Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Northlake offers Our Whole Lives for grades k-1, 4-6, and 7-9th. We typically offer these programs every other year. This year in 2019-2020, we are partnering with Woodinville UU to offer 7th-9th grade OWL, and we will be offering 4th-6th grade OWL January-March 2020, and K-1 in March-May 2020.
What is Our Whole Lives (OWL)?
Our Whole Lives is a lifespan sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (18-35), and adults.
Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, age-appropriate factual information while also helping participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.
When and where will it be held?
Northlake is offering OWL for 4th-5th graders (and 6th graders who have not had a chance to take OWL before) starting January 19, 2020 and ending March 29th, 2020 (no class on Feb. 16). We expect that classes will be during Sunday services at Northlake, though this may change depending on participant interest. OWL for K-1st graders (and 2nd grade if the student has not had a chance to take OWL before) will be offered beginning March 2020.
There is a mandatory Parent Information Meeting for 4th-5th grade OWL on January 19, 2020, from 12 – 2 pm. K-1 OWL’s Parent Information meeting will be scheduled for early March. Childcare is available upon request.
We do not charge a registration fee for OWL as we believe it is part of Northlake’s mission to provide this important education to our congregants and community. We gratefully accept donations from anyone who would like to support this vital program.
Northlake supports the OWL program and offers these classes because we believe in the values OWL teaches – self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. We believe that our children are safer and healthier when they have developmentally-appropriate information about sexuality and relationships presented in a way that aligns with our Unitarian Universalist values. Most importantly, the OWL program supports parents as their children’s primary sexuality educators. Whether or not you choose to enroll your child in the OWL class, you may find the resources and materials useful for your family. Please contact Director of Lifespan Religious Education Margaret Rogers by email or by telephone 425-822-0171 if you would like to view the curriculum.
For more information about the Our Whole Lives program, please see the Unitarian Universalist Association’s OWL pages on their website.
Registration is available online here: Elementary OWL registration for 2020