MVES Birthday Celebrations
Dear MVES Families,
MVES will continue our school-wide focus on wellness. In 2012, the MVES Leadership Team, Parent Advisory
Council, and parent focus groups developed guidelines to reduce the frequency that students are introduced to
sugary foods at school and additionally reduce the frequency that students with food allergies were exposed to
allergens while at school. We continue to appreciate and support your wish to celebrate your child’s birthday
and other important days by bringing food treats to school. Please be aware of the following guidelines that
remain in effect for the 2016-17 school year.
All individual student celebrations that involve sharing food with the entire class will take place
beginning on September 9th and every other Friday for the continuation of the school year. The
celebration luncheons will be held in cafeteria during scheduled lunch times. Celebrations that
involve food should make a positive contribution to children’s diets and health. In accordance with
PWCS Regulation 725-1, at least one half of the foods offered at celebrations shall be fruits, vegetables,
grains, meat/meat alternates, or dairy products. Please check with your child’s classroom teacher before
sending in a treat to coordinate snacks. There are several great websites that have recipes and ideas for
fun and creative healthy snacks. At no time should students with food allergies (students with blue
placemats in the cafeteria) be given any food item!
Yes! You can bring in a special food treat for your child on their actual birthday if you would like.
In an effort to be sensitive to our students with food allergies, we ask that you be creative if you would
like to send in something to share with the entire class on the actual day of your child’s birthday. A nonfood
item such as a pencil, stickers, or donation of a book for the class library are all awesome ways to
celebrate! Your child’s class can even receive an extra 5 minutes of recess in honor of your child’s
birthday in lieu of purchased or baked goods! Please let your child’s teacher know if extra recess is how
you choose to celebrate!
Food related Birthday/other treats for the entire class can be sent to school on the following dates:
September 9, 2016 September 23, 2016 October 7, 2016 October 21, 2016
November 18, 2016 December 2, 2016 December 16, 2016 January 6, 2017
January 20, 2017 February 3, 2017 February 17, 2017 March 3, 2017
March 17, 2017 March 31, 2017 April 21, 2017 May 5, 2017
May 19, 2017 June 2, 2017
Thank you for your help in supporting our wellness initiative!
Mountain View Elementary