Living Our Vision
At OMS, our vision is a peaceful, global community where individuals are joyfully engaged in contributing to the well being of all life. But this isn’t something we just post on our school wall or publish in our parent handbook. Instead, you can observe students, staff and parents living our vision, each and every day.
Being an active, contributing member of society is something that is encouraged and nurtured starting in our Toddler Program and continuing throughout The Element. We have a strong sense of community within our school, but our efforts stretch far beyond our classroom walls. Every December, we participate in a Snowsuit Fund Drive, where families can donate used snowsuits to families in need. This year, we involved the students in this great initiative with lessons on winter gear and having them help us wrap the donation boxes.
In addition to our annual campaign for the Snowsuit Fund, we have ongoing student-led fundraisers throughout the year. At The Element, our students recently donated $132 to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Students at the Upper Elementary level, often explore different fundraising initiatives independently or with a friend. In October, two students heard about the vulnerable Red Panda and were determined to help through the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Collectively, the two students fundraised over $160 by raising awareness through presentations and posters.
As a school, we came together in November to mark Universal Children’s Day and students at The Element gave a presentation on children’s rights. They presented to students,staff and parents at OMS, and to our special guests, Mayor Jim Watson and MP David McGuinty.
As this year comes to a close, it is amazing to think about how many lives the OMS community has positively impacted. And students are already planning their fundraising initiatives for 2015: Two students are researching World Vision to see how they can participate in their “Education For Girls” campaign leaving no doubt that we will continue to contribute to our community at large, while simultaneously strengthening the values we instil inside the OMS Community.