Back to School 2021-22 Welcome Letter from Principal Brian Cline

Published on Aug 17, 2021

Dear Oak Grove Elementary Families,

Happy summer! Our dedicated team is ready to welcome our students back to OGE. Our district and school will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks about our plan for a safe return to in-person learning, updated school procedures, and a school calendar with key dates and events. Here’s your first update for the 2021-22 school year:

1st Day of School For K-5 Students is Thursday, Sept. 9!

Virtual Open House

  • On Wednesday, Aug. 18 at 6pm, Principal Cline will host a virtual open house. Families will hear OGE updates and get useful information about the 2021-22 school year.
  • Join via Google Meet (meet.google.com/qxj-fwkj-dtd) or dial: 406-948-2952‬ PIN: 125 364 531‬#

Teachers and Transportation

  • Teacher placements and bus information will be on Infinite Campus by Tuesday, August 17. Access this information via the BPS website by clicking on “BPS Login” at the top.

Assessment Conferences

  • On Wednesday, Sept. 1 or 8, your child(ren) will come to school for an individual reading conference with their classroom teacher(s). These 30-minute conferences will allow teachers, parents and students to meet and provide teachers with data for initial instruction.
  • School will not be in session on these days. While your child is with their teacher, parents can drop off supplies and go to the gym for useful school information.
  • Please visit our school website beginning Thursday, Aug. 19 to sign up for assessment conferences (bloomington.k12.mn.us/oges).

Supply lists

  • Supply lists are on our website. If you need help with purchasing supplies, please contact Principal Cline.

PTA meetings/School Events

  • We will email our school calendar out next week and share a paper version on assessment days.

Communication

  • In addition to communication from your teacher(s), I will send out a weekly school update Friday afternoons via email. I keep these short and strongly recommend reading them to stay informed about what’s going on at OGE. Make sure to update your family information, emergency contacts and emails in Infinite Campus so you can receive this weekly update.

Food Services

Qualifying applications generate much needed educational funds for all of our schools so we ask all families to complete an application each yearVisit the above website to complete an application online, or a light green colored form was sent home for you to complete (just the front side) & return to the school office. Call 952-681-6570 for assistance with the form.

Free Breakfast and Lunch

  • Free breakfast and lunch will again be offered to all our students.

Car Riders

  • If your child(ren) will eat breakfast at school, please drop them off between 8:35-8:45 a.m. If they eat at home, they should be dropped off at 8:50 a.m. and can proceed directly to their classroom. End of the day pick-up time for car riders is 3:20 p.m. Enter from 104th and use either our drive-thru line or park in the lot and walk across to pick up your child. NO CHILD can walk unattended into the parking lot and don’t double park in the drive-thru lane. Safety first!

Staff Update

  • We will be replacing nurse Shelly Junjak and Joe Wilson takes over as our new night custodian
  • Classroom Teachers (all returning OGE staff, some moving to new positions):
  • K - Angie Benko, Katie Saccoman, Midori Westcott
  • 1 - Kristy Erdahl, Lisbeth LaSalle, Lynn Olson
  • 2 - Sarah Fortner, Jami Parker, Bri Fesler-Faue
  • 3 - Jenni Grossman and Jill Stanton
  • 4 - Jordan Brockpahler and Travis Spaeth
  • 5 - Jackie Kuhns and Kristin Bellinger
  • 2/3 Elements: Rebecca Theissen and Kari Govig
  • 4/5 DA: Emily Rolek and Erin Day
  • SAILS: Stefanie Sheehan and Lacey Dawson
  • Music - Megan Shelton; Art - Katie Walters; PE - Andy Meinhardt

We will provide reminders throughout the year and notify you of key events and information. We are constantly trying to improve the OGE experience, and welcome your support and feedback. I encourage you to contact me with ANY questions, comments, or suggestions about these items or anything else regarding OGE. We are excited to start another school year with you!

Principal Brian Cline and your OGE staff

Key Information

  • Office: 952-681-6800
  • Attendance: 952-681-6802 / ogeattendance@isd271.org
  • Nurse: 952-681-6808
  • Transportation: 952-681-6300
  • Principal: 952-681-6850
  • Office Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Student School Day: 9 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.
  • Breakfast: 8:35-9 a.m.