Spring has sprung at the Forestdale School. The tulips and daffodils have bloomed in the front of the school, the Forestdale Garden has come alive and the students are bustling with the energy of spring. The warmer weather has started to extend learning beyond the walls of the classroom as student explore the natural environment around the school and use it to inspire writing and sharpen their scientific observational skills. The school has been a bustle of activity before and after school as well as before and after school programs enter the home stretch. BOKS, Lego Club, Soccer, Mad Science, Fun and Games and Minecraft are some of the great clubs and activities that Forestdale Students have had access to.
The next month will begin some great field trips for our students as they continue to extend learning beyond the walls of our school.
Thank you to all of the families who participated in the cultural exchange program with Chinese students through Boston Ivy. The children enjoyed learning more about American life both in school and at home. The teachers from China toured Oak Ridge and asked many outstanding questions about education philosophy and practices that make Oak Ridge special. Finally, Oak Ridge host students got to learn a lesson on Chinese fan culture and were able to decorate their own fans.
Oak Ridge students continue to work hard on MCAS, this month with a focus on Math and Science. Thank you to all of the students and staff for working so hard to make this a success.
4th graders are ready to visit the Cape Cod Canal Museum. Thank you to the PTA for their on-going support for experiences for each grade level.
Finally, we’d also like to thank the PTA for their wonderful support of our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. They filled the week with so many gestures of thanks and gratitude. It made everyone feel special.
The regional ROV competition last Saturday was a huge success. Middle and high school students from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York spent the day completing several challenging activities using their ROV’s at the high school swimming pool. The event was streamed live and was well attended.
Thank you to the STEM Parents Group for a successful Team Trivia Night on Saturday. This is the major fundraiser for STEM which supports field trips, projects, and the purchase of equipment for the middle school classes.
Exploration & Discovery Day at STEM is Thursday. Each student will attend four workshops from a variety of topics and taught by local professionals.
The STEM Semi-Formal Dance is Friday and the students will also be entertained by a 7th grade band called The Edge.
Meet and Greet Night for 6th grade parents and students is this Thursday and will begin at 6:30 in the auditorium. Brief presentations will be given by Dr. Booras, Mr. Newton, Mr. Hill, and Mr. Murphy. This will be followed by a tour of the school conducted by high school mentors. Step Up Day for 6th graders will be on June 7.
June 7 is also the day for the Spring Art Show where each STEM student will have their work on display and there will be music and prizes given that evening.
8th grade students are getting ready for their trip to Washington DC. Final arrangements have been made and a meeting with parents will soon be held. All other 8th graders will participate in Excursion Week with field trips and/or special activities each day that week.
Thank you to the STEM Parents Group for their teacher appreciation breakfast. The STEM teaching staff is very grateful for their strong support and generosity.
The past weeks have been full of outstanding events with each one achieving a new level of success. They include Model UN, the Homeless Awareness Project, hosting the take wide track meet, the amazing Arts Fiesta and the Game Change trainings currently going on to raise awareness around issues of domestic violence. The Gender Studies class is gearing up for a big project as well. At the end of May, SHS will conduct its second school wide walk around the track with the focus on dating and domestic violence. May 24 promises to be an outstanding prom safety assembly. The partnership of parents and community agencies is the best yet. Parents are invited to attend the prom safety assembly, and we surely hope they will. The assembly begins at 7:45 on May 24. Tickets are selling fast for the prom and seniors are gearing up for senior week and the end of their school year. Friday, May 19, Mr. Gilmore and Mr. Dumas will host the Science Expo in the library The Tech Faire in the library from 8:30 to 10:30 on May 18. There is something wonderful happening every day as students and staff celebrate learning and share with one another.