What's Your Birthday Policy?

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  1. Tek

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    My policy = celebrate once a month, final Friday, for all bday kids of that month.

    Parents invited IF ONLY fingerprinted (school policy) and NO large cakes. My kids wear uniforms (expensive ones) and the carpet is brand new. No juice, just water. Cupcakes or cookies are OK. I encourage parents to bake their own if possible, as it's cheaper than buying from the store, and you can control what ingredients go in them. I also encourage them to use it as baking time with their son or daughter. Win-win.

    I don't want the kids filled up on sugary drinks. Of course, allergies of ingredients are in play.

    Party occurs in the last 40 minutes of that final Friday of the month.
     
  2. silverspoon65

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    I don't ever remember having birthday parties in elementary school where someone's mom brought in cupcakes or whatever. I always found the idea to be kind of absurd. The only thing I remember is getting maybe a pencil and certificate from the teacher. I wouldn't really want the school to decide that it's ok to feed my kid sugary snacks maybe 25 times a year - that's 2-3 times a month. Then think about the individual kid - you know they are going to have a cake at home that night with family, and maybe another on the weekend for a party. How much cake does a kid need in one day? I guess, like I said, I don't remember this occuring when I was in school and it just always seemed like overkill to me.
     
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    I let them bring me treats.
     
  4. MsMar

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    I don't have an official policy and neither does my school. Last year some kids brought in treats and usually I'd finish language arts before lunch 5-10 min early and we'd pass them out then, sing, and then they'd bring the treat to lunch.

    Pwhatley, it baffles me that somehow your principal thinks that eliminating 25 or so 10 min treat breaks over the span of a year is going to affect your test scores. Really? Suddenly you'll do better because on some random days you didn't take a 10 min treat break?
     
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    Students are able to bring in treats. I encourage them to bring in healthy options, but don't require it. We take maybe 10 minutes at the end of the day before specials to sing and eat our snacks. I give them a crazy straw and a homework pass. I had two birthdays in August, and the kids got way more excited about the fruit kabobs one mom sent in than the home-made brownies for the other birthday. I've never heard of a parent coming in, and we don't call it a party. When I was in elementary school, we did it during our morning snack break. As a small school, we don't really have many allergy/diet issues. I've never had one in my class that affected birthday treats.
     
  6. TeacherNY

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    We can have students bring in things for birthdays unless anyone has an allergy. Then, the nurse has to be consulted on the treat. None of my students have food allergies so I already told a mom she could send in cupcakes for the first week of school since the child's birthday was during vacation. These were the same students I had in summer school so I know them and their parents pretty well.
     
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    What I find absurd is a practice that I only learned of a few years ago - I never experienced it growing up or when my daughter was in school. Children have a dollar pinned to their shirt, and people add other dollars to it throughout the day! I'm sorry, I'm broke because I bought your child's school supplies, and you want me to give him/her money as well? I don't think so!
     
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    There's no district policy regarding birthday, other than treats must be store bought.

    How birthdays are celebrated is decided by each teacher.

    Personally, I recommend that parents bring in the small size cupcakes (kids waste the large ones) and a Capri-Sun/juice box (or something that I don't have to pour and fuss with).

    We sing happy birthday, I give the student a birthday crown, and they choose something from the treasure chest.

    Oh--we celebrate in the afternoon toward the end of the day. I allow the parent(s) to come, too.
     
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    I make up party bags for each child at the beginning of the year- I include a small container of Playdoh, a bottle of bubbles, and a party blower. On a child's birthday I have the bag on his desk when he comes in in the morning. After morning work we sing Happy Birthday and I give them a sticker, a certificate, and a sharpened Happy Birthday pencil. They have to put their party bags in their backpacks after looking at them. That's about it =)
     
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    One year I had a parent bring in either cupcakes or a cake for the class. The Mom also brought in a small, special cake for her child. This cake was easily 2 large servings! I think that was also the same Mom who brought me (& my TA), very rich bakery brownies for her child's birthday.
     
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    We recently went to a school wide policy of not having any food for birthday celebrations(part of the nutrition policy). It was becoming a competition to see who could bring the best treat, and the "snack" was becoming a mini birthday party at school(complete with parents taking pictures). Food allergies were also becoming a concern.
    They'll get a card, sticker, and pencil from me. If they parents want to bring something it can be a pencil or eraser for each child or a book for the classroom library.
     
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    I find birthday celebrations annoying because there's no time built in for it during the day and we're supposed to do it during lunch, but sometimes our lunch monitors get their panties in a bunch and say they don't want the kids having it during lunch. ARGH!

    This year, my team and I have decided that no matter when a child's birthday is, they can ONLY do cupcakes and bring juice in Friday and they have to eat it in the cafeteria during their lunch period.

    If the monitors get upset, then we bag the cupcakes in our room and let each child take home their treat and a juice box.

    One way around it is that if I know I am going to show an educational video that day, I allow the kids to eat their cupcake and drink their juice while the video is running.
     
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    My school's policy is preferably a store bought item such as cupcakes that can be put in a baggie just in case there isn't time to pass them out at the end of the day. Any birthday treats brought are passed out at the end of the day. Birthday treats won't be passed out at lunch. I give the students a certificate and a sticker. The class will sing to the student.
     
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    Our school doesn't do birthday parties. Instead, I do a few special things for kids on their birthday.

    They get to wear a sticker that says "It's my birthday!" and pick a special pencil to write with (I keep them.)
    At the end of the day, each child will offer a theoretical gift to the child... something like the three fairies in Sleeping Beauty. SOmething NOT tangible, like "I give you the gift of invisiblity!" It's really fun.

    I also let them choose one special thing- longer recess, choice time, eating a picnic lunch on the field, having a game time.

    It works. No food at all! You do have to be willing to know this means you could have an extra long recess for every birthday. It cuts into class time, but so does a party.
     
  15. readingrules12

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    Our policy is that the students can bring in healthy snacks for the class.
     

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