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Westford Students Told To Leave The Christmas Cookies At Home
CBS Boston ^ | December 15, 2011 | CBS

Posted on 12/15/2011 11:23:20 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

WESTFORD (CBS) – Westford school officials are getting tough on classroom holiday parties.

They’re banning sugary snacks and sweetened beverages from the celebrations this year.

Students are being told to leave the Christmas cookies, cakes, candy bars, and soda at home and to bring fruits, unsweetened juices, popcorn and raisins instead.

Superintendent Everett Olsen says the ban on holiday sweets has nothing to do with being politically correct, rather, his motive is simply promoting a healthy lifestyle.

“We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. We’re not trying to take the enjoyment out of children’s lives. We’re just trying to act responsible,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin.

The school’s goal is to avoid the types of sweets that pile on empty calories and contribute to childhood obesity.

School officials say they’re also hoping to protect the growing number of children with severe food allergies.

The new policy comes as schools across Massachusetts get set to implement stricter state-mandated food policies aimed at reducing child obesity.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: ban; bastardos; children; christmas; cookies; dogooders; idiots; nannystate; publicschools; sinverguenzas; sweets

1 posted on 12/15/2011 11:23:27 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; ...

Here we go again!

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 12/15/2011 11:25:49 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Are they messing with the cookies? This... Means... WAR!


3 posted on 12/15/2011 11:26:45 PM PST by Moose Burger
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yup, nothing says “Christmas” like a bag of raisens and a nice drink of water.


4 posted on 12/15/2011 11:27:08 PM PST by hsalaw
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

7 Words:

Get the students into private Christian schools.


5 posted on 12/15/2011 11:27:23 PM PST by DNA.2012
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To: DNA.2012

that can be expensive..i’m all for it but for a time i had

3 in private schools

and 2 in private colleges

over 100,000 per year total

i could not do that now in this economy

which is why we moved to a more conservative yet imperfect still rural county

but here’s a newsflash:

private church schools can be PC and intolerable in ways too

learned that too...


6 posted on 12/15/2011 11:34:26 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt.....that is how I've seen it and it's where we are)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas”

Surrrrre you’re not.

B$trds.


7 posted on 12/15/2011 11:34:38 PM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. We’re not trying to take the enjoyment out of children’s lives

LIARS!!! Why not just the have an assembly and tell all the kids that Santa, the Easter Bunny,the Cupid Kid, and the Tooth Fairy were all killed in a alcohol involved accident on the local interstate. The end justifies the means.
8 posted on 12/15/2011 11:48:03 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is just the symptom of what is destroying the U.S.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I remember when I was growing up in daBronx, this time of year the el that carries the #2 trains over White Plains Rd would be adorned with Christmas lights, wreaths, Menorahs, etc. This was also done on other sections of the subway system throughout NYC. Just imagine the uproar if the MTA were to allow such a blatant "governmental sponsorship of religion" today! Also, here's a dirty little secret, us gubmint workers not only get paid for Christmas, but unlike other holidays were we get 2X base pay for working those days, anyone who works on Christmas day gets 2.5X base pay. I dare the ACLU and any atheists to file court breifs to end this practice. I DOUBLE DOG dare them!
9 posted on 12/15/2011 11:52:11 PM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“We aren’t trying to take the Christmas out of Christmas. We’re not trying to take the enjoyment out of children’s lives. We’re just trying to act responsible,” he told WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Mike Macklin.

Somebody buy Superintendent Everett Olsen an adverb.

And a clue.

10 posted on 12/15/2011 11:54:55 PM PST by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Superintendent Everett Olsen says the ban on holiday sweets has nothing to do with being politically correct, rather, his motive is simply promoting a healthy lifestyle.

Say what?

Gee Whiz, we had candy and cookies and pop and all that at the holidays. It was the rest of the year we didn't live on them...

11 posted on 12/16/2011 12:26:07 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Many teachers I know obviously never laid off any snacks!


12 posted on 12/16/2011 12:57:25 AM PST by MacMattico
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
http://www.precisionnutrition.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/cookie-mouthful.jpg
Superintendent Everett Olsen

13 posted on 12/16/2011 1:03:39 AM PST by wolficatZ (Squeal like a pig. Yeehaw!)
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To: wardaddy

“private church schools can be PC and intolerable in ways too

learned that too...”

So did we.


14 posted on 12/16/2011 1:10:19 AM PST by Psalm 144 (Voodoo Republicans: Don't read their lips - watch their hands.)
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To: raygun

That was a very erratic, illiterate, counterproductive, and nonsensical rant.


16 posted on 12/16/2011 2:12:32 AM PST by DNA.2012
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They declared war on culture. But in return we got more laws than even a lawyer can shake a stick at. And the same goes for taxes. How many pages long is the tax code?

Fast and dirty Google search

http://www.trygve.com/taxcode.html

According to the US Government Printing Office, it’s 13,458 pages in total. The full text of Title 26 of the United States Code (the part written by Congress—available for an additional $179) is a mere 3,387 printed pages, bringing the adjusted gross page count to 16,845.

Everybody’s a criminal! And for all that money forked over, heaven help the kid who brings his mama’s home-baked cookies to school!


17 posted on 12/16/2011 2:19:24 AM PST by Youaskedforit
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To: Impala64ssa
Also, here's a dirty little secret, us gubmint workers not only get paid for Christmas, but unlike other holidays were we get 2X base pay for working those days, anyone who works on Christmas day gets 2.5X base pay.

Well, that's not true if you're a government worker like me. Since I wear green pajamas with velcro patches, and tan combat boots to work, I get paid the same, regardless.

18 posted on 12/16/2011 2:47:50 AM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

If you are still sending your kids to the public indoctorination center don’t be suprised they come back as liberal idiots. And please don’t tell me that your public school is different. It isn’t, you just don’t see all the liberal crap unless you go behind the doors every day.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 3:23:31 AM PST by King_Corey (www.kingcorey.com -- Twitter @KingCorey_Com)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I teach in a primary school, second grade. I can tell you that if we load up their plates w/ raisins & fruit next week............the little angels will rise up in rebellion.

It’s a party, how clueless can people be??????????????? Some people can kill a party just by thinking about it!


20 posted on 12/16/2011 3:43:17 AM PST by leaning conservative (snow coming, school cancelled, yayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!)
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To: raygun
What kind of work do you do? Are you the ONLY incomer? How do you expect the rest of the country to meet the private Christian school tution for their children?

It would be my best guess you DON’T care.

I can't add much to your comment except to say that I agree with it. According to quite a few people here, if you send your kids to public school, no matter how good it is or conservative leaning it is, you're some kind of criminal child abuser.

On a thread yesterday about teacher's pay and how outlandishly high it is, I commented that my daughter is a school teacher with 12 years experience and a master's degree and makes $44,000 per year. The responses were generally in the vein of what low intelligence she must be to have an education degree and she is over paid at $44,000.

I have two children living with me and they attend an excellent conservative public school, both are in the 6th grade, further, I do not consider myself qualified to teach 6th grade or any other grade for that matter. The nearest church school charges $8,500 per year for two children. Not everybody has that kind of cash laying around.

I observe some (not all) of the sanctimonious home schoolers here and their grammar, spelling and punctuation and am just grateful that they aren't teaching my children. I don't comment on other individual's grammar or punctuation because my own is far from perfect but then again, I don't claim to be a teacher either.

Is there one home schooler on this forum who has an average or heaven forbid, a below average child? Not to hear them tell it, every single one of them is 3 to 5 grades ahead and some of their teenagers are pursuing their doctorates already. (That's an exaggeration for the sarcasm challenged).

I'm starting a ping list for those members who send their children to a perfectly fine and even conservative public school, to counteract charges that we are all a bunch of criminal child abusers.

21 posted on 12/16/2011 4:25:16 AM PST by Graybeard58 (No Obama, No Romney, No Paul, No Huntsman. We can do better than that!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Kids, shut up and eat your Christmas peas and your Christmas cauliflower.


22 posted on 12/16/2011 5:05:08 AM PST by Cheburashka (If life hands you lemons, government regulations will prevent you from making lemonade.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
School officials say they’re also hoping to protect the growing number of children with severe food allergies.

I hear that alot these days. Where the Hell were these allergies when I was a kid? We ate all kinds of junk at school and we didn't have kids dropping over dead. Its all non-sense and hyper-sensitive, over-protective parents trying to feel important.

23 posted on 12/16/2011 5:16:45 AM PST by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

When my daughter was in 1st grade the school announced that kids could no longer play tag or chase each other on the playground. I told my daughter it would be OK with me if she ignored the rule. Sure enough, most of the kids ignore the rule and pretty soon the rule vanished I to thin air.

That’s what needs to happen in this case. Within reason, no school official has the right to tell parents what their kids can have in their sack lunch.


24 posted on 12/16/2011 5:21:34 AM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: exDemMom
Gotcha. Surely you don't expect these gutless wonders to step on the toes of the SEIU, CSEA and the other civil serv. unions do you? And speaking of my old neighborhood, there's a house along Pelham Parkway that's literally covered with Christmas decorations, so much so it's become a bit of a tourist attraction. They even made the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most lavishly adorned house. And yet, even though it's a private residence, the ahteists from time to time hire sleazbag lawyers to either threaten legal action or their will look through the NYC building and zoning ordinances to find anything that would put this house in violation.
25 posted on 12/16/2011 9:43:36 AM PST by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Opinionated Blowhard
Where the Hell were these allergies when I was a kid?

The allergies were there when we were kids. The difference is that back then, when kids were allergic to a food, they wouldn't make a big fuss about it. They would just decline to eat it, saying that they were allergic to it. I grew up around quite a few kids who were allergic to various foods. Nowadays, of course, we're all supposed to bend over backwards to cater to the one kid who's allergic to something... even if there isn't a single kid in the class who has an allergy.

26 posted on 12/16/2011 3:44:00 PM PST by exDemMom (Now that I've finally accepted that I'm living a bad hair life, I'm more at peace with the world.)
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