Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Harvest Dinner a Success

Dear Parents and Families,
Last Thursday evening we hosted our annual Harvest Dinner.  It was a great success!  The main dishes were provided, some classes prepared dishes for the dinner and families brought in sides and desserts.  This event is hosted by our Farm to School committee and supported by our Student Council.  Many families came out to enjoy the food and to socialize with other students and parents.  The Harvest Dinner is one of the events our school hosts to promote and celebrate our community.  Thank you for all of the families who were able to attend this event.  Our next community event in the evening is our Curriculum Night, scheduled for November 14 at 5:30pm.  Stay tuned for details; we hope to see you there!
Jen Hemmingson

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Getting Stronger Everyday

Dear Parents and Families,

In the news these days all you seem to hear about public education is how schools are focused on testing or adhering to the latest federal or state mandates.   At Oak Grove we are working hard to find just the right combination of high academic expectations, rigorous curricula, positive social skills and strong connections to our community.  At Oak Grove students are welcome and cared for as a part of our community.  We have students from different backgrounds and lifestyles and they come to us with different strengths and challenges.  Each student brings something unique to our school and contributes to the rich community we have at Oak Grove.  Our teachers are all working to find just the right formula to keep each student motivated, challenged in the right ways, and in becoming advocates for their own needs.  As a community, we believe strongly in teaching students to be kind, to show empathy, and to be contributing members to our school and community.  I am appreciative of the ongoing support and care that is given to us from our families and community.  Oak Grove is a great place and we are only getting better!  
Jen Hemmingson

Next Chat with the Principal November 6

Parent & Principal Chat for 10/30 Postponed for 11/6. 
Please join us for a conversation with the principal in our parent room from 8 - 8:30am before All School Sing.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Dear Parents & Families,
     During NECAP testing and throughout the year, we talk with students about motivation and perseverance.  Motivation represents a lot of skills, from passion to perseverance to self-control.  All of these are skills that can be developed and practiced through hard work and dedication.  While the NECAP testing has its criticisms, we are working to use it as a teaching opportunity for all of our students to build these skills. 

     We are teaching students that their brains are muscles and get stronger with use.  It is important to do our best work and to be kind to ourselves during the process.  We are working with our students to set goals, to anticipate obstacles, and to make a plan that helps all students reach their goals.  Working hard, tackling tough problems, and sticking with a task teach resilience and perseverance skills.  All of these skills build self-esteem and make for stronger, healthier children. 
Jen Hemmingson

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

NECAP Testing

Dear Parents and Families,

Next week students in grades 3 through 6 will participate in the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP). Students in all of these grades will be tested in reading and mathematics. In addition, students in grade 5 will be tested in writing. I am hoping you will help us encourage all our students to give these assessments their best effort.  At Oak Grove, we emphasize doing your best work, demonstrating perseverance, and keeping positive about our skills as learners.  We work hard to assure students that the skills that really matter are giving tasks our best effort, not giving up when things get tough, and being proud of the work we do. 

The NECAP is one of the tools available to parents and educators to determine how well our school is helping students meet standards and grade level expectations. Please encourage your child to take the tests seriously and to give his or her best effort. You can help your child prepare for the assessment by making sure that she or he is rested and has a good breakfast on the days the tests are given.  Most importantly, remind your child that while this assessment is important, it is only one measure of their abilities.  Being a happy, healthy, and accomplished student means a lot more than just a test score. 

Thank you for supporting your child and our school during the testing period.


Jen Hemmingson

Great Turn-out for Open House

We had 78 families attend our Open House last Thursday night!  It was a wonderful night that highlighted our amazing students, faculty and families.  Thank you so much for all who were able to attend!