Please take a moment to welcome the newest member of our staff, Ms. Dory. Ms. Dory will be joining us in the after school hours. I encourage you to introduce yourself and your family to Ms. Dory. She provides new energy and qualification. We would like to make her transition into our enviroment as comfortable as possible.
Yet another way to help out the school. Donate used clothing your child no longer uses. Every child is required to have an extra pair of clothes in their cubby, but sometimes they do not have clothes or they need more than one set of clothes in a day. We provide a change of clothes for those children, but sometimes we do not have the right sizes. The extra clothes go home with the children and are not returned, so our supply of extra clothes is reduced. We need pants, underwear, socks, shirts and shoes. We do not need coats, sweaters, jackets, dresses or fancy clothes.
The children look forward to their snack day all month long. It is a special day for the child who brings in snack. On snack day your child will be the one who holds the American flag during the morning Pledge, rings the bell all day long, passes out napkins, be the line leader, and more.
Ms Jan is in charge of assigning snacks to your child. She usually specifies what snack to bring and how much to buy. If you have any problems with the requested snack, we have no problem explaining the snack or making changes to meet your needs.
We do have families in the school with special diets (vegetarian) and families that try to eat organic only. Whenever possible we ask parents to purchase snacks with these families in mind.
For those who are wondering how many children your snack will be serving. Currently, our downstairs class has 19 children and 2 teachers. The upstairs class has 23 children and 2 teachers.
Are you constantly struggling to think of new healthy choices for your child's lunch. Well, you are not alone. I have been asked by parents and teachers to include ideas on what to put in your child's lunch. Especially for those hectic mornings when you have to get out of the house quickly. Here are few tips on how to pack your child's lunch.
#1 Keep it small. Most of the children cannot eat a whole sandwich or a whole apple. Make the portions finger food size. The children who bring a whole sandwich typically ask if they can be done, half way through the sandwich. So, pack half a sandwich. The apples get thrown away half way or after a few bites. So, cut the apple into small pieces and save the rest for another time.
#2 Ask the child what healthy foods they want in their lunch box. So many times the children bring foods in their lunch box that mom or dad packed for them, but they don't like. We ask them to eat a little of it, but can not force them to eat. Include the child in the lunch making process.
#3 Keep it clean. Eating clean means, foods that are unprocessed. Unprocessed foods have higher nutritional value. The benefit of eating unprocessed foods include; increased concentration, stabilization of behavior and improved sleep patterns. Your child will be given the best opportunity to perform at their best. A good rule for choosing healthy foods is: If you don't know what the ingredient is, neither will your body. Read labels and ingredients.
#4 We have the children eat their healthy lunchbox items first. Anything from the list below are allowed to be eaten first. Sweets and packaged processed foods are last. There are a few items that we do not allow at the school. We do not allow soda, sugar drinks, suckers, gum, hard candy, and store bought cupcakes. These will get sent back home.
#5 Lunchables typically are only desirable because of the candy inside, but the children usually do not eat them, so don't waste your money. However, most children love a homemade lunchable. Put a few crackers, cheese and a few squares of lunch meat in small containers and they will love it. It is easy and cheap.
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