Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 12, 2018

Oak Grove Choirs at the Wolves Game

On Saturday night, March 10th, approximately 180 Oak Grove choir members and their families attended the Chicago Wolves game at the All State Arena. The students performed for the crowd between the first and second periods. A great time was had by all!

Language Selection Choice for Incoming Sixth Graders

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about next year… and the two years after that! The 6th grade French and Spanish teachers talked to your child recently about the World Language program in grades 6-8 at Oak Grove. Your child has a choice of two languages: Spanish and French. Both languages start at a Level 1 in sixth grade. Your child will have a language class each day of the week as a regular core class for 42 minutes (similar to a science or math class). Once they choose a language, the student will continue with that language through 8th grade. Please talk to your child about the choice, then fill out THIS VERY SHORT FORM and submit it. PLEASE RESPOND BY FRIDAY, MARCH 23rd so we can begin planning for the next school year!

If you'd like more information about these classes, please watch these short videos:
French at Oak Grove

Spanish at Oak Grove

Merci and Gracias!

4th and 5th Grade Intramural Basketball

Attention 4th and 5th grade students:

Intramural basketball will begin on Monday, April 2nd. We will meet Mondays and Wednesday in April from 3:30-4:30 pm in the Patt Gym. Parents, please pick students up from school promptly at 4:30 pm. This is a nice opportunity to learn some basketball basics and play in some games with classmates.

Cost is $10 per player. Parents need to sign up through the school website:


Be sure to wear gym shoes and basketball playing attire.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala 2018: Thank you for your support!

Thank you to the Oak Grove families, teachers, staff, donors, sponsors and volunteers that came together to support the Oak Grove Gala 2018 last month. From the live and silent auctions and wine toss game, to dancing and those flambé donuts, it was truly a memorable night! We were very successful in our endeavor to raise funds to support enhancements to the science curriculum for grades K-8. Funds will be used to purchase additional lab equipment, bring supplementary science instruction to the younger grades, expose our kids to more visual and hands on lessons, and much more!

Please visit our website to see our full list of volunteers (http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2018-volunteers1.html), sponsors (http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2018-sponsors.html) and donors (http://www.ogsef.org/auction-donors1.html) – we could not have done it without you. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook Page (@ogsfoundation) to view photos from the evening!

Gala 2018 by the Numbers

  • 257 tickets sold
  • 114 auction items
  • 58 volunteers
  • 12 sponsors
  • $1500 high bid in the live auction
  • $35,000 total raised
  • 920 happy Oak Grove students with new exciting enhancements to the science curriculum!

Thank you again for your support!

Oak Grove Track & Field

Track and Field starts April 2nd for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls!

  • Sprints, Distance, Hurdles, Relays
  • Long Jump, High Jump, Discus, Shot Put
  • Coaches: Edelson, Loch, Russert
  • No Tryouts, No Cuts
  • Practices 3:30-4:45
  • Track Meets 4:45-7:15 pm

Questions? Email edelson@ogschool.org

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Tomorrow (Tuesday, 3/13) is the last day to register for the parent and student event on Saturday, March 17th, from 1:30 - 4:00 pm. K-8 students can participate in creative workshops utilizing science, technology, engineering and math all while their parents participate in a thoughtful presentation of their own. The parent presentation will be focused on identifying strengths and weaknesses in gifted children to distinguish and support their learning styles.

*To register for the event, please enter through their main website.

Scroll down the page and select 'Free! Parent Seminar', featuring Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S. Certified School Psychologist, plus Science Spectacular! Grades K-8. Then, select 'click HERE' to enroll and follow the steps to register.

Please see flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information about the student classes, parent presentation, and registration information & fees.

Oak Grove Tech Team

The tech department will be performing mandatory maintenance on all student issued laptops over spring break. All laptops must remain at school for spring break. Teachers will be reminding students the week before. Please plan accordingly for any vacation plans. If you have any questions, please email laptophelp@ogschool.org. Thank you.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood! Won't you be my neighbor?
Do you remember those lyrics growing up? Recently, I came across a recording of a childhood favorite of mine and maybe yours! Mr. Rogers spoke to Congress about why public television should be funded, BUT what I heard was his calling for SEL lessons 50 years ago! He gives permission for children to feel angry, scared or afraid. He explains that at any moment we can feel these strong emotions but we have the ability to stop our negative plans that might be forming in our head. We can CHOOSE how we react to these STRONG emotions!

This week we will be focusing on anger and how to calm down, but if you have a few minutes to watch this video, I think you will enjoy it. It's about 7 minutes long, but you can zoom forward to about 3 minutes in and you'll get the most important part! Enjoy!


You've made this day a special day by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you and I like you, just the way you are! ~ Mr. Rogers, 1969

PTO News

5th Grade Mother Daughter Tea

The Tea will be held tonight, in the Junior High Cafeteria from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Any questions, contact Liz Howard lizhowardpto@yahoo.com

Variety Show

8th grade emcee tryouts are today at 3:20 in Mrs. Mahoney’s room.

Tryouts for all acts - March 19th & 20th. Must bring signed permission slip to try out.

Mandatory rehearsals for ALL acts and show night:

Thursday, April 5 - 3:30 - 6:30

Wednesday, April 18 - 3:30 - 6:30

Thursday, April 19 - 3:30 - 6:30

Friday, April 20th (day of show) - 3:30 - 10:00

More information about ticket sales will be in the coming weeks. Thanks!

Father/Son Night

RSVP date extended to Monday, March 12th. https://www.smore.com/90hgc

Join your Oak Grove 5th grade community for this special Father/Son event.
**NOTE: any adult can accompany a 5th grade boy**

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, personal hygiene and positive self-image.

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