For birthdays and special occasions, I know that sometimes students and families like to bring in treats to share with the class. Due to the food allergies of several students in our class and school, we need to be careful when bringing food items to share, especially homemade items or items that do not come in a commercially labelled “nut free” or "gluten-free" packaging. Non-edible goodies (like pencils, erasers, and stickers, etc.) are often preferable compared to things like sweets. If your child is hoping to bring something to give out to the class (whether it is food or something else) please have them let me know at least a day or two (or even three) beforehand, so that I can ensure that what they are sharing will be safe and acceptable for everyone in the class, and so I can plan a convenient time that particular day for it to be given out (like before recess or lunch, or at the end of the day).
Thank you very much to the parents who have already done this!
It is important for me to know in advance about these things so that I can plan a good TIME during the day to share and enjoy the treats, with minimal disruption to our classroom learning activities. This is especially important on days when there are other special events happening that may interrupt or change our planned schedule.
It is, of course, always considered an extraordinary gesture, never an expectation, when students choose to celebrate special occasions by bringing something to share.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!