Monthly Archives: October 2015

In case you missed it…

Here is the Halloween FAQ that was sent home in the October Newsletter the week of October 5th:


Halloween FAQ:

Can my child dress in costume on Friday, October 30?

Yes. Costumes must meet school dress code guidelines for appropriateness and need to be playground ready. Please be aware of dragging hems and all costume pieces that need to be tied should be double-knotted before coming to school.

Can I send treats to school?

No. We will enjoy eating our regularly scheduled lunch and snack that day.

Will there be a class party?

No. However, our awesome PTO is sponsoring a monster-themed bingo bash that evening that is open to all Irving families.


Families, please understand that our goal here at Irving is for each and every one of our students to feel welcome to come to school every day. Sometimes our youngest students get frightened or confused by people in costume. Some of our students have life-threatening food allergies that make “party” foods just one more thing they can’t eat. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and, as always, please contact me by note, phone, or email if you have a question or concern about activities here at school.


Ms. McFarland

Say Cheese!

This Tuesday, October 13, is Picture Day here at Irving! Our class will be taking pictures in the morning before our first recess. All of the ordering information was sent home last week in your child’s red folder and is also available online through Lifetouch.

Other awesome events this week include beginning our study of botany with observations of fall foliage and autumn “treasures”. I will be sending home a sandwich-size baggie for your student to collect leaves and small autumn items (cool twigs, chestnuts, etc.) to save for use in an art project next month. We will also be getting out paint for the first time this year for our October calendar. Look for that to come home at the end of the week.


Ms. McFarland

October Newsletter and a Birthday FAQ

Happy autumn everyone! Just a few quick updates for this week…

The monthly newsletter for our classroom will be coming home in your child’s folder this week. It has some information about what we’re learning in the month of October and info about various other classroom happenings. Feel free to call, email, or send a note if you have a question about any of the newsletter items.

One FAQ that I didn’t mention was regarding birthday celebrations during class time. If your child has a birthday during the school year and you would like to send in a treat:

Cookies are the best classroom-ready treat to send. They are small, don’t have frosting, and don’t require any kind of utensils or serving dishes. They must be store bought and pre-packaged to comply with our District food serving guidelines. We DO have children with severe food allergies, so please let me know ahead of time if you will be sending a birthday treat so that I can be sure to have an alternate treat ready for those students.

Please DO NOT send balloons, toys, goody bags, etc. Those items are best left at home.

I have small “Happy Birthday” sticker badges for children who are celebrating their birthdays at school. The birthday child can wear the badge all day and many other students and staff notice and will wish that child a happy birthday.


Ms. McFarland