Oakridge Parents' Club
Greetings fellow OWLS!
Welcome back to school. This past year may not have been exactly what anyone expected, but I am so proud of Oakridge, the staff, the students, and the families, who make this place amazing. Last year at this time I was a little scared to take on this role of OPC President. I couldn’t imagine what it was going to take to make all this happen. My concerns were quickly washed away when we got down to the business of supporting our school. Like always, the Oakridge community of families, teachers and staff, leaned into all that was thrown at them, and I believe we advanced forward better than most. I am always reminded how wonderful it is to be a member of this community.
So, here I am again at the reigns of OPC. I’ll admit I like a challenge, but I’m going to have to say, I’m ready for school and life to get back to normal. Even though this school year will start differently, we are really hoping that we can get back to the business of supporting our Oakridge family the best ways we know how. We know things won’t look like they always have in the past, they won’t workout quite like we had planned, but we are going to be flexible and do the best we can. Even in times like these, and I’d say even more so in times like these, the OPC is an integral part of The Oakridge School family.
We don’t know if we will be able to host all of our normal fun events during the school year, such as Owlfest, Book Fair, Holiday Treasurers, Holiday Parties and Faculty and Staff Luncheons, but we know we will give back to the school any way we can. We will just have to get a little creative. In previous years, we have provided an average of $40,000 back to the campus at the end of each year, to help support each of the divisions with things like flexible classroom seating, updates for the library, additional umbrellas for the quad, digital equipment, etc... We even provided funds to begin a farm to table program last year.
But all of this takes the hard work and dedication from our parents & community members. Each one of us has different skills, talents, and resources that are desperately needed to make The Oakridge School what it is today.
For some it is volunteering in our classrooms. For others, it is heading up or joining a committee that brings something special to our students. We need the help and support of everyone but more importantly we want you to know we welcome and appreciate your help and support. Whether it’s donating an hour of your time or chairing a committee, no amount of time or skills goes unappreciated. So I hope you’ll consider reaching out and getting involved this year.
As I close, I’d like to bring you up to date on our OPC Fundraising efforts. As I mentioned earlier, the OPC takes pride in the amount we are able to allocate back to the school each year. This past year we had moved this campaign to the spring semester and were excited to be doing things a little differently with more fun runs and even a color run for the older middle school students. Since the spring semester got cut short we were not able to host this fundraising campaign. We will faithfully try again to host our Boosterthon fun runs this spring. I hope you will continue your support of the OPC fundraiser as well as you have in the past. In the Boosterthon program, all students from ECC to UHMS get to run in their levels’ Fun Run, there’s a jaw-dropping character theme ready to go, and families can easily get pledges to help our school. It’s fun, it’s easy and all we need is your support!
Thank you in advance for your time and support this year and please feel free to reach out to me if you need anything.