Celebrating Birthdays at St. Therese

Celebrating your birthday with your classmates can be the highlight of the school year from some kiddos!  In order to maintain the emotional and physical safety of all of our students, we’ve adopted guidelines to celebrating holidays and birthdays.  You can begin planning for your child’s birthday celebration by speaking with their homeroom teacher three to four weeks before the actual date of celebration.

If you choose to bring a special birthday treat to share with the class, keep the following in mind:

  • Speak with your child’s teacher 3 weeks in advance about any birthday celebration arrangements.
  • If you would like to send home party invitations at school, every student must be invited.
  • Because of our pre-paid Federal lunch program, lunchtime birthday parties are not allowed.
  • Afternoon birthday celebrations must be held in the last 20 minutes of the school day.
  • St. Therese School NO PEANUT POLICY must be followed for any food brought to the school. This includes foods that were made in a facility where peanuts may be present.
  • St. Therese School also does not allow any sweets (such as: cake, cupcakes, or ice cream) for Birthday parties. Birthday snacks must be healthy and pre approved.
  • A class gift (game, educational DVD, books, etc.) is always welcomed. See your child’s teacher for a class “wish list” of class gift ideas.
  • Individual student goodie bags are not permitted.
  • Parents who would like to stay for the celebration must have completed and cleared a background screening through the Archdiocesan of Chicago website (VIRTUS TRAINED) and visit must be pre-approved with the classroom teacher.

Recognizing and appreciating your child’s birthday is important to us, and we appreciate you following our guidelines.  Unfortunately, if the policy is not followed, any treats that have not been approved will be returned. If you have any questions about the school policy or want to make plans, you can contact your student’s homeroom teacher or school administration.

Snack Suggestions:


  • Cheez-Its or Goldfish
  • String Cheese
  • Vegetables/Dip
  • Chips/Salsa-Mild
  • Fruit bowls, cut up fruit pieces
  • Easy to eat fruit-Clementine oranges, bananas
  • Cheese/crackers
  • Dried fruit snacks (raisins, Craisins)
  • Applesauce
  • Yogurt tubes/small packages


  • Juice boxes
  • Small water bottles
  • Lemonade

Not Allowed:

  • Treat bags of any kind
  • Ice Cream
  • Cupcakes
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Muffins


* All snacks should not include peanuts or nuts. Also, packaged snacks cannot include any peanut or nut warning such as: “may contain nuts”, “product was made using equipment that processes nuts”, or “product was made in a facility that processes peanuts”