They rescheduled the Valentine party

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 9:52am
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Sorry, now I need to vent a bit.

So I was thrilled today. School was cancelled and I thought we had avoided another unsafe school party! I think I voiced my joy in a few other threads today actually [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Then the phone rings. Automated message letting everyone know that the parties have been rescheduled for tomorrow. Ugh! I mean what a shame it would be if they had to go without their junk food party on the one day they might actually have school this week!
They were out most of last week due to weather and have been out all of this week so I haven't even been able to talk to the teacher about what is going to be there. Of course she never calls me and discusses anything!

DD NEVER eats food that is not from home but she is also to have a NUT FREE room. For some reason that goes straight out the window on party days though and then I'm stuck at home having a panic attack awaiting dd to arrive home safe and reaction free.
So frustrating. I think I'm just going to have to pull her out of school before the party starts. I'm currently hoping for another snow storm. I don't care anymore that I haven't been able to leave the house IN DAYS and the girls are going stir crazy and I want to pull my hair out!

Forget the nut free classroom, I want a food free classroom! This stress is ridiculous...

If you are still reading, thanks for listening. It feels good to let it all out.

I hope all of your parties went well!

eta: I have been a room parent and attended every party and field trip up until this year. Apparently that isn't "cool" in 5th grade and the teachers do not want/need any parents there. That would all be fine and dandy if I felt comfortable w/ her teacher but I don't this year [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

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Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 9:57am
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I agree with you there, food free(take it all!!!!) is the way to go. I have a friend that pulls her twins out of class right before holiday parties. I'm not to that point yet, but it doesn't seem like a bad idea. Sorry they rescheduled....
My son came home just fine, all his candies were in his bag and we sorted them once he got home. I'd say 80% was fine, he only got one chocoalate and his little sister snagged it and took a bite!!!!!!!!!! I about died, I got it out of her mouth and went ahead and gave Benedryle, so far no reaction(she has the milk allergy)....so hopefully it won't cause belly pain tonight, that is a common reaction with her!
I'll send snow vibes to you tonight, maybe another snow day will happen...for the rest of the week!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 11:20am
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I also agree. A child with food allergies should be in a food-free room. There are many fun activities the children could do that do not involve food. A special punch type drink (for example sprite mixed with fruit punch) would be a fun treat for Valentine's Day. Moms organizing the party could by special festive cups for the drinks and the kids would probably like it more because it is different and they get to keep the cup!
Does anyone have a food-free room?

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 12:07pm
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Hi krc,
I am in the same boat....school was cancelled today and I do not know when the party will be rescheduled. They are off on Friday and Monday. And one of us HAS to be there. She is actually not allowed to ride the bus home on party days (in her 504 plan) due to all of the other kids food.
You would think food free would be ok. But the kids might actually starve to death if they did not get the cookie/cupcake/doughnut at school!@#@!

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 1:21pm
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I saw the party in dd's class first hand.
GOOD NEWS
I asked the teacher to send home a reminder note - it specifically said: "Do not send any food attached to your valentine cards"
BAD NEWS
3 kids sent card/sucker sets in - no peanuts in them but unknown candies are still a no no for dd and the other pa kid in her class.
GOOD NEWS
The teacher told all kids not to eat the unknown candies at school. Keep them wrapped and take them home.
BAD NEWS
As soon as she left the room the 2 of the boys ate their candies. when I scolded them, all they said was, "So and so ate his"
How can you win unless you ban the food completely?
Oy

Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 9:57pm
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Another snow day!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
I'm really thinking this party is not meant to be. They are also off Fri and Mon. What are the chances they will call to say it's rescheduled for Tuesday? I'm thinking it's pretty slim [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Thanks for the snow vibes Chandra! Hope your dd is ok.
Yes, we all need food free rooms. What ever happened to that so called wellness policy?
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10 yo dd- PA,TNA, tests pos to soy, CATS, many environmentals, Asthmatic
5 yo dd- NKA, avoiding nuts
3 yo dd- outgrown milk/soy, avoiding nuts
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Posted on: Wed, 02/14/2007 - 10:30pm
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Quote:Originally posted by emily'smommy:
[b]Hi krc,
I am in the same boat....school was cancelled today and I do not know when the party will be rescheduled. They are off on Friday and Monday. And one of us HAS to be there. She is actually not allowed to ride the bus home on party days (in her 504 plan) due to all of the other kids food.
You would think food free would be ok. But the kids might actually starve to death if they did not get the cookie/cupcake/doughnut at school!@#@![/b]
LOL, We couldn't have them starve to death now could we [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Maybe you'll get lucky and your party won't be rescheduled. I'm really hoping ours won't be again but they never fail to surprise me so who knows....
Good luck!

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 2:06am
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This year DD is in a food free room. It was the teacher's idea. She is doing it voluntarily because she says it's just easier and safer that way. Plus, she doesn't have to deal with all the mess of food. I love it--we are all (DD, the teacher and I) so much more relaxed than last year. Now, if I can just get them to put it in her 504...
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 2:41am
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Quote:Originally posted by Momcat:
[b]This year DD is in a food free room. It was the teacher's idea. She is doing it voluntarily because she says it's just easier and safer that way. Plus, she doesn't have to deal with all the mess of food. I love it--we are all (DD, the teacher and I) so much more relaxed than last year. Now, if I can just get them to put it in her 504...
Cathy
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Oh, this sounds like heaven!
Do any of the parents complain on birthdays or holidays?
When our teacher quit letting them bring a snack for reward movie once a month and birthdays the parents threw a fit! On top of that the kids were mad at dd and told her it was all her fault [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] Of course it wasn't helped by the teacher. She told the class by saying "Due to a peanut allergy in the class (and we all know who that is) we will not be able to bring in food "
edited due to memory loss. I originally put this happened last year. Um, it was this teacher, this year. Wow- it's been a long year already. And BTW- kids are still sending in bday treats even though the teacher asked them not to.
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Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 3:06am
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I've wondered for food free rooms...can they still bring in treats for b-day's but they just have to be eaten somewhere besides the classroom?? I would really like a food free room, but don't want b-day treats to stop...I'd like them to go to the lunchroom, where they have a safe set up for food allergies. I never thought that would be too much to ask but when they told me NO...I guess it is. Seems like a simple solution to me...but not to anyone else.
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 02/15/2007 - 4:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by krc:
[b] Oh, this sounds like heaven!
Do any of the parents complain on birthdays or holidays?
When our teacher quit letting them bring a snack for reward movie once a month and birthdays the parents threw a fit! On top of that the kids were mad at dd and told her it was all her fault [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] [/b]
You know, it's been fine. I think it really all depends on how the teacher presents the idea--just as you've found out! Since it was the teacher's idea to do things this way, she has been very supportive of DD and always makes sure she has kids to sit with her at the PF table in the cafeteria. Our school doesn't do birthdays anyway, so there wasn't much of a problem there. We only do 3 holiday parties/yr and they are only 30min. So we just switched to doing a craft/song/game or other fun activity. The "party" activity is supposed to be educational anyway since it is counted as part of their instructional minutes.
Cathy
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Mom to 7 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 4 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.

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