Taking Halloween out of an elementary school is the lousiest SJW move I’ve seen since…. Well, ever.
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When I was a kid Halloween trumped Christmas. It still does. As SOON as the first leaf hit the ground and that smell of crisp air wafted in through my non-air conditioned house -I went out and bought my apple cinnamon candles and hurled up my decorations. My kids spent all of last Saturday plastering those spooky cling things on the windows. We made happy ghosts for the front lawn. We all sat down and decidedwhat we were going to dress up as a family.
I pull out the Nightmare Before Christmas, Hocus Pocus, and Casper DVDs. I cooked a cobbler. I tossed on my Turtleboy hoodie my boss sent me for Christmas and poured a giant cup of white bitch pumpkin coffee in my TBS cup. I breathed in the air.
This is my damn season.
I’m the mom that makes a huge post trick-or-treating meal. I mull cider. I spike that cider for me and the gathering adults to have road sodas to make trick or treating more festive and to deal with the coming 10pm cracked out kid post-candy bedtime apocalypse.
My point is – WE DO HALLOWEEN IN THIS HOUSE.
We do it with our Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Wiccan, Athiest, Agnostic friends. Hell, we even had a whacked out Scientologist (sorry KL we still love you) come along with us for the fun. If I had a Jehovah’s Witness we’d ask them to tag along.
Point being: Halloween isn’t a religion-based holiday anymore. It’s a gathering of friends, neighbors, and make believe. It’s a day when you can pretend to be anyone you want. It’s an exercise in imagination and imagination is the heart and soul of childhood.
I’m just glad I don’t live in Needham. These idiots canceled Halloween at school.
An elementary school has decided to cancel Halloween events, saying the holiday is not inclusive and can be awkward for some children.
The principal of Mitchell Elementary School in Needham announced the change Thursday in a letter to families.
“For many years Mitchell has celebrated Halloween with class parties and a parade of students in costume. However, Halloween is a holiday that not all families celebrate and — for a variety of reasons — some Mitchell families keep their children home from school on that day,” Principal Gregory Bayse wrote, adding one teacher said there was “awkwardness planning a class celebration knowing that not all of her students would be able to participate.”
Bayse said the faculty was “near-unanimous in believing” the school should no longer host Halloween events.
“I recognize that this decision will be disappointing to some who may feel like Mitchell is changing. I would agree that this represents a change, but I believe that in the long-term any change towards including all children is a positive change that will benefit our students and our community,” he wrote.
Instead of Halloween, the school will hold William Mitchell Day – a celebration of autumn and the school — on Nov. 9.
Think Halloween is for the DEBIL?! Keep your kid home, shut off all you lights, go to your basement and pray next to your sacrifical lamb. Don’t forget the mint jelly.
Sorry Principal Bayse but it seems like you were the kid who spent a lot of time jammed in to lockers. Why don’t you grow a pair and make a separate blank party for the four kids whose parents pitch a fit instead of punishing an ENTIRE school?
My guess is a fondess for Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Let me tell you what this REALLY is about. It’s about the faculty not wanting to bother with making it a special day. They don’t want the distraction. They don’t want wound up kids. The teachers don’t want to be bothered. We all know that it’s going to be high energy that day. The school doesn’t want to deal with a bunch of children excited about the festivities. They don’t want them pretending to be Captain America while taking their spelling test.
Tough. Shit. It’s going to happen anyways and now you have NO OUTLET FOR IT.
Did you even, JUST ONCE, think of having them dress up as a favorite book character? Nope, because your creative skills are in the dumper.
They don’t have time to make a curriculum centered around a day of fun, learning, gluten/nut free cupcakes. How about making it a day for art, history, music? Kids roleplaying their favorite historical figure? How about not scheduling that test that day? Paint some pumpkins. Let kids have some FUN!
Because who can have fun when you’re busy teaching standardized testing and whatever it is call people call math these days.
Hell, if there was no Halloween in school ever we would never had had the Sanderson sisters.
So, instead of just giving kids some of the greatest memories of school that all of us, as adults, still have… they are making it about a celebration of school. Yeah. Fun. Let’s make the best holiday all year as a celebration of the walls around them. I wonder if they do that at Framingham?
How about this – YOU CAN CELEBRATE THR SCHOOL ANY DAY OF THE YEAR! Do you see the Mitchell School canceling Christmas break? Nope. I bet you guys have a ton of kids who don’t celebrate Christmas and New Year but as long as it’s not something that the teachers have to deal with it’s cool. Maybe you should have sent a letter home with a survey asking parents if they believe Halloween at school should be cancelled? Nope. They just completely took it upon themselves to make the decision for everyone in the name of four parents.
Someone need to fight this. Let me know what one of you parents decides to get the ball rolling because I’m ready to cause a scene for you.
How about this… if you’re a parent at Mitchell School I want to hear from you. Email me at SouthShoreTurtlegirl@hotmail.com or message the TBS inbox.
I’m ready to fight for your kids and their happy memories – and I think most of you are ready to as well.
Email Principal Mud Stick Here:
Gregory Bayse, M.Ed., Principal
187 Brookline St.
Needham, MA 02492
P – 781-455-0466; F – 781-455-0871
Bring it on soul-sucking administration. This is WARlock.