New Birthday Policy for the 2018-2019 School Year

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note that beginning the 2018 – 2019 school year, we will be following a new Birthday policy.

We certainly want to acknowledge each student on his/her actual birthday (or find a time to acknowledge those with summer birthdays during the school year) and we will continue to announce the students at Morning Assembly and/or in their classroom.

They will also still get a free dress pass that we will honor on the last Thursday of each month.

However, moving forward in the 2018 – 2019 school year, in an effort to maximize academic learning time, there will no longer be any class parties to celebrate students’ birthdays.

On their child’s birthday, parents are given the option to bring in a goodie bag for all students in the class, that will be passed out by the Teacher as children are preparing for dismissal, to be opened at home.

We have had an increasing amount of students who have dietary restrictions due to allergies or other health reasons, and we feel that it is important for parents to be able to directly monitor what their student is consuming.

Even with consolidated parties, the amount of academic time lost really begins to accrue, and we remain committed to utilizing class time fully and effectively. We are also trying to create equity and be sensitive to those families who may not be able afford contributing to a class party.

If parents want to do something more elaborate, they are certainly welcome to plan their own celebrations outside school hours. We do ask parents to remember that, if birthday parties are happening off campus and invitations are passed out in the classroom, parents should bring an invitation for everyone in the class.

We thank everyone in advance for your cooperation with this new policy.

God Bless,
Mrs. Grey

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