The ban lasted all of 4 days as angry parents bombarding Chesterfield Elementary School with complaints forced the moonbat rule to be overturned. From Todd Starnes: Is "Happy Birthday" Song Insensitive?
Read the letter sent home to parents.
August 23, 2010
Dear Chesterfield Parents,
I have received several questions regarding information I sent in last week's note about birthday treats and the new procedure. Before I clarify that information, I must begin by apologizing. I did not adequately explain the changes.
Because I didn't go into greater detail, many of you are confused and concerned. I hope to reduce that confusion and concern by answering the following questions about birthday celebrations.
What has stayed the same?
Each morning, we will continue to wish the child/children happy birthday via our morning announcements. Students will continue to be invited to the office to receive their birthday button and pencil or eraser. In the classroom, teachers will continue to do the things they have done in the past, such as singing the birthday song, making a birthday crown and honoring them as "student of the day." If a student brings a non-food item to school, it can be distributed in the classroom.
What has changed?
To ensure the health and safety of all children, any food treat brought in for a birthday celebration should be labeled with the teacher's name and student's name and sent to the office. The nurse will check for allergens and send the food to the cafeteria. The teaching assistant will distribute the treat to the birthday student and classmates on the class roster during lunch.
What types of treats are acceptable?
If your child would like to bring in food items, please pay close attention to any food allergies in your child's class. Items should be pre-packaged and stored at room temperature. Non-food related items are also encouraged. We ask that they be school related items, such as: pencils, erasers, book marks, a book donation to the class library, or a donation to our school library.
Are students allowed to sing the happy birthday song?
Students are permitted and encouraged to sing the happy birthday song in the classroom. I am asking that we not sing the birthday song in the cafeteria, when the treat is distributed.
I hope this clarifies any questions or concerns. Again, I apologize for the confusion.