Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 10, 2021

From the Principal's Desk

Happy Spring! As you know, the pick up and drop off procedures are pretty refined and working relatively well. However, we need you to please arrive at school in the morning no later than 9:25 and no earlier than 9:00.

In the afternoon, if you are a pickup parent, please do not arrive on school property before 2:15. We had scheduled a fire drill practice on Friday and had parents arriving at school to wait in line at 1:35. This could be a danger if indeed there was a real emergency.

In addition, walkers should not be on school property until 9:00.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Fall Return to School

School administration is happy to announce a webinar for families providing a preview of programs and operations next year. The webinar will be pre-recorded and sent out through BrightArrow on Thursday, May 27 at 6 pm. Parents will be provided an email address to submit questions after the webinar and administration will develop a FAQ document to respond to families. The webinar is intended to provide parents with information we know now regarding our return to school this fall. Updates from the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and the Governor's Office may continue through the summer and adjustments at OGS will be made accordingly. Parents will be notified of any major changes as well.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

We are almost done with TAG placement assessments for the fall of 2021. We are now ready to accept appeal applications. The appeal window will be open from May 10th - 23rd. Please email Dr. Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.org with your appeal form (Parent Inquiry Form) and include what content you are interested in appealing for your child ELA and/or math.

If follow-up testing is needed, you will be contacted by Mrs. Melamed to schedule that with your child.


In 2017-18, a committee of middle school teachers and parents came together to discuss standards-based grading (SBG). Topics included research about SBG, reviewing models from other districts, and determining our middle school roll out plan.

We are meeting again on May 19th from 4-5 pm through google meet. If you are interested in discussing options around the 6th grade pilot and next steps for SBG at middle school, we are seeking a few more parents to join this committee. Please RSVP by Monday, May 17th HERE.

PTO News


We love our OGS teachers! A HUGE THANK YOU goes out to Melody Lyon for planning a fabulous teacher appreciation week! Thanks also go out to our fabulous volunteers – Ashley Wilson, Jen Sahagian, Geniene Dillon, Susan Kurland, Debbie Greer, Dana Huennekens, Krista Sorenson, Liz Howard, Jen Tippett, and Raabia Khan.


On Friday, April 30, the PTO hosted a grab-and go luncheon for our wonderful OGS staff. It was one of the few times this school year that all remote and in-person staff were in the building, making it the perfect time to celebrate our amazing, hard working and dedicated staff members. A BIG THANK YOU to Christine Merrild, Jen Sahagian, and Krista Sorensen for organizing!


Oak Grove PTO is excited to announce our last fundraiser of the year! Oak Grove has partnered with Libertyville Coffee Company! Get organic fair trade whole bean or ground coffee delivered right to your door! Libertyville Coffee Company’s founder Annalise Bossler is a local college student who used her time home during the pandemic to create a business. With the stay at home order in place, Annalise created a company that safely delivers gourmet coffee directly to your door! Her family has been in the coffee business for over 25 years. Her father Brian Bossler also known as the Coffee King, owns JavaMania a large coffee roastery just outside of Rockford. With some creative thinking, lots of hard work, and delicious coffee, Annalise is taking on the world one cup at a time! PTO will begin taking orders May 17th-21st.


Students in Kindergarten, First, Second, and Fourth grades— who were unable to attend the Scholastic Book Fair in-person-- received a Google Form from their teacher to order books. The order will be placed this Wednesday, so don’t miss out. If you have any troubles with the Google Form, please contact Beth Zender @ zenders60048@gmail.com.

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From the School Nurses

All incoming Kindergarten and incoming 6th Grade Parents:

Please visit our website for information on state requirements regarding physicals and immunizations needed prior to entering the fall 2021 semester.




Student Vaccine Opportunity

This week the FDA is set to grant emergency approval for the Pfizer COVID vaccine for children between the ages of 12-15. Last week, Dr. Matt Barbini, D70 Superintendent, reached out to invite our families to participate in their vaccination pod with Jewel-Osco Pharmacy for students in these age groups. Oak Grove families will have the opportunity to sign up for a vaccination appointment in a COVID Clinic to run from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on May 25, 2021 (first dose) and June 15, 2021 (second dose) at Highland Middle School. Information on how families can register their children for the clinic will be shared once details are set. These dates are dependent on FDA Pfizer 12 - 15 vaccine approval and may be subject to change as a result.

In addition, parents can also register their child for a vaccine at two sites through the Lake County Health Department (LCHD). You can register now at the links below and future information will be made available and sent to registrants.

Note: It is not an expectation nor a mandate for any OGS student to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The decision to be vaccinated is a personal one, and we thank Dr. Barbini for sharing this opportunity for our families' consideration.

Notice of Special Meeting

Oak Grove School will host a virtual special education meeting on Monday, May 24th at 11 am. 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 and/or home schools within the district for the 2021-22 school year. Any parent of a student who has been identified with a disability and attends a private school or is home schooled is encouraged to attend. Please contact Julie Waehner at 224-424-4718 for further information.

Summer Camp Registration

Oak Grove Camps registrations are now live. Descriptions of the camps and the link to the RevTrak registration/payments can be accessed using the link below. Looking forward to seeing you this summer! OGS Summer Camps

Returning Family Registration Closes TODAY

Returning family registration closes today, May 10th. Please use your registration log-in information that was emailed to you on the morning of April 26.

(New student registration will take place on June 7th and 8th.)

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