Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 29, 2018

Important Dates for Beginning of 2018-19


Please hold the following dates on your calendars for the start of next school year.

K-3 Meet the Teacher

Monday, August 20th 2:30pm-3:30pm

K-2 Curriculum Night

Monday, August 27th 6:30pm-8:00pm

3-5 Curriculum Night

Thursday, August 30th 6:30pm-8:00pm

6-8 Curriculum Night

Thursday, August 23rd 6:30pm-8:00pm

We hope this helps you plan ahead. Enjoy your summer!

8th Grade Dance Was a Huge Success!

Dear 8th Grade Parents,

The dance on Friday was a HUGE success, thanks to you! The kids had an amazing time and you could see from their smiles and fun pictures that it was a memorable evening.

We wanted to take the time to thank all of our extraordinary volunteers who made the event a success. We couldn't have done it without you!

Thank you to Pam Brennan, Nicole Marselle, Kelli Kuypers and Stacie Nevins who chaired the decorations committee. What a tremendous undertaking! The school looked amazing! The kids were wowed that the gym and cafeteria were magically transformed in a few short hours. Our volunteers did a fabulous job creating, organizing and dedicating their time to decorating Oak Grove. We appreciate all the extra hours prepping, building and creating that were put in by Pam and Jeff Brennan and Nicole and Tim Marselle. Your time and talents are amazing! Thank you to all those who dedicated their Friday afternoon to decorating the school! Kudos to Pam and Jeff Brennan, Nicole and Tim Marselle, Gene and Anita Wells, Kristin and Paul Hawkinson, Tiffani Baffico, Dana Sullivan, Disa Sullivan, Stacie and Jeff Nevins, Liz Howard, Kim Konigseder, Anja Valence, Susan and Ryan Brooks, Bev and Marc Sears, Libby and Mark Kotzan, Michelle Lawrence, Susan Pinsel, Joanie Sauers, Jennifer Hutchins, Raquel Teixeira, Julie Kern, Meena Patel, Elizabeth and Mike Schuman, Liz Kwietniewski, Marilu Norena, Corina Anderson, Elena Dukhan, Erin Ulrich, Heather and Matt McCarty, Renee Muehling, Jamie Denz, Sarah Denz, Maria Roberts, Samantha Eichner, Cristina Anez De Gomez, Christine and Chris Max, Laura Kaufman, Gabriela Riley, Carolyn Adams, Irene Edgar, Stacy Hornaday, Cindy Moss, Joanna and Mark Wimmer, Srirajan Vaidyanathan, Mike Sorensen, Alyssa Sorensen and Dan Agee.

Kudos to Libby Kotzan and Kim Konigseder for feeding our kids in style! The food not only looked fancy but tasted even better! Our food committee looked fabulous in their black and white. Thank you to Joanie Sauers, Mindy Warren, Erin Ulrich, Jennifer Hutchins, Libby Kotzan and Kim Konigseder for being there that evening to help set up and serve food to our hungry kids.

Thank you to Mindy Warren for the gorgeous invitations and custom picture frames. Your talents are appreciated. Thanks to Shannon Schweiger for taking wonderful photos that evening. The kids' smiles said it all! The take home goodies were a huge hit thanks to Jennifer Hutchins and Mindy Warren.

The entertainment was awesome, thanks to Susan Brooks. And, thanks to Susan also for the Card My Yard sign. "Shine Bright Class of 2018" was a fun way to be welcomed to the dance. Joanie Sauers did a fabulous job of keeping us on track with our budget. We sure appreciate it!

And finally, thanks to our awesome clean-up crew chaired by Bev Sears. Thank you to Bev and Marc Sears, Mike Sorensen, Susan Pinsel, Maria Roberts, Agata Verkoulen, Amy and PJ Eberhart, Libby Kotzan, Paul and Kristin Hawkinson, Andrea and Stephan Stelter, Tricia Poplawski, Elena Dukhan, Jennifer Hutchins, Kelli Cuypers, Stacie Nevins, Dana Campbell-Sullivan, Juliana and Pete Furlong, Dan Agee, Jolene Orris, Erin Ulrich, Elizabeth Jurczyk, Angela Dorner, Marilyn Lacrosse and Meena Patel.

We'd like to give a big round of applause to all the 8th grade teachers. It has been such a special year for the students because of the hard work, dedication and encouragement these teachers give. It was so nice that you took the time out of your busy schedules to help out at the 8th grade dance. The kids loved having you there and we so appreciate your support. We are also grateful for Kathy Azzato and Andrew Fenton for all their support. Oz and the custodial staff were wonderful and beyond helpful. Their efforts helped make the evening a big success. Thank you!!

I'm sure there are a few names that have been accidentally left off. If so, we apologize, and indeed appreciate your efforts. We hope all volunteers had fun with this last 8th grade event. It is a great group of students and families. We are looking forward to seeing you at graduation tonight. Best of luck to these amazing students!

Krista Sorensen and Regenia Agee

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Summer Reading Program

The Cook Librarians have been visiting with our Kindergarten thru 7th grade students to talk about their Summer Reading Program.

Rockland has won the trophy for the last 3 years - we want to win this year! Please encourage your students to sign up and complete the program.

Registration begins on June 1and Is for everyone - and there's more than one way to participate:

  • Read/listen to/books
  • Watch movies
  • Attend programs
  • Use eLibrary
  • Listen to music
  • Interact with Staff

Complete the program by Tuesday, July 31 and earn prizes! Just complete the Special Activities / Reading Logs for all ages, from babies through adults.

"Finishers" Prizes:
Kids: earn a book of their choice, plus coupons for treats at local businesses.

Teens: claim assorted rewards, plus be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card.

Adults: claim a prize for finishing, plus coupons for treats at local businesses, plus an entry into a drawing for personalized gift baskets.

Making Healthy Decisions

With graduation parties in abundance, it seems especially appropriate to take a moment to consider how we can help our teens make choices that keep them both safe and happy.

Please take a moment to take a look at this month's parent e-postcard and consider how you can support your teen's healthy decision making. If you have any questions, please reach out to Rachel Mintle, our Lake County Community Health Specialist at rmintle@lakecountyil.gov or by phone at 847-377-8775.

May we all have a safe and healthy season of celebration!

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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

As the school year ends, please remember that learning does not. Last week I shared a few creative ways to sneak in learning activities while still having fun in the process. In addition to those great tips, it’s always a great idea to read to and with your children. During the middle of the day when it’s really hot outside would be a great time to rest in the air conditioning with a good book or to practice their math skills they’ve spent all year learning. Don’t forget about your summer reading list and feel free to spend some time at the library.

In other news:

You should be receiving or have received your Oak Grove Fitness Scores via email (check your junk folder), STAR scores via email and you will be receiving paper copies of the report card.

Walk-in Registration for all incoming kindergarteners and new families is Thursday, May 31st in the Rubber Gym from 9 am - 1 pm. Please come in the building through the District Office entrance, door #18.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer!

Special Education Meeting

Oak Grove School District # 68 will host a meeting to discuss the District’s plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools or are homeschooled within the District for the 2018-2019 school year.

The meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 31st in the Junior High Office. The meeting is open to parents or guardians of students residing within District 68 boundaries who are being homeschooled and who have been, or may potentially be identified with a disability.

Anyone with questions is asked to please contact Julie Waehner at (224) 424-4718.

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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.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes