Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 9, 2020

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Oak Grove Wrestling Is Going To State!

The Wrestling Eagles of Oak Grove have had a productive state wrestling series! Twenty Eagles wrestled at the IESA Regional Tournament at Shepard Middle School. Oak Grove had eleven qualify for the IESA Sectional Tournament at Wauconda High School this past weekend. Of the eleven wrestlers, four qualified for the IESA State Tournament at Northern Illinois University on March 13-14th.

The four qualifiers are Nick Crovetti Cramp(6th Grade - 65lb), Mason Workman(5th Grade - 70lb), Antonio Kelly(8th Grade - 95lb) and Hunter Hill(8th Grade - 112lb).

Congratulations Eagles!

Multicultural Committee News

Did you receive the book WISHTREE at conferences? If not, your youngest student will be bringing it home today!


Get excited for our OAK GROVE READS month coming up in April! EVERYONE IS READING THE BOOK TOGETHER! Every bus driver, custodian, teacher, aide, secretary, Extended Care member and faculty member will be reading along with our family. If your family does not receive a book, please contact Mrs. Kiefer at skiefer@ogschool.org. Books are being delivered to the youngest child in each family. Each book has a yellow bookmark with the dates for reading.


Activities will be finalized at our next Multicultural Committee meeting. We plan to share activities with you each week in April. Activities will take place during homeroom, but there WILL be activities in Library K-8 and SEL K-5. There will be times when we will STOP EVERYTHING and listen to a chapter being read over the PA system. Optional discussion questions will be shared with your families via email and a paper copy sent home with your youngest child in each family.


There will be a family trivia night on April 30th and our culminating activity will be every child writing a wish and adding it to our fake tree. We will also be planting a real tree on May 1st, weather permitting.


We hope you enjoy reading this book as a family!


There will be a Multicultural Committee meeting Wednesday at 9:00 am in the Elementary library; hope to see you there! Let's get ready to talk WISHTREE!

7th-8th Grade Dance

The 7th and 8th grade dance is this Friday! All 7th and 8th graders are invited to enjoy a DJ, dancing, raffles, contests, concessions, and an open gym on Friday, March 13 from 7:00-8:30 pm. Drop offs and pick ups will be at the junior high gym door. All school rules still apply for an evening event and expectations for student behavior remain high. We hope to have a fun evening with you. Admission is $10 to enter the dance. Want to do some good for Lake County? If you bring canned dog food, small animal bedding, x-large nylabones (not edible) for donation to Animal Education and Rescue, you will earn free raffle tickets! Concessions and raffle tickets will also be available for purchase at the dance.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,


As shared at previous Board meetings and during the TAG parent night in February, we are implementing the updated rubrics for placement into the TAG program based on five years of Oak Grove historical data. With the updated placement process, the on-grade level math program is also being updated.


We are very excited to share that our students are high performers in the area of mathematics and we are adjusting our course pacing to maximize their fullest potential. Beginning in sixth grade, students in our on-grade level program will have a four day instructional week and on the fifth day, students will have the opportunity to work on an independent project of choice related to the content being covered in class or extending their work beyond the classroom. This will be a wonderful opportunity for students to experience how math is used in the “real world” as well as opportunities to go deeper within an area of study. For a visual that shows the transition implementation click HERE. In addition, this will be the topic of April’s ‘Talk Tuesday’, the morning of April 28th.

The Center for Gifted Summer Camp

The Center for Gifted - Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity in Glenview, Illinois is bringing their summer program here to Oak Grove! The TAG committee is excited to host an opportunity for our students this summer. For the week of June 22-26, with half day, full day, and extended day options, incoming K-8 students can participate in creative workshops utilizing science, technology, engineering and math.


For the month of March, use the code TEN4GREEN to receive 10% off the registration fee.

Course topics include:

  • Artists’ Studio (grades 3-8)

  • Chemistry of Cooking (grades 3-8)

  • Coding with Scratch (grades 3-8)

  • Design Studio (grades 4-8)

  • Edible Architecture (K-5)

  • Math of Chance (K-5)

  • Showy Science (K-5)

  • Slime, Flubber, and other Fun Polymers (K-5)

  • Sports Franchise Development (grades 4-8)

  • The Art of Science (grades 3-8)

  • Mad Scientists Loose in the Kitchen! (preK-K)

  • Amazing Dinosaurs (preK-K)

*To register for the event, you can enter through their main website or click directly to the registration link here.


Please see flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information about the course descriptions, registration information & fees.

PTO News

5th Grade Father/Son Night

The 5th grade Father/Son night will be this Wednesday, March 11th, from 6:00-8:30 pm, in the Oak Grove Junior High cafeteria. The evening will include an informative presentation of the ‘The Michael Program” by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. Topics to be covered include puberty, proper nutrition, personal hygiene and positive self-image. Invitation to follow. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Miller at ashleywvu@aol.com.


5th Grade Mother & Daughter Tea

The 5th grade Mother & Daughter Tea will be held this Thursday, March 12th from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Oak Grove Junior High cafeteria. Invitations were mailed with RSVP details. If you have any questions, please email Adrienne Castro and Julie Kovach at julieCkovach@gmail.com.


Variety Show Sign-Ups This Week

Emcee Tryouts on Tuesday

Sign-ups for all interested 5th-8th graders are this Wednesday and Thursday during lunch hours. Interested acts will be given a form with the tryout date and time, rules and permission slip. Important dates for the Variety Show are:

· 8th Grade Emcee Tryouts: Tuesday March 10th from 3:20 - 4:00 in Ms. Mann’s Room.

· Variety Show Act Signups: March 11th & March 12th - During lunch hours.

· Tryouts: April 1st & 2nd - You will be assigned a time when you sign-up.

· Pictures: April 9th from 3:20 - 5 - You must be FULL costume ready.

· Dress Rehearsal: April 22nd & April 23rd from 3:20 - 6pm

· The Show: April 24th at 4 & 7pm

Please check out our website for additional information at www.ogschool.org/vshow. If you have any questions, please email vshow@ogschool.org.


PTO 2020-2021 Committees

Looking to get more involved with the PTO and have fun supporting OGS? The PTO is looking for new Committee Heads for the following committees:

· Family Fest

· Kids Holiday Gift Shop

· Pancake Breakfast (Co-Chair)

· Mother/Son Night Out

· Daddy/Daughter Dance

· K-1 Social

· 2-3 Social

· 4-5 Social

· 6-7 Social

· Boy Scout Liaison

This is a great way to meet more families and the majority of work can be coordinated from home. Attendance at PTO meetings is not mandatory. Feel more comfortable working with someone, grab a friend and we can look for Co-Chairs. Please contact Katrina Treutelaar at katrinatreutelaar@me.com for more details!


Last Call for Spiritwear Orders

Check out our Spring Spirit Wear selection! Shorts, T-Shirts, and Tank Tops! Orders are due by March 13th. If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Johnston at johnstoncourtneyr@gmail.com. Order HERE.


PTO Conference Dinner

Thank you to Lisa Perrone, Krista Sorensen, Jen Sahagian and Christine Merrild for providing the staff with a delicious dinner during conferences last week. Thanks to Elizabeth O’Neill for organizing the favorite part of the night - the desserts! Thank you to all of our amazing bakers; it is absolutely the best part of the evening.


PTO Elementary Library Funding Request

Thank you to everyone that completed the recent PTO survey on wish list projects and to those that attended last week’s PTO meeting. With over 100 in attendance, the full request of $45,226.36 towards helping fund the Elementary Library Renovation project was approved.

Thanks to the input of families and teachers, the PTO now also has a wish list of projects and project areas to begin working towards as more funds are raised and become available. Thank you all for your continued support!


PTO Assembly on Crime Scene Science

Grades K-8 became forensic technicians during an assembly last week on Crime Scene Science. Using different tools including restoration of a broken window, making a casting of a foot-print, fingerprinting, and DNA analysis; they all solved the “Great Cat Caper” crime!

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Thank you to everyone that supported our Gala on February 29th! It truly was a memorable night of fundraising and community. We look forward to sharing the final results next week.

Special thanks to Svetlana Laegeler with Dot Dot Dot Photography for beautifully capturing photos at the Gala. You can view the photo gallery here: https://dotdotdotphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/11759399/home

Our 5th grade item was such a hit that we’d like to extend an opportunity to purchase the 5th grade puzzle & playing cards through March 20th. Please visit https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/NzcwODY= for more information. Thank you!

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Rotation Schedule K-3

March 10 - B

March 11 - C

March 12 - D

March 13 - E

March 16 - F

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