Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 14, 2020

From the Superintendent

As a follow-up to the phone call to parents through School Messenger this past Friday, we want to reassure our school community that administration views health metrics on a daily basis to determine our school-wide safety for in-person learning. We will continue to exercise full transparency if we believe concerns exist and we need to consider a temporary full-remote learning option. We recognize the importance of providing advance notice to families for a transition of this type. While altering our model is not a need at this moment, we will keep our families updated if a remote situation becomes a strong consideration. We continue to appreciate the flexibility of our remote and in-person families as we implement adapted models for learning this year!

Curriculum Corner

Are your students feeling more tired than normal after spending a day looking at the screen? They are moving around much less than they have during previous school years. Whether they are Eagles@School or Eagles@Home, we are all bound to our devices for communication and learning now more than ever. And you would think after a day of sitting, they’d be full of energy but it doesn’t seem to work that way. As my good friend Sir Isaac Newton once said, “Objects in motion stay in motion and objects at rest stay at rest.” So let’s get moving! Having PE between 2:30-3:30 pm is a great way to jump start their metabolism and to get all the other muscles moving.

In the meantime, here are some other tips for your student to try throughout the day:

  • Before you sit down to begin a Google Meet, take a few minutes to wiggle your body to get the blood flowing

  • Anytime you feel distracted consider doing a neck roll or arm stretch. You could also try pressing your heels into the floor pushing your weight down into the ground

  • Take a sip of water, the physical act of moving your arm and swallowing is a small movement with a big impact

iReady data update - Thanks again for coordinating that at home. As soon as we get all of the tests completed, you will be receiving a copy of your student results. Also, thank you for taking the time to complete our iReady survey. The results are really going to help us make improvements for December. If you haven’t completed the survey yet and would like to share feedback, here is the link.

PTO News

Last Day for Spirit Wear Orders
Don’t miss out! Today is your last chance to order; the site will close at 11:59 PM (CDT).

To place an order, click HERE.

Registration Open: Soaring Eagles 5k

The Soaring Eagles Virtual 5k is an opportunity for all Eagles, @School and @Home, and our community to come together at a virtual starting line to support the Oak Grove PTO.

Registration is $20 per person or $100 for up to 6 immediate family members. Registered participants will receive a dry-fit t-shirt and race medal. Have fun training for the next 6 weeks with your family and then, at any point the weekend of October 23-25, complete a 5k on a course of your choice!


Contact Kate Byers at KateGByers@gmail.com for additional information. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

PTO Events Survey

While things may look different this year, the PTO still wants to celebrate and bring our community together with classroom parties, student enrichment events, family fun events, and fundraisers. We're reaching out to families and staff to hear what you would like to see planned this year; some examples could include grade-level service projects, a virtual competition, a live-streamed event, virtual lessons from an artist, etc. Our community is filled with great ideas, resources, and contacts. We'd love to hear your ideas! Click Here for PTO Events Survey

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Band News

We are excited to start Jazz Band: Jazz Band will start this Thursday, September 17th.

Rehearsal code: OGJazz

Band lessons started this week. Each student is expected to be at one lesson per week and participate in individual and small group assignments. The lesson code is OGBand.

PLEASE NOTE: We have made a small adjustment to the Eagles@Home lesson schedule. We are switching Thursday afternoon lesson times with Friday. This switch allows students to have their weekly lessons during REI time instead of missing core class time.


Mr. Frankowski and Mr. Jones are available for any extra help during their Office/Help times. Please email one of them to request individual or group help.

What book do we need? Make sure to order the book specifically for your child's instrument.(email jones@ogschool.org or frankowski@ogschool.org if you need help)

Concert band students should have the Essential Elements Book One from last year, and Book Two (Red Cover) to transition into this year.

Symphonic Band students should have the Accent on Achievement Book Three for lessons.

All students should check Google classroom daily for any updates we may need to post.

If you need an instrument sent in for repair or are borrowing a loaner from us or Music & Arts, please contact Mr. Farris or Mr. Frankowski for assistance with pick-ups/drop-offs as Mr. Jones is at home this year. Instruments brought to school can be dropped off at the main office.

Update: The online metronome/tuner website has been unlocked for all music students to use in their home practice. It is a metronome, tuner, and blog, with a wealth of information that will help your son or daughter immensely. Please have them bookmark and use this great resource.


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