• Oak Grove Social


See the Parent Handbook for complete details about Oak Grove.

Q. If I need any information, who do I call?
A. You can always call the school any time between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m., 785-539-7910.

Q. Since Oak Grove School is a parent-run school, do I need to do any volunteer work?
A. No, volunteer work is not required, but we would appreciate if you can help the school when needed. Usually the director will send an email requesting volunteers, if needed.

Q. Do I benefit by recommending Oak Grove School to my friends?
A. If anyone you know would like to bring their child to Oak Grove, encourage them to put their child's name on the waiting list. If the child you recommended enrolls at Oak Grove, we will give you a 10% discount on one month of tuition for referring the new enrollment.

Q. How do I transfer my responsibilities legally to O.G.S.?
A. By signing in and out on the sign-in sheet, daily.

Q. How do I know what is going on, on a day to day basis?
A. Teachers complete daily log sheets that we send home on Fridays. Beyond that, we communicate verbally as much as possible and we send emails to all the parents as needed. Please check the board above the sign-in sheet for other pertinent information.

Q. What do I do if my child is upset in the morning when I drop him/her off?
A. Morning transition at drop off times may be easy on some days and hard on others depending upon each child. If you need help, please do not hesitate to ask the teachers to help you in that process. For children who find it hard, it is better if the drop off is quick and consistent. Teachers are more than happy to hold, hug, cuddle and soothe your child to help in any way we can. If your heart is heavy when you leave, don’t hesitate to call and check on your child throughout the day.

Q. What is special day?
A. Your child’s special day will be listed on the special day calendar we send via email every month. On this day, your child may bring any item (of non-violent nature) to share with the class as show and tell. Examples include: songs, pictures, books, toys, traditions. Your child will tell his/her class about this item. They feel very proud of themselves when they talk about their show and tell.

Optionally, the parent may bring a snack for 28 children and the 4 teachers. Snacks should be healthy and have minimal sugar.

  • If parents choose to bring a snack, they can drop off the snack in the morning when they are dropping off their child or on the previous day when they are picking up their child.
  • A few parents have asked if they have to be at Oak Grove when their child is doing the show & tell. Usually the teachers help the children, but if the parents want to come, they are most welcome.
  • We email the special day calendar to the parents each month. Special days are scheduled throughout the school year. If there is a lot of change in the children’s schedule, we will skip special day or reschedule it.
  • If your child misses his/her special day, let the teacher know and they can do it another day.
  • Special days are not required, but give the child a change to speak about something they care about and receive positive attention.

Q. What kind of snacks can we bring?
A. Some snack ideas:

  • Carrots, fresh fruits, juice/milk/yogurt drink along with some crackers
  • Bread varieties, bagel and cream cheese
  • Milk and healthy cereals (not the colorful sugary ones), short bread, etc.
  • Trail mix
  • Banana, pumpkin, pineapple bread, etc.
  • Muffins
  • Fruit bars, granola bars
  • Crackers and yogurt
  • Cookies made with cereal, oatmeal, raisins, etc.
  • Pretzel and dip
  • Burrito wraps with cheese
  • Saltine crackers with cheese, peanut butter and jelly
  • Finger sandwiches with apple butter, cheese, cinnamon and butter, peanut butter and jelly, etc.
  • Graham crackers, vanilla wafers, animal crackers, cheese crackers, etc., low on sugar
  • Waffles and pancakes
  • Cereal mix
  • Cupcakes made with oatmeal, raisins, apple, banana, etc. (no icing please)
  • String cheese and crackers
  • Apple sauce

Q. Where can I park my car if there is no parking in front of the school?
A. You can park your car in Cico Park or in the Jewish community center on Wreath if there is no parking in front of the school. We cannot park on the street because it is a no parking zone and you will get a ticket. When you are parking on the drive way please make sure you pull all the way in so another car can park behind you.

Q. Can I bring breakfast for my child if she/he did not eat it at home?
A. Yes. If parents want to bring breakfast (no soda please), we will let the children eat before 8:30 a.m. At 8:30 a.m. they will be asked to clean up. Please don’t ask us to make exceptions. We cannot save any food or drink that is left over. Our snack is at 9 a.m. and lunch is at noon.

Q. What do I do if my child is sick?
A. We would appreciate if parents would call the school or email the director if your child will be absent.

Q. Can I bring my child on a different day, if my child is sick or if we were on vacation on the scheduled day?
A. No. We would very much like to accommodate every one, but unfortunately out of fairness to all the families we are unable to do that. However, if you need any extra days you can check with the director in advance to see if we have openings. We charge $40 for the whole day and $20 for a half day for drop-ins.

Q. What time can I drop off and pick up my child?
A. We are open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parents can drop off starting at 7:30 a.m. and must pick up their child and leave the premises by 6 p.m.

Q. In case of bad weather how will we know if the school is open or not?
A. We will send an email, announce on KMAN 1350 AM, and you can check their website under school closings. If the weather gets bad in the middle of the day then we will email, announce on the radio and also call the parents whose children are at school to pick up their children.

Q. When do I pay tuition?
A. You may choose to pay tuition monthly or semi-monthly. Tuition is due on the 1st and 16th of each month. If the 1st or the 16th falls on a weekend or holiday then tuition is due on the following business day. If you know that your child will not be here on the due date please remember to pay the tuition earlier that week. Our accountant works only part time and the school has bills and payroll to pay, so please be considerate and make sure the tuition is here on or before the due date.

Q. How do we know how my child’s day was?
A. Teachers complete daily log sheets that we send home on Fridays. However, you can always ask the teacher. We try to communicate with the parents everyday. We also have Parent/Teacher conferences twice a year and are available through email as well.

Q. Can my child come on the field trip if my child is not scheduled to attend Oak Grove on the field trip day?
A. Yes. Your child can come, but you have to accompany us since your child is not scheduled to come that day and not included in the ratio. Please let the director know ahead of time that you and your child will be going on the field trip.

Q. Does Oak Grove School celebrate any religious holidays?
A. OGS is a secular institution. The school will neither sponsor nor devote resources to religious celebrations or cultural holidays with religious roots. At the same time, OGS welcomes and values the diverse legacies of the families, communities and cultures of our students. Common holidays which are not celebrated include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Halloween, Hanukkah, Christmas, Ramadan, Easter, and St. Patrick's Day.

Additional notes:

  • Board meetings are every other month on the first Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend as Oak Grove encourages interactive parent involvement. We provide dinner and can provide childcare.
  • Please check parent pockets daily.
  • When our accountant puts a note in your parent pocket please respond to him by leaving a note in the tuition box or talk to the director.
  • Please remember to send your child with weather appropriate clothes and also regularly check your child’s cubby to make sure your child has enough extra clothes.
  • If your child accidentally brings home any of the toys from school please bring them back.
  • Department of Children and Families does not allow children to leave the building without their parent/guardian or for children to be unattended in the car at any time. Please escort your children out when leaving and bring siblings inside with you.
  • If you have a special talent (e.g., you can play an instrument, read stories, puppet show and mimic, etc.), please don’t hesitate to talk to the teachers about sharing it with the children.