Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 18, 2017

Snowflake 2017 for 7th and 8th graders!

Snowflake seeks to bring together middle school youth, community professionals, and other caring adults to develop a trusting relationship and provide a framework of understanding of oneself and of others. The program also strives to teach youth valuable skills that develop healthy peer relationships, promote responsible decision making, and resist negative peer pressure.

LOCATION: Hawthorn Middle School South, 600 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills, 60061

DATE: Friday, October 13, 2017

TIME: Students- 2:15pm-10:00pm

Parents- 7:15pm-10:00pm (Speaker, desserts and coffee)

FEE: $25.00 Per Student

(The fee includes student dinner, snack, T-shirt, and materials)



To confirm placement for your child, please fill out the permission form and payment. Forms are in the virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Honor Society

The Oak Grove Honors Society is doing a drive for the people that lost their belongings during Hurricane Harvey. We are asking for donations, specifically unused or new shoes, underwear, socks, school supplies, and canned food and water. Keep an eye out for the donation boxes around the school. Please consider helping the people in Texas.

Thank you!

-8th grade Oak Grove Honor Society

Oak Grove Student Council

The Oak Grove Student Council fundraises throughout the year to help our school and our community. Last year, our fundraising efforts raised $3,000 for the school year. We are hoping to exceed that number this year!

We have partnered again with Maredy Fundraising to offer you a variety of items from the "Cheers to the Holidays Catalog". Each child is receiving a catalog for families to shop from. If you would like to order, please fill in the order form on the back of the catalog and return to your child’s classroom teacher (elementary) or homeroom teacher (junior high) with a check made out to Oak Grove School no later thanFriday, October 13. Orders will be placed as a school and they should arrive in time for pick up before Thanksgiving Break. NOTE: YOU DO NOT NEED TO ADD SALES TAX TO THE ORDER.

We kindly ask that no students go door-to-door to solicit sales. We value the safety of our students. Also, this is not a contest with incentives. We are simply offering the sale to families for our fundraising efforts.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Student Council sponsor, Ashley Evans, at evans@ogschool.org or 847-367-4120 x2108.

Look for your catalog coming home this week!

Band News

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

Lessons during the day will be interrupted this week due to State P.E. assessments. Regular lessons will resume next week. See link for this year’s schedule. http://ogschoolband.weebly.com/lesson-schedule.html

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

We should have the entire band handbook slips turned in by Friday. If you did not get a chance, please go to the webpage, download the handbook, then read and print the last page to sign and turn in.

8th–grade football music is ready to pick up! See Mr. Jones for your set.

Lastly, there is a TON of music to be learned this fall. Please help your child find the time and place in your home to begin a regular practice routine.

Beginning band

Attention parents: Today is the last day to get your instrument ordered in time for Friday’s delivery!

4th-grade lessons will start next week, Sept 25th. The first lesson will be a very important one, for sure! Please double check the lesson schedule and remind your child which day to come. Instruments will be released to students to be brought home after they have had their first lesson on how to assemble it. We are going to have a blast!

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

This week our vocabulary words to use at home are perspective (3rd-5th grade) and self-talk, and being "assertive" (Kindergarten-5th grade). In the upper grades, we talked a lot about the student perspective vs friends', teachers' and parents'. We need to try and see things from more than one point of view so we can build positive relationships with mutual respect. In the lower elementary, we focused on self-talk to help us learn and wait! Being assertive is calmly and respectfully advocating for oneself! Be sure to check and 'like' your child's ClassDojo comments and pictures! They love when they see their parent's name with a 'like' next to the post!


PTO News

Heinen’s Teaming up for Education

Heinen’s Grocery in Lake Bluff will donate up to 1% of purchases by Oak Grove participants, back to the PTO. It's easy to participate. Just sign up for their preferred card and enroll in the Tasteful Rewards program. This can be done in store or online at heinens.com. You then select Oak Grove School PTO as your school for donation. Then make sure you use your rewards card every time you shop. Please note, you need to reselect the school every year, so make sure the next time you are in, go to the customer service counter and reselect Oak Grove.

Curriculum Corner

Dear parents and guardians of 8th grade students,

At OGS, we are always looking for ways to utilize community resources to better the health and well-being of our students. A year ago, in collaboration with the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, Libertyville was awarded a grant to develop a coalition specific to keep our youth healthy. After looking at our Illinois Youth Survey data and discussing potential areas of focus, the now-named Libertyville Connect coalition decided to move forward with a campaign to provide parents with tips on how to talk to their kids about staying healthy and safe, focusing first on increasing awareness about underage drinking.

Oftentimes, when the issue of teens and alcohol arises, some assume underage drinking to be a rite of passage. However, advances in adolescent neuroscience since the 1990s confirm the damage alcohol has on the developing teen brain. The goal is to bring this important discussion into a conversation about health & wellness, rather than regarding it solely in a moral frame of reference.

You'll be seeing messages in the Oak Grove News (and ePawPrints if you have a LHS student) about this important topic. Here is the first issue of Lake County Health Department (LCHD) Digital Connect. Questions specific to the campaign can be directed to Rachel Mintle, MPH, at the Lake County Health Department, rmintle@lakecountyil.gov.

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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.
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Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes