Healthy Food Choices
We encourage healthy food choices and recommend that students drink water while at school. We encourage students to bring a water bottle (labelled with their name) each day and to take the bottle home each evening for washing. We also encourage students to make healthy snack and lunch choices and discourage them from bringing candy and high sugar
foods to school.
We provide a snack break in the morning and the afternoon so please think about how you will help your child understand what is for lunch and what would be a good snack. We will return all uneaten food so that parents are aware of how much the child has eaten in a day.
Be Allergy Aware
We have come to appreciate that a significant number of our students live with allergies and food intolerances, some of which are life-threatening (e.g. nuts). As a result, we ask that students do not share food so that each family can control their own child’s food intake and as a school, we can support each child’s safety. Our staff is trained in how to respond in case of an allergic reaction and we would also ask for parent support. Please assist us by:
- Helping your child understand the discomfort and potentially life threatening nature of allergies.
- Avoiding sending nuts, and nut products such as Nutella, to school. Parents will be notified if other foods are identified as life threatening for our students.
- Emphasizing the importance of only eating foods sent from your home.
We would also ask that families do not send birthday cakes or snacks to school for sharing. Instead, teachers may arrange for small celebrations, which may include food, at meaningful points in the year. When this occurs, teachers will notify parents and ensure that the focus is on healthy choices and that every child can participate in some way. Thank you for helping us ensure “healthy bodies and healthy minds.”
For more information about allergies and/or other health concerns see our Illness & Medical page.