Snack TimeThis year we will have two snack times each day, one in the morning (at approx. 10:00 AM)and one in the afternoon (at approx 2:45 PM).OUR CLASSROOM IS TOTALLY NUT FREE THIS YEAR! There are several children in the classroom with allergies.Please do not send in food with peanuts or any kind of tree nuts for snack time. Thank you for understanding!If you send in a snack that requires utensils, please send in the utensil as well!In kindergarten, we discuss healthy eating. We learn about eating a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables as part of our health curriculum. Please send a healthy snack for your child each day, separate from his/her lunch. We eat healthy snacks at snack time and save treats for dessert at lunch. If possible, please send your child's snack in a container that can be reused, such as a washable plastic container rather than a bag. As part of our science curriculum, we discuss the three Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and these containers can add to our understanding of reusable containers and the importance of taking care of our earth.Ideas for a healthy snack:
Fruit (grapes, berries, melon chunks, pineapple chunks, apple slices, orange, banana, kiwi, peaches, nectarines, pears, cherries, raisins, craisins, other dried fruits)
Vegetables (carrots, celery, sliced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, sliced peppers, broccoli, edamame)Pretzels, crackers, cheese, yogurt, goldfish crackers, popcorn, apple sauce, fruit cocktail cups, dry cereal, teddy grahams, fruit leather, Pirate's Booty, animal crackersBe sure to look at labels (with or without your child). Many snacks that people perceive as healthy are really not! As our physical education teacher points out, many yogurts marketed for kids are very high in sugar, as are "fruit" snacks and many juice boxes. If you are buying yogurt, fruit snacks or juice boxes, be sure to buy the natural versions with no added sugar. As a general rule, snacks with less than 10 grams of sugar are appropriate. Just so you are aware, some snacks that are very high in sugar are considered candy in Room 49. If your child brings this kind of snack to school, he or she will be allowed to eat it as a dessert at lunch but not snack time. Snacks like fruit snacks, most Tastykakes, cookies, donuts and candy bars are all examples of this. Also be sure to watch out for snack chips- Doritos and such are very high in fat and salt, pretzels or popcorn are a much better choice if your child enjoys this type of snack!We are not able to heat food (lunch or snack) here at school and we do not provide refrigeration. If you need to keep something cold, please put an ice pack in your child's lunch box and if you need to keep something hot, insulated Thermos' work well. Remember, lunch is at 11:20 AM, so it does not need to stay hot or cold for too long!