Friday, June 30, 2017




Making Waves In Education
at Our Sisters' School

 July 1, 2017



Accomplishment

We build community in many ways, and in that spirit we celebrated the accomplishments of our 8th graders at our graduation ceremony. Families, volunteers, staff members, students and alumnae sat together in the synagogue's social hall sharing joy and tears. This group of 15 girls will attend 9 different schools next year. Members of this class were awarded $292,000 in scholarship assistance and will likely pursue everything from anthropology to zoology in the years ahead.

They love learning. They also love sailing, pineapple and a spicy treat called Takis. Confident with their social and emotional literacy, they have learned how to be excellent listeners, how to speak up when it matters, and how to work hard toward a long term goal. They've also learned how to show appreciation. As a class gift, they collectively purchased a sun dial for the future outdoor learning space. The class of 2017 is the 7th group of young women to pass through our doors, and we are very proud to call them Sister Sailors!
 

Our mission, as an independent, tuition-free, nonsectarian middle school, is to educate and inspire economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. Our Sisters' School empowers girls to step into the future with valuable life skills and a mindset of achievement and excellence by providing a safe, supportive, and academically challenging environment.



To learn more about Our Sisters' School please click here.

Summer Calendar


July 3 to August 25
Summer Office Hours
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM


July 4
Independence Day
OSS Closed


July 10 to 14
Math Intensive
At OSS
9:00 AM to Noon


July 11 & 12
through August 15 & 16

Summer Tutoring
By Appointment
Tuesdays & Wednesdays
4:00 to 5:15 PM


August 3
New Family
Orientation
5:30 to 7:00 PM 


August 4
Returning Family Orientation
5:30 to 7:00 PM 




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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Making Waves In Education
at Our Sisters' School

 June 1, 2017



Partnerships

Becoming a "Sister Sailor" is more than a metaphor for us. Our girls gain real sailing experience, learn how to take the helm and build self-reliance. Sailing requires them to trust their own knowledge and be decisive. With support from the American Association of University Women, OSS partners with the Community Boating Center of New Bedford to offer our students the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in science and engineering.

 

Girls build model boats in winter months, utilizing math skills and becoming aware of marine technology through an inquiry-based approach. Launching these remote controlled boats in the spring, they feel the power of careful construction and weeks of hard work. Interest in math, physics, and engineering is ignited. Fueling a passion for a lifetime sport and building enduring friendships are additional products of this experiential learning partnership. Time on the water opens their minds to their own capabilities in our unique coastal environment. It's fun, too!

Our mission, as an independent, tuition-free, nonsectarian middle school, is to educate and inspire economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. Our Sisters' School empowers girls to step into the future with valuable life skills and a mindset of achievement and excellence by providing a safe, supportive, and academically challenging environment.



To learn more about Our Sisters' School please click here.

June Calendar


June 8 & 9
Festival of Arts and Achievement
5:00 to 7:30 PM


June 9
Tool Belt Awards
11:15 to 11:45 AM


June 12 - 16
Dismissal at 4:10 PM
 

June 14 & 15
Portfolio Presentations
By Appointment
4:15 to 6:45 PM


June 16
Portfolio Presentations
By Appointment
9:00 AM to 4:30 PM


June 19 to 22
Dismissal at 11:45 AM

June 21
Graduation Ceremony
At OSS
6:30 to 8:00 PM


June 23
Field Day and
Family Picnic
Last Day of School
7:45 AM to 3:00 PM


June 28
Board Meeting
5:00 to 6:00 PM
At the Whaling Museum
Followed by the
Annual Staff Party
6:00 to 7:00 PM



Tuesdays & Thursdays
Morning Speaker
7:50  to  8:15 AM


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Tuesday, May 2, 2017



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Making Waves In Education
at Our Sisters' School

 May 1, 2017



Appreciating Service

Volunteer service is part of the fabric of school life at OSS. Volunteers contribute high quality service as grant writers, academic mentors, club leaders, and more. This year, over 119 volunteers actively served a combined 4,369 hours of service, and this number continues to grow.

"The more I volunteer at OSS, the more I realize how great it feels to give to this community and how important it is to develop the spirit of volunteerism in children," commented Nancy Griswold, dedicated volunteer since 2009.

Generous, energetic and talented volunteers are role models of selflessness and hard work. As one student noted, "I wouldn't know how to sew or knit without them."  A fifth grader said, "I volunteer now because I've met so many of them at OSS." The impact our volunteers have is immeasurable, and their contributions are woven through our students' awareness of what it means to live and learn.

The volunteer spirit is an integral and invaluable part of daily life at Our Sisters' School, and we have at least 119 excellent role models to thank for that.
 

Our mission, as an independent, tuition-free, nonsectarian middle school, is to educate and inspire economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. Our Sisters' School empowers girls to step into the future with valuable life skills and a mindset of achievement and excellence by providing a safe, supportive, and academically challenging environment.



To learn more about Our Sisters' School please click here.

May Calendar


May 5

Tool Belt Awards
11:15 to 11:45 AM


May 6

Admissions Open House
1:00 to 2:00 PM


May 9

Mandatory Family Meeting
5:30 to 6:15


May 19

Early Dismissal
11:45 AM


May 23

Admissions Open House
5:00 to 6:00 PM



May 26

No Classes
Professional Work Day

 

May 29

Memorial Day
OSS Closed

 

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June 8 & 9

Festival of Arts and Achievement
5:00 to 7:00 PM


June 21
Graduation at OSS
6:30 to 8:00 PM



Tuesdays & Thursdays

Morning Speaker
7:50  to  8:15 AM


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Saturday, April 1, 2017



Making Waves In Education
at Our Sisters' School

 April 1, 2017



Remarkable Achievements

It takes a lot of courage, hard work, determination, and a strong sense of identity and purpose to apply for a full scholarship to an independent school. Each of our 8th graders have the opportunity to take this kind of chance, and now we celebrate their accomplishments. The four girls and their families, pictured above, were awarded full scholarships to attend Loomis Chaffee, Phillips Academy Andover, Westover School, and St. George's School.

Our secondary school exploration process begins in 7th grade when students learn about careers and begin to determine school choices. Inspired to aim high, this year's 8th graders completed a combined 81 applications to 16 schools. All students who applied were accepted at Bishop Stang, Bristol County Agricultural School, Greater New Bedford Vocational Technical School, and City on a Hill Charter School. Other students were accepted and waitlisted at Dana Hall, Deerfield Academy, St. Andrew's School, Tabor Academy, and Noble and Greenough School. Each student was accepted to several schools.

Whether she makes the decision to attend a vocational, parochial, independent or public school, we encourage every student to strive and achieve her dreams beyond our familiar shores. 

Go boldly forward, girls!
 

Our mission, as an independent, tuition-free, nonsectarian middle school, is to educate and inspire economically disadvantaged girls from the New Bedford area. Our Sisters' School empowers girls to step into the future with valuable life skills and a mindset of achievement and excellence by providing a safe, supportive, and academically challenging environment.



To learn more about Our Sisters' School please click here.

April Calendar


April 3

Senior Honor Dinner
6:00 to 7:30 PM


April 4

PTO Meeting
5:15 to 6:15 PM


April 12

Science Fair
5:00 to 6:00 PM


April 14

Good Friday
OSS Closed


April 17

Patriot's Day
OSS Closed 


April 18

Admissions Open House
1:00 to 2:00 PM



April 18 to 21

School Vacation Week
Office Open
9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

 

April 26

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
11:15 AM to 12:45 PM

Board Meeting
5:30 to 6:30 PM



Tuesdays & Thursdays

Morning Speaker
7:50  to  8:15 AM


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