The birthday tradition at The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca is that rather than celebrating with cupcakes or sugary treats, each child chooses a small gift for the school as a way of sharing his/her special day with his/her classmates.  The gift can be a book, a plant, or anything the class can use.  We feel this is better for everyone’s nutrition as well as less of an expense for parents.  Check with your child’s teacher for ideas.  Our hope is that this will make your child’s birthday a more meaningful event.  We ask that birthday party invitations not be distributed at school.