Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 21, 2020

Spelling Bee

Our school spelling bee went 20 rounds! It started with 25 students and wound down to five remaining spellers: Roohee Patil, Zoe DeMoon, Aryaman Hati, Alex Loesch, and Vanessa Zhang. Alex and Vanessa battled it out back and forth, with Vanessa taking the bee for her second year in a row with the winning word "premiered". Vanessa now moves on to the regional bee to represent Oak Grove in February. Congratulations to all of our spellers!
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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Mr. Murray, Mrs. Kiefer and the SEL classes have been doing great work by learning more about ways to use mindfulness strategies to get back in the ‘green’ zone. Using yoga poses, visualization techniques like blowing a candle or rubbing their hands together all strategies that are working for many of our students here at school. Here are a few additional strategies you might want to consider implementing at home if you see your child becoming nervous or avoiding an assigned task at home:

  • Ask your child to think about their thoughts and feelings: You could say, “What are you thinking about right now? How do you feel? Let me know when you’re ready to focus on moving forward with getting calm.”

  • Ask your child to redirect their thoughts: You could say, “Think about something that makes you happy.” Share an example of something you know makes them happy.

  • Offer your child a few minutes to do something else. You could suggest they take a two minute walk, draw a picture, etc. Offer something short so they can regain focus and get back to the task at hand.

For the full article by Daniel Vollrath on this particular de-stressing technique, click here.

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PTO News


Please find the January PTO meeting minutes HERE!


Don’t forget to check out Hot yogaFLOW at Heather’s Gym tonight! A donation of $20 to OGS PTO is appreciated. Heather's Gym is donating the class! Register for the class using the link below. Type in “Heather’s Gym” in Search, Select the “Classes” tab, and look for the “Oak Grove School Hot Yoga Fundraiser” class. https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/mainclass?studioid


Calling all daddies & daughters!! Be sure to purchase your tickets for the Daddy/Daughter Dance by January 26th before they sell out! It is going to be such a fun night! Get ready to be transported into a time warp! Purchase your dance & raffle tickets HERE.

If you want to help make the dance come alive or see it in action, please volunteer HERE.

Don’t forget to send a picture of your daughter and her date for the slideshow. Email the picture to daddydaughter2018@aol.com. Any questions? Contact us!

Shannon Bilcox (Shannon.bilcox@gmail.com)

Melissa Sallmann (melissagroner@hotmail.com)

Hope to see you there!


Just a reminder...the Mother/Son Dance tickets are on sale now through February 2nd here!

The dance will take place from 6:30-8:30pm in the Junior High gym on Saturday, February 8th. We can't wait to see you all decked out in your favorite decade's attire! A special thanks to our very dedicated sponsors whose support is so very valuable to all of us at Oak Grove School! Please contact Lynsey Wolfe lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.


The K-1 Social was a blast last Thursday after the early release day! Kindergarten and 1st grade students enjoyed running around the Libertyville Sports Complex, playing various games: Gaga ball, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, obstacle courses, and even the climbing wall! This fun filled day would not have been possible without the help of many people.

Thank you to Dave Huber for setting up the invitation. Thank you to Randy Splitt and the amazing staff at the Libertyville Sports Complex for ensuring a safe, fun and engaging afternoon for the kids. Thank you to all of our fabulous parent volunteers for helping with check in and check out, snack station, game stations and supervision. Fernando Diaz, Terese Rick, Beth Zender, Karin Pawlowski, Cori Harrington, Jill Procop, Kate Byers, Stacy Cerwin, Jamie Evans, Ling Zhuang, Cathie DeMoon, Melody Lyon, Martin Johnsson, Yolanda & Max Berktold, Talitha & Jake Hayburn, Daniel Choe, Nicole Gas and any other parents who stayed to help out- a HUGE thank you to you all for making the afternoon a great day for our kids!


Registration for the Session 3 of the chess program is underway! The 10-week program takes place on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm and runs from 2/26 thru 5/6/20. The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to ALL OAK GROVE students, and students of all chess abilities, novice through continuing, advanced and competitive players. Professional instruction will include the basics for novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for all other student levels. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The benefits of chess last a lifetime!

To register, please go to https://2019-2020ogchess.eventbee.com. DISCOUNTED Registration Fee applies through 2/19/2020. On-Time fee begins 2/20/20 and late fee begins 2/25/20. For more information about the program, please refer to the program flyer. Chess-Ed is looking forward to seeing your CHESS ENTHUSIAST this year!

Grove Gala 2020 – Tickets & Sponsorships Now on Sale

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 29, 2020 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community, parents, faculty and students to make it a great success. Plus, it is a great opportunity to network and socialize with your community…not to mention a ton of fun! The event features food, open bar, entertainment, auctions and more. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Ticket quantities are limited, so secure your tickets today! We are almost 25% sold already!

The Grove Gala 2020
February 29, 2020
6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Independence Grove, Audubon Hall

Learn more and secure your tickets or sponsorship at https://www.ogsef.org/gala-2020.html.

Project Spotlight: Lifetime Literacy
The Gala supports funding for teacher-driven grants that focus on innovative and differentiated curriculum. This year we have a spotlight project we are funding: Lifetime Literacy.

Reading and writing are critical to all aspects of learning. Sparking a joy and love of reading books or writing stories at a young age not only supports the educational experience, but also prepares our students throughout their entire lifetime. Whether they want to be scientists, teachers, artists or athletes, literacy is a key foundation. Funds raised at the Gala will support enhancements to the literacy program as Oak Grove including:

  • Access to a broader selection of books
  • Creative writing/storytelling programs
  • Technical writing workshops
  • Reading support
  • Reading and writing for STEM
  • Professional development
  • And much more

Share the Gift of Reading - Donate a Book!
We are collecting book donations to share with other schools in our community. Bring a book to donate and earn a free raffle ticket!

Silent Auction Donations & Volunteers – We Need You!

At this event, most of our fundraising dollars come from the silent auction. We are reaching out to our talented OGS community to donate to or help secure donations for the auction and raffle.

  • Experiences are always a big hit – Game tickets, gourmet dinners, golf outings, concerts, parties – we want your ideas!
  • We love to leverage the talents of our OGS community – Coaching/lessons, culinary treats, legal work, photography, beauty or whatever your talent may be.
  • We also welcome merchandise of all kinds – Sports memorabilia, tech items and the like.
  • We are also looking for a wine/spirits donor or connection to help support one of our activities.

We can’t wait to hear your creative ideas -- simply reach out to Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net with your auction or raffle donation, or if you are interested in helping volunteer. Thank you so much for your support.

Are you looking for a Preschool or Childcare?

Cook Memorial Library is holding their Annual Preschool and Childcare Fair on Saturday, January 25th from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Drop in and meet with providers in the Libertyville /Vernon Hills area. The Fair will be held at the Aspen Library branch in Vernon Hills. For more information, visit the library website. https://www.cooklib.org/

Attention 8th grade Parents-

If you are interested in helping out with the 8th grade dance, please contact the parent Co-Chairs:

Dance Co-Chairs -
1.) Mindy Warren- 262-389-8397
2.) Susan Brooks- 512-658-4265
3.) Liz Howard- 847- 691-3658

Rotation Schedule K-3

January 21 - A

January 22 - B

January 23 - C

January 24 - D

January 27 - E

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack. Flyers are updated weekly, so please check back often so you won't miss any of the events going on in our community.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes