Ridgeview Elementary School Wellness
Birthday Celebrations at Ridgeview Elementary SchoolAt Ridgeview we love to celebrate student birthdays! In order to best maintain nutrition requirements, we will celebrate birthdays with non-food treats beginning this school year.Please feel free to send your child in with something fun to share with his/her friends. For his birthday, a child might bring in a small fun item for each classmate or he might bring in an idea for something easy and enjoyable to do for 10 minutes. The teacher will allow the child to pass out the fun item or lead the fun activity, and the class will spend 10 to 15 minutes celebrating your child’s big day! This will take place at the end of the instructional day. Any shared toys will be taken home that day since toys are not allowed at school in general. Please talk to the teacher, in advance, about a good date and time for celebrating your child’s birthday at school, and please let the teacher know what you intend to provide for the celebration.Ridgeview Elementary School Wellness Guidelines:
Food provided within a classroom:
- Students will have the opportunity for 30 minutes per day of physical activity via recess, movement and exercise breaks during regular class time, and physical education class (Kindergarten through 5th graders have PE).
- Some grade levels have one scheduled recess per day with the opportunity for students to earn more recess during the Study Hall period by completing all assigned work, and some grade levels have two scheduled recesses per day. Regardless, all students have the opportunity for at least 30 minutes per day of physical activity.
- Strenuous physical activity is not used as punishment. If students have not been safe, a few minutes of recess may be taken. Students missing recess may either sit out or walk the “Think Track” during those minutes. The Think Track allows students to have movement if they would like, and we ask them to think about making safe choices as they walk.
- Ridgeview teachers will only provide food for students at school that meet district guidelines and that also take into account specific food allergies within that class.
- Students may bring snacks to school that meet the classroom teacher’s snack policy. In general, we ask that you send your child with healthy snacks in order to promote an ideal learning environment. Some classrooms may not allow peanut products due to life-threatening allergies.
- Students may pack lunches for school or purchase school lunch. We encourage students to pack healthy lunches that will provide them the nourishment they need to learn all afternoon long!
- There will be four exempt party days per year at the elementary level. These themed parties are generally: Fall Festivals, Winter Celebrations, Valentine’s Day, and the End-of-Year Parties. On these days, classroom teachers may allow food items for class parties that do not meet the nutrition guidelines. Foods must still be store-bought, and healthy snacks will still be encouraged. Classroom teachers can seek exemption from the store-bought policy for occasional special events through school administration.
If you have any questions at all regarding our school policies for nutrition and physical activity, please do not hesitate to ask. You can email our principal, Mrs. Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org. We sincerely appreciate you supporting our efforts toward a healthy school community!
Wellness Policy Overview
District 49's wellness policy and supporting guidelines focus on improving the health of students. Anyone interested in serving on the districtwide wellness advisory council should email email@example.com for additional information.
A sample of the Curriculum Food Request Form is available here.
Nutrition for classroom parties, celebrations, rewards & fundraisers:
- All food items must be store-bought with the nutrition information showing that the product is 100 calories or less, 0 grams of trans fat.
- No candy or sodas are allowed.
- Birthday celebrations with treats must follow the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
- Fresh fruits and vegetables are excluded from calorie and sugar limits.
- Food prepared in a private home may not be served at school to students because knowledge of ingredients, sanitation, preparation, and temperature of food in storage or transit is not available, nor can quality and sanitation standards be controlled.
- Fundraiser guidelines may also be found in the Wellness Policy Guidelines.
Healthy Snack Ideas Under 100 Calories
Non-Food Celebration Ideas
Cascadian Farm Kid-Sized Oatmeal Raisin Bar
Smencils (smell good pencils)
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Goldfish 100 Calorie Pack
Angie’s Boom Chicka Pop Sea Salt Popcorn
6” Banana decorated with Sharpie and/or stickers
Stretch Island Fruit Leather
Applesauce on the Go
Post its in fun shapes
Fruit cups in 100% juice
Brothers All Natural Fruit Crisps
Minute Maid Kids + Minis 100% Juice Box
Seeds for planting
Trader Joe’s Apple + Banana Fruit Bar
Lead a Dance Break
Our commitment to physical activity:
- Physical education is provided in elementary, middle, and high school.
- Strenuous physical activity is not used (e.g. running laps, pushups) as punishment.
- Generally, students should not be required to “sit out” any part of recess as punishment unless there is a safety concern.
- Elementary school students will have a minimum of 30-minutes daily of physical activity. Recess for 1⁄2 day Kindergarten will be determined at those individual buildings.
- Physical activity can include recess, physical education classes, fitness breaks, active classroom activities, exercise programs, or active field trips.