Snack Calendar

December 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • sun butter, red bell pepper strips, banana, sweet potato chips
2
3
4
  • hummus, cucumber, oranges/clementines, rice crackers
5
  • turkey, snap peas, raisins, sweet potato chips
6
  • black beans, red bell pepper strips, pear slices, tortilla chips
7
  • chicken, grape tomatoes, apple slices, popcorn
8
  • turkey pepperoni, carrot/celery sticks, raisins, snap pea crisps
9
10
11
  • sun butter, carrot/celery sticks, banana, rice crackers
12
  • turkey pepperoni, red bell pepper strips, apple slices, snap pea crisps
13
  • hummus, cucumber slices, grapes, brown rice cakes
14
  • turkey, snap peas, oranges/clementines, sweet potato chips
15
  • black beans, grape tomatoes, pear slices, tortilla chips, guacamole/salsa
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31

Purpose: Provide preschoolers a healthy and yummy snack. Preschoolers are at an impressionable age. DCP Snack Calendar provides an opportunity for our kids to try new things amongst their peers that they refuse to do at home. It’s proven, introducing foods in a fun environment and outside the home leads to increased success!

Note: Class Liaison’s will alert you of certain snack items that you won’t find on the snack calendar; however you are free to bring to your classroom only (Examples: cheese, yogurt, pretzels).

Five Healthy Eating Habits Tips

  • Fill the plate with small portions
  • Let your child self-regulate how much they eat
  • Try to keep it light and not a battle! (its ok if tonight was a battle, deep breaths and focus on tomorrow)
  • Try not to use food as a reward (for example: if you eat all your broccoli I’ll give you ice cream”)
  • Give yourself a break! You are doing the best you can and that’s all that really matters!

Buying Organic Tips: Providing a safe and healthy snack is the overall goal for the DCP Snack Calendar however, if you choose to buy organic there are helpful resources to guide you.

  • Organic vs. Conventional Fruits & Veggies: Have you heard of the Clean 15 and Dirty dozen list? These lists tell you which produce has the highest and lowest pesticide levels and guide you which fruits or vegetables should be bought Organic when possible and which are OK to be purchased conventionally.
    EWG’s 2014 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™
  • Dairy: Milk/Cheese/Yogurt: When purchasing dairy, please purchase dairy that does not have high fructose corn-syrup. Also, look to see if the dairy is free of hormones or antibiotics that were used to treat cows. A grass-fed option is good too.

Did you know? Most yogurts marketed for children are loaded with sugar and high fructose corn-syrup? Do I get non-fat or whole-fat? Whole fat dairy is good for our growing kiddos.


From the DCP Handbook

 Snack at DCP

The DCP is committed to offering nutritious snacks for our children to enjoy. Our helping parents provide snack each day for their child’s class.

USDA Guidelines
It is important that the children receive offerings from at least two different food groups in their snack each day. If a sweet treat is served because of a birthday or other special celebration, two food groups will still need to be represented. The following are the various food groups recommended by the USDA:

  • Bread/Cereal/Rice and Pasta
  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Milk/Yogurt & Cheese
  • Meat/Poultry & Fish
  • With the exception of Field Trips or special occasions, water will be the beverage served.

 Snack Calendar

In order to keep students safe and healthy, DCP provides a monthly snack calendar on our website that takes into consideration the diagnosed food allergies and food sensitivities in each classroom on any given day of the week.

This way, helping parents who are bringing snack to school each day can be assured that the choices listed on the snack calendar are safe for all students in the class.

Due to the nature of how snack is provided at our school, we cannot guarantee that DCP is “nut-free” but we do strongly discourage any nuts or nut products from entering the school.

The snack calendar is a suggested schedule, in the event that you need to make substitutions, please try and select comparable items if possible and always be sure to check with the Assistant Director or the classroom teachers regarding allergies when choosing substitutions.

Classroom teachers will always check to see that the snack that has been provided by the helping parent is in accordance with the monthly DCP Snack Calendar.

Please choose two of the four items listed for each day. State licensing regulations require that any part of snack other than fresh fruits and vegetables be prepackaged. Note that fruits and veggies need to be washed and prepared at home before they are brought to school.


 Snack Procedures

When setting the table, set places for yourself and the classroom teachers. You become a role model for the children at your table for conversation, manners, and good eating habits.

In classrooms where there are several life threatening and major allergies, the 30 classroom teachers may elect to set up snack with the assistance of the helping parent. Classroom teachers will be in charge of preparing snack for any children who are specifically providing their own snack due to allergies and/or medical conditions.

Classroom teachers will always check to see that the snack that has been provided by the helping parent is in accordance with the monthly DCP Snack Calendar.

Please remember that parents and staff must utilize and help the children with proper hand-washing techniques prior to having snack. When preparing and serving snack, parents and staff should always use the food service gloves provided.

As required by the health department, staff members will assist parents in completing the recommended table cleaning and sanitation procedures prior to eating snack and afterward as well.


 Allergies and Snacks at School

Due to the nature of how snack is provided at our school, we cannot guarantee that DCP is a “nut-free” school, but we do strongly discourage any nuts or nut products from entering the school.

In all cases where a child has an allergy, food sensitivity or personal dietary restriction and medications are NOT required to be on site, reasonable efforts will be made by the Assistant Director to accommodate these needs on the monthly DCP Snack Calendar.

At times, it happens that certain foods are medically necessary for some students. In these cases, those foods will be made available on the monthly DCP Snack Calendar with the exception of those foods that could potentially cause any severe allergic reactions.

In the case of a food allergy, food sensitivity or voluntary dietary restrictions, parents are strongly encouraged to provide a small Tupperware container of a few acceptable snacks labeled with your child’s name and class in the event that the snack provided by the parent helper is deemed inappropriate or if the ingredients cannot be verified. Please provide this container to the Assistant Director upon the start of school.

In classrooms where there are several life threatening and major allergies, the classroom teachers may elect to set up snack with the assistance of the helping parent. Classroom teachers will be in charge of preparing snack for any children who are specifically providing their own snack due to allergies and/or medical conditions.


 Celebrations, Food Sharing, and Allergies

Please be aware, there are certain times during the year, such as birthdays, where families are allowed to bring in homemade treats. It is up to you if you would like to share approved recipes for certain homemade items with other parents in your class. You may also provide an alternate snack for your child on these days if you would prefer.

The DCP staff will discourage children from sharing food as an additional safety measure while in our care and we will always encourage awareness and acceptance of inclusive practices for the different needs of children.

The health and well-being of our students is a top priority at our preschool. The above list of procedures will help us work together to maintain this priority. Please do not hesitate to contact our Assistant Director or our Director should you have any questions regarding allergies and how they are handled at DCP.