Monday, May 18, 2020

The Close of the Year

Summer is Almost Here! Summer Mindset

by Ms. Ertelt and Mrs. Dockerty

This is our last blog of the year. We are looking forward to summer and all of the things we can do. As we do every year, we will be having the OMS Summer Challenge in coordination with the JCPL Summer Reading Program. This means you can earn prizes from both programs and help out the community at the same time. For the OMS Challenge, you choose which blocks you want to complete. For every block you complete, you will be entered to win a small prize or gift card. If you want to go for blackout- which is completing every block, you are entered to win a grand prize. In the past, the grand prize has been a season pass to Elitches for the following summer, dinner and movie passes for two.  To participate in the OMS Summer Challenge, you must use the OMS Summer Challenge Form. This year, we are making the submission form electronic. So, you will complete all of the tasks you want, then you and your parent/guardian will complete the online form. All forms are due by August 28th. While you are working through the OMS Summer Challenge, you can also use the time you've read to complete the Jeffco Public Library Summer Reading Program. You can win prizes for both programs and help the community as well. JCPL donates to worthy causes in the name of the school that wins as well as donating money to the school that has the most participants. Watch the video below to learn more about the JCPL program.

JCPL Link to Registration for Summer Reading Program:
To learn more about the School Contest where we can earn money, read this link:

Wondering what books you might choose to read for your summer reading? Here is a virtual booktalk from JCPL to give you ideas on what to read.

Act With Purpose-Always

By Ms. Whipple

"How often I found where I should be going only by setting out for somewhere else."

~R. Buckminster Fuller
When we left Oberon in the middle of March, we didn't know for sure we'd be doing remote learning for the rest of the school year. We probably would have done things  a little differently to prepare to not see our friends and school staff as regularly and in person. As you act on purpose, reflect on the school year and identify actions you can take to align with your dreams. What are something you did over the school year that were really helpful to get you moving toward your dreams and other tings you may want to avoid next school year? 

Watch these videos to help you reflect on this year as well as plan for next year.

Sometimes we're so busy we don't stop to see the beauty all around us. As you're going for walks this summer with your family, try and take mental pictures or "frame" scenes (even if it's with your fingers instead of an actual frame like the video) you find beautiful. Also, you and your family can practice "broadcasts" each week of what is the best thing that happened during the week or even during that specific day. You can share these while talking over dinner, put notes in a jar and read them at the end of the summer, or get creative and make it fun by acting them out via charades or having them guess during a game of Pictionary.

Jeffco's Make Bake Shake Site
Jeffco has a site that has ideas of things to make, bake, and exercise. Click this Link to access the page.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Spring in Our Step

Seeking Adventure and Travel? Look No Further

By Ms. Ertelt

Could You Escape Alcatraz? By Eric Braun

In this book, you will choose how to navigate Alcatraz in order to escape. Each choice has a consequence- positive or negative- and will take you further on your adventure. Remember, choose wisely or you may be imprisoned on Alcatraz forever!
Chasing Lincoln's Killer by James Swanson
Based on rare arcival material, obscure trial manuscripts, and interviews with relatives of the conspirators and manhunters, you will read a fast-paced thriller about the pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth. The twelve-day chase through Washington streets, through the swamps of Maryland, and into the forests of Virginia will show you what being the most-wanted person in America looked like.

Enchanted Air by Margarita Engle 
Margarita lives in two worlds- Cuba and America. Her mother's homeland of Cuba boasts island beauty. Margarita's heart calls for the tropical heat of the air, the sounds of the island play in her head as a long-forgotten song. She currently lives in Los Angeles where the noise, crowded streets, and pollution clog a person's mind and creativity with gross depression. Margarita longs to return to visit Cuba and rejuvenate. Then, tensions between Cuba and America explode with the Invasion of the Bay of Pigs and war seems likely. How does Margarita choose between the land of her heritage and the land of her home?

Soaring Earth by Margarita Engle
The Communist Revolution has made Margarita's dream of returning to the Cuba she knew a mystery and an impossibility. Still, Margarita dreams of travelling and seeing sights, experiencing life. She is making plans, but then war breaks out and all of her plans become entangled in the war-driven world she is living in. This sequel memoir to Enchanted Air continues Margarita's journey.

OMS Summer Challenge is just around the corner! OMS Summer Challenge Tic-Tac-Toe Menu, directions, and completion form are ready. The OMS Summer Challenge starts June 1st!

Brain Games

By Mrs. Dockerty

How many times have you said, "I'm bored!"? Sure, you have school work, and chores, and conversations with family, but still... you need something to keep your brain entertained! Something that will challenge you to think in a different way. Thinking "outside-the-box" helps us to find unique or unusual solutions and can even help us see the usual solutions more quickly! Have some fun with the following brain games:


Letting Go is Part of Life, But Often Not the Easy Part

By Ms. Whipple
"Our greatest glory comes not from never falling, but rising every time we fall."
The Time is Now is the 7th Mindset and Get in the Zone is the focus this week. When we act our ot anger, jealousy, or resentment, we almost always get it wrong and cause more harm than good. The key is to recognize when we are out of sorts, stop taking action, and figure out a way to get in a better state of mind. When we can do this and get into our zone, the actions we take are much more effective and result in far more positive outcomes. This is not to say that justified anger isn't appropriate, such as when we react to bullying or discrimination. The key is to think before we cat in all cases.

It is important to be able to share what you are doing with your life and what matters to you. You will never know who you'll meet, and if you get good enough at your story, you may find that the people you meet will want and beable to help you in some way! For an activity, draw an elevator on a flip chart or use a door in the room. Have everyone in your family develop a 30 to 60 second "Elevator Pitch," a summary of the most important dream they have for their life. Give them a few minutes to prepare. As each family member comes to the fron, act like you are holding the elevator door for them. As they enter the imaginary elevator, ask what floor they are getting off on and click an imaginary button. Then ask the question "What are you looking to do with your life?" Give them 30 to 60 seconds to share. At the right point, act like the door is opening and they need to get off on their floor. Discuss what it was like to share your dreams with each other and how the message from the "letting go"video can be helpful.

The Close of the Year

Summer is Almost Here! Summer Mindset by Ms. Ertelt and Mrs. Dockerty This is our last blog of the year. We are looking forward to...