The annual tradition of the Ooh Aah Bird continued this week when students were introduced to this mythical and magical winged creature.
Students were enthralled with Mr. Horwitz’s tales of how the Ooh Aah Bird watches over the campus and stands as a great symbol of our Character Education program characterized by making good choices and putting in great effort to act in accordance with the Big Four—Kindness, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility.
Mr. Horwitz focused on Kindness this week, engaging Pre-K–1st Grade students in a discussion of what this cornerstone of the Big Four means and looks like in words and action. Students offered wonderful examples of how they can show Kindness such as helping a friend clean up, being polite and supportive, or waiting one’s turn.
The Ooh Aah Bird showed how she could be very kind to our students by setting them off on a scavenger hunt with clues and reminders about how to be a person of character. Students loved following the trail of this friendly fowl as she not only left fun clues around campus but parts of her rainbow plumage and her unique square eggs as well. They helped each other solve the clues, interpret the Big Four descriptions, and follow the bird's path.
At the end of this experiential learning program, it was not just the Ooh Aah Bird that took flight, but also the imagination of our students, gleefully capturing new and enjoyable ways to understand what it means to be a person of character.
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.