Healthy Birthdays & School Celebrations

Posted Date: 8/1/2019

School Wellness Policy; Healthy Celebrations at Valley Elementary; Allergies


wash your hands for good healthSchool Wellness Policy: The Poway Unified School District recognizes the positive relationship between good nutrition, activity, and the capacity of students to develop and learn. The district is committed to providing a learning environment that supports and promotes wellness, proper nutrition, nutrition education, physical education, and a regular physical activity as part of the school learning experience. (Section 5.31 School Wellness Policy)


Healthy Celebrations at Valley Elementary:  From birthday parties to holidays, there are so many celebrations at school. Along with the fun, usually comes food. Just one school party can include pizza, sugary juice drinks, chips, cake, ice cream plus a goodie bag.   As class size has increased, birthdays are celebrated 1 to 2 times per week. Sending sugary snacks and drinks or any other food items is not permitted for birthday celebrations . Instead, we are asking our Valley families to  find other ways to recognize their child, celebrate them, and make them feel special. Consider giving non-food items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, or donating a board game or books to the classroom. Also, please do not leave items in the classrooms that disrupt student learning, like balloons.  Save those for after school.


Allergies:  We have many students on campus with life-threatening allergies to peanuts/nuts. Therefore all of our classrooms have been designated as Nut-free zones. Please check with your child’s teacher before providing any classroom snacks.  Remember all snacks need to be store bought/ purchased, sealed, and individually wrapped with ingredients listed. Valley families can help by:

  • Asking children who eat any peanut/ nut product prior to starting school to please wash their hands thoroughly before entering the classroom.
  • Reminding children not to share their food with one another.
  • Never offer any food to another classmate.

We thank you all for helping us provide a healthy and safe learning environment for our Tigers.


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