Bring Back the Fun at Fatima

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Our Lady of Fatima in Grimsby, Ontario, Canada is a wonderful school, however the parents have many concerns since the fun is disappearing.

Taking away the the right to wear a costume for Halloween to school just does not make sense. There is no harm in celebrating Halloween and it provides so many memories for the children. It should be the parents decision to send them in a costume or not, and if they feel strongly about it, then they can decide to not send their child to school that day. Orange and black day was the substitute and many parents do not own anything orange, but besides that... how is that any fun? The kids want to show off their costumes to their classmates and it is only ONCE PER YEAR!

Secondly taking away the Christmas Concert was so disappointing in 2014. We were very upset to not see our kids sing and do a performance and we did not know about it until last minute, so therefore were not able to voice our concerns. This too is an amazing memory for the children to have, and the parents and grandparents look forward to it each year. All of the children eagerly look for their parents while being on stage and get such enjoyment out of it. Sure Canada is multi cultural, but we have strong traditions too, so removing it all together so not to offend anyone again does not make sense. If parents do not want their children taking part, than don't have them take part!

Not being able to bring treats for their classmates was also disappointing for special events. All three of my children have food allergies, and all three carry an epi pen. So I completely understand the importance of being careful of the ingredients, but they only "pig out" every once in a while and just a few treats here and there won't hurt them. As long as there is a label on it that states the ingredients, why wouldn't that be sufficient?

We as parents are not trying to cause trouble as we love Our Lady of Fatima in Grimsby, we just want to voice it to the Principal so that he can see how many families are upset about the changes. We have a right to voice our opinion as this affects our children, and we hope that this will be changed right away.

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