Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” (Edgar Allan Poe)

    Download the LSD Newsletter 2014-2015 October 28

    Our LEAP Halloween Carnival will be held this Friday, October 31 rain or shine! We will have our regular lunch routine. Students should bring a lunch or purchase lunch as usual. We then begin our costume parade from the upper campus to the lower campus.
    Each student will be given four carnival tickets, but most activities are open for all and do not require a ticket. Tickets can be used for the savory bake sale and the cake/prize walk. We will have many of the familiar games, a photo booth, a tarot reader, and hope to have the jumpy house to keep our goblins entertained.
    Much appreciation goes to Dianne Ploof for organizing this event for us. Thanks also to all who will help with set up, savory baked goods, helping during the carnival, and the clean up afterwards!

    Our rules for safety include: Students are not allowed to bring toy weapons with costumes. Adults on campus may not wear masks covering faces. Dogs are not allowed on campus.
    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) sent us Halloween Safety Tips to share.
    Plan costumes that are bright and reflective. Make sure that shoes fit well and that costumes are short enough to prevent tripping, entanglement or contact with flame. Consider adding reflective tape or striping to costumes and trick-or-treat bags for greater visibility.
    Because masks can limit or block eyesight, consider non-toxic makeup and decorative hats as safer alternatives. Hats should fit properly to prevent them from sliding over eyes. When shopping for costumes, wigs and accessories look for and purchase those with a label clearly indicating they are flame resistant.
    If a sword, cane, or stick is a part of your child’s costume, make sure it is not sharp or too long. A child may be easily hurt by these accessories if he stumbles or trips.
    Obtain flashlights with fresh batteries for all children and their escorts.
    Do not use decorative contact lenses without an eye examination and a prescription from an eye care professional. While the packaging on decorative lenses will often make claims such as “one size fits all,” or “no need to see an eye specialist,” obtaining decorative contact lenses without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. This can cause pain, inflammation, and serious eye disorders and infections, which may lead to permanent vision loss.
    Teach children how to call 9-1-1 (or their local emergency number) if they have an emergency or become lost.