DAVEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASS PARTY GUIDELINES
The faculty and staff of Davey Elementary School recognize that, on occasion, it is appropriate for our classroom communities to celebrate together as a class to mark a special event. While these events do provide a social learning opportunity, they do impede upon precious academic learning time. The following guidelines are designed to allow for classroom parties, without unnecessarily infringing upon academic time.
Historically, there have been several class parties each school year. These parties have included a Harvest Party (October), Holiday Party (December), and Valentine Party (February). In order welcome our volunteers and avoid overcrowding, parties will be celebrated on two separate days (K-2 and 3-5). Classroom teachers are assisted in the planning of the class parties by the designated Room Parents.
Refreshments for class parties should include light snacks and beverages with an emphasis on healthy snack choices. The class party may include craft activities or games organized by the room parent, but these kinds of activities are not required.
Class parties are to be scheduled near the end of the school day and are limited to a maximum duration of one hour, which includes time for cleaning up the classroom. Parent volunteers may arrive 10 minutes prior to party time for set-up. All plans and details for class parties must be reviewed and approved by the classroom teacher before being finalized by room parents. Parent participation in class parties are limited to the following: Kindergarten & 1st grade may have 4-5 volunteers per classroom. 2nd grade – 4th grade may have 3-4 volunteers per classroom. 5th grade will continue to follow the rules above and may have a total of 6 total parents for all three homerooms (for a total of 12 volunteers per school year). The classroom teacher will be responsible for scheduling parent volunteers for the school year. If more than the allotted number of parents is interested in assisting during parties, a lotto selection will be completed by the classroom teacher. Parent volunteers may not bring siblings or other children to the classroom party.
All guests will be checked in at the main office and issued a volunteer nametag. Only those parents volunteering in the classroom (and on the classroom party list) are permitted to attend the party.
In addition to classroom treats brought in by students (and approved by the classroom teacher), PTO will provide one healthy snack and drink per classroom party. The PTO will also schedule one educational assembly during the Harvest Festival party.
Classroom teachers will coordinate party volunteers by sending out a letter to parents at the beginning of each school year. Teachers will communicate party details as necessary throughout the school year.
Harvest Party Costume Guidelines
Our Annual Harvest Party is on Friday, October 28, 2016 and students and teachers are encouraged to get in the holiday spirit by dressing for the day. Students who choose to dress for the Harvest Party, must abide by the below guidelines.
- All costumes must be “PG” rated.
- All costumes must be worn to school and remain on all day.
- The School dress code policy must be followed.
- Costumes may only be worn on Friday, October 28th.
- Costumes may not be a disruption to instruction in any way.
- Costumes may not be derogatory or offensive to any groups or individuals.
- Costumes may not include any weaponry or representations of weapons.
- Masks are not permitted.
- Students’ faces must be uncovered and easily identifiable (no make-up)
If a costume fails to comply with any of the above expectations the student will be required to adjust their attire. Our expectation of your behavior is the same as it is on any regular day. While we enjoy the spirit of Halloween, we will maintain our high expectations of student behavior.
Please review reverse side for Classroom Party Guidelines. Only those parents volunteering in the classroom (and on the classroom party list) are permitted to attend the party.
Students ARE NOT permitted to dress in costume on Monday, October 31, 2016