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Josh Kading

Josh Kading, Principal
Oak Grove Elementary School Blog

The Spirit of Power, Love, and a Strong Mind

A new school year brings about many firsts.  Many of these firsts are exciting.  Some firsts  are found in new opportunities.  

There are times in our lives where these new opportunities can bring about fear.  The "What Ifs" start popping up.  What if it doesn't work out?  What if I try and fail?  What do we do with all the what ifs?  

2 Timothy 1:7 has the Answer.  "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."  Our Heavenly Father has provided for us all the pieces that we need to conquer over every what if that may show up in the course of our lives.  

Enjoy these past blogs!

In Your Relationships.....

Relationships are a big part of Oak Grove Elementary School.  Relationships are one of our core values that we hang tight to.  They are something that are felt all the way through the entire Oak Grove community.  We strive to be very intentional in our relationships with each other, but why?

Philippians Chapter 2 verse 5 gives us the answer to that.  "In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus."  The Bible shares with us how we should be treating each other, modeling that after Jesus.  This is a great goal to strive for.  

We recognize that we are human and will fall short from time to time, but to have a mindset like Jesus helps to keep the focus on how we want to interact with each other.  

Relationships are a very big component of why many people feel connected here at Oak Grove.  How can our mindset reflect His mindset in our interactions?  It's a great question to have in the forefront of our thoughts.  

Christmas Concerts

It is that special time of year again!  Christmas Concerts will be happening this week.  Our K-1 concert will be happening on December 5th and our 2nd-5th concert will now happen on December 7th.  

The K-1 concert will take place at the south campus, while the 2nd-5th concert will be held at the Scheels Center for the Performing Arts at the north campus.

May all of you experience the joy that comes with knowing that our Savior was born, living in this world so that ultimately we may have eternal life with him!  Joy to the world!  

Veterans Day Program

Thank you to all of our honored guests as well as our Grover Families for inviting the number of folks to our program.  We had 51 veterans that we were able to recognize, whether they were joining us in the crowd today, or whether we were able to announce their name.  

Thank you, veterans, for your service and dedication to our country!  Home of the free, because of the brave.  

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!  

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!  

2019-2020 School Supply Box Order Form

The link below will take you to the site to order your classroom school supply box.  This has become a very handy option for our elementary families, particularly grades 1-5.  The school code is 96686.  This is available until June 14th.  

Click to view Veterans Day Program slide show (Google Slide Show)

Oak Grove Elementary School was able to honor 76 veterans and/or active military members with a program during our chapel time on Tuesday, November 13th.  Please click on the link above to view the slideshow of our honored guests.  Thank you veterans!  


Raise the Bar: April 23

Each week during chapel, we recognize Oak Grove students and teachers who have gone above and beyond! Congratulations to this week's Raise the Bar nominees. We are so proud of you!

2018 Elem Geo Bee finalists WEB
The 2018 Oak Grove Elementary Geography Bee was Friday, April 13.
The event included 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students. 
First Place: Henry Reil
Second Place: Ariel Bahn
Third Place: Claire Utke

Results Of The 2018 Spelling Bee
For the fourth year in a row Oak Grove elementary spelling bee students were tackling high school level words.
Click here to watch the 2018 Spelling Bee on Facebook video

2018 Spelling Bee Intermediate_Andrew Bilstad-2nd, Ava Edgar-1st, Aidan Saunders-3rd
2018 Spelling Bee Intermediate Level
1st Place - Ava Edgar
2nd Place - Andrew Bilstad
3rd Place - 
Aidan Saunders
Congratulations Grovers!

2018 Spelling Bee Primary_James Chaffee, Abhida Kafle, and James Henderson
2018 Spelling Bee Primary Level
1st Place - Abhida Kafle
2nd Place - James Henderson
3rd Place - James Chaffee

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.  

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!

Afternoon Pick Up Instructions

Class of 2028 2 web
Say hello to the Class of 2028!

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: 

Tia Farnsworth
SALC Site Coordinator at Oak Grove and Dilworth
(P) 218-359-2314
(E) tia.farnsworth@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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