Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ December 16, 2019

5Essentials Survey

Dear Parents,

The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to participate in a school improvement survey for parents. We need to have 20% parent participation in order to have these results included in the annual "school report card." If you are one of the approximately 10% of Oak Grove families who have submitted this survey already, we thank you and please disregard this message.

In this 5Essentials parent survey, you will be asked to provide feedback about your child’s school. Please consider your child’s current experience at school (i.e., 2019-2020 school year). This survey is designed to help school and district leadership improve their understanding of the parent/school relationship.

All responses are completely anonymous. Your responses will be combined with other parents from your child's school and summarized in a school report to further protect your anonymity. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you have the right to discontinue participation at any point.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey content, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.

Hour of Code

Last week, during Hour of Code, first graders in Ms. Alghini's class work together and problem solve as they learned to code.
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Lost and Found

Please remember to check our lost and founds at both cafeterias. All accumulated items will be donated to those in need over winter break.

Student Council

A very special school store will be held this week for our 5th-8th grade lunch periods. We will be in the cafeteria both Thursday and Friday, happy to serve you!

Reminder From the Tech Department

Parents and Guardians,

All iPads are required to stay at school for winter break; critical updates need to be performed.

Laptops are not required to stay at school.

Please remember that school owned devices are not permitted to travel.

If you have any questions, please email the OGS tech team at ogstech@ogschool.org.

Thank you!

Band News

Symphonic Band

We have permission to have students who wish to play holiday music this week for the school in various activities. This is a volunteer effort and a fun way to show some spirit around the halls.

Wednesday - Friday we will have small groups performing throughout the building.

Solo and Ensemble packets were sent home last week via email for you to review.

They are due Tuesday 12/17, but I will accept them through Thursday. Please print and fill out the last page and have them dropped off to me.

Morning Band will meet Mon.- Tues. this week. Wednesday is for small groups who are planning to perform at the bus stop or in the cafeteria before school.

Jazz Band

The students did an awesome job performing at the Jazz Café last Thursday evening! Such a fun night! Thank you again for helping to make this such a special night.

Beginning Band

Parents, what a wonderful first performance! Please encourage your child to play a little and perform over the holidays for any visiting friends and family!

I plan to have morning lessons all week and both Tuesday and Thursday Full band.

Essential Elements Interactive has added a few more holiday songs online if your child would like to try them.

Mr. Jones and Mr. Farris

Geography Bee

Oak Grove’s annual Geography Bee will be held on January 13th at 6:00pm in the Junior High Learning Center.

Visit Mr. Henneberry’s website for registration and preparation activities.


PTO News

Morning Volunteers Needed for Thursday

The PTO is looking for a few volunteers this Thursday, December 19th to cover the staff in the morning from 7:30-8:15 so they can enjoy a holiday breakfast. Please sign up using the following link. https://signup.com/go/daLYLFO

K-1 Social

The K-1 social is just a month away. Use the link below to sign your kindergarten/ first grade student up and volunteer to help!


2nd-3rd Grade Social

Let's roll, 2nd and 3rd graders! Lace up your skates to celebrate the early dismissal on Wednesday, February 12. Join us at "Just For Fun" roller rink in Mundelein, from 1:30-3:30pm. This PTO sponsored event includes skate rental, pizza and lemonade for each participant. Watch the OG News in the coming weeks for additional information including where to RSVP. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Reutzel (sandersL7@hotmail.com).

Attention Families of 4/5th Grade Students

Save the date! The 4th and 5th grade PTO social will be held at XFactor in Mundelein on Wednesday, February 12th from 2:00-4:00 pm. This will be a fun afternoon, hosted by the PTO. Additional information, including how to RSVP, will be sent after the winter break. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Reutzel (sandersL7@hotmail.com).

Dance Through the Decades - Daddy/Daughter Dance 2020!

The Daddy/Daughter Dance is around the corner, and it’s time to get your tickets!

Please visit the website that has links to purchase tickets, purchase raffle tickets, information about the dance, and a link to volunteer!

If you have any items you would like to donate to our raffle, please contact Debbie Greer at debgreer2003@yahoo.com.

If you have any large boxes, please contact Melissa Sallmann at melissagroner@hotmail.com. If you would like to take on a small craft project (make a sign or a prop for the dance), please contact Melissa or Shannon at Shannon.bilcox@gmail.com. We will get you the supplies you need!

It’s going to be a great time!!


Team Green - Recycling Tip

Consider replacing furnace filters regularly. A clogged filter can increase energy use by up to 15%.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Silent Auction Donations – We Need You!

We are gearing up for OGSEF’s biggest fundraiser, the Grove Gala on February 29, 2020. At this event, most of our fundraising dollars come from the silent auction. We are reaching out to our talented OGS community to donate to or help secure donations for the auction.

  • Experiences are always a big hit – game tickets, gourmet dinners – you name it. The Griffins just donated a hosted sushi dinner party!
  • We love to leverage the talents of our OGS community - coaching, culinary treats, legal work, photography, beauty and whatever your talent may be. Our very own Oak Grove artist, Mary Haas, donated a custom portrait and legal eagle Rejean Morgan donated business/legal consultation services.
  • We also welcome merchandise of all kinds – Frank Thomas just donated a signed jersey – thanks to the Big Hurt!

We can’t wait to hear your creative ideas -- simply reach out to Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net with your auction donation, or if you are interested in helping secure donations for the Gala by volunteering for the auction committee. To learn more about our upcoming Gala, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.ogsef.org/gala-2020. Thank you in advance for your support!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

While reading the updated social studies standards, you will notice that they are banded by levels of complexity rather than grade levels in grades 6-8. Many of the skills addressed in the standards build on one another beginning in the elementary grades and progressing through grade 12. This process allows teachers to differentiate content based on academic and developmental needs. Students continue to build and practice skills and disciplinary concepts as they progress through the grade levels. Ideally, by the end of eighth grade, students should have practiced and experienced the less, moderate, and more complex standards in preparation for high school.

For more information feel free to use the direct Link to the Illinois Social Science Standards or the link to the ISBE page with Social Science Resources.

December 6 "Feed My Starving Children" Photos

Rotation Schedule K-3

December 17 - F

December 18 - A

December 19 - B

December 20 - C

January 6 - D

Elyssa's Mission

The middle school experience can include a wide range of emotions. It is easy to misread these emotions and it is beneficial to properly identify them early. Specifically, depression appears to be occurring at a much earlier age and the past decade has seen teen suicide rates double.

To proactively address this issue, Oak Grove School is partnering with Elyssa’s Mission to offer depression screening and suicide prevention training to our 7th and 8th-grade students. The screening and training will take place on January 21st for 7th grade and January 27th for 8th grade during your child’s 5th-period class. Elyssa’s Mission is an evidence-based suicide prevention program that has been shown to address suicide risk and depression while reducing suicide attempts.

The goals of Oak Grove School and our partnership with Elyssa’s Mission are straightforward:

  • To help our students understand that depression is a treatable illness, and help them assess whether or not they may have symptoms consistent with depression.

  • To explain that suicide is preventable and often occurs as a result of untreated depression.

  • To provide students training in how to identify serious depression and potential signs of suicide in themselves or a friend.

  • To impress upon teens that they can help themselves or a friend by taking the simple step of talking to a responsible adult.

There will be a parent presentation conducted by Elyssa’s Mission January 8th from 6-7pm in the Patt gym. All interested parents or guardians are welcome to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Ryan Murray at 224-424-4732.

Resource: Elyssa’s Mission

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