Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 22, 2016

Lunchroom Subs Needed

Oak Grove School is in need of substitute lunchroom supervisors.


  • Experience working with children
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and promote a positive school environment conducive to learning and success for all students
  • Ability to work collaboratively with peers
  • Willingness to contribute to the general improvement of Oak Grove School

Please contact Rob Rendon for more information @ 847. 996.1421.

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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Thankfully, spring is approaching! In these last few weeks of winter you might find your student struggling to stay focused on homework or studying for a test knowing the weather is getting nicer outside. Especially since they’ve been cooped up all winter.

Did you know that three minutes of moderate-intensity activity for every half hour of sitting can help fight diabetes and heart disease? “Small bouts of movement improve focus, mood, and energy levels too,” says Steve Ettinger, children’s fitness expert. Steve’s active blog offers a variety of healthy ideas to inspire your families’ movement. Here are some of Steve’s favorite three minute study break ideas:

  • Beat the clock: Challenge your child to do as many push-ups, jumping jacks, laps around the house, or anything else he can in three minutes. Track the scores over time and watch the improvement!

  • Dance party: Blast your child’s favorite song for a quick wiggle! Once the song is over, it’s back to work.

  • Do you have abandoned equipment around? Dust off that stationary bike or exercise ball and put it near where the kids read or watch TV. Encourage them to give it a try (but make sure you keep an eye on them.)

Parent/Teacher Conference Maker opens next Monday

The PT ConferenceMaker allows parents to schedule conferences online. The system will be open to parents from 9:00 am on Monday, Feb. 29th until noon on Wednesday, March. 9th. Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, March 10th from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

To sign up for conferences, you can go to our web site, or you can go directly to www.ptconferencemaker.com/og (the system will not open until 9:00 am on 2/29). You will need the student number and 4-digit password for any student you want to create a conference for. Due to limited time slots in grades 5-8, we ask that if you have students in these grades, please only sign up for a conference time if you have a concern. Thank you!

You Be The Chemist Challenge

You Be the Chemist Challenge Competition @ Oak Grove
**Qualifying Exam This Friday, Feb 26**

Do you love science and enjoy trivia style multiple choice questions? Do you want to compete against other Oak Grove 5th-8th grade students and possibly earn a spot to compete in our local competition on March 8th?

Any students in grades 5-8 who are interested in taking the qualifying exam should email Mr. Oesch and Mrs. Edelson by Thursday this week. We will be offering the exam during study hall/recess/lunch on Friday, February 26th (5th and 6th grade students will take it in Mr. Oesch's room; 7th and 8th grade students will take it in Mrs. Edelson's room).
Please bring a pencil and your lunch to eat.

The You Be the Chemist Challenge North Suburban Regional Competiton is coming up in two weeks (5:15 PM - 9:00 PM on March 8th). Oak Grove can send three competitors with one alternate. We have been reviewing challenge materials during Science Club in preparation for the exam, but ALL students are welcome to try the qualifying exam, even if they have not attended Science Club. Study guides are available on the YBTCC website:

Science Club meets on Friday this week from 3:30-4:30 in Mr. Oesch's room. We will announce the competition finalists during the meeting.

Questions? Email: oesch@ogschool.org and edelson@ogschool.org

SEL News

Today we completed our units in kindergarten through fifth grade that cover Erin’s Law. Students have had an interactive experience learning songs, chants and acting out scenes to recognize lures and practice how they would get out of difficult situations where a lure might be being used. All of the children were respectful and did a fantastic job participating in the songs, discussions and role playing activities. For more details, please check your child’s ClassDojo.

On our last Student Improvement Day, our 6th-8th grade students had some wonderful lessons for SEL. Our 6th graders began working on an SEL project for the day. They filmed student created anti-bullying commercials or trailers. Students were able to see all of their peers anti-bullying commercials as a culmination to the day’s activities. Our 7th graders were focused on emotional management; understanding anger, staying in control and coping with stress. They watched a fun Modern Family episode on stress with the large group and then rotated to different teachers to practice some stress free activities that can help reduce stress. Our 8th graders learned about de-escalating a tense situation and then focused on dating relationships for the later part of the day. The students were actively participating in discussions and did a great job with the lesson!

I really enjoyed watching the 6th – 8th grade teachers involve their students in the SEL lessons for the day! The students really enjoyed themselves and learned a lot.

Have a great week and keep smiling!

Mrs. Kiefer

Social Emotional Learning Teacher K-5​

Spelling Bee News

Congratulations to 7th grader Allie Parker. Not only was she our school bee winner, Allie went on to win our regional bee as well! Allie will represent Oak Grove School in the county bee at the College of Lake County on March 17th. Good luck Allie!

Libertyville Fine Arts Month

Congratulations to the following students who have had their artwork chosen to be on display for Youth Arts Month! Oak Grove, LHS, and District 70 Artwork will be on Display all over Downtown Libertyville throughout March. Please take time to visit the businesses and check out all the wonderful Libertyville student art on display!

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Music Man, Jr.

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s 8th grade play, Music Man, JR.

Tap your foot to “76 Trombones,” “Gary Indiana,” “Till there Was You,” and the “Shapoopi.” This year’s 8th graders have been hard at work since November and can’t wait to share all their talent with the Oak Grove Community. The performances will be Thursday, March 3rd (7:00 PM), Friday March 4th (7:00 PM), and Saturday, March 5th (11:00 AM). There will also be an in school performance for the older children at 1:15 PM on March 3rd. Assigned Seat and General Admission Tickets can be bought on the OGS website until Tuesday, March 1st at noon. After March 1st tickets can be purchased 30 minutes before each performance.

Attention 5-8th Graders!

February 25 & 26 - Signups for Variety Show Tryouts (during lunches)

March 7 - Emcee Tryouts

March 14 & 15 - VS Tryouts

PTO News

February 22, 2016

A Message from PTO Co-Presidents Lisa Perrone and Mia Hughes:

Lunches this Week

Monday - Quesadilla/ Hot Dog

Tuesday - Panera

Wednesday - Pasta
Thursday - Culvers

5th Grade Guys Only Night

Oak Grove Jr. High Cafeteria

Wednesday, March 30

6:30 Pizza

7:00-8:30 Speaker from Robert Crown to Discuss Boys Health Education

8:30 Open Gym

The evening will include an informative presentation of "The Michael Program" by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. Topics to be covered will include puberty, proper nutrition and personal hygiene and positive self-image.

Please respond via email to Krista.sorensen@gmail.com by Friday, March 18 with Boy's Name and Father's (or other adult male's) Name.

If you have any questions contact Krista Sorensen, Monica Goldberg or Jennifer Johnson. For additional information visit www.robertcrown.org under "Michaels Program".

5th Grade Mother/ Daughter Tea

Don't forget to RSVP to Jennifer Lopez at jlope@me.com by March 15th for the 5th grade mother/daughter tea which is being held this year on March 29 at 7pm. Also, please remember to get your daughter's baby picture in byMarch 15th as well.

Save the date! This year’s 6-7th grade social will be on March 10th from 11-1 at Glacier Ice Rink in Vernon Hills. Look for more details in next week’s news.

Oak Grove Gala

Thank you so much for supporting The Grove Gala 2016 – we have officially SOLD OUT! We look forward to seeing so many of you there!

Preview the Silent Auction Online

We invite you to take a sneak peek at the auction items by visiting http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2016-auction-items.html. From Priceless Treasures and Practical Treats to Exciting Experiences and Memorable Moments, the Grove Gala Silent Auction 2016 surely has that special item you or your child has been coveting! Take a peek at our different items, but be sure to walk the floor the night of the Gala, as new items come in every day!

Thank you to all of our generous Auction Donors – you can view a full listing at http://www.ogsef.org/auction-donors.html.

We look forward to a fun and charitable evening that will benefit new educational opportunities for the children of Oak Grove School. We have such a special group of children, families, teachers and staff members, as well as an amazing community, that afford us the opportunity to have events like this one.

LHS Turnabout Court and Student Council Read to Grovers

The Libertyville High School Turnabout Court and Student Council came to read in all K-4 classrooms on Tuesday, February 16th. The Turnabout Court is comprised of 16 senior boys who are voted on by their peers at LHS for being kind and hard working. The Court and Student Council loved reading and talking with our students!
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Intramural Basketball

Intramural basketball for boys and girls in grades 6-8 will start on Monday, March 7th.

Students will meet on the following dates:

  • March 7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 28th and 30th
  • April 4th and 6th

6-8 intramural basketball will be held in the Junior High Gym from 3:30-4:30. Parents must pick up students at 4:30.

Students will be given the chance to work on basic basketball fundamentals and play some scrimmage games.
Payment must be made prior to participation and made using RevTrak via ogschool.org.

Wrestling News

On Thursday, the Oak Grove Eagles wrestled very well versus potential Sectional match-ups in Carl Sandburg and Millburn.

The Eagles faced off against Millburn for the second time this season. Diego Norena pulled out a 10-0 victory, improving his varsity record to 8-3. Ian Riley went all 3 periods and defeated his opponent 10-2.

In the match up versus Carl Sandburg, Alex Lim, in the 85 lb. weight class, recorded an exciting buzzer beater pin. It was his first pin of the season and his wrestling career. Ian Riley wrestled like a veteran on the mat in the 100 lb. class, taking his points and opportunities when available. Ian defeated his opponent 17-2, improving his Varsity Record to 13-5.

The Eagles will wrestle West Oak in Mundelein on Tuesday, February 23rd. The start of the State Series Competitions begin next Saturday, February 27th at Deer Path.

Throwback Fitness Thursdays

Mr. Izenstark's class enjoys throwback fitness Thursdays! The past couple of weeks have included 80's jazzercise and Jane Fonda workouts with appropriate 80's music in the background. So much fun!
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Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our Virtual Backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes