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Oak Grove Newsletter - August 13, 2021

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Thank you for a great first week of school! It has been exciting to see all of our returning students again and to meet our new Panthers also! I have been very impressed with their enthusiasm for learning.

As always, please let us know if there is anything we can do to help your student(s) be successful and please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. The Oak Grove phone number is 913-288-3900.

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Schoology is the LMS that all Turner schools, students, teachers and families will use to communicate about academics, celebrations, assignments, etc. If you have not signed up yet, please reach out to your child's teacher and they will give you their Schoology information.

Schoology is a necessity to ensure families have communication regarding at home lessons for attendance requirements.


See below for directions on how to setup Weekly Activity Summary emails of your child’s activity in Schoology as well as how to setup Overdue Assignment emails in the Schoology app.
Turning on Schoology Notifications for Parents

Meet Mr. Meeks, Counselor

My name is Marvin Meeks, I graduated from Arlington HS in Arlington TX. I am currently attending Emporia State University to receive my Master of Science in School Counseling. When I finish in May I will also have a Master of Science in Clinical Counseling to be a fully licensed counselor here in KS. My girlfriend and I have a 1-year-old named Gracie who loves to move pot holders from the drawer to the pantry. In my spare time I like to eat at different restaurants, watch random shows, and play video games.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Your Infinite Campus Parent Portal includes all of your contact information. Please make sure that phone numbers and email addresses are updated so that you can receive communications from Oak Grove Elementary and the district.

Use this link to access the IC Parent Portal:

If you need assistance accessing your IC Parent Portal use the following email address:

5th Grade Beginning Band

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We are looking forward to welcoming students back into our school buildings next week.

TUSD 202's priority for the 21 - 22 school year is to keep our school buildings open and provide a safe in-person learning environment for our students and staff. We strongly recommend and encourage that masks be worn in our school buildings, especially by and around our unvaccinated students. This recommendation is supported by the Unified Government Public Health Department, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, among others. Health experts with the Unified Government Public Health Department advise that the most proactive way to reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to wear masks in indoor settings.

In addition to preventing outbreaks in our schools, wearing masks will help keep students and staff in our classrooms. Should there be a confirmed positive case in a building, we will offer the following options for close contacts:

  • Unmasked and unvaccinated individuals who are close contacts to a positive case will quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine days for students will be excused absences. In lieu of the 10-day quarantine, an individual may quarantine at home for 7 days and return to school with a negative COVID-19 test after 7 days. Another option would be the individual remaining in school, masking, and taking a daily rapid COVID-19 test for 7 days. All rapid tests have a 15-minute wait time and will be administered in school buildings without cost.
  • Vaccinated and/or masked individuals who are close contacts will not be required to quarantine.

In addition to mask wearing, we also ask that parents do not send symptomatic students to school. In our buildings, we will be doing daily sanitization practices and physical distancing when possible. We will have COVID-19 testing available for families as well.

We cannot emphasize enough that we want students to be in-person in our classrooms this year. Should an outbreak in a school building occur, action will be taken, which could include future restrictions and the possibility of a temporary closing of the school building. We need our families to help us prevent this from happening by following the recommendations set by our local health officials.

Please note that our COVID-19 protocols and procedures are subject to change.

Ultimately, we want to keep our students and staff safe, keep our schools open, and continue to move “Full Steam Ahead.” We appreciate your consideration of these COVID-19 mitigation efforts in order to help us provide a safe in-person learning environment.

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Transportation Information

Parents who have not yet downloaded and registered for the Ride 360 app are encouraged to do so before the school year begins. Instructions for how to sign up the app can be found here. Bus routes will be available in Ride 360 in the days before school starts. You can contact TUSD Transportation with questions at 913-288-3700.

Students will get their first bus card for free, but replacement ones will be $5 each.


School breakfast and lunch will be free for all students during the 21 - 22 school year! This is being provided by a federal program through the USDA, which covers the cost of the meals for all students. There is no need for families to fill out an application. We encourage families to take advantage of the free school meals - every meal that is served helps Turner food service program financially and keeps local food service staff members employed. The free meals, which are safe, nutritious, and delicious, help extend family food budgets, too. For more information, contact Nikki Parrett, Food Services Coordinator, at 913-288-4141.

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Did you know TRC offers before and after school care at your child’s TUSD elementary school? Before and After School care begins at each school at 7:00 AM until school starts and after school from dismissal time until 6:00 PM. For more information and pricing click here!


Turner Recreation Commission offers childcare on the days school is out during the school year! This program is operated at the TRC Community Center and includes daily activities that help develop character and focus on health and wellness. The fee is only $15/day per child. Below are the upcoming days:

September 17th (Deadline to register is September 8th)

October 15th (Deadline to register is October 6th)

October 20th-22nd (Deadline to register is October 6th)

November 1st (Deadline to register is October 27th)

December 20th-23rd (Deadline to register is December 8th)

December 27th-30th (Deadline to register is December 8th)

Click here for more information & registration!


PTA loves being able to help Oak Grove each year with classroom grants, school equipment, special learning supplies, carnivals and events, etc. This year will be no different! To accomplish this, we need the help of the parents, grandparents, staff and community to please join PTA so we are able to help our students and teachers and try to make this year feel as normal as possible! This year, you are able to join and pay online through our MemberHub website below. Thank you in advance for supporting Oak Grove PTA! 💚

TUSD 202 Back to School Newsletter

For additional information regarding the 2021 - 2022 school year for the entire district, please see the TUSD 202 Back to School Newsletter.

TUSD 202 Back to School Newsletter


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