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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What is with the goodie bags?

I know it will come as a shock to most of you, but it's been about 25 years (give or take a few years...take, please) since I've been in preschool/kindergarten but I haven't lost much of my memory yet.  I can not, for the life of me, remember ever getting goodie bags when a classmate had a birthday.  What I do remember was said classmate's mother sending in cupcakes/munchkins and maybe sippys to celebrate the birthday.  Jenna's birthday is in November and the last two years she's been the first birthday of the new school year.  Her first year, I brought in some munchkins and was able to be there when they celebrated.  This year, I bought cookies and sent them in for the class to share.  Well, it seems I am the uncool mommy!  Apparently, I didn't receive the memo about full blown class parties...some with balloons and all!  Some parents are bringing in full sheet cakes, bunches of balloons, presents for the birthday child and goodie bags for all the classmates.  WHAT!?!?!?!  So now we are expected to throw our children 3 parties...one for the family, one for the friends and one for the class?  I'm sorry, but I am sticking with the old school way of celebrating a birthday in class.  Unfortunately, I feel like my children will be the ones to suffer. :(

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8 comments:

  1. You are lucky....at my school, you can't bring anything in. Wellness policy says that cookies, cupcakes, and munchkins are bad...not to mention the issues with food allergies. You have to order a snack through the cafeteria...pretzels, pencils, and erasers. And of course, you might bring in the whole she-bang...like you said, balloons, and food, and cakes and presents. Then what if little Johnny over there can't afford it? He feels bad and outcasted. Then, what if little Cindy is a Jehovah's Witness, and she doesn't celebrate special occasions? Lord, so many rules nowadays. I don't know what it will be when I have kids...good luck Jackie!!

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  2. That seems pretty strict. I know there are some kids in Jenna's class who were not able to have the same things as everyone else but the teachers keep "fun" snacks for them in their desk. I have a feeling it's only going to get worse but I have my fingers crossed Kindergarten will be better. :)

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  3. As a former, first grade teacher, I can tell you that it drove me crazy when parents would bring in goodie bags and balloons and gifts for their children. If you want to have a birthday party with the children in the class, by all means, do it but don't take my instructional time for it. Do it on your own time.
    I am sticking with your way Jackie. D's birthday is coming up and I'll let him choose which snack he wants. Last year it was rice krispy treats, who know's what it will be this year... but it will only be a snack- not a whole party.

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  4. Good lord are you serious!!!????

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  5. Jo, I love hearing from the teacher side of things. Did you ever say something to your parents or did you just let it go. I wish something would be said so I don't feel so guilty about not "going all out."
    Vern, yes, it's true...just you wait! ;)

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  6. Last year was the first time that it really started being a regular occurence. If I had been teaching first grade again this year, instead of middle school, I would have written it in my first grade guidelines. I probably would have gone over it on Orientation Night too.

    Don't feel guilty about not going all out. It makes you normal.

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  7. I am hoping it will be different in Kindergarten next year but I am not holding my breath. Doesn't matter though...I refuse to send a whole party to school. Even if it makes me the uncool mommy!

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  8. I'll be the uncool mommy with you! ;)

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