Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 2, 2017

Attendance Week - Oak Grove in the Top Ten

Great news to share with you all. Oak Grove School was ranked 5th in our enrollment division in the annual Lake County “Attendance Week” completion. Way to go Oak Grove! Mr. Fenton and two students accepted the award for us all.

Oak Grove had an attendance rate of 97.79% just percentage points behind the first place school who had a rate of 98.00%

Schools from across Lake County participated in the Twenty-ninth Annual Lake County School Fall Attendance Week, September 11-15th, 2017, which was sponsored by the Attendance & Truancy Division (formerly known as PASS (Positive Alternative Student Services) and Roycealee Wood, Lake County Regional Superintendent of Schools. 142 schools and 96,558 students participated this year.

This ceremony is the conclusion to a month-long celebration of the fifth annual National Attendance Awareness Month, a campaign organized by Attendance Works (www.attendanceworks.org/attendancemonth/) and other national partners.

Congratulations to everyone that participated!

Future Cats K-5 Poms Clinic

Have you ever wanted to perform at a football game just like the LHS Poms?

Here is your chance!

WHO: Girls - Grades K-5
WHAT: Learn a dance routine & perform with the LHS Poms on the field during halftime of the Sophomore football game. (Snack, T-shirt & your own poms included)
WHERE: LHS main gym (Registration & Check In) & football stadium (Performance & Pick-up)
WHEN: Friday, October 20th - LHS vs Zion Benton
TIME: 3:45pm - 6:15pm
Register before October 11 to be guaranteed a spot and a t-shirt!

Walk-ins welcome but t-shirts and poms not guaranteed.
Each family receives one free admission ticket to the game per girl.

Contact Casey Dugan at casey.dugan@d128.org with any questions.

Click Here to Register

Student Council

Please remember to return your Holiday Wishes catalog orders to your classroom teachers by October 13. Our orders will be placed right away so we can make sure they arrive by Thanksgiving break. Thank you for your support.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This week in SEL we worked in small groups drawing foods that were special to our culture or family. Rather than draw on our own paper, 3-4 students shared a paper just as we share the table in the lunchroom. The lesson was created to build skills for how we respond to seeing food that is new or different to us. You CAN ask...

What is that?

Who made it?

Where did you get it?

Is it cold, spicy, crunchy?

BUT If you do not have something nice to say, don't say anything at all! Students were asked to WATCH the faces of their friends' telling about the special foods. It was clear to see through their big eyes and smiles that the food they described was delicious. The lunchroom should be a place where everyone feels safe and respected. All students deserve to feel confident while eating foods their families have prepared.


Bullying Awareness

October is Bullying Awareness Month! All students kindergarten through fifth grade will participate in lessons that educate us on the signs of bullying. Students are taught to RECOGNIZE, REPORT AND REFUSE BULLYING. Bullying occurs when someone keeps being mean on purpose. The person hasn't been able to make it stop. It is unfair and one-sided.


* Hurting someone's body or belongings

* Using words to hurt someone's feelings

* Leaving someone out on purpose

* Getting others to be mean or exclude someone

Please tell your child that it is okay to report bullying.

TAG Committee

TAG (Talented And Gifted) Committee Hosts Michele Kane

Building Emotional Courage: Fostering Gratitude and Compassion

  • Oak Grove School
  • Monday, October 16th, 2017, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.

Join us as the TAG (Talented And Gifted) committee hosts Dr. Michele Kane. Don't forget to RSVP by October 11th. Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information.

MAA (Mathematical Association of America): AMC 8 Contest

This week, we would like to share information regarding an opportunity for our students in grades 6-8. We are looking forward to the MAA, Mathematics Association of America, AMC 8 Math Contest. Please, see the flyer in the virtual backpack.

What is it?

The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills. The contest is held in November every year. All USA, USA embassy, Canadian, and foreign school students in grade 8 and below are eligible to participate as long as they are under 14.5 years of age on the day of the contest.


  • A Certificate of Distinction is given to all students who receive a perfect score

  • Recognition is given to the student(s) in each school with the highest score

  • The top three students will receive respectively a gold, silver, or bronze Certificate for Outstanding Achievement

  • An AMC 8 Honor Roll Certificate is given to all high scoring students

Who can participate?

Any 6th-8th grade student registered at Oak Grove

When is the contest?

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at 3:30 pm

How do I register?

Sign up with your math teacher by Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Band News

This Friday, the 8th grade Symphonic Band students will perform at LHS in the home football game with the LHS Marching Wildcats!

Beginning Band:

Attention Parents: I will be sending home two letters this week via email. One is a first week check in, and the second and most important is the Essential Elements online registration for your child to practice at home using their computer or iPad. Please be on the look out for those two emails.

Friday is a teacher institute day. Students with Friday lessons will need to come earlier this week. See link for this year’s schedule. http://ogschoolband.weebly.com/lesson-schedule.html


Morning rehearsals are buzzing with a flurry of activity! Please help us stay on top of attendance by letting us know with a quick email if your child cannot attend a morning rehearsal for any reason.

Symphonic band- jones@ogschool.org

Concert Band- farris@ogschool.org

Band books need to be purchased for next week. Students in each band need a lesson book. Here is a link to show you which book to get. http://ogschoolband.weebly.com/which-book-will-my-child-need.html

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Oak Grove’s students in grades 3-8 have been invited to join Lake Bluff School District 65 students in a unique learning opportunity. In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD), the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the subjects of technology, science, and engineering.

The two-day AWE courses will be held at Lake Bluff Middle School, (31 E. Sheridan Pl. Lake Bluff, IL 60044) 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday. They will offer the following courses on October 14th & 15th:

  • Gr. 3-4 Scratch Programming

  • Gr. 5-6 The Next Hit Toy: Product Design & Development

  • Gr. 7-8 Arduino

Please click here to read course descriptions. You will also find information about criteria and steps to register your child.

PTO News

PTO Meeting

Please join us Wednesday, October 4th at 9:30am, which is a half hour later than the normal meeting time, in the junior high teachers lounge.

All are welcome - hope to see you there!

REMINDER: Mother Son Dance

Who: All Oak Grove moms and sons

What: Luau with DJ, photo booth, entertainment, snacks and raffle

When: Saturday, November 4th from 6:30-8:30pm

Where: Oak Grove junior high gym

You don’t want to miss this fun event! Dance and raffle tickets available now at the link below!


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