I hope you all fared the storm well and enjoyed yourself through it. I know it was wonderful for the children to have a snow day. The excitement was felt here at school by students and teachers. The additional excitement that permeated the air today centered around our Valentine's celebration and the Kindergarten's presentation of the 100th day. It is such a pleasure to be part of a community of educators and learners that are enthusiastic not only about their academics but about the community events that take place in our building daily.
It was wonderful to witness the Kindergarten lead our community meeting as they celebrated and shared their representation of the number 100. Additionally, I have been impressed by the student involvement and dedication towards the gathering of food for the food pantry; an astounding 1,138 items were collected! Every grade level participated in gathering food to help our community members in need. This type of community dedication and service to others is the intersection of values and actions that we want to instill in our students. I'd like to send out a big "Spotlight OB" shoutout to all involved in donating food.
Also, during community meeting today I had the opportunity to give another big " OB Spotlight" shoutout" to the entire seventh grade. Last week I was fortunate enough to accompany the seventh grade on their ski trip. While on the mountain I was stopped by one of the ski instructors who asked me if I knew "who was in charge of this young group of skiers." She proceeded to tell me how impressed she was by our students behavior. She stated that this group of students were the best behaved, most respectful, and the most helpful and kind group she has encountered in a long time. That was a "Proud to Be from OB" moment for me. Therefore, I have to "Shout Out" to these amazing students for displaying the habits of goodness, habits of kindness, and habits of citizenship that we are dedicated to nurture and celebrate here at the Oak Bluffs School. A big "OB School Shoutout" goes to all the educators, families, and community members who are responsible for developing the character that has been instilled in these students. Take time over the long weekend to celebrate your contribution to positive growth of our young people.
Be sure to stay warm throughout this cold weather we will experience this weekend.
Dr. Megan Farrell