Dear Families,

It is so important that we all ACTIVELY remember we are a nut-free school Рand that we have complete and constant adherence to our nut-free policy. Nut and peanut allergies can cause a severe reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis may begin with some of the same symptoms as a less severe reaction, but then quickly worsen, leading someone to have trouble breathing, feel lightheaded, or to pass out. If it is not treated, anaphylaxis can be life threatening, thus we must always remain vigilant and proactive when it comes to the foods we send into the Collective. No peanuts or tree nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, hazelnuts, coconuts, pecans, walnuts, etc.) are allowed into the Collective building, including:

peanut butter;

Nutella;

almond milk;

coconut milk;

coconut water;

granola or Kind bars with nuts;

almond croissants;

muffins with nuts;

pesto made with pine nuts;

marzipan.

We are also now including sesame seeds (this includes tahini) on this list. I know this may be hardship for some of you whose children eat hummus, but sesame is linked with many of these nut allergies and we do have children who are severely allergic. Luckily Trader Joe’s has a tahini-free hummus – please let me know if there are others to recommend.

If you are bringing in a food from home to share for your child’s birthday or a holiday, you must send me the ingredients in advance so I can be sure they are nut-free.

If your child has a nut or food allergy, let me know if you would like to keep an Epi-pen for your child here at school (we have a form for you and your doctor to complete, if you do). Also, if you would like to keep a sure-proof nut-free treat here at school for your child for these types of celebrations, just let me know.

Thank you very much for your cooperation,

Martha