Hi Defender Families:

We will recognize Halloween on Monday, October 31st. Students are invited to wear a costume or dress in black or orange if preferred.  Costume considerations to be safe at school have some important Do’s and Don’ts. To be honest, our community does a FANTASTIC job at choosing appropriate costumes. However, I need to be clear about some specifics because everyone deserves to celebrate this day without experiencing harm because of a poor costume decision.

Costumes must not:

  • Impair vision or breathing. Masks can be part of the JK to Gr 3 Parade but must not be worn throughout the day for safety purposes.
  • Present a trip hazard to the wearer or the bystander;
  • Represent disfiguring injury or, to put it bluntly, “blood and guts”
  • Include weapons or replica weapons;
  • Be revealing in a way that violates the standards of our dress code.
  • Require staff to apply or remove costume pieces and/or make-up.
  • Promote themes or activities inappropriate for a Catholic elementary school
    • We are an inclusive Catholic community. That means that we think about the impact of our costumes choices and avoid some costumes altogether. Specifically:
      • No Costumes that celebrate a controversial historical figure that has caused harm to a group.
      • No Costumes that glorify violence against women.
      • Identities are NOT costumes.
        • Do not dress as a Trans person if you are not Trans.
        • Do not dress as a Gay character if you are not Gay.
      • Cultures are NOT costumes.
        • No Hijabs, Blackface, Indigenous Headdresses, Gypsy costumes etc.

Please ensure that costumes:

  • Allow the student to wear sufficiently warm clothing over or under the costume as weather/temperature dictates for outdoor recess.
  • Allow the student easy, independent access to the washroom. This is especially important for students from FDK to grade 3
  • JKs to Grade 3s will be doing the costume parade at the end of the day. The costume should be simple so each child can feel successful wearing it the whole day.

Stickers, pencils, crayons are great Halloween treats to bring to share but not necessary.  If you are thinking of bringing food treats to share, they must be store bought, wrapped, peanut, nut, sesame seed, walnut, pecan, cashew, pumpkin seed FREE snacks. We do have multiple food allergies throughout the school, including those mentioned.  Homemade treats cannot be passed out and will be sent back home.  Thank you very much for your understanding!  We look forward to marking this Halloween with some of our annual fun traditions.

For Parents of JK to Grade 3

We have a Spooktacular opportunity to connect with your Defender School Family. On Halloween, Monday October 31st at 2PM our Saint Peter Kindergarten & Primary Teachers are teaming up with your Catholic School Advisory Council to host a special event just for you! We are calling it the Halloween Parade of Learning. All parents attending will gather in the gymnasium at 2 PM. Throughout the event, a variety of teachers in Kindergarten to grade 3 will ‘parade’ into the gym and show you some of the strategies we are currently using to improve our students’ achievement in Numeracy and Literacy. You will get a brief sample of the great learning your kids are experiencing each day. You will also come away with some simple things you can do to partner with us as we continue to move forward in our learning as a community. Then after a few minutes of the learning parade, we will have a costume parade of all of our Kindergarten to Grade 3 kids in costume! So much fun! It will also be great opportunity to connect with fellow parents. All parents of children in Kindergarten to Grade 3 are welcome to attend. We hope you will be able to join us.