It’s the end of April and I’m shaking my head in disbelief at how quickly the school year has passed. This year was filled with many highlights and I think many thanks are in order. Our teachers did an amazing job learning and utilizing Kagan Cooperative Learning structures, seeking professional development in the area of mathematics, and embracing new STEM activities to engage students and give the kids an opportunity for hands-on learning. Our PTO was incredibly active and successful in building community and providing resources for our students. This year the PTO helped to acquire Chromebooks, installed a rock climbing wall, is helping with the creation of a student garden, and impacted learning in countless other positive ways. Our parents lent their voices to district wide efforts like the opening of MOSAIC Elementary School and helped to shape redistricting efforts. They advocated for the needs of our families in many ways and are recognized forces by the Mehlville School District Board of Education. Our students have also made me proud. We have celebrated the growth of reading levels, the mastery of math facts, and improvements with behavior. One of my proudest moments as a principal was watching an idea spawned by our OES Club Character spread throughout the district and result in thousands of dollars being raised for Backstoppers.
It’s also important to look ahead. Look for information in the coming weeks about our “OES Goes” program. We will continue to have summer activities intended to bring our community back together and get kids learning in the great outdoors. Families also have the opportunity to order school supplies through our PTO. These school supplies will be available to students when they attend “Meet the Teacher Night” on August 14. Students in grades K-2 will attend “Meet the Teacher Night” from 6:00-6:45. Students in grades 3-5 will attend “Meet the Teacher Night” from 7:00-7:45. A list of dates and times for our August back-to-school activities will be sent home prior to the end of the school year. I will also be finalizing placements over the summer and sending out a letter during the first week of August to let students know who is their teacher and to provide updates about the new school year.
Thank you very much for being involved, attentive, and engaged at OES. I consider it a blessing to continue to serve the community and believe that our best days remain before us. Next year will be another exciting step in that journey.