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Dear Families:

We have implemented the MA School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages as mandated by the State of MA. Daniel Webster School is committed to providing opportunities to improve the overall well-being of our students. One of the many ways we support this endeavor is by modeling and encouraging healthy nutritional behaviors in school.    

 The new standards were developed by health and education experts using the “Institute of Medicine’s Nutrition Standards for Food in School” and the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010.” The standards are focused on “competitive” foods and drinks sold or provided in public schools from 30 minutes before the beginning of the school day until 30 minutes after the school day ends. The standards do not apply to school meal programs, which follow USDA national guidelines.   

Our teachers will therefore only be conducting HEALTHY CELEBRATIONS throughout the year. Classroom parties such as birthday and holiday celebrations do not need to involve food, just fun!

  • Fun, not Food: Teachers will avoid having refreshments at parties and will not use food as a reward or prize.
  • Suggested ideas for parents (instead of food) for Birthdays:
    • Birthday stickers for the class,
    • Birthday pencils (pens for older students),
    • Markers, crayons or colored pencils as a classroom donation,
    • Birthday bookmarks,
    • A playground ball (with your child’s name and birth date on it) for the class,
    • A book or books dedicated in honor of your child’s birthday for the classroom or the DWS Library,
    • A board game or card game (for indoor recess),
    • Birthday hats, party favors, bubbles for younger children, The suggestions could go on and on . . . . . .

Thank you for helping us to implement the Massachusetts School Nutrition Standards for Competitive Foods and Beverages.  Healthy Celebrations….Fun not Food!

Sincerely yours,

Daniel Sylvestre, Principal

Kimberly Campbell, Nurse