Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 12, 2018

Veterans Day Ceremony

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New SEL Group Forming

Who: For junior high students

Why: To learn how to process our thoughts and feelings in a positive way and have an opportunity to discuss some of our struggles

When: After school twice per month

Teacher: Mrs. Evans

Location: Room 108

Please note that this is a group that will meet to process and discuss what we face on a daily basis. This will be a serious group, not a club for hanging out. We will establish expectations as a group at our first meeting.

First Meeting: Thursday, November 29 from 3:30-4:15

Questions: See Mrs. Evans!

PTO News


Thank you to everyone who helped in making the Jr. High book fair a success. A special thank you to all the volunteers and staff members who gave their time to help make the book fair run smoothly . Thank you to the book fair committee: Raabia Khan, Julie Baker, Becky Rynes, and Nadia Sethi. Thank you to the volunteers: Julie Goodman, Mia Hughes, Andrea Jones, Karen Linde, Jennifer Liu, Christine Merrild, Julie Perry, Amy Sekili, Kristen Stuteville, Rebecca Wagener, Mindy Warren, Ashley Wilson and Kris Wilson. A special thank you to Mrs. Rappaport, Ms. Hauri, Mrs. Azzato, Mrs. Gilbert, Mr. Huber, Mr. Suarez and the maintenance team!


Join us at the Elementary Book Fair this week. K-4th grade classes will have classroom shopping times. Please see the classroom shopping schedule in the Virtual Backpack. Feel free to join your child during their shopping time or shop anytime during our open hours. The Book Fair will be open to everyone 8:15-3:30 Tuesday-Friday. We will be having Family Night Wednesday evening (Nov 14th) from 6pm-8pm. See our flyer in the Virtual Backpack with all information and the form for teacher gift certificates.


Remember to bring in your dollars for the Classroom Dollar Challenge! We are collecting dollars in each of the Kindergarten through 4th grade classrooms through this Wednesday, November 14th. Money collected will be used to help build the classroom libraries of a local school in need. The classroom that collects the most money will win a shopping spree at the Book Fair. Each student from the winning class may choose one item (book, toy, poster, etc) with a value of $10 or less at their classroom shopping spree. Let’s help increase access to books for all students!


The PTO’s 7th Annual Holiday Halls is Saturday, December 1st from 9am-12pm in the Junior High Entrance. The event includes the Secret Shopping Village, Holiday Market and Holly Jolly Breakfast. The Secret Shopping Village is a fun, safe shopping opportunity for your child. The Junior High gym is filled with a variety of gifts for siblings to grandparents, priced from $1-$5. The gym is a ‘no parent zone’ where volunteer ‘elves’ help your student shop for the whole family. Items are gift wrapped for free before your child exits the gym. Shop the Oak Grove Junior High halls while your kids shop, too! At the Holiday Market you will find local premium vendors with unique gift options in jewelry, home goods, clothing and more. After all your shopping, enjoy a fun, family breakfast together! The Pancake Breakfast offers a pancake bar with personalized toppings, freshly cooked eggs, bacon, sausage & hash browns. There are gourmet donuts and plenty of Starbucks coffee and hot cocoa. Gluten free options are available. For additional information, please see the flyer in the virtual backpack.


Our Holiday Halls event would not be possible without the help of student and parent volunteers. Please consider signing up for one of our volunteer spots on Friday night or Saturday during the event. Please click on the link below to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Merrild, cmerrild@msn.com. Events like these would not be possible without your help, thank-you so much for participating!



Friday is the last day to order Spirt Wear! Visit www.headsupapparel.com to purchase our new apparel just in time for the holidays or shop some of our favorite items from the fall collection! If you have any questions please contact Courtney Johnston or Shannon Bilcox.

Curriculum Corner

I recently came across this reflective perspective piece on Why parents should try and be happy even when our child is not by KJ Dell’Antonia. It was an interesting read about how parents sometimes feel the same level of sadness when their child experiences a sad event - a lost favorite toy, they aren’t in the same class as their friends, they don’t make a team, etc. The author goes on to say that it’s okay to be sad and have sympathy, or empathy, for them but to also show the child that life goes on which requires us as the parents to appear to be happy despite our parental desire to be devastated with them. We as the adults have the broader perspective that this event is only a blip on their life’s journey and the experience should be put into context. Easier said than done, says the mom who spent an hour looking for the teddy bear in order to ensure a successful bedtime routine. For me, it was pretty traumatic.

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack. Flyers are updated weekly, so please check back often so you won't miss any of the events going on in our community.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes