Oak Farm Montessori School

Community Memo - September 18, 2016

Dates to Note:

Monday, September 19:

Discovering Me Class: 9am - 10:30am

MS Cross Country Meet vs. Lakewood Park - HOME - 5:00pm

Tuesday, September 20:

Last day to order lunches for October!

Vision Screening for some students - See Below

MS Cross Country Meet vs. Fremont - AWAY - 5:00pm

Thursday, September 22: Soccer Match vs. Hamilton - HOME - 5:00pm

Oak Farm Connects Event - Warm a Heart Food Pantry - 5-7:30pm - See below

Shop with Scrip order deadline: http://www.shopwithscrip.com

Monday, September 26: MS Cross Country Meet vs. Lakewood Park - AWAY - 5:00pm

Discovering Me Class: 9am - 10:30am

Tuesday, September 27: Soccer Match vs. Garrett - AWAY - 5:00pm

Light the Night @ East Noble High School. Registration and fun begins at 5, walk is at 7:00 - remember to WEAR GREEN!!!

Thursday, September 29th: Soccer Match vs. Prairie Hts. - AWAY - 5:00pm

Friday, September 30th: I/T Closed

Fall Festival !! After school from 3:30 - 6pm Fun for Everyone

Oak Farm Connects Event

Warm-a-Heart Community Food Pantry

Come join other Oak Farm friends as you serve a meal and pack some groceries for those in need at Warm-a-Heart food pantry in Waterloo, Indiana. We will meet Thursday, September 22nd from 5:00-7:30pm. Those who helped last time had a wonderful time and walked away knowing they made a real difference in the community! We need between 6-9 people to make this a successful experience. Please RSVP to Janet Canino at jcanino@oakfarmschool.com by Tuesday, September 20th. Learn more about this amazing non-profit at: https://www.facebook.com/WarmAHeartCommunityOutreach/

Vision Screening

On Tuesday, September 20th the Noble County Parkview Nurse will be on campus conducting the annual vision screening for our students. Not all of the students will be screened. This is a very quick & easy process. If needed, the nurse will provide the child with a referral that can then be taken to your family doctor, pediatrician or eye doctor. Only Kindergarten, First, Third, Fifth and Eighth graders are screened. Any child who is already wearing glasses or contacts does not need to be screened.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact Nan at nmeyer@oakfarmschool.com

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Are you interested in helping walk students to/from the screening room? Please contact Nan ASAP if you would like to help Tuesday from 11am - 1pm.

Sing PEACE Around the World

"Come and sing the song that will go all the way around the world!"

On Wednesday, September 21st, children from all around the world will join their voices together in a continuous melody. To celebrate the United Nations Day of Peace, the organization hopes to have the participation of 100,000 students world wide to surpass the 2009 event. Oak Farm is one of the hundreds of schools already registered and will be singing at 10:30am; with all grade levels represented. Tricia Weiss, our Music teacher, has been working with the students to learn the song and will be providing CD's to the classrooms to encourage practice. Please visit the website: http://singpeacearoundtheworld.com/ to learn more about this event and to listen to the song, "Light a Candle for Peace."

Reduce clutter - Drop off newspapers & magazines to us!

The Art Department needs your help. As we begin our study of current events, we need a collection of current magazines and newspapers. A weekly or monthly drop of your printed news would help us so much. The drop off site will be at the Vic House. Pop culture and entertainment news counts too!

Volunteers Needed!

Calling all volunteers for our next Wacky, Wild, Working Wednesday! We will meet on Wednesday, Sept 21st from 8:45 - 11:45am in the Vic House basement and refreshments will be provided. We will work on classroom projects and Fall Festival Wish Table decorations. If you cannot volunteer during school hours but would be willing to take projects such as cutting, labeling, or sorting to do at home; please contact Nicole at nlowe@oakfarmschool.com

Falcons Basketball Season

Basketball Coaches!

We are looking for basketball coaches for our Boys and Girls Basketball program. We have 2 coaches lined up and are interviewing for 1 or 2 more. Could this be you or someone you know? Practices begin mid-October with games starting in November. The season ends December 15th. Contact Donna Wolfe at dwolfe@oakfarmschool.com ASAP if you are interested in learning more about this opportunity.

Basketball Players!

Ready to pass, shoot and score? If you are a student (boy OR girl) in the 5th through 8th grade, please let Donna Wolfe know that you are interested in joining the team. Our season is October 18th through December 15th.

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Painted Pumpkin Path

Paint a pumpkin and bring it to school to decorate the campus for the fall! The sidewalk between the Victorian Farmhouse and Red Barn is the perfect spot to place them, where all can enjoy them for the month of October!

We ask that you bring them for Fall Festival and then take them home the final week of October. Let the creativity flow... get the whole family involved!

*Please put your family name somewhere on the pumpkin!

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Friday, September 30 @ 3:30-6:00pm

The Fall Festival is an annual event at Oak Farm. Starting back at the very beginning, faculty & families gathered to enjoy the school grounds, socialize, eat and play. The school has grown tremendously since our first Fall Festival, but this will not stop us from continuing the old traditions as well as adding a few new ones! All the action takes place on the south campus - in the "backyard" of the Victorian Farmhouse. Watch for permission forms, map and list of activities to come home this week with your child.

Here is what to expect:

3:30 - the fun begins! Crafts, camp fire, games, hikes in the woods, great family time

4:00 - musical performance by Kindergartners and Elementary students

6:00 - the fun is done, head home and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

*Pack a picnic for your family or relax and purchase food from the Middle School micro economy: pulled pork, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be available, Want to show your Oak Farm pride? Consider granting a "wish" for your child's favorite classroom or choosing one of the many items from our Spirit Store. Bring a blanket and enjoy the school's grounds - Oak Farm is BEAUTIFUL in the fall!

More details to come on this event next week!

Emma shares importance of walk...

Oak Farm Middle School 8th grader, Emma, has been making her rounds to the elementary & middle school classes sharing information about Light the Night, how our Oak Farm community has been affected by this disease and dropping off collection jars to raise money and awareness. Students should have brought home a flyer with details about this event. Please know this event is open to all ages, however we have only done classroom visits with the older students as this aligns with their classroom service lessons.

Below is a copy of the flyer - just in case it is crumpled in a ball at the bottom of a bag! ;)

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Oak Farm Connects - SAVE THE DATES!

Keep your calendars clear for future Oak Farm Connects events this semester.

Friday, October 21st: 3:30 - 5:30 ~ Stay 'n' Play at school

Sunday, December 4th: 4:00 - 7:00 ~ Meet 'n' Greet at home of Kevin & Nicole Lowe

Monday Meet up at Moose Lake in Laotto!

Are you looking for a way to connect with other Oak Farm parents? Tricia Weiss, out music teacher, would like to meet monthly for good food, great company and conversation! Join her next Monday, September 26th for lunch at noon at the Moose Lake Village in Laotto. Check out their site for directions and menu! http://mooselakechristiancraftvillage.com/cafe-moose.html

Cole Center Family YMCA Sports

Are you looking for an outlet for all that energy your child has stored up during the Winter? Why not enroll them in one of the sports opportunities the Cole YMCA has to offer. Attached are links to the sign up forms for Pee Wee Basketball (4-5 year olds), Girls Basketball (1st - 6th grade), Boys Basketball (1st - 6th grade) and Bluefins Swim Team (open to all school ages). If you would prefer a hard copy, please see Nan at the Vic House.

Blue Fins - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwlFep220jnieEtPMlNMb2pWUGc

Pee Wee Basketball - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwlFep220jniSkxSVDhPd2ZBX1E

Girls Basketball - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwlFep220jniRXV5X19DUzRkaWs

Boys Basketball - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BwlFep220jnicjZEX0pWaFBhRnc

Carpool and more...

A northwest Wolcottville family is also looking to find another family to carpool with. They will be driving through Wolcottville, Rome City, and Kendallville to arrive at Oak Farm. They have two kids and are able to transport up to three more. If you are interested please email Jennifer Mains at: jennymains@gmail.com or call/text 260.350.1169. Thanks!

A Kendallvile, Oak Farm family is seeking childcare and pick up/drop off of their other child beginning in October. If you are interested, please contact Roxanne Ellet at roxanne13@live.com

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