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October 10, 2012                                                                                                     24 Tishrei 5773

 

Dear YAFE Families,

 

As you know, we share educational space with Brandeis Hillel Day School. I’m writing to share a very important issue for the coming school year and to ask for your help and cooperation.

 

Several students in their Kindergarten, grade 1, and grade 2 classrooms are extremely allergic to peanuts, tree nuts, and sesame seeds – a very serious medical condition. The consequences of contact or ingestion of these foods are potentially life threatening for these students and require immediate medical intervention. Although we are not onsite at the same time, residual grease and dust from these foods may remain after our presence which could still affect those who are allergic.

 

Therefore, during our use of the school building, we are continuing the NUT FREE ZONE designation already established Monday through Friday. This nut free zone includes NO SESAME SEEDS. This designation covers all food for the Micha Mocha Café, snacks and lunches that our students may bring with them to YAFE.

 

This restriction also means that you may not send or bring any food that contains or is made from tree nuts or peanuts into the school building at any time. I realize this can be inconvenient, but for the children involved it is a critical issue – literally a matter of life and death. We strive to keep all of our children safe and healthy, and I thank you for your understanding and cooperation as we implement measures to ensure this goal.

 

BHDS provided their families with a list of alternative suggestions of nut-free foods and snacks as information resources. Their list is attached to this letter, for your convenience.

 

Thank you for your help with this important matter.

 

L’shalom,

Rebecca Goodman, RJE

 

 

Resources

http://kidshealth.org/parent/growth/feeding/nut_peanut_allergy.html

 

Food Resources

http://www.peanutsafefood.com

http://www.avoidingmilkprotein.com/otherallergies.htm

 

Possible Snack Suggestions:

All fresh fruit

Dole fruit bowls

Del Monte, Dole or Motts Fruit to go cups

Sun Maid raisins and craisins

Fresh Veggies and Dip

Applesauce or fruit sauce cups

Yogurt cups and tubes including Dannon crush cups

Enjoy life brand snack bars (Available at some Targets, Draegers, and Whole Foods stores)--any variety including caramel apple, coco loco, sun butter crunch, very berry

Enjoy life brand granolas, all varieties and trail mixes all varieties including "Not nuts beach bash" and "Not nuts mountain mambo"

 

Dairy:

Cream cheese, any variety except for nut

Yogurt including gogurt, Dannon crushes cups, trader Joe’s yogurt tubes, Dannon drinkable yogurts, Stonnyfield Farm Yo Kids, Yoplait, Brown Cow etc.

String cheese, cheese curds, block cheese, sliced or shredded cheese, spreads, and dips

Cottage cheese

 

Protein:

IM Healthy brand soy butter

Sunbutter brand sunflower butter in organic, creamy, natural, or natural omega 3 varieties

Trader Joes Sunflower Butter

Lifeline veggie bologna, salami, turkey

Yves veggie bologna, salami, turkey

Trader Joes meatless meatballs

Smart dog’s hotdogs in various varieties

Cream cheese

Bocca brand vegetarian items such as burgers, chicken nuggets,

Morningstar brand vegetarian items such as burgers, chicken patties, chicken nuggets, chicken or beef strips, riblets 

Tofurkey brands vegetarian turkey slices in various varieties. including original roasted, hickory smoked, cranberry and stuffing, peppered, Italian, Philly style

 

Grains:

Tortillas

Bagels

English muffins

Frozen eggo waffles

Breadsticks

Any bread variety that is not nut

 

Crackers/cookies/snacks:

Nabisco brand cheese nips, air crisps, cheddar sportz, truscuits, wheat thins, wheatables, club crackers (not all sandwich varieties)

Pepperidge Farm whole wheat goldfish, pre sliced mini bagels

nutrigrain cereal bars and nutrigrain yogurt bars (strawberry, vanilla or blueberry)

Special K brand cereal bars (vanilla, chocolate, strawberry and blueberry varieties)

Kraft brand 5 pack handi snacks (pretzels and cheese, cheese and crackers

Rold Gold brand whole wheat pretzels (rods, braided twists, cheddar twists, tiny twists)

 

Fruit Snacks:

Nabisco

Betty Crocker including Fruit by the Foot and Fruit Gushers

Kellogg/Disney

Sunkist

Trader Joe's fruit leathers and fruity flakes

Annie's Homegrown Bunny Fruit snacks

 

Popcorn:

Pop Secret

Act II

Jolly Time

 

Dips:

Kraft Ranch

T Marzetti's veggie and buttermilk ranch

Kens steakhouse ranch

Hidden Valley ranch

Carrots and ranch dip--trader Joes, earthbound farms, etc.

 

Cereal:

Kellogg corn flakes and frosted flakes

General Mills Cheerios--regular, fruity, triple berry, NOT Honey Nut

Post Shredded Wheat

Post Grape nuts

Post or Kellogg Raisin Bran

Special K--not nut variety or granola

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