Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 8, 2021

Picture Retake Reminder

Picture retakes are this Thursday, February 11th. Eagles@school students will bring their packets and get a picture retaken between 12:00-2:00. Eagles@home students may do their picture retakes (bring your packets) when you come over for supply pickup on Thursday between 3:00-5:00 pm. Please email Ms. Draths in the office at draths@ogschool.org to let us know if you are needing a retake. Also, new students are welcome to get a portrait taken; please email Ms. Draths. Please see the following article from Ms.Vance for the option of taking the picture for the yearbook at home and submitting by following the steps. Thank you!

Yearbook Portrait Collection

Hello Oak Grove families!

Yearbook retakes are approaching quickly. On Thursday, February 11, the professional photographers will be here to take any picture retakes needed. Eagles @School will take place from 12:00-2:00 PM and Eagles @Home will be from 3:00-5:00 PM during supply pick up time.

We fully understand that everyone is not yet comfortable with entering the school building to take portrait photos for the yearbook this year. We would love to have 100% of our students included in this year’s special yearbook. If you prefer to submit a portrait remotely, please follow the instructions below closely.

  1. Take a picture of your child with your smartphone or camera. Make sure to take this photo during the day time in a well lit area. If you have a professional portrait of your child from this past year that you would like to submit instead, feel free, but please make sure it is cropped to just the chest and head area.
  2. Click on this link: https://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/ and enter School Code: OGSYB2021

  3. Enter your information and choose the option to "Upload Student Portrait"

  4. Step through the wizard that allows you to choose your image, crop and submit it.

  5. If you need help, here's a short tutorial to walk you through the process: Portrait Upload Tutorial

  6. You have until March 1 to submit your child's portrait. We will not be able to accept any late submissions. Please submit just ONE photo per child.

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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

As we enter the second week of Black History Month, it is important to understand its origins and place in American history. Carter G. Woodson, a Harvard-trained historian, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. The event was first celebrated during a week in February 1926 that encompassed the birthdays of both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

The celebration was expanded to a month in 1976, the nation's bicentennial. President Gerald R. Ford urged Americans to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” That year, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first African American History Month.

While there are many people to celebrate, please consider learning more about these brave individuals:

  • Fannie Lou Hamer, An activist involved in the passage of Voting Rights Act of 1965

  • Ruby Bridges, She integrated into an all white school at age 6

  • Eloise Greenfield, An American children’s book author and poet

  • Tuskegee Airmen, They were the first Black military pilots and served during WWII

For more information about the history of Black History Month, here are a few additional links:




From the Principals Desk

Greetings, parents!

Just a few important reminders:

  • Please arrive on campus no earlier than 9:00 am for drop off. There is no supervision available until 9:00 a.m. and safety is a huge concern, especially on the extra cold days.
  • In addition, please do not arrive for dismissal until 2:15 pm. This will help with safety.
  • We are hearing of extremely cold temperatures next week, so please dress appropriately. Bundle up!
  • All students need to wear their coats while waiting for buses, walking into school and out to the buses. Some students are arriving to school without any coat. With the frigid temperatures, we need them to wear coats.

  • In addition, bus riders need to sit in their assigned seats both to and from school. The drivers all have seating charts and this helps us with safety.

  • Students are reminded to stay off the mounds of snow at school, but we encourage them to play in the snow at home under supervision before or after school in their CoViD-safe pods. Thank you for your support!

5th - 8th Grade Students - Noetic Math Contest

Students in 5th - 8th grade may participate in the Noetic Math Contest this spring. Please let your math teacher know if you are interested! The registration deadline is March 17th. Eagles@school and Eagles@home will take the 45 min/20 question test during REI time on a chosen date in April. The test will be online for students to take. (5th graders will take it during their math time.)

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Phillips (phillips@ogschool.org)

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From the School Nurses

Dear Parent(s);

It is required that students in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade submit a dental exam per Illinois State Code Health Law. The examination must have taken place after November 15, 2019, and is due by May 15, 2021. The exam must be completed by a licensed dentist in Illinois. Please contact the school nurses if you have any questions.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Monday Mental Health Minute

The Mental Health team at Oak Grove, consisting of two School Social Workers, two School Psychologists, and the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, will be providing you information on several social emotional topics throughout the 2020-21 school year. Twice a month, we will provide you with a brief overview of a topic as well as at least one resource for additional information. Please feel free to reach out Ryan Murray, SEL Coordinator, if you have questions or need help finding more information.

This week’s topic is Black History Month. Black History Month was created to promote the achievement of Black Americans and is celebrated in February because it’s the month of both Fredrick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The theme for 2021, "The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity", explores the wide-ranging diversity of black family life -- from single to two-parent households to nuclear, extended and, more recently, bi-racial.


Article: Black History Month and Teaching the Complete History

Website: African American History Month

Website: National Geographic Kids

Eagles@home Supply Pickup Reminder

Supply pickup is this week! Eagles@home: please plan on coming over to school to get your monthly supplies between 3:00-6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 10th or Thursday, February 11th.

PTO News


The PTO will be hosting a meet the Board of Education Candidate Night on Thursday, March 11th at 7pm via Zoom. More information will follow as we get closer to the date including details on how to submit questions for the candidates. If you have any questions regarding the event, please contact the PTO at pto@ogschool.org.


Hello 5th grade girls & families! We hope you received the email last week regarding information about the Mother/Daughter Tea on March 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm. Please RSVP using the following google link if you have not already. RSVP here.

If you did not receive the email or you have any questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Sallmann (melissagroner@hotmail.com) or Shannon Bilcox (Shannon.bilcox@gmail.com).


Due to current restrictions with CoViD-19 the PTO has decided to cancel the Variety Show. We truly appreciate all our volunteers’ support and commitment and look forward to the best ever Variety Show in 2022!

Don't forget, this Wednesday, February 10th is a School Improvement Day. Students will be released early at 11:30 am, and there is no lunch service on this day.

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