We are a peanut free school!   Our main building is also tree nut free!

Please read ingredient lists carefully. If a product has been processed where peanuts have been processed, we cannot have it at school.  Names of tree nuts and common sources of tree nuts are listed below*. Please read all labels carefully and note that even non-nut foods may be contaminated if processed in a plant where tree nut or peanut products are prepared.

The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca dedicates itself to educating our children, staff and families in making healthy, sound nutritional food choices during the school day.  We encourage using whole grain products, and making low sugar and low fat choices for lunches, snacks and treats to share.

Full Day Primary, Extended Day, Junior Level, Upper Level, and Middle School children must bring a lunch, including beverage, in a lunch container.  Please include any necessary utensils.  In order to promote re-cycling, children will be required to carry back home all their remains from lunch in their lunch boxes.  We encourage parents to pack food in recyclable containers.

Please try to include a high quality protein and a fresh fruit and veggie in each lunch.  If you are looking for prepared lunches and snacks please scan the ingredients to be sure you don’t find sugar or fructose and enriched bleached white flour as the first few ingredients.  It is quite a surprise when you begin reading ingredient labels!  Candy, gum and soft drinks are not permitted.

What we consume really does impact the quality of the energy we bring to our work and it affects our emotional state as well.

We appreciate your attention to this important matter.

Snack / Lunch Suggestions

Pumpernickel bread and a tangerine Whole grain cereal
Bran muffin Whole wheat bagel and orange slices
Oatmeal cookie and a plum Corn muffin
Cinnamon rice cake and a peach Tortilla and refried beans
Whole wheat bread and cherry tomatoes Nut-free trail mix
Waffle square and strawberries Rye wafers and cream cheese
Graham crackers and a pear Cucumber, carrot and cottage cheese
Whole wheat raisin toast Rice cakes and cream cheese
Whole wheat pita bread and hummus Cut up vegetables w/ ranch dressing
Ginger snaps and applesauce Cheese sticks and celery
Whole wheat crackers and and seed butter Cottage cheese w/crushed pineapple
Whole wheat bread sticks and cheese sticks Yogurt and fruit
Whole wheat crackers and vegetable sticks Nut-free granola and a baked apple

*(Alternate) Names of Tree Nuts and Common Sources of Tree Nuts

Cashews, Pecans, Macadamia nuts, Almonds, Pistachios, Brazil nuts, Pine nuts, Hazelnuts, Walnuts, Hickory nuts, Beech nut, Butternut, Chestnut, Coconut, Ginko nut, Lichee nut, Natural nut extract, Artificial nuts, Nut meal, Nut meat, Caponatanut meat, Nut oil (peanut, walnut, coconut, etc.), Nut paste (such as almond paste), Gianduja (found in some chocolate), Nut pieces, Pesto, Mandelonas, Marzipan (almond paste), Nan-gai nuts, Nougat, Pralines, Nut butters, Anacardium nuts, Pinyon nuts, Nu-Nuts™.

If you are looking to replace tree-nuts as a protein source think seeds and beans!

Pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds are excellent protein sources that do not trigger the tree-nut allergy. Of course nut butters for sandwiches are essential both sun-nut butter and soy-nut butter (made in tree-nut free facilities) can be found. And toasted sunflower seeds and pepitas (pumpkin seeds) make a great substitute for mixed nuts. Some other delicious foods that add crunch, like tree-nuts without triggering the allergy include: water chestnuts, crushed tortilla chips, crushed corn flakes, rice krispies, vegetable chips or croutons. Toasted and seasoned garbonzo beans also make an excellent crunchy, protein rich snack.

Many resources for working around this allergy exist on the internet.  Several links are included below to get you started.

Food substitution charts to avoid allergens

Tree Nut Allergy Information from

School Nurses

The Ithaca City School District provides us with school nurses.  The School Nurse acts as a liaison between home, school and community. If there is a problem concerning a student’s health, the parent/guardian is encouraged to contact the Health Office. The School Nurse will be glad to help in any way possible.


First aid is given to protect the life and comfort of students until authorized treatment is secured. Further treatment or diagnosis becomes the responsibility of the parent/guardian. The principal and school health personnel must be able to contact parent/guardian in case of an accident or illness in school. Therefore, it is essential that parents/guardians make certain the school has the ability to contact them. The school must have the parent/guardian home phone number, work phone numbers, beeper or cell phone numbers, and the names of two relatives, friends, neighbors or co-workers who can act for the parent/guardian in case of emergency.  When a student becomes ill at school, the parent/guardian will be called and they are responsible for seeing that the ill child gets home safely. All parents/guardians need to have a plan to care for sick children. Do not send a sick child to school. Children with minor illness will not be excluded from school unless:

  • The child has a fever (oral temperature of 100 or greater); students must be fever free for 24 hours
  • The illness prevents the child from participating in school activities
  • The child requires more care than the school staff can provide
  • The child has lethargy, difficulty breathing or signs of serious illness

When your child is ill, it is helpful for you to report his/her diagnosis to the School Nurse. The Ithaca City School District has a policy that prohibits students from attending school with a communicable disease or condition. If you have a question about whether your child can be in school with a specific diagnosis, please contact the Health Office. In the event of serious illness or injury the School Nurse can help coordinate your child’s educational needs and plan for a safe and successful re-entry into school.


When it is necessary for students to have medication (prescription or over-the-counter) during school hours, the following procedure must be followed:

  • A written order must be received from the doctor stating the name of the medication, time to be given, effects of the medication, duration or order and side effects.
  • The parent must send a written, dated request for medication to be given.
  • The medication must be in the original container. If it is a prescription, the pharmacist will give you an empty labeled container for school.
  • The long term medications must be renewed annually.

The Ithaca City School District policy prohibits students from carrying medications to and from school. A responsible adult must transport all medications. Students are NOT allowed to self-administer medication.  When a physician and parent/guardian determine that older students are capable and responsible to self-administer medications (such as asthma inhalers) a special self-medication order must be completed by the child’s physician and parent/guardian. This order is in addition to the original medication order and parent/guardian permission. The school nurse will also interview the child and make the final decision about the student’s ability to self-medicate at school.


NYS law requires physician verification of specific immunizations for legal entry into any NYS school.  Current immunization guidelines are available from your local health care provider and our school nurses.

Exceptions to this requirement are:

  • A certificate signed by a physician licensed in NYS stating the specific reason or condition why immunizations(s) are detrimental to the child’s health.
  • Physician’s certification that the child has had the disease or serological proof of immunity.
  • A written statement signed by the child’s parent/guardian that they hold religious beliefs contrary to the practice of immunization. The statement must describe the beliefs in sufficient detail to permit the school to determine that (a) the beliefs are religious in nature (not health or philosophical), and (b) the beliefs are sincerely and genuinely held.

Students who are exempt from immunizations will be excluded from school in the event of an outbreak of disease for which the student is not immunized.

Clothing for Outdoor Recess

All temperature determinations take wind chill into account.

Below 12 F: Indoor recess

Over 12 F: Outdoor recess for everyone.

Proper clothing for outdoor recess is listed below. For Primary and Extended children, see “Proper Snow Clothes” below for additional suggestions on outdoor wear.

  • 12 – 30F :
    • Down or heavily lined coat
    • Hat
    • Waterproof gloves or mittens
    • Snowpants
    • Insulated boots
  • 30 – 40F :
    • Down or heavily lined coat
    • Hat
    • Gloves or mittens
    • Snowpants, if sledding, or sitting in snow
    • Boots, if snowy or ground is wet
  • 40 – 50F :
    • Coat
    • Boots necessary if conditions are wet (water or snow)
    • Outdoor shoes otherwise
    • Hat and gloves
  • 50 – 60F :
    • (For those who are not involved in an active sport) Coat, polar fleece, sweatshirt, or sweater with one layer
    • (For those who are involved in an active sport) Long-sleeved shirt or a T-shirt with a windbreaker or light jacket
    • Boots if playing in snow, mud, or water
    • Outdoor shoes for playing on paved surfaces, grass, or stone

Proper Snow Clothes for Primary and Extended Day Children
We will go outside for recess everyday as long as the wind chill is at or above 12 F. Please provide your child with proper snow clothes.  Some suggestions for purchase of winter clothing for our youngest students:

  • Warm boots that do not have removable liners. Boots should be tall enough so that snow cannot get between the snow pants and boots (to protect ankles and feet from frostbite).
  • Coats should be easy to zip, button, or snap so that your child can be independent in the process of putting on and taking off outdoor clothing. Jackets should be long enough to cover below snow-pants hip line.
  • Waterproof lined mittens or ski gloves with attached strings or mitten clamps should be attached to the coat. Please do not buy thin knitted gloves. They are difficult to get on, are not warm, and aren’t waterproof.
  • Hats should cover the forehead and cheeks. Please be sure the coat or hat provides neck coverage.

If your child cannot put it on themselves (snow pants/coats/full snowsuits), don’t buy them!

Getting the children outside is very important to us. The children love it, except when their clothes do not provide proper warmth or are frustrating to get on. Getting forty-five Primary and Extended Day dressed and undressed is a challenge! With your help and forethought, your child will enjoy winter recess!