School News

  • MS Collaborates to Build Living Wall

    Posted March 27, 2015

    The walls are alive at Oak Meadow! At least one of them is. You can see it in the hallway connecting The Rizzi Center to the Middle School next to the Peace Garden. As of Thursday, March 20th, Oak Meadow is now the steward of a new permaculture science initiative called a "living wall," or sometimes called a vertical garden.

    The project originated as a collaboration with Lawrence Academy as part of their Winterim curriculum in which students work on volunteer projects all over the world. English teacher David Smith along with his son Trevor who owns the business and nine high school students partnered with 17 Oak Meadow Middle School students to make the wall a reality. Together they built the stainless steel wall that reaches to the ceiling, filled it with dirt, and dug in 72 herb plants including parsley, sage, rosemary, oregano, and thyme. What a terrific way to welcome in SPRING after this very hard winter! Visit our website for photos of this fun project.

  • MS Students Hold Mock Montessori Model UN

    Posted March 20, 2015

    Middle School students will be representing The Republic of Indonesia at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) Conference in New York City next week. Following several weeks of intense research into topics such as the eradication of poverty, deforestation, access to water, biodiversity and extreme hunger, students enjoyed a welcome foray into the cultural aspects of Indonesia last week. Parent Lori Locascio together with Mary Haller gave students the opportunity to learn about the culture and taste Indonesian food, including a typical dish, called Gado Gado and a delicious carrot soup.

    The week closed on a 3-hour simulation of the Montessori Model UN at Oak Meadow. Oak Meadow alumni Christian Suglia and fellow students from St. John’s High School, Nathaniel Newman, Cory Sagerstrom and Paul Igo came to moderate a mock session of Model UN. Student guests from Lexington Montessori Middle School along with their teacher, G.M. Hakim, arrived in the morning for this MMUN rehearsal. They discussed ideas, presented their positions, gathered support and wrote resolutions. The students teamed up representing committees from thirteen countries as they sought to resolve their given topic: the situation in the Ukraine. Please visit our website for photos of this mock MMUN. Last week’s activities have brought our students closer to being prepared for their MMUN experience next weekend. Participating in MMUN is part of the two-year curriculum cycle in the Middle School.

  • Science Fair Showcases Student Ingenuity

    Posted March 4, 2015

    For as long as institutional memory can serve, Oak Meadow has been presenting its annual Science Fair comprised of thought-provoking science experiments conducted by students in grades three through eight. Depending on their interests, students can begin working on their Science Fair projects as early as the start of the year. Students begin by observing their world and identifying something of personal interest to study. Using the scientific method, each student forms a question with a hypothesis, designs an experiment, and takes measurable data to determine the accuracy of the hypothesis. Upon completion, students share what they've learned with the community by preparing a visual and presenting it. Not only does the individual student benefit from in-depth exploration, but so, too, does the community from learning more about this world we all share. “Looking at the world with a sense of wonder and awe is something that children do naturally. It’s the way they are made,” said Science Teacher Kirsten Wright. “Science Fair promotes discovery of the process of learning, as well as the content. Maria Montessori, a scientist herself, recognized the importance of the discovery process.”

  • ...And Other News in the Music Department...

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Concert Band is a fantastic ensemble for all levels of winds and strings players, and has open enrollment now. Rehearsals begin again on January 7th, and continue every Wednesday from 2:45-3:45 p.m., during the early dismissal block. Contact Mr. Pixley if your child is interested or if you have questions. Concert Choir also is accepting new members, grades 3-6, for the second half of the school year. We meet Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 8:00 a.m., before the school day proper begins. Email Mr. Pixley if you wish to enroll your child or have questions about choir.

  • OMS Community Service Collects Books for DCF

    Posted December 10, 2014

    Collecting GENTLY USED BOOKS
    for DCF-Lowell

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    Oak Meadow’s Community Service Committee is collecting books for foster youth and adults. Bring your gently used children's books to the OMS foyer until December 15.

    * We cannot accept magazines, coloring books, textbooks, dictionaries or encyclopedias.

  • Giving Tree Gifts Due MONDAY

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Oak Meadow’s UE students are wrapping up their annual Giving Tree community service project. If you are participating in this project, gifts are due on Monday, December 15. Please bring your gift, wrapped and with the ornament tag attached and leave it in the designated box in the foyer.

    Many thanks from Oak Meadow's UE students, the OMS Community Service committee and the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF-Lowell) for your support of this project. Many families in need will be able to enjoy the holiday season thanks to the generosity of the Oak Meadow community.

  • Parent Education

    Posted October 29, 2014

    There are many workshops and events to attend in our area for parents who are interested in exploring child development and parenting topics. Here are a few upcoming events that you might find of interest:

    January 14, 2015 - Positive Discipline, Kristen Ancker

    February 5, 2015 - Angeline Lillard

    March 19, 2015 - Hugh Weber

    Community Speaker Series - Fenn Speaks

    Westford Parent Connection Center for Parents and Teachers, Concord MA

  • Veterans' Day Commemoration 11/3

    Posted October 27, 2014

    Announcing a very special commemoration for our Veterans...

    Please join Oak Meadow in honoring our veterans at this Monday's Morning Meeting on November 3 at 8:45 a.m. featuring Oak Meadow parent and retired Veteran, Lt. Col. Tamara Schwartz, USAF. Each year we have been fortunate to have presentations by veterans drawn from our parent community, representing different branches of the service, including Army Reserve, Coast Guard and Navy. Lt. Col. Schwartz will not only be our first Air Force presenter, but our first female veteran to share her thoughts and experiences with us.

    The event will conclude with singing the Vietnam War era anthem, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon." This song is about the yellow ribbon as a symbol to welcome soldiers home and to show that they have not been forgotten.

    Also in honor of our veterans...

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    Oak Meadow's Community Service Committee recently sponsored a school-wide project honoring our veterans. Students from Children's House through Middle School created cards decorated with red, white, and blue stars and stripes to thank the men and women who have served our country. Click here for pictures. The cards will be delivered to a local veterans' organization.

  • OMS Brings Little Groove to Fall Open House

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Sarah Wheeler of Little Groove will be in the house at 12:30 p.m. on Sun. Nov. 2 for a fun, family music concert. Bring the whole family out for hand-clapping, foot-stomping fun.

    Children will love singing along in this interactive musical experience using drums, shakers and tambourines, as well as puppets, bubbles, pom poms and parachutes. There will be plenty of fun for the whole family-- particularly those music fans 6 years old and under! This event is free and open to the public. Bring family, friends, or neighbors, and don't miss this awesome show!

    As you know, this is also the day of our Admission Open House so please spread the word --- all families are welcome to attend, tour our wonderful school, visit classrooms and meet our fantastic faculty.

    Also from the Admission Department...

    • The Admission Department is still looking for some help in posting notices at local businesses and organizations. Below is a list (by town) of some suggested locations. If you would be willing to hang a couple of posters, please use the links below to sign up and then stop by the Admission Office to pick up the posters. Many thanks for your support!
    • Following the Open House, regular Take-a-Tour Tuesdays will be held each week on Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. These tours provide the opportunity for prospective parents to drop in for a tour and classroom observation – no registration required. Individual tours with Erin Palmer in the Admission office are scheduled daily as well.
  • Generosity of OM Community Fulfills Lowell Wish Project

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Many thanks to the Oak Meadow community for your donations of warm clothing for the Lowell Wish Project. Your generosity will make a critical difference for families who cannot afford warm clothing for the winter. Thank you for joining Oak Meadow in our community service efforts.

    Lyn Goldman
    PA Community Service Committee, Co-Chair

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