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Thank you for your warm welcome to Hildreth Elementary School. I have been fortunate to meet many children and family members on the playground and through various culminating events at Bridges Camp and Spectrum classes.

Just in a few short weeks, I have discovered so many reasons that this school is a special place for students. One exciting reason was the joint efforts of so many town people in planning, funding, and building a beautiful playground.

Please join the playground committee, school faculty and staff, and the Harvard community in a Celebration Ceremony on Monday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. on the playground (rain or shine).

As I become familiar with new reasons to celebrate, I have studied the traditions and practices of our school. Most create a positive legacy, which supports and includes all students. However, we need to make a change in the current practice of celebrating students’ birthdays with food items in school. Increasingly more students are coming to school with severe food allergies. Some are so life-threatening that we must take extra precautions.

Starting Aug. 30, please celebrate your child’s birthday in a way that does not include food items in school. You are welcome to join them for lunch here at school or provide an inexpensive non-food item for them to share with their classmates. Items might include pencils, stickers, erasers or another school supply.

Also, purchasing a book for the library is another way to honor them. We will have honorary book plates to put inside the book that will let others know that the book was donated for your child’s birthday.

Please consult the school office for book titles that would enhance the school’s book collection.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this new guideline which will help our school become a safer place for all of our children.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact me at ldwight@psharvard.org.

Sincerely, Dr. Linda Dwight

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