Mom Gets Angry Note From Daughter’s School After Packing This In Her Lunch

 Teaching kids about nutrition is an important responsibility of every parent, but it’s also okay to let your child have a treat here and there, which is exactly what Colorado mom Leeza did. One day, Leeza realized she ran out of fruits and vegetables when she was packing her daughter’s lunch. She improvised, tucked a goodie into the lunchbox, and sent her daughter off to school. Much to her surprise, her daughter returned home that day with the snack untouched and a sternly-worded letter from the school!

Meet Leeza

Leeza Angela is a twenty-six-year-old mother from Aurora, Colorado. She studies political science at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Leeza and her partner, Nate, have two children together.


They have a newborn baby that’s just a couple of months old and a daughter, Natalee, who is now eight years old. It’s evident that Leeza and Nate are a family-oriented pair. There’s no doubt that they take their jobs as parents very seriously. After all, they would do anything for their kids.

Children’s Academy & Childcare Center

Really, Natalee’s parents had nothing but the best in mind for their little girl. Growing up in a highly competitive society, an early start at Aurora’s Children’s Academy seemed like the perfect place to begin her journey in life.

Children’s Academy & Childcare Center

One little packed lunch, though, would end up opening a can of worms. One high-stress morning with no veggies or fruits ultimately resulted in Leeza taking her daughter’s lunchbox and doing something the school would consider absolutely disgraceful. Then again, the school seems a tad dramatic.

The Best Preschool On The Block

The Children’s Academy and Childcare Center is a private daycare facility that offers child-care and play experiences for young children, ranging from three to five years of age. The center, located in Aurora, is a very popular preschool which can accommodate up to 150 young learners at any given time.

The Best Preschool On The Block

The school is trusted by community members who want to get their young children ready and prepared for elementary school, as Leeza wanted to do with Natalee at the time.

Shame On You

The preschool has been known to stir the pot a little, however. Evidently, the academy has caused some anger in the community due to the fact that they have made more than one attempt to control what their students are eating at school.

Shame On You

If their packed lunch doesn’t conform to the school’s idea of proper nutrition, the faculty has the right (according to policy) to stop the child from eating it. But like one parent commented on the Facebook page, “It’s not the right of a school to tell you what to feed your children!! Shame on you…”

Morning Routine

It was a lovely spring morning in April when Leeza woke up to the sound of birds chirping. She was awake before anyone else in the house. She washed up and had her morning coffee before doing some chores around the house.

Morning Routine

After she cleaned up a bit and made breakfast for the family, she started on Natalee’s lunch who was only four-years-old at the time. Leeza quickly realized, though, that she hadn’t gone to the grocery store in a while so they had run out of a few things.

No Veggies Or Fruits

Since there were no veggies or fruits to pack in Natalee’s lunch for that day, Leeza needed to improvise a bit. For the most part, the mother tends to pack her daughter healthy lunches.

No Veggies Or Fruits

That day wasn’t so different, but because they were limited on snacks, Leeza tucked a little pack of Oreos in Natalee’s lunch along with her sandwich and string cheese. They all finished getting ready and the whole family was off for the day. Leeza dropped Natalee off at preschool.

Long Day

The mother-daughter duo arrived at Natalee’s school right on time. Leeza wished her little daughter a good day, handed her the lunchbox, and sent her on her way. That day seemed like any other ordinary day.

Long Day

Leeza had some errands to run and a class to attend but was already in the car-line waiting to pick Natalee up by three o’clock sharp. Considering that it’s a long day at school for a four-year-old, Leeza expected that Natalee would eat her whole lunch.

Untouched Oreos

Natalee ran up to the car where Leeza was waiting for her. The two embraced and Leeza strapped Natalee into her car seat. As Leeza started driving out of the school, Natalee exclaimed that she was hungry.

Untouched Oreos

Leeza asked her little girl if she had eaten her whole lunch. When Natalee said no, Leeza thought was strange and proceeded to open the lunchbox when they arrived home. Inside, she noticed that the pack of Oreos was completely untouched.

Letter From School

Underneath the pack of Oreos, in the lunchbox, was also a sternly-worded letter from the school. Leeza wondered what her little girl could have done that she was sent home with a note from school.

Letter From School

She was a happy girl who was popular with the other kids, and the teachers seemed to love her. Leeza was concerned that Natalee had gotten in trouble for something but she would soon learn that the letter really had nothing to do with the four-year-old at all.

She Started Reading

The letter, which was placed underneath the pack of Oreos at the bottom of the lunchbox, was really meant for Leeza. She was completely dumbfounded when she opened the letter and started reading it out.

She Started Reading

How could anyone, let alone her daughter’s school, question her parental choices and skills? Leeza takes pride in her job as a mother; she is both attentive and loving. She works hard to make sure her kids live a happy and healthy life, with the occasional treat here and there.

Nutritious Lunch

Leeza read the letter and was in complete shock at the school’s audacity. After all, “we noticed last minute that we ran out of fruit or we would have put that in there instead,” Leeza told TODAY.com. “So we threw some Oreos in there.”

Nutritious Lunch

The letter stated that students need to have a ‘nutritious lunch’ and snacks that don’t include things like Lunchables, chips, and fruit snacks. Leeza thought that was weird considering the fact that she’s sent Natalee to school with Lunchables and fruit snacks before, but she never received a letter of complaint.

What Makes For A Healthy Lunch?

The letter also explained that this “is a public school setting and all children are required to have a fruit, vegetable, and healthy snack from home, along with milk. If they have potatoes, the child will also need bread to go along with it.”

What Makes For A Healthy Lunch?

After reading that part of the letter, Leeza wondered to herself about why having a combination of bread and potatoes makes for a healthy lunch. Where did the school get this kind of information that proved this kind of lunch was indeed healthy?

She Was Shocked

After reading the whole letter, Leeza was completely baffled by how the school handled the whole situation. She felt as though “it is definitely over the top, especially because they told her she can’t eat what is in her lunch,” she told ABC News.

She Was Shocked

“They should have at least allowed to eat her food and contacted me to explain the policy and tell me not to pack them again.” Instead, the school handled it differently and Leeza was fuming at this point.

Offered An Alternative Snack

According to the spokeswoman, Patty, Natalee was actually offered an alternative snack when she was told she couldn’t eat her Oreos. Leeza said this wasn’t the case, however, and her child ultimately came home hungry due to the fact that she hadn’t eaten her whole lunch that day.

Offered An Alternative Snack

Even if the school may not agree with what Leeza packed for Natalee, they definitely shouldn’t have taken away the snack. After all, she was just a four-year-old and didn’t have the capacity to understand what was happening.

She Is Perfectly Healthy

Leeza understands that the school wants to teach young kids the importance of nutrition. She agrees that they should place focus on it but there’s a way to do it, and it’s definitely not by taking away a little girl’s Oreos.

She Is Perfectly Healthy

Plus, the young mother has also maintained that it’s solely up to her and Natalee’s physician as to whether or not Natalee is healthy, which she is. “She is not overweight by any means and I usually try to feed her healthy,” Leeza told ABC.

Tons Of Outrage

To express her frustrations, Leeza turned to the online world. After posting the story and the school’s letter that was sent home with Natalee, Leeza received a bunch of support. In fact, she was surprised to see the fury the story generated on social media.

Tons Of Outrage

Critics called the letter absolutely ‘ridiculous.’ According to the mom herself, “I just got a bunch of outrage from friends I hadn’t heard from in years.” The worst part? That letter isn’t really even standard practice.

Inconsistent Efforts

Officials at the Children’s Academy said they had no comment when they were contacted by ABC News. However, Patty, a spokeswoman for the Aurora Public Schools, which provides funding for some of the children to attend the private pre-school, said a note in the lunchbox is not supposed to be standard practice.

Inconsistent Efforts

“From our end we want to inform parents but never want it to be anything punitive,” Patty said. The spokeswoman said the school was just trying to promote healthy eating but according to Leeza, that effort has often been inconsistent.

Confusing The Parents

Leeza is especially annoyed because the school is incredibly inconsistent in regard to teaching the kids proper nutrition. After all, the parents were actually asked to bring in candy for a class Easter holiday party not long before this whole incident went down.

Confusing The Parents

According to Leeza, her daughter also receives jelly beans as a snack when she stays for after-school care. “They say I can’t decide what to feed her but then they sometimes feed her junk food,” Leeza exclaims. “Why am I being punished for Oreos when at other times I am asked to bring candy?”

What Is Moderation?

And Leeza is right – why is she getting punished for a pack of cookies? In all honesty, what kind of mixed messages is the school trying to send? One day they don’t want kids eating cookies but the next day, they’re asking parents to bring in candy for a holiday celebration.

What Is Moderation?

While there’s a thing called moderation, Leeza understands this but believes she should be the only person, along with Nate, who should be teaching Natalee about the importance of moderation. Her parents should be the only ones telling Natalee what she can and cannot eat.

Moving Forward

After all, “it’s not like I was offering cookies to the entire class and it’s not like that was the only thing in her lunch,” Leeza explained.

Moving Forward

As for moving forward, Leeza said that she will make an effort to make sure that her daughter’s lunch is healthy just as she has always done, but believes that the school needs to rethink these rules. Each child is different and individual, so what may be right for one child, may not be for another.

Revolution Kits

In all honesty, Leeza isn’t the only parent dealing with this. It’s really not an uncommon occurrence at all. In fact, there are always parents in search of the best and healthiest food alternatives for their children.

Revolution Kits

Two California moms and former teachers came up with an idea to create already packed lunch boxes that include healthy snacks in them, called revolution kits. They are also low in sodium and even preservative-free. Hopefully, this will be a huge help for moms such as Leeza.

Ludicrous

The private preschool has caused loads of controversy when it comes to controlling the nutrition of their students. The buzz even led to someone creating a Facebook page for the school in which parents can use it as a discussion board.

Ludicrous

There, it is clear that parents aren’t even slightly happy with the school’s nutrition requirements. In fact, they find the requirements absolutely ludicrous in that they don’t make sense. Why would you send your child with bread if they already have potatoes? Also, peanut butter is definitely a healthy snack when consumed in moderation.

Where Are They Today?

Since the incident, the family is doing really well. Leeza just gave birth to a newborn baby. Natalee is now eight years old and spunkier than ever! She is a very active little girl that doesn’t need to worry about her weight whatsoever.

Where Are They Today?

She loves to run around and swim with her friends. Despite the incident at her preschool about four years ago, Natalee is a happy and healthy third-grader who hasn’t fully given up her love for Oreos. And we don’t blame her!

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