• Overfield Community Gala and Auction Results: The Overfield Community Gala was a great success! Over 180 people attended the gala last Saturday night, a merry group that included parents, grandparents, trustees, alumni and other friends of Overfield. We are pleased to announce preliminary earnings of $22,000 from the event! These will be used to renovate the Gathering Place roof and interior. Construction is scheduled to begin on June 1, 2015. So many of you were instrumental in planning this event, and we thank you for your time, your talent and the many contributions given by Overfield families. Pictures from the event are on our facebook page
  • Artist in Residence Migiwa Orimo: This Monday we will welcome installation artist Migiwa Orimo for a two-week residency at our school. In installation art, she explains, “the whole space becomes the idea.” So rather than working specifically with paint or clay, she will make the students’ stories and ideas the focus, and select materials to help them develop these. Migiwa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan, and will introduce Japanese culture and traditions as part of her residency. She lives in Yellow Springs. She has had her work exhibited in many venues, including a current installation in the Dayton Art Institute Experiencenter. You can read more about Migiwa and view images of her work at her website. Parents are welcome at school during the residency, as they are at any time of the year. We especially invite you to join us Friday, March 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gathering Place, when work from the residency will be shared. The residency schedule is available here. It was designed to give all students a chance to interact with Migiwa, to see her work and to talk to her about it, and also to allow smaller core groups of students to engage in a deeper process with her. The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans.
  • Professional Development: Next Saturday, March 7, several faculty members will be attending a statewide conference at Antioch University Midwest in Yellow Springs. The conference is hosted by Ohio Voices for Learning, a Reggio Inspired forum, and the focus of the conference will be “Parents as Partners in the Life of the School.” The keynote speaker is Lella Gandini, the U.S. Liaison for the Dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach on behalf of Reggio Children, Italy. Lella will also be visiting Overfield Friday afternoon, March 6, to meet with teachers and tour the school. Information about the conference is online at http://ohiovoices.org/statewide/.
  • Free Money for Overfield! If you shop at Kroger, you can earn money for Overfield that goes directly toward buying healthy snacks for students. Simply register your Kroger Plus card online once a year, and the school will receive money back whenever you shop with your card. It’s easy to sign up or renew your support for Overfield:
    1. Go to Kroger’s website at https://www.kroger.com/communityrewards
    2. Sign in OR Create an account
    3. Click on “Enroll”
    4. Enter “Overfield” in the search box
    5. The school’s name will come up. Click the circle next to Overfield and follow the on-screen instructions to complete your enrollment.
  • Conference Prep Day, March 20: There will be no classes Friday, March 20 so that teachers can meet and prepare for spring conferences with parents at the end of April. This is a change from what is printed on the paper calendar that was distributed in the fall. Classes will be open as usual on Thursday, March 19.
  • Overfield Family Partnership Parent Connection: The next OFP meeting for parents to connect with one another will be Thursday, March 26 from 6-7:30.