Food & Nutrition

Also see Sleep & Hydration information.

Bryker Woods follows the district’s Food and Nutrition Policy. Although strongly discouraged, a student may bring foods or beverages of minimal nutritional value (FMNVs) from home as long as only that student consumes them.

Summary of District Regulations:

• AISD schools may not serve or provide access for students to FMNV’s
• FMNV foods and carbonated beverages may not be sold or given away on school premises by the
• school, or non-school organizations (PTA groups, fundraisers, booster clubs, etc.), teachers, parents, or any other person or group during the school day.
• A student may bring FMNV foods or beverages from home as long as the student is not selling or providing items to other students.
• FMNV foods and beverages may not be made available to students on field trips.
• The policy does not include sports drinks, tea, or juices.
• The policy only covers prohibited carbonated beverages and foods of minimal nutritional value.

Examples of prohibited food items (FMNVs) include, but are not limited to:

• Soda and carbonated beverages (Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper, Sprite, Diet Coke, root beer, Mountain Dew, Pepsi Cola, etc.)
• Water ices/snow cones, Slurpies, Slushies, etc. (This does not include snow cones, etc. made with 100% fruit juices.)
• Chewing gum, bubble gum, Blow Pops, etc.
• Certain candies and processed foods made predominantly from sweeteners or artificial
• Sweeteners with a variety of minor ingredients such as…
○ Hard candy (Jolly Ranchers, Mega  Warheads, Cherry Sours, Nerds, Runts,  Gobstoppers, Sweetarts, sour balls, fruit  balls, candy sticks, lollipops, mint, sugar  wafers, rock candy, cinnamon candies,  breath mints, jaw breakers and cough  drops.)
○ Jellies and Gums (Gummy Apple Rings,  Sour Worms, Orange Slices, beans, berry  fruit snacks, Mike & Ike, Hot Tamales, gum  drops, jelly beans, jellied and fruit-flavored
slices, etc.)
○ Marshmallow candies/marshmallow crèmes, (Peeps, etc.)
○ Fondant (candy corn, soft mints, Lemon  heads, Cherryheads, Grapeheads, etc.)
○ Licorice, Twizzlers (any flavor or filling)
○ Spun candy (cotton candy, etc.)
○ Candy coated popcorn (Poppycock, Cracker  Jack, etc.)

 

Hydration

I’m frequently seeing children who come to school dehydrated, having had maybe 4 fluid ounces of juice or milk and no water before school. Children only have 8 fluid ounces of milk with school lunches; school juices are only 4 ounces. They are not drinking much, maybe an ounce, at the water fountain. Please have your child drink at least 8 ounces of water before school each day and immediately after school. Your child is welcome to carry a canteen of PLAIN WATER at school. Make sure to have several canteens so that canteens can dry thoroughly between uses.

Children are more susceptible to dehydration than adults because their body surface area makes up a much greater proportion of their overall weight than that of adults. They also may not know warning signs of dehydration (dry mouth, thirst, fatigue, muscle weakness, headache, dizziness). Please teach them that by the time they feel thirsty, they are already dehydrated. Also teach them to assess hydration by looking at the color of urine (this only works with a white toilet). Urine should be clear or very pale yellow, except for the first urination in the morning, when it is more concentrated and a deeper yellow. Keep in mind that some vitamins, foods, and medications can intensify color or change color of urine.

Parents know to keep their children hydrated in hot weather, but sometimes forget how dehydrating indoor heating can be in winter. Heated indoor air will cause skin and lungs to lose more moisture.