School Procedures

PARTIES, SNACK, TREATS

As a member of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation Healthy Schools Program, McBrayer Elementary strives to help our students make healthy lifestyle choices.  Currently, approximately 30% of children in the US are overweight or obese.  Simple steps now can help your children continue making healthier choices as adults.  In addition to healthier lunch choices and increased physical activity during the school day, MES is also beginning a healthier birthday, snack, and party initiative.  Instead of sugary snacks, such as cupcakes, we are asking that parents choose a food from our list below OR if your child may choose a birthday activity from the list below instead of a snack.

Some Food Ideas:
Popcorn
Organic, low sugar cookies
Soft pretzels
Mini whole wheat bagels
Granola Bars
Mini apple, cinnamon, banana, bran or oatmeal muffins
Whole Wheat crackers and cheese
Fruit Kabobs/Fruit Skewers (strawberries, grapes and melon work well)
Fruit cups
Frozen yogurt with fresh fruit
Dried fruit mix
Fresh fruit: Watermelon, Apples, Clementines, Orange or apple slices, Grapes
Pineapple boats/chunks
Baked apples w/ cinnamon
Fruit smoothies (Yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit)
Frozen yogurt bars or sandwiches
Frozen fruit
Frozen fruit bars/pops
Yogurt cups with granola topping
Applesauce
Raw veggies and dip
Ants on a log (Celery with cream cheese topped with raisins)
Low-fat string cheese or cheese slices
Graham crackers/animal crackers
Cheese and whole grain crackers
Ingredients for low-fat, low sugar trail mix
100 calorie cookie snacks with 0 Trans Fats
Or a small bag of non-food items, pencils, etc.
Drinks:
Water bottles w/or w/out sugar free mixes
100% fruit juices
*****OUR GOAL IS to steer clear of high SUGAR, high FAT, and highly PROCESSED FOODS !*****
Possible Celebration Activities 
 
Free Choice Activities
Extra Recess Time
Dance Party
Parent visits classroom and reads a book to class
Goody bags to share with class (pencils, stickers, erasers, etc)
Parent purchases book in honor of child for classroom/ school library
Special Art Project (parent purchases materials)
Birthday child is Teacher assistant for the day
Parent planned scavenger hunt
Special games