We are excited to join in the FUN of Halloween together as a school community once again this year on this coming Friday the 29th . Thank you, thank you and thank you to our many families that have donated to the Halloween Dance a Thon. There will be some random prizes through out the day! It is not too late to get your donation in on School Cash Online! Please help us help our school community.
Halloween takes place this year on Sunday, October 31st. The Catholic Register reminds us that Halloween actually derives from “All Hallows’ Eve,” which is another way of saying, “Holy Evening” to indicate the night before All Saints’ Day. “Hallow” is an old English word for “saint” and it is often used to describe something becoming holy. Therefore, Halloween is meant to be preparation for All Saints’ Day, which is a Holy Day of Obligation that takes place on the day after Halloween on November 1st. As well, in the Catholic Tradition, All Souls Day is on November 2nd so there are many opportunities with the context of our Catholic Faith Tradition to make links and connections to Halloween.
Students at Christ the King School are invited to wear costumes on Friday October 29th if families choose. Students are also welcomed to wear Halloween colours (orange and black) as this is a traditional way to participate also.
To ensure that all our students have a fun and safe day, and given all the new COVID related safety concerns, there are a few additional guidelines that I would like all parents/students to follow in addition to the ones already in place.
Halloween @ CTK Safety Reminders
- Covid-19 Safety Protocols – Screening happens at home to determine if it is safe to send our Gators to school that day … and ALL Waterloo Region Public Health COVID-19 Safety Protocols are in place and BIG THREE are KEY: 1. Physical Distancing, 2. Wearing Masks, and 3. Hand Hygiene
- COSTUMES – Costumes should be comfortable and not be such that they interfere with classroom activities – some great learning activities will happen throughout the day and students must be able to sit, walk, breathe, see, hear, and play outside at recesses … no inflatable costumes please
- Hand held Props and Full Costume Masks that go with Halloween Outfits – may NOT be worn for large periods of time re safety and learning being the priority – again, we will still need to wear our normal safety masks as per the Public Health COVID-19 Safety Protocols is a priority
- FOOD – Health and Anaphylaxis Guidelines – FOOD – Health and Anaphylaxis Guidelines – At ALL times, we are not permitted to serve food sent from home to students while at school. Board Health and Allergy Guidelines mandate this, as well as our parents wanting to know what their children are eating.
- Costumes Should be Tasteful for a School Setting – there are lots of great costumes (princesses, superheroes, movie characters, ghosts, etc.) and should not be too provocative (e.g., gratuitous violence, lots of blood) or employ questionable messages or props and must NOT be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype of someone’s culture, gender, gender identity, heritage, race, ethnicity, or religion and please NO Weapons – Fake Weapons of any kind are NOT permitted
- Our students, staff and families are #wcdsbawesome and our goal is simply to have a FUN and SAFE Day! We are a school with children from ages 3-14 and must recognize the well-being of all and understand our older students may wear more scary costumes when they are out with their peers on Halloween … again, we wish everyone a SAFE and “Happy Halloween” as we know the children, young and old, will be excited to head out on Sunday, October 31st.