Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 20, 2017

Kindergarten, 2nd Grade, and 6th Grade Parents

A dental examination is required by the state of Illinois for all students in kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade, and must be submitted by May 15th, 2017. The examination must have taken place within 18 months prior to this date. Please submit exam as soon as possible, or contact the school nurses with any questions.

Peter Pan, Jr.

What an amazing performance! Peter Pan, Jr. was clearly a success! Thank you to an incredible group of 8th graders who impressed with both talent & perseverance!

A huge round of applause to Mel Ludington, Erin Vance & Logan Farris! Thank you for your investment in our actors & actresses, both on & off stage. Who knew the talent you had to work with! You made it look effortless & we all know that is not an easy task.

A special shout out to the following . . .

  • Carlene Lichter & Julie Kloser for supporting our Cast & Crew party via concessions alone. Nice job!
  • Delynn Vang for manning the doors/ticket sales, which was standing room only Friday night and Katie Griffith for all your hard work!
  • The entire "Cast & Crew Party" planners
  • Kathy & Brent Arnold for your financial & physical support of the Cast & Crew party!
  • Jen & Mark Klainos for your artistic talents & time!
  • Liz Rose Fischer for your photography talents, more to come!
  • Wendy Loffredo & Shellie Fahy for your efforts behind the scenes!
  • Amy Frantz for your floral designs & support!
  • Shannon Schweiger & Erin Vance for your unlimited talents on the program & shout outs!

There wasn’t a single parent that didn’t offer a helping hand & we thank them all! All hands were clearly on deck for this one! A true success!

PTO News

Alyssa Gillespie Memorial

Thank you to all that have donated to the PTO in memory of Alyssa Gillespie. The PTO will have suggestion baskets in each office looking for a special way to use the money collected to memorialize Alyssa.

Variety Show - Tryouts This Week

Don't forget that tryouts are this week for this year's variety show that will take place on Friday, April 21st. There are two shows, one at 4 pm and one at 7:30 pm.

  • 8th Grade Emcee Tryouts: Monday, March 20th, after school in Mrs. Mahoney's room.
  • Tryouts for acts: Tuesday, March 21 and Wednesday, March 22nd in the small gym. Don't forget to bring your signed permission slip with you to tryouts. If you don't have it, it is in the virtual backpack.

Results will be posted by act name on the Oak Grove website on Friday afternoon. Good luck to everyone trying out!

Kindergarten & 2nd Grade Ice Cream Social

The kindergarten and 2nd grade ice cream social is this Wednesday, March 22nd in the elementary cafeteria. Stop by during the open house for a complimentary frozen treat. It will promptly end at 7:30!

Book Fair - Save the Date

Our annual "Buy One, Get One" book fair is coming up, so mark your calendars.

For every item you purchase (book, poster, toy, etc.) you may choose another item of equal or lessor value for FREE!

  • Book Fair dates: April 25th, 26th, 27th, & 28th
  • Shopping hours: 8:15am - 3:30 pm
  • Special activities: Family Evening Event: April 27th 6pm-8pm Join us for shopping, reading with family and a chance to win our gift basket full of new books and goodies.

We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair! Remember, all purchases benefit our school.

We will be looking for volunteers to help at the Book Fair. Our volunteer sign up link will be available soon. Please see the flyer in the virtual backpack for more details.

Meet the Candidate Night

The PTO would like to thank the candidates for the Oak Grove School Board of Education, Jon Baffico, Cathie DeMoon, Jennifer Manski, Matt Mara, and Krysia Ressler for sharing their views and opinions at our "Meet the Candidate" night that took place on Thursday, March 16th. We would also like to thank Dr. Lemon and the school for allowing us to conduct this forum, Mr. Oesch for timekeeping and to everyone that attended. Don't forget to vote on April 4th.

Conference Dinner

The PTO hosted a dinner for our wonderful teachers during conferences. Thank you to Joanie Sauers & Kim Konigseder for coordinating the dinner. Also thank you to all our wonderful Eagle bakers for bringing yummy treats - Jamie Cotts, Michelle Lawrence, Maria Earth, Libby Kotzan, Cindy Gleason, Julie Kovach, Keli Likosar, Debbie Greer, Franci Neumann, & Melissa Sallman

Save the Date- Grades 4/5 Social

The 4/5th grade social will be April 13th from 2-4 pm @ Rockin' Jump in Buffalo Grove.

Oak Grove PTO 2nd-3rd Grade Social - Thursday, April 13th

Please join us at this FREE event!

Thursday, April 13th is an early dismissal day from school at 1p.m. Please join us afterwards at the "Just For Fun Roller Rink" in Mundelein. There will be a skating lesson, open skate, pizza and lemonade for your child to enjoy with their friends. Skate rental is included (regular or inline skates).

This is FREE Event, and sponsored by the Oak Grove PTO. Please RSVP by Monday, April 10.

For more information and to RSVP, please visit

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Join your Oak Grove community at Panera on April 11th!

Schedule a breakfast, lunch and dinner date at Panera in Libertyville on April 11, 2017. Bring a hard copy or electronic image of our flyer on your smart phone/tablet and the Oak Grove School Education Foundation will get 15-20% of the proceeds. We hope to see you there! See the Virtual Backpack for the flyer.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove families,

One of the most important initiatives Oak Grove School has implemented the past five years is securing a personal device for each student to use throughout the school day. As you can imagine, it is a significant investment to equip every student with a device, but we have done so because we are committed to providing quality learning experiences that ensure the best chance of successful integration between technology and student learning.

We are asking for help at home in raising awareness among the students. The iPads and MacBooks that have been assigned to them are expensive and relatively fragile. While we know that occasional minor damage to devices is inevitable, we know that almost all serious physical damage can be avoided as long as students keep in mind that proper care is important.

We'd like to remind parents that all devices will be inspected at the end of the year, and while we’d like to avoid it, any physical damages may result in a repair charge assessed to parents.

We are doing our best to raise student awareness at school, but we would also greatly appreciate it if you could take a moment to talk to your child and explain that their school-assigned device needs to be properly cared for. Each device is scheduled to be in good working order for the next several years.

Thank you!

4th and 5th Grade Intramural Basketball

Where? - Patt Gym

When? - Every Monday and Wednesday in April from 3:30-4:30. Parents pick students up from school promptly at 4:30

Why?- Learn some basketball basics and play in some games with classmates

Who? - Any 4th or 5th grade student

How much? - $10 payable through RevTrak

Be sure to wear gym shoes and basketball playing attire. Email questions to karolewicz@ogschool.org

Oak Grove Golf

Any 7th or 8th grade student interested in playing on the Oak Grove Golf Team should email Mr. Karolewicz - karolewicz@ogschool.org by Friday, March 23rd.

Students do need to have their own clubs, golf equipment, and transportation to and from the golf course and the practice facility to participate.

Co-Ed Intramural Volleyball This Week: March 20-23

Intramural volleyball is open to 4th - 8th grade boys and girls. We will meet in the Patt Gym from 3:30 - 5:30 pm Monday - Thursday. Athletes should wear athletic shoes/clothing and bring a water bottle. Knee pads are recommended, but optional.

The fee is $10 per student. To register, fill out the permission form and pay online through RevTrak. You can bring the permission slip to your first session. Contact Coach Anna Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org) or Coach Dave Izenstark (izenstark@ogschool.org) with any questions.

Intramural Sports Permission Form

Track and Field 2017

Any interested students should sign up this week outside of Mrs. Edelson's classroom (Room 305, near the Junior High art room). When you sign up, we will check the list to make sure you have a current physical on file. Athletes will not be allowed to practice until they turn in a physical to the school nurse. The athletic fee is $50 if this if your first sport this year at Oak Grove. If you have already participated in another sport this year, the fee is waived.

Track and field is open to 6th-8th grade boys and girls. The first practice will be after spring break, Monday, April 3rd, from 3:30 - 4:45 PM. Meet in the JH Cafeteria. We practice four days a week, with one day off. The schedule is still being finalized. Track meets are listed on the main calendar on the Oak Grove website.

Please wear tightly-laced running shoes with good ankle/arch support. Since the weather changes a lot in the spring, bring clothing that can be layered, including a hat and gloves. As long as the weather permits, we will run outside. Remember, you can always take a layer off if you get too warm.

Parent Meeting: Tuesday, April 4 from 4:45-5:15 pm in the Junior High cafeteria.

2017 Coaching Staff

Head Coach Anna Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org)

Assistant Coach Sara Loch (loch@ogschool.org)

Assistant Coach Daniel Russert (russert@ogschool.org)

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes