October 23, 2020

Hallowe'en - Sat. Oct. 31

On October 31, many Canadian children celebrate Hallowe’en. They dress up in costumes and many also engage in ‘trick-or-treating’, a tradition where children go door-to-door in their neighbourhood to collect candy.

On Friday, October 30th we will be allowing children to dress up in costumes and classes may celebrate the day in their classrooms. Costumes must be worn to school and with make-up applied; if participating. For the safety of all students, ANY weapons or weapon-like costumes are to be left at home and full-face masks ARE NOT allowed as these can present safety issues. To promote good hygiene this year, make up can only be applied from the eye area up. This will help keep face masks clean and free of any irritants. Students could wear orange and black to show school spirit at this cultural celebration if they do not want to wear a costume.

As per TDSB guidelines, we will not be hosting a parade this year. In lieu of the parade, each class will be participating in a Monster Mash movement activity in the afternoon. Students will remain in their allotted zone, watch the big screen and move to some great Hallowe’en friendly songs. Every student will receive a cold treat to enjoy in the classroom.( i.e. individual pre-packaged ice-cream cup or wrapped popsicle).

At Eatonville we know that the best part of Hallowe’en for children is trick or treating. Although this year that may look and feel very different, we want to try and make this experience as “normal” as possible. Each student at Eatonville will receive a trick or treat bag filled with chocolates, goldfish, granola bar and rocket candies. All items are peanut safe.All items in the treat bag are individually wrapped and will have been in isolation bins for seven days. The treat bags will be packed by Ms. Langdon and Ms. Wright who will be wearing gloves and masks. The treat bags will be distributed to each class at the end of the day for students to take home and consume there.

Please do not send any food, loot bags or Halloween treats with your child as many of these contain traces of nuts and other items that may cause anaphylactic reactions and do not meet nutrition guidelines or Covid-safe practices.

If you do not wish your child to participate in Hallowe’en activities, please let your child’s teacher know by completing the form below and alternative activities will be provided in the classroom for your child.

Thank you to everyone for your continued diligence and support in keeping everyone safe! If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at the school or by email jennifer.wright@tdsb.on.ca

Together we are stronger! Stay safe and take care of each other!


September 28, 2020

Orange Shirt Day - Wed. Sept. 30

Orange Shirt Day is an annual event established in 2013 to recognize the legacy of Canada’s Residential Schools for First Nations, Métis and Inuit families and communities. ­It is a show of support and acknowledgement regarding the damaging history of the Residential School system and its continuing impact on many First Nations, Métis and Inuit families today.

Orange Shirt Day 2020 falls on Wednesday, September 30th. By wearing orange on that day, we have an opportunity to bring awareness to the history of Residential Schools and to stand up against other injustices that may impact our children/students.

The phrase, “Every Child Matters” reminds us that children are so very important and integral to our communities—they are our future.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013.  It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

Eatonville students and staff are encouraged to wear orange on Wednesday, September 30

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