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Elementary Food Practices

Celebrating Student Birthdays

Recognizing and celebrating the birthday of our students and their unique place in the school community is important to us.

The incidence of students with dangerous food allergies and medical conditions such as diabetes has prompted us to rethink food consumption in our elementary schools. Doing everything we can to ensure our students’ health, safety, and well-being is our number one priority!

We welcome parents working with school staff to provide a special recognition of their child’s birthday. However, we will not participate in celebrating birthdays with food of any kind, including cupcakes, packaged sweets or other food or beverage treats.

If parents choose they may purchase a game or book to share in the classroom or a book for our school library. These are lasting treasures which will live on at Evening Street. It is not expected that parents should purchase a trinket item for each child. 

Classroom parties (ie:Harvest Celebration, Winter Holidays, Valentines’, and year-end parties), which remain an important part of sharing celebration with students, may include reasonable food items.  We encourage pre-packaged food items which include an ingredient listing to inform consumption choices.

Teachers will notify families in advance of school-wide parties, and share the items to be consumed during the school party. This permits parents to scrutinize the food being served, and provide an alternative when necessary to meet their individual student’s needs.
We are confident that all parents can assist us with celebrating each child in ways that do not adversely impact the health, safety, and well-being of the growing number of students for whom food allergens and other conditions are an issue.