Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 27, 2021

From the Desk of Mrs. B

Reminder: NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 8th

Thank You, PTO

Thank you, PTO for the AMAZING Wacky Chad assemblies! He’s funny; he’s smart; and he’s a comedian on a pogo stick. Today, all K-8 students enjoyed watching the fun and inspiring pogo stick stunts by entertainer, Chadd Deitz. His message was simple - Love what you do, and do what you love!

Helping Hands

Each year the PTO raises money to support its Helping Hands program. The PTO’s Helping Hands program exists to assist OGS students experiencing financial hardships. Below is a non-exhaustive list of the items and events covered under the program.

  • Winter wear (coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, boots)

  • Clothing (any kind)

  • Shoes (any kind)

  • Lunches

  • Lost library book fees

  • School club/activity fees

  • School sports fees

  • Field trip fees

  • Spirit wear items

  • Family dance tickets

  • Books and trinkets at school book fairs

  • School supplies

Please contact OGS Principal, Jennifer Barnabee at barnabee@ogschool.org, with any and all requests. Although the PTO funds and coordinates the logistics of the program with OGS staff, no identifying information of the students will be revealed to PTO representatives. Requests are treated as confidential by OGS administration and staff.

Junior High Morning Library- Grades 5 - 8

Open Monday - Friday from 7:30 - 8:15

Morning library in the JH is back! Please reach out to your classroom teacher to sign you up or contact a JH morning recess staff member to sign you up on that day!

SEL at Oak Grove

Updated weekly

The theme for the month of September is friendship

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

Mental Health Minute

Depression in Children

Please click here for information and resources.

Elyssa’s Mission- Grades 7 and 8

Family letter and resources

OGS Community Health and Safety Night - Save the Date and RSVP

On Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 PM, we plan to host a parent community night focused on social media usage and mental health support. If you are interested, please save the date, complete this form, and be on the lookout for additional information in next week's Oak Grove News.


Bark - Social media monitoring, prevention, and response

Elyssa’s Mission/OGS mental health team (TBD) - Signs of suicide, supports, and education

Lake County Sheriff Deputy - What's happening with social media in Lake County and legal consequences


7th and 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Match

Oak Grove vs. Highland Hosted @ LHS

Monday, September 27, 2021

West Gym (7th Grade 4:15 -- 8th grade approx. 5:15)

Libertyville High School is excited to host our rivalry match this year! The OGS and D70 Alumni are looking forward to cheering for their alma mater on LHS's Varsity court!

All fans and players should enter through the studio theatre entrance at the back of the building near Butler Lake. Please arrive after 3:45 in order for busses and after school traffic to dissipate. Hand sanitizer will be available and is encouraged as you enter and depart the gym. Food is not permitted to be eaten in the gym at this time. There will be designated areas in the stands for families and players to watch the match. Please observe social distancing as much as possible when in the stands.

If anyone in your home has any Covid-19 symptoms, we ask that you watch the match virtually - which LHS will offer on it’s athletics youtube channel for family and friends.


Masks will be required to be worn properly at all times by all participants and attendees while inside Libertyville High School. We appreciate your support and modeling of this expectation for all in attendance.

PTO News

Breaking News! We Are Eagles Dance Challenge

The PTO has issued a dance challenge to the OGS Community as a way to celebrate both being back together and everyone’s unique contribution to the Eagle family. The “We Are Eagles” dance was choreographed by Miss Dugan, OGS teacher and LHS Poms coach, to the song “This Is Me.” Submit your dance video to earn points for your grade and the grade with the most submissions will win a frozen treat party from the PTO during lunch. Everything you need to know about the challenge is available on the PTO website including:

Challenge Information & Instructional video

Dance instruction & Dance audio

Submission Tips & Rules

Submission Form

Caramel Apple Sale: Important Date Changes

Due to the long weekend coming up in October, we have changed the pickup dates for the caramel apple sale. Apples will now be ready for pickup on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16. Orders will be accepted through Monday, October 4 using this form. Once your order is placed you will receive an invoice from the PTO PayPal account within 48 hours. If you previously placed an order and the date changes impact your order, please let us know.

For any questions regarding ordering or payment, please contact Kate Byers at kateGbyers@gmail.com. For any other questions about this fundraiser, please contact Jill Procop at jprocop@sbcglobal.net or Rachel Margelos at rmargelos@gmail.com.

Order Your PTO Crew T-shirt By Tuesday 9/28

Don’t forget that we’re running a second printing of the “PTO Crew” shirts for PTO volunteers. Place your order directly with Sports 11 and when the shirts are ready you will receive a call from Sports 11 to pick up your shirt in the store. (Note: The ladies fit shirt runs very small so we advise you purchase one or two sizes up from your usual size if you choose that style. There is also a men’s/unisex option and the sizing seems more true-to-size.)

Spiritwear Update

If you placed an order for Spiritwear and chose “Store Pickup,” you will receive a call from Sports 11 when your order is ready. Les and his team at Sports 11 indicated orders should be ready on approximately October 1, 2021. If you paid for delivery, your order will be delivered to your door when it is ready.

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Curriculum Corner

TAG Appeal Process

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, we will be holding our fall session of the Advisory Council. This process is for students currently in grades 4-8. 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 Friday, October 1st. 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.

If you are a new family to Oak Grove and are interested in having your child’s information reviewed for our Talented and Gifted program in grades 4-8, please email Leslie Weber at weber@ogschool.org.

Choir News

Do you like having fun with friends? Do you want to learn to be a better singer? We can still accept more members into both Oak Grove Choirs! Junior High choir meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 and 4th and 5th grade choir meets on Thursdays from 3:30-4:30. Both choirs meet in Mr. Farris's music room. Pickup takes place at 4:30 outside the elementary office. If you want to join, email Mr. Farris at Farris@ogschool.org and you can join this week! We are going to sing at a Chicago Wolves Hockey game in April, you won't want to miss it!

Band News

Attention all 5th grade parents, Sign up for Beginning band is open through this week only.

If you missed the band parent meeting, please contact Mr. Frankowski (frankowski@ogschool.org) for the meeting notes and instrument rental information. If you have an older instrument at home you would like to use for band, please bring it to the main office by Wednesday morning so its playing condition can be given a quick check. Rental Instruments will be delivered next week for the start of lessons. Once your child has had a lesson with their instrument, it will be released to them to bring home and play for you.

LHS Marching Festival Night is this Thursday, Sept. 30!

An email from Mr. Jones & Mr. Gohr was sent to parents last week with final details. If you did not receive it, please contact Mr. Jones (jones@ogschool.org) for the info. Call time is 6:30 p.m. at LHS Stadium, parents may join in the bleachers starting at 7:30 p.m. This will be a blast!

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