Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 7, 2018

Teacher Appreciation Week

What a beautiful weekend we just enjoyed! It was so great to see the brilliant sunshine and warm temperatures after such a long winter! Each year, it is during this week that teachers are “honored” for their efforts. At Oak Grove, we choose to include all faculty and staff to recognize this week.

There is simply no way that the administration, the students, the parents, and all others in our community can properly say “thank you” for all that our teachers and support staff does each and every day for our students. They are the “heart and soul” of our building.

If you can find a moment this week, please take it and send a quick note, an e-mail, or say “thank you” to our wonderful faculty and staff. They are simply the very best in the state.

We honor them this week and hope that their week is filled with pride and satisfaction for the work they do on behalf of our students.

STAR Testing This Week

Parents, STAR 360 testing will take place this week. Please make sure your children get a good night's sleep, have a decent breakfast, and bring their devices in fully charged. Thank you!

2017-18 Yearbook Cover Contest

Line Art / Outline Submissions due by Friday, May 25, 2018

Please click here for all the details.

Curriculum Corner - "TAG Placement Appeal "

Hello Oak Grove Community,

This week, we have an important reminder to share with you:

May 14th for TAG Placement Appeal Information

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program through a placement appeal, reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 11 and 12 of the TAG Handbook.

If you are interested in pursuing a placement appeal*, the Parent Inquiry Form must be completed and emailed to Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.org no later than May 14th for consideration at the spring Advisory Council meeting. This form is located on the TAG section of the website. Parents will be notified via email regarding the final committee decisions.

*Please note, appeal process may only be utilized once a calendar year.

Student Council News

Get ready for some end-of-the-year fun! All 5th-8th grade students are invited to participate in Final Fridays, a fun dress up event for the month of May. Help Student Council count down our last four Fridays of the school year. Remember, all dress up items must follow school rules and remain appropriate.

Here is the "dress up" schedule for our remaining month of school:

  • Friday, May 4 - Mismatched Madness: We dare you to be as much of a fashion disaster as you can be!
  • Friday, May 11- Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets: Get with your friends and plan your outfits. The more, the merrier!
  • Friday, May 18 (field day and early release) - School Spirit: Celebrate competition and Oak Grove with your Eagle spirit wear!
  • Friday, May 25 - PJ Day: Wear your favorite PJ's for a relaxing day. After all, it is our last Friday of the school year.

Multicultural Event a HIT!

Last Thursday, May 3rd, Oak Grove hosted its first multicultural night. Families shared foods, dances, trivia and clothing from their heritages. A sincere thank you to all the families who participated and attended the event. It was a wonderful chance to experience what makes Oak Grove a unique and welcoming place to be. Special thanks to Raabia Khan and Elizabeth O'Neill for all their work in coordinating volunteers and presenters. Thank you also to Aman Muhammed, an incredible student who volunteered his entire evening to assist with set-up and running the event. Finally, thank you to Susie Kiefer, whose vision became a reality in the best possible way.

Student quotes from the night:

"Best night at Oak Grove I've ever attended."

"I felt like I was able to be part of each culture."

"I have been to Malaysia and the food was better here!"

"Sushi can be so expensive, but this was better than any restaurant I've ever had and FREE."

Please check out the following short video clips:

Kids saying "Hello" video:


Photomontage of the evening event




Kids teaching about their cultures


Returning Student Registration Opens on Thursday

Parents, you will receive an email by Tuesday with details (including login information) on how to register any student that is returning to Oak Grove School next year. If you have a child currently in grades K-7 and do NOT plan on returning next year, we ask that you notify Debi Shaffer at shaffer@ogschool.org.

PTO News


School of Rock literally ROCKED OGS last week!

Our own Mr. Farris helped us bring a personalized grade level presentation from our neighboring School of Rock just around the corner.

Last week Kindergarten through 4th grade enjoyed a live rock concert!

John, Austin & Ryan, not only gave us their personal rock n roll history, they taught us a bit about the sound of each instrument & the difference between

various guitars.

The fun really started when they pulled fellow classmates up on stage to share their hidden talents.

Teacher trivia was a crowd pleaser. It was fun to see students & teachers alike truly “rocking out”!

No one had more fun than our own third graders who really know how to Rock & Roll!

Watch out parents. Your children may be asking to become real rockers or maybe just attend a rock concert?

Mr. Jones may have more band members next year than he ever wanted!

All good stuff!

Thank you, Mr. Farris & the OGS PTO!


This week is teacher appreciation week. Don’t forget to show your teachers how much you care about them. We encourage students to write their teacher a letter letting them know how special they are. Here’s a sample letter to get you started. TeacherForm.pdf. We all know Oak Grove has some of the best teachers! The PTO has some special treats planned for them all week to show how much we appreciate them.


Need an easy way to keep track of your child's school supplies, lunch boxes, water bottles and summer camp items? Try Stuck on you labels! For every purchase you make, Oak Grove PTO receives a portion of the sale. Please check out the link below for more information.


Our fundraising code is: OAKGROVEPTO

This picture is just some of the lost and found at Oak Grove School. If your child’s belongings had a label perhaps they would not end up in the lost and found and would already be back to you.

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Track and Field Weekly News

Click on the link below for Sectional information:

2018 Sectional Meet @ Grayslake North HS


Monday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Tuesday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Wednesday - Meet @ N. Chicago HS 4:30 - 6:30 (Unlimited Entry Meet)

Thursday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Friday - No Practice, No Meet

Saturday - Sectional Meet @ Grayslake North HS 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

(Limited Entry Meet)

Sunday - No Practice, No Meet

  • Please notify Coach Edelson IN WRITING if you have a conflict and will not be able to attend the Sectional meet
  • Athletes are expected to attend the Sectional meet on Saturday, May 12th. We will find places for athletes to compete, even if it's not their first or second choice of event
  • There is no bus to/from the Sectional meet. Athletes can carpool and get dropped off and picked up
  • It is a limited entry meet - 2 per event, per gender, per grade (7/8)
  • Sectional sign-ups must be entered by Tuesday, May 8. Changes can be made on Wednesday at the seeding meeting. Scratches only on 5/12
  • Parents and athletes must sign up for important announcements through "REMIND" by texting @76hkfd to the number 81010. This allows for two-way texting with Coach Edelson

Go to the website for more information: ogstrackandfield.weebly.com

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Eagle Breakfast

Oak Grove honored some of its finest students on Wednesday, May 2nd before school at the Spring "Character Counts-Eagle Breakfast." Twenty three students from grades 6-8 were honored by the District for being stellar young men and women. Judge Mary Schostok served as our guest speaker and delivered a beautiful message to the students and their parents. It was a wonderful morning to celebrate the "best of the best" at Oak Grove. We give special thanks to Mrs. Timlin and her team for making all the arrangements and putting on a great show. Congratulations to the students and their families!

6th Grade

Henry Calsin

Megan LaCrosse

Aditi Nair

Louie Perry

Abe Quinones

Christina Stelter

Lilly Ulrich

7th Grade

Jackson Goldberg

Sedra Khattab

Maddie Lyon

Aman Muhammed

Sophia Rynes

Wyatt Sorensen

Erika Von Kirchbach

8th Grade

Sarah Dowden

Grier Glaisner

Laura Gomez-Anez

Harrison Lakes

Mia Mosconi

Michaela Orvis

Shri Patil

Josie Thomas

Sara Ulrich

Early Library Hours

The last day for Early Library Hours will be Friday, May 18.

Field Day

Field Day will take place on Friday, May 18th. This is an Early Dismissal Day for the students. They will be dismissed at 11:30 p.m.

8th Grade Dance

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

Spring is here and our 8th graders are enjoying their last few weeks at Oak Grove. It is an exciting time as they look forward to high school and reflect on fond memories and friendships at OGS. 8th grade families should have received a letter in the mail last week explaining the details and expectations for the much anticipated 8th grade dance.The dance will be held on Friday, May 25 from 7:00-10:00 pm. We are in need of LOTS of volunteers to help with set up and clean up that day. Please sign up through this link to Sign Up Genius. Volunteer Here! We appreciate all the support you have given to OGS over the years! We couldn't do it without wonderful volunteers like YOU!

Krista Sorensen and Regina Agee

8th Grade Graduation

This year's 8th grade graduation is Tuesday, May 29th at 7:30 p.m. The ceremony will be held at Libertyville High School. Everyone is welcome to attend to send off this great group of students. Graduates are reminded to be at LHS by 7:00 p.m.

Last Day of School

The last day of student attendance is Wednesday, May 30th. It is a full day of school.

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