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Principal's Message

Dear O’Hara Park Families,

Welcome to another school year! I am thrilled to be serving this year as the principal of O’Hara Park, and am excited about our collaboration to ensure that our children achieve their academic, social, emotional and personal goals. Working as a team, we can better support our children to achieve these goals.

I look forward to ways in which we can help our children learn to become more environmentally and socially responsible, as well as sensitive to each other and what makes everyone unique. We want our children to become critical thinkers and to learn how to continually learn about themselves and others, to learn empathy and compassion and to set personal goals to help them better themselves as members of our community. To do all of this, we need your support and partnership. Children need to go to sleep early, eat well and have deep, meaningful conversations about their school days, what they are learning and what problems they are experiencing.

This summer I had the opportunity to read, the children’s book, Wonder by R.J. Palacio. If you have not read it, you absolutely should take the time to do so. It is an amazing story of kindness and courage and being able to see one another for who s/he truly is by reserving our judgment, acting from kindness and taking the time to get to know our fellow human beings. One of the quotes that really got me thinking about our work with the values we have been doing was this one: “The best way to measure how much you've grown isn't by inches or the number of laps you can now run around the track, or even your grade point average-- though those things are important, to be sure. It's what you've done with your time, how you've chosen to spend your days, and whom you've touched this year. That, to me, is the greatest measure of success.” The characters talk about being kinder than necessary, and that is something I hope that we can instill in our students and our community to be with one another, even as we inspire them to reach new academic triumphs.

We are inspired by the dedication and inspiration of each of our educators and community members, and honored to join you as we work together to make OPS the best yet. We will recommit ourselves to our district vision: The Oakley Union Elementary School District is a diverse learning community committed to educating and empowering today’s learners and tomorrow’s leaders in a safe and inclusive environment.

We are looking forward to a productive, safe, academically challenging, creative and fun school year. We hope you are as well and look forward to your partnership in your child’s education. See you soon and enjoy the rest of your summer.

In community and with much love and excitement about the school year,

Holly Rocha