Last week the fifth graders returned from their annual class trip to Orcas Island with much to be proud about.
Lower School Home
Our Lower School, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, gets students off to a strong start towards being successful in school, in college, and later as global leaders and thinkers by featuring:
- Strong academic foundation in core subjects
- A safe, nurturing community
- Small classes that allow close individual attention
- A child-centered environment which fosters an enthusiasm for learning
- A flexible, inquiry-based curriculum
- Significant hands-on project work
- Art, music, Spanish, science, library, technology, and physical education taught by specialists
Last Friday Lower School students, faculty, and staff worked to complete as many laps around the OES track as possible in the course of a school day during the annual Walk for Fun. Volunteers supported students on the OES track throughout the day, with tasks like marking the students' lap cards, offering words of encouragement, and in some cases, joining students for a lap or two around the track. We had about 340 students and 40 parent volunteers who walked or ran around the track.
OES is excited to welcome award-winning author and illustrator Yuji Morales to our campus! On October 1, Morales will share her colorful and dreamy world with our Lower School students during Chapel. Her picture-book memoir, Dreamers, or Soñadores, captures the story of her 1994 immigration from Mexico to San Francisco with her two-month-old son.
Parent University is a new experimental program OES is launching this year to give parents the opportunity to learn about and discuss issues that are central to raising healthy children. Learnings will be organized around a central theme, and this year's theme is the "Healthy Mind Platter," which is a concept developed by pediatric and adult health expert Dr. Dan Siegel.
Last week, the first grade classes enjoyed an annual OES rite of passage—the Habitat Hunt! This fun, outdoor event was originated to help first graders begin scientific inquiry around animal habitats.