We have a couple of students with severe food allergies at the Surry Campus this year.  Let's all work together to keep them safe. During the first couple of weeks, we will be talking to each of the classrooms about allergies and how we can look out for each other as well as watching an age-appropriate video explaining allergies. If you have any questions or concerns, you can talk with Matora or Carol Menck Keefe.
We want everyone to be aware so that if your child eats lunch in a classroom with a student with allergies you'll be ready.  If they aren't currently in the class, they may get invited to eat there. This is also good information for our community events and potlucks.
Kindergarten Class: This year we have a student with a severe nut allergy in the kindergarten class.  The allergy includes peanuts, all other tree nuts (almonds, Brazil nuts, walnuts, pistachios, coconut, etc.) and sunflower seeds (NO SUNBUTTER) The student cannot ingest anything that has a nut ingredient or produced in a factory with nuts (most chocolates have nut residues).  In order to keep our fellow student safe, it will be extremely important for our students (and families) to abide by the restrictions and safeguards that we will be putting in place.  In order to ensure her safety at school we are asking that:
The kindergarten class to be an entirely nut free safe haven.  Please do not send any nut/sun-butters (peanut, almond, sunbutter, etc), any other product with nuts or made in factories with nuts to school if your child is in kindergarten.  
Make a date with your child to shop for alternatives and see which one they like the most.  Engaging them in the discussion will help increase understanding.  We know can be hard, go ahead and acknowledge that.
1st/2nd Grade Classroom:
This year we have a student in the classroom with a severe allergy to eggs. In order to ensure the safety of all our students,please refrain from sending in hard boiled eggs, egg salad or deviled eggs. We are hopeful that this isn't too much of a disruption in the normal snack/lunch making routine since those items aren't usually all that popular with six and seven year olds. If you have any questions or need suggestions for alternatives don't hesitate to ask Matora or Carol Menck Keefe.
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