Dear Maggie – October 19, 2023

Dear Maggie —

I posted my question in the SMOS Adventure Facebook Group but I am still a bit confused. What the heck is going on with Halloween fest and class parties?!?! I’ve gotten so many different answers I have no idea what to tell my middle schooler who WILL NOT STOP ASKING me about it! First I heard there was just HalloweenFest then, it was that there were also going to be classroom parties then back to just HalloweenFest. I feel like I have whiplash from all the back and forth; parties, no parties, parties, no parties! It’s like that scene from The Office; Snip Snap, Snip Snap, Snip Snap! IYKYK 🥴 Can you settle the debate, I’d love to try and participate as much as possible, but I can only do so if I know when and where to be. Thanks!

— Candycorn Cori

Dear Candycorn —

Ok, I should have placed a bet in Vegas that this would be the question this week!  Schucks!  I could have been rich!  I have seen a few of these questions posed in various grade level groups and the adventure group; I have even overheard people asking teachers and staff at school. Considering that HalloweenFest is typically run by Student Council, coupled with the fact that all but one middle school teacher AND Mr. Holley are brand new to SMOS, they also weren’t exactly sure what this event was all about.  So of course, I had to come in and fill them in. #MaggieSavesTheDay #Again 🙄  Seriously, this place would crumble without me!

Alright, let’s boo this — turns out Mr. Holley is a hardcore PAR-TY animal!  He’s got a PhD in dancing, a bachelor’s degree in Good Times and I’m almost positive he’s got a tiny disco ball hanging from his rear view mirror.  Who knew?! 🤷  So upon hearing that there was a tradition where students have a day where they can let loose and have a party of two, he said “Party on Wayne!” 🤘 

Luckily for all these young Dragons they will be able to have their cake candy and eat it too! STUCO will put on HalloweenFest as usual. This year, it falls on actual Halloween so that adds an extra element of fun for everyone. The festival will take place in the morning; each grade will be assigned a time to attend and they will be able to partake in all the fun for about 30 minutes. They have lots of fun games, music and of course candy – the kids absolutely love this event!  STUCO and teachers will handle this, no need for parent volunteers to help. In the afternoon, each class WILL have a party from 2-2:50pm. Fun Fact: Preschool usually has a different time for this party, due to rest time, so check with your teachers to confirm when your child’s party will be held.  Room Parents will be responsible for planning and facilitating the parties. Teachers will be in the classrooms to help temper the tiny sugar crazed zombies. There is more info about specific times for classes to attend which will come when all the details are ironed out.

Amidst all that fun, don’t forget that November 1st is All Saints Day and November 2nd is All Souls Day – and I sure will be witching to see each of you at 8am mass on Wednesday morning for All Saints Day. I hope this clears things up for you 😉. So go ahead and tighten up your neck brace from your whiplash and reach out to your room parents and see how you can help. This will ensure that your kids will be properly jacked up on sugar before they head home for a 5-day break from school! Creep it real Dragons!

— Maggie


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