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Thinking Safety during the Halloween Season

October 16, 2017


OES Family,

    We are approaching one of my favorite times of year.  I like how the colors change in the trees and the air just has this smell that can’t be duplicated anywhere else.  I also love Halloween because most of my trick or treat years were spent in Alma, Kansas and it shaped me into the lover of this season I am because it was just that awesome.  Not that long ago I ran across a copy of an article on the web that was taken from a newspaper in the 1940’s written by a scholar about the clean-up efforts performed in this community each Halloween.  What is most impressive is that the tradition still exists some 75 years later in Oberlin.  All I can say is “Wow!” and can hardly wait to see what it looks like firsthand.  Oberlin, Kansas is truly a magical place.

    With that said, I wanted to make a request that you remind your students about when it is and isn’t appropriate to accept treats or gifts from adults they don’t really know.  Halloween is unique in that we allow our children to celebrate by going door to door to trick or treat, which was a wonderful and exciting evening like no other each year.  As many of you remember, supervision was typically close at hand and so in that case it was okay to ring the doorbell of a house where you may have not known the residents all that well and receive a handful of candy, or talk to folks handing out treats along the sidewalks.  I know that many kiddos make the trip home each day by walking and would ask that we work together to keep our elementary students safe by ensuring that they don’t confuse the message about when it’s okay to accept things from grown-ups they don’t really know that well as they commute home each day.

    I want to thank you again for the wonderful opportunity I have been given by this community to lead our schools.  My first four months have been incredible and I know that even more great things await us in the weeks and months ahead.

Dr. Pitsch

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