Halloween pulled out all the stops on creativity, fun and learning at Curtis. Thanks to all of our faculty and staff, parents and students, whose participation made Halloween so much fun, raised our community’s spirit, and made more treasured Curtis memories!
So many different activities took place leading up to the big day. Kindergarten students learned about el Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead) in Spanish language classes and followed up the lesson by making colorful Halloween masks. Sixth grade Spanish classes decorated an ofrenda (offering) with papel picado, candles, flowers, and photos of loved ones who had passed,and later in the week, they traveled to Olvera Street, where they saw public altars created for this important date in the Mexican calendar. Buddy grades one and four met to share conversation and make their Halloween Parade signs, and 3rd graders and Kindergarteners decorated pumpkins together. Lower Elementary students crafted black bats with moveable wings in the Makerspace with help from parent volunteers. Faculty and staff got into the spirit, too, with a first-ever Pumpkin Carving Contest that was open to judging by all our community. On Halloween Day, grade buddies paired up and marched around the Quad, delighting all of us with their creative, scary, fantastic and humorous costumes. Following the Parade, the classes enjoyed festive grade-level parties thanks to our parent volunteers. Meanwhile, the Developmental Kindergarteners performed their signature showcase, “Spooktacular"; while the 3rd grade girls performed the "Thriller" dance. Finally, the DK "Late Cats" hosted a "haunted train" experience at the end of the day. Thank you to everyone for a very special Halloween experience at Curtis!