Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 19, 2016

Spelling Bee News

Congratulations to Allie Parker, our Oak Grove Spelling Bee winner for 2016. Allie, and our runner-up Anna Zhang, had quite a competition on Thursday night. The winning word was "congruent". Congratulations to all of our bee participants. You were a wonderful group to work with. Good luck to Allie as she prepares for the regional bee.

Geography Bee News

Oak Grove crowned a new Geography Bee champion on Monday, January 11th. Zachary Giamis outlasted 11 other contestants and earned an opportunity to represent Oak Grove at the State Geography Bee. Ramanan Srirajan was our runner-up and proved a worthy opponent; the championship round went to 7 tie breaker questions! A special congratulations to all the participants; Sean Heard, Paige Regan, Marisa Tarica, Arianne Berner, Matthew Berner, Desigamoorthy Nainar, Gautham Sajeev, Jack Regan, Tej Tamalapakula, and Sashwatha Senthilkumar. Zachary was the only 8th grader participating on Monday so we are expecting an exciting competition in 2017.

No Early Library Hours on 1/21

There will be no Junior High library early hours on Thursday, January 21st due to the Character Counts Eagle Breakfast. Thank you!

PE Fun

Mr. Izenstark's class enjoyed the "heat wave" last week with an outdoor game of capture the flag!

Curriculum Corner

The third of three strands of rope in our new Illinois Science standards visual is the component of Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI).

The Disciplinary Core Ideas are the content standards that are required to be covered within K-12 science classrooms. These are the pieces of information that will be included on our standardized tests and the content in which the practices and crosscutting concepts will be embedded within.

While there are an abundance of different science and engineering topics that could be addressed, the goal with the new Illinois Science standards was have less content in order to go deeper within each and have time to use the scientific and engineering practices in the classroom. The chosen topics were finally determined based on the following criteria:

  • Have broad importance across multiple sciences or engineering disciplines or be a key organizing concept of a single discipline;

  • Provide a key tool for understanding or investigating more complex ideas and solving problems;

  • Relate to the interests and life experiences of students or be connected to societal or personal concerns that require scientific or technological knowledge;

  • Be teachable and learnable over multiple grades at increasing levels of depth and sophistication.

To see the specific content expectations for each grade band K-12 and how they build on each other, click here. You can also learn more about the Disciplinary Core Ideas within Appendix E of the Framework.
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Supportive Partnerships: Fostering Well-being for Children

Please, join us as the TAG committee hosts Dr. Michele Kane.

Michele Kane, Ed.D. is a Professor of Special Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, where she coordinates the Master of Arts in Gifted Education Program. She has served the gifted community as a public school district gifted coordinator; through private programs such as Camp Summit for the Gifted, PG Retreat, and SENG; and in leadership positions within both the Illinois and National Associations for Gifted Children.

Oak Grove School

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

6:30 pm-7:30 p.m.

Hosted by the OGS TAG Committee

Ideas for fostering social and emotional well-being and encouraging healthy relationships with self and others are at the heart of this presentation. Specifically, Dr. Kane will address strategies for increasing resilience, fostering hope, developing emotional connections, practicing mindfulness, and exploring contemplative practices.

Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information.

SEL News

The most pressing personal safety issues facing children today are bullying, cyberbullying and sexual exploitation. By teaching students the importance of treating themselves, and others, with kindness and respect, we set behavior expectations and help students recognize what constitutes healthy relationships. These lessons help students identify trusted adults, as well as how and where to reach out for help. Please make sure you are checking ClassDojo each week. The lessons can be intense at times and I want to make sure you are aware of the discussion the day that it takes place. If you are having trouble logging in, please contact me at skiefer@ogschool.org. I am able to see who has logged in after each lesson. If I do not have parents logging in for the updates, I will begin sending home the sheets from last year that do require a parent signature every week. I was hoping to avoid those so that it was less work for you and the teachers who have to collect them each day. Thank you so much for taking the time to open the email each week and be ready for these family conversations when your child comes home.

Mrs. Kiefer

Social Emotional Learning Teacher K-5

French Class in Grades 6-8

Oak Grove School offers both French and Spanish classes as core classes (meaning they receive daily instruction) for students in grades 6-8.

It is important to note that the language your child begins to study in grade 6 is the language they must stick with for all three years.

If you would like your child to continue to study Spanish, you do not need to take any action! They will be enrolled in Spanish by default.

If you would like your child to enter the French program starting in 6th grade, please click here for more information.

PTO News

January 19, 2016

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

Hot Lunches This Week

Tuesday: Panino/Potato

Wednesday: Pizza

Thursday: Panda Express

Save the Date
5th Grade Mother Daughter Tea - March 29th at 7 pm
5th Grade Father Son Night - March 30th at 7 pm

Oak Grove Science Club

  • Open to students in grades 5-8
  • Meets 1-2 times per week, January 25 - April 15
  • Focus: The Core of Chemistry, Chemistry Connections, Chemistry Concepts in Action

Students will work with advisors to study and apply chemistry concepts and prepare to compete against students from other local schools in March. A qualifying exam will be given to science club students to earn one of four spots at the North Suburban local challenge. Qualifying students can earn the opportunity to move on to the State and National level!

For more Information: www.chemed.org/programs/challenge

Students can stop by an advisor’s room, or send an email to sign up and get an info packet:

Mr. Oesch (oesch@ogschool.org) Room 105 (6th Grade Hallway)

Mrs. Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org) Room 305 (8th Grade Hallway)

2016 Boys Volleyball Tryouts

Who? -- 7th and 8th Grade Boys

When? -- January 26th-27th, 3:30-5:00 PM

Where? -- Patt Gym

Questions? -- Contact Coach Edelson or Coach Izenstark

Informational Meeting:

Study Hall, Thursday, January21st

Coach Edelson's Room #305

For more information, please visit the Oak Grove Athletics Page or Coach Edelson's Volleyball Website.

The tentative game schedule is posted on the Athletic Calendar.

Girl Scout Daddy Daughter Dance

Don't miss out on a magical evening in Paris at this year's Daddy Daughter Dance at Oak Grove School on Saturday February 6th from 6:30-8:30. Girls will enjoy dancing to the DJ, Photo Booth, desserts and raffle prizes. Get your tickets now:


For questions contact Liz @ howard_liz@hotmail.com

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