Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 19, 2016

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Save the Date

K-5 Parent Information Night: Standards Based Grading

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, October 5th, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm in the Pat Patt Gym to learn more about Standards Based Grading.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

During the 2014-2015 school year, the Board of Education convened an action team to hold discussions about Oak Grove’s Talented And Gifted (TAG) program, formerly Curriculum Enhancement Services (CES) program. During the 2014-2015 school year, an outside consultant was hired to review the program and provide suggestions for areas of development. This work led to the development of our comprehensive TAG Handbook. Last school year, our Talented And Gifted (TAG) Committee continued their long term planning to assist with the development of our TAG program for Oak Grove students. This led to the Advisory Council, development of parent evening events, and continued implementation of the philosophy outlined in Oak Grove’s TAG Handbook.


This year, our TAG Committee would like to continue their work to assist with the development and implementation of Oak Grove’s TAG program. Our meetings are typically monthly on Monday nights, from 4-6 p.m. Many of our committee members have agreed to continue the work we have started, but we are also looking for a new parent to join our team. Specifically, the committee is looking for:


  • A parent of an elementary student (grades 3-5) currently not in TAG


Please, email your interest and information to Michelle Jackson at jackson@ogschool.org. Information should include your name, grade of student(s), and any unique background, experience, or perspective you would bring to the committee. All applicants will be reviewed prior to establishing the committee. Applications are due no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, September 30th. Our first meeting will take place in November.

Kindergarten Had a Blast During Fire Safety Week!

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K-4th Grade Girls

Calling all girls in grades kindergarten through fourth! Have you ever wanted to perform with the poms? Here is your chance. The LHS Poms Breast Cancer Clinic will be held on October 14th after school. The girls will learn a dance with the poms, have a snack and perform during the halftime of the sophomore game on the field! A portion of the proceeds will go towards a Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit the LHS Athletic website or the OGS virtual backpack sign up! Go Cats!

2016 JH Book Fair

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Oak Grove to Welcome Award Winning Author Helen Frost

The OGSEF is excited to partner with the PTO in funding a grant request to bring award winning author Helen Frost to speak to Oak Grove 5th-8th grade students in November! Last year, a large number of 6th-8th graders read her book "Hidden". The book was on the list of Rebecca Caudill Nominees, an Illinois book award for 4th-8th grade.

Helen Frost delights in visiting schools, libraries, and colleges nationwide. She is an experienced teacher who has taught at all levels, pre-school through university. In her assemblies, Ms. Frost speaks about her books, sharing her research and writing process, and leaving time at the end for conversation with the audience.

Thank you to Oak Grove’s esteemed librarian, Jina Rappaport, for creating the grant and these amazing opportunities for our students to interact with world class authors.


SAVE THE DATE: Culver’s Night on October 4th – Between 5 PM & 8 PM

Join your OGS community for dinner and a little fundraising. A percentage of the proceeds from ALL sales during this timeframe will benefit the Oak Grove School Education Foundation at no additional cost to you. So, after practice or homework – or just to take a break from the kitchen – bring the family by! You will probably recognize some of the faces delivering your food!

Jack Olsen, Oak Grove Alumni

Even as Hollywood screenwriters go, my story is fairly unusual. I sold my first script in 1990, but didn’t see a movie with my name on it go into production until 2015. Through all those years, I worked steadily, often getting hired to rewrite other people’s work as scripts got closer to (and sometimes further from) production. I can’t complain about being able to make my living as a writer, but the appeal of creative jobs is often at least partly because of ego — and I spent a quarter of a century not seeing my name on movie posters or walking down a red carpet.


As early as the second grade, I was fortunate to be part of a few different independent study experiments at Oak Grove, and I think these programs created a real foundation for me — teaching me the value of persistence and of trusting in my own abilities. Throughout my elementary school years, I learned about personal accountability and the opportunities that come with taking initiative in a supportive and tolerant environment. This year, I finally got to see two movies produced that were based on my own scripts. There is still a long story ahead of me, professionally, but as an Oak Grove alumnus I’m prepared to see it through, no matter what line that story takes.

(Editor's Note: Jack's movie "When the Bough Breaks" was released in theaters in September 2016. Oak Grove would like to thank him for taking the time to reflect on his days as an Eagle.)

International Walk to School Day

Schools are Encouraged to Participate in the 20th Annual

Walk to School Day on October 5

Health, safety and environmental benefits of walking to school are why the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) asks that all schools be involved in next month’s International Walk to School Day. The event aims to encourage safer and improved routes to school, along with healthier habits and environmental awareness for students.


This year’s annual International Walk to School Day is Wednesday, October 5th.

International Walk to School Day originated in Chicago in 1997 as National Walk our Children to School Day. The intent of the original walk to school day was to create community awareness about making it safe for children to walk to school. The first International Walk to School Day in its current form took place in 2000 when the United Kingdom and Canada joined the United States in participation. Today more than 40 countries participate on all six inhabited continents!

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes