100 day project involving peanuts

Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 7:50am
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My daughter's first grade class is celebrating the 100th day of school with class projects and a party. The teacher recently sent home a request for each child to bring in a certain item. My daughter is to bring in Cheerios. Today, a classmate informed my daughter that the item she brought in was PEANUTS [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] I quickly called the mother, and she said that, yes, she had sent in the peanuts although she did think it strange in light of my daughter's allergy (thanks a lot - I wish she had consulted me seeing that she was the room mother last year and had worked closely with me to keep the classroom peanut free). Now, I have to go into school first thing in the morning, find the teacher and get the peanuts out of the classroom. On a positive note, I will thank the little girl who gave my daughter a "heads up" as to the peanuts in the classroom. It's pathetic that the seven year olds are looking out for each other while the teachers are asleep at the wheel...

Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 10:58am
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virginia mom, I was thinking about this very thing to-day. I'm sorry to hear what happened with your daughter's class. I'm also glad that your daughter got a heads-up (and yes, from another child rather than a big person) and you can deal with it okay before something might have happened.
I got a notice last night that my daughter in Grade 1 is having a 100 day celebration on Friday. I'm not sure if her brother's class is or not. What I thought *should* have gone in the notice, since there is a PA child in my daughter's class is that no peanuts be brought in as one of the items. There were several standard examples given, toothpicks, etc. but I really felt they should have put something in about no peanuts because I've read here before about people whose children have had other kids bring in yes, 100 peanuts.
Easy and cheap thing to do, eat them afterward as well.
I'm not sure if my son's Grade 3 is doing anything or not. His sister is hoping not so that she can bring in 100 Hot Wheels cars rather than something boring. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 11:39am
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I am getting to really hate this 100 day party. The grade ones had their party today, and the kindergartens are doing it on Thursday. Can't these teachers count? How can they have 2 days difference?
I refuse to send in any food. All those little hands touching, passing it around, counting it, and then sharing every germ they've got by eating it all. (I'm fed up with sick kids.)
And Cindy, after reading your post, I realized the letter that came home does not specify no peanuts. There is no pa child in my son's class, but no peanuts are allowed in the school, and you are right that the parents should have been reminded.

Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 11:53am
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Does it have to be a food item? What about 100 cotton balls? or 100 paper clips?

Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 1:00pm
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A positive 100-day note . . . we got our notice about my PA kindergartner's celebration, and they requested NO FOOD ITEMS at all! Yes! The classrooms are supposed to be peanut-free, but birthdays have been an issue on a couple occasions. Not only did they say no candy or food items, but they are requesting school supply-type items, which they can then donate to a school in need.

Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 1:20pm
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Yonit, excellent stuff! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 02/03/2004 - 9:42pm
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I would still be very careful, even with the "no food items" directive.
It is amazing how people think this doesn't apply to candy WRAPPERS! Yep, I've seen that too. 100 Reese's wrappers pasted on a poster. Not in Ryan's room in Kindergarten, but for some other K classroom.
Another way to deal with this would be to state that if food items are used, then to place them in a sealed, clear container. In addition, have ALL 100-day collections displayed outside the classroom in some other area.
What we did last year (in addition to expecting the unexpected even with the NO PEANUT PRODUCT rule) was to create a 100-day collection outside in the hall. A table was set up, in addition some were displayed on the wall. Anything that was even remotely questionable or food-based was tacked very high on the wall where no hands could touch or disturb those projects. But the bottom line was no collection with peanuts could be used.
Virginia mom, is it in your child's 504 to only use peanut-free manipulatives in the classroom (if you have one)?

Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 12:25am
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Ah yes, the 100 day project.
Last year when I was trying to get Little V special services(which she [b]does not[/b]need any more),the school did a 100 day [b]PEANUT IN THE SHELL[/b] on poster board displayed on the walls in the hall.
When the upper staff found out I was going to bring Little V in (with us) to visit the classroom I found out the upper staff went that morning and took down the PEANUT project from the hall.Another red flag went up!!
Sugg: for 100 day projects
My oldest dd used 100 beads in the shape of the school mascott.
100 pennys
100 marshmallows
100 crayons
100 shells
This year they made paper eyeglasses shaped like the # 100. grade 2
Love this site
Synthia
[This message has been edited by synthia (edited February 04, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 1:36am
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virginia mom, that is just awful!!! Like the others here, I have also heard of kids bringing in 100 peanuts. But - to have a teacher actually direct a child to do this when there is a pa child in the class: that is just absolutely horrible. This one would take me straight to the principal's office. Unless the teacher is super apologetic and can explain how she possibly could have been so unbelievably clueless!!! At the very least I think you should be sure to document this. Of course, you probably won't need to as I am sure you will never forget it!
Let us know how things go.
Miriam

Posted on: Wed, 02/04/2004 - 12:11pm
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A mother on another board I visit asked for ideas for her dd's 100day celebration at school. She got several good ideas and then someone came on and suggested mixed nuts. I was pleased to see I wasn't the only one who "screamed" at her. One lady was allergic to peanuts , then there was me who has a ta daughter , and probably five others who had extended family members or knew of someone who was ta/pa. One lady likened it to sending 100 guns with bullets loaded saying it was just as deadly as peanuts were to her niece. WOO HOO

Posted on: Thu, 02/05/2004 - 1:48pm
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On the question why the 100's day celebrations are a few days apart....Sometimes teachers may "fudge" the actual number and not have the party on the "real" 100 day if it's not convienient. I've worked in primary grades for 10 years and it's a common practise. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Especially if it falls too close to a field trip, Valentine's day, etc. My class has their 100s day thing next week.
On the topic of the chat group and the woman suggesting nuts......I can bet that most average people who have no allergic people in their family wouldn't even think about it. I know that I wouldn't have a few years ago. I'm sure that nobody would intentionally suggest nuts if they knew a child was allergic to them would be in the classroom.

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