Oak Grove School Newsletter - November 2022

A Season of Giving

As we head into our holiday break I wanted to take a moment to express my thanks to our Eagle Families for their generosity in donating food items for our Holiday Hunger Drive. Through the efforts of our students, teachers, staff, and their families we collected over 1,300 food items to be donated within our Oak Grove community.

Our Oak Grove Student Council collected and counted all of the items and got them ready for donation.

This morning I had the opportunity to deliver donuts and cider to the 3 classes that collected the most items. Ms. Martin's 3rd Grade class collected 161 items, Ms. Hawks' Kindergarten class collected 212 items, and Mrs. Martin's 4th Grade class collected 332 items! Congratulations to all our classes for their contribution to our overall collection. Each one of the 1,300 items helps a family struggling with food security.

I am incredibly proud of our Eagle Family!!

Also in this edition of Soaring, we get to highlight a number of students who received recognition for the amazing things that they do every day as part of our Eagle Family.

As we kick off the holiday season in full force this week we took some time to talk about gratitude with a couple of poems during our morning meetings. The first poem talked about how things that could be seen as negative could really be positive depending on how you look at them. The second poem talked about a life full of gratitude. You can see both poems later in the newsletter.

We at Oak Grove School wish you all a wonderful holiday break and look forward to sharing and learning when we get back.

Make Every Day a Great Day to Be an Eagle!

Brian Bishop, Principal

Oak Grove School

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Just some of the 1300+ items collected for local families! Great Job Eagles!!!

Be Thankful


Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary
Because it means you’ve made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

Soaring Eagle Award Winners

Best of the Nest Award

This Fall, the Best of the Nest award goes to Mrs. Taylor Jones. Mrs. Almasi wrote, “I

would like to nominate Taylor Jones for the Best of the Nest Award. Taylor is

participating in the language arts curriculum pilot, but her advocacy for quality

instructional materials is not new. She is knowledgeable in the practice of teaching

early reading skills and has spent a large amount of time during her years at Oak Grove

researching and adjusting her practice to ensure her students become readers. She has

provided thoughtful insight throughout the pilot process and though her own

curriculum pilot has had challenges (the materials were delayed for two months) she

was flexible, open-minded, and ultimately advocated for her students in moving to a

different curriculum altogether. Once that decision was made, Taylor spent a great deal

of time learning a new system and ensuring her students would be successful- even

stepping out of her comfort zone to attend professional development at a different

school. In addition to all of this, Taylor is a fantastic colleague. She has been a great

collaborator and mentor to her new first grade teammate and to many others in the

elementary hallway. She is a positive and approachable person to everyone in the

building and all of these qualities make her the best candidate for the Best of the Nest

Award! The administrative team agrees that we are fortunate to have Mrs. Jones at Oak

Grove and she is fully deserving of this year's Best of the Nest award! Congratulations

Taylor for your outstanding efforts to make Oak Grove School the very best!

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A Life Full of Gratitude

by Catherine Pulsifer

May my life be full of gratitude
May it be shown in my attitude

By the way that I act
And with any and all contacts.

Let my appreciation show
Expressing it quickly not to slow

For those who have helped me along
Even when I was stubborn and wrong.

May the kindness that was shown to me
Be kindness that I return so easy

May I always lend a hand
To a child, woman, or man.

You see a life of gratitude is one
That makes you appreciate all that is done.

You count your blessings every day
From the time you are young until you are gray.

Better Banks of Bartonville's Student of the Month Comes to Oak Grove

This year Better Banks of Bartonville is pairing up with Oak Grove School to sponsor the Better Banks Student of the Month program. Each month we will name a student of the month to be recognized for their outstanding contribution to our school. That student can also receive $50 from Better Banks when they open a savings account. We thank Better Banks for this opportunity for our students.

Congratulations to Carly Heuerman (Aug.), Liam Garrett (Sept.), and Avery Daymude (Oct.) as Better Banks Student of the Month.

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Transportation Reminders

Earlier this fall we conducted our annual bus drill and as part of that conversation, we discussed our expectations for students on the bus.

It is important for the safety and well-being of all on the bus that these expectations be followed.

Students who do not follow expectations could lose their privilege to ride the bus.

Please review the procedures below with your bus rider to assure a safe ride for everyone on the bus.

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Family Groups Make Pumpkin Turkeys

On Veterans Day our students met in "family groups" of K-8th grade students and created a pumpkin turkey to take home. The 5th -8th Grade students helped our K-4th Grade students to make the projects. It was great to see our students working together on this project. Special thanks to Mrs. Rademaker, our School Counselor, for all of her help in making the day a huge success!

Calendar of Events

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

Click HERE for the calendar.