DeKalb School Board,
I received a newsletter from my daughter’s 1st grade teacher saying that there won’t be Halloween parties this year. The frustration I feel for this removal is high: first the kids couldn’t bring treats for this birthday; then they couldn’t bring any tokens of affection for their birthday; and now they can’t have a Halloween party (and I assume Holiday or Spring party either).
At the least, why not rename it a “Fall Festival” or something similar and have costumes optional?? On further questioning, I was told that, in the interest of “social justice,” it’s a non-academic event, some can’t afford to participate, and some don’t celebrate Halloween. As for it being a non-academic event, I have had 2 children at Malta Elementary every year save one since 2008. There has been a Halloween party each year, so I don’t see why this year should be any different: what about this year makes the Halloween party being non-academic relevant? For those who can’t afford to participate with a costume, I can appreciate their situation. Therefore, I can see why students dressing up may not be an option. However, the party is donated by the PTO and parents. For those who cannot afford to contribute to the party, they should be exempt. I am willing to provide extra items to make up for those who are unable to provide supplies in my daughter’s class. I know other parents would be willing to do so as well. For those who don’t celebrate Halloween, and I assume it’s a vast minority at the school and district, they can have an extra recess or other play time during party time. Why don’t the parents who don’t want their children participating monitor this extra recess time? I don’t see why so many students should be disallowed a fun event at school. I have fond memories of Halloween parties when I was a child attending a Catholic grade school. I hate that my youngest child will miss out on those memories.
Thank you for your time, Jill Kimble
I sent this email to all members of the school board. If you’re a parent please to contact them about the lack of Halloween party, you’ll find their emails here: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org