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Beautiful October is here lifting our spirits with pumpkins, colourful trees and chilly breezes! I don't want to talk about the pandemic and the negative effects that it has had on all of our lives. I want to focus on the positive! As a write this I think about my late Dad playing Bing Crosby's classic song "Accentuate the Positive" on his CD player. It has been covered by many including Paul McCartney, Lyle Lovitt, and Bette Middler. I think it was in a Disney move too! It says "You've got to Ac-centuate the positive, E-liminate the negative, Latch on to the A-ffirmative, don't mess with Mr. In-Between! You've got to spread joy to the Maximum, bring gloom down to the Minimum...have a little faith... or Pandemonium will take over one day!"

This is my fall theme song! Google it, listen and I am sure it will make you smile! These strange and uncertain times will pass and life will eventually return to a new normal... this I know for sure! We will all be forever changed because of the pandemic but let's just carry on doing what we can, being Covid careful and singing our theme song! Please wear a mask inside everywhere to protect everyone!

Our children have been back at school for a few weeks now and the school systems are learning every day how to adapt to the ever-changing situation. Most children are thrilled to be back at school with their teachers and friends even though everyone must wear masks, sanitize and handwash over and over! Teachers have a huge responsibility and are real heroes of the pandemic, keeping our children safe. Be sure to read Dr. Jay Greenfeld's column about parental responsibility through these challenging times.

This issue offers great ideas for family fun! Halloween is not cancelled although plans are still up in the air as parents and organizations try to adapt to make Halloween safe. Parents that I have spoken to, are divided as to whether their kids will go up and down the streets for Halloween. Many have said that they will take kids to homes of friends and family only to make sure their children are safe. Some will go to smaller events only and some will not allow their kids to go out for Halloween at all and just celebrate at home. How ever you celebrate Halloween, make it an evening of family fun!

Our Family Fun Calendar offers less events than usual but still there is a lot to do in October and November. Check it out and note things you can do with your kids! Also, our speech and language expert, Maureen Penko writes about fall fun activities to build your child's language development. Try the delicious recipes in this issue especially the Pumpkin Loaf and Chocolate Banana French Toast.

Happy Halloween and Be Well!

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