Sue’s News for November 7, 2019

Recent News

Our new generators have arrived, which means school should remain open in the event of another power outage. Our Purple Air air quality monitor also arrived, and I will install it as soon as I can figure it out (or more likely, as soon as I can find someone gadgety to help me figure it out), so that should be up and running soon.


Coming Around the Corner

It’s hard to believe that it’s November because this means we’re approaching the final stretch of the semester. I know this sounds crazy but… Thanksgiving is in three weeks, then final exams begin in mid-December. The admin team has started anticipating finals week, as this can be a stressful time for students. We’re planning special treats and events – stay tuned.

The new OA website should be live in a week or two, and we’re are very excited about the new look. Thanks to Janet for the new logo and much of the new design, and to Macy for working hard to create a fresh new vision to promote the school.

The Winter Concert, an annual favorite, is scheduled for Friday, December 6. Mark your calendars!

Plans for the Future

We are making plans for our annual spring fundraiser to be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Lafayette Library. If you are interested in helping with the planning and execution of this event, please contact me with your availability. 


Sue’s Muse

As you may know, I do not have children of my own. I like to say I parent children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and then leave the rest of the work to you, the actual parents. But despite not having kids, I have many children in my life (in addition to yours), and this week I had a lot of contact with one of them, my godson, John. 

John is 14 years old, 6’3”, and a major goofball. He started 9th grade at a boarding school on the East Coast this fall and, oops, he just got into some hot water. (Apparently it’s not okay to go into abandoned buildings on campus at night to hang out with cute girls.) John’s parents reached out to me to review the statement John wrote for the school’s disciplinary committee, and I spoke with John for several hours on the phone as he prepared for his appearance before the DC.

The upshot is John made a knuckleheaded mistake, recognized it immediately, and felt genuinely bad about his actions. He explained the situation to me, what his motivations were (the girls were very cute), how his decisions affected him, and what he planned to do differently next time. He took full responsibility. Go, buddy! 

I expect John will make many more mistakes throughout high school, and hopefully, he will experience many triumphs as well. Because I care so much for him, John’s challenges feel like my challenges, and his triumphs feel like mine, too. I love this kid, and I would do anything for him.

In many ways, I am a stakeholder in John’s life.

I want you to think for a moment about who is a stakeholder in your child’s life. Who are the people you can lean on to share your parenting joys and woes with? Who do you brag to, commiserate with, and bore, with endless stories about your child? Who has been there along the parenting path with you, cheering, laughing, and crying? 

I imagine the list might include: your parents, siblings, extended family, closest friends. For me, I am a stakeholder in the lives of my nieces and nephew, my high school and college roomates’ kids, and a few more. These are the kids whose birthdays I celebrate, who call me Auntie, and who get to stay with me when they are angry with their parents. 

The reason I ask about your child’s stakeholders is because this weekend, as I was speaking with John, I realized that I want to know more about his school and be included in the newsletters and communiques it sends to parents. I want the inside scoop so I can support John as much as possible. And I wonder if your child’s stakeholders feel the same way–I bet they’d like to know the scoop about what’s going on at OA.

This week I am going to wrangle myself onto the listserve at John’s school, and I’d like you to think about who would appreciate hearing about what’s happening at OA via the Friday Flyer, Sue’s News, and other communications from the school. 

If there are stakeholders in your child’s life who would like to be involved in the OA community, please email me at with their names, relationship to your child, and email addresses. Please specify which mailings you’d like them to receive.

We’d love to welcome your child’s stakeholders into the fold!

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