This year, each student in fifth grade will be responsible for bringing a daily snack from home. Because fifth graders don’t eat lunch until around 1:00 PM, these snacks are essential to rejuvenate the students’ energy and attention span. These snacks are consumed in our classroom, so it is important that students not only bring healthy snacks, but they also must be NUT FREE SNACKS (both peanuts and tree nuts: almonds, pecans, etc.). When helping your child select a morning snack, please keep in mind the safety of our friends who have food allergies. The best defense against accidental exposure for our students with allergies is to always read the label. At the bottom of the ingredient list, an allergen warning can almost always be found. Ingredients do change, so always read the label even if you’ve checked on a prior purchase. If you send homemade baked goods in your child’s lunch, these should be consumed in the lunchroom during lunch time rather than in the classroom.
Birthdays are wonderful opportunities to celebrate each child in our classroom. I provide a treat for each student on his or her birthday or on the closest school day. If a child has a summer birthday, we’ll celebrate on his or her half birthday. Some families also like to celebrate birthdays by sending in a treat for the class, while others opt not to send anything. Due to the number and variety of food allergies in our classroom this year, please send in non-food birthday treats only.