I feel that the story of the experience of being an 8th grade parent should begin with the beginning of our relationship with OGIS. When Octavian was getting ready for first grade, I visited several private and state schools. We were looking for a normal school where the children would come with pleasure to learn and where they would have teachers who would encourage them and help them to understand what is fair and healthy competition. And I also wanted him to have little, but relevant, homework assignments so that he would have time to play. I quickly realized that my normal means, in fact, EXCEPTIONAL, but at OGIS I realized that EXCEPTIONAL is a reality. Every year, between 1st and 8th grade, it was confirmed to me that my choice was a very good one because Octavian grew up nicely. He had very good teachers who helped him to learn easily, he discovered his passion for physics, and he had time to play. Thank you for the way you have managed this year, with all of its emotional burden, for having undertaken to educate the children when many simply ask them to memorize, and thank you for the way you have contributed to Octavian's growth.