With the support and vision of 17 Blue Oak families, friends, and alumni, we raised a $3.7 million bond and were able to purchase the property across the street from the Lower School campus. We successfully closed on the property and the deed has been recorded. We have started a series of conversations and stakeholder meetings with our architects so that our new campus will well represent the needs and aspirations of our entire community. Look for announcements of upcoming events and opportunities to get engaged.
Dan recently met with the First Grade to explore that question. Students learned about initial facility plans, posed questions, and developed new ideas. It was an exciting conversation! He was very impressed with the creativity and thoughtfulness of the class. Here is a sampling of their ideas:
- A big music room
- A pool
- A climbing wall in the gym
- A playground with a slide, monkey bars, swings, balance beam, and zip line
- A gymnastics room
- A game room with lots of board games
- A sleep-over room
- A zoo with puppies, dolphins, and penguins
- A comfy library
- A “bird room” (aviary)
- A movie room
- A lego room
After their conversation, the First Graders were so energized they went out at lunch recess and solicited input from other students. This supplemental list included: a park for middle and lower schools; a big art room; a cafeteria with free smoothies and pastry shop; lockers; and a toy shop.
Imagination is the capacity to see things as they might be, not as they are. It is a child’s nature to be curious, ask questions, challenge the way things are, and dream. Unfortunately, schools often squelch creativity, preferring order and predictability to the messiness of imagination. Our first graders made it quite clear that Blue Oak’s progressive approach engenders thinking deeply and broadly, reinventing the world in a brighter light. Thank you first grade!!