We strive to be a peanut/tree nut free environment at SCD! We have several children in our school with severe, life-threatening allergies and try to keep them as safe as possible. Please do not send any nut products to school with your child. A good tasting alternative to peanut butter is called Wow Butter – made from roasted soy nuts. There is also Sun Butter, made from roasted sunflower seeds (it is gluten, egg, dairy and trans-fat free). These are available in most grocery stores and often come with stickers you can put on your child’s lunch container to advise us that it’s not peanut butter (looks and smells very similar).
This upcoming year in kindergarten, we are going to encourage the children to listen to their bodies and eat snacks when they are hungry. This “open snack” will take some time for the children to get used to, but hopefully will help with the development of their self-regulation skills. We will still have a scheduled lunch break and a morning snack break due to whole-school scheduling. We want to encourage independence in the children. Here are some suggestions to help them achieve independence while eating:
Check your child’s lunch containers/lunch bag – can he/she open them independently? If not, replace them, or have your child practice with them at home. Please label everything that you want returned home! See our Links page for lots of great ideas on kid-friendly containers and labels.
Teach your child how to open up packaged snacks – we have scissors available, but these are often difficult to manipulate with plastic packaging. Better yet, buy snacks in bulk and send to school in reusable containers
Slice whole apples to make them easier and quicker to eat, especially when children are experiencing wiggly baby teeth. I sprinkle my daughter’s apple slices with a little cinnamon so that they don’t look brown. This also saves the children from throwing most of their apple out unfinished.
Peel oranges and break into segments, then place into a container and send to school. Please peel hard-boiled eggs too. Most children cannot peel them independently (or quickly), and often have to wait before we are able to help them.
Give him/her several small healthy snacks to choose from instead of one large thing that they may refuse to eat. Sliced veggies/fruit, small crackers, pretzels, dried fruit, sliced cheese or meat, and yogurt are great choices. If you would like your child to eat a specific thing at lunchtime (such as a sandwich) try putting a sticker on that container so that they know not to eat it for a snack!
Send a labeled, reusable water bottle in your child’s lunch instead of juice boxes. We can refill water bottles as needed throughout the day.
Please try to limit the number of sugary or pre-packaged snacks. Not only are they more expensive, and create more litter, but many are also loaded with preservatives and fillers. The children need real food to fuel their bodies for learning and to help give them enough energy to last the whole day.
Thanks so much for taking these things into consideration when sending food for your child. We will have the children bring home anything that is unfinished or only partially eaten so that you will know what he/she has consumed during the day.