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Posted on: Tue, 10/28/2003 - 10:47am
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Last year, it was the first year our preschool attempted peanut free. Apparently, there were PB sandwichs brought in at the party. Before I even arrived, they had been removed, but I believe off the same platter as other things(including egg salad and dd is egg allergic).
I just always bring something specific for dd to eat. If there were a very separate tray of cheese and crackers, i would pluck safe crackers off for dd occasionally(brands were specified as the year went on). I try to scope out what the food selection will be(either checking the sign up or calling the host)a nd bring suitable things for dd.
We had a huge party to attend on Sunday. It was a hunt, and then refreshments. I called ahead and the mom was great. Ran down the whole event and food. I was able to make a round cookie for dd for a donut on a string eating event, and baked safe cookies for the event(keeping one in my purse for dd if they got too close to anything else.
The only peanutty thing I observed had been brought by a guest, and was wrapped candy as garnish on a tray of a baked item.
This year, the teacher wrote largely on the sign up, "No peanut/tree nut products". She is also keeping a very short and specific lits of things to sign for(sandwiches cut into quarters, cheese cubes, fresh fruit cut up, cookies and popcorn). Also, I attend all parties unless I clear it with the teacher that I do not need to(Halloween I definately would not miss). becca

Posted on: Thu, 10/30/2003 - 4:51am
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the party issue doesn't matter anymore for us since schools are all closed due to the fires. I always go to the parties and had planned on attending this one as well. Most of the time the teachers want the help. It seems as my daughter gets older (5th grade) parents are willing to contribute money or stuff but not their time. Our party was going to be simple and I had pre approved everything. We are fortunate because a classmates family owns a "safe" pizza parlor and they donate drinks and pizza for the parties. My husband works for Hostess so we donate the cupcakes.
Linda

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 12:20pm
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I would phone the preschool administrator & explain your circumstance-hopefully they will allow you to attend the party. I'll keep your situation in my prayers.
Laura

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 12:22pm
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Also, even though the other parents are aware of your son's allergy-don't count on them to protect him. No one understands the full impact until it happens to them!

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 2:00pm
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I agree, speak to the teacher and if necessary go over her head to the principal. You have a legitimate need to monitor your child at the party.

Posted on: Fri, 10/17/2003 - 10:18pm
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Riley...I would insist on being allowed to be at the party as well. My Pa son, now 4, had a reaction at his preschool party last year. I arrived at the party after the food was served. He licked a cupcake with chocolate icing & sprinkles. I couldn't get to him fast enough to inspect the food he was served. I felt sooo guilty for arriving late. The teachers were extremely aplogetic and now fully realize the seriousness of his allergy. even though I gave the teachers a list of safe snacks for my son, he got his hands on the cupcake anyway. I now do not allow him to have any homemade treats any parent brings in, regardless how safe the parent says it is.
So, give yourself piece of mind and be there, ON TIME!!! Happy Halloween!

Posted on: Sat, 10/18/2003 - 2:30am
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Yes, tell the preschool you *have* to attend parties where food or candy is served or used(crafts). The other thing is, if outside moms are not bringing in stuff, is asking(requiring) that you personall check all labels and foods that go into dd's room for any activity involving a food item(baking projects, crafts). I found last year, that they counted with candies, and did several baking projects.
I laid out the things I need to do when I enrolled dd, and one was attending all parties with food. The teacher was relieved, truthfully. A party is tough enough for them to control and watching my dd made her very nervous in those situations. becca

Posted on: Sat, 10/18/2003 - 9:43am
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I think that with the circumstances you are in the school would be stupid not to let you be at the party. My school prefered me in all the classroom parties just because Chris was being watched and they didn't have to worry. I was on every trip and at every party. We never did preschool so I don't know how that would have been. I think that you should talk with all the parents and see how they feel about you being in there. Also talk to them about what they are bringing because they may ask you what you would like them to make for your child to be safe. take care and good luck claire

Posted on: Mon, 10/20/2003 - 11:53pm
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Trying not to start a whole new Halloween party topic.
I had to RSVP today for a big annual bash a school friend of dd's has. We did not get invited last year, so I did not know what to expect. They have become friendly this year. So I had to ask all the questions and I know this mom gets very anxious about having events. Goes over the top and works really hard at it. I am thinking it might mean lots of "fun" and novel food decrating and such.
I am soooo relieved. She was so solicitous of trying to have afe options for dd and I was able to comfortable be firm that I can take care of her needs, but just need to know what to expect so we can be prepared. I ended up offering to make the cookies she was going to do anyway. Yeah! She was delighted to have one less thing to do and something there for my dd that was safe.
All sounds good except for a donut eating thing(off a string) and I can make a donut shaped cookie to string up! Before I came up with that, she was going to add bobbing for apples(I get a bit grossed out by that on amny levels!). So I hopefully circumvented that idea!
It went very well, and she was very nice and there seems to be nothing obviously risky outside of egg in things and may contain things, but we do not eat the stuff served anyway.
PHEW! becca Oh, and I can stay! It is an adult stay and snap pictures kind of day.

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