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Josh Kading

Josh Kading, Principal
Oak Grove Elementary School Blog

Exciting Days Ahead!

The school year is fast approaching!  There is a noticeable hum of activity around the elementary school as classrooms are coming together for the beginning of another great year!  

We are so very excited to see all the familiar faces, as well as get the opportunity to meet some new faces also.  See you in a few days!  

Enjoy these past blogs!

Spring MAP Testing/Geography Bee

Monday starts our MAP testing for the spring.  Please make sure your student is getting good rest, and a good breakfast before coming to school these next two weeks.  

Also, our Geography Bee packet is posted now.  The Geography Bee is for students in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  This is similar to the Spelling Bee in that it would be something optional to study for those who wish to do so.

Veterans Day

A special thanks to all the veterans who were able to join us today for our Veterans Day Program.  We are extremely honored that you folks were able to join us, but more than that, so very thankful for the sacrifice that these people made so that we can enjoy the freedoms we have as Americans!  The elementary students did a fantastic job of singing and presenting a short skit.  Great job Grovers!  

Making our way to October

What a terrific start to the school year we have had at Oak Grove Lutheran Elementary School!  We have 265 smiling faces to greet every morning, a teaching staff that is second to none, families that are outstanding partners in their students' education, and to top it all off, we have had fantastic fall weather!  It truly is a great time to be a Grover!  

Oak Grove Elementary Afternoon Dismissal Procedure

Dear Families, please review the pick up procedure for the afternoons.  This plan was adopted in January of 2017 and has been extremely successful in keeping our flow of traffic.  Thank you very much for your assistance!    

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Say hello to the Class of 2028!

Sylvan STEM at Oak Grove Elementary

Sylvan Edge is providing some after school programming to the elementary school!  Please click on the link below to learn more about the programming offered.  

Spelling Bee Held at Elementary

Thursday, January 26, grades K through 2nd participated in a spelling bee. Congratulations to the following students for finishing in the top three:

First Place - Aidan Saunders, 2nd grade
Second Place - Corey Grossman, 2nd grade
Third Place - Will Ness, 2nd grade 

Friday, January 27, grades 3rd through 5th participated in a spelling bee. Congratulations to the following students for finishing in the top three:

First Place - Ryan Saunders, 5th grade
Second Place - John DeJong, 5th grade
Third Place - Camden Oltvedt, 4th grade


Gearing Up for Kindergarten 2017 Dates
Every THURSDAY from February 23 thru May 4 from 6:00 p.m. -7:30 p.m.
*no class will be held on April 13th

New Faces At Oak Grove

Julie Durgin_webJulie Durgin
4th Grade Teacher

I am excited to be joining the Oak Grove family teaching 4th grade at the elementary school. I graduated from Valley City State University and taught in the Fargo Public Schools. During a short break from teaching, I worked for Moorhead Youth Hockey as the Office Manager. I live in Fargo with my husband, Doug, and daughter Kendall who will be a Kindergartner at Oak Grove. I also have two older children-Abby, who is 24, married, and about to have a baby girl, and Andrew, who is 20 and will be attending Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa on a baseball scholarship. I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and look forward to the upcoming school year!

Kate birney cropKate (Gallaher) Birney
Kindergarten Teacher

Kate is a 2004 graduate of Oak Grove and is very excited be joining the Oak Grove community as a kindergarten teacher. After graduating from Oak Grove, she went on to graduate from the University of North Dakota with a master of science in elementary education. Prior to working at Oak Grove she worked as kindergarten teacher for six years in two other districts. Kate and her husband, Ryan, live in Fargo and have a son, Nolan, who is 9 months old. She am looking forward to a great school year! 

Tina Wehri_webTina Wehri
3rd Grade Teacher

Tina Wehri is joining the Oak Grove community as the newest 3rd grade teacher. Tina is a graduate of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, with a Masters in Education. For the past two years, Tina has subbed in the Fargo Public Schools. She and her husband, Zach, live in North Fargo with their dog, Kona.

Abbie Siirila
1st Grade Teacher

Abbie Siirila is joining the Oak Grove community to be our new 1st grade teacher. Abbie is a graduate of Concordia College. Miss Siirila has substitute taught in the Fargo Public School District, West Fargo Public School District and at Oak Grove as the long-term substitute for Mrs. Spriggs. She and her fiancé Jon live in Fargo and are excited to be tying the knot in November.

Sylvan LogoOak Grove Lutheran Elementary School is excited to be able to offer some STEM enrichment courses in an after school format through Sylvan SEPT -DEC 2016! 
These courses typically run through the course of 1 month and will be offered on campus.  Some of the information is attached in the Sylvan flyer.  If you would be interested in any one of these programs, or if you are looking for more information, please contact Sylvan at the number listed on the flyer.  It is going to be a wonderful opportunity, with courses led by Oak Grove teachers, and with the resources that Sylvan will be providing.  They will also have a table at back to school night next week if you would like to visit with someone in person.  We are extremely excited about the partnership! 

Drop Off and Pick Up 

Please look at the post under "Oak Grove Elementary School Blog" for an important announcement regarding  the drop off and pick up loop.  

Welcome to Oak Grove Lutheran Elementary School! We are excited to share the Oak Grove opportunities with you. We hope this information will allow you to see how Oak Grove is a unique community of learners that may be part of your educational future!

Oak Grove Lutheran Elementary School was established in 2005 in south Fargo. The elementary school is located at 2720 32nd Avenue South. The facility is ideal for elementary education, complete with a Natural Playground that facilitates hands-on learning and imaginative play. Our Early Learning Center, housing our preschool and pre-kindergarten program, is located in the building directly to the east of the elementary school.

The Oak Grove Early Learning Center program is a preschool & pre-kindergarten program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds. It is designed to provide developmentally appropriate activities for each child. Oak Grove offers a full day, five day or three day per week program for 4 and 5 year olds, and a half day, two day per week program for 3 year olds. Oak Grove’s Early Learning Center is an exciting place children want to come and experience many domains of learning: social and emotional development, language development, mathematical thinking, science and problem solving, creative thinking and expression, motor development (large and small) and spiritual growth in a setting that is safe and comfortable.

The Oak Grove elementary program offers a strong academic program for students in pre-kindergarten through grade five. The school nurtures curious and interactive learners who thrive and excel academically, spiritually, and emotionally, building on the solid foundation of Christian teaching and Christ-like character. Through small class sizes, students receive individual attention that encourages them to reach their full potential as students. Oak Grove is proud to post student scores double digits higher on standardized tests compared to the state average.

The school partners with groups in the Fargo-Moorhead community to enrich the academic experience and provide rich and unique experiences for its students. Oak Grove works with Minnesota State University Moorhead and Concordia College for classroom experimentation and field trip opportunities that go beyond the traditional classroom setting, enhancing math and science curriculum. The school is also a part of the national Adopt A School program with the Sons of Norway, which provides intergenerational and cultural experiences. The Grover Buddy Program is a unique opportunity in which Oak Grove’s high school students mentor elementary students.

We are passionately committed to nurturing our students that step through our doors to be well equipped leaders in his/her community and world.

Oak Grove Lutheran Elementary School is committed to:

  • Nurturing students’ relationships with Christ.
  • Providing a safe and caring school climate.
  • Setting clear and high expectations.
  • Encouraging parent involvement.
  • Empowering youth to be servant leaders in their school, home, church and community.
  • Instilling a strong sense of purpose and confidence in students.
  • Teaching students to be caring, honest and responsible.
  • Requiring students to act with justice, integrity and restraint.
  • Fostering curious and interactive learners.

Oak Grove’s elementary school offers a solid academic experience with the following value-added features:

  • Limited class size to ensure a quality classroom experience.
  • A collective community who value high educational goals.
  • A natural playground that provides unique opportunities for imaginative play and exploration.
  • A computer lab that is utilized by students pre-K through fifth grade.

Oak Grove hosts before and after school programming at the elementary school, offered through and directed by the YMCA. Before school programming begins at 7 a.m. and runs until school starts. After school programming begins when school ends and runs until 6 p.m. All billing is conducted through the YMCA. For more information on before and after school programming, please contact: 

Elizabeth Haas
SALC Site Coordinator at Oak Grove and Horace
(P) 218-359-2314
(E) Elizabeth.haas@ymcacassclay.org | (W) www.ymcacassclay.org

Oak Grove encourages you to find out more about its Early Learning Center and elementary program by contacting Kim Forness at 701.373.7114 or kim.forness@oakgrovelutheran.com. We’d love to have you tour the elementary facility and experience the excellence of Oak Grove for yourself. Call today!

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