Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 10, 2017

Early Library Hours Canceled

There will be no Early Library Hours on Thursday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 18 due to Fine Arts Day and the Battle of the Books Championship.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

The PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of College & Career Readiness) testing started today for grades 6 – 8. Next week, we will be testing grades 3 - 5. The make-up window for all grades will be the week of April 24th-28th.

During this time, it will be necessary for all students in grades 3 through 8 to have working headphones at school. Portions of the assessment will require students to listen to information and craft a response. If your child does not have working headphones at school, please ensure that your child has a pair for the testing window. Remember to bring all devices fully charged and ready to test.

"Make Your Own Music Video" Summer Camp - June 5-9, 2017; 8:30 am - 11:30 am

We are excited to offer a week-long music/technology camp where incoming 6-8th grade students can direct, edit, and choreograph their own music videos.

Small groups of students will sing their favorite songs. Then they will choreograph and pick filming locations. Next they record their video using high-quality cameras. Finally, students will edit their video using industry standard software.

Over the 5-day class, the students will learn:

  • The process of creating a music video and the various associated jobs

  • Storyboard creation

  • The basics of video/audio recording and editing

  • Greenscreen techniques & multi-cam editing

Costs for the class will be $50 for each student. Class size is currently limited to 30 participants. Priority will go to those families who have paid through RevTrak. Parents, please visit this link to access RevTrak (https://goo.gl/IwtaCU). We also ask that interested students will fill-out this “Class interest survey” so we can can start collecting materials. (https://goo.gl/TFdUmx)

This is the first year we are offering this experience, so please feel free to contact Dr. Jason Meltzer (meltzer@ogschool.org) or Mr. Logan Farris (farris@ogschool.org) if you have any questions.

We look forward to a very exciting and creative week.

PTO Spring Assembly

Hello Oak Grove parents and/or guardians,

The PTO will be bringing Hot Ground Gym to Oak Grove School on Tuesday, May 16th for the PTO’s spring assembly. Hot Ground Gym is a local company that focuses on teamwork, leadership and critical thinking through obstacle course fitness. It was founded by two military veterans, who have a goal to teach children how to grow physically, while building character. Their work is founded on five pillars: teamwork, leadership, critical thinking, obstacle course fitness and discipline.

Please, visit their website here for additional information.

Hot Ground Gym will be creating obstacle course fitness sessions for each grade level during P.E. classes on Tuesday, May 16th. Students should be dressed in comfortable clothes to participate, with gym shoes. Students in grades 6-8, will not be changing into P.E. uniforms for the day, so students should dress appropriately to participate. This event will be outside, depending on the weather for May 16th.

In order for your child(ren) to participate, please fill out the form below:

Hot Ground Gym waiver

If you have multiple children at Oak Grove, you will be able to list up to 3 students within one form. Children will not be able to participate unless the above form has been completed. If you would prefer for your child to not participate, please contact Michelle Jackson at jackson@ogschool.org and students will participate in regular P.E. class on May 16th.

Please, submit the form by Friday, May 5th.

Thank you to Oak Grove’s PTO for bringing this spring assembly to Oak Grove students.

Illinois Mathematics League Contest

Reminder for parents with 4th or 5th grade students!

Illinois Mathematics League Contest

After school, Thursday, April 20th

3:45-4:15 p.m.

Check out the flyer in the virtual backpack and sign up by Thursday, April 13th.

Building Emotional Courage: Fostering Gratitude and Compassion

Please, join us as the TAG committee hosts Dr. Michele Kane!

Oak Grove School

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

6:30 pm - 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by the OGS TAG Committee

We are excited to welcome back Dr. Michele Kane!

Dr. Kane joined us last year to present to parents on fostering the social and emotional well-being of gifted children, in order to encourage healthy relationships.

This year, Dr. Kane’s presentation will focus on recognizing that gifted children are exquisitely sensitive to their own inner world and that of others. Intuitively aware, they may feel the pain of the world. It can be overwhelming to understand the magnitude of the world’s ills and feel unable to respond meaningfully. Dr. Kane will discuss how children need assistance from caring adults to develop a healthy repertoire of responses which cultivates emotional courage. There is a growing body of research on gratitude, compassion, optimism, and mindfulness that fosters emotional development and that provides a pathway from empathy to action that Dr. Kane will share with parents.

Michele Kane, Ed.D. is a Professor of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she coordinates the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program. She has served the gifted community as a public school district gifted coordinator; through private programs such as Camp Summit for the Gifted, PG Retreat, and SENG; and in leadership positions within both the Illinois and National Associations for Gifted Children.

Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information and how to register.

Please, sign up by Monday, May 1st.

PTO News

Variety Show Tickets are on sale through RevTrak. Here is the link to purchase tickets to either the 4:00 or 7:30 pm show on Friday, April 21st. https://ogs.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=products&grp=16

Come see all the talented 5-8th graders shine! Please note you will not receive paper tickets. You will just use the name of the purchaser to check in at the door.

If interested in purchasing a DVD of the variety show, please click this link: https://ogs.massaudioinc.com/

Oak Grove PTO 4th-5th Grade Social

Last day to RSVP for the 4th-5th grade social!

Don't miss out on this fun, FREE event sponsored by Oak Grove PTO. RSVP at the link below:


The event is Thursday, April 13th (after the early dismissal). 2:00 - 4:00pm at Rockin' Jump in Buffalo Grove.

Oak Grove PTO 2nd-3rd Grade Social

Thursday, April 13th is an early dismissal day from school at 1p.m. Please join us afterwards at the "Just For Fun Roller Rink" in Mundelein. There will be a skating lesson, open skate, pizza and lemonade for your child to enjoy with their friends. Skate rental is included (regular or inline skates).
This is FREE Event, and sponsored by the Oak Grove PTO. Please RSVP by Monday, April 10. For more information and to RSVP, please visit https://www.smore.com/8qv77

1st Grade Ice Cream Social

The 1st grade ice cream social is this Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm in the elementary cafeteria. Stop by during the open house for a complimentary frozen treat. It will promptly end at 7:30!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Come out to Panera for breakfast, lunch or dinner on April 11th to benefit Oak Grove!

Stop by Panera anytime on April 11th and the Oak Grove School Education Foundation will get 15-20% of the proceeds from your order! All you have to do is present a printed or electronic copy of our flyer when ordering, which can be found at http://www.ogsef.org/panera. We hope to see you there!

Date: Tuesday, April 11th

Time: Open to Close

Place: Panera Bread – 832 S. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville, IL

Flyer (bring a printed or electronic copy): http://www.ogsef.org/panera

Pencils, Pencils, and More Pencils!

In case you missed it, Oak Grove made the paper!


Multicultural Committee Survey

We are forming a new committee called Oak Grove’s Multicultural Committee. We are in the process of looking for parents and community members to come together to help us celebrate the cultural diversity of Oak Grove School. If you have recently moved to Oak Grove from another country, or if you have strong ties to your cultural heritage, please fill out the following survey. The survey should be completed by April 25th. Thank you!

Link to survey: https://goo.gl/forms/qWTDyTu7mv4yiTAE3

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