School's Global Studies investigation. Much of what is grown and harvested each year in the Garden is used by our Meriwether Godsey Dining Service for lunch and snacks. 

Flowers, beans, beets and herbs are also found in the space. Groundbreaking research shows how nature can boost mental acuity and creativity, as well as promote health and wellness. Beauvoir’s campus has been mentioned in numerous publications, including The Atlantic magazine, and touted as an exemplary place for children to learn, play and grow.

Beauvoir Meals

Fresh, healthy lunch options are provided everyday by the school's food provider Meriwether Godsey. Meriwether Godsey is an employee-owned company headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia, that serves schools and various partners in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. 

Meriweather Godsey is committed to environmental and economic sustainablility and strives to make a difference through practices, standards, expectations and strategies that promote environmental responsibility while meeting our community’s needs and preferences. The company embraces fresh, local meals and is firmly committed to wellness and balance. 
With leadership from Meriwether Godsey, Beauvoir focuses on reducing waste by keeping good food out of the trash and using fewer disposable products and recycling. Meriwether Godsey employees additionally donate fryer grease for biofuels and practice energy-saving habits, such as turning ovens on when they need them and not before, and turning off faucets. Each fall, Meriwether Godsey promotes eating local with a special meal featuring local ingredients in appreciation of the harvest season, and each spring, celebrates Earth Day by featuring menus and methods that are especially mindful of our natural resources. Meriwether Godsey occasionally features reduced meat menus in a conscious effort to reduce the demand that drives expansion in factory farming, which can lead to increased water pollution, land erosion and carbon emissions. 

To learn more about Meriwether Godsey, visit www.merig.com or speak with Beauvoir's on-site Chef Director, David Vanderslice. 

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Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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