Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ June 3, 2019

From Superintendent, Dr. Lemon

Dear parents and guardians:

Hello! As we close the 2018-19 school year, I wanted to send a quick "thank you" on behalf of the faculty, staff, and most important-students of Oak Grove. We have had an amazing school year. We could not do it without the tremendous support you give your children, and to us. Oak Grove is a great place for young people to learn both in and out of the classroom. We know there are many great school options in the area, so we are grateful that you entrust your children with us on a daily basis.

Please have a safe, happy, and rewarding summer. Like always, it will go by "too fast" and we will be starting the 2019-20 school year. Special congratulations to those of you who graduated an 8th grader last week. It was a wonderful evening. For those of you who are leaving Oak Grove for any reason, thank you for being a part of our family, and we wish you the best in all of your future adventures!

Office Consolidation

A big change will be happening starting with the 2019-20 school year! The District will be consolidating the two offices. There will no longer be separate elementary and junior high offices. Instead, there will be one "district office." The administrative assistants will all be located in the current elementary office location. Additionally, both school nurses will be located in the current elementary office area. The Superintendent and the Business Office personnel will be located in the current junior high office space. Mr. Fenton, Dr. Cacciatore, Ms. Waehner, and Mrs. Melamed will all be located in the elementary office wing. The reading specialists will be relocating to the current Central Office area.

Morning and afternoon bus and car procedures for dropping off, and picking up will remain the same as they are this year. Buses will drop off and pick up students in the elementary parking lot. Student drop off before 8:20 a.m. will be in the upper parking lot and afternoon pick up will also be in the upper parking lot.

We continue to see increased enrollment. This has created a space crunch in the building, so these consolidations will help us as we try to make our building more efficient. We will be making the transitions this summer. Thank you.

Lost and Found Reminder

Don't forget to check the Lost and Found before the end of the school year. All items left in the Lost and Found will be donated on June 10.

Afterschool Quiet Study Hall Option

Mr. Rendon, Oak Grove’s Extended Day coordinator, is seeking input regarding whether there is interest in a “quiet study hall” after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We would need a minimum of 5 students participating EACH OF THOSE DAYS in order to pay for the additional staff member required to coordinate the study hall. The study hall would run from 3:30-6:00 p.m. Cost would be $16/day, which is the same as our current Extended Day program. This would not be a replacement program for students currently in Oak Grove Extended Day. The purpose of this program would be to provide a quiet atmosphere for students to complete homework or study.

If you are interested, please e-mail Dr. Lemon at lemon@ogschool.org. Please state if your child/children would like to participate, and on which days. We would need to have 5 students participate Monday through Thursday to consider offering the study hall.

Summer Reading Challenge

Time is running out - hurry and enter the Oak Grove Summer Reading Challenge. All interested students must be registered by Wednesday, June 5th. Don’t miss your CHANCE to throw a pie at an administrator next school year! Just click on the link below to register.

Happy Reading!


Any questions please email: challenge@ogschool.org

Volunteers Needed for Camp Invention

Camp Invention is looking for volunteers! In addition to our certified staff, Leadership Interns are critical for the success of Camp Invention. We are looking for individuals 16 and older to help out for the week of June 10-14th here at Oak Grove School for our STEM enrichment day camp. This awesome resume building opportunity includes 40 hours of service as well as a training on patent law. Please contact Kari Meyer (meyer@ogschool.org) for more details.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation is pleased to announce the publication of our 2019 Community Business Directory. The directory will bridge our Oak Grove families with our community’s service businesses. Categories will include:

  • Activities for the Family
  • Auto Care
  • Community Centers
  • Education
  • Event Planning
  • Financial Services
  • Fitness and Sports
  • Health and Wellness
  • Home Improvement and Maintenance
  • Pet Care
  • Salon and Beauty

The Community Business Directory will be distributed to the families at Oak Grove School and the attendants of the school’s various activities. As a directory sponsor, you will have the opportunity to highlight your business through a full color advertisement.

Your donation is tax deductible and will go toward the funding of targeted curriculum enhancements focused on Innovation, Collaboration, Creativity and Learning Enrichment. The Foundation also funds scholarships for Oak Grove alumni graduating from Libertyville High School.


A half page, full color ad in the directory + your business listing printed in bold type to stand out on the page + your ad included in OGSEF e-mail blasts


A quarter page, full color ad in the directory + your business listing printed in bold type to stand out on the page + your ad included in OGSEF e-mail blasts


A business card sized, full color ad in the directory + your business listing printed in bold type to stand out on the page

To secure your ad space, please visit https://www.ogsef.org/community-business-directory or submit the form below.
Ad purchases will be available through August 2, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact danwells2166@gmail.com. Thank you for your support!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

While we all know that summer fun takes priority while not attending school regularly, don’t forget to sneak in some learning experiences for your students. The best way to prevent summer learning loss is to keep them learning! Here are some ideas you might want to consider if you are looking for ways to create summer growth. The goal is to create 2-3 hours per week of instructional opportunities.

  1. Read every day! This could be a magazine, newspaper, or directions to a new game, it all counts.

  2. Cook with your children. Have them read the recipe, measure the ingredients and use the timer so they know when it’s ready. For an extra challenge, have them change the proportions so they can make food for a different number of servings than suggested.

  3. Plant a garden and keep it going. This will require weeding, watering and perhaps eating their creations :)

  4. Learn a new word each week. Have them keep a list and try to use the word in everyday conversation. To change it up, pick words in different languages.

  5. Have them pick a goal to learn a new skill. Is this the summer to learn to roller skate? Is this the summer to start Ninja Warrior training? Try having them get you somewhere by reading a map instead of a GPS. (Warning: plan extra time accordingly, you might wander a while)

  6. Ban the word “Bored." Challenge your creative genius to find something to do to create their own entertainment. This could mean writing their own play, running laps in the backyard, inventing a new game, or to discover how many things can they make with a paper towel roll, the possibilities are endless.

All of these will help prevent summer learning loss and will support your student’s transition back in August but most of all, it will help make some great memories. Be safe and enjoy the break.

Summer office hours are from 9 am - 1 pm, Monday through Friday

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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

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