HALLOWEEN IS COMING: Halloween (also spelled Hallowe'en) is an annual holiday celebrated on October 31. It has roots in the Celtic pagan festival of Samhain and the Christian holy day of All Saints. The day is often associated with orange and black, and is strongly associated with symbols like the jack-o'-lantern. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, wearing costumes and attending costume parties. Halloween costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Costumes are also based on themes other than traditional horror, such as those of characters from television shows, movies, and other pop culture icons. In Albany and at Ocean View School students are planning and getting their costumes ready. This year we will celebrate on Tuesday, October 31st, with our annual parade down Jackson Street through the U.C. Village. Please do not wear costumes to school; students should bring costumes to change into after lunch for the festivities. However, please help your child remember that we do NOT want anything too scary or bloody and please no weapons or costumes that involve weapons. Your help is appreciated. The celebration begins at 12:55 on the playground; the parade begins at 1:05. Parents and family are welcome to join us. We could use Parent Helpers to supervise the route; if you would like to help, check in at the school office that day at 12:45 pm. Remember--we will be having our normal Tuesday schedule on October 31st.