Brooklyn Center Community Schools District #286 is committed to the health and wellness of its students. Birthday and other celebrations provide a unique way to shift the focus from foods with potential health risks (allergens, added sugars, etc.) to celebrating the child and creating an inclusive environment for all students.
For the 2019-20 school year Earle Brown Elementary STEAM kitchen staff will be offering a monthly “Birthday Celebration Table” during the lunch periods to acknowledge the students celebrating a birthday in that month. (July and August birthdays will be included in June.) If parents would like to acknowledge a child’s birthday in the classroom, they should talk with the teacher in advance to ensure it will work.
Some ideas for families:
- Donating a book to the classroom library and/or having a family member bring and read a book to the class.
- Bringing a t-shirt for classmates and teachers to sign.
- Providing non-food prizes such as small school supplies (pencils, erasers, stickers, etc.).
- Organizing a game or craft for the classroom.
- Volunteering in the classroom.
- Visiting the class and talking about how birthdays are celebrated in your culture.
- Sharing your favorite story/fable/myth from your culture.
- Create flashcards at home and share the words for birthday, celebration, party, etc in your native language.
- Teach a child’s celebration song.
- Be creative—come up with your own idea to celebrate at school without food.
In order to keep the school a productive learning environment that is safe and inclusive for all students please avoid balloons and foods for celebrations.
Thank you for supporting your child, and all our children, to learn, to be healthy and to be the best they can be.