Six children in our class have September birthdays. As a result, I thought I'd better blog as quickly as possible about the new Rowe decision to celebrate classroom birthdays in ways that do not involve food. Please take a minute to read the following paragraph from Ellen Honan's newsletter that further details the thoughts behind this decision.
"Along with specific allergies, we must also consider various other medical conditions and nutritional needs of our students. This year we are requesting that food not be sent in to celebrate your child’s birthday. Each teacher will honor your child’s special day with a classroom celebration that will not involve food. There will be times throughout the year when we will celebrate with healthy snacks, but we have made a school decision to eliminate food for birthdays. We thank you in advance for respecting this request."