yet another school food project!

Posted on: Tue, 12/14/2004 - 9:05am
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I just got a memo in ds's backpack -

"We will be making an edible art project. Please send in ---- by Friday."

Why doesn't the teacher, who I see *twice* a day every single day, give me a heads up on this ahead of time? I think they are making gingerbread houses - I know the other kindergarten class is making them, and of course there is candy involved. And of all things to donate, I was asked to bring plastic knives - why not ask me to bring candy, so at least I would be able to provide something safe?

The teacher is usually very good about this stuff, but I'm kind of annoyed that *I* have to go to *her* after the fact of all the letters being sent home. If she had let me know beforehand, I could have given her a list of safe brands for the people providing the candy supplies.

I tell you, I am *so* ready for the Christmas vacation to start!

Posted on: Tue, 12/14/2004 - 10:59pm
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Why doesn't the teacher, who I see *twice* a day every single day, give me a heads up on this ahead of time?
I have had the same problem different issue, I see the teacher twice a day and still can have a comunacation problem.
Good luck and let us know how it turnes out!
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Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 12:49am
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I was asking another mom in the class about this, and she was asked to provide shredded coconut. Now, I know that coconut is a fruit, but really, how does the teacher know this is safe for my son? I'm really pretty disappointed that I wasn't informed of this or asked for my imput. I will be talking to the teacher today.
Last month the kids did a project where they graphed the different colors in a package of Skittles. At the time, I was annoyed that she didn't check with me to make sure it was ok for ds to handle Skittles (even though it is, she still should have checked!) I didn't want to make a big deal out of it since it wasn't a threat to him, but now I'm sorry I didn't speak up then and make sure they understood these things needed to be cleared with me first.
And on top of that, three times this year he has come home with candy in his backpack - goody bag full of candy corn on Halloween, a homemade chocolate lollipop on Thanksgiving, and a chocolate coin last week. My son knows enough never to eat anything that I don't ok, but he *is* just five and these items shouldn't be given to him. He has a *huge* box of safe treats that is untouched in the classroom - I will have to address this too, and tell the teacher to just let him pick a safe treat instead. (Honestly, he would rather do that, because at least then he will actually *get* a treat! Anything that comes home I just throw straight into the trash!)
Sorry for ranting... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by mcmom (edited December 15, 2004).]

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 1:52am
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I think you have got a serious problem with this teacher and you have spoken to her several times. Now it is time to go over her head. Do you have a 504? This needs to stop before he is given something he cannot have and has a reaction.

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 6:02am
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Spoke to the teacher today. The project is making a Christmas tree out of an upside down sugar cone - they decorate it with tinted vanilla frosting, gumdrops, M&Ms, kisses and use the coconut for "snow" (I guess the whole thing is on a plate).
The coversation was impromptu, but I went over the ingredients and told her which ones I felt uncomfortable with. The cones and the frosting are ok with me, but the candy and coconut are not. I told her I will supply him with his own candy. I know kisses are usually safe but I have some from VNF anyway; I'll give him skittles instead of M&Ms. I don't know what I'll substitute for the coconut - even though I know it's not a nut, I would rather he use something else, just so he doesn't get confused by the name of it (I think he would be weirded out touching something with "nut" in the name). Although I have no idea what I could substitute (anyone have an idea? or know of a safe brand of gumdrops?)
I also addressed the issue of sending candy home. This came up last year too - mainly at holiday parties. I didn't worry because then he didn't even look in his backpack [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] but as he gets older, it's a risk to just put something in there. I told the teacher that I throw out anything that gets sent home, and to please just let him pick from his safe box. She was fine about it. I haven't had any other problems this year with her, and last week I posted about how she personally cleaned my son's table and chairs when a morning student brought in pb (long story, but the teacher did all things correct [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] ) So for this time I'll chock it up to it being a pretty hectic time of year, and see how things go from here. As long as I spoke to her and made myself understood, I'm comfortable.
I think I'll make sure to ask if I can check all the labels too the day of the project. I don't think they will actually be eating this in class - when they did something like this last year they took it home in a bag.
We do have a 504, and just like last year, as the year goes on, things I never anticipated crop up that weren't discussed [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] *This* year, I am making notes for myself, so that when I have my 504 meeting next year, I'll be sure to include things I overlooked this year!

Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 7:42am
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"Dots" are milk, egg and nut free gumdrops. Rice came to mind as "snow" but it's not in the same vein as the rest of the toppings. Maybe you can find a crystalized sugar that would be pretty sprinkled on top.
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Posted on: Wed, 12/15/2004 - 12:27pm
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Hello
THey made icecream cone trees in my sons preschool class today as well but I must say that his teacher told me that this was going to take place and I brought in the frosting and skittles for Max. All the other kids used m&m's and other candy but Max was perfectly happy with his skittles which he also likes to refer to as pretend m&m's. Frankly when he brought this home I let him take a bite or two and the rest went into the trash...there was enough sugar in this thing to last a week!!! Oh well, tis the season..... Be well and good luck with the rest of the season!!!
Julie

Posted on: Mon, 12/20/2004 - 1:53pm
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Julie, I'm glad you posted, because you made me realize I *should* send in his own frosting [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Who knows how they were going to mix the food coloring in. This project is tomorrow, I got everything ready for him tonight (including the Dots, thank you Jana for the suggestion! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )
So today at school was "bagel day". They do this every year - don't get me started on how annoying I find it that I work on raising money for the PTA, and they spend the money on things my son cannot have. He's allegic to sesame, too, so I wouldn't let him eat one from the school - if he wanted one, I would provide him with a bagel, but he's not that into them. So I sent him in with his own regular snack, but told him that he could have the juice the other kids would be having. Well he gets home and tells me the teacher told him he couldn't have juice. I cannot imagine why she would do that. Now I am doubly irritated. I couldn;t get a straight answer out of him ( he's 5) as to "why" - he started to say that the teacher told him "your mom said you're allergic" and I stopped him and said "Is that really what she said?" He admitted he couldnlt really remember what she had said. So, *another* talk with the teacher.
I can't wait for this week to be over already!

Posted on: Mon, 12/27/2004 - 3:14am
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I had the exact same problem last week. DS's kindergarten class made those stinkin gingerbread houses. I find it ironic that the school collects food every month to donate to the Council of Social concern to be distributed to needy families in OUR OWN CITY - yet how many boxes of graham crackers went to waste on that gingerbread project?! I'm sure many people are like me and threw the think out as soon as it came home from school. Wouldn't it be better to donate the boxes of graham crackers and then make the project with card board?

Posted on: Fri, 01/07/2005 - 10:43am
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Sorry to hear the hassle youv'e been having. My dd class made edible dreidles- the teacher spoke with me first and at my request sent home all the ingredients with packaging to me ahead of time to approve. (Still I dont know why they couldn't just use milk cartons and popsicle sticks instead).
I put in my 504 that the parent must approve of all food used in class projects or for consumption first.
Anytime you want to change a 504 plan you can so-you do not have to wait the year if your not comfortable.

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