After spending time getting to know each other, second graders in Ms. Duncan's room and sixth graders in Mrs. Schmitz's room spent some time reading to each other in the outdoor classroom.
Students and staff members of the Oakdale community enjoyed a great start to the 2013-2014 school year. Both new and old faces joined in welcoming students back into the classrooms. We look forward to working together with our students to help Oakdale have another fantastic school year!
Summer Read Aloud in the Outdoor ClassroomThe Omaha Public Library will again hold a Public Read Aloud at the Oakdale Outdoor Classroom on Thursday, July 11th at 6:00 p.m. The second of our read alouds for this summer, please join us for this fun family event and some time enjoying the gardens and time outdoors.
You can learn more about Oakdale's Outdoor Classroom in our newsletter CULTIVATE. Click here for more information.
Celebrating our Many Accomplishments
On the last day of school the students of Oakdale recognized the many accomplishments made this school year. Awards were given and students cheered each other on for all their hard work, great choices, and learning. 6th graders also presented a check to the family of Bella Fuccio as part of the Bases for Bella Project they held earlier in the year. Finally, the assembly also gave a chance to say farewell to this school year with yearbook signing and time to share with friends. For additional images of the day, click here.
Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be ResponsibleDespite the rain the students at Oakdale didn't let it get their spirits down as they celebrated their Three Be's, Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, with a day of fun, games, and teamwork. Students played on teams of mixed age with 6th grade leaders, coaching younger students in the games. When rain arrived the fun moved indoors, and at the end of the day everyone enjoyed popsicles and a Teachers vs. 6th Grade volleyball game. Click here for a slide show with more pictures.
Shooting for the StarsAs the year came to a close, 6th graders got hands on with their study of space and technology by launching rockets. Students worked through important elements of design and safety in preparing for this fun activity.. For more images of the event, click here.
A Little "Clean" Fun6th Grade students put their learning to use! Using 3 different types of dish soap, they had a goal to determine with soap made the biggest bubbles! Using straws, they had to blow 6 bubbles for each type of soap, measure the diameter of each one, and then calculate the mean (average). Clean-up was just as much fun as the actual activity! Click here for additional images.
Sign LanguageStudents have been learning basic sign language skills at school. To put their new skills to the test, they walked to Don & Millie's on a beautiful day in May to sign their orders -- NO talking allowed -- until they received their food. It was an experience that tested their patience and communication skills with others that do not know sign language.
Fitness, Friends, and FamilyOn Wednesday, May 15th, the students at Oakdale participated in the annual “Fun Run” through the neighborhood. Afterward there were popsicles and time to enjoy the great weather. Joining us for the day was Oakdale Principal for the coming year Mrs. Harding. A special thanks to all the parents who volunteered to help supervise the route for this great Oakdale tradition. Click here to view additional photos from the day!
3rd Grade Learning is Open for BusinessOn Friday, May 10th, the "Shops of Oakdale" opened to the public with great excitement. The project was a culminating activity for 3rd Grade students who had studied units on how communities use resources including the exchange of goods and services and also included a variety of math skills such as counting money and making change. During the event the students operated stores where guests could purchase food, clothing accessories, or enjoy activities like bean-bag toss and bowling. Students also integrated technology using the "Aurasma" augmented reality app on the iPad. The app plays a pre-recorded video, in this case a commercial the students created, when the user aimed the iPad's camera at the shop advertising poster. Click here to view additional images of the event.
Supporting Bella's BattleOn May 6th, 7th, and 9th the 3rd through 6th graders of Oakdale Elementary hit the field for the annual Kickball Tournament. The tournament is a fundrasier coordinated each year by the 6th graders and raises funds for a selected cause. This year participation and concessions raised money for "Bella's Battle," benefiting local middle school student Bella in her fight against cancer. As a special treat, Bella and members of her family were able to visit and even play in part of the tournament. Click here for additional photos.
Great Role Models of All Ages
On Friday, May 3rd, friends of all ages enjoyed time together during Oakdale's annual Grandfriends Day. Students performed musical selections, gave their guests a tour of their classroom, interviewed them about their school experience and much more. Though named for our Grandfriends, we are so appreciative to our friends of all ages who came to spend time with the children, and we think you're all pretty grand!
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