Birthday Book Club
We recognize that our school community enjoys celebrating special events such as birthdays! We also recognize at Mater Dei Catholic that we have a tremendous opportunity to promote healthy behaviors and to show students how to enjoy special moments without making food the focus of our celebrations. In an effort to nurture healthy choices, we will be implementing a new practice for individual student birthdays: We will no longer allow students in grades 1- 8 to distribute edible treats for these occasions.
This year we will begin a “Birthday Book” tradition that will benefit Mater Dei Catholic School’s library. By donating a book, you can create a lasting memory of your child’s birthday or any important event. At the same time, and for less than it may cost to buy a treat for your child’s class, you help us expand and update our library collection. It is a great opportunity to teach your child about the joy of giving, and the donated book will live on our shelves for years to come. Here’s how the program works:
STEP ONE: Select a book from our Wish List which appears on Amazon.com. You may purchase the book elsewhere, but it must be hardcover; and it must be brand-new. To view our Wish List, go to amazon.com; click on List; click on Find a List or Registry ; type Mater Dei Birthday Book in the box and click Search. Click on the list name when it appears and you will then see the list of books.
STEP TWO: Once you find a book to purchase, please have the book shipped to your address. On the day of your child’s birthday, your child will bring the book to school and give it his/her teacher. Your child will receive a “Birthday Book Club Member” pin to wear and will have a picture taken for the Birthday Book Club Member bulletin board.
STEP THREE: During the next few weeks, the book will be processed for circulation, and a bookplate will be affixed inside the book to acknowledge your child’s special event or the reason for the donation. Your child will be given the opportunity to be the first person to check-out the book.
REASONS TO DONATE: Your child may donate to celebrate his or her own birthday. If your child has a summer birthday, celebrate your child’s half birthday or anytime throughout the year.
Your child may want to celebrate a holiday, receiving a sacrament, or a personal achievement.
Please Note: School-wide celebrations such as Holiday parties may allow classrooms to share sugary treats. These celebrations are far less frequent than birthday celebrations in classrooms and arrangements are usually handled by the Teachers and Homeroom parents. We sincerely appreciate your partnership and understanding as we all work together to promote lifelong healthy lifestyles for our students! If you have any questions and/or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.