• Dear Parents/Guardians,

    In an effort to promote better nutrition, the Federal Government passed a law setting standards regarding food items that are not permitted to be served, sold, or given out by anyone on school property. School procedures for birthday celebrations are to be in accordance with the State of New Jersey law NJ5B1218AB883-220-2006, enacted Public Law 2007, Chapter 45.

    Honoring their birthday is very special to our students, so we will continue to recognize all student birthdays on our school-wide news, CMTV; and students will receive a birthday card from the principal and assistant principal. Additionally, students will celebrate their birthday at a monthly “Birthday Bash” hosted by the PTO. Those students will have a treat, play a game, and receive a book.

    This law also affects all class/grade level celebrations (e.g., theme day, holiday, end-of-year, etc.). Teachers are allowed to plan up to three classroom parties per school year where students may bring in their own personal snack. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the State of New Jersey have identified the following as “Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value.” These foods cannot be distributed in school:

    • Soda
    • Water ices (However, water ices which are 100 % fruit or fruit juices are permitted)
    • Chewing gum
    • Gummy fruit snacks
    • All forms of candy (hard candies, jellies and gums, marshmallows, fondants, licorice, spun candy, and candy-coated popcorn)

    In addition to the above named “Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value,” all foods and beverages listing sugar in any form as the first ingredient, as well as those containing more than 8 grams of fat per serving are prohibited from being distributed in school.

    Providing healthy eating experiences for children in school presents a unique opportunity to model good nutrition. We also encourage parents to take advantage of this opportunity by sending in a healthy snack each day. Please note that our school food service is in compliance with the USDA regulations.

    We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

    Mrs. Jayme Orlando