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Food in the Classroom

WES is committed to encouraging our students to lead healthier lives and we have numerous students with food allergies. Therefore:

ANY FOOD PROVIDED BY TEACHERS AND/OR PARENTS MUST BE compliant with smart snacks in schools guidelines and APPROVED BY THE SCHOOL NURSE.

At WES, food may not be used as a reward.

Additionally, neither food nor recess may be withheld as punishment.

Please disseminate the above information to your parents in your welcome letter.

Non-food Ideas for Celebrations at School

At WES we have an “alternative” birthday policy to food treats for our student’s birthday celebration. Below are some suggestions:

1.       Party favors (bouncy balls, matchbox cars, erasers, tops, magnifying glasses, notepads, balloons, whistles, bubbles, etc.). You can get these at a party supply store, dollar store, dollar shelves at stores like Target and Michaels, and from catalogs like Oriental Trading Company.

2.       Come into the classroom and read a book to the class.

3.       Buy something for the classroom (books, games, music, class pet such as fish or turtle, plant, etc.).

4.       Decorate a box and send it into the classroom along with index cards or smaller pieces of paper. Have the teacher ask each child to use one sentence to write something nice about the birthday child and put it into the box. The birthday kid gets to take the box home at the end of the day. You could also do the same thing using an autograph book.

5.       Sen in supplies and directions for a craft for the kids to do instead of eating a snack. It is a bonus if the parent comes in to help with the craft!

6.       Arrange for kids to play a game instead of eating a snack. If you don’t have any ideas, talk to your child’s teacher. They are likely to know what the kids will enjoy and what will work well in the classroom setting. Again, it is a bonus if the parent comes in to play!

7.       Extra recess in honor of your kid’s birthday. Instead of taking the time to eat a snack, teachers may be willing to use that time to let the kids play.

8.       Bring in something that all the kids can sign as a birthday treat for the birthday child (shirt/sweatshirt, tote bag, autograph stuffed animal, pillowcase, etc.).

9.       A show and tell time for your child on their birthday. They can make a poster, bring in some of their favorite things, bring pictures, tell kids about their favorite things or life at their house, etc.


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1.  Walk 10 minutes a day.
     a.  If weather is not good you can always walk up and down the stairs.
2.  Eat 2 fruits or vegetables a day.
     a.  Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day.
3.  Drink 3 glasses of water a day.
     a.  Please try to limit your soda intake.  I suggest 1 cheat day.

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