PTA Reading Incentive Ice Cream Celebration

Posted on: Thu, 04/24/2008 - 7:16am
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It's that time of year again....UGH! Don't get me started on these food rewards...the county we live in is into it big time. If the kids read 5 out of the 6 months of "Book Its" (Don't get me started on that either since Pizza Hut is now out!!!) they throw the kids an ice cream celebration. Last year dealing with this "celebration" was a nightmare. DS is in 1st grade and this year they sent home a note stating that they had a parent of a child with peanut allergies review the ingredients they will be using...this is what it said:

-Breyers or Edy's vanilla ice cream
-Hershey's chocolate syrup
-Smuckers Butterscotch & Strawberry Syrups
-Crumbled Oreo Cookies
-Sprinkles
-Cherries

-Breyers sorbet bars for children who are dairy allergic

OK....so...does anyone use Edy's? I make our ice cream these days and on rare occassion buy Breyers Vanilla only. Smuckers I never use. It would've been nice if they'd have listed what brand of sprinkles as I think only cake mate are safe, right?

Should I be happy they are trying...??? Part of me feels like just pulling him out for half day and having our own celebration! Maybe next year I just won't let him read...ha ha!

Thanks

Posted on: Sat, 04/26/2008 - 1:32am
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Why does everything have to revolve around food? My older 2 that are in school have a program for reading each month that lets the child choose between Pizza Hut coupons or Coldstone Creamery coupons for the reward. I choose not to have the kids participate in those programs because neither of the coupons are for places that are safe for ds with PA (not in school yet).What happened to stickers as rewards? Why can't they get a coupon for a free item at the dollar store? I can't really say anything at the school because ds with PA does not go there yet. We avoid the ice cream social events (annual) because not only is ds PA but also dairy allergic (no option available).

Posted on: Mon, 04/28/2008 - 12:12pm
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This is giving me an upset stomach, and I can't sleep. I don't know what to do. Did I mention I hate food rewards??? UGH!
I don't know if I should confront the person in charge of this or just pull my son out of school. I have to decide soon. The thing is the letter states that a mother of a nut allergic child approved this ingredient list...it could turn into a situation, kwim? Yet the letter was very vague...it could be Breyers or Edy's. I personally don't trust Edy's. They call many flavors nut allergen free, but they also list peanut oil in some of those same flavors! I want to do the right thing...protect my child while not overreacting...
This can be so frustrating!

Posted on: Mon, 04/28/2008 - 1:06pm
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So 'they' meaning the teachers had a parent of a peanut allergic child review the ingredients? Was this 'parent' you? If the teacher is passing this list off as approved by you, when it is in fact not approved by you, then I would think that needs to be addressed. Promptly. Secondly, mention this to whomever is in charge if it's not the teacher.
Even if the list was made by a parent of a peanut allergic child, other than you, that family may in fact have a very different comfort zone than you. Then you might offer your own list of items that [i]your family[/i] is comfortable with. Is there time to re-send a letter?
I don't let anyone decide for me what is safe for my child, and I assume you don't either. I most certainly wouldn't care about any 'situation' that might or might not happen because you're advocating for your child. If there is not time to resend YOUR approved list, I would think you could still attend the event, but be prepared to bring your own safe items.
Make a mental note of this for the next food reward event, and forsee the craziness. YK? Talk to the teacher way ahead of time and get all of the facts and give yourself the opportunity to make it [i]your[/i] way.

Posted on: Mon, 04/28/2008 - 1:44pm
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No, I was not the parent that approved the ingredient list. The person in charge of the event is just a parent volunteer - not a teacher. I have no idea who approved the list, but I know I have much tighter comfort zones than most that I have met.
This is what I just did...I sent an email to the person who is in charge of the event and cc'd my child's teacher. I explained that I had concerns and needed to know which brand of ice cream was being used. I wrote that I know the letter stated that someone with a child with the same allergies as my child approved of Edy's, but that our family does not trust this brand and explained why. If they are using Edy's that my child is not allowed to eat it. I also need to know what time his class is participating so I can be there. If need be, I'll gladly take in his treat.
Thanks for the nudge...I needed that!

Posted on: Tue, 04/29/2008 - 11:36pm
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Hope it works out for you and that your child can safely participate!

Posted on: Fri, 05/02/2008 - 11:36am
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I feel your pain but at least they are "attempting" to do the right thing. As my DD is 6th grade now we have had many of these. The one thing we have always stuck to is inclusion. We have taught her she must learn to be apart of society. I am not saying it has been easy but if you take him out he might learn to run rather than find ways to participate. If you can attend that is even better.
Good luck either way and know things can and do get better.

Posted on: Sun, 05/04/2008 - 3:04am
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As President of my schools PTA, we are forming an allergy committee. They will be responsible for approving food used in PTA events. All food must be peanut free. Which is defined as no peanut ingredients and manufactured in a a peanut free facility. It's a hard fast rule that will fit into everyone's comfort zone. Instead of Ice Cream........why not suggest Rita's ices. This way, the dairy allergies and the food dye allergies can all participate.

Posted on: Sun, 05/04/2008 - 8:47am
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Kudos to you and your PTL. I'll hazard a guess that you and your school are quite in the minority for doing this. But how fortunate for the food allergic of your school. I wish all PTL's were sensitive to the issue. Maybe it takes a president with a peanut allergic child to help others see the light, or force it.

Posted on: Fri, 05/09/2008 - 1:31am
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Another thought... was that list of approved ingredients created recently, or was it done in a past year. Maybe they just keep re-using the same list without re-checking. We all know how ingredients and manufacturing processes change.
Good luck!!!

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