Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 14, 2019

Calling all Puzzlers!

Puzzle club is open to 6th-8th graders. This club meets to make puzzles and discuss puzzle strategies and tactics. Puzzle club aims to give kids an opportunity to learn self confidence, perseverance, and resilience through puzzles and games. Puzzle club will now meet on Mondays beginning January 28th. Please contact Mrs. Riley or Mrs. Grambo to sign up.

8th Grade Play Ad Sales

Do you own a local business or have connections to one? The class of 2019 would love your support in sponsoring an advertisement in the program for the 8th grade play. Ads available in color or black and white. Full or half page ads available. For more information, please see flyer in the Virtual Backpack or contact Mrs. Vance, vance@ogschool.org.

Kindergarten Pre-Registration 2019/20

Oak Grove School is in the process of determining kindergarten enrollment for the fall of 2019. Having correct enrollment numbers is important to us as it impacts the number of sections, teachers and classrooms.

If you have a child who is 5 years old on or before September 1, 2019, and is planning to attend kindergarten in the fall, you can click the "19-20 Pre-registration" link from the main page of the Oak Grove web site, or simply go to www.ogschool.org/kindy to pre-register your child.

You will be asked to enter the following information:

  • Your child’s name, birthdate and gender
  • Parent names and address, phone number and email address
  • Whether or not you already have children that attend Oak Grove

If you have neighbors who do not have children at Oak Grove and do not receive the Oak Grove News, please share this information with them. We would also like to hear from you if you have a child that will be attending 1st grade at Oak Grove next year and is not currently attending kindergarten at Oak Grove this year.

Save the Date

Thursday, February 7th @ 6:30PM

Kindergarten Parent Information Night, Pat Patt Gym

  • Information about the Kindergarten program for 2019/20, including the registration and screening process
  • Kindergarten curriculum presentation
  • Parent Q & A

Spelling Bee

Please join us for the Oak Grove Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm in the Junior High Learning Center. If you are in the spelling bee, please remember to check in with the judges between 6:00 and 6:15. All audience members are welcome, but any student who comes to watch must have an adult with them for the bee. Good luck to all of our spellers!

8th Grade Graduation Dance Meeting

Attention 8th grade parents,

There will be a meeting on Wednesday, January 30, at 9:15 am in the Junior High cafeteria regarding the 8th grade dance committee.

At this meeting we hope to establish chair committees for the planning of the 2019 graduation dance held here at Oak Grove School on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Please call Mrs. Azzato at 847.367.4120, ext. 2029 or email azzato@ogschool.org if you plan to attend.



Marla’s is now taking orders for the second session of the year and they have added Corner Bakery, Buffalo Wild Wings and Suzy Swirl! Log in and order your lunches for the rest of the school year. (ordering hint - if you have an item you’d like to order for the rest of the year, you only need to select it once and then click the star next to the item on the Review Selections page.) Questions? Email marlaslunchinfo@gmail.com or call 224.269.0068


Attention all kindergarten and first grade students! Last chance to sign up for the K-1 Social!

When: Wednesday, January 16th, 1:30-3:30pm (following the early dismissal)

Where: Libertyville Sports Complex, 1950 N. US Highway 45

Click here to sign up and to receive additional information about this event.

We hope to see you there! Please contact Melissa Sallmann (melissagroner@hotmail.com) with any questions!


Don’t miss out on this special night. Get your tickets now for the dance. The dance is Saturday, February 2nd 6:30-9.



Ultimate Ninjas is proud to offer PARENTS & FACULTY a healthy start to 2019 benefiting Oak Grove. On January 21st-23rd, ultiFit, Ultimate Ninjas’ adult workout program, will be kicking off a 6-week “Push 4 Progress” at its Libertyville location at 732 E. Park Ave. Parents/Faculty will start with an initial “Progress Test” on any of the above dates, where we track your body composition (weight, measurements, and fat %), mobility, maximal strength, in all your major muscle groups and recovery heart rate. Beginning January 24th, Oak Grove parents/faculty will get unlimited access to all ultiFit classes and open gym times for adults. We end the 6 week trial March 4th-6th with another Progress Test to show where you’ve made improvements. We are offering this to the Oak Grove community for a heavily discounted rate of $99 for the six week time period. The entire cost of $99 will be donated to Oak Grove. Your first session with them is always free if you want to try it before signing up. You can find their class schedule by downloading the “Mindbody” app on your smart phone and searching for “ultiFit”. You can also visit the “Schedule” tab on their website http://ultifitonline.com.

Oak Grove parents also have the option of “dropping in” for a class and ultiFit will still donate 100% of the proceeds during the January/February time frame. Just mention “Oak Grove” when arriving and our trainers will flag the account in the system for 100% give-back. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Redard, co-creator of ultiFit, brian@ultimateninjas.com.


5th grade Father/Son Night will be held on Wednesday, February 13th,@ 6pm in the Junior High cafeteria. More info will be emailed and mailed home this week. Any questions or to RSVP, please contact Katrina Treutelaar katrinatreutelaar@me.com


Let's roll 2nd and 3rd graders! Lace up your skates to celebrate the SIP early dismissal on Friday, February 15. After school lets out at 1pm, join us at "Just For Fun" roller rink in Mundelein, from 1:30-3:30pm. This PTO Sponsored event includes skate rental, pizza and lemonade for each participant. Parents/Guardians of 2nd & 3rd graders will receive an email soon with the link to register for the event.

If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Kate Byers at KateGByers@gmail.com


Just a reminder that Oak Grove’s 3rd annual Mother/Son Dance will be Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Junior High gym and is encouraged for K-8th graders. The dance will host a DJ, photo booth, entertainment, raffle prizes and snacks. Dance and raffle tickets are available for purchase HERE.

We also need your help to make the dance a success, so if you or someone you know is available Friday, February 22nd or Saturday, February 23rd, please sign up to volunteer HERE.

Email Lynsey Wolfe (lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com) or Sarah Roe (saroe726@gmail.com) with any questions.

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Bernie's Book Bank

Please donate any new or gently used children’s books!

The fourth graders are currently running a book drive for Bernie’s Book Bank. The collection will take place until January 25. Collection bins are in front of both offices. Help us reach our goal of collecting 1500 books! See the flyer in the virtual backpack for more details.

120th Kumbaya Chess Tournament

We are excited to announce that Oak Grove School won 1st PLACE TEAM amongst all the Non-Rated players on Jan 13th, 2019, Kumbaya chess tournament at Niles North High School.

This tournament is an officially recognized tournament by the United States Chess Federation, and we are so proud of all the students that participated in the event. We also had several individual players that were recognized with individual trophies.

The team members for the Non-Rated players from Oak Grove Elementary are Mark Swanson, Joshua Braus and Will Davis. Congratulations to the participating players and our entire chess team!

Oak Grove Wrestling

This past weekend, the Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles competed in the 2019 Woodlawn Quint - One Day, Four Duals.

The Wrestling Eagles went 2-1-1 in head-to-head matches versus Lake Zurich South, Cooper, Marlowe and Woodlawn Middle Schools. There were many highlights on the day starting with *Captain* Oscar Butler (8th), *Captain* Hunter Hill (7th), and Caleb Baczek (6th) went 4-0 on the day.

*Captain* Ryan Schlitt (8th), Orion Moran (7th), Jacob Tayfel (6th), and Max Butler (6th) earned their first varsity wins of the 2019 season!

Kyle Bynes (6th), Matthew Liu (5th), James Liu (5th), Dylan Doughty (5th), and Viktorija Tijunelis (5th) earned their first career wins with a pin! Way to go to all the Wrestling Eagles!

Tonight, Monday 1/14, the Eagles face-off against IESA sectional opponent Twin Groves Middle School in the Junior High Gym at 4:15pm.

Tuesday, January 15th, The Eagles travel to Daniel Wright. On Saturday, Oak Grove Wrestling competes in the 2019 Matthews Middle School Invitational.

Go Eagles!!

Geography Bee Reminder

The Oak Grove Geography Bee is January 23rd, @ 6:00pm in the Junior High Learning Center. Contestants should arrive by 5:30pm for check-in. All contestants must be accompanied by at least one adult. Looking forward to a great Bee!

Visit Mr. Henneberry’s website for preparation activities.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

We have had the pleasure of hosting several teachers from different districts who are interested in learning from the strong instructional practices implemented at Oak Grove. Recently we’ve had visitors here to see our math programs, our reading program, our writing structure as well as visitors to learn more about our SEL program and technology course options. These continuous requests to visit our school are a testament to the work that our teachers have done to make Oak Grove the best place to be. Congratulation to our staff! "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller

Social Emotional Learning

Happy New Year!

Students in grades K-5 have started our Emotion Management Unit. This year, we are incorporating the Zones of Regulation curriculum, by Leah M. Kuypers. Don't forget to check your child's Class Dojo for short videos, pictures and information about how we can regulate our emotions. Ask your child before school and after school which zone they are in!

  • Green Zone ~ Feeling okay, calm, focused, happy ~ READY TO LEARN
  • Yellow Zone ~ Frustrated, silly, excited, nervous ~ SOME CONTROL
  • Red Zone ~ Angry, mad, terrified ~ OUT OF CONTROL
  • Blue Zone ~ Bored, sick, sad, tired ~ MOVING SLOWLY

For more information, log into your child's DOJO account. Have a wonderful week!

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