Autumn… a time for harvesting, changing colors, cool evenings, brisk air, and celebrations! Each morning I can feel the cool of fall approaching, and it gets me excited for some of the best OCP celebrations of the year. When Anna and I joined OCP a few years ago, we had motivations beyond the education of our children. We were attracted to the community nature of the school and the prospect of meeting and befriending other young parents in our neighborhood. As our daughter has moved from Chickadee to Lark, we can look back on all the great people we’ve met through OCP and know that many more friendships are in store!Two of my favorite celebrations are around the corner, and it has been at these gatherings that I’ve gotten to know many of the OCP parents beyond the daily drop-offs and quick passes in the hallway. As you’ve already seen, the OCP Homecoming Bonfire (previously referred to as the Bonfire and Hootenanny) is just a couple weeks away (October 4). Nestled in among the giant trees of the Wylde Center, this celebration serves as an opportunity to eat, drink, and dance with all of our members into the cool evening. The kids love the s’mores, and I love seeing them all run around together exploring the friendly confines of what my daughter calls her “garden school.”
And before we know it December will come knocking, and with it Festivus. I love this celebration for its community pot-luck dinner, the tables of handmade donations for the auction, and seeing what the kids have created in the classroom. This is really a pinnacle event for OCP with the focus on contributions into the community that everyone gets to enjoy. It was impossible to try every bit of available home-cooking last year, but that won’t prevent me from trying again this year!
In between, of course, are other opportunities to get to know and enjoy the familial aspects of our OCP community, including facility work days (although hard, they are great bonding exercises) and Green Family Field Trips. In fact, there’s a Green Family Field Trip scheduled for October 18, right about the time the weather in Atlanta is perfect for a good hike in the wilderness.
So make sure you mark your calendars for all the great celebrations that OCP has in store for the community, and make the effort to get to know fellow OCP parents! After all, OCP is more than just a preschool!