SNACKS AND MEALS
Over the years we have handled our snacks in many different ways such as the school providing, parents providing their own child’s, parents providing for the whole class in a snack rotation, and parents choice to pack snack or opt for their child to have what the school provides that day. Due to the rise in allergies of all types, and the increase in parents’ awareness of the harmful affects of GMO and processed foods, we are seeing an increase in parents asking for teachers’ snack plans ahead of time so they can decide whether they’d like their child to have that food or not. We are also seeing an increase in parents packing their own chosen snacks for their child, which are allergen-free and mostly organic. Interestingly, over the past few years we are also seeing an increase in children being more choosy about what they’ll eat and not! To simplify, and meet the needs of all children and parent preferences, we have found it safer and simpler for parents to provide the snack they wish their child to eat which they are sure their child will enjoy, and meets their specific dietary needs. Please pack a healthy snack in a labeled ziploc bag or container.
Water at snack: The children will have water from their water bottles and not juice for the following reasons:
1. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that young children drink a maximum of 4-6 ounces of juice per day. Parents can monitor their child's juice intake more carefully if only served at home or what they give in their lunch box for Lunch Bunch.
2. Several parents have asked us to cut their child's juice in half with water and/or refrain from giving their children juice at snack since it tends to cause loose stools in young children. This becomes difficult for those children who are only allowed water when a friend sitting next to them is drinking juice.
3. Juice contains sugar which affects the activity level in young children!
4. The benefits of water are numerous!
We will reserve juice for special occasions so if you would like to bring in juice with your child’s birthday snack , at class parties or in your child’s lunch, please do.
Safe and Healthy Foods to pack for LUNCH BUNCH
Any fresh fruit
Other dried fruits
Fruit cups (NOT DEL MONTE)
Yogurt in individual cups or tubes
Pudding in individual cups, cans or tubes
String cheese or other cheeses
Drinkable yogurt or smoothies
Ritz crackers/dinosaurs/sticks (Not Ritz Bits or sandwiches)
Better Cheddars Saltines
Keebler Snack Stix
Brenton brand crackers
Goldfish crackers graham crackers
Graham cracker sticks
Animal Crackers (Austin, Zoo, Barnum)
Cheerios (NOT Honey Nut or Frosted)
Chex (Rice, Corn, Wheat)
Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Kashi (Go Lean Crunch, Good Friends, Cinnamon Raisin, Heart to Heart)
Life (NOT Vanilla Yogurt Crunch)
Other Snack Items
Small bagels (Lenders or Thomas brand) with cream cheese (no nut type)
Pretzels (Not Snyders Products)
Nutrigrain cereal/yogurt bars
Special K Bars (NOT Honey Nut)
Special K Snack Bites
Fig Newtons (all flavors)
Rice Cakes (Not Quaker brand, NOT nut free)
Cheez-It Party Mix
Munchie Party Mixes
Kellogg’s brand Rice Krispie Treats (original)
Thank you for your consideration and support in keeping our children with food allergies safe from having a life threatening allergic reaction at school.