Over the years we have handled our snacks in many different ways such as the school providing, parents providing their own child’s, parents providing for the whole class in a snack rotation, and parents choice to pack snack or opt for their child to have what the school provides that day.  Due to the rise in allergies of all types, and the increase in parents’ awareness of the harmful affects of GMO and processed foods, we are seeing an increase in parents asking for teachers’ snack plans ahead of time so they can decide whether they’d like their child to have that food or not.  We are also seeing an increase in parents packing their own chosen snacks for their child, which are allergen-free and mostly organic.  Interestingly, over the past few years we are also seeing an increase in children being more choosy about what they’ll eat and not!  To simplify, and meet the needs of all children and parent preferences, we have found it safer and simpler for parents to provide the snack they wish their child to eat which they are sure their child will enjoy, and meets their specific dietary needs. Please pack a healthy snack in a labeled ziploc bag or container.


Water at snack:  The children will have water from their water bottles and not juice for the following reasons:

   1.      The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that young children drink a maximum of 4-6 ounces of juice per day.  Parents can monitor their child's juice intake more carefully if only served at home or what they give in their lunch box for Lunch Bunch.

    2.     Several parents have asked us to cut their child's juice in half with water and/or refrain from giving their children juice at snack since it tends to cause loose stools in young children. This becomes difficult for those children who are only allowed water when a friend sitting next to them is drinking juice. 

    3.     Juice contains sugar which affects the activity level in young children!

    4.     The benefits of water are numerous!


We will reserve juice for special occasions so if you would like to bring in juice with your child’s birthday snack , at class parties or in your child’s lunch, please do.


Birthday Snacks: We love celebrating birthdays!  We welcome a birthday snack as long as it does not contain nuts or candy.  Cupcakes or other festive snacks are acceptable for birthdays and/or holidays, but please DO NOT include any form of candy.  When planning your childs birthday snack, please check with your childs teacher prior to planning so we may minimize the amount of cupcakes in a short period of time.  For example, if we celebrate a birthday in the morning and one in the afternoon in a given day, a full day student would have two cupcakes in one day - which is a situation we would like to avoid.  (An option to a birthday snack is for your child to bring a wrapped book for them to open and you read to the class, or a wrapped puzzle, game, science item, book, etc. which they open and donate to the classroom.  We have special donation stickers for these We’ll celebrate Summer birthdays in June before we end the year.


Safe and Healthy Foods to pack for LUNCH BUNCH



Any fresh fruit

Applesauce cups



Other dried fruits

Fruit cups (NOT DEL MONTE)

Fresh vegetables

Vegetable Dips



Yogurt in individual cups or tubes

Pudding in individual cups, cans or tubes

String cheese or other cheeses

Drinkable yogurt or smoothies

Cottage cheese




Wheat Thins

Vegetable Thins

Ritz crackers/dinosaurs/sticks (Not Ritz Bits or sandwiches)

Town House




Cheese Nips

Better Cheddars Saltines

Oyster crackers


Air Crisps


Keebler Snack Stix

Brenton brand crackers

Goldfish crackers graham crackers

Graham cracker sticks

Teddy Grahams

Animal Crackers (Austin, Zoo, Barnum)



Cheerios (NOT Honey Nut or Frosted)

Chex (Rice, Corn, Wheat)

Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Corn Flakes


Frosted Mini-Wheats

Kashi (Go Lean Crunch, Good Friends, Cinnamon Raisin, Heart to Heart)


Life (NOT Vanilla Yogurt Crunch)



Other Snack Items

Small bagels (Lenders or Thomas brand) with cream cheese (no nut type)


Pretzels (Not Snyders Products)

Nutrigrain cereal/yogurt bars

Special K Bars (NOT Honey Nut)

Special K Snack Bites

Fig Newtons (all flavors)

Rice Cakes (Not Quaker brand, NOT nut free)

Cheez-It Party Mix

Munchie Party Mixes

Kelloggs brand Rice Krispie Treats (original)

Sun Chips

Yogos/Yogo Rolls


In Summary:

  • Avoid snacks that contain peanuts, peanut flour, peanut oil, or peanut butter or other nuts. This includes snacks with almonds, coconuts, filberts, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nut, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts.
  • Read labels carefully to make sure the products are nut free.  This includes labels that read “May contain traces of peanuts/nuts” or “Processed in a facility that processes products that contain peanuts/nuts.”   Food labels and ingredients change over time, so always read the label each time before purchasing snacks.
  • Include the packaging of your treat when you send it to the classroom so that the label may be re-checked in the event there are any questions or concerns about the ingredients.


Thank you for your consideration and support in keeping our children with food allergies safe from having a life threatening allergic reaction at school.  



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