This is our first experience at public school (its a charter) and its driving me nuts. Prior was a private schools and preschools
We're supposed to send in a morning snack. But teacher is veto'ing everything because it can't need to be chilled, can't be eaten with a spoon and no reusuable containers. I think its because they eat snack outside and then resess so what to do with the containers? But there are many solutions to this.
For birthdays she requested everyone send in cupcakes or cookies. I asked if she might also suggest "alternative healthy snack" and she had never heard this suggestion before and asked me if I had ideas since she didn't know what people could send in.
birthday desserts are severed before lunch. There are 26 kids so that means about once a week they will be eating dessert before lunch.
To me its really important that most of the food my son eats is all natural or organic and healthy. Especially before he eats junk. Also I use reusable containers for environmental reasons and many prepackaged food is junk. For example I sent in apples and peanut butter (organic peanut butter) - I konw the prepackage single serving peanut butter is filled with extra junk.
Our last school banned artificial colors, transfats and everything had to be all natural for classroom birthdays (people brought things like fruit kabobs, healthy muffins, etc) and a waste free lunch was encouraged.
My husband thinks I'm being to radical. But this is important to me and I don't think my opinions are rare - isn't this somewhat common view by other parents?
The school did pick a food lunch vendor that uses "all natural" foods and often whole grains so there is some thought in this direction.
Any the aftercare program has requested no sugar snacks so they get it.