Lunch-Snacks


Snack

Parents will need to provide snack for their child/children each day they attend school. We try to promote good nutrition by setting a good example. The variety of foods your child eats is more important than the amount they eat. Therefore, we ask that snacks include at least two food groups, choosing from: grains, vegetables, fruit, dairy and meat groups.

We ask that you provide foods low in sugar, salt, fats, food preservatives and additives. Items such as fried chips, jello, fruit roll-ups, granola bars with candy or chocolate, and yogurt with candy sprinkles, candy, other sweets, soft drinks, and beverages that are not 100% juice, milk or water are not permitted. When these items are sent, the teacher will put them back in your child's lunch box and tell them they can enjoy them after they are picked up from school, but they are not school food.

Baby carrots, hot dogs, hard pretzels, popcorn and nuts are NOT allowed as lunch/snack items. (Matchstick carrots are allowed.) Grapes and grape or cherry tomatoes are acceptable if cut into quarters, although not encouraged, as these are also common choking hazards. Please understand that there are many children in the classroom and it may be difficult to notice a choking child as s/he may be unable to make a sound. This is a risk you assume if any such items are in your child's lunch box. If your child's lunch/snack contains grapes or small tomatoes, they MUST BE appropriately cut; otherwise, the teacher will put them back in your child's lunch box and tell the child s/he may enjoy them after being picked up from school. Such food items are considered "appropriately cut" when they are quartered. We will serve water along with the snack. Please avoid foods which contain excessive amounts of sugar, salt, fats, food preservatives and additives.

Birthday Snacks

Birthday and/or "super star" celebrations may be a part of your class celebrations. A special snack is permitted on your child's special day. We suggest rice krispie treats, cookies, popsicles, ice cream cups, etc. However, cupcakes and frosted cakes are discouraged.

Stay n Play Snacks

No snack is served during Stay n Play. The children may drink water from their water cups or from the water fountains.

Lunch Requirements

Individual lunches are provided by the Day School parents. FPDS is not responsible for the nutritional value of the food provided by parents or for meeting the children's daily nutritional needs. We ask that you provide foods low in sugar, salt, fats, food preservatives and additives. Items such as fried chips, jello, fruit roll-ups, granola bars with candy or chocolate, and yogurt with candy sprinkles, candy, other sweets, soft drinks, and beverages that are not 100% juice, milk or water are not permitted. When these items are sent, the teacher will put them back in your child's lunch box and tell them they can enjoy them after they are picked up from school, but they are not school food.

Baby carrots, hot dogs, hard pretzels, popcorn and nuts are NOT allowed as lunch/snack items. (Matchstick carrots are allowed.) Grapes and grape or cherry tomatoes are acceptable if cut into quarters, although not encouraged, as these are also common choking hazards. Please understand that there are many children in the classroom and it may be difficult to notice a choking child as s/he may be unable to make a sound. This is a risk you assume if any such items are in your child's lunch box. If your child's lunch/snack contains grapes or small tomatoes, they MUST BE appropriately cut; otherwise, the teacher will put them back in your child's lunch box and tell the child s/he may enjoy them after being picked up from school. Such food items are considered "appropriately cut" when they are quartered.

We are unable to provide lunch refrigeration so please use your own method of keeping lunch items cool. Your child's name must be on the lunch box and please prepare foods beforehand. Please use containers your child can help open and manage independently. Bring your child's lunch box home and clean it daily. The staff is not able to do special preparations.

Water will always be available for the children to drink at lunch. If you send something else to drink, be sure your child can open it by him/ herself. We encourage self sufficiency. For the Twos and Threes classes, bring full water cups each morning and please remember to take them home each day for cleaning.

Peanut and Food Allergy Notice

FPDS is not a peanut-free, egg-free or dairy-free facility. However, in certain circumstances when a FPDS student has a severe allergy to a certain food(s), the classroom in which the child is enrolled may be designated as "free" from that particular food(s) for the entire school year during FPDS school hours only. This determination, taking into account the severity of the allergy, is conducted by the Director of FPDS, in conjunction with the parents of the student and his/her teacher(s). Please look for special notices from your teacher to find out if this issue affects your class.