There have been a lot of questions about birthdays. We celebrate birthdays by having the students in class write a birthday letter to the student who is having a birthday. This helps me to stay in compliance with our "Healthy Kids" philosophy.
Dear Parents and Families of Rolando Elementary,
Birthdays are special days for all of us, especially children. Often children enjoy celebrating with their school friends by bringing in a treat to share. This year, Rolando Elementary is working to implement the District Wellness policy by asking families to have a food-free celebration here at school.
We have several reasons for working to promote wellness and healthy eating on our campus. We know that too many sweet snacks can make children overweight and can cause cavities. In a class of 30 or more students we sometimes see treats come in three and four times a week which is not good for their health. Overweight children have a greater chance of becoming overweight adults which can lead to many health problems such as:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Joint problems
- Some types of cancer
In addition, as we work with students toward achieving proficiency in all academic areas we acknowledge that time is limited. We don't have enough time in our instructional day to stop instruction to celebrate every child's birthday. This year we are also facing the challenge of reduced cleaning staff so teachers are being asked to refrain from having food in their classrooms.
Beginning in January, children who want to celebrate at school are encouraged to bring pencils, stickers, small toys or erasers. They can even donate a book to the class library with a birthday message in honor of your child written in the front cover. The dollar stores are great places to find inexpensive toys.
Please help us maintain a healthy school environment. If you have questions, please ask your child's teacher.