Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 4, 2019

Parent Online Awareness Reminder

Oak Grove families,


We wanted to send a quick message to families to make you aware of information concerning online and app safety. You may have seen some concerning reports in the news regarding content on YouTube, YouTube Kids, and other social media apps. We have recently heard students discussing some of these issues at school, including online challenges, like the Momo Challenge.


We encourage you to research these concerns and discuss in an age appropriate way how the actions in these challenges may present dangers to your child or their peers. While many of these challenges start as online hoaxes, they are discussions your child may already be having with their peers. The best way to keep your child safe is to be aware of the apps and resources they use online and have regular conversations about how they spend their screen time. Below are some links further explaining the Momo Challenge and other online risks your child may or may not already know.


https://smartsocial.com/momo-challenge-safety-guide/?utm_source=Smart+Social+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=1e0e6de5ae-momo_challenge_2_28_19&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_40b34a3ccb-1e0e6de5ae-196009741


https://www.commonsensemedia.org/blog/viral-youtube-challenges-internet-stunts-popular-with-kids


https://arstechnica.com/science/2019/02/youtube-kids-cartoons-include-tips-for-committing-suicide-docs-warn/

Please reach out if you have any questions.

Donations Needed for Art Room

Do you have LEGO bricks at home going unused?

The Art room would love to give your bricks a home! We are using them to create murals this year and hope to do more great STEAM activities with LEGO in the future but it will require more bricks!

We are in great need of black, green and brown LEGO but will take any colors to add to our collection.


Please bag and label any donations. If you have questions, please email Mrs. Vance vance@ogschool.org


Thank you in advance!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Our middle school girls have been invited to participate in an event this coming Saturday at Libertyville High School. LHS is hosting a “Girls in STEAM” event for middle and high school students from 9 am - 12:30 pm. If interested in attending please see additional details and registration information on their website.

4th and 5th Grade Intramural Basketball

Attention 4th and 5th grade students:

Intramural basketball will begin on Monday, March 11th.

We will meet Mondays and Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 in the Patt Gym. Most sessions will be in the Patt Gym. We will have a total of 8 sessions. We will not have any sessions over Spring Break. Parents, pick students up from school promptly at 4:30.


This is a nice opportunity to learn some basketball basics and play in some games with classmates.

Cost is $10 per player. Parents can pay through the school website:

https://ogs.revtrak.net/Student-Fees/AthleticsActivities/#/list


Be sure to wear gym shoes and basketball playing attire.

Preschool Screening Reminder

Oak Grove School will hold a preschool screening for students who are three or four years of age on March 6th from 12:30 - 3:30. This screening will examine a child's proficiency in speech/language, motor development, and will assess their pre-academic skills and will take approximately one hour. Parents with questions may contact Julie Waehner at (224) 424-4718.

(This screening is not the screening for students who will enter Kindergarten in August.)

You Be the Chemist Challenge Science Club

Last week, Oak Grove sent four students to participate in the local You Be The Chemist Challenge in Northfield, sponsored by Honeywell UOP. All four competitors made it to the 5th round of competition before being eliminated prior to the semifinals. Congratulations to Jack Davis, Ahan Dey, Teja Patil, and Cameron Huang (not pictured).


Just a reminder, Science Club will meet on Wednesday this week due to students not having school on Thursday or Friday. We have two meetings left:

Wednesday, March 6

Friday, March 15

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PTO

PTO Meeting

The meeting is this Wednesday, March 6th @ 9am in the PD room. All are welcome!


6th/7th Grade Social

Today is the last day to sign up for the free social. The social for 6th and 7th graders will be held at Sky Zone in Vernon Hills on Thursday, March 7th, from 10:30 am until noon. Skinny pop and water will be provided. Please visit this page to RSVP and fill out a waiver by March 4th!


Variety Show - Friday, May 3rd @ 4 & 7pm

It’s that time of year again! We are looking for all 5th-8th graders interested in trying out for the Variety Show.

Sign ups: March 11th & March 12th - During lunch hours.

8th Grade Emcee tryouts: April 4th from 3:20- 4 in Mrs. Mahoney’s Room. Sign up sheet is by her door.

Tryouts: April 8th & 9th - You will be assigned a time when you sign-up.

Pictures: April 16th from 3:20 - 5- You must be FULL costume ready.

Dress Rehearsal: May 1st & May 2nd from 3:20 - 6pm

The Show: May 3rd at 4 & 7pm


A few rules for the auditions:


  • All participants in the act must be present at the auditions and have an act name picked out. This act name will be listed on the Oak Grove website if it makes the show. The act name can be changed at a further date.
  • Acts cannot exceed two minutes. NO EXCEPTIONS. Practice in advance and time your act.
  • Music must have appropriate lyrics. Costumes and movements must also be school appropriate.
  • You must bring your music with you to the tryout. It can be on a phone, flash drive, or on a CD.
  • Lip syncing is not allowed. Background music must be instrumental only--NO WORDS! If you are doing a vocal performance the lyrics must be taken out.


This is always such a fun show and we are looking forward to seeing all of the talent that Oak Grove has to offer!


Meet the Candidate Night - Thursday, March 14th at 7pm

The PTO will be hosting a 'Meet the Board of Education Candidate Night' on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm in the Elementary gym. Please email any questions for the candidates to pto@ogschool.org with the subject line 'Meet the Candidate Night Question’. Please submit all questions by Sunday, March 10. Thank you!


Fannie May Spring Fundraiser
It is that time of year again - The Oak Grove PTO Spring Fannie May Candy fundraiser!

  • Order forms must be returned no later than March 8th
  • Return the white and yellow copies of the order form
  • Make checks payable to Oak Grove PTO
  • New this year. All orders will be delivered to Oak Grove. Candy pick up will be on April 5 from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Junior High cafeteria
  • Please contact Cristina Buelow cristinabuelow@yahoo.com or Carlene Lichter carlenelichter@gmail.com with questions

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