Letter to Parents Rough Draft

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2001 - 1:06pm
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pHere's the rough draft of a letter to parents for kindergarten next year./p
pDear Parents,/p
pI would like to make you aware of a health issue that we will be learning about this year. I have a severe food allergy to peanuts and tree nuts, their products, and oils. Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic reaction. The allergy is life threatening. /p
pMy body reacts to peanuts and tree nuts, like some people do to bee stings, as if they were poisons. Not only eating these products, but touching or smelling them cause me to have deadly reactions. These reactions, called anaphylaxis, affect several systems in my body. The symptoms can show up quickly or progress slowly. Some of my symptoms include, hives, swelling of my throat, lips, and tongue, and wheezing with difficultly breathing, just to name a few. For this reason we need to be most cautious with our classroom snacks, party foods, and lunches./p
pOut of the 21-plus meals we eat each week, three of those will be consumed at (name of school). Each time he or she chooses to bring a lunch or snack without peanuts or tree nuts, your child plays an important part in decreasing the risk to me./p
pReading ingredient statements for food and non-food items is extremely important. Provided is a list of foods to avoid completely and a list of peanut-/tree nut-free food alternatives. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact (teacher's name and school's number) or(parents name and phone number)./p
pI want to participate fully in all of our class activities this year. With your help, we can keep our classroom safe for everyone./p
pI appreciate your understanding and cooperation./p
pMy name is Mick (last name). I am five years old./p
p(closing),/p
pMick(last name)/p
p------------------br /
Peanut/Nut-free wishes,br /
Victoria/p

Posted on: Fri, 04/27/2001 - 7:15pm
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Victoria,
Can I make a few small suggestions? First the letter is well written but not from a five year old. This would be a great letter sent home from the school officials and signed by you.
I would then attach a more "kid friendly" letter from Mick. Have the letter from Mick be directly to his future classmates. Try to include his picture. Include some of his favorite things to do, so the kids know that Mick is just like them.
Linda

Posted on: Sat, 04/28/2001 - 8:20am
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Good letter, Victoria. Here's something you may want to consider. The letter that goes out to parents of my son's classmates is signed by the school principals and refers questions to them or the school nurse. I like this because it lets the parents know that the school leadership stands behind the letter, and if any other parent has a concern that they are going to have to talk to the principal. Also, at our school the principal reminds the parents at the kindergarten orientation (the day before school) about the food policies (for us it was peanut/nut free kindergarten.
Good luck to you.

Posted on: Sat, 04/28/2001 - 12:27pm
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Thanks for your suggestions. My first letter was to be signed by school and myself. Then it was suggested by a non-allergic family member to have the letter come from Mick. Several non-allergic friends have read it and liked it. They thought that they would take it more seriously coming from him, than getting "just another letter from school". Interesting concept. I've asked for everyone's honest opinion. The responses have been so different! Most of us dealing with the allergy tend to think we need the school's signature while the "non-allergic" think it's great how it is. We will be discussing this subject at our meeting with the school staff in May. I'll let you know what we decide.
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Peanut/Nut-free wishes,
Victoria

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2001 - 4:40am
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Hello,
I am on the process of writing a letter to the parents of my daughter's classmates, which will be signed by the principal of her school, in order to ask them to try not to include peanuts in the lunch meals of their children.
The principal was not very convinced of the use of such a letter and asked me to show him some examples of letters written by parents in the same situation. Could somebody provide me some example (my daughter is 11 years old, PA++ and the letter would be signed by the school authorities).
I do not know anybody with the same kind of problems in my environment. I thank you in anticipation and I am really looking forward.
Val

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2001 - 5:23am
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Valerie,
Do a search in schools section of the boards under words to search for use school letters. You will get some ideas from there. There are several posted on the boards.
Linda

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