Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 8, 2019

2019 Proof of Residency Update

The date to submit residency documentation has changed from May 31 to June 11-12 from 9am until 2pm in the Junior High office. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Please come in person to submit the requested proof of residency documentation; do NOT mail documents to school or send them in with your children.

If you have any questions-please contact Kathy Azzato at 224-424-4725, or azzato@ogschool.org

Class Placement for 2019/20 School Year

Oak Grove families,

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, specials area teachers, specialists and the principal. We at Oak Grove take this process very seriously.

We welcome any insight you wish to share about your child. We will take into consideration pertinent information about your child’s learning style and needs received in writing on or before Monday, May 6th, 2019. While we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored. Please send your input to me by email at fenton@ogschool.org.

The following describes the process for creating balanced class lists:

  • Classroom teachers consider the social-emotional and academic needs of each student
  • Parent input is considered
  • Grade level teams collaborate to form draft class lists that are balanced in terms of the academic, social and emotional needs as well as considering friendships and other factors
  • Specialist Team members (social worker, speech, special education, etc.), the Fine Arts Team (Art, Music, P.E.) and the principal provide input as well during this process
  • Class lists are finalized in August due to account for summer movement. We cannot make changes once this process occurs, as moving one child can disrupt the balance of a class, impacting all students.

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act which takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children.


Andrew Fenton

Principal, Oak Grove School

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Lake Bluff School District 65 has extended an invitation to Oak Grove’s academically talented students in grades 3 through 8. In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, the Accelerated Weekend Experience (AWE) program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about STEM fields.

The two-day AWE courses will be held at Lake Bluff Middle School, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., both Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th.

Click here for more details

View flyer here

Questions about the program can be addressed to ctd-enrichment@northwestern.edu.

IAR TESTING - Starts tomorrow, April 9th 2019 - Grades 3 through 8

Don’t forget, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness will begin tomorrow morning. Here are a few last minute reminders:

  • Please make sure devices for grades 3-8 are charged tonight and come to school in the morning

  • Students should come with working headphones or earbuds

  • Ensure students get a good night’s sleep and eat breakfast

IAR testing for Sixth Graders

All 6th grade families were emailed a letter regarding our schedule and how to prepare for each day. If you have not yet read the email, please click the link below to see how you can help your student this week and what to expect during the next few days.

6th grade IAR Parent Letter

Student Council

School store will be open twice this week! On Tuesday and Wednesday, 5th - 8th grade lunch periods will have the opportunity to shop and help raise money for our charities that we support. This is the last month for school store- see you this week in the cafeteria!

Multicultural Night

Multicultural Night is THIS WEEK!



ALL are invited to Thursday's Multicultural Night in the Pat Patt Gym! Join us in learning about an array of countries from across the globe. There will be food, performances, clothing, henna artists and much, much more. Every child will receive a passport to be stamped at each booth. Se​e how many countries you can visit! Don't miss out!

During the school day on April 11, students K-5 will parade through the cafeteria to view all of the flags and fun projects that were made during the multicultural classroom lessons. To help us celebrate, please send your child to school on Thursday, April 11 wearing one of the following: (1) traditional garments from your own cultural background; (2) clothing from a place you are interested in, visited, or studied (T-shirts picked up from your travels are welcome!) OR (3) colors representing the country your child learned about in school. See the list below!

Kindergarten - Yellow (Brazil)

First Grade - White (Poland)

Second Grade - Red (China)

Third Grade - Orange (India)

Fourth Grade - Green (Nigeria)

Fifth Grade - Red & White (Peru)

A couple of important administrative items for parents and guardians. Please read!

If your child plans on receiving a henna design, please be aware that a parent or guardian must be present and sign the waiver of liability available at the booths.

There will be food present at many of the booths. All of the ingredients will be listed but a child wishing to taste food must have a parent or guardian present.

We look forward to a wonderful night of food, performances, fun and learning!


The 2019 Multicultural Committee

Any questions: Please email skiefer@ogschool.org


Variety Show

We are looking forward to tryouts today and tomorrow, after school, in the small rubber gym. Please remember to bring your signed permission slip to tryouts. Tryout times and permission slips, if you misplaced your original, are in the Virtual Backpack. The list of acts that make the show will be listed on the Oak Grove website here on Wednesday evening. Good luck to everyone!

Tickets will be on sale on RevTrak starting Thursday morning. The show is Friday, May 3rd at 4pm & 7pm. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. All proceeds benefit the Oak Grove PTO. We hope you can make it!

Elementary BOGO Book Fair
Join us at the Elementary Book Fair April 22nd- April 25th. This is the BUY ONE GET ONE FREE Book Fair. K-7th grade classes will have classroom shopping times. Please, see the classroom shopping schedule in the Virtual Backpack. Feel free to join your child during their shopping time or shop anytime during our open hours. The Book Fair will be open to everyone 12:00-3:30 Monday and 8:15am-3:30pm Tuesday-Thursday. We will be having Family Night Wednesday evening(April 24th) from 6pm-8pm. Find our flyer in the Virtual Backpack with all information and form for teacher gift certificates.

Items Needed for 8th Grade Dance

Attention OGS families,

The 8th grade dance is approaching and we are looking to borrow a few items for that evening. Please reach out to Krista Sorensen krista.sorensen4@gmail.com if you have any of the items listed below to coordinate drop off and pick up. Please label ALL items! Pick up for any items used will be on Saturday morning after the dance (5/25). We SO appreciate your donations as it will tremendously help us keep our costs down which is a priority. This is a fun and memorable evening for our 8th graders. Thanks in advance for your generous support!


Oak Grove Track and Field

Outdoor practice continues this week from 3:30-4:45. Meet in the Junior High cafeteria. Athletes must have a current physical on file in order to participate.

This is a "NO CUT" Sport - athletes can join at any time!

2019 Track and Field Calendar

Weekly Schedule (Uniforms will be passed out this week):

  • Monday - Practice 3:30-4:45
  • Tuesday - Practice 3:30-4:45
  • Wednesday - Practice, PARENT MEETING 4:45-5:15, Junior High cafeteria
  • Thursday - Practice 3:30-4:45
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday - No Practice, try to work out 1-2 days on your own

"Track and Field athletes with goals succeed because they know where they're going." - Felicity Luckey

This week, the coaches will continue to expose athletes to all of the different events that track and field has to offer for our runners, jumpers, and throwers. We will be preparing for our meets next week on Monday and Wednesday. The track and field website is under construction, and will be ready soon. Set your goals this week and start crushing them! Go Eagles!!!


Email Coach Jasmine Robinson (robinson@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.

April 16th Board Meetings Canceled

Please be advised that the Board meetings scheduled for April 16th have been canceled and rescheduled for April 29.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes