Dear Second Grade Parents,
We recognize the significance of a birthday in a second grader's life and the desire children have to celebrate that special day in school. We would like to share with you a new birthday tradition at Newtown Elementary.
In the past children celebrated birthdays by bringing a sweet snack for the class. Since Newtown Elementary is a peanut-free school we are asking that you don't send food of any type for your child's birthday. Instead the birthday child is encouraged to "treat" the class to a "birthday book" (wrapped in paper if you wish) for the classroom library. This book becomes a permanent part of the classroom library and the birthday child is recognized by a bookplate inside the cover. The donated book can be a favorite of the birthday child or reflect a special interest.
The Second Grade Team feels that this alternative to sweets is not only meaningful and more healthful, but it also sends a message to children of the value of enjoying books and reading. Thank you for helping create a tradition of lasting "food for thought" in the form of a book.