Please see the following email sent home today in regards to School Council, the Family Dance, Spirit Week, and our Halloween Celebrations. Again, if there are any parents that are not receiving emails from myself or the school, please contact me ASAP so that we can resolve the issue.
Just a few updates of activities and events taking place at school. First, a reminder to all parents that there is a School Council meeting tomorrow, October 25th at 6:30 pm. All parents are members of School Council and are invited to attend all meetings. It is a great way to have input into what our school becomes. The School Council Executive is made up of:
The Family Halloween Dance will take place this Thursday, October 26th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Dress up and bring the entire family! We will be accepting donations at the door with the proceeds going towards our Athletics Programming. There will also be a photo booth, glow sticks and popcorn will be for sale, and there will be a pumpkin carving contest. Families bring an already carved pumpkin from home to enter into the contest. Just a reminder that parents are expected to attend with their students and to consider that we are an ECDP-Gr. 6 school when making costume choices. Some of our students are as young as 3 years old and many will have younger siblings in attendance. We want this event to be fun and enjoyable for all.
As part of the Fort McMurray Public School District's partnership with United Way, we will be holding a Spirit Week next week, October 30th-November 2nd, to assist with raising money for our community. Students are encouraged (but not expected) to bring a $2 donation to participate in each day's theme. The daily themes will be:
Finally, Tuesday, October 31st we will have a Classroom Celebration. Being mindful that not all of our students celebrate Halloween, the students and I have worked to plan some activities that everyone can participate in. First, in Health we have been exploring the four food groups and developing healthy eating habits. Students have worked in teams to plan a healthy snack that they will prepare for the class on that day. Students will be preparing: Popcorn Hands, Ghost Parfaits, Graham Cracker Bandaids, and Fruit Kabobs. As with our Smoothie Reward Day, if parents are able to supply an ingredient to assist in this activity it would be appreciated but is in no way expected. I will provide whatever is needed for all groups to participate. Click HERE to access a Google Doc from which parents can sign up to provide a necessary ingredient/supply. As before, if you cannot access or edit the document, let me know and I will add your name to the list. Remember, there are 22 students in our classroom, so we will be making 22 of each of the above. Any items that parents are able to send pre-sliced or cut would be greatly appreciated. Second, we recently finished reading "Sideways Stories from Wayside School" by Louis Sachar. As part of our celebration, while students enjoy the snacks that they have made together, we will be watching "Wayside: The Movie" based on the Wayside books by Louis Sachar. Students are permitted to wear costumes to school on Halloween, however, please take into consideration (as with the dance) that we are an ECDP-Gr. 6 school. There are students in our school as young as 3 years old. Costumes should be appropriate for school so that all students feel safe and enjoy any costumes that are worn to school on that day. As in the past, the Fort McMurray Public School District does not allow students to wear masks during the day for safety reasons. If a student brings a mask as part of their costume, I will ask that they remove it during class time and when moving around the school to prevent accidents or injuries. As always, if there are questions or concerns in regards to any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thanks everyone,
Ashley Barrington, Grade 4/5 Teacher