Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 10, 2022

From the Principals' Desk

Happy New Year, and Welcome Back!

As we head into 2022, here are a few events to get you excited about ringing in the new year, and the second half of our school year.

Jan. 14 - School Improvement Day 11:30 AM student release

Jan. 17 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)

Jan. 19 - LHS Jazz Festival

Jan. 25 - Jazz Band Concert

Feb. 1 - Jr. High Book Fair

In addition to these upcoming events, we also have the kickoff of Wrestling and Boys Volleyball and the planning of our beloved OGS Musical, Annie, is underway!

PTO News

PTO Meeting on 1/12/22 will be Zoom Only

This Wednesday’s Monthly PTO Meeting will meet on Zoom; we will not have an in-person option this month. Before the meeting, a separate email will be sent containing the Zoom link, the agenda, and the previous meeting’s minutes.


MLK Day Of Service

The PTO would like to encourage all families to participate in Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 17th. We have compiled a list of activities and service projects that your family can do together. Many ideas can be done from the comfort of your own home! We’ll start a thread on Facebook on the 17th and we’d love to see how your family gets involved by sharing pictures with us there. Thank you in advance for your service!


PTO Volunteers: Order Your Winter “PTO Crew” Shirts & Sweatshirts

By request, we have warmer, “PTO Crew” gear! Long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts are available to order until noon on Friday, January 21st. Once again, Les at Sports 11 has offered to make these at cost for our volunteers. Click here to order: Sports 11 Online OGS Shop. When the shirts are ready, Sports 11 will call you to pick up your shirt in store. (Note: The long sleeve t-shirts are unisex Gilden shirts and run true to size. The writing is OGS royal blue–in case your monitor displays it differently.)


Lunch Room Help in 2022

By volunteering for a lunch shift, you are helping the PTO raise money to run our programs and activities, as Marla’s Lunch Service is the PTO’s biggest fundraiser! Please sign up to help in the Elementary or Jr. High lunch rooms. Also, as CoViD continues to up-end families’ schedules, we need more people on our last minute volunteer list. If you are often available between the hours of 10:45 am -1:00 pm and can help on short notice, please join our Last Minute Volunteer List by emailing PTO Registrar Aayshah Mirza at Aayshahm2@gmail.com. Thank you volunteers!


Junior High Book Fair

Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and families: Anderson Books is coming to Oak Grove School February 1st - 3rd for the Junior High Book Fair. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks. Please contact Melissa Sallmann at (melissagroner@hotmail.com) with any questions.


Family Service Project in February

As a reminder, the Community Give Back Committee has planned a service project at Feed My Starving Children in February. Please use the following codes to register your families on the FMSC website before February 1st. For safety reasons, children under age 5 are not allowed to participate.


  • Thursday, February 10th 4:30-6:15pm use code 738VYE (14 of 61 spots full)
  • Saturday, February 12th 7:00-8:45pm use code WXW9YX (26 of 36 spots full)
  • Monday, February 14th 7:00-8:45pm use code KLDN72 (4 of 93 spots full)


Please reach out to Brooke Schamber (brooklee5@gmail.com), if you have any questions.

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Band News

Beginning Band

Welcome back! Parents, let’s start the new year off right, by helping your child get back into the habit of a little daily practice. Please use E.E Interactive online for practice and be sure to send students to school with playing masks, books and instruments (and covers) on full band and lesson days.


Jazz Band

Attention Parents, The LHS Jazz Festival is next Wednesday the 19th of January. We will board a bus at 8:45 a.m. and spend the morning at the high school with a professional jazz musician, have a little lunch, then perform for each other. We will be back to school by 2:00 p.m. I have LHS music shirt to wear for all students on the day of. We do not have a concert that evening.


We are working to set a date towards the end of the month to make up our “Jazz in the Gym” Concert that was canceled in December due to the power outage.


Due to the holiday next Monday, we will plan to add a morning rehearsal Wednesday before the Jazz Festival. After Jazz Fest, we have lots of fun new music for the next concert cycle.


Symphonic & Concert Band

We will have a regular rehearsal and lesson week except for those affected by Friday afternoon's early dismissal. Next week, Symphonic Band will meet Tuesday and Thursday for morning rehearsal. We are in the planning stages of a winter concert and may opt for a virtual performance. We will keep you posted.

Curriculum Corner

TAG Advisory Council Appeal Requests Due January 24th

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, we will be holding our winter session of the Advisory Council. During the winter Advisory Council meeting, the committee will review placement appeals. Parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program, through a placement appeal which would be reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 11 and 12 of the

TAG Handbook.


Parents requesting participation in the appeal process are required to complete the Parent Inquiry Form, also on pg. 22 in the TAG Handbook. Forms must be completed and emailed to Leslie Weber at weber@ogschool.org no later than Monday, January 24th for consideration at the winter Advisory Council meeting. Parents will be notified via email regarding the follow-up steps and final decision of the committee.

Please note, the appeal process may only be utilized once per calendar year.


Northwestern Center for Talent Development Summer Opportunities

The Northwestern CTD offers a variety of programs throughout the summer for children age 3 through Grade 12. They have an online family program which proves a 4-week course for bright, busy and inquisitive students. There are also academically advanced course opportunities available in-person and online. The application for summer programs will open in January. For additional details visit https://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/summer-programs.

Social Emotional Learning

Soaring Eagles

Welcome back! We have missed you but hope that winter break provided time for family, laughter, and relaxation.


As we begin the new year, we will continue to build on our school community and highlight our amazing students. Specifically, we will be recognizing students that demonstrate a particular trait throughout the month. For example, during the month of January, we will have our students focus on commitment. The various types of commitment will be taught during SEL lessons and integrated into our daily curriculum. At the end of each month, we will recognize individual students who demonstrate what it means to be a Soaring Eagle!


Please feel free to utilize the Oak Grove SEL website to keep track of the monthly traits or find information on all things SEL at Oak Grove.

Boys Volleyball Tryouts This Week!

Oak Grove Boys Volleyball Tryouts are open to 7th and 8th grade boys, and will take place after school on January 12-13 (Wed/Thurs) from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Patt Gym. All athletes must have a current physical on file in order to participate. Cuts will be made (if necessary) at the end of tryouts on January 13. If you have any questions, please email Coach Dave Izenstark (7th) izenstark@ogschool.org and Coach Anna Edelson (8th) edelson@ogschool.org.

Oak Grove Honor Society

The Oak Grove Honor Society and Service Club are wrapping up their winter service project with Fill a Heart 4 Kids. The project is called “Fill a Dream for Brighter Futures” and supports children in surrounding communities in need of school supplies. We are still in need of more supplies! Please drop off one or more items to the collection box outside the main office, or with your child’s classroom teacher. Be mindful we can only collect items listed on the flyer. On Friday, our Honor Society and Service Club members will be taking all donated items and filling bags to be distributed to school-aged children in Lake County. Your help and generosity is appreciated! Questions? Reach out to the advisors - Mrs. Alexa Dunn or Mrs. Anna Edelson

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