Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 4, 2021

From the Desk of Mrs. Melamed

Eagles @ Home

Curriculum materials pickup will be Wednesday, January 13th for last names A - L and Thursday, January 14th for last names M - Z. Please be sure to have a sign with your child’s last name, first name and grade level. Pickups run from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm both days. If you are unable to make it, please contact the front office to arrange an alternate day/time, ogsofficestaff@ogschool.org.

If you ordered school pictures, those will be in this round of pickups.

SIP Day Reminder

Just a reminder that this Thursday, January 14th is a School Improvement Day. Students will be dismissed at 11:30 am and there will be no lunch service.


We know that after break students may be excited to bring new electronic devices to school. For example, cell phones, watches, gaming systems, etc... While these devices may have a specific purpose, we need to ensure that they are either left at home or remain in the student's backpack during the school day. These devices are not to be used during the school day at any time.

Also, please be sure to have your child(ren) bring their school-issued device home daily. This practice will help ensure that if Oak Grove has to alter in-person learning due to inclement weather, all students will have access to education remotely. Thank you for your support and please let us know if you have any questions.

Headset Opportunities

Thanks to the generosity of the OGSEF, Oak Grove will be providing headsets for all students. These would be for use during the school year and returned to the classroom teacher at the end of the school year.

There is also an option to purchase your own headset. If you choose to purchase your own headset rather than using one provided by the school, it would be yours to keep. Below are some options for purchase:

K-4 headset:

Cost: $18

Specs here: https://brenthaven.com/product/edge-rugged-headset/

Link to pay is here: https://ogs.revtrak.net/Student-Fees/Technology/#/v/headset-k-4

5-8 headset:

Cost: $16

Specs are here: https://v3.hamiltonbuhl.com/hamlit/HB-Specs-ST2BK-d3.pdf

Link to pay is here: https://ogs.revtrak.net/Student-Fees/Technology/#/v/headset-5-8

Saddle Hill Traffic

Just a reminder that if you are using Wickham Court as your afternoon pick up option, please follow the traffic guidance Mr. Duenas and Mr. Byford are providing. We want to continue to ensure that families who live on and around Wickham are able to drive through the neighborhood. Thank you for your help!

Camp Invention

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Oak Grove School District 68 is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention® program to children entering K through 6th grade. This exciting, weeklong summer adventure provides opportunities for open-ended exploration of science, technology, engineering and more! Children rotate through a variety of hands-on activities each day while collaborating with friends to think creatively and invent their own solutions to real-world challenges. Given the challenges presented by the pandemic, we are planning to run the 2021 Camp Invention program in person and virtually as health department guidance allows, so you can choose the format that works best for your child. Even better, you have the option to change your format selection up to six weeks before the program start date. Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack for discount codes and registration information!

Oak Grove Spelling Bee

This week, 25 students grades 4-8 will compete in our first virtual spelling bee. On Wednesday, January 13, grade level reps who made it through qualifying rounds in December will spell until we have a winner! Please see the virtual backpack for the program so you can wish your classmates G-O-O-D L-U-C-K!

Eagle Scholarship Program

The Oak Grove Education Association is proud to offer the sixth annual Eagle Scholarship which is given to an Oak Grove alum who has demonstrated excellence in academics, character, extracurricular activities, and service. The OGEA represents the certified staff at Oak Grove School. Our educators are committed to the success of all current and former students.

Applications are due February 16.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

In case you missed it last week, the DEI Committee is made up of teachers, administrators and parents within Oak Grove. This committee has evolved from the initial work of the Multicultural Committee to be more encompassing of all aspects of diversity within our Oak Grove family and now focuses on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion within our school community. As we move forward with this important work, please take a moment to provide some feedback for our planning committee. Family Survey Link The survey link will close Monday, January 18th.

Thank you for your time,

The DEI Committee

Reminder for 7th & 8th Grade Families

This is a brief reminder that Elyssa’s Mission will take place on January 12th for all 8th grade students and January 19th for all 7th grade students. Elyssa’s Mission is an evidence-based suicide prevention program that has been shown to address suicide risk and depression while reducing suicide attempts.

Through the program, students learn:

● Depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help.

● How to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend.

● ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult)

● Who students can turn to at school for help, if they need it.

If you are interested in additional information about the program or Oak Grove’s criss resource please utilize the resources below.

Elyssa’s Mission

MindWise (Parent company of Elyssa’s Mission)

Oak Grove crisis resources.

If you do not wish your child(ren) to participate in the depression and suicide intervention training, please contact Ryan Murray at 847-367-4120 ext. 2708 or murray@ogschool.org. If we do not hear from you, we will assume your child has permission to participate in this program. 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