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Announcing Bingo Bash 2019

Announcing Bingo Bash 2019

This spring there's a whole new kind of FUNdraiser coming to town! At OPEF our mission is to provide kids with meaningful, enriching and fun hands-on educational opportunities, why shouldn't our fundraisers be the same? OK, Bingo is not exactly educational, but the...

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Teaching Literacy Through Poetry

Teaching Literacy Through Poetry

As part of the Art Start program, students in Ms. Barkers' class at Lincoln have been working with teaching artist and poet Jenn Morea on a literacy and poetry project to boost their vocabulary. Using Christina Rossetti's "Who Has Seen the Wind", as inspiration,...

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Violets Are Blue, Happy Birthday to You

Violets Are Blue, Happy Birthday to You

Spoken Word teaching artist Isaiah Makar celebrated his birthday with a very special event, the first-ever Julian Middle School 6th Grade Poetry Slam. A participant from each class was chosen by their peers and presented their work to the entire 6th grade...

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Exploring Family Traditions at Lincoln

Exploring Family Traditions at Lincoln

Students in Ms. Nagano's Spanish Immersion class at Lincoln Elementary School have been exploring the art of the codex book with teaching artist, Guillermo Delgado. Mr. Delgado introduced students to codex books from the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Students then...

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All About BASE Camp 2019

All About BASE Camp 2019

BASE Camp never really ends in the OPEF offices. If we aren’t running camps, we’re planning for them. Mark your Calendar! Registration for BASE Camp 2019 will open January 30th at noon. Our full list of 2019 camps can be seen here. More Camp! Perhaps the biggest...

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Building Sustainable Dream Homes (on a budget)

Building Sustainable Dream Homes (on a budget)

For three weeks 5th graders at Longfellow spent their art time working with architect Maya Bird-Murphy creating their Sustainable Dream Homes. Students were given an imaginary  budget of $50 to invest in sustainable strategies for their homes. They could choose from...

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Everybody Wants to Be King

Everybody Wants to Be King

Ms. Utter's second graders at Longfellow Elementary embarked on a musical journey to Pride Rock, culminating in a roaring performance of Lion King's "I Just Can't Wait to Be King" for parents, classmates and principal Angela Dolezal The production, brought to...

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2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available

2017-2018 Annual Report Now Available

December is a great time to reflect on the events and news of the previous year. We love creating our annual report and being reminded of all the amazing students and teachers we worked with last school year. This year's annual report has gorgeous photos, amazing...

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Spoken Word Expands to 6th Grade

Spoken Word Expands to 6th Grade

Thanks to a partnership with D97, OPEF's popular Spoken Word residencies have expanded to include 6th grade as well as 7th grade. The original 7th grade program launched in Fall 2015. Spoken Word is a powerful and effective medium for fostering creativity and...

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Robots and the American Revolution

Robots and the American Revolution

What if Paul Revere was played by a robot? Working with D97 librarians, we recently began a pilot program for fifth graders combining our popular Geared Up and Robotics programs. The six-week residency excites kids about coding, tech, and robots and provides a new...

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