Lower Schoolers Take to the Track in Walk for Fun
Last Friday, the Lower School participated in the annual fall Walk for Fun and Fitness. Roughly 340 students and 40 parent volunteers ventured out to walk or run around the track. As part of their PE Mile Marker program, many students enjoyed completing their laps so they can earn coveted plastic "footies."
The day began with a morning Gathering, which included the inspirational video, Aardy's Epic Run. Aardy even made a surprise appearance! The kids greeted him with hollering, handshakes, and hugs before taking off to the track.
The Walk for Fun and Fitness has been a part of OES's history for at least 15 years. The students bring a contagious enthusiasm and energy that reflects the event's purpose: to promote an awareness of health, fun, and fitness. Lower School PE Teacher Scott Corris made a fun calculation: "As a community, we logged enough laps to take us to Disneyland (and a little beyond!)."
Tremendous thanks goes to the many volunteers who marked students' lap cards, offered words of encouragement, and even joined the students for a lap or two!
Last Friday and Saturday, the OES Middle School hosted the annual Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) Student Leadership and Diversity Retreat.
This week at OES we paid homage to two very different yet linked holidays: Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday.
OES continues to celebrate Black History Month. In a seventh grade English class, students are currently reading and discussing Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, the abolitionist's memoir.
On Wednesday night, people from many different parts of the OES community joined our Boarding families for a dual celebration: honoring both the Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day.