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Monthly Newsletter of Oak Grove School - Back to School 2022

The 2022-2023 School Year is Almost Here!

With just a little more than a week before we welcome students back to Oak Grove School, there is so much going on within our walls to prepare for the start of the school year.


Teachers have been coming in to prepare their classes, Mr. Williamson has been waxing floors and cleaning our school, and construction workers have been making renovations to the student restrooms.


All of that is in preparation for your students to arrive to learn with our Eagle Family.


We in education to get to celebrate two new year's days. The first, like everyone else, is January 1st. Our second is August 18th with a new group of students, new hopes and dreams, and a renewed commitment to making THIS year the best year ever.


Our teachers and staff share the same anticipation that your students do and we are so excited for your students to arrive and start our new adventures together.


This newsletter is full of the information you will need for the start of the year so please take a moment to read it end to end and explore the links in the articles to prepare your family for the start of the new year.


Welcome back to school!


Make it a Great Day to be an EAGLE!


Brian Bishop, Principal

Welcome to our Newest Eagle Staff

Website Updates

Last week we launched our new og68.org website full of new features and including a mobile app for your phone to keep information at your fingertips.


Some of the new features are:


  • Homepage photo gallery
  • Integrated School Calendar
  • Live Feed for up to date information
  • News Archives
  • Staff Directory with email links


The new system also allows for messaging via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text, and voicemail to help enhance our ability to communicate with our families.

Registration

This week we will be sending notices to those families who have not renewed their school registration for the 2022-2023 school year. If you have any questions regarding registration please follow this LINK to our registration info page on the website.

Getting Ready for Lunch

Practicing school lunch at home for kids is a crucial skill for school! Help your child succeed at school by teaching them how to open and eat a lunch box meal!



While it might seem silly to have your child practice eating lunch, this is one skill set that is often neglected as children prepare to go off to school.

Opening lunch boxes, packaging, and even peeling a banana are very important skills for school age children.

In fact, as a former pre-k and kindergarten teacher I consider it one of the top 10 essential skill for kindergarten readiness!

You may be thinking this is a silly thing to practice with your child, however, I find it is crucial to their success in school for two reasons.

1. School Lunch is Often Limited for Kids

In our school (as with most schools) we only had 25 minutes to open, eat, and clean up from lunch before hustling to the next class.

That is NOT a lot of time if your child is having to wait for the teacher to open their food. With 20-30 kids per teacher, and each child having 3-5 items to open, it might be 5 or even 10 minutes before your child can even start eating!

In my opinion that is just way too long for a small child to wait, and then way too fast for them to have to eat before leaving the lunch room!

2. LIFE SKILLS GIVE KIDS CONFIDENCE!

Being able to do something yourself builds confidence in other areas.

While there is nothing wrong with asking for help, the pride of learning how to do something on your own will follow your child for many years to come.

Aside from learning letters and numbers, learning to master their lunch box is one of the first skills I tried to teach my pre-k and kindergarten students.

Not every teacher has the opportunity or desire to teach their class this important skill, so help your child put their best foot forward by practicing lunch box skills a few times this summer!

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO PRACTICE SCHOOL LUNCH AT HOME:

  • A lunch box
  • A packed lunch with a variety of packaging
    • i.e. Water bottle / Juice box
    • Ziploc baggies with fruits or veggies
    • Sandwich or container with other main course
    • A banana

Basically, pack a meal that you would actually send your child to school with!

Prepare the lunch ahead of time (that morning) so that it is in the lunch box and ready to go at lunch time. Tell your child about the lunch box beforehand so they can get excited about the idea!

At lunch time, pull out the lunch box and watch your child to see how they can manage.

Don’t jump in right away, but give them a chance to try things on their own.


-from Mom Life (Made Easy) https://www.momlifemadeeasy.com/school-lunch-at-home-practice/

Calendar of Events

Our new og68.org website has a fully integrated calendar of events and important dates.


Click HERE for the calendar.