October 2

Birthday Policy

Birthday Celebrations in 2Julie

If you wish to celebrate a birthday in school please let me know ahead of time to make arrangements. Please send the same flavor or type of treat for all the children (no assortments, or half chocolate, half vanilla, for example.) Please note the school policy that birthday celebrations are for the students only also be mindful that treats must be nut-free.  (See list below)

L.S. Policy- John Evan’s Reminder about Birthday Parties: Parents are welcome to send birthday cupcakes or other appropriate snacks to school so that children can celebrate their birthdays with their classmates. Please keep in mind the “Less is more” philosophy when planning your treat. Too much sugar is not good for anyone, and be mindfully vigilant of our nut awareness policy. Events that occur outside of school have an impact on children in the classrooms. Parties for various occasions are in that category. As an institution, we value and expect inclusion rather than exclusion. Also, a better climate for learning is established when all children feel welcome. Invitations to outside parties should not be distributed in school. If you are planning to invite MOST of the class to your child’s birthday party, please invite the entire class. In addition, parties should never emanate from school. I ask that you use good judgment when making these decisions.

Please use these lists for nut-free treats when celebrating birthdays in school:

Nut Free and Aware Bakeries and Websites

****Please contact the above bakeries directly for the most up to date information regarding allergens.****

Eleni’s-Nut Free Bakery: We are delighted to announce that all of Eleni’s products are made in our own peanut free and tree nut-free dedicated facility. In addition, we use only the highest quality ingredients, and employ the most stringent testing, production, and packaging methods.) Chelsea Market 75 Ninth Avenue @ 15th Street Madison Avenue 1266 Madison Avenue @ 90th Street (1.888.435.3647)

The Donut Pub — Nut Free Donuts (203 W 14th St @ 7th Ave New York, NY 10011) We are NUT AWARE. Our on-site bakery does not use nuts, and we have been assured by our suppliers that they deliver nut-free ingredients as specified by their labels. Although we do not allow customers to bring outside food into the Pub, we cannot assure customers a nut-free environment. Thus we call the Donut Pub “Nut Aware.” Note that we supply donuts to the Food Allergy Initiative luncheon.”)

Everybody Eats: (294 3rd Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215) (Gowanus)

All products are gluten free and nut free. Our philosophy has always been to focus strictly on taste and texture. We are dedicated gluten free and ground and tree nut free; there are no legumes or soy in our products, and we have several products which are dairy free, but we realize we cannot accommodate every sensitivity and diet and still produce products with the very best taste and texture we know how to make. Sticky buns, breads, cookies, cakes, and cupcakes.  Dairy Free (Selected Items) Gluten Free Facility, Nut Free Facility

Cakes ‘N Shapes is a nut-free kitchen in Midtown West that specializes in photo cakesand cupcakes. But owner Edie isjust as happy to whip up a batch of plain ole vanilla and chocolate cupcakes –delicious, and $2 each. Photocupcakes are $3.50 each, with a 12-cupcake minimum per image; cakes to feed 10people are $65. By appointment only– 466 West 51st Street, 212-629-5512 www.cakesnshapes.com


Please schedule celebrations with me in advance.  Thank you!