Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 8, 2021

Reminder...

Dear Families,

As it is getting warmer, we have some reminders for you. If your child/children walk to school, please remember they cannot arrive on the school grounds until 9:00 a.m. Also, students being dropped off should remain in the cars until 9:00 a.m. There should be no congregating in groups and social distancing and masks are still required. Thank you for supporting this and helping us continue to be mindful of the safety practices around Covid.

From the Superintendent's Desk

The Lake County Health Department continues to recommend avoiding all non-essential travel at this time, to limit the spread of COVID-19.

If you do travel, remember to follow the 3 Ws:

  • Wear a mask.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Watch your distance.

If you did not follow the 3 Ws while you were traveling, we would ask that you consider a 10-day quarantine and let school administration know of your situation. Visit the Guidance for Travelers page to learn more.

If you are planning to travel internationally, be aware that before being allowed to return to the United States, you will need to show proof that you don’t have COVID-19. The CDC requires all air passengers arriving in the United States to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within three days of when their flight departs, or to show proof of recovery from COVID-19.

Find more information on the CDCs Requirement for Proof page.

Kindergarten Class of 2021-2022

If you have a child attending Kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year, please join us for a virtual informational night on Monday, March 15th, 5-6pm. We will discuss our Kindergarten curriculum and tips for supporting and preparing your new kindergartener. A Google Meet code for the meeting will be sent to you directly via the email address you provided in the pre-registration form. If you have not yet completed Kindergarten Pre-Registration, please do so using the link: www.ogschool.org/kindy

We can't wait to see you there!

Eagles@Home March Pick Up

The March materials pick-up date is March 10th and 11th, this Wednesday and Thursday, from 3:00-6:00 pm. See you there!

PTO News

OGS FAMILY SCAVENGER HUNT

Join us for the first ever Oak Grove Family Virtual Scavenger Hunt!!

Just one more week to register!

This all-ages event will take place in and around your home or wherever you happen to be! Your family will compete with other OGS families by completing fun tasks as a team. Tasks will include answering questions or riddles, taking silly pictures and filming short videos all from your mobile device or computer. It'll be a great way to spend time together!

There will be prizes for the top 3 families as well as for the following categories:


  • Best Dressed-coordinate what your team is wearing! Get creative and have fun! Costumes, spirit wear, the rainbow-whatever comes to mind!
  • Goofiest Team Selfie-get your silly on!
  • Most Original Team Name-Be creative!


This event will be on Saturday, March 13th at 7:00pm and run for approximately one hour. Those that register will receive a detailed email the week of the event with app information, general instructions and rules. The Deadline for Registration is this Thursday, March 11th.

Register HERE.


MEET THE CANDIDATE NIGHT THIS THURSDAY

Meet the D68 Candidate Night will be held virtually this Thursday, March 11th from 7pm-9pm. Please use the details below to view this live event!

Please click the link below to join MtC Live:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83170049473?pwd=ZG9zSGNsZHEwRzc0cFBYQkhrL1BGdz09

Or iPhone one-tap :US: +13126266799

Phone +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 831 7004 9473
Passcode: 721599

5th GRADE TEA

This special event with 5th grade girls & their mothers/special guests took place last Wednesday evening, March 3rd. This interactive, virtual event covered important topics for this age group and got the students engaged & asking questions. A huge thank you to Shannon Bilcox and Melissa Sallman for coordinating!


5th GRADE SPREAD THE LOVE PROJECT

The 5th grade spent the month of February ’Spreading the Love’. Students decorated placemats and bookmarks that were donated to The Sheridan at Green Oaks, bringing some cheer to the residents. Students also collected items for the Libertyville Food Pantry. Thank you to all the 5th grade families who participated in the food drive; we collected over 1,000 items for local families! Thank you to Mrs. Tazzioli, the 5th grade team and our room parents for organizing and delivering all the donations. The township food pantry collects items daily at their office at 359 Merrill Court, Libertyville. Please click here for more details if you would like to get involved.

8th Grade Graduation Update

In the upcoming weeks, OGS administration will continue to plan end-of-year activities for students, including 8th grade graduation. For families with an 8th grade student, we know how much OGS graduation is celebrated in our school community! Administration is developing a few options to ensure this event is special for our students and families, which include an outdoor venue for an in-person ceremony or a hybrid event that is both in-person and virtual.


OGS must follow all ISBE (Illinois State Board of Education) and IDPH (Illinois Department of Health) protocols in relation to any event, including those outdoors. As of now, we must work within a maximum capacity of 50 people attending any event at OGS -- indoor or outdoor. However, ISBE is working with the IDPH to increase this 50 person capacity and rely on social distancing as the key mitigation strategy. As you can imagine, this proposal will allow greater flexibility for our graduation planning. We expect updates from ISBE in the next couple weeks and appreciate your flexibility as we slow our planning a bit to allow for these health guidelines to shift in our favor.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,


As you know, we have been planning for the administrartion of the IAR assessment since December of 2020. While the US Department of Education has relaxed the language for each state to administer their assessments, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has not removed the testing requirement for Illinois. At this time, Illinois schools are still required to conduct these tests in-person and we continue to move forward with our plan unless we hear otherwise.

Please remember to send your students with a charged device and working headphones for the their testing week:

  • @Home learners grades 3-8: Testing in the building March 29th - April 1st

  • @School learners grades 3-8: Testing in the building April 5th - April 9th

Specific to @home learners - Please remember to indicate if you need transportation provided for the week of March 29th or the Pickup Placard if you are driving them. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the end of the month.

Help Wanted

Dear Parents,

If you are interested in helping us as a Hallway Safety Monitor, we need you! Please contact Ryan Murray for information about this job or check Social Media for some additional details. Join the OG school family and help us through this spring. THANK YOU!

murray@ogschool.org

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