Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 18, 2020

8th Grade Dance Committee Info

Attention 8th grade parents,

The 8th grade dance is May 22 from 7-10 pm. The dance committee is already working hard on this year's dance. Please fill out this quick survey if you would like to help in the planning of or volunteer to help the day of the dance! https://forms.gle/wbGVwRx6hANnGXjM6

We would love your help to make this evening special for our students.

Any questions, feel free to contact:

Susan Brooks susanbrooks2001@gmail.com

Mindy Warren mindywarren7@mac.com

Liz Howard howard_liz@hotmail.com

Bernie's Book Bank

Clean out those bookshelves and donate any new or gently used children’s books!

The fourth graders will be leading Oak Grove School in a book drive for Bernie’s Book Bank. This project will culminate in a field trip to volunteer at the book bank. The collection will take place from February 24 - March 6. Collection bins will be placed by the office. Help us reach our goal of collecting 4000 books! See the flyer in the virtual backpack for more details.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on March 5 from 1 to 8 PM. Online registration for conferences will begin on 2/27 at 9 AM.

Next week, we will email parents a reminder message along with the URL, student number and password to be able to schedule a conference.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Grove Gala: February 29th at Independence Grove

If you have not purchased your tickets for the upcoming Grove Gala, snap them up quick! We are almost fully sold out and we expect to close registration this week. Visit www.ogsef.org/gala-2020 for tickets and information.

Grove Gala: Live & Silent Auction

Priceless Treasures and Practical Treats to Exciting Experiences and Memorable Moments!
The Grove Gala Live and Silent Auction 2020 surely has that special item you or your child has been coveting! Take a peek at our different items, but be sure to walk the floor the night of the Gala, as new items come in every day. A few highlights include:

Live Auction Item: Reserved Oak Grove Parking

  • Tired of long lines at pick up or angling for a parking spot at school events? You won’t want to miss out on this opportunity to bid on a full-time, prime, reserved parking spot at Oak Grove for the next two years! Personalized parking sign included, of course!

Silent Auction Item: Mobile Axe Throwing Party with Catering by Michaels

  • Enjoy a unique Axe Throwing experience from Mobile Room Escape Chicago at your home or location of your choice for your favorite 12-40 friends! Whether you are interested in Olympic Style Axe Games, Free Throw Fun or Cosmic Glow In The Dark Hatchet Throwing, Mobile Axe Throwing is perfect for your next get together. Plus, receive $150 toward a Catering by Michaels order.

Silent Auction Item: Drive the School Zamboni!

  • Heavy Machine Operators Wanted! Vie for the chance for your child to drive the school's "Zamboni" around the Jr. High. Top 2 bidders win.

You can view items here: https://www.ogsef.org/gala-2020-auction-items.html

Grove Gala: Community Connections
At Oak Grove, our Mission & Beliefs do not stop at our front door -- they extend to the broader community around us. We want to ignite passion, see children thrive, and maximize their potential in other schools as well because that makes the world a better place for all of us.

Not all schools are able to drive incremental funding through Galas such as this one. This year, we are proud to include an additional fundraising initiative for Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Waukegan and the Zion Elementary School District 6. Please bring a book (or books!) to donate to these schools and you will receive a FREE raffle ticket. In addition, you can contribute to the Spirit Toss and additional specified monetary donations to support these literacy programs.

This fundraising initiative does not impact our fundraising for Oak Grove - it is completely optional, separate, distinct and accretive.

You can learn more about these schools and their literacy initiatives here: https://www.ogsef.org/gala-2020-community-connections.html

Multicultural Committee

Good morning! The Multicultural Committee has some news to share. We are so excited about our next big event! Each week you will hear a clue! In three weeks, our activity will be revealed for all to enjoy! Here is your first clue:


What would be fun for everyone,

At any stage, and any age,

At a school, or by the pool?

With a group or all alone,

Snuggled up or on the phone,

In winter, summer, spring or fall?

This activity can be enjoyed by all!!

The answer will be revealed at the end of the week and shared again next week before your 2nd clue!

PTO News


The Oak Grove PTO Fannie May candy fundraiser is going on again this year. Order forms are due no later than February 26th. Return the white copy of the order form with your payment made out to Oak Grove PTO. Candy pick up will be on Friday, March 20th from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Junior High Cafeteria. Fannie May will be giving away FREE CANDY to those with the highest sales. Please contact Carlene Lichter at 847-414-0497 with any questions.


Save the date for the 5th grade Mother/Daughter Tea on Thursday, March 12th from 6:30 to 8:30 in the Junior High cafeteria. More information coming soon!


Are you attending a dance, sports event or helping out in a classroom? We need your pictures to make our OGS calendar a success. It’s simple, just upload your best images here and comment on the event or child’s grade: https://photos.app.goo.gl/8JwU9UZcP1RYCeQn6.

*We could use more images of kids in grades 5th - 7th. Thank you.


This fun filled day would not have been possible without the help of many people. Thank you to Dave Huber for setting up the invitation. Thank you to the staff at "Just for Fun "roller rink for ensuring a safe, fun and engaging afternoon for the kids. Thank you to all of our fabulous parent volunteers for helping with check in and check out, and supervision. Kate Byers, Melissa Sallmann, Bev Smith, Emily Savino, Cynthia Rigali Lund, Neha Mishra, Raabia Kahn, Adrienne Castro and any other parents who stayed to help out- a HUGE thank you to you all for making the afternoon a great day for our kids!


The fourth and fifth grade students had lots of fun! Thank you to all of the OGS parent volunteers and the staff at "XFactor". We couldn’t have done it without your help!

Curriculum Corner

Now that the holiday season is behind us and we are back in the daily routine of school, work, and activities, it might seem like our students are balancing a lot and feeling overwhelmed. Just like a truck that drives slower with additional weight, students can feel that same burden with a lot of tasks to do. It is important for us to remember that in order to build resilience in our students - we have to support them with love, affection, and attention, in addition to setting clear limits. By modeling health habits for our young learners as we balance our stress, we can teach our children those same coping strategies to help them navigate their busy lives. Here is a link from Harvard University - Center on the Developing Child for more information on moving “from surviving to coping to resilience."

Rotation Schedule K-3

February 18 - A

February 19 - B
February 20 - C
February 21 - D
February 24 - E

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