Oak Grove News
Weekly Update ~ June 1, 2021
Tech Equipment Collection
All @school tech equipment will be collected this week. Students K through 4th, will have materials inventoried on Thursday, 5th through 7th grade on Friday. Parents/Guardians of @home students will receive an email outlining collection procedures for June 7 and 8. Please refer to last week’s Oak Grove News for more detailed information. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Extended Care 21/22
It looks like normalcy is around the corner & we are happy to announce...
Extended Care is back!!!
We have missed you all and we are looking forward to seeing your smiling faces jump back into fun with us!
Art, outdoor games, library/reading corner, gym games, group challenges, homework table, plus a snack & juice are provided with daily tuition. Please fill out the Registration Form on the school website and be sure to look over the Parent Handbook for updates on new prices & available days.
Please email completed registration forms to Mr. Rob - email@example.com.
Thank you & have a fabulous summer!
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 How To Best Manage Summer Vacation. Summer is a time to get outside, travel, attend special activities, and so much more! Naturally, it is easier to become more unstructured and free spirited. Some children can adapt well to these changes; yet most children still require a fair amount of structure and routine. Planning ahead, staying on a consistent summer schedule, and letting your child participate in choices will help maintain order and peace!
Ideas that will help:
- Plan adventures, yet also include downtime.
- It’s okay if your children indicate they are “bored”. Children by nature are creative and can problem solve; just provide some time for them to work through the boredom.
- Include children in some of the responsibilities of planning adventures and activities.
- Have the children keep up with chores (make lunches, do laundry, clean up messes). Younger children may need to be shown how to do chores properly a few times first.
- Have fun yourself and enjoy this time of year!
Enjoy Summer Break Without Losing Your Ever-Lovin’ Mind
Tips for Managing Your Work Schedule While Kids Are On Winter Or Summer Break
Strategies for a Successful Summer Break (for students with special considerations)
THANK YOU PTO VOLUNTEERS
The Oak Grove PTO board would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers who chaired our committees throughout the 2020/2021 school year. This past year created many challenges, but our volunteers stepped up to find creative solutions to bring our community together. We would also like to thank our board for two great years: Julie Kovach & Laura Reutzel (co-presidents), Beth Zender (vice president), Donna Griffin (treasurer), Kate Byers (secretary) and Lynsey Wolfe (registrar). We would like to welcome our incoming board: Beth Zender & Kate Byers (co-presidents), Elizabeth O’Neill (vice president), Haeli Byrnes (treasurer), Elisabeth Cobb (secretary) and Aayshah Mirza (registrar) - you will do an amazing job! Have a wonderful summer everyone, we look forward to a great 2021/2022 school year!
KONA ICE TRUCK
The last week of the school year is here! To celebrate, the PTO is hosting a Kona Ice Truck for Eagles @ Home today from 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm in OGS's parking lot. Remote teachers are excited to see their students in-person! We hope your student is able to come celebrate the end of the year!
The Kona Ice Truck will be at school on Friday for Eagles @School. As a reminder, here is the allergen and ingredient information: https://www.kona-ice.com/pdf/allergen_certification.pdf. If a student is not able to enjoy this treat, please coordinate with the school nurses about bringing in a substitute treat from home.
LIBERTYVILLE COFFEE COMPANY FUNDRAISER
The PTO would like to thank all the families for supporting the last Local Fundraiser with The Libertyville Coffee Company. Our partnership raised almost $1,000 which is incredible! We are so grateful for this wonderful community and the support they showed with the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Shakou Libertyville and The Libertyville Coffee Company Local Fundraisers this year! Happy Summer!
CONGRATS TO THE CLASS OF 2021!
As we approach graduation day, the PTO would like to give a special thanks to Liz Howard and Haeli Byrnes for taking the lead with the Countdown to Graduation activities, Kristin Dietz for organizing the graduation receptions, Administration, the 8th grade team, OGS staff, and all the parent volunteers that have been helping us celebrate the graduating class of 2021!
THOSE WHO EXCEL AWARD
The PTO is honored to have received the 2021 Those Who Excel Award from ISBE. This award is a result of all our families that make our students, teachers, and school a priority. Thank you to the PTO Board, Committee Chairs, and all our Volunteers for their time & commitment, and to our community for your continued support.
TOGETHER WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Hello Oak Grove Community,
Today’s Oak Grove News marks my 289th and final Curriculum Corner report. We have covered testing dates, instructional practices, parenting tips, technology suggestions, TAG information, and sometimes just a good laugh. It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my plans to leave Oak Grove at the end of June. I have been offered an exciting opportunity to become the Assistant Superintendent with Mundelein School District 75 to help support and develop their instructional programming under a shared superintendent with Mundelein High School District 120.
I want to thank you for a wonderful seven years at Oak Grove School. I have enjoyed the opportunity to work with the staff, students and families on so many great initiatives. I wish you continued success and know that the current leadership will continue to build on our many accomplishments.