Thursday, November 10, 2011

Grateful for Our Oak Mountain Community

Grateful. As I review our fun-filled October, I feel so grateful. Character in Service, Parenting Day, Red Ribbon Week, Math Team, Teacher Treats, Duty-free Lunch and Fall Fun Fest kept everyone busy.

Our counselor, Mrs. Belisle coordinated a very informative Parenting Day. We heard from several of our teachers on current parenting matters. I continue to be amazed at the level of talent that we have at our school. As parents, we witnessed first-hand the expertise our teachers and staff share with our children.

Mid-month, our teachers enjoyed a fabulous Fall Harvest Luncheon provided by Mellow Mushroom and Brava Grill.

We ended the month with a celebration. A BIG thank you to everyone who came out and supported the second annual Fall Fun Fest. The committee, a.k.a. Fall Fun Fest Fanatics, planned each detail under the leadership of Emily Thompson and Marci Hackbarth. It was fun for the entire family. Melissa Ogle and Kaye Smith did a fantastic job publicizing the event. Ashley Kitchens combined recycling with crafts to spend a minimal amount on supplies. Have you ever seen such beautiful artwork on the faces of children? Daniel Vickery was an amazing balloon artist. Brent and Lynn Walker, with Cre8tive Signs and Graphics, donated our yard signs and the carpool count-down sign, The silent auction was full of so many interesting and useful donations. I am thankful for our parents working on behalf of the school to collect donations. The Silent Auction requires the coordinating proficiency of Misti Steed. She handled it with ease. Please note the donators and think of them when shopping in the community. The event would not be possible without the parent, OMHS and OMMS volunteers. We had a record number of Give Me 5 volunteers thank you to Amanda Foree’s coordination. Another thank you goes to the Ticketing guru Mindy Miller and our PTO treasurers Katie Burnett and Sara O’Dell. No one conducts a hayride like our very own Robert Smelcher. Mrs. Darby, Mrs. Galloway, Becky McCullough and Judy Vatella helped the whole day. Their support and team spirit was tremendously appreciated by everyone. There are many, many people that played a role in the ‘howling’ success of Fall Fun Fest. I personally had a wonderful time getting to know the parent volunteers even more and developing friendships that will last a lifetime. For that, I am grateful.

There are several exciting things left for us this year. Please contact me if you would like to get involved in PTO. Holiday Shop is just around the corner. We always need parents to assist shoppers.
Remember, school is closed on November 11th, 23rd, 24th and 25th.

I appreciate all you do for OMES. Keep up the enthusiasm, it is contagious!