PSO Fall Fest

We invite you to join us on campus Saturday, October 22nd from 4:00 to 6:00 PM.
 
Fall Fest is one of two PSO-sponsored picnics hosted on the school grounds each year and is a beloved St. Catherine's tradition. Every member of our community is invited for food, fun, and fellowship. 
 
Please bring a dish to feed 8-10 people in a reusable or compostable container (example here), a list of the ingredients in your dish, and reusable water bottles for you and your family. 
 
Co-chairs | Tracey Ledoux and Jaime Middleton
 
Volunteers Needed!
 
Volunteers are essential to making Fall Fest a success and we hope to recruit at least 4-5 parent volunteers from each classroom. There are many volunteer opportunities available and most slots involve giving just 30 minutes or bringing something (water, lemonade, or ice). Lending a hand doesn't require a big commitment, and volunteering is a great way to meet other SCM parents.

Please visit the volunteer sign-up page for details and contact Catherine Barber, Fall Fest volunteer coordinator, with questions. No prior experience is needed! Catherine will orient all volunteers and be available to help and answer questions during the event.
 
Happy Earth Compost
 
St. Catherine's is collaborating with Happy Earth Compost to bring an added benefit to the event. In keeping with our mission to be good stewards of the environment, we plan to compost most of our trash from the day. We encourage everyone to bring your own reusable water bottle, and your food in your own dish or a compostable tray/container as well as an ingredient list to better help people with food preferences (or dislikes...does anyone know a kid with strong opinions on peppers/mushrooms?), determine if they will want to try something and therefore potentially cut down on food waste.
 
For more information about Happy Earth Compost, please visit their website. They will be on hand at Fall Fest to answer any questions.

Food Allergy Awareness
 
In an effort to be respectful and inclusive of members of our community with food allergies and intolerances, we will have a dedicated table with allergy-friendly dishes to reduce cross-contact at Fall Fest.
 
What is an allergy-friendly dish?
 
While people can be allergic or intolerant to any food, a dish is considered allergy-friendly when it is free of these 9 ingredients, which are the most common allergens in the U.S.: milk, soy, egg, wheat (gluten), fish, shellfish, tree nut, peanut, sesame.
 
If you would like to prepare a dish for the allergy-friendly table or have any questions, please email Kelley Bruso, the food allergy liaison for Fall Fest. 
 
You can also learn more about food allergies by visiting www.foodallergy.org
 
Given the nature of potlucks, please note that SCM is unable to guarantee that any food is completely free of allergens. However, it is our hope that by educating our community and providing a dedicated space to avoid cross-contact we can better accommodate community members who have food allergies or intolerances to make Fall Fest as fun as possible for everyone!