Every Friday the students at Oakridge take a field trip. The students are bussed to BYU or to the Provo Rec Center. They bowl, swim and excersie. These activities help with fine and gross motor skills. These field trips expose our students to the outside world where they benefit from interaction with the general public. Not only are they being taught life and social skills but independance as well.
On Thursday, December 19th the Latinos in Action and Leadership class from Landmark High School visited Oakridge School. They read Christmas books and then surprised the Oakridge students with a gift and a visit from Santa Claus. Oakridge School would like to thank these students for their generosity and kindness.
On Monday night the SHS auditorium was filled with the sound of zoo animals. The annual Oakridge School play, " Catch A Falling Christmas Star" was performed by SHS students and Oakridge Students. The play written by Jason Shelley, Oakridge School, speech/language pathologist. The play was about a Christmas star that falls from the sky and lands in a zoo. The animals are tasked with returning the Christmas star to the sky before Santa leaves so he can find his way," explained Shelley. "It's not a program, it's a play. Depending on the ability of the student, they speak into a microphone or activate switches that have voice output. They also participate in the songs through dance. Everyone works hard to have a set, props and real costumes that can help distract the audience who has to wait sometimes for our students to press their switch. (www.daily herald.com, December 14, 2013 12:15 am • Debbie Balzotti - Correspondent)In conjunction with the play, the wonderful parents of Oakridge School sponsored a boutique fundraiser. The fundraiser garnered in excess of $1400 to help with areas of greatest need at Oakridge School. A silent auction of a beautiful quilt, along with arts and crafts made by the students and homemade goodies was also a great success.Oakridge School would like to thank the community for their support. Also, the parents and staff of Oakridge who contributed their time and talents. We want to give a very big "thank you" to the Springville High School student council and art classes who put so much time and effort in making the play a huge success
Wesley Brailsford a student in Tasha Lewis' class is Oakridge School's #1 helper. Wesley is always willing to shovel snow, spread salt or whatever needs to be done, especially when it is snowing. He braves the cold tempatures in order that everyone entering or leaving the school is safe, and he does it all with a big smile on his face. A GREAT BIG thank you to Wesley.
Oakridge School and Springville High School are preparing for our annual collaborative Christmas play. On Monday December 16th at 7 p.m. they will perform another original story called Catch a Falling Christmas Star. The story features “animals” from the Hogle Zoo, including a guitar playing platypus. The Oakridge students are excited to show off their acting chops. Come to this one night only event. Don’t miss it or Santa will miss you.
Oakridge students are gearing up for Thanksgiving. On Tuesday, one of our teachers Tasha Lewis read a warm-hearted holiday story to the students. "We read the story 10 Fat Turkeys. "Everyone had fun being turkeys and gobbling away during the activity" said Tasha.
Oakridge celebrated Halloween in grand style. The parents, staff and students donned costumes for a fun filled afternoon of trick or treating. A spooktacular party was held afterwards in the multi-purpose room where spooky treats and scary music were enjoyed by all the ghouls, goblins and witches.
Big Pumpkin Skit
We had so much fun acting out the Big Pumpkin for literacy. Tasha’s class helped make and designed the costumes for the skit. All three classes enjoyed taking turns being the witch, mummy, vampire, bat and ghost. As a team we were able to pull the big pumpkin.