September 28, 2010

Birthday Treats at School


If this came home with your first grade child what would you do?

Dear Parents,
This year I am trying to give the students only healthy treats and snacks. Please do not bring cupcakes or cookies for birthday treats. They are very messy and hard to get out of the carpet. Other ideas for treats are: crackers, fruit snacks, fresh fruit or veggies, pencils, or erasers.

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18 comments:

  1. I have actually gotten very similar notes coming home. The teachers are basically begging for you not to send sugar loaded foods with your kids lol. When I had to provide snacks for the class the same was asked. Also they asked for only store bought items. Nothing homemade.

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  2. I'm just going to repost my FB comment here: I dunno, they just had cupcakes in my son's class for a birthday and he can't wait for it to be his turn. Frankly, I think in the effort to be healthy and politically correct and all that other garbage, schools are sucking all the joy right out of childhood. I'm thankful my children are a part of a school that still let's kids be kids.

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  3. My wife is a teacher and I know she'd never get picky with parents like this....pencils, erasers for snack food? I'd think the teacher's an idiot.

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  4. Our school still allows homemade cupcakes and cookies for birthdays, although I have seen other notes suggesting that other treats be healthy. Last year, I provided "fruit kabobs" with a sweet yogurt dip for his birthday (instead of cupcakes, since he had one child who had recently been diagnosed as diabetic in his class). That was actually pretty popular--although this year, he asked for cupcakes, and the teacher was AOK with that when I brought them in.

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  5. I would take in what my child wanted to take in and tell the teacher to deal with it. Then again, I have a very confrontational personality at times.

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  6. Really? Is it so offensive to request that kids have a healthy snack at school? Sucking the life out of their childhood? Oh, what a horrible life. Crackers and cheese. An apple. Please, Rebecca. Give'em the hostess at home; kids won't have a miserable childhood because they eat one less cupcake a week. Maybe, as adults, they will thus learn to lead a more balanced life. Sandy.

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  7. It’s not offensive at all to request that kids bring healthy snacks to school. The school is required to provide a well balanced meal at lunch, parents can pack their child’s lunch, and normal snack times during class make sure the kids are getting a healthy snack. In fact, many parents donate those healthy snacks for snack time.

    What you don’t seem to understand Sandy is that we are talking about Birthday Treats. It’s a school wide practice that each classroom allows the children to bring a Birthday Treat to share with the class in honor of their birthday. Kids bring things like cookies, cake, cupcakes...whatever treat they would like.

    In my daughter’s class the teacher was out for the first month of school on maternity leave. They have already celebrated birthdays in that classroom and yes, kids have brought things like cupcakes in honor of the occasion. Now the teacher is back from maternity leave and I have a real problem with her changing the rules midway. I think if she wants to implement a different rule she should start it up next year from day one.

    The other issue I have is the entire school celebrates these birthdays and do not have such a rule. Last year for kindergarten we brought chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with sprinkles and the kids LOVED them.

    For crying out loud it’s a BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. I think the child being honored should be able to bring whatever treat they would like in honor of the occasion. These little parities take place AFTER lunch. Yes, childhood is being sucked out of the life of kids. Who wants to bring a pencil and eraser to chew on at school for their Birthday Treat?

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  8. Hahaha!! Who knew that my OPINION would piss someone off so much! Who knew that having a joyous treat-filled birthday would be such an issue with people. Sandy, get a grip!

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  9. Um.. and because I just like to stir the pot a bit.. Who the hell would send Hostess for a Birthday????? Seriously? No, on a BIRTHDAY kids want those awesome bakery cupcakes with sprinkles and a toy (like a ring or something) stuck on top - Hostess?? Sandy, I'm thinking you don't even have kids... And if you do, geez, lighten up!

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  10. I came across a bible verse today that made me think of this discussion. Proverbs 24:13 My child, eat honey, for it is good, and the honeycomb is sweet to the taste. I wonder what God is trying to tell me. We haven't talked to anyone at the school yet. Don is in Utah at the moment and he wanted to handle this one. So I will keep you guys posted and let you know what happens if there is really anything to report back on. I want to thank all of my facebook friends for chiming in with all of your points of view. One thing that remains in my mind is that it's just a birthday celebration. It's not a regular meal. It's not an everyday snack. When I look back on my elementary school days it's the celebrations that I can remember the most. Why? Because that's what was fun as a kid. The holidays, the celebrations, etc. School has become so complicated that they are now sending home worksheets requesting that we fill in the days that our kids have exercised. They are kids. They play outside. There job is to play, run, and have fun. They have turned this into a huge chore. I don't know...I got a newsletter from the PTA the other day. It came home the same time that the Birthday Treat sheet came home. On it was a parenting quote from Jesse Jackson. Jesse Jackson? Seriously? He is the epitome and ultimate example of parenting? Why on earth is the PTA sending home Jesse Jackson parenting quotes? Why are they even sending home parenting advice at all? I don't know. Our society today has dipped just a little bit too far into my home and I don't like it. Anyway, that's where I'm at. Thanks for your input and for not being shy to speak up. If we forget how to do that even on the "little" things boy are we in trouble. Think of how much turmoil could have been prevented in the world if we would have paid better attention to the little things. I don't know what the answer is because on the flip side we have our priorities all messed up. Look at what the Senate accomplished yesterday. They managed to sign a bill that turns down the volume of television commercials. Go Figure!?

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  11. I didn't think my comment would post because blogger was telling me it was too long. Oh well. I went ahead and posted an update with links so look for that.

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  12. As a teacher for almost 3 decades I have found it increasingly more difficult to inform parents that school culture is changing. And surprise, teachers are not always the one in charge here. So when it comes to treats I must say we do a lot here at school besides the birthday celebrations. Kids do not do well behaviorally on their special day. Most kids get so wound up they end up with a difficult day, sometimes even miserable day. And then as teachers we have to deal with the tears, 30 frosted cupcakes and a hunt for napkins that were not brought. The stakes are higher for the kids, academically. And some week's to tell you the truth it is just too much even for the most creative teacher. I vote to leave the cupcakes out. A cookie passed out at recess is a little calmer and just as fun. Ask the kids. They don't work very hard to notice what the treat is. It's just the fact that they get to sing Happy Birthday!

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  13. Leaving cupcakes out is fine with me. Just make sure it’s implemented school-wide and that nobody is bringing cupcakes or sweet sugary treats to celebrate anyone’s birthday. As long as the schools are being consistent across the board I don’t mind.

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  14. I'm pretty sure that there are 20-25 kids in a class which means that they would celebrate birthdays about three times a month (especially if they put the summer kids half birthday's in there) which means that these kids are getting cupcakes or dessert every week above and beyond all the other sugar filled crap parents already let them eat. My son's birthday is tomorrow and it is his choice what he wants to bring in but there are so many better options than cupcakes that can individualize your child and keep their caloric level appropriate. I would never take offence to a letter like this, this means that the teacher actually cares about your student and wants them to not only think outside the box by coming up with new and better birthday ideas but also wants them to be healthy. I agree that it should be consistant with every classroom but life isn't entirely fair so just buck up and deal with this insignificant issue.

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  15. I commend this teacher for looking out for the health of her class. I wish more classrooms and schools would adopt this as a policy or celebrate with non-edible treats like erasers. My daughter brought pencils that she decorated with felt and goolgy eyes for her classmates and put their names on each one. It was low cost and personal. the kids liked it and others have brought food.

    Cupcakes are not the only way to celebrate. Additionally, allergies on are the rise as is diabetes. Some students in the class cannot probably cannot eat the cupcakes. So a child bringing them will be leaving out some of the kids in the class, in what is supposed to be a celebration for the birthday person with ALL of his/her friends.

    If the teacher has requested this, I would suggest following the guideline. The acknowledgement of the birthday is the goal, not the specific food item. If you show a positive attitude to your child, he/she will feel good about it.

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  16. My kids enjoy taking cupcakes to school for their birthdays. Their classmates and teachers don’t seem to mind either. You are always entitled to do what you feel is best for your family. Your children don’t have to participate if they choose not to.

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  17. I am praying that there are no allergies in my son's class this year. He will be in first grade and we are allowed to send in anything we want for birthdays. I try to be considerate of the teacher and not bring anything too messy (we did the pretzel rods dipped in chocolate and sprinkles last year). Their snack time is 2:30, so by the time the sugar kicks in, they are headed home. Perfect planning on the teachers part. I think that note is over the top.

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