End of School Parties are a Big Hit

First and second graders at Elementary South enjoyed outdoor end of year parties.  They took turns at everything from hula hoop twirling to potato sack racing.

Thanks for the Halloween Parties

Halloween Festivities on Friday, October 31, 2014

Hawthorn Hustle – Pumpkin Chase Race 

Make sure your child has his/her gym shoes!

9:00-9:45 – 4th & 5th grade

9:45-10:15 – 1st grade

10:15-11:00 – 2nd & 3rd grade

10:30-11:00 – Kindergarten

Our Halloween Celebrations continue…

Bring costumes in a bag and we will change into costumes after lunch!
Remember, no weapons, even if it is part of your costume.
Please do not send any treats – PTO room parents will take care of it.

AM Kindergarten Parade – 9:00am

AM Kindergarten Party – 9:15-10:15am

ONLY HALF – DAY KDG wear costumes to school

PM Kindergarten, Full day Kindergarten and grades 1-5 Parade 1:15PM

Classroom Parties will follow the parades.**

Parents are welcome to watch the parades!!!

We will parade around the building.  (AM KDG Parade will be on our playground)


If you are NOT ABLE to see the parade, we are hoping to post parade videos on our website at

** ONLY PTO ROOM PARENTS will be allowed down to classrooms for the parties – please sign in at the table in the front hall.

If you do not celebrate Halloween, your child is welcome to join our art staff in the art room for NON – HALLOWEEN activities.

Important Information Regarding Classroom Parties & Food

Thank you for volunteering your time and efforts on behalf of our Elementary South students. The three PTO-sponsored parties each year generate a lot of fun and excitement for the children because of you!

Due to life-threatening peanut/tree nut allergies in our school, we have the following classroom party policy for all the PTO-sponsored parties. This policy follows Elementary South’s guidelines for managing nut allergies, and is in place across District 73. Please read the guidelines carefully.

-In every classroom, all foods for the three parties must be PEANUT FREE and TREE NUT FREE, and must be store bought with an ingredient label that can be checked. Food products with labels that state,”may contain nuts”, or “processed in a facility that handle nuts” , or any similar warning label are not permitted.

 -NO ITEMS BAKED AT A BAKERY ARE PERMITTED. This includes Dunkin Donuts, cupcakes, brownies, cakes, or cookies from the bakeries at Jewel, Dominick’s, Sam’s Club, etc.  


-NO RESTAURANT/TAKE OUT FOOD IS PERMITTED, such as pizza, happy meals, etc. 

-Fruits and vegetables will be allowed in classrooms where there are no nut allergies. Our school provides cutting boards and cutlery to prepare fruits and vegetables in our cafe prior to the parties.

Any food that is unlabeled,or unsafe, will not be served at the parties. The ONLY food to be served at classroom parties is arranged by the room parents. Children may not bring goody bags or treats for their classmates from home, however non-edible items are permitted. ( stickers, pencil, eraser, etc.)

Despite these restrictions, there are many festive, healthy, and yummy snacks that are safe to serve! Please consult with your classroom teacher to determine an appropriate snack for your child’s classroom, as there may be additional allergies to accommodate. Thank you in advance for keeping all our children safe. Please contact us with any questions.


Dr. Jill Martin                                                                 Francie Mundrane BSN,RN
Principal                                                                        School Nurse
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