School News

  • Students Perform at Littleton Nursing Home

    Posted April 1, 2015

    This week, music teacher Steve Pixley and OMPA Community Service Chair Lyn Goldman brought students to the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley in Littleton for the first of two community service performances. The performance included a mixture of band pieces as well as an individual vocalist. In addition to sharing their talents, students had an opportunity to socialize with the very receptive and appreciative residents. Afterwards, students reflected on the various benefits of this experience, including cross-generational social interaction, preparing pieces for a meaningful goal, and gaining experience presenting themselves formally and elegantly in front of an audience of strangers. Accolades to our students as they nurture the world around them!

    This performance is part of an ongoing effort to create an awareness at Oak Meadow, both among the students and among the parents, for community service. The next nursing home concert will be at Westford House on April 15th.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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

  • Empty Bowls Community Service Project at Oaktoberfest

    Posted October 17, 2014

    The Empty Bowls community service project is being launched during OaktoberFest, on Sunday, October 19.

    * Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: Potters and other craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread - In exchange for a cash donation, guests can keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to a local organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. For more information, please visit the Empty Bowls website.

    Sign up for an opportunity to craft a small bowl in the OMS Art Studio. Mrs. Karp will host 45-minute sessions beginning at 1:00 p.m. This FREE activity has a 10-person limit per session, so reserve your seat as soon as possible! The finished bowls will be used to serve a simple meal at the March 20, 2015 OMS Family Fun Night.

    Other opportunities:

    • During the fall and winter months, Mrs. Karp will offer students the option of decorating a bowl during their art class time.
    • Parents are invited to participate in this school-wide project during Mrs. Karp’s Open Art Studio time on Tuesday mornings.

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