Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Northlake offers Our Whole Lives for grades k-1, 4-6, 7-9th, and 10th-12th. We usually offer our programs every other year. In March – June 2022, we will be offering our elementary classes for K-2nd graders and 4th-5th graders.
We will be scheduling our Jr. High and Sr. High classes soon.
As we return to in-person gatherings, Northlake is committed to mitigating risk as best we can. Because of that, all OWL classes will require that everyone wear well-fitted masks at all times, we will be using spaces with good ventilation, and we will be asking that each family confirms that no one is experiencing symptoms of contagious illness when they are gathering in-person. If you have specific questions about our risk mitigation strategies, please contact Margaret Rogers.
Facilitators and Adult Volunteers are all vaccinated against Covid-19.
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 starting Sunday, March 27th, 2-4 pm for the Parent-Child Orientation, then continue Sundays April 3, 2022 through June 12th, 2022 (no class on April 10, 17, or May 29th), from 2-4:30. (Some sessions will take the full time and others will be shorter.)
OWL for K-1st graders (and 2nd graders if the student has not had a chance to take OWL before) will be offered starting Saturday, March 26th, 2-4 pm for the Parent-Child Orientation, then continue Sundays April 3, 2022 through June 12, 2022 (no class on April 10, 17, or May 29th), from 2 – 3:30 pm.
There is a mandatory Parent Information Meeting for all Elementary OWL classes on March 20, 2022, from 2-4 pm. Childcare is available upon request. All custodial parents/guardians should plan to attend. If this is a difficulty, please contact Margaret Rogers, Northlake’s Director of Lifespan Religious Education, directly.
Elementary OWL classes will be held at Northlake, with check-in the foyer of the Main Sanctuary building.
We are still working on scheduling OWL for Jr High and High Schoolers, which we hope will be in Spring/Summer 2022.
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: K-1st grade OWL registration for 2022 and 4th-5th grade 4th-5th grade Elementary OWL registration for 2022