Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 17, 2017

Oak Grove Celebrates the Fine Arts

The Oak Grove students and faculty participated in a series of fantastic fine arts presentations last Thursday morning. Students were able to witness, and in some instances, participate in a wonderful variety of sessions.

We thank all of the outside "artists" who gave up their days to share their extraordinary talents with the Oak Grove students. We know you have inspired our students to explore the fine arts and, hopefully find their creative talents they did not know they possess!

Thank you to the Fine Arts planning team, maintenance staff, front office ladies, and tech team for all that you did to make this year's Fine Arts Day the best ever!

Click here to view a short video capturing many of the days' activities. You can also view many of the events on the Oak Grove Facebook page.

SEL News

The goal for our new unit is to develop students' ability to Solve Problems ON THEIR OWN! We will review our calming down steps because in order to think clearly we must calm down and manage our emotions. Kindergarten through fifth grade will focus on the specific problem solving steps. You can use these with your junior high students too!

  • S: Say the problem - Say the problem in a neutral, non-blaming way. The trick is saying what you want or need.
  • T: Think of solutions - Make sure solutions are both safe and respectful.
  • E: Explore consequences - Look at both positive and negative consequences of carrying out a solution.
  • P: Pick the best solution - Find solutions that best meet prosocial goals.

Please encourage your child to practice these steps. Send me a note via DOJO when you see your child practicing these steps. I like to acknowledge them in the classroom and celebrate their good choices and efforts.

Susie Kiefer

Student Council News

Save the date! Sixth through eighth grade students are invited to join us after school for our spring dance. The dance begins promptly after school on April 28th and ends at 5:00 pm. Please make sure to have a ride home. Admission is $5 per person to go towards a charitable donation. Concessions will be available for purchase as well as raffle tickets for some fun prizes. See you after school for an afternoon of fun!

Any 7th grade student council member interested in running for an 8th grade office, please meet in Mrs. Evans's room on April 19th at 12:45 pm for an informational meeting.

PTO News

Book Fair

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our book fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

This is our annual 'Buy One, Get One FREE' sale! For every item you purchase (book, poster, toy, etc.) you may choose another item of equal or lessor value for FREE!

  • Book Fair dates: April 25th, 26th, 27th, & 28th
  • Shopping hours: 8:15 am - 3:30 pm daily
  • Special activities: Family Evening Event - April 27th 6 pm - 8 pm. Join us for shopping, reading with family and a chance to win our gift basket full of new books and goodies

Classroom shopping schedule is posted on our Scholastics website and can also be found in the virtual backpack. Everyone is welcome to join their child while they shop with their class. If you would like to volunteer to help at the book fair, click this link to sign up for a shift...


Please see the virtual backpack for our flyer and Teacher Gift Certificate form. This is a great way to help teachers build their classroom libraries.

Variety Show

Tickets are still available for the Variety Show and can be purchased on our website - https://ogs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=16

Volunteers Needed

The following committees are in need of a chairperson for the 2017 - 2018 school year. If you are interested, please contact Katrina Treutelaar at katrinatreutelaar@me.com.

  • Jr High Book Fair
  • Nominations
  • 5-8 Room Parent Coordinator
  • K-1 Social
  • 2-3 Social
  • 4-5 Social
  • 6-7 Social

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, we will be holding our spring session of Advisory Council. During the spring Advisory Council meeting, the committee will review placement appeals. Parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program through a placement appeal that would be reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 13 and 14 of the TAG Handbook.

In addition, please see the TAG Handbook for the matrix used to make placement decisions (p. 10) as well as the placement flow chart (p. 13) for additional information.

Parents requesting participation in the appeal process are required to complete the Parent Inquiry Form beginning on page 22 of the TAG Handbook. The Parent Inquiry Form must be completed and emailed to Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.org no later than May 12th for consideration at the spring Advisory Council meeting. Parents will be notified via email regarding the final committee decisions.

*Please note, appeal process may only be utilized once a calendar year.

"Make Your Own Music Video" Summer Camp

Attention 6-8th grade students,

We are currently accepting registration for our technology/music summer camp, called "Make Your Own Music Video". The camp runs from June 5th through June 9th, from 8:30 am - 11:30 am. The cost is $50 per student and can be paid on our website through RevTrak.

During this week long camp, students will learn how to create a music video, a storyboard, basic video/audio recording and editing, and green screen techniques and multi-cam editing.

We'd love to hear from students interested in this camp, so please fill out this short 'Class Interest Survey' so we can begin gathering materials.

Multicultural Committee Survey

In last week's Oak Grove News, we told you about the new Multicultural Committee that is being formed. If you have recently moved to Oak Grove from another country, or if you have strong ties to your cultural heritage, please click here to fill out a survey. Thank you for your time.

TAG (Talented And Gifted) Committee Hosts Michele Kane

Building Emotional Courage: Fostering Gratitude and Compassion

Oak Grove School

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

6:30 pm-7:30 p.m.

Hosted by the OGS TAG Committee

Join us as the TAG committee hosts Dr. Michele Kane. Don't forget to RSVP by Monday, May 1st. Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information.

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes