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Halloween At ROB

posted Oct 18, 2018, 7:25 AM by Gary Levante ‎[Staff]‎   [ updated Oct 18, 2018, 7:25 AM ]

Dear Robert Baldwin Families,

At our school, we understand the importance of embracing our differences and recognizing our cultures and celebrations. Many cultural and religious celebrations have already taken place since the beginning of school such as Yom Kippur.  October 31st is also a day of significance. For those who follow the Wicca faith, it is ‘Samhain’ which marks the end of the harvest season and preparation for winter.

Also, for many North Americans, October 31st is the cultural celebration of Halloween. Many customs come with Halloween such as carving pumpkins, ‘trick or treating’ for candy and dressing in costume.

On Wednesday October 31st, staff and students may come to school dressed in costume in order to celebrate Halloween. Our school will have a Halloween parade in which students can view the various costumes worn by classmates and peers. Parents are welcome to attend the parade. Please gather on the blacktop (portable side) after the morning entry bell. The parade will begin right after O’Canada at approximately 9:00 AM. At that time, classes will exit the school and march around the outside of the blacktop a few times before re-entering the school.

In the past, there have been incidents of people dressing as ‘scary or creepy clowns’ and approaching youth to frighten them in school community areas. We ask that Halloween costumes NOT incite fear and anxiety in the way that these ‘scary or creepy clown’ costumes have been designed. Clown costumes that reflect the positive, happy, jolly image of clowns are appropriate and welcome.

We ask that children do not come to school dressed in violent, bloody or inappropriate costumes. Furthermore, students should not come to school using fake blood or carrying weapons such as plastic guns, plastic knives or plastic swords. Masks may be worn during the parade provided they adhere to the above criteria.

In addition, we ask that there be no depictions of the Indigenous People of Canada (e.g., First Nations, Inuit and Metis) through the wearing of costumes or bringing of props as these are not authentic and are offensive characterizations of people’s identities as well as their traditional and ceremonial regalia.

Students should bring a change of clothes with them. At 1st Nutrition Break, we will be asking our children to pack away their costumes and change into appropriate school clothes. We would not want Halloween costumes to become ripped or damaged later in the day.

Since many of our students suffer from life-threatening allergies, we ask that students DO NOT bring candy or treats to school to share with classmates or peers.

However, if your family does not celebrate Halloween, your decision is respected. Your child need not come to school dressed in a costume. Other students may choose to simply wear Orange and Black that day instead of a costume.  Also, teachers will set-up alternative activities in their classrooms for those children not wishing to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Gaetano (Gary) Levante