Dear Parents and/or Guardians,

Johnson Elementary will celebrate fall with a costume parade on the morning of Thursday, October 31st.  The morning will begin as usual, with students entering the building and heading to their classrooms. We ask that costumes be worn to school, preferably over your child’s clothing. As we have done in the past, we will continue our partnership with the Milford Fire Department by having Chief Thomas Moore join us as our special guest for morning announcements. He will briefly outline some kid-friendly Halloween safety tips for our students. From there, we will begin our parade to the fire station and back. This is an early release day and teachers may be having celebrations in their classrooms that morning. You should refer to your child’s classroom communications for that information. Dismissal will be at 12:45 pm.

Parade Details:  Weather permitting, at approximately 9:30 a.m. students and staff will begin the parade to the fire station. Parents and caregivers are invited to watch the parade by forming a line outside on the perimeter of the sidewalk, starting at the pick-up area (in front of the main entrance) and continuing en route towards the fire station. Students will be parading down the sidewalk on the right hand side of the street, crossing the street, looping through the station and back down the sidewalk coming back towards Johnson.

In the case of increment weather, we will hold the parade in-doors. The students will parade through the halls, starting at the end of the lower elementary hallway, circling through the cafeteria, continuing through the upper elementary hallway, circling through the gymnasium, and finishing out the loop. Parents of K-2 students will be asked to stand on the perimeter walls of the cafeteria. Parents of students in grades 3-5 will stand on the walls of the gymnasium. If you have children in lower and upper elementary, please stand in the gymnasium, as it is a larger area. For the safety of the students, we ask that parents only watch the parade in these designated areas, and not in the hallways.

Costume Information: Please note the following rules regarding Halloween costumes for students and adults during this day of fun:

  1. Gory and/or scary costumes will not be allowed. Instead, children are encouraged to wear child friendly costumes such as super heroes, story book characters, movie or T.V show/cartoon characters, etc.
  2. While we understand that make-up is often an integral part of the costume, we regret that it cannot be worn for the school Fall Festival activities.
  3. Absolutely no weapons or replicas of weapons are allowed in school.
  4. Lastly, we understand and respect that not everyone feels comfortable with costumes and/or participating so feel free to choose the level of participation that meets your child’s need.

Allergy Alert: Please consider this a friendly reminder to be mindful of items purchased for student consumption. We do have students with peanut/tree nut allergies. Thank you for taking this into account when purchasing snacks for our students.

We are looking forward to a fun and exciting day. If you have any questions, please contact our office. As always, thank you for all you do for the staff and students of Johnson!

With Jaguar Pride,

Josh Gignac

Principal, Johnson Elementary