Healthy Snacks and Classroom Celebrations
We have a Wellness Policy in our school district, and specific requirements on what may be served for classroom snacks and celebrations. For more information on this policy, please visit the District's Wellness Page. Below I've outlined how this policy affects the daily snacks that children bring to school, as well as what is acceptable for school celebrations and birthday parties.Daily SnacksIn our classroom, I do ask parents to send in healthy snacks for a mid-morning energy boost. Below is a list of acceptable snacks. I am encouraging parents to send in fruits and vegetables, but I do list alternate choices under Other.
Fruits Vegetables (can be served raw or with dip or salad dressing): Other Apples, Bananas, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Grapes, Honeydew melons, Mandarin Oranges, Mangoes, Nectarines, Oranges, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Raspberries, Strawberries, Watermelon, Applesauce, Fruit cups. Canned fruit (in juice or light syrup), Raisins, Fruit Salad Broccoli, Celery sticks, Carrot sticks or baby carrots, Sliced cucumber, Peppers, Snap Peas, Snow Peas, String Beans, Zucchini slices, Cherry tomatoes Cheese cubes, String Cheese, Pretzels, Low-fat popcorn, Rice cakes, Breadsticks, Graham crackers, Bagels with margarine or jam, Blueberry Muffins, Corn Muffins, Low-fat yogurtHoliday and Birthday Celebrations
In our elementary schools, there may only be two food choices given out during holiday parties (Harvest Party, December Holiday Celebration, Valentine's Day) that contain sugar as their first ingredient. Fresh fruits and vegetables should also be provided, and drinks will be limited to water, 100% fruit juice, or milk (preferably 1 or 2%). Thank you for helping us adhere to this policy. When we do schedule our class celebrations, I will ask for food and drink donations that follow this policy. Please note that you still may send in treats such as cupcakes or cookies for birthday celebrations, but I would ask you to consider healthy alternatives as well. Again, please be sure that anything you send in does not contain nuts or peanut oil.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!