Five year-olds Jordyn Rice, Garrett Koch and Brooke Mollenhauer enjoy their lunch and table conversation at a formal gathering held in NFA’s Commons dining room. (Photo by Terri Hutsell)

Five year-olds Jordyn Rice, Garrett Koch and Brooke Mollenhauer enjoy their lunch and table conversation at a formal gathering held in NFA’s Commons dining room. (Photo by Terri Hutsell)

Clad in Sunday’s best, Norwood-Fontbonne Academy’s five year-old young ladies and gentlemen gathered recently for a white tablecloth luncheon.

This annual formal gathering brings all of NFA’s five year-olds from the Montessori Preschool and Primary (Pre-Primary and Kindergarten) programs together as they culminate their years in the campus “Houses” where many have been learning since age three.

“Their introduction to the school’s dining room experience, and the new campus building they will call home in the fall, is one of the many ways NFA helps to foster a smooth transition for its youngest students,” explained Regina Delaney, a NFA Montessori Preschool teacher in the Carriage House.

Held in the campus Commons dining room, the guests displayed the utmost grace and courtesy while enjoying the company of one another. As they shared polite conversation and sipped from stemmed glassware, they were served a tasty menu of lemon chicken, whipped potatoes, and vegetable medley.

“Correctly placing one’s napkin on his or her lap and using cutlery properly are all part of the experience,” Delaney said.

The children concluded their special luncheon with music and dancing.

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