Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 8, 2018

Important Reminder for Parents and Students

Please note, students are not to bring in birthday treats to share with their class and/or other students.

Students in grades 5-8 are not permitted to bring birthday treats to share with their friends at any time during the school day, including lunch/recess hours. Thank you for your assistance at home.

For additional information, see page 20 of the Parent-Student Handbook as well as Oak Grove’s Food Awareness Handbook.

Oak Grove Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our 4th-8th grade spellers who qualified for the school spelling bee. Prior to the bee, qualifying students need to attend a pre-bee meeting. During this time, the rules will be read and explained and we will also conduct a practice round for students to get a "feel" for the bee. This will not be done the night of the bee, so students need to make sure to attend this meeting.

Pre-bee meeting: Thursday, January 11

What time: During your scheduled recess time

Where: Mrs. Evans's room (108 in the 6th grade hall)

What if I am absent from school that day?: It is the student's responsibility to see Mrs. Evans prior to the bee.

School spelling bee: Thursday, January 18

What time: 6:30 p.m. (all participating spellers need to check in by 6:15 p.m.)

Where: Junior High Learning Center

What if I am absent from school that day?: Participants must attend school the day of the bee. If they miss the full day, the alternate will spell in his/her place.

Who is welcome: Any family member, friend, or student at OGS who has an adult in attendance with them. Students are not allowed to be dropped off without an adult in attendance as staff will not be there to supervise students.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

The TAG committee is excited to host another unique opportunity for our parents and students. On Saturday, March 17th, from 1:30 - 4 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.

The parent seminar will be facilitated by Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S., a certified school psychologist who works with The Center for Gifted - Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity in Glenview, Illinois. The K-3 and 4-8 student groups will be facilitated by teachers from The Center for Gifted.

Grades K-3 Class: Powders, Potions and Polymers

Grades 4-8 Classes: Combustion & Pyrotechnics and March Madness Basketball Launcher

Parent Presentation: How Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses in Gifted Children Serves to Distinguish and Support their Learning Styles

Oak Grove School

Saturday, March 17th, 2018

1:30-4:00 p.m.

Pre-registration required

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

PTO News

Attention Kindergarten & 1st Grade Parents

Save the date for the 2018 K-1 Social on Wednesday, January 24th from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Students have early release at 1:00 pm for a School Improvement Day, so its a perfect day for an afternoon of FREE activities including a challenge course, gaga ball, the climbing wall, relay races and various sports! Watch the Oak Grove News next week for additional information, including where to RSVP and how to sign-up to be a parent volunteer.

Daddy/Daughter Dance

The Oak Grove school Daddy/Daughter Dance will be held Saturday, February 3rd from 6:30 - 9:00pm in the Junior High gym and cafeteria. This formal event will be a night to remember for girls and their dads/special guy. The event is open to all Oak Grove students K-8. Cost is $20 per couple, $10 for each additional girl. There will be a DJ, raffle prizes, photo booth, special entertainment and dessert! Get your tickets now before the event sells out. Follow the link below for more information, to purchase your dance and raffle tickets, and to volunteer to help with the event. If you have any questions you can contact Liz Howard: howard_liz@hotmail.com


Hot Lunch

Marla’s has opened up ordering for the rest of the school year. New restaurants and menu items are available, including Jimmy Johns, Domino's Pizza, Fine’s, and McAlister’s Deli! Don’t forget your orders need to be placed by 9:00 am on Monday for the following week. You can view menu items and place orders on Marla’s site.


PTO Meeting

Please join us in the Junior High teacher's lounge for our monthly PTO meeting. It is this Wednesday, January 10th at 9:00 am. We hope to see you there!

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala Tickets & Sponsorships – Secure Your Tickets Today! www.ogsef.org/gala-2018

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community, parents, faculty and students to make it a great success. Plus, it is a great opportunity to network and socialize with your community…not to mention a ton of fun! The event features food, drinks, entertainment, auctions and more. This is an event you will not want to miss!

The Grove Gala 2018
February 24, 2018
6:30 PM to 12:30 AM
Independence Grove, Audubon Hall

Project Spotlight: Next Generation Science Standards
The Gala supports funding for teacher-driven grants that focus on innovative and differentiated curriculum. This year we have a spotlight project we are funding: Next Generation Science Standards. Funds raised at the gala will support enhancements to the science curriculum in grades K-8.

Visit http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2018.html to purchase tickets or review sponsorship opportunities. In addition, if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation to our silent auction, please contact Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net. Thank you for your support!

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