One of the annual milestones for a child is celebrating his/her birthday, and many parents whose child’s birthday falls during the school year enjoy providing treats for his/her classmates. It is appropriate for our classroom community to come together to celebrate the birthday of a classmate together. While these events do provide a social learning opportunity, they also can impede upon academic learning time. The following guidelines have been designed to allow for classroom parties and birthday recognition without unnecessarily infringing upon academic time.
- If you are interested in bringing birthday treats to school, please contact me a week in advance by writing a letter and sending it to school with your child, or by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. With 32 students in the class, we do have multiple birthdays to celebrate during the same week; sometimes even during the same day! Giving ample notice allows me to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to celebrate their special day, and enables me to plan the celebration during an appropriate time when all students are in the classroom so that all children can participate.
- Birthday treats must be easy to distribute and serve. Please do not send in any items that must be cut and/or assembled, or any items that require utensils to eat. Example: pizza, cake, and ice cream should not be sent to school. Cupcakes and cookies are fine.
- If your child is having a birthday party outside of school, they are not permitted to hand out invitations in the classroom.
Thank you for your cooperation! If you have any questions, as always, please feel free to contact me.