Cupcakes

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  1. YoungTeacherGuy

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    This year, my district completely banned cupcakes/cakes being brought to school for parties or birthdays. We warned parents last year (throughout the entire year); however, they still act like this the first time they’ve heard of it (despite letters, phone calls, and texts from the district office). Once we remind them that they (along with all other parents at our school) signed the final page of our handbook which states that they read and understand all rules, they usually calm down.

    Here are the options that our district has given parents: *donuts *cookies *brownies *GoGurt *fruit snacks/fruit leather *chips *pretzels *fruit or veggie trays *individual jello or pudding cups *other individually wrapped treats

    Any of the aforementioned items must be store bought.

    Since donuts are listed, we’ve had parents bringing in large, bakery type donuts (picture Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Kreme) for the entire class. I don’t think those are any healthier than cupcakes.

    My rant is over. I simply get miffed when things just don’t add up.
     
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    I think we are better off teaching kids that every food can be eaten in moderation as part of a healthy and varied diet and kids shouldn’t feel guilty about having a celebration cupcake or donut or pudding cup once in a while. It helps kids form a more positive relationship with food.
     
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    Okay. I need more information. Why can’t they bring cupcakes or cakes?
     
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    I have no further information to provide. Because the district said so.
     
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    Wow. That’s so informative of them.

    Bureaucracy. Gotta love it...
     
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    Can I throw in an aside about of the fact that handbooks are like the education's version of the online "terms and services" that are supposed to be "read" before "signing"/clicking "I read them"? :p :rofl:
     
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    I’m guessing it has to be store-bought because, well . . . people. :rolleyes:

    With store-bought items, it is easier to control allergens and other types of issues. With homemade, you are at the mercy of the baker.

    I’m secondary, so not a big issue. I had one parent in 26 years bring cupcakes for a birthday. Her child was a 7th grader.

    Now we don’t allow parents to drop off food to students during the school day.
     
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    The store bought rule has been in effect for a couple of decades, so that’s nothing new (thank goodness). One less reason for me to bring out the handbook and remind parents of what they signed.
     
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    I hate when parents drop off a cake. One, I don’t have time to cut up a cake, plate it, and distribute it. Two, I don’t have a knife, plates, napkins, and forks to use because they never think to send anything other than the cake.

    I slap a sticky note on the uncut cake explaining we didn’t have any way of serving it and send it home. Then I get the email about how I could have asked the cafeteria for supplies or that I could have at least lit the candles. Seriously?
     
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    I say.....


    LET THEM EAT CAKE!!!!!!!
     
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    Haha! Yes.
     
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    I understand why the ban. You have let's say 30 kids in a classroom, on average there will be a birthday every other week. Thats a lot of sweets in addition to the crappy stuff ids nowadays eat. But if they're going to ban cupcakes, why not ban donuts (they have more sugar), cookies and brownies?
    Maybe make them sugar free or low sugar? I've had sugar free cookies and low sugar cupcakes, they're not bad.
     
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    Exactly, all or nothing. Why allow donuts but not cakes? It makes no sense.
     
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    My district bans them because of...pot brownies and similar edibles. Just became legal recreationally in mour state too, so I think i understand the concern.
     
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    Oh what a time we live in.....
     
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    All of our schools here in Ontario are nut-free; no homemade "treats" are allowed and packaged goods must be clearly labelled as being "nut-free". As part of our district's Healthy Schools initiative, treats such as cupcakes, candy, chips, etc. are only allowed to be shared in the class a couple of times a year (teachers usually choose Halloween and Valentine's Day parties).
     
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    We allow cupcakes but if a parent asks what should I bring I always tell them to bring cookies or something else beside cupcakes.... 1. they make a huge mess 2. most kids eat the frosting and then throw it away.
     
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    We also banned cake/cupcakes last year but called it a healthy eating initiative. WE said healthy foods only. You would be shocked what some people call healthy. It ended up just like your doughnuts in lieu of cupcakes issue.

    So this year we said zero food for birthdays and for parties they can only bring in foods that are listed by the teacher on a sign up to avoid allergies and unhealthy food choices. The P of VP has to approve all party food sign up sheets.

    This has worked the best so far. We have still had people walk up with cupcakes act surprised when they have to take them all back home but there are no loopholes or silly-just-as-bad-substitutions.
     
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