Halloween! – As you know, our Halloween Dance-a-thon is fast approaching! St. Michael Catholic School depends on the money raised from this fundraiser to support our school initiatives. Please try your best to secure some donations – no donation is too small! If every student brings in at least $25 we will reach our goal! Make sure you return your envelopes by October 31st!
To continue the tradition at St. Michael, we will have a NON-UNIFORM day, and we encourage all students to wear a costume to get into the “spirit” of fun (or wear black/orange)! (All staff are ALSO encouraged to dress up too!). Our students will participate in a “Halloween Parade” and the chance to shake it up at our “Halloween Dance-a-thon.” Our parade will take place through the halls of St. Michael following our morning announcements.
For the schedule for class dance times please click here: Halloween Dance Schedule 2019
If you are able to attend our parade, please join us – we will begin at 9am!
If you have any decorations that can be donated please send them in before Tuesday, October 30th for our Student Archangels to use to help transform our gym into the Halloween spirit!
Halloween is a great time to dress up and have fun with costumes. In our Catholic education community, we want to promote respect, inclusion and empathy for all individuals. As you select a Halloween costume, we encourage you to reflect and talk to your children about becoming critical thinkers and social justice champions in all aspects of their lives. The following are suggested tips and questions to reflect on when choosing a costume, for safety purposes and to avoid being disrespectful or offensive:
Costume considerations to be safe at school:
– Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom (this is especially important for students from K to Grade 2) and allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess
Costumes must not:
– Impair vision or breathing, (therefore avoid masks) or present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander
– Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts” or promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school
– Be too revealing or suggestive, include weapons or replica weapons, or require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up
Reflective questions when choosing a costume:
- Is my costume making fun of a group of people, their culture or religion, or does my costume reinforce jokes and stereotypes about certain groups, cultures or religions?
- Am I altering my skin colour, facial/body features to make it darker or like a particular race, ethnicity, or cultural group?
- Am I dressing up as a culture or borrowing from a religion that is not my own or is not part of my background?
- Do I understand and respect the history or tradition of the culture that I am borrowing my costume from?
Help us make this Halloween one to remember!