In general, MCS students are expected to participate in the family-style lunch provided prepared by the kitchen except when prohibited by allergies or other dietary restrictions, which must be on file with the School Nurse. We encourage families of children with documented food allergies or restrictions to review the upcoming week’s menu, which is posted in both English and Spanish on the MCS website and in Nuestra Semana, and send in an alternative to the specific menu item (for instance, gluten-free pasta on a day when pasta is on the menu) so their child can participate in the day's lunch along with their peers.
Please indicate any dietary restrictions, allergies or intolerances on Magnus Health and notify your child’s teacher if you have questions about your child’s diet as it pertains to food served at school. Most often, teachers will then direct families to make an appointment with the school nurse, Stephanie Bloom, to discuss their child’s dietary needs. If a child’s medical history indicates the need for an alternative plan for snack and lunch, a doctor’s note should be on file in our nurse’s office. Stephanie can be reached by phone at 212-348-0952, ext. 292 or via email: email@example.com
While it is not possible for us to accommodate every dietary restriction in our community, MCS is a nut-free facility. Families are asked to be careful not to send in foods that contain nuts, including snacks that are meant to be enjoyed after school. Foods for classroom celebrations such as birthdays should include a detailed list of all the ingredients. We do offer a vegetarian option, such as tofu, hard boiled eggs or beans, on days when we are serving an animal protein for lunch in order to accommodate students who follow a vegetarian diet or whose religion prohibits the consumption of certain meats.
Since its inception in 1966, MCS has served a “family style” lunch to students in their classrooms Mondays-Thursdays. Sharing a communal meal is a unifying experience that allows for conversations about everything from the impacts of food waste to the risks and rewards of trying new things. This tradition is an important reflection of the school’s mission to create a community of children and adults working together and enjoying each other’s company throughout the day.