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  • Dear Orchard Families,

    Just like last year students can wear their Halloween costumes to school on Thursday, October 31st.  Costumes should be school appropriate and should not be offensive to any race, religion or culture. As in the past, plastic swords, guns, knives or any imitation weapons are prohibited at school as are roller skates, roller blades and skateboards. Masks cannot be worn during the school day as well. Make-up should not include fake blood. Costumes must also abide with our dress code; for example, bare midriffs, etc are not acceptable. Flip-flops and pajama pants as parts of a costume will be accepted.  Parents will be notified if the costume is inappropriate and will be asked to bring in a change in outfit for their student. All costumes must be prepared at home.  No hairsprays, face painting, or makeup should be done at school. 

    Halloween Parties start at 2:55 p.m.on Thursday, October 31st.  Students will plan their own parties.

    Parents may request that their student not participate in the Halloween activities. They may pick up students at 2:55 pm and the early-out will be excused.

    Students not participating in the party but remaining at Orchard will meet in the library to view a video with a staff member.

    Thank you for your cooperation!

    Cari Mineard, Principal


    PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO REVIEW THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS FOR TRICK-OR-TREATING: • Be sure your child’s costume is made of light-colored, flame-retardant material. • Remember, make-up is safer than masks. If your child does wear a mask, make sure it fits properly. • Accompany young children. Be sure older children travel in a group. • DO NOT talk to strangers. • Stay in your own neighborhood. • Go only to homes which are well lit. • DO NOT go inside a home or building to accept treats. • Avoid dogs – even your own pet may be frightened by a costume. • Walk on the sidewalk. • Cross the street only from corners or at crosswalks. Be sure to look both ways before crossing.

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