Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 16, 2018

Attention Parents of 8th Grade Students

Hello families-

The 8th grade dance is approaching and we are looking for a few borrowed items. Please reach out by April 28 to Stacie Nevins at stacie_nevins@yahoo.com if you have any of the items listed below to coordinate drop off and pick up. Please label ALL items and we will keep a record of all borrowed items. Pick up for any items used will be Saturday morning after the dance (5/26). We SO appreciate your donations as it will tremendously help us keep our costs down which is a priority. This is a magical and memorable evening for our 8th graders and we truly appreciate any support!

  • Adirondack chairs
  • lanterns
  • iron garden hangers for lanterns outside (shepherd hook)
  • Christmas lights- blue or white . . . LOTS!
  • fire pits (3)
  • beach style bikes (1 or 2)
  • row boat or canoe
  • oars
  • captains hat, parasol, life preservers
  • paddle boards
  • seating for cabana
  • outdoor carpets
  • soccer tents (2)
  • lifeguard chair
  • large umbrella
  • lounge chairs
  • buoys
  • fish netting (durable, high quality)

Lastly, we are looking for connections for a rental store for tables, chairs and linens. Again, thank you for making this possible!

Student Council News


This week - Any 7th grade student who would like to run for an elected Student Council office for their 8th grade year should meet in Mrs. Evan's room (108) on Tuesday, April 17 during your recess time. This is informational only, so you do not have to commit to running at this meeting. You will need to commit by Tuesday, April 24th. Swing by, get the information, and we will chat a bit about the offices and responsibilities.

Junior High Dance

Get ready for some after school fun on Friday, April 27. Stay after school until 5:00 pm for DJ Fresh Oesch, an open gym, and more fun! Entry is $5 that will be donated to our selected charities this year. Also, you may want to bring extra money to purchase concessions and raffle tickets. Please have a ride ready to pick you up in the Junior High parking lot at 5:00 pm.

Oak Grove Chess Club News

We are excited to announce that Oak Grove won 1st PLACE TEAM amongst all the Non-Rated players on April 15th, 2018, at the 1112th Kumbaya Chess Tournament held at Niles North High School. This tournament is an officially recognized tournament by the United States Chess Federation, the governing body of chess in the U. S., and we are very proud of all the students that participated in the event. We also had several individual players that were recognized with individual trophies.

The team members for Non-Rated from Oak Grove were Srirama Chandra Moorthy, Razi Mohammed and Joshua Braus

Congratulations to the participating players and our entire school chess team!

PTO News

Ice Cream Social

The PTO is providing complimentary frozen treats for the fourth grade’s Open House on Wednesday, April 18. The Open House is from 6:30-7:30 pm. The treats will be offered in the Elementary cafeteria. The ingredients and allergy information will be provided near the treats. There will also be a non dairy option.

Variety Show this Friday, April 20

Here is your opportunity to see some of the great talent at Oak Grove! The Variety Show is this Friday, April 20 at 4 and 7:30 pm in the Junior High Gym. Tickets are on sale - $8 in advance (must be purchased online by April 19th) and $10 at the door. Sign in to Revtrak, https://ogs.revtrak.net/ to order. We are looking forward to a great show!

Marla’s Brown Bag Lunch Survey

The hot lunch program at Oak Grove is an important fundraiser for the PTO. We are always looking for ways to improve the program and we need your feedback in order to do that. We plan to use Marla’s Brown Bag lunch program again next year. We will be meeting to discuss areas that we would like to see improved and new vendors we would like to have added to the program, if possible. Please complete this survey by Friday, April 20th. All participants will be entered to win a FREE WEEK of LUNCHES!

Elementary Book Fair

The BOGO Book Fair is next week, April 24-27th and includes items for K through 7th grade. Every item will be "buy one, get one FREE!” If you would like to volunteer to help students shop at the fair, there are still spots to sign up through this link.

You will find classroom shopping times and order forms for teacher gift certificates in the Virtual Backpack. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net.

Pre-Pack School Supplies

The Oak Grove PTO will be having our annual pre-pack school supply fundraiser beginning April 30. Order a pre-pack and you get all of your child's school supplies for the 2018-2019 school year in one pack and it is sent directly to your home. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net

NEW THIS YEAR: Personalized labels for kids’ clothes, shoes, school supplies, etc.

Has your child been the victim of lost gloves or hats this year?! Has s/he tried to locate the item in Oak Grove’s Lost and Found bins only to find that there are several identical ones? We have a solution for you; labels!

The PTO has partnered with Stuck On You, which produces durable and personalized stick-on or iron-on clothing labels, shoe stickers, bag tags, clothing stamps and more for your child’s items. This is a great item if you are labeling your child’s towels, swim suits or sandals for summer camp or for labeling those items that come in the school pre-packs for the coming school year. In addition to clothing, shoes and bags you can also obtain allergy labels, multi-purpose labels, as well as an array of other products including stationary.

This is a fundraiser for the PTO in addition to offering convenience and practicality for parents. Please check out the link below or fliers in the Virtual Backpack for more information.


Our fundraising code is: OAKGROVEPTO

The Oak Grove School Calendar Needs Your Pictures!

Help us build the 2018-2019 school calendar with your photos. Please send images taken either at Oak Grove or a school sponsored event, in original format (i.e. no Instagram filters) for highest quality. Images should be sent to Leah Parr at dlparr82@gmail.com. Please include the name and grade of all OGS students pictured. Thanks!

6th/7th Social

Save the date! Friday, May 18th from 12-2pm at Xfactor Trampoline in Mundelein. More info and link to sign up coming soon.

Track and Field Weekly News

Visit the website for important updates ogstrackandfield.weebly.com

  • Athletes (not parents) should join OGS Track and Field on Google Classroom. ​​​​​Join code is: 9wmor15.
  • Parents and athletes should sign up for important announcements through "REMIND" by texting @76hkfd to the number 81010.

Daily Schedule:

Monday - No Practice (Canceled due to staff meeting)

Tuesday - Meet @ Lakes High School 4:45 - 6:45pm (Unlimited Entry Meet)

Wednesday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Thursday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Friday - No Practice

Saturday - Lakes Co-Ed Relays, Lakes High School 8 am - 2 pm (Details on website)

Sunday - No Practice

Persistence can change failure into extraordinary achievement. – Matt Biondi

Curriculum Corner

Wednesday, April 11th, the Standards Based Committee hosted a parent night to discuss the progress of the committee and to speak to any questions the parents may have had. Questions were gathered ahead of time to ensure that parent questions were answered. Click here to view the slides that were used to facilitate the meeting. The next middle school standards based committee meeting will take place Monday, April 23 from 4-6 pm.

This week, April 16-20, is PARCC make-up testing. If your child missed any sections of the PARCC assessment last week, they will be pulled from their classes to complete the missing sections in morning and afternoon time slots. Your child’s teacher has the specific student make-up schedule should you have any questions.

Earth Day

April 22nd is Earth Day. At Oak Grove, we'll celebrate this special day on Friday, April 20th by wearing green & making it a Zero Waste lunch day.

We challenge your family for 24 hours not to consume anything that generates waste. That means no candy with plastic wrappers, no resealable bags and no drinking straws.

Can you make it for one day? We'll compare which grade will generate less waste, and recycle as much as possible!

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