Help - I\'m Being Smothered by Sweets in Kindergarden!

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 2:01am
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On the second day of school (Friday), was the first birthday celebration in my son's class - naturally the whole class has to have cupcakes. The teacher told me to expect a cup cake celebration about once a month. I said "once a month?!! That much?!" she looked stunned that I thought that was a lot. Friday morning they told us that the bake sale will be Tuesday. Again, the class will be allowed to go during school and buy some sweets from the bake sale. That will be the fourth day of school. This is rediculous! I baked for the bake sale (of course, I have to have something that I know is safe for my son to buy) but I also put together some baggies of pencils and erasers to sell. I thought the kids should have some non food items to pick from in case they want to particiapte but don't necessarily want to eat. My husband thinks I'm defeating the purpose of a BAKE sale. I told another mother this morning that I was going to put out some non food items and she looked at me like I had two heads. Tell, me, am I doing the right thing with the non food items? All this food makes me really appreciate the "non food celebrations" at the pre-school!" No wonder there is an epidemic of obesity today!!!

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 3:02am
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Heather, I think it's a great idea! I know I too was appalled last year by the amount of food involved with ds's first year of school. Birthdays every month, class parties, and all the random stuff moms sent in for no reason.
Tomorrow I go to a class mom meeting. The teachers meet with their designated class moms to plan all the year's events and parties. I'm afraid I'm going to get thrown out, but I am certainly going to suggest LESS FOOD! I know at every party in my son's class last year they ate a cupcake, pretzels, popcorn, jello and juice. That's too much junk all at once for 4 and 5 year olds, IMO. I'll bet they would have rather just had a cupcake, and spent more time playing a game or doing something fun!
Let us know how your idea works out!

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 4:06am
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All I can say is GOOD LUCK, Heather! I think people here know how I feel about all of this. I am an adult vicitm of no limits on sweets, with a weight problem since being a fat child.
We have strict limits in the home and I am always stunned each year by the food in school, at ours and what I hear about at others. I could not find another preschool with both less food, peanut and nut free and with availablitiy for us. We have stuck it out at our school, but it drives me crazy and I address it at every opportunity.
I say stick with it. I think some folks do get the message. I do get small pats on the back from other parents who agree with me, but people seem so reluctant to incite change.
I think there is a balance to keeping the control you can have over what food is present, and trying not to alienate others. So tread carefully, just so you can have good cooperation where you need it too. I think it is a great idea to do the little gift packs. My dd would be thrilled to find something there I would allow her to buy! As would yours. They can't be the only ones. Waht about diabetics, etc... Dont get me started. Ugh.
Sorry to digress! Good luck with K this year. It is such a big leap. becca

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 4:20am
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Quote:Originally posted by Heather2:
[b] My husband thinks I'm defeating the purpose of a BAKE sale.[/b]
The purpose of a BAKE sale is to make money.
The original bake sales were home-baked fresh products. Not the store bought stuff they sell these days.
My son (no food allergies) would probably prefer to buy a pencil or eraser. Stickers too. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
I say GO FOR IT. If none sell, well then at least you know you tried. But, what if they sell out? Maybe the actual bake sale will get renamed and include more things that are not food.

Posted on: Mon, 09/13/2004 - 6:19am
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Heather,
You GO girl - great idea! Kids may not want to participate for all sorts of reasons - allergies, diabetes, kosher, etc. Some may (gasp!) just not feel the need for a cupcake, but still want to buy something!
I hope more parents follow your lead.
Amy

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 4:25am
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Well, the non-food items went over BIG. The PTO president said she never thought of it before but what a great idea. There was one little girl in the first grade who is diabetic and her mother didn't send any money at all becuase she didn't think there would be anything for her pick from. There will be another bake sale on Novemember 2 so the PTO president asked me to bring a lot more non-food items. Woo hoo!

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 4:27am
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Heather, that's great!! Make sure to tell your husband [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 4:46am
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Heather, CONGRATULATIONS [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] on a success.
And, to dh and any other doubters.....nanabooboo. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Tue, 09/14/2004 - 6:11am
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Doing a happy dance for you. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 09/15/2004 - 1:29am
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Awesome job Heather!! These types of bags went over big at our school's silent auction.
Want another idea? What they did for that(and it was sort of hit or miss on some items, but...) was make surprise goodie bags. Children could pick one for a boy or girl, or neutral, perhaps, and it was filled with surprises. They could not see inside. All were different. They were $1. You can set any price.
Waht they did was request donations for these. Ant leftover party favors, crayon packs, sticker sheets, even the bags, etc...you get the picture. A commitee(few moms) put a ton together.
Maybe you can get things donated like that and put together surprise bags or not surprises. But, it helps everyone. No big spending, people get rid of some of that leftover stuff, and you make $$.
So glad it went over well. becca

Posted on: Thu, 09/16/2004 - 2:16am
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