Letters to parents re PA

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 3:44am
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Does anyone have one that they have written?

As you all know ds will start Kindergarten this Sept. The school will send a letter home the first day of school asking that pa products and products with his other allergies are not brought in. I just thought I would send a letter home also from us. Just to make it a little more personnal and explain everything and offer to answer any questions anyone has. That way maybe people will be a little more postive about the situation and not feel like we are trying to invade there private life or anything. Arrangements have been made for me to stay with him the entire first day. That was the schools idea and they asked me to stay on the first day. Which I thought was awsome.

Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated. I have so much stuff to get ready before Sept.....

I made flyers with his picture on it and a list of his allergies and what would happen if he came into contact with offending foods and what to look for as far as symptoms. These will be posted in the classrooms and one will be given to every teacher or aide that will be around him during the day. He will have his own treat box in class. OMG now that I am typing and thinking there is more to do than I thought...I better get a move on.

Thanks for all your help [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 4:20am
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ALLERGYMOM, I need more tea, but YES! I'm fairly sure I raised the question before because there were two excellent letters posted here for me to use last year when my son started at this new school. The principal chose to use the school board letter instead and would not allow me to use a personalized letter.
However, the year before, we did use a personalized letter, which was actually one that another PA.com member vic wrote. I thought it would be effective because it is actually signed by the PA child.
Have to get that tea, but I'll try tonight to get back in here and find either the threads from last Fall or check My Documents to see if I still have copies of vic's letters of introduction.
Personally, I found them a lot more powerful than a generic school board letter, but apparently what the he** do I know. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 4:22am
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This one was posted somewhere here by Kathryn:-
Dear Parents and Children
We have a child in Grade 3 this year, ]name of child], who has life-threatening, anaphylactic allergies to all peanuts. To help keep him safe, we are requesting that these items not be brought into Ms. x's classroom. We are also requesting that all Grade 3 students not bring nut or peanut products to school for recess snacks and lunch. Asking your children who have eaten nut or peanut products at home, before coming to school, to thoroughly wash their hands and faces, is another way you can help make our school safer for [name of student]. We ask this because [student] might react to very small amounts of peanut/nut proteins. Peanut/nut proteins, if they are transferred to hands or clothing and then to other surfaces, are very stable and durable which means that they can remain active for quite a while. This can create problems for [name of student] if he touches contaminated surfaces and rubs his eyes or puts his hands to his mouth.
[Student's]peanut allergy is serious. He has almost died in the past during an anaphylactic reaction. He must avoid any contact peanuts. Anaphylaxis can begin within seconds of exposure and can cause death within minutes. Allergic individuals have been known to react to microscopic amounts of food proteins that they have eaten, smelled and/or touched. Smelling peanut butter or touching items (like desks, pencils, computer keyboards, sports equipment etc.) contaminated by peanut products can be harmful to [student]. For these reasons he carries epinephrine in a pre-loaded device called an Epi-Pen. Epinephrine when administered, gives an individual some time to reach a hospital emergency room where doctors will try to stop the anaphylactic reaction. An Epi-Pen alone does not stop a reaction.
Please read food labels carefully because surprising things contain nuts or peanuts. Groundnuts, goobers, and arachis are other names for peanuts. Vegetable or plant protein should be considered a nut or peanut unless the label specifies that it is another protein. Nut and peanut flours, oils and extracts must be avoided. Please also avoid foods that are labeled

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 4:25am
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This is the one from vic, also posted somewhere here:-
Dear Parents,
September 2003.
I 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, their products, and oils. Strict avoidance is the only way to prevent an allergic
reaction. The allergy is life threatening.
My body reacts to peanuts like some people do to bee stings, as if they were poisons. Not
only eating these products, but touching or being touched by 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.
Out of the 21-plus meals we eat each week, five of those will be consumed at P.D. Public School. Each
time he or she chooses to bring a lunch or snack without peanuts, your child plays an important
part in decreasing the risk to me.
Reading ingredient statements for food and non-food items is extremely important. We can provide a Safe Snack and Lunch List which includes a list of peanut-/tree nut-free food alternatives. If you have any questions or
concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. T or Mrs. Cindy Cook at
I want to participate fully in all of our class activities this year. With your help, we can keep our classroom
safe for everyone.
I appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
My name is Jesse Cook. I am seven years old.
Sincerely,
Yes, that's the one from vic that I used for Jess in Grade Two and was NOT allowed to use this year.
I actually did present the principal with copies of both vic's version and Kathryn's version and he still wouldn't allow it.
However, they are not the only two introduction letters posted on this board. There is a thread (or threads) running somewhere about this.
I need my tea!
Hope this begins to help regardless. [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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Edited just to take some personal stuff out, even if the phone number was my old one, but principal's name, school name I hope is out as well, will now have to re-check.
[This message has been edited by Alternative to Mainstream (edited June 24, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 06/23/2004 - 6:38am
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Cin thank you. I know that you have alot on your mind right now but you still took the time to post these letters for me. What a nice person you are [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Thank you so much [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] They will truly help me [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 1:28am
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Another suggestion would be to ask the teacher to say a few words at parent night or back to school night. This evening usually occurs very early in the school year and is a good way for others to put a face with your child's name. I have done this for the past 3 years and have found parents extremely supportive and willing to help.

Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 1:51am
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After a few days at school would your child be 'brave' enough to talk to the class? My son did that. Just explained to his new school friends what would happen if he came in contact, what stuff he couldn't eat. He opened his pouch and showed them where he kept his epipens, his medic alert braclet,etc.
Kids are awesome, and they want to help their friends. They don't want to take peanut butter sandwiches to school if it could hurt a friend.
Another suggestion is for the teacher to read some age appropriate books at storytime to the class, ie. No Nuts for Me!
Good luck.
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 1:57am
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With the introduction letter, I have also attached a BE A PAL sticker from FAAN. Some children ended up having them on their lunch boxes for the whole year.
What we did when Jess entered Grade Two here was we called the local newspaper and asked if they would be interested in doing an article re PA. This was done just in time for him going into school so that when you walked into the classroom, his teacher had put the article up. It was done in a series about "back to school" in our local newspaper. The one the week before had been about homeschooling.
In the past I have also given the principal videos to watch and certainly the teacher videos and books to show the children in the classroom.
I know there are a few members that do this, I haven't, but there are parents that go in and actually speak to the class (I'm thinking Deb O for some reason) at the beginning of the school year.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 3:25am
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Thanks for all of your advice. It will all help me out [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I bought the book Allie the Allergic Elephant a couple months ago for his class. I will ask the teacher to read it the first day.
Scotts mom I love that idea [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] My son has no problem talking in front of people.......lol Thats a good one Thanks
missingpbmom thats a good idea also. There is so much to do. I like to hear that people have a positive exper with other parents. I am so afraid of whats going to happen. BC DS has MFA and the school and I are asking for not just no peanuts but no tree nuts, eggs, shellfish or fish be brougt in also. He is ana to all of these foods. I just hope it goes over well. The school is not really worried bc most people dont send eggs, fish and shellfish to school. So I am just keeping my fingers crossed and trying to put a face one all the allergies so that no one forgets he is a child and a real person.
Cin thanks for all that you do [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Posted on: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 3:43am
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ALLERGYMOM, sounds like you might want to speak with katiee. I do know that one of her children was in a class this year (ending to-day, I assume) that had all of the allergic children from that particular grade in the classroom and the list of foods that were not okay was quite extensive. katiee has posted about it here. I know chicken was one of the items. A child that was anaphylactic to chicken.
I'm sure she's not the only member that could help you, but it just might be interesting to get her perspective on how that classroom did work (I know that her PA child was not in the classroom - different grade). She's a PA parent and yet, in this particular instance, she was sending a non-PA child into a classroom that was a lot more than "peanut free".
Did I happen to mention it here somewhere that I love it when people call me Cin? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]
I honestly do. Long story why probably. Totally off topic and I do have shopping to do. [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: Thu, 06/24/2004 - 3:46am
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Sorry. Posters for the classroom?
I know I posted the link to one website run by another PA.com member where you can print off posters for free quite some time ago.
I also think Jana R. has one as well and the posters are awesome. I would have loved to have been able to use them at my children's school this year rather than the "standard issue" ones the board uses. However. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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