Nanuet Elementary Principals Address Valentine Treats

Letters were sent home in the mail to parents


New  are being implemented at the Nanuet Schools. These federal regulations were put in place because of food allergies and student health. Here are the rules:

  • No home-prepared foods during regular school hours of operation from the time the breakfast program begins until the end of the last lunch period
  • After the last period of lunch, schools can switch over and sell high-sugar content food such as soda

With Valentine's Day quickly approaching, parents of elementary children need to find alternatives to Valentine sweets. 

At Miller Elementary, Principal Betsy Smith is hoping to shift the focus away from sugary foods and is not allowing candy or food treats for Valentine's day. Here is the letter that was sent home:

Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday and your child’s teacher will be in touch with you about how the class will be celebrating the holiday during the school day.

As you know, recent government guidelines have set limits as to what food we can serve and distribute in school.  I ask that when you are choosing Valentines for your child to bring in for classmates, please avoid any candy or food treats for distribution.  We hope to share Valentine cards and wishes without focusing on sugary foods. 

Your support and cooperation of this request is greatly appreciated.

"This is the note that went home in backpacks for parents," said Smith, adding suggestions as well. "Stickers, pencils or temporary holiday tattoos are often non-food items that are shared. Home made cards or packaged valentines without candy are available options too."

Over at Highview Elementary, Principal Barbara Auriemma also sent home a letter to parents. During the PTA meeting on Wednesday, she said that if valentines have sweets attached, teachers will be asked to put those directly into backpacks at the end of class. 

Next Tuesday is Valentine's Day.  As you know, Highview Elementary School is following a strict No Food policy.  We realize that students will be exchanging Valentine cards and that some include an additional surprise.  We encourage you to consider pencils, stickers and other non-food items.

If candy does come into school, students will be allowed to take it home.  Please alert your child's teacher if you prefer that your child does not bring candy home.

Watchdog February 11, 2012 at 01:09 PM
my guess is that condoms would be OK. Are we going to strip search the kids? Why not just spend the time teaching the 3 R's and stop with this nonsense.
Sam White February 14, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Actually that is not what the law says. Someone needs to read the federal law and explain it to the schools.
LW February 14, 2012 at 04:59 PM
In Texas the students get 3 exempt days a year that can be used for parties where they can have the treats they normally don't get. It works well. This allows them to have the special items on special days. It helps them to know it is okay to have these foods occasionally just not every day. You can't deny them all the fun in life. LDW
Tana Garnett February 14, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Here we go I agree more of the Presidents handy work or shall I say his wife's handywork. My parents were in education for over thirty years my mother was in Home Economics of course we can't call it that any more it divides the girls from the boys and my father was science and art anyway. I was always taught everything is ok in moderation. You need to learn you can eat something sweet if in small portion or every once in a while. No we were not served ice cream at every meal but we might have a fresh batch of cookies once a week or biscuits and gravy on Saturday morning. I have been in the food industry for over 12 years, and I live in rural America where the kids here eat meat and potatoes 3 meals a day and they are not over weight. You know Why? Because they are active, those outside the food industry I think don't realize that healthy living and lifestyle can not all rely on the cafeteria that is feeding their children. Parents need to reclaim the role of Parent and teach their children how to make choices and how even with the healthiest eating habits you have to have active life styles. I am not going to deny my children the fun of a class party and the oppurtunity to bake or make Valentine's cards with them to take to their classmates. We are all responsible for ourselves and the choices we make!
BJM February 15, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I think many of these comments are made without the right information behind why these changes are being made. The average person today consumes about 180 pounds of sugar annually - compared to just 12 pounds a year back in the early 1900's. We are experiencing many health related problems to this overs-consumption of sugar in our diets. Believe it or not, it wasn't that many years ago when sugary treats were not part of the Valentine's Day tradition - just fun sweet notes were exchanged between friends and we maybe got to do a art project that had something to do with Valentine's Day. It is a recent phenom that our food industry has created to attach some type of sugary food/treat to most of our holiday celebrations - not just in moderation, but by tons and tons of sugar. We have all been sucked in by this. Sugar production is at an all time high - just check out the end shelves at the cashier stations during holiday seasons... it's nothing but sugar, sugar, sugar. Our endocrine systems are not built to take this constant onslaught of trying to handle this sugar in our bodies. We have to reduce our sugar intake - in order to do that we have to re-frame our thoughts about what it means to celebrate a holiday.
Scott Walters February 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM
@BJM. Of ocurse you fail to mention the most important element of SAINT Valentine's Day...the fact that it is ia FEAST day in the Roman Catholic Church for the Martyr named Valentine. Do you think that the goevernment schools would allow such a conversation that would go something like this? Legend has it that Valentine was a priest who served during third century Rome. There was an Emperor at that time by the name of Claudius II. Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those that were married. With this thought in mind he outlawed marriage for young men in hopes of building a stronger military base. Supposedly, Valentine, decided this decree just wasn't fair and chose to marry young couples secretly. When Emperor Claudius II found out about Valentine's actions he had him put to death. Another legend has it that Valentine was an imprisoned man who fell in love with his jailor's daughter. Before he was put to death he sent the first 'valentine' himself when he wrote her a letter and signed it 'Your Valentine', words still used on cards today. MORE...
Scott Walters February 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Of course not. Do we all agree that SAINT Valentine's Day has lost its true meaning? You bet it has. But, in the same way, we DO NOT NEED OUR government intruding on what we can and cannot bring to school in order to help assist in a celebration. In fact, it gets worse. Look at what they are doing in North Carolina to preschoolers and their families: It's a clear case of the nanny state gone wild in the age of Obama. The Carolina News Journal reported Tuesday that a 4-year-old was forced to eat chicken nuggets after an inspector deemed her homemade lunch not nutritious. Sara Burrows wrote: The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day. School officials not only sent the girl's lunch home, they included a note informing the mother she would be charged $1.25. According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, lunches served in pre-kindergarten classes must meet USDA guidelines, Burrows explains. "That means lunches must consist of one serving of meat, one serving of milk, one serving of grain, and two servings of fruit or vegetables, even if the lunches are brought from home," she wrote. MORE...
Scott Walters February 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM
WHere does this end? FIrst it was those god awful low volume toilets, now the lightbulbs you have to take to the FIre training people when they burn out (and don't break one, or else you'll have to call hazmat in), now the food we are allowed or NOT allowed to bring into the schools. This insanity must stop, or else we are all doing to have to change our names to Ben and Eileen Dover!
William Demarest (Editor) February 15, 2012 at 01:02 PM
Nanuet is not the only school district trying to cope with state and federal rules for the handling of food in schools. When Clarkstown schools developed its local nutrition policy, it was more hotly debated than any other local issue — including taxes. With issues such as food allergies, child obesity and overall health problems high up on the national agenda, the schools have become a focal point.
Watchdog February 15, 2012 at 01:28 PM
As with most recent issues on the environment, health care, abortion, gay issues and now this, it is more about controlling the lives of taxpayers and giving more and growing control to the Federal Government on individual freedoms. Can you imagine, the Federal Government telling you that you cannot bring cupcakes to school?. Or Michelle Obama telling our well trained fighting forces, most of whom fought in two wars on several deployments, what they should eat? These recent impositions are INSANE.. And to think that we have to hire people in the Federal Government while we have this huge deficit to enforce the "Cupcake Law" to 6 year olds is even MORE INSANE.
Watchdog February 15, 2012 at 01:42 PM
BJM. It in not sugar, sugar sugar, it it CONTROL CONTROL AND MORE CONTROL,, by this Obama Family. This is the most disgraceful ANTI CHOICE Administration in history. Their ANTI CHOICE intrusions into our hectic lives is second only to their INTOLERANCE for Established Religions. The OBAMA FAMILY,none of whom has worked a single day ina real job,dealing with real life apparently feel that WOMAN'S LIBERATION, , can go just so far but must stop at what hey CHOOSE. To feed their children, The OBAMA FAMILY Will tell you what to eat.
Scott Walters February 15, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Bill,...food allergies are generally overrated. We had them in outr day and we simply segregated the foods that could cause trouble and NEVER shared our food. Childhood obesity is a choice the parents make when they pick Little Debbie over the produce aisle...health problems are due to an overly non active society and overprotective parents who do not allow their kids to go out and play for fear of being grabbed by pedofiles, etc...who's threat is real but has been blown outof proportion becuase of the 24/7 media we have now.
BJM February 15, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I know that Republicans want to make everything a political debate... but this is not about "CONTROL, CONTROL, CONTROL"
Scott Walters February 15, 2012 at 06:41 PM
@BJM...nice to see you refuse to put out your identity...but I need proof that it isn't about the contro of the population and what they can and cannot do. Without that, please stay away from the debate as I have offered proof for my points.
Watchdog February 16, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Who said anything about being a Republican? We were proving with the facts of te day that the OBAMA Administration is INTOLERANT of organized religions by censoring letters from the Hierarchy of the Church being read to US. armed forces; is ANTI -CHOICE by not permitting mothers to offer simple cupcakes in school for birthday celebrations and sets back WOMEN'S LIBERATION by telling mothers what they can or cannot put in their own child's diet. All of this is CONTROLINGBEHAVIOR of the electorate, closer to a Marxist form of government than a FREE REPUBLIC.. If ths is wat is being focused on while we are TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS in debt, if OBAMA is reelected this Country will go down in flames, like Greece.


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