Halloween Fun!

Dear Families,

We will have our annual Hallowe’en Dance-A-Thon on Monday, October 31st.  Students in JK/SK will dance from 9:15 – 9:35 a.m.  Students in grades 1-3 will dance from 9:40 a.m. – 10:35 a.m.  Students in grades 4-6 will dance from 11:20am – 12:40p.m. Students in grades 7-8 will dance from 2:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Thank you to our School Council members for their efforts in organizing and making our Dance-A-Thon possible.

At the Dance-A-Thon there will be snacks for sale.  The following items will be sold:

–        Mini chocolate bars, Doritos, fruit snacks, water bottles

Items will be $1.00 or less.

This year, The Georgina Advocate will be visiting W.J. Watson to get some great pictures of our student having fun, dancing and celebrating together!

PEANUT/NUT AWARE SCHOOL

We have students in our school community, who have a life threatening allergy to nuts and nut products.  We are reminding parents and students to carefully monitor Halloween treats and ensure they are peanut free if they are brought to school.  The community’s support is appreciated in this important safety matter.

Students are welcome to wear costumes on Monday.  All costumes must comply with the Safe School’s policy. Costume accessories including, but not limited to, toy guns, knives, axes, swords, etc. are not in compliance with York Region District School Board’s Safe Schools Policy #668.0. Please note that this policy applies to all students at all levels, including Kindergarten.   Students may also choose to wear orange and black on Hallowe’en or no costume at all.  At our school and in York Region Schools, on Hallowe’en, we welcome all people however they come!

Primary Hallowe’en Parade!

Students are invited to dress up in their Hallowe’en costumes on the morning of October 31st. We will begin the day by joining the JK/SK and Grades 1-3 classes for a quick Hallowe’en Parade (weather permitting) around the back of the school. If you wish to come and watch, we will come out around 9:05 right after we take attendance. If it is raining, you can stand inside the front foyer near the office to watch the Parade. The students in grades 1-3 will then visit other classrooms. The JK/SK and SK/1 classes will then go into the gym to participate in the Dance-A-Thon.

In preparing for Hallowe’en, please note:

  • no masks or replica (or toy) weapons may be brought to school
  • kindly do not send in any candies or food for the class. Students will have their own snacks on Hallowe’en
  • you may wish to send an extra pair of clothes for your child to change into that day.   In the past, students become very uncomfortable wearing their costume for the full day, especially at recess times.

 

PLEASE NOTE: **Photography and videography are not permitted during any of the parades**

Halloween safety: Tips for families

Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for kids. These safety tips for parents, children and homeowners will help keep everyone safe and happy this Hallowe’en.

 For parents:

  • Do not use masks. Masks make it hard for children to see what’s around them, including cars. Try a hypoallergenic (less likely to cause an allergic reaction), non-toxic make-up kit instead.
  • Make or buy costumes in light-coloured material.
  • Place strips of reflective tape on the back and front of costumes, so that drivers can better see your child.
  • Costumes should fit properly to prevent trips and falls. Avoid items such as oversized shoes, high heels, long dresses and long capes.
  • Dress your child for the weather. Add layers if needed.
  • Put your child’s name, address and phone number on his costume.
  • Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult for trick or treating. By the age of 10, some children are ready to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends.
  • Keep in mind that gum and hard candy can pose a choking risk for young children.
  • Remove make-up before bedtime to prevent possible skin and eye irritation.

 If your child is going out without an adult:

  • Make sure your child is in a group of at least 3 people.
  • Give them a flashlight. A cell phone is also a good idea if you have one.
  • Discuss in advance the route they should follow. Ask them to call you if they plan to go on a street that isn’t on the route.
  • Set a curfew (and make sure they have a watch with them).
  • Tell your children not to eat anything until they get home.

 For children and youth:

  • Carry a white bag or pillowcase for your candy, and add some reflective tape.
  • Dress for the weather.  Cold weather or water absorbent materials in the rain can be very uncomfortable.
  • Bring a cell phone, in case you need to make an emergency phone call.
  • Always travel in groups.  Be sure there are at least 3 of you at all times.
  • Let your parents know where you’re going to be at all times.
  • Don’t visit houses that are not well lit.  Never go inside a stranger’s house.
  • Use the sidewalk whenever possible.  If there’s no sidewalk, walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
  • Don’t criss-cross back and forth across the street.  Work your way up one side of the street, and then start on the other.
  • If you have any allergies, tell the person who is giving out the treats.
  • Don’t eat any of your treats before you get home.  Once home, ask your parents to look through your treats with you to make sure everything is okay.

 For homeowners:

  • Turn on outdoor lights, and replace burnt-out bulbs.
  • Remove items from your yard or porch that might trip a child.
  • Sweep wet leaves from your steps and driveway.
  • Use alternative to candles in your pumpkins, such as a flashlight or a battery-operated candle.
  • Remember that some children have food allergies.  Consider giving treats other than candy, such as stickers, erasers or a yo-yo.

 Alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating

  • Local community centres sometimes offer Hallowe’en night activities.
  • Local shopping centres often have trick-or-treat nights for young children in a more controlled environment.
  • Plan a Halloween night at home with themed games and movies.  Invite friends.

For more information, please see http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/halloween safety

 

 

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