candy at school?

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My daughter's teacher (2nd grade) gives the kids candy at the end of every school day as the kids are leaving the classroom. I do not let my daughter have hers as we do not allow candy in our house. I have children who are very prone to hyperactivity when under the influence of lots of sugar :P

Every day I hear other comments from parents saying things like "Oh great, more candy..." and "Something else to put in the junk pile...". So it's obvious that the other parents are in the same boat as me regarding not wanting our children to have the candy.

We approached the teacher and she gave out pretzles for a week, but went back to candy the following week. We were thinking of taking the issue to the school board, but we really like all the other things the teacher does (besides the candy she is a GREAT teacher and all our kids LOVE her).

Does anyone have any suggestions of what we can do to get her to stop without getting her in trouble with the school board? Should we approach her again? Should we just grin and bear it? I really like this woman, but I felt very offended when she didn't listen to our concerns regarding the candy. Am I overreacting???

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Christie - posted on 08/19/2009

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I hate it when people give my child sugar! I tried so hard to ban sugar from our lives and I was treated like a criminal. It is sooooo bad for you. Now that school is starting back up it turns out our new teacher rewards with candy also. I do have a suggestion. You could take something you approve of and ask her to give it to your child at the end of the day instead of the candy. If you don't like that you might try going to the principal instead of the school board.

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How about offering the teacher not to give sweets or food as a treat. How about stickers? If it is important for the teacher to also give sweets, offer her to keep it maybe only for Fridays. Taking things up with the board might create an uncofortable situation in the classroom. Besides I assume if she gives sweets there is no rule against it in the school. Find out if other teachers are doing it. I hope things will work out. Osnat http://maaslife.blogspot.com/

Ilene - posted on 08/19/2009

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Quoting Holly:

candy at school?

My daughter's teacher (2nd grade) gives the kids candy at the end of every school day as the kids are leaving the classroom. I do not let my daughter have hers as we do not allow candy in our house. I have children who are very prone to hyperactivity when under the influence of lots of sugar :P
Every day I hear other comments from parents saying things like "Oh great, more candy..." and "Something else to put in the junk pile...". So it's obvious that the other parents are in the same boat as me regarding not wanting our children to have the candy.
We approached the teacher and she gave out pretzles for a week, but went back to candy the following week. We were thinking of taking the issue to the school board, but we really like all the other things the teacher does (besides the candy she is a GREAT teacher and all our kids LOVE her).
Does anyone have any suggestions of what we can do to get her to stop without getting her in trouble with the school board? Should we approach her again? Should we just grin and bear it? I really like this woman, but I felt very offended when she didn't listen to our concerns regarding the candy. Am I overreacting???


Sounds like this teacher needs another reminder.  Maybe the parents could come up with a list of "acceptable" treats to give the kids and let her choose from those.  

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Jennifer - posted on 08/19/2009

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Try talking to the teacher one more time and ask her if she would like for you and the other moms to put together a treasure chest of little things like stickers or the other little dollar store items that I know all of the kids this age love. :).

Kristin - posted on 08/19/2009

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Personally I'd just grin and bear it. If she's a great teacher in all other respects, I'd just keep hucking the candy. She obviously means well and candy is a cheap easy treat that has probably helped her feel popular with the students.



And hey if your kids aren't chowing down on it as soon as they get it, that shows some serious self dicipline for a kid!



I will admit however that it is a bit strange to be giving candy so frequently.

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