• birthday
     Dear First Grade Parents,
    We recognize the significance of a birthday in a first grader's life and the desire children have to celebrate that special day in school.  We would like to share with you our birthday tradition at Newtown Elementary.
    In the past children celebrated by bringing in 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'd like) for the classroom library. Parents are welcome to come in to our class to read a story, or ZOOM if you can't make it in person! 
    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. In addition, the birthday child’s parents are invited to visit on the child’s birthday to read the book to the class and sing “Happy Birthday!” 
    The First 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.
    Thank you,
            Mrs. Melissa Lynch