There are so many great things about OQS that I am finding out about as I navigate through my first year. Among them is open house, forest kindergarten, community meeting, and garden club just to name a few. Open house is not new to me. I have been a part of many, many open houses throughout my teaching career but I’ve never quite had the experience I had at our recent open house here at OQS. It was truly an amazing event! What I witnessed was a group of parents who worked seamlessly together to expertly and efficiently pull off an all school family cookout complete with hamburgers, hot dogs, side dishes and drinks. I saw families wandering the halls as their children proudly showed off their classrooms and introduced their parents to their teachers. I saw families enjoying conversations with neighbors and friends. There was a general, overall feeling of joy and pride as a community of people came together to celebrate the opening of school. Many thanks to the PTO for organizing this wonderful event and many thanks to the teachers and students who worked together to get their classrooms ready for the event.
Last week I had the opportunity to wander outside with both kindergartens two days in a row to take pictures in the forest kindergarten. The hours spent in the forest were truly magical as students explored their new environment; listening to and identifying sounds they heard, unearthing small creatures that had molted leaving behind their exoskeletal shell, scaling fallen logs and rock walls, sharing snack, sorting themselves according to apple attributes and learning to listen to directions. Take a moment to visit our facebook page for pictures.
Twice now I have been an audience member and participant at the grade 3-5 community meeting event. Both of these meetings were both educational and exhilarating. During the first one we energized our bodies through exercise and learned about the amount of sugar in the drinks we are used to consuming. The second, done on Constitution Day was inspiring and patriotic. We began with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a reading of the Preamble accompanied by a student friendly version in which the Preamble was put into student language. We ended by learning a song about Constitution.Lastly, I had the delicious fortune to sample the delectable salsa and soup made by the garden club students and volunteers who grew, harvested, prepared and cooked these dishes! I am looking forward to the community/school Harvest Dinner which I’m sure will be a wonderfully sumptuous event!