Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Peace Week Planning Meeting Agenda Schedule at Draft Stage

Only three YAC members came to the planning meeting: Aaron, Sophia and Claire

-Aaron and Claire wrote the introduction of Peace Week which was revised by Mrs. Bek-gran and Mrs. Clay.  Safra and Mariam delivered the introduction at Chapel on 9/30/2017.  Mrs. Clay and Mrs. Robertson delivered the introduction to MD on 9/31 and Mrs. Clay, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Lopez introduced Peace Week to the LD on 9/31.   S-L Intern and YAC will help the Primary Division construct their pinwheels.

1.  Peace Week Introduction Speech at chapel tomorrow.  I sent you mine for the MD and LD(will be shorter than MD) Any YAC volunteers?
​​Below a word document with all activities for Peace Week across campus.

-YAC members take one day of the 11 Days to introduce, place World Peace Village in Buildings
Unity:   Christianity, Sophia M.manages and also introduces the speakers
Interdependence:  Judaism, Aaron Manages and also introduces the speakers
Environment: Sahanya and Mr Delgroso will introduce Water Walk
Economic Justice: Muslim, Katherine manages and also introduces the speakers
Health: Ellie introduces the speakers
Freedom: Casady orchestra member introduces.  Hinduism Malavika manages
Human Rights: Native American Ahmed manages it. Claire introduces the speakers
Disarmament: Father Blizzard and Father Youmans introduce the speakers
Peace: Choir member introduces. Buddhism Sara manages it

-Check at the YAC activities suggested in the brochure: Decide who is facilitating them or change the activity for something YAC members want to do.  Check attached brochure for list of ideas that came during the summer.  The brochure will be re-done by YAC secretaries by Monday
Example of possible activities during peace week that came to my office since yesterday from Olivia Sears, Luke Albert, and myself:  
Caring Drive for Texas
b. American Red Cross OKC $10 donation
c. Letters and skype to ISAS schools
d. Mrs. Anne France received the following e-mail
Mrs. France,
Have we begun any ideas for relief collections? I am happy to organize with the Red Cross.

Thank You,
Shaye Matthews
e. Ideas from the floor
-YAC Pinwheels for Peace ????
**Making them??? for Peace Day/Walk at Casady and Capitol
**Helping the PD put together 150 pinwheels for their Peace day???

3.  YAC Video for Clubs Fair

Chapel slides

Slide I
Good Morning.  My name is Carmen Clay.  I help Cyclones with Service Projects.  I am here today (with Mrs. Robertson) to invite you to SAVE THE DATE for 11 special days in September, THE ELEVEN DAYS OF GLOBAL UNITY or Casady’s Peace Week.  

How did we begin to celebrate Peace Week at Casady School? Mrs. Susan Bruce and her 4th graders asked the UD freshmen to make pinwheels to RAISE AWARENESS of  Peace Day on September 21, 2007.  That was the first time Casady heard of Peace Day, a day that called for a ceasefire and to stop bullying, and domestic violence.

Slide 2
At a National Service Learning Conference, YAC (YOUTH ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY), developed a connection with a California based Peace Foundation who provided Peace t-shirts for the entire campus and came to celebrate Peace Day with us.

The Peace foundation asks, There are infinite paths to peace through service, What is yours?  The picture shows the Casady Class of 2019 planting a seedling of the survivor tree on our campus by the MD.

Slide 3
I believe that Peace is the Heart of Serviceand I encourage Cyclones to Give, Grow and Transform through service.  

(Mrs. Robertson)
And, How did Peace Day become Peace Week?  

Johnny Lee from the Class of 2017, named the 11 Days of Global Unity, PEACE WEEK.  Peace Week starts on 9/11 and ends on 9/21 International Day of Peace. Cyclones learned about the Global Unity Days at a Service Learning Conference from its founder Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Slide 4
Mrs. Clay)
Peace Week calls for an intentional shift from I to We. It invites us to focus on the values, spirit, and service needed to a culture of Peace and a world that works for all of us.
(Mrs. Mrs. Robertson)
It has 11 themes.  As Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated, “11 ways to change the world.”
(Mrs. Clay)
The theme of 9/11, Day ONE of Peace Week is Unity. YAC in collaboration with Father Blizzard, Father Youmans, and the International Club will bring speakers and videos to chapel who will connect to the theme of the day.  Read the daily announcements for kindness missions and activities on campus during Peace Week.
(Mrs. Robertson)
The video, Hope was born on 9/11 calls to observe 9/11, National Day of Service and Remembrance doing a good deed. (Play video)

Slide 5
Peace Week ends on September 21st. We ask you to focus on observing the day by answering the following questions in your own personal ways?  What will you do to make peace happen on peace day? and “ Who will you make peace with on the 21st of September”

rs. Clay (MD)
It is my privilege now to share a call to action on Peace Day 2017 from Jeremy Gilley, founder of Peace one Day and the International Day of Peace (Play video on the right for UD/MD division)    

Mrs. Clay (LD)
I now want to share some words from Kids for Peace (Play video on the left for LD)

Slide 6th  If time allows  Announcements
Mrs. Clay (Upper Division)

YAC will be making pinwheels for Peace with the Primary Division and Peace Rocks with the After School Program.  Join us when your schedule permits at Harper where YAC has pinwheel making supplies or make pinwheels at home and bring them on September 20th to Harper.  
We will plant the pinwheels at a Peace Sign in front of the chapel at 6:00 am on Peace Day. From 6:30-7:55 we will have silent peace walks, a blessing of pinwheels and a Kolache breakfast for 100 people at the Wing.  At 4:00 pm, Cyclone pinwheels will be transported to the  State Capitol and planted at the South Lawn to connect to the United Nations Observance of Peace Day 2017.  

Check bulletin boards for Activities YAC will be promoting during Peace Week 2017 in the UD.  Participate when your schedule permits it.

Mrs. Robertson and Mrs. Omelia (MD PEACE DAY Activities)


LD Chapel  Introduction of Peace Week 2017

Mrs. Clay
Good Afternoon!  My name is Carmen Clay. I help the high school students do service projects. I am here today to talk to you about Peace Week!  

Mrs. Lopez
We celebrate Peace Week to raise awareness about how important peace is to everyone in Oklahoma and everyone in every country.

Mrs. Thompson
Peace Day is a day to find peace in ourselves and give peace to others. There are many people right here in our neighborhoods and in the world who do not have peaceful lives. People who have to worry about if they will have food for dinner or a place to go home to.
Slide 2

Mrs. Clay
This picture shows our juniors when they were in the 5th grade planting a seedling from the survivor tree near Middle Division on Peace Day.

Slide 3
Mrs. Clay
I believe that Peace is the Heart of Service.  I encourage Cyclones to find their service spark and Give, Grow, and Transform by sharing their knowledge and talents with our community and help improve lives. Peace Week asks us to change “I” to “We, the World.”  

Mrs. Lopez
Peace Week always begins on September 11th and ends on September 21st, on the International Day of Peace. Peace Week calls us to help bring peace into our daily lives and community.

Mrs. Thompson
Peace Week offers 11 ways we can make help to make the world a better place for us all. That might be doing a good deed for someone or donating shoes or other items that can help people, and making cards for students at a school in Houston.

Slide 5
Mrs. Clay
Now let's watch a video from Peace Kids.

On the last day, September 21st, PEACE DAY.  We encourage you to answer this question
How can we make the world a better place?

Thank you!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Faculty and Staff Volunteer at Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

During faculty orientation week, Casady's faculty and staff traditionally participate in a community service event. Past years' visits to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma have been so rewarding that they again spent time at the Food Bank where they packed 41,517 pounds of food, which equates to 34,598 meals.
"Casady's mission is to develop excellence, confidence, and integrity in students and prepare them with the skills and knowledge that serve as the foundation for success," said Nathan Sheldon, Casady's Head of School. "We, as the faculty and staff, want to set an example for our students and show them that we too live Casady School’s mission to the fullest. This is the fourth year for us to partner with the Food Bank for our in-service day, and Casady’s faculty and staff know their contribution of time has a direct impact on citizens in the city and the state."
Casady’s team wore t-shirts that stated “Casady School Cares” and packed black beans, corn, packages for the Food for Kids program, and various other produce. Casady School is proud to give back our community and work together to grow and give.
"We believe strongly in our community and city, and when you realize one in six people are hungry in our community this felt like the right place for us to spend our time volunteering for such a wonderful organization as the Food Bank," Mr. Sheldon said.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Class of 2021 Orientation with a service-learning component at the Red Cross

Class of 2021's Orientation Day

Members of the Class of 2021 began their orientation meeting their senior mentors. 

Student Council members led by Student Council President Luke A. facilitated 
"Get to know each other" ice-breakerbefore 
75 members of the Class of 2021 volunteered at the Red Cross.at

At the Red Cross of Oklahoma, the Class of 2021 was divided into three groups.

The groups rotated into three rooms where they were introduced to the Red Cross and two current projects.
Mr. McHargue, Dean of Freshman, Mrs. Clay, Service-Learning Director, and Mrs. Cochram, Registrar 
and French Teacher volunteered with the Class of 2021.

In the first room, a Red Cross Volunteer taught the group about 

-Emergency preparedness
a Tornados
b. Floods
c. Home Safety: Fire Hazards, Smoke Alarms
d. The proper way to wash hands to prevent sickness and contamination
e. The proper way to watch the solar eclipse
In rooms, two and three Casady volunteers learned about two Red Cross Projects,
played games to test their learning and packed supplies for:
a. The Pillowcase Project  
b. The Fire Safety Project  

The efficiency demonstrated by the Class of 2021 provided 
time at the end for the Dean of Freshmen, Mr. James McHargue
and members of the Red Cross Volunteer Team who facilitated 
the Red Cross Experience  to share stories of how
 the Red Cross had affected their lives and 
why they volunteer and will continue to volunteer at the Red Cross.
Two members of the Class of 2021 shared that the words that would describe their 
Red Cross Volunteer Experience were professional and marvelous. 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

The American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign aims to reduce deaths and injuries caused by home fires across the country by 25 percent in the next five years. Red Cross workers teach people about fire safety in neighborhoods at high risk for fires and install smoke alarms in some of these communities.

Teaching children how to be prepared for emergencies is an important part of the campaign. Red Cross workers are educating kids about fire safety through The Pillowcase Project, an educational program to teach children in grades 3 through 5 how to make sure they are prepared for emergencies and help their loved ones get ready too.
Sponsored by Disney, The Pillowcase Project has already reached more than 180,000 young people across the country and plans are to reach thousands more by March of next year. The program emphasizes the importance of developing an emergency communications plan, fire evacuation plan and emergency contact cards.


Students learn about hazards, how to prepare for emergencies and how to cope. They practice what they have learned and share their knowledge with friends and family. The students receive a pillowcase and are encouraged to create their own emergency supply kits by packing essential items in a pillowcase that they can easily carry during an emergency.
OKLAHOMA SUCCESS During the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, the importance of The Pillowcase Project was seen when children who had attended the class were impacted by the storms.
Prior to the tornadoes touching down, the Red Cross had visited several schools in the area to teach kids about being prepared through The Pillowcase Project. Parents used social media outlets to explain how valuable that training proved to be.
“While we were in the shelter today my daughter was quoting things she learned from you guys yesterday. She was calm, a big difference from last year. What you do makes a difference. Thank you.”
“Thank u. Today we had a tornado in our town and a couple days ago u came to my son's school and gave him the pillow case full of important things. He took this with him in the shelter today and was more prepared then I was. Thank u.”
“Thank you so much for coming to Winding Creek Elementary in Moore and preparing our students for emergencies! We are heartbroken again for our community and can't thank you enough for helping our kiddos! I'm hearing wonderful stories about how our students stayed calm and followed the procedures they learned from Jennifer this week at school. I appreciate you so much! Moore kids were prepared with their pillow cases provided by you all!” Paula Gifford, Principal
MONSTER GUARD Disney also sponsored the creation of Monster Guard - the first mobile app created by the Red Cross designed specifically for kids. The app compliments The Pillowcase Project youth preparedness initiative. It’s a game where children role-play as various monster characters and engage in interactive training episodes for hazards such as home fires, floods and hurricanes. Since the launch in October 2014, there have been more than 40,000 downloads.
Young app users direct the monsters to identify fire hazards, locate a safe room in a house, select items needed for an emergency supplies kit and more. If a player completes all of the episodes, he or she will graduate and become a member of the ‘Monster Guard.’
INTERESTED? FIND OUT MORE The Pillowcase Project was originally developed by the Red Cross Southeast Louisiana Chapter following Hurricane Katrina. The project has expanded to the entire country and Puerto Rico and is spreading across the globe through the Global Disaster Preparedness Center.

Presentations can be arranged for schools, after-school programs, scout meetings and other sites and events. For information about the program in your area, contact your local Red Cross chapter.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Peace Day, A Month Away

Casady YAC Co-Presidents met via Facetime with Mrs. Clay and made the following decisions
Meeting Agenda:
Go over Peace Week PP for teachers and make decisions for YAC involvement

Minutes by Mrs. Clay.  Meeting started at 3;10 and ended at 4:40 pm on 8/21/2017,  Mariam, Safra and Mrs. Clay participated

1. Next  Peace Week Meeting:  YAC will meet on Thursday 24 during Activities for 15 minutes to decide if we can commit to making 175 Pinwheels for the Primary Division and address the need to create a Peace Week Facilitators Team.  The team will meet on Saturday, August 25th to finalize marketing materials.  Meeting can be done via facetime or google hangout.    Co-Presidents will send meet up to Planning Team.  Mrs. Clay will send a Google calendar reminder because no club meetings will be announced at Chapel until after Clubs Fair  We do not know when the Clubs Fair will take place yet

2. Peace Week Introduction at Chapel: Co-Presidents will make a YAC Peace Week 2017 PP Introduction on August 30th.  Father Blizzard has been notified.

3. Global Peace Village Installation: YAC will install the Peace Village in different rooms instead of the Transept.  Why? The Peace Village will be visited more by high school students.  The decision followed observations in the past two years.  YAC members will be responsible for supervising the Village in their buildings.
4. Peace Week Speakers: will be announced by YAC Planning Team and Club Presidents.  Example: On Environment Day, there will be an Environmental Club walk around the lake carrying water jugs, shoeless.  People who participate will have the opportunity to spray paint the rain barrels at the end of their walk. Why? Walk in the shoes of people who have to walk to provide daily drinking water.
If the speaker does not show up, YAC will present a video from the ones provided by Mrs. Clay in the Peace Week Teachers PP or one suggested by YAC officers and pre-approved by Father Blizzard. 5. Peace Week Marketing Materials:  Ready by August 28th.  Peace Week Team will work finalizing suggestions by Mrs. Clay the weekend of August 25-27

Dates to Remember Before Peace Week
1.. Introduction of Peace Week 2017 will be on August 30th.
2. September 8th, the S-L Program will have a VTS Speaker.  VTS will help S-L raise awareness connecting the arts to community needs.  Teachers who have been invited to participate at the chapel that day are  Dr. Torres, Mr. Delgrosso, Mrs. Finley, Mrs. Clay, Dr. Wardrop, and Dr. Ebert.   Labyrinth and Peace Sign will be drawn by Mr. Mark Coate this day.

International Day of Peace 9/21/2017 - Out of Uniform  Peace T-shirt or Volunteer T-shirt
Early morning schedule for Peace Walk and Breakfast was met with reserved enthusiasm. We will prepare for 30 people and the Breakfast will be in the transept.
6:00 am Plant "Pinwheels at Peace sign and Labyrinth"
6:30 am Walk starts at Labyrinth and once around the lake
7:00 am Recipeace Breakfast by Sage at the Transept. Tables will invite people from opposing viewpoints seat across each other and have an attentive listening dialog of what they have in common.
7:45 am Blessing of Pinwheels and pieces of peace at Peace Sign
8:00 am Chapel
YAC will encourage Peace Walks at personal Times

United Nations Association of Oklahoma City Observance of Peace Week
6:00 pm  Planting of Pinwheels at State Capitol
7:00 pm  United Nations Observance of Peace Day at State Capitol Speakers
8:00 pm $15 per person Fundraising dinner for Good Sheppard's Free Clinic @ Gre

Around the World- Peace One Day 15 years Celebration of Peace Day Observance


Today marks one month to Peace Day 2017! In just 30 days, schools, NGOs, corporations, individuals, and communities around the world will be coming together to mark Peace Day 21st September; a day of ceasefire and nonviolence. Very exciting!
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the first celebration of Peace Day as a fixed calendar day. To celebrate, we’ve been highlighting some of the brilliant work that has been achieved in newly released videos on our Facebook page, Twitter account, and YouTubechannel. These films showcase pivotal moments in the journey to institutionalise Peace Day.  We hope they inspire you to generate action yourself, and to raise awareness for Peace Day 21st September 2017 amongst your family, friends, and community.
Please tell us about your plans for Peace Day 2017 here, so we can share your wonderful experiences of Peace Day to as many people as possible. 
With 30 days to go, it’s the time to get prepared - peace needs your support now more than ever. 
By working together we can make a difference. By working together we can create Peace One Day.  
Thank you for your continued support. Good luck!
In peace,
Jeremy Gilley
Founder, Peace One Day
Highlights - 15 Years of PEACE DAYS
21 September
ART: DECOMMISSIONED M16In 2014, we asked world famous artists to use decommissioned M16 assault rifles to produce artwork, continuing the POD story of taking objects of war and using them in support of peace. The exhibition took place during Freize London, and the pieces were auctioned at Bonhams in aid of POD’s work. 
Peace One Day has enjoyed a strong partnership with Coca-Cola for over a decade and in 2015, Coca-Cola and Peace One day released a commemorative bottle with the message ‘Who will you make peace with?’. Coke Studio Africa also released the first ever Peace Day Anthem ‘ONE’ in 2015, written by Zwai Bala. 
On Peace Day 2016, we launched a 12-hour live global broadcast via Facebook – our loudest call for peace yet! It featured peacemakers from around the world hosted by Ahmad Fawzi, and included contributions from Jude Law, Jochen Zeitz, and Scilla Elworthy, and organisations such as Zumba, UNHCR and more. 
In 2010 we launched our free global peace education resources, available to schools and individuals around the world in the 6 official languages of the United Nations. The resources explore issues such as intercultural cooperation, conflict resolution, and bullying, and have been accessed by thousands of educators in nearly every country of the world. 
Just last year, students at South School Holbrook assisted in passing a bill through Massachusetts State government, declaring 21st September as the International Day of Peace in Massachusetts – an incredible achievement! More equally impressive commitments take place all around the world, and you can see examples of them across our social media. 
In the lead-up to our 15 year anniversary, we’ve been releasing a new film every other day, documenting the long journey Peace One Day has been on, and the efforts to institutionalise 21st September as an international day of peace and global ceasefire. Most popular have been the films on the role of music, the importance of filmJude Law and Jeremy’s trip to Afghanistan, and the influence of Ahmad Fawzi
For all the behind the scenes content from Jeremy Gilley and the Peace One Day journey follow
@JeremyGilley on Twitter, or connect with us on Facebook or Instagram.

Monday, August 21, 2017

LD Spanish Teacher, 2nd place ($57,000) raised for Children's Miracle Network

Dancing For A Miracle supported the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization dedicated to providing funding for pediatric programs in research and education while serving every county in Oklahoma.  In honor of the 10th Anniversary of Dancing For A Miracle, performances were inspired by the wonderful world of Disney and the music that is the soundtrack of childhood. All funds raised through Children's Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma, so that our children will have access to pediatric specialists without having to leave the state.

Over $500,000 were raised in a live and silent auction as well as pledges to find the STAR couple of the Dancing Competition.  Mr. Chris Black'74 and his wife Cynthia were the Honorary Chairs of the event.  

Ms. Hazel Lopez, Lower Division Spanish Teacher participated in the dance competition for a second year in a row. Her partner this year was Mr. Mike McDaniel.  The couple raised $57,000 and took second place in the overall competition. Ms. Terri McCaleb and Darren Fernandez took first place with over $150,000 raised.  Ms. Lopez stated, "It is an honor and great pleasure to participate in Dancing for a Miracle. I've participated before and it's always been fun to meet my partners and perform for an audience. Helping children has always been a focus of my life. As a dance instructor and a proud Spanish teacher at Casady School, I see the endless possibilities for the children.  A child that has those possibilities is a happy child, that makes everyone smile. I want to step up and do what I can to help and I hope everyone else will too."   

The Upper Division Casady Student Council yearly Walk-A-Thon also benefits the Children's Miracle Network.  Save the date: April 6 for the 2017 Casady Walk-A-Thon around the beautiful Casady Lake.