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Health & Wellness

Dear Rolando Parents,
Research clearly reveals a link between nutrition and fitness, good health, and the ability to learn.  This means that the food and physical activity choices children make now can affect their academic achievement and their productivity as adults.  It is our desire to do all we can to help them be healthy and successful.  We ask you to follow the La Mesa-Spring Valley Wellness Policy which we promote at Rolando Elementary:

·        Please do not bring in food items for birthdays.

If you would like to bring in items for a birthday, consider fun, non-food items such as stickers, pencils, notepads, bookmarks, etc.  Check with your child’s teacher for their suggestions.  Many of us have visions of cupcakes and cookies when we think of birthday recognition at school.  Due to the new regulations, this is no longer an option.  Those items will need to be provided at home birthday parties instead.  But, there are certainly plausible, fun alternatives that can be done at school. 
·     This is a school-wide policy.  There must be consistency throughout our school.  Please keep in mind that if we allow one student to bring in cupcakes, etc., then we’d need to allow all to do that, and your child could be having cupcakes up to 35 times a school year.  Yes, that is a lot of cupcakes!
·        Classroom celebrations during instructional time, such as Valentine’s Day, End of the Year parties, etc. will be exempt from the “no food” rule, but must follow the district guidelines for “healthy snacks.”  Per Health and Safety Code 114021, food prepared at home cannot be distributed to other students.  It must be commercially prepared.  Additionally, we will limit the number of classroom exemptions to the “food free” policy per school year for holidays or classroom-wide birthday recognition.
·        Students may bring healthy, nutritious snacks to school to eat during their morning recess time.  Students may not share snacks with other children.  Please note that some students have severe peanut and other food allergies.  Examples of healthy snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% fruit juice, water, 100% juice bars, fruit cups, string cheese, pretzels, etc.  Examples of non-nutritious snacks include soda, cookies, cake, donuts, candy, chips, etc.

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District policy does not allow:  Soft drinks containing caloric sweeteners, sports drinks, iced teas, fruit-based drinks that contain less than 50% real fruit juice or that contain additional caloric sweeteners, beverages containing caffeine.  All carbonated sodas are strictly prohibited as a beverage at school.