Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 23, 2016

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Here we are at our last Monday of school for the 2015-2016 school year. As the final assessments are administered and field trips are in full swing, please know that our teachers are gearing up for another summer full of professional development. This summer's professional development offerings are:

  • Writers Workshop instructional practices

  • Technology classes including: production room, iPad advanced tools, green screen trainings, coding in the classroom, digital portfolio and more

  • Updates on using our digital report card system

  • A multitude of grade specific curriculum work choices


When your children come back in August, our teachers will be excited and ready to implement all their summer learning.


Be safe and enjoy your summer!

Extended Day Program

The new school year will be here before we know it. Please be sure to let Mr. Rob know if you would like to continue with the Extended Day Program for next year.


New parents, please be sure to visit our school website to access a registration form to fill out and email to Mr. Rob as soon as possible.


Please feel free to contact Mr. Rob with any questions or concerns at rendon@ogschool.org

Hope everyone has a great summer & hope to see you with us next school year!!

Special Education Meeting

Oak Grove School District will host a Special Education meeting June 1st at 10:00 am in the Elementary Office. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plan to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or who are homeschooled within the district for the 2016-17 school year.

A parent of a home-schooled student who has been identified with a disability and who resides within the district boundaries is urged to attend. Questions can be directed to Julie Waehner at (847) 996-1426.

First Grade Science Fun

First graders loved learning science with Mr. Oesch, Mrs. Edelson and Mrs. Zahn this year. A big thank you to colleague and friend, Cathie Saia, who wrote and received a generous grant from the OGSEF (Oak Grove School Education Foundation) used for the purchase of materials and delivery of newly aligned Next Generation Science Standards to K-2 students.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Let the Music Play!
At last week’s spring concert, Mr. Jones awarded Christopher Giamis, Sophie Verkoulen, and Lily Garcia each with a summer music scholarship, funded by the Oak Grove School Education Foundation. The students, who demonstrated a high interest and potential in music, will benefit from eight weeks of individual lessons with a professional player/teacher.


Oak Grove Soaring Eagle Scholarship

We are excited to announce that the inaugural Oak Grove Soaring Eagle Scholarship will be awarded at the Libertyville High School Senior Honors Night on Tuesday, May 24th. Visit our Facebook page Tuesday night to learn who earned this deserving award!


Playground Pavers
Thank you for all of your playground paver orders! They are on order and will be installed over the summer.

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation wishes you a safe, fun and exciting summer break! We look forward to continuing to enhance our student’s educational experience when they return in the fall!

PTO News

May 23, 2016


Lunches this week

Today was the last day for lunches. Please remember to pack lunches for the remainder of the year.


The next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, May 25th at 9:00 am. We meet in the Teacher's lounge. All are welcome.


The Kindergarten and 1st Grade Social was held this last Friday at the Libertyville Sports Complex. The students had so much fun! Thank you so much to our chairs, Kari Fitzpatrick and Kristin Golumbeck, and their volunteers: Susan Kurland, Cathie DeMoon, Sylvia Siwinski, Melissa Sallmann, Kirsten Schinler, Debbie Greer, Melissa Thoune, Melissa Thompson, Pete Cerwin, Nathan John, Laura Espinoza, Krysia Ressler, Deanne Bell and Stacey Ramstedt.


Kiddo's Catering

Don't forget to check the Virtual Backpack for information on our new lunch provider for the 2016-17 school year.


Pre Pack School Supply Orders

See the Virtual Backpack for prices and details.

Congratulations to the Oak Grove Track and Field State Qualifiers

Lyann Tam, Faith Roberts, Jane Arnold, Claire Arnold, Sam Kallas, Kyle Tayfel, Christian Roberts, and Andrew Brooks.


All of the athletes finished in the top 15 in the state for their events and ran their season best times. Christian Roberts was a top runner in his preliminary hurdle race and qualified for the semifinals. Andrew Brooks ran an incredible 800 Meter Run, and finished 3rd in the state. Way to go, Eagles!

Tech Department News

As we draw near the close of the 2015-16 school year the time has come to end the iPad and laptop take home programs. We are asking for all devices, cases, Apple branded chargers, and Amazon or Apple branded cables to stay at school on Friday, May 27, 2016 for the remainder of the school year. At that time students will still be able to use the device in class, but our technology staff will be able to inventory and inspect the devices and peripherals. If something is damaged or missing, you will be contacted by the Business Office to arrange for payment of the lost or damaged item. We look forward to another successful year for the device take home program next year!


The Oak Grove Tech Department has used iPads, desktop, and laptop computers for sale, on a first responded, first served basis. Please see the virtual backpack for more information.

Oak Grove School Girl Scout Project

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It gives the girls a chance to show that they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. For their project, the 8th grade troop 41755 chose to renovate the junior high courtyard. They developed a plan, budget, received sponsorship from school administrators, and initiated several fundraising activities to help defray the costs. With the help of the 5th grade troop 40933, they cleaned out the courtyard and planted over 30 native perennials. They installed trellises in front of several of the teachers windows, to provide a beautiful view when the clematis grow and bloom. The finishing touch was a bird bath and chairs to relax and enjoy the space. Please stop by to enjoy the great work done by the girls!

Medication Pick Up Reminder

Please remember to pick up your child's medication during June 2-7 in the Elementary Office between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Any medications left at school after June 8th will be disposed of.

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes