OPEPO Enrichment Activities
OPEPO’s parent volunteers work with the teachers to provide enrichment activities that complement the classroom learning, incorporating the talents of the parent body and community through additional activities.
Some examples of current Enrichment activities include:
Missoula Children’s Theater
Annually, an artistic tour team from Missoula Children’s Theatre arrives in Port Townsend with everything it takes to put on a play…except the cast. OPEPO students audition on Monday and are each then assigned age-appropriate roles in the show. They spend the week working with the Missoula team to learn their lines, music and movement – resulting in two public performances at the end of that week! As you can imagine, many parent volunteers are needed during this week to make this unique experience possible!
Students share a bit of their literacy work during a café-style showcase, which is held twice a year in our OPEPO classroom. The students get to drink hot cocoa and eat snacks while listening to each other’s writings. Sharing their own writing in front of their peers helps to build presentation skills and confidence, especially as the students progress through the program – building more experience each year. Cocoa House is held during the school day and parents help by decorating the classroom, providing snacks, witnessing the students’ work and cleaning up.
In the months leading up to teacher conferences (twice a year), parents help provide time for the teachers to do individual goal setting sessions with each student. Activities range from art/craft projects and outdoor explorations, to learning about a parent’s work or skills. Parents volunteer to share a skill or activity with small groups of students, typically on 3 or 4 consecutive Wednesdays during the school day.
Fall Field Trip and Overnight
Toward the beginning of each school year, OPEPO students take a special field trip with a focus that complements that year’s educational theme. At the end of the field trip, parents join the students and a family “overnight” begins. The 5th year students often organize a fun dance party or other activity for all the OPEPO student to kick off their special year as class leaders and mentors. This overnight is a fantastic time for the families and students to get to know each other and build family connections. It’s always a lot of fun and a great way to start off each new school year!
Other Field Trips and In-Class Activities
Throughout the year, there are other field trips and in-class enrichment activities that complement the OPEPO students’ regular education. Parents are encouraged to get involved with the Enrichment Committee to help plan and support year-round enrichment activities for our students.
For more information about enrichment, please use our Contact Us page to make the request.