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blewis - Posted Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 2:58:00 PM

More than 100 people took advantage of a flu shot clinic held Tuesday, October 1 at The Oakridge School. Nurse Kim Campbell-Martinez organized the event and called it the most successful the school has ever seen in its 20 years of hosting the annual clinic. 

"For a number of reasons, people think 'I never get sick' or 'I tend to stay healthy, so I don't need it' and they forgo getting a flu shot," said Nurse Campbell-Martinez. "However, Oakridge administrators do all they can to promote overall health and wellness, and in this case, partnered with Kroger Pharmacy to vaccinate 125 students, teachers, and parents. That's the highest number of people that we have ever served."

The flu shots were free to those who had their insurance cards, with most major carriers accepted. Otherwise, attendees paid a $25 fee. The shots were available to children ages 7 and older. Students under 18 were required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  

Oakridge parent Deme Cleveland took advantage of the flu shot clinic by getting a vaccination for herself, her son Zach ’22, and daughter Sammie ’24.  “I loved the convenience of getting both kids their shots between sporting events and rehearsals," said Mrs. Cleveland. "The decision was made easier because I was able to get the shot also. It was very fast and the fact it was free made it even better.”

Science Teacher Elissa Eggleston also got her flu shot and commended Oakridge for partnering with retail and health care providers in the Arlington community to deliver the vaccinations. “My arm might get sore, but the shot is much better than the suffering involved when you contract the flu,” said Ms. Eggleston. “Besides, the Kroger pharmacist was very skilled when giving the shot; I hardly felt it.”

While seasonal flu viruses are detected year-round in the U.S., flu viruses are most common during the fall and winter. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the exact timing and duration of flu seasons can vary, but influenza activity often begins to increase in October.

Most of the time flu activity peaks between December and February, although activity can last as late as May. The CDC table shows peak flu activity in the U.S. by month for the 1982-1983 through 2017-2018 flu seasons. The "peak month of flu activity" is the month with the highest percentage of respiratory specimens testing positive for influenza virus infection during that influenza season. During this 36-year period, flu activity most often peaked in February (15 seasons), followed by December (7 seasons), January (6 seasons) and March (6 seasons).

In addition to flu vaccinations, Oakridge makes available to every classroom hand sanitizer, boxes of tissue, and disinfecting wipes for cleaning counters, handles, computer keyboards, and other frequently touched surfaces where small droplets of flu can spread. Contact Nurse Kim Campbell-Martinez for more information about the flu shot clinic, other health care-related services, or for information about partnering with Oakridge for a healthier community at 817-451-4994 ext. 2714 or kcampbell@theoakridgeschool.org.

blewis - Posted Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019 4:26:43 PM

At times it feels as though parents are being asked to help their children balance school, family time, extracurricular activities, and now, an ever-changing digital world. To partner with our Oakridge families, we invite you to join Michelle Vaughn and Ashley Read, the Director and Assistant Director of Technology and Modern Learning, on Wednesday, October 9 from 8:15 - 9:15 a.m. in the OPC Building for a discussion on "Navigating Our Digital World."

We will use Diana Graber’s book, “Raising Humans in a Digital World,” to guide four parent coffee chats this year. During these coffees, some topics will include:

  • Digital skills in young children 
  • Positive online reputation management
  • Online privacy
  • Screen time
  • Cyberbullying, sexting, and more

As a member of the Oakridge family, you can order this book at 40-percent off by clicking on this link. The book is also available for purchase in both Audible and Kindle formats.  You do not need the book to join us, and we look forward to welcoming all Preschool through Grade 12 parents. 

blewis - Posted Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019 11:32:56 AM

Kind-hearted families and friends across North Texas opened their wallets and donated $198,088 to The Oakridge School  for this year's North Texas Giving Day. The online event is the largest 18-hour giving extravaganza designed to benefit local nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth region. North Texas Giving Day also served as the official campaign kickoff to Oakridge's 2019-2020 Annual Fund. This year's theme is "All in for Oakridge."

"We are thankful for the generosity of every single person who gave in support of Oakridge," said Head of School Jon Kellam. "No matter the size of the contribution, these gifts have a tangible impact in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff. Such philanthropic commitment confirms that we are all in for Oakridge." 

Director of Development Lauren Matocha expressed her appreciation for Oakridge's supporters and acknowledged the school's 40-year long tradition of giving. "North Texas Giving Day aligns with our school's mission and helps us to provide an incomparable academic experience for our students in the Early Childhood Center, Lower, Middle, and Upper School. Because of our donors, we will be able to strengthen current initiatives and consider or create new ones."

Oakridge Regent Michael Heiskell and his wife, Anita, are this year's Annual Fund Chairs and admit they had only one response when asked to lead the 2019-2020 campaign. "Yes," Mr. and Mrs. Heiskell said. "Having three of our four children as Oakridge alums (Marin '96, James '01, Michael '18) and with our son Mason '20 in his senior year, we can attest to the excellent education and opportunities that Oakridge provides. Each of our children was energized to learn and take advantage of their college prep education. Since the school's inception, Oakridge continues its quest to provide exceptional experiences in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment."

Visit the Annual FundSuper Supper and Auction, and Owl Club Golf Classic links to learn more about how to make a gift and how the contributions are used. Supporters may also email Mrs. Matocha at lmatocha@theoakridgeschool.org

North Texas Giving Day is coordinated by the Communities Foundation of Texas. The main donation day was Sept. 19, 2019, but the annual event is actually 11 days of raising awareness for donations for nearly 3,000 nonprofit organizations across North Texas. Preliminary numbers posted on the North Texas Giving Day website show there were 169,464 donations totaling $50,192,976 as of Tuesday, Sept. 24. Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki and his wife, Jessica, served as this year's Honorary Chairs. Watch a video of their congratulatory message to donors who are making a huge difference to nonprofits and the many people they serve. 

blewis - Posted Friday, Sep 6, 2019 12:41:55 PM

The Oakridge School will welcome back family and friends for Homecoming 2019 on Friday, Sept. 27. The action leading to the big game begins Monday, Sept. 23 with Spirit Week. Our theme this year is "Big Top Oakridge... The Great Show on Earth!" There's something fun for the youngest students to the young at heart alumni. 

Spirit Week
Sept. 23-27 
 

Monday – Big Top Oakridge Day Wear Red and White Stripes and a Crazy Hat

Tuesday– Cotton Candy Day Wear Pink or Blue

Wednesday –Texas Rodeo Day Wear your western wear

Thursday – Fashion Disaster Day Wear mismatched clothes and silly socks

Friday– Wear your Homecoming shirt today because... Oakridge is the Greatest Show on Earth!

All non-uniform guidelines apply. Should students choose not to participate in spirit days, the school uniform must be worn. Proceeds from the Homecoming T-shirts go toward the fireworks show, which will take place immediately following the conclusion of the game. Of course, families are encouraged to come out and watch the morning parade that begins at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 27. The pre-game activities will make Owls soar with pride.

Evening Festivities
Sept. 27 
 

5 - 6 p.m. Food Trucks and Spirit Booth at the Athletic Complex 

Family Fun Food Truck Night  

New spirit items for sale

6 - 7 p.m. Guinness World Record Juggler... David Slick

6:45 p.m. Goal Post Rally and Victory Line

7 p.m. Game Time... Oakridge vs. Cassidy

Spectacular fireworks show

Please download the Homecoming packet here for all Homecoming week details, including:

  • Homecoming T-Shirt Order Form
  • Parade Entry Form 

Thank you for your cooperation and participation. We are looking forward to an incredible week celebrating HoCo 2019! 

blewis - Posted Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019 11:00:00 AM

Students at The Oakridge School returned to campus for the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 21. Photographs will be made available as soon as possible at Vidigami.com. Some of the photos are posted here and to the school's Facebook account.

The 2019-2020 academic year began with Owls being warmly welcomed by smiling teachers and administrators at the entrance to every division. The Oakridge Parents’ Club also made returning and new parents feel welcome through the Cheers & Tears event held in the quad.

New faculty and staff greeting the more than 700 students include (top row, l-r): ECC Administrative Assistant Emily Savage, Lower School Administrative Assistant Melanie Butts, Alumni Relations Coordinator Kendra Walton ‘05, and ECC Director Nicki Morgan.

Also new this year are (bottom row, l-r): Assistant Head of Upper School Christine Metoyer, Middle School Art Teacher Zach Allen, Vicki Reed, the Lower School Tech and Idea Lab Instructor and Extended Day Coordinator, and Upper School English Teacher Bennett Mitchell. 

New faces were not the only change at Oakridge that students likely noticed. A pumpkin patch that will provide hands-on learning for 4th grade science students and 3rd grade math students is now growing behind the current softball field.

Carpet has been pulled up and replaced with new flooring on the first and second floor hallways of the Information Center, and an US restroom and Lower School classroom have been remodeled. Two school buses were rewrapped during the summer and the Duggan-Schoening track was resurfaced. Much of the work was made possible due to the Oakridge Owl Club and Oakridge Parents’ Club. All of the projects are designed to enhance the student, faculty and staff experience.

blewis - Posted Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The Oakridge School will partner with the City of Arlington and the Dallas Cowboys Saturday, Sept. 7 to make a difference through the Mayor's Hometown Huddle for 100 day of community service event.

Efforts to promote Huddle for 100, include a video of Oakridge seniors, Head of School Jon Kellam, and others in the community. Watch the final video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KRhQMFvnAo.

A news release posted to the City of Arlington website explains the purpose behind the event: The Huddle for 100 is part of a nationwide volunteer effort celebrating the National Football League's 100th season. The goal is to get 1 million people across the country to donate 100 minutes of their time to a local cause in an effort to make 100 million impacts on the communities that football fans call home. That includes lending a hand to the great nonprofit organizations that serve Arlington, the home of the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium.

As part of Huddle for 100, five Arlington nonprofits will each receive $1,000 for service projects designed to make The American Dream City an even better place to live, work, play and learn. Hundreds of volunteers will be needed for projects, which include sprucing up the Salvation Army's Family Life Center and Youth Education Town, a fun-filled football combine for school-age children at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County and sowing wildflower seeds in the City's natural areas to support pollinators, such as Monarch butterflies.

"The City of Arlington is thrilled to be participating in the NFL's Huddle for 100 nationwide service campaign and to partner with our hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys," said Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams. "I can't wait for everyone to witness the kindness that exists throughout the Arlington community and our nonprofit organizations."

Hometown Huddle Projects

Salvation Army Family Life Center and North Texas Youth Education Town

712 W. Abram St.

Volunteers participating in the Better YET project will spend the day beautifying and refreshing Salvation Army's Family Life Center and the North Texas Youth Education Town (YET). Planned projects include repainting the benches and cleaning up debris in the playground, painting the dining room and hallway of the Family Life Center and cleaning and organizing the YET's Program Room.

For more information, please visit www.salvationarmyyet.org or call 817-860-1836.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County

North Branch, 2020 Baird Farm Road

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Tarrant County will host a Combine Day for the elementary, middle school and high school students who attend the north branch. As part of the Football and Fitness for Arlington's Youth project, volunteer will help organize a lunch, pep rally, multi-station football combine and friendly flag football game for participants to enjoy.

For more information, please visit www.bgcgtc.org or call 817-272-8160.

Arlington Animal Services Center

1000 S.E. Green Oaks Blvd.

As part of Tails & Touchdowns, volunteers from the Advent Lutheran Church and the community will organize a day of enrichment for adoptable dogs at the Arlington Animal Services Center. Enrichment enhances the quality of the dogs' lives while they are in the shelter, reducing stress, anxiety and boredom all while promoting the bond that dogs and humans share, event organizers said. Planned activities include playing with and reading to dogs, as well as washing them. Arlington Animal Services will also offer a half-price adoption special as part of the Mayor's Hometown Huddle for 100.

For more information, please visit www.arlingtontx.gov/animals.

Mission Arlington/Mission Metroplex

210 W. South St.

Volunteers from the Oakridge School and the community will help Mission Metroplex, which provides emergency assistance to more than 500 people a day. Activities include connecting clients with food, clothing, household items and furniture.

For more information, please visit www.missionarlington.org or call 817-704-6143.

Arlington Parks and Recreation and St. Maria Goretti

Volunteers from St. Maria Goretti will be participating in the Pollinator Huddle. Students will sow wildflower seeds in natural areas at River Legacy Park, Parkway Center, Julia Burgen Park and the corner of Cooper and West Cedar streets.

Volunteer spots are filled. For more information, contact 817-459-5477.

blewis - Posted Thursday, Aug 8, 2019 11:42:00 AM

Below are upcoming events that the Office of Admissions is hosting. If you are unable to attend one of the events, you may schedule a tour at www.theoakridgeschool.org/campusvisit or by calling 817-451-4994.

blewis - Posted Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019 7:00:00 AM

The  Oakridge Parents’ Club (OPC) will host the annual Back to School Fair in conjunction with The Oakridge School’s Family Picnic from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, August 17, 2019.

The Fair will be held in the Multi-Purpose Activity Center (MAC) and gives families time to chat with some Oakridge teachers, coaches, and other faculty and staff, and to submit paperwork, shop for spirit wear and gently used school uniforms, and gather helpful information for the upcoming school year. “Our hope is that the fair provides an opportunity for families to check off some of their ‘to-do’ items in one place and on one day,” said OPC President Shelley Hodges.  

Tables inside the MAC will be set up:

OPC Membership – form is also available at www.theoakridgeschool.org/parentsclub

Volunteer Registration – sign up to help with OPC school events

Box Tops for Education – drop off all your summer box tops

Community Partners – info on how to support Oakridge through Community Partners (AmazonSmile, Tom Thumb, Kroger)

Oakridge Pages – our Oakridge community “yellow pages”

Extended Day Programs – learn what programs are offered after school

Food 4 Life – the school lunch program, menu, and make payments

Bus Transportation – sign up for bus transportation to/from Oakridge

Health Services – staff will be answer questions about Magnus Health Student Records

The Owl Club Membership – Athletic Booster Club and spirit wear. Shop online at www.theoakridgeschool.org/spiritstore

Uniform Resale – shop for gently used school uniforms for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12 students (checks, cash, and credit cards accepted)

Fundraising – stop by and learn about our upcoming Boosterthon

First day of school posters

It will soon be that time of year again when parents plead for their child(ren) to “say cheese” for a sweet picture on their first day of school. During the Aug. 17 Fair, make sure to get a mini poster as inspiration for your student, Preschool through Grade 12, to take a photo. Then, on the first day of school, Wednesday, Aug. 21, share the photo on Oakridge’s Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook page, using any of the following hashtags:

#WeAreOakridge #OakridgeOwls #GoOwls #Oakridge2019 #backtoschool #ihaveclass #schooltime #friends #schoolday #student #teacher #classtime #life #book #homework #schoolflow #teacherlife  #education #academics #arts #athletics.

blewis - Posted Friday, Aug 2, 2019 11:37:39 PM

The Oakridge School has again been named the best private school in Arlington by Arlington Today readers. The magazine’s 2019 Readers’ Choice All Star winners were announced August 1. This marks the third straight year that Oakridge has been recognized with the honor.

Voters made their selections earlier this year at ArlingtonToday.com in more than 160 categories. The full list of 2019 winners may be found here.

 

blewis - Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019 11:04:48 AM

Oakridge Librarian Patricia deWinter presented at the Association of Independent School Librarians (AISL) Annual Conference this April in Boston. The AISL Conference includes four days of school visits, keynote speakers, informative workshops, and tours showcasing educational and cultural resources in the host city.

AISL is unique in offering an intentionally small conference that is designed to highlight the distinctive strengths of host schools. Attendees tour schools and their libraries, network with colleagues to share best practices, and participate in professional development sessions. The AISL conference perfectly fulfills the unique needs of independent school librarians from across the U.S. and Canada.

Mrs. deWinter’s presentation focused on ways literature can be used to spark an interest in activism and foster empathy. To that end, Oakridge Lower and Middle School students researched topics of interest to them such as plastic pollution, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and animals in need, and then evaluated media sources, created presentations and shared their discoveries with other classes. Additionally, students engaged in STEM activities and explored numerous books about change makers and service.

Of the engagement, Mrs. deWinter reflects on a quote from Philippe Cousteau, a self-professed adventure "junkie," television host, and founder of EarthEcho: "When kids are empowered to consider problems, gather information, and drive their own activism by what truly interests them, they invent solutions that adults would often never consider.”  

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