Letter from Mr. Hodge about Birthday Celebrations

August, 2012

Dear Irving Families,

Thank you for helping us get off to another great start! As we begin the school year, I know we all have high hopes and aspirations for what we will accomplish over the 2012-2013 school year. One of the goals we are striving to achieve as a school, a district, and a community is to improve the physical health and wellness of our children. With this in mind, and based on the district’s Wellness Policy and the feedback I have received from parents/guardians and staff, we will be excluding food from all future birthday celebrations at Irving School.

Just as we have in the past, these important milestone moments for our students will be commemorated with a school wide announcement, birthday sticker, and a birthday book signed by me.

In the classroom, gifts of small, inexpensive birthday favors such as stickers, pencils and cards will be permitted. We ask that arrangements for the delivery and distribution of these items be made in advance with your child’s teacher. You can also donate a book to the class or school library in honor of your child’s birthday that can be read on or near his/her birthday.

While food will no longer be part of our birthday festivities, it will still be served at other school celebrations such as Halloween, Winter Holiday  and Valentines Day. In those cases, we will continue to encourage menu choices that reflect what we are teaching our students about nutrition and wellness.

Please call or email me if you have any questions about the changes to our birthday guidelines. Thank you for your contributions to the health and wellness of all of our students and for your ongoing support of Irving School.


John Hodge, Principal, Irving School


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