Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 30, 2018

2018-19 Class Placement Input - DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY!

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, specials area teachers, specialists and the principal. We at Oak Grove take this process very seriously.

We welcome any insight you wish to share about your child. We will take into consideration pertinent information about your child’s learning style and needs, received in writing on or before Friday, May 4th, 2018. While we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored. Please send your input to me by email at fenton@ogschool.org.

The following describes the process for creating balanced class lists:

  • Classroom teachers consider the social-emotional and academic needs of each student

  • Parent input is considered

  • Grade level teams collaborate to form draft class lists that are balanced in terms of the academic, social and emotional needs as well as considering friendships and other factors

  • Specialist Team members (social worker, speech, special education, etc.), the Fine Arts Team (Art, Music, P.E.) and the principal provide input as well during this process

  • Class lists are finalized in August due to account for summer movement. We cannot make changes once this process occurs, as moving one child can disrupt the balance of a class, impacting all students

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act which takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children.

Andrew Fenton


Camp Duncan Trip Pick Up Reminder

7th Grade Parents,
If your child went on the Camp Duncan field trip today (April 30), please remember that pick up tonight is at 7:45 p.m. in the Junior High parking lot. Thank you.

STAR Assessment next week

Beginning next week, students will take part in the spring STAR assessment. Our window for spring testing will be May 7th-May 18th. The STAR assessment is a computer-adaptive assessment, adjusting the difficulty of the test based on a child's previous responses.

Students in Kindergarten will take the Early Literacy Test. In grades 1-8, students will take the Reading and Math STAR assessments. Results will be shared with parents in the weeks following the conclusion of the testing window.

As always, a good night's rest, a healthy breakfast and arriving on time for school are important to help students do their best.

Additional information related to the STAR assessment can be found here.

Oak Grove Communications Survey 2017-2018

This week, every Oak Grove family will receive a communications survey from the District. We are hoping that you will take 5 minutes to provide us with feedback about your experience this year. We've sent a similar survey for the past two years and have received very useful responses each year from over 300 of our families. We hope that you will participate in the survey...we really appreciate your feedback!

You will receive the survey via email. We ask that you complete it by May 14th. Please only fill out one survey per family. The Board of Education and administrative team will use the information as we plan for next year. Thank you!

Curriculum Corner - "Workshop Model"

Hello Oak Grove Community,

You may have heard us talk about the Workshop Model for reading and writing. The Workshop Model is not a particular book or resource; it’s an instructional strategy that organizes the class time into different parts to ensure that the students are doing the ‘heavy lifting’ during the lesson.

Utilizing a workshop approach asks the teachers to provide a mini-lesson of direct instruction to the whole class. This is an opportunity to share the learning target and the student goal for the lesson. After the direct instruction takes place, students begin to dig in and practice their skills. This is a chance for students to confer with the teacher one on one or work in small groups to receive additional direct instruction. This time is also an opportunity to have collaborative conversations and engage in individual practice of skills and strategies. This fosters student independence while providing scaffolded support. At the conclusion of the lesson, the teacher facilitates a share out of the learning and utilizes the closing of the lesson to provide any additional points of clarification for next steps. We are excited to use this structure to maximize student learning time in order to help students grow!

Make Your Own Music Video Summer Camp: June 18-22, 2018; 8:30 am - 11:30 am

After a very successful camp last summer, we are delighted to be offering this experience again 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 $115 for each student. Class size is currently limited to 30 participants. CLICK HERE FOR THE REVTRAK WEB STORE LINK. We also ask that interested students will fill-out this “Class interest survey” so we can can start collecting materials. (https://goo.gl/TFdUmx)

Please feel free to contact Dr. Jason Meltzer (meltzer@ogschool.org) or Mr. Logan Farris (farris@ogschool.org) if you have any questions or are having challenges registering for the class.

We look forward to a very exciting and creative week.

Annual Oak Grove Art Show

Opening Reception
This Wednesday, May 2
6-8 PM at Pauly Honda Dealership in Libertyville

• Over 100 pieces of student art!

• Featuring musicians from the OGS Band and music classes

• Light Refreshments and a Gift Card Raffle for the featured artists who attend!

• Sponsored by Pauly Honda

• Artwork stays on display for an entire year!

Featuring the artwork of:

Ashmik Ram Inkollu, Aston Williams, Courtney Francl, Hannah Barry, Noah Boggs, Olive Snodgrass, Ruth Wang, Safa Ghori, & Zayd Ahmed.

1st grade:
Avery Edmondson, Divine Omaiye, Gracelyn Smith, Hailey Parr, Katelynn Schmidt, Kayden Brown, Makynlie Popiolek, Momina Ilyas, Nick Kieca & Robert Imhoff

2nd grade:
Annabelle Bailor, Elsie Colin, Jacob Xu, Kirk Reutzel, Logan Boggs, Molly Schlitt, Natalie Devora, Salma Othman, Sarina Linde & Will Maag

3rd grade:
Ella Cobb, Ella Kurland, Hooriya Haroon, Katelynn Golumbeck, Lilly Sahagian, Lindy Fang, Luke Huffman, McKenna Dietz, Morgan Ward, Nathan Likosar & Sri Mukhopadhyay

4th grade:
Evan Dietz, Keerthana Sridhar, Maaz Suglatwala, Maddie Chung, Sara Swanson, Shagun Poonia, Sienna Mendoza, Taylor Higham, Viktorija Tijunelis & Klaudia Lapinski

5th grade:
Caitlyn Jones, Celia Cathlina, Dakota Olson, Emma Kattookaran, Evie Potsic, Gabriella Earth, Katie Griffin, Maddie Merrild & Natalie Schlitt & Makayla Boone

6th grade:
Emma Erisman, Vanessa Zhang, Anna Dawson, Audrey Silverman, Ben Maag, Cameron Huang, Casey Servatius, Christina Stelter, Cole Manogura, Eric Vu, Grace Schulenburg, Jackson Goldberg, Jordana Block-Terson, Kendall Brooks, Lily Ulrich, Liz George, Logan Howard, Megan LaCrosse & Tarun Movva

7th grade:
Addie Sahagian, Alaina Lopez, Allison Chung, Areeb Jamili, Arwen Townander, Ava Michaels, Fredrik VonKirchbach, Jenna Krakowski, Jorge Moya, Lily Castro, Madison Yun, Megan Hedlund, Olivia Davoux, Saylor Szymanski, Sean Heard, Shelby Buelow & Sophia Rynes

8th grade:
Chloe Cashman, Chris Giamis, Gwen Edgar, Jessica Liu, John Stokovich, Joshua Sears, Kelly Hutchins, Kira Bonnet, Morgan Singer & Sophie Manogura

Extended Day Fun

Here Ye…. Here Ye…

Our Extended Care festivities of jousting, sword fighting & horseback riding made it a fun filled, magical journey through the doors of our castle!

K-4 Students Participate in Pre-Multicultural Event!

This past week your child participated in a fun lesson led by amazing volunteer parents! Each grade level learned about one country:

Kindergarten: Brazil

First Grade: Poland

Second Grade: China

Third Grade: India

Fourth Grade: Nigeria

All students watched videos that showed where the country was located, heard fellow Oak Grove students counting and saying hello in other languages. They also created a flag and an art project that taught them more about the country!

This Thursday, we will have an in school parade for all K-4 students to see each other's projects. Help your child dress to represent the country they learned about!


KINDERGARTEN wear blue and gold

FIRST GRADE wear red and white


THIRD GRADE wear orange and green OR rainbow

4th GRADE wear green & white


Thursday evening, the Multicultural Fair will take place in the Patrick Patt Gym. Your child's works will also be displayed in the elementary cafeteria for you to see.

Come join us for our first Annual Multicultural Fair this Thursday, May 3rd from 6:00-7:30 pm. Don't forget to get your passport on your way in! Visit as many booths as possible and collect your passport stamps! There will be a prize for one of the participants! Please click here to check out our short promo video.

Reminder: JH Library Early Morning Hours Canceled on Friday, May 4th.

Student Council News

Get ready for some end-of-the-year fun! All 5th-8th grade students are invited to participate in Final Fridays, a fun dress up event for the month of May. Help Student Council count down our last four Fridays of the school year. Remember, all dress up items must follow school rules and remain appropriate.

Here is the "dress up" schedule for our remaining month of school:

Friday, May 4: Mismatched Madness- We dare you to be as much of a fashion disaster as you can be!

Friday, May 11: Twins, Triplets, Quadruplets- Get with your friends and plan your outfits. The more, the merrier!

Friday, May 18 (field day and early release): School spirit- Celebrate competition and Oak Grove with your Eagle spiritwear!

Friday, May 25: PJ Day - Wear your favorite PJ's for a relaxing day. After all, it is our last Friday of the school year.

PTO News

Spring BOGO Book Fair was a success! Thank you to everyone who participated. Our parent volunteers did an excellent job guiding our students with the "buy one get one" concept. This sale earned our school $1250 in Scholastic Dollars. These dollars will help build our school libraries. Congratulations to Matthew Schinler for winning the Family Night Basket Raffle! Special thank you to our Book Fair Committee: Raabia Khan, Jennifer Tippett, Lisa Perrone, Jen Sahagian, Becky Rynes, Sarah Roe, Maria Roberts, Mia Hughes, & Melissa Thoune. Interested in joining our Book Fair committee next school year?? Contact Jennifer Liu by email Jen_Hen@comcast.net

Pre-Pack School Supplies ordering site is now open!!

Oak Grove PTO is having our annual pre-pack school supply fundraiser again this year. When you order a pre-pack, you get all of your child's school supplies for the next school year in one pack. It is sent directly to your home. You save time and money while raising money for our school. The online ordering is now open!

Order Securely Online thru June 24th

  1. Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

  2. Enter the school ID, OAK039

  3. Follow the directions to complete your order.

  4. Keep your online confirmation as your receipt.

    Orders will be charged sales tax & $9.15 delivery fee per family order at checkout

If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is the week of May 7th! All of us at Oak Grove School are beyond fortunate to have our incredible teachers nurturing and guiding the children in our community. Please take a moment to have your child write their teacher(s) a special note letting them know what an important role they play in your child's life. This could be something new that was learned, a silly memory, their favorite thing about them, even a drawing would be wonderful. Your child should bring their letter (s) to school on any day during the week of 5/7 and give it to their teacher. It will give them something to make them smile all week long!

Field Day, May 18th

Field Day will be here before you know it! Let’s hope that the weather is as beautiful as today. We are planning on providing a snack as one of the Field Day stations that morning. It will be Skinny Pop popcorn along with an Icee Pop (same freezer treat that was provided during open houses). If your child can NOT have one or both of these snacks, please send your child to school that morning with a snack they CAN have! Have him/her drop it off to their nurse that morning; K-4 to Nurse Judy in Elementary and 5-8 to Nurse Callie in the Jr. High. They will be sure to bring the snacks to where they need to be. Please e-mail Dana Huennekens, Dlfranz@yahoo.com, with your child’s name in advance telling me what your child can NOT have that morning so that I can provide a list for the snack station volunteers that day. Please let me know by Monday, May 14th! See the Virtual Backpack for nutrition labels for both snacks. Thanks! Dana Huennekens, Dlfranz@yahoo.com

The Oak Grove School Calendar needs your pictures!!

Help us build the 2018-2019 school calendar with your pictures. Please send images taken either at Oak Grove or a school sponsored event, in the original format (ie no Instagram filters) for highest quality. Images should be sent to Leah Parr at dlparr82@gmail.com including the month taken, name and grade of all OGS students pictured. Pictures will be accepted through the end of June.

Save The Date for Family Fest 2018!!!

Mark your calendar and please join us to kick off the 2018-2019 school year with our 3rd Annual Family Fest on Sunday, August 26, 2018. This year's event will bring back some family favorites like the dunk tank, cupcake walk and DJ games as well as some new games and surprises!

Please e-mail Kate Byers (kateGbyers@gmail.com) to volunteer for the planning committee and/or express interest in working a shift the day of the event. This is a GREAT way to get involved in the PTO because most of the planning can be done by e-mail/phone calls and the event takes place before the hectic pace of another school year picks back up! The success of this event depends on our volunteers - thank you in advance for your help!

PTO Chairs

Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to chair our events and programs for next year! We have only 1 committee left that needs a chairperson! The PTO Volunteer Coordinator is a great position for a person who doesn’t have a ton of time to volunteer in person. It simply requires communicating, by email, with our list of PTO Volunteers to fill requests for baked goods and office help. If you have any questions or are interested in signing up, please contact Katrina Treutelaar at Katrinatreutelaar@me.com. Thanks!

PTO Meeting this Wednesday

Please join us for our monthly PTO meeting this Wednesday, May 2nd at 9 AM in the Jr. High Teachers lounge. We will be presenting the 2018-2019 Bylaws and Budget. They will be voted on at our last meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 16. The 2018-2019 Bylaws can be reviewed on the PTO website http://www.ogschool.org/oak-grove-pto. Copies of the 2018-2019 Budget will be available at the meeting. We hope to see you there!

Returning Student Registration will open on May 7th...more info to come.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala 2018 Experiences

Some of the most memorable components of Gala 2018 are the live and silent auction experiences. It is so fun for our children to spend time with their teachers and mentors out of the classroom. We wanted to share a few snaps of some recent experiences –being nurses for the day (Linde Family), bowling with Ms. Colclasure (Hughes Family) and hitting the ice with Mr. Fenton (DeMoon Family). Thank you again to everyone who supported Oak Grove at our Grove Gala 18!

Track and Field Weekly News

Conference and Sectionals can be confusing...

Go to the website for more information:



Monday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Tuesday - Meet @ Lakes HS 4:45 - 6:45 (Unlimited Entry Meet)

Wednesday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Thursday - Meet @ LHS 4:45 - 6:45 (Unlimited Entry Meet)

Friday - No Practice, No Meet

Saturday - Conference Meet @ N.Chicago HS 9 AM - 1 PM (Limited Entry Meet)

Sunday - No Practice, No Meet

  • Please notify Coach Edelson IN WRITING if you have a conflict and will not be able to attend the Conference and/or Sectional meets.
  • Athletes are expected to attend the Conference and Sectional meets on Saturday, May 5th and 12th. We will find places for athletes to compete, even if it's not their first or second choice of event.
  • There is no bus to/from the Saturday meets. Athletes can carpool and get dropped off and picked up.
  • These are limited entry meets - 2 per event, per gender, per grade (7/8).
  • Conference sign-ups will be finalized by Friday. Scratches only on 5/5 (due to illness or extenuating circumstances).
  • Sectional sign-ups must be entered by Tuesday, May 8. Changes can be made on Wednesday at the seeding meeting. Scratches only on 5/12.
  • Spiritwear is here--see Coach E if you need to pick up your order.
  • Parents and athletes must sign up for important announcements through "REMIND" by texting @76hkfd to the number 81010. This allows for two-way texting with Coach Edelson.

"A true champion knows how to overcome doubts and manage those doubts and turn them into motivation." - Misty Hyman

Join Cub Scouts!

Oak Grove Cub Scout Pack 194 invites you and your son or daughter to our spring informational rally.

Who: Boys & girls in grades K-5 as of September 2017

Where: Oak Grove Jr. High cafeteria

When: May 9th, 2018

Time: 6:30-8:00 pm

Join over two million families around the world involved in scouting and learn how it can make a difference in your child’s life.

Scouts are a family-oriented organization. Family involvement is an essential part of the program and you will work with your child as they learn and enjoy outdoor activities, STEM experiments, camping, teamwork, and family values while earning personal and peer recognition for their achievements.

Discover fun and adventure in our year-round program. Pack 194 offers fun and challenging activities that promote character development, physical fitness, leadership, communication skills and good citizenship.

For information about Cub Scout Pack 194, visit https://pack194.mypack.us or contact one of our leaders below for more information:

Homer Benavides



Kevin Fitzpatrick


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