Wilderness Oak Hosts Grandparents’ Day

Wilderness Oak Elementary hosted “Grandparents’ Day” on September 5, inviting guests into their classrooms for a day of fun activities.
Wilderness Oak Elementary hosted “Grandparents’ Day” on September 5, inviting guests into their classrooms for a day of fun activities.

On September 5, Wilderness Oak Elementary was full of fun activities as the school hosted it’s 2014 “Grandparents’ Day”.

The school-wide event highlighted the important role grandparents play in every young child’s life. Students were allowed to invite their relatives for a reception hosted by the school’s Parent Teacher Association before participating in activities special to each class and grade level.

Stacia Fitzsimon, principal of Wilderness Oak Elementary, said the goal of the day was to help the students make connections with their grandparents.

“We wanted to invite our grandparents to be a part of our campus, and be a part of our community,” principal Fitzsimon said. “Its really wonderful to have them here as part of the learning process.”

Brittany Wood, a first grade teacher at Wilderness Oak, said she was pleased with the turnout of guests in her room.

“I’m very excited, we have a completely full classroom. I think it’s just a very special day for the kids – to have their grandparents with them in the classroom to help make memories and to share an art project with them.”

National Grandparents Day was a creation of former president Jimmy Carter back in 1978.
National Grandparents Day was a creation of former president Jimmy Carter back in 1978.

One of those grandparents in attendance, Bruce Barnett, said he enjoyed seeing the children, and helping them work.

“It’s nice that the school does this, it’s fun to be here,” he said. “Hopefully the children take away from this that their grandparents love them. This is a fun, great way to show that.”

For those wondering where Grandparents’ Day came from, here’s a fun fact: National Grandparents Day was established back in 1978 by then president Jimmy Carter.

Halloween Movies

There are plenty of Halloween themed movies for families if one chooses to stay indoors rather than go trick or treating.

Halloween often is thought of as a time to get dressed up and go trick or treating, but there are other fun ways to enjoy the holiday as well.

One such way is to bunker down indoors with friends and loved ones and enjoy a bucket of popcorn, all while watching Halloween-themed movies. Sometimes something unplanned like poor weather can put the kibosh on family’s candy-getting plans. Watching movies is always a reliable back up, and can be something that includes each and every family member.

Here is a list of fun and classic Halloween films, capable of being watched by everyone:

  • The Addams Family (1991) This classic Halloween movie was the seventh highest grossing film of 1991 and even earned an Academy Award nomination for costume design. The film stars Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and a young Christina Ricci in a film about con artists planning to fleece an eccentric family.
  • Beetlejuice (1988) This comedy fantasy film directed by Tim Burton revolves around the plot of a deceased couple that haunts their former home and tries to scare away the new inhabitants. The film was a financial success recouping its $15 million dollar budget and was in the top-ten grossing films that year.
  • Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) In this film, Jack Skellington, king of Halloweentown discovers Christmas Town – but doesn’t quite understand the concept. This critically acclaimed musical film is listed in the AFI’s Top Ten All-Time Animated Films List.
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990) An uncommonly sensitive man, who also happens to have scissors for hands, falls in love with a local woman. Fun fact: this classic film starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder was even adapted for the stage back in 2005, touring the U.K., Asia, and the U.S.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) This science fiction film written and directed by Steven Spielberg features actor Richard Dreyfuss and was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The story tells of a blue-collar worker in Indiana whose life changes after an encounter with a UFO.

From all of us here at Welcome Home, have a happy and safe Halloween. For a list of classic R-rated horror films with plenty of fright and gore, go to our website,, or check our Facebook page at

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Halloween Hazards To Avoid

Halloween is one of the more exciting holidays for our community. Dressing up, eating fall fruits and collecting candy from the neighborhood are just a few of the exciting trends kids of all ages look forward to. Chances are trick-or-treating is on the agenda with costume shopping and candy buying to prepare. This season Welcome Home would like to give the community some reminders about safety during the evening festivities.

  • Lighting the way: Keep a flash light with you to light your path even if the streets are well lit. This also lets the people around you know you’re there and can alert passing cars of your whereabouts. Glow sticks are an alternative and can be worn by everyone in your traveling party. Remember to face traffic when walking from house to house so traffic can see you and you can see them.
  • Fire resistant costumes: When purchasing costumes keep in mind that many pumpkins, walkways and homes are going to be lit by candlelight and may be a health hazard if wearing a flammable outfit. Not only should the costume be fire resistant, walkways with candles lighting the path should be avoided.
  • Avoid Trick-or-Treating alone: A night full of shadows and terrors should never be approached without a group to join you. By being with a group you’ll avoid being targeted and if an emergency were to accord, people you trust will be available to assist you.
  • Examine your loot of sweets: Many candies may be choking hazards for younger children. As parents, it’s best to check for small parts and sealed factor wrappers to prevent health hazards. Avoid treats that are homemade by strangers.
  • Limit the amount of candy consumed: Children often don’t know when to walk away from the chocolate bars and jelly beans. By setting a limit and staying consistent, kids can decide how to use their limit and not expect any more than they are given. Keep the candy somewhere out of site and out of reach as well. They may be kids but they’re smart at sneaking off with extra pieces when no one is looking.

Halloween is not only a time to celebrate spirits or reach out to the dead, it’s also a time of family gathering and community interaction. During this season Welcome Home wishes everyone a safe and fun filled Hollow’s Eve with friends and family!