Today Bigfoot learn entire school district adopt Wellness policy. It forbid cupcake/chips/anything kid would want for birthday celebration, also forbid sell candy/cake/anything kid would want at school for fundraiser. Hooray! It not surprising Dream Nurse help write policy, work get it passed by school committee. This have very little do diabetes. More for allergies and obesity.
Whatever–Bigfoot love Wellness policy. But no celebrate yet: principal at 4th + 5th grade elementary school drag feet on implement policy. Bubs attend this school next year. Bigfoot want principal implement in time for September 2012.
Bigfoot desire gather army of freaks, like Portlandia’s Food Allergy Pride Parade. Term “freak” very affectionate: Type 1 diabetes include. Also include: lactose intolerant, gluten free, celiac disease, wheat stimulate latent autism gene, kosher, vegan, halal, basic chub, obese, etc. Best case scenario, Michelle Obama come help Bigfoot, maybe give heirloom seed for garden, Bigfoot and Michelle Obama on cover Whole Living magazine in modest (probably vintage Liberty of London fabric) tube tops –world not able determine who have better arms.
Below paste email exchange Bigfoot/Principal. It interest to almost no one, but maybe help Bigfoot find other parent with similar concern? Salient factor from Bigfoot point of view: Principal not acknowledge slow implement agreed-upon policy. Really drag feet! Also: call Dreamschool “extreme” (when actually Dreamschool only following rule agreed upon by whole town.)
Sent: Monday, February 06, 2012 10:45 PM
Subject: Food treats in school
Hi Mrs. Principal,
I’m the parent of a 5th grader (Jack Bigfoot) at Cupcake and a 3rd grader (Bubs) at Dreamschool. Jack loves Cupcake and Bubs is looking forward to starting at your school in the fall.
Bubs has Type 1 diabetes, and we know from two other T1 kids at Cupcake that the school nurse provides great care and we’re so grateful for that. One thing that has me worried is how often food treats are shared as part of the Cupcake school day. As a student at Cupcake, Jack has had so many sweets, and that has been fine for him. (And fun!) Jack has even had sugary treats as part of class assignments–for example, to learn the phases of the moon: nibble varying amounts of frosting off of 12 open-faced Oreos and line them up to illustrate how the moon waxes and wanes. This assignment did, honestly, help him learn the moon’s phases. But for obvious reasons, I prefer the food policy at Dreamschool. (There is no food sharing at all, not among students and not with teachers or at classroom parent/PTO parties.)
Although I was one of the first parents to grumble when Dreamschool stopped allowing birthday cupcakes and holiday parties with food, now that Bubs is unable to take part safely, I really appreciate the policy. I am sure many other parents (of kids with nut allergies/religious beliefs banning certain foods/obese kids on special diets) prefer their kids not eat food from unknown sources as well. I am hoping that since Cupcakes is, like Dreamschool, an elementary school, a policy more like Dreamschool’s might be adopted. Is there a chance Cupcakes will consider this change?
Thank you so much for your attention.
From: Principal/To: Bigfoot/Sent: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 11:53 AM/Subject: RE: Food treats in school
Hi Mrs. Bigfoot, Perhaps we should talk in person about this. However, I am hoping we can do this @April/May as my schedule is so packed right now??? Let me know if this is OK.
Sent: Tuesday, February 07, 2012 1:14 PM
Subject: Re: Food treats in school
Yes! Sure, I’d love to meet. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.
After writing to you, I learned that I didn’t have the whole story. Dream Nurse told me about the Dreamschool-style policy that is in place for the whole district, and the next step is for concerned parents/facutly/staff/kids to advocate for its implementation.
Should I call your office to schedule an appointment? Would having other concerned and interested parents attend be worthwhile?
Yes—please call the office. My schedule is so variable. You might want to read the policy. I think it has been posted on the Barrington web site. Dreamschool is more extreme than the actual policy.
I do prefer to meet with each parent separately. Thanks and see you soon.
And this came from Dream Nurse:
I am the nurse representative in the district for Wellness Committee and have worked on the writing and passing of the new Wellness Policy that addresses this. This policy was recently revised and approved by the school board just this past fall which covers the concerns you have. There is a policy in place, so discussing the implementation of this in the schools is the next step. All administrators are aware of the policy. Maybe the best way to approach this is to read the policy so you are informed and then contact Mrs. Principal for a meeting to discuss your concerns as well as how is the policy going to be implemented next year? Working with the PTO at Cupcake may be a good way to discuss the fundraisers and other events and celebrations.