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School parties and birthday celebrations

posted Mar 5, 2019, 11:58 AM by Rehoboth PTSA
Dear Parents/Guardians, 
It is time for a gentle reminder about celebrations at Palmer River!  We noticed on Valentine’s Day that candy was circulating in some rooms…. Here is our philosophy at our school: (Handbook, page 19)
The Palmer River Elementary School recognizes that holidays and birthdays are a special day for our students.  While these events do provide a social opportunity, we must also ensure that party celebrations do not disrupt the learning process.  The school and staff are dedicated to ensuring wellness and the overall health of our students in alignment with our district's health and wellness policy.   With this in mind, celebrations with cookies, cupcakes, and other sweets do not support these learning goals and are discouraged.  Refreshments for class parties could include light snacks with an emphasis on healthy snack choices such as cheese, crackers, fruits, and vegetables.  Room parents are encouraged to shift the focus from “food” to a game, craft, or related activity.
Birthday celebrations will be defined by each classroom teacher as best to compliment the developmental needs of the children.  To celebrate your child's birthday, please team with the teacher adhering to the predetermined options for the class birthday celebrations.   Some examples might include:
 Donating a book to the classroom or school library
 Bringing in a favorite book to read and share with the class
 Donating a recess ball or jump rope to be used at recess
 Performing a favorite song or musical piece for the class     
 Classroom recognition poster
Note: While we do mention “light snacks” as acceptable, we prefer non-food activities and celebrations during the school day.