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Birthdays and Parties

Student Birthdays

As stated in the Carey School Handbook, the Student Birthday policy is:

Other than in Pre-­kindergarten, classes celebrate student birthdays once a month. Information regarding appropriate foods to include in class celebrations and birthdays will come from the administration and Room Parents will coordinate with homeroom teachers to set dates and organize volunteers. The Carey School encourages teachers and families to utilize the Healthy Carey Celebrations guide for suggestions and guidelines when planning class birthdays and parties. For more information, see Student Health Policy.

Classroom celebrations promote the celebration of the child or holiday in ways other than just food by including games and physical activity. Resources such as Healthy Carey Celebrations guide Room Parents on party details. Parents are encouraged to support Carey’s nutrition efforts by considering nutritional quality when selecting any snacks which they may donate for class parties. Epicurean will also be offering parents the option of ordering birthday snacks through our Carey kitchen.

Please review this policy with your families at Back to School Night. Key points to cover with parents include:

  • When planning birthdays or other parties, refer to the Healthy Carey Celebrations guide for a detailed list of suggested activities and snacks.
  • Please remember to notify parents of children with allergies of the date of each monthly birthday celebration so that an appropriate snack or substitution can be planned.
  • One week prior to each birthday celebration or other party, please provide a menu of all food items that will be served. Provide the menu to the teacher and parents of children with allergies.

Holiday Parties

Room parents are responsible for coordinating three holiday parties for their classroom. The three parties are timed with Halloween, December holidays and Valentine’s Day. Please refer to the Healthy Carey Celebrations guide for suggested activities and snacks.

  • Please remember to notify parents of children with allergies of the date of each holiday party so that an appropriate snack or substitution can be planned.
  • One week prior to each party, please provide a menu of all food items that will be served. Provide the menu to the teacher and parents of children with allergies.

Engage parent volunteers to plan games involving physical activity, bring snacks (optional), help set up, and clean up. In keeping with the idea that classroom events focus on simplicity and fun, please do not bring outside vendors for entertainment.

Teachers may request that holiday parties are scheduled at a particular time of day, please confirm these details with the teacher. Please discuss your ideas with your homeroom teacher as they may have certain parameters they would like you to follow.

Some classes have found it fun to have one of the parties include a community service project. Please contact the Caring at Carey committee for details on how to make this part of your party.

Teacher Birthdays, Holiday gifts, and End of Year gifts

Room Parents are responsible for organizing a gift from the parents for their homeroom and assistant teachers. Your class budget needs to include this expense. The CSPA has adopted a classroom gift expense budget of $75.00 (including gift, card, wrapping paper, etc.) for EACH gift. Please spend the full budgeted amount for each gift. For grades that share one teacher assistant, the gift expense may be split between the two classes. Room parents will be asked to give each teacher and teacher assistant a birthday gift, holiday gift, and end of year gift. For summer birthdays, determine with the teacher whether to celebrate at the end of the year or at their six-month half birthday.

A “Faculty Favorites” document has been created listing information about teachers’ likes, interests, restaurants etc. A hard copy is available in the Front Office and an online version is posted under the CSPA Resources area of the website. Room parents may refer to the information in the binder for helpful suggestions and gift ideas.