Oak Grove News
Weekly Update ~ April 6, 2020
Happy Monday Oak Grove!
From Dr. Lemon
Dear Oak Grove Parents & Guardians,
If you have not done so already, we would like to encourage you to complete your 2020 Census online at www.my2020census.gov or by phone at 1-844-330-2020.
You must have your Census ID, which was mailed to each household by the U.S. Census Bureau. If you prefer to complete a paper Census, they will be mailed out by mid-April to those who have not yet responded.
The 2020 Census aims to count every individual in the United States, and that includes children. The data collected impacts many aspects of your community, including programs and services that are critical for schools, students, and younger children, such as:
- Special education, Head Start, after-school programs and classroom technology
- Food assistance, including free and reduced-price school lunches
- Maternal and child health programs
Please complete your 2020 Census and help make sure our school district continues to receive adequate federal funding that will help our students grow and thrive.
Remember that if you are filling out the census for your home, you should count everyone who is living there as of April 1, 2020. That includes anyone who is living and sleeping there most of the time — that could include grandchildren, nieces, nephews and the children of friends.
Thank you for your support of our students.
With Oak Grove pride,
Shout Out to Mrs. Melamed!
Oak Grove Trivia Night
Oak Grove Trivia Night will be held online on Thursday, April 30th from 6-7pm.
Sign up at the link below:
(First 25 teams will be accepted)
Hosted by: Jina Rappaport & Kimberly Wesley
Multicultural Committee News
We are planting little seeds everywhere to create our own Grove! Here are ways to plant our virtual forest!
These past few weeks, Mrs. Vance and Ms. Spector have had students learn to draw a tree. In these lessons, they have asked your child to place their tree in a safe spot. Let's make that safe spot your window. Each week, as details are added to your tree, students and family members walking by can see the beautiful Grove we are making together! Let the artistic forest unite us! Notice the similarities in the trees, notice the differences and be inspired by the creativity of our community! If you feel inspired, use chalk to write a kind word for how that tree made you feel!
In SEL K-5, each child was asked to share their wish. Does your family have a wish? If so, share that in the window!
In Library K-5, your child was asked to take a photo of a tree that can be their Wishtree. Send the photo to Social Media - firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe some of you share the same tree!
This week, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students have the opportunity to get creative with Wishtree by imagining they are a character in the book. We are asking them to share their responses on Flipgrid. The Flipgrid code will be located on both the Wishtree page at the top of each day's Remote Learning Plan, and in Mrs. Sherman's Library section of the daily Remote Learning Plan. We can't wait to hear their inventive character names, and how they included themselves into the Wishtree story!
Let’s make Oak Grove’s Community the most beautiful forest yet!
From the PE Dept.
Hey! 4th and 5th graders .....If you are looking for a copy of the P.E. Remote Learning Journal, you can find one today, in the Virtual Backpack!
K-3 .... Do you want a Journal to do for fun? You can use the one in the Virtual Backpack today or feel free to make one of your own at home.
OGS Sports Update
The IESA has cancelled this year's track and field Sectional and State series. Their stance is that getting back to school in May (at the earliest) does not allow enough time for athletes to train and prepare themselves for the sectional and state tournaments. Therefore, all conference meets and practices are cancelled as well.
Oak Grove is blessed to have talented and motivated athletes. Please continue to work out and focus on speed and strength training for your next season.
Take care everyone and be healthy.
Hello Oak Grove Community,
Last week, my daughter made me drive her to school to prove no one was there. She was convinced I had missed the email that said we could all go back to the building and she didn’t want to miss seeing her friends. So we drove there, slowed down in the drop off lane, waved at the building and came home to start our remote learning plan for the day. We laughed a little, cried a little, and talked about what was happening, and then the rest of the day went great getting her school work done. For the first time EVER!
Have you been questioned repeatedly about when this will be over? Or why their activity is canceled? This article by Erinne Magee “Handling Your Kid’s Disappointment When Everything is Canceled” may help. The article reminds us to be as honest as you can without making the situation more stressful, to keep our own emotions in check and to focus on the emotions of our children rather than ourselves. Don’t forget to help them name their emotion too (shout out to Mrs. Kiefer and our SEL program). Additional strategies include being a good listener, and if their emotions get the better of them - which they will at some point - try to think of an alternative activity that you can do in place of the one that is being canceled.
May you have a joyful week of remote learning and try not to sweat the small stuff. We’ve got this!