Oak Grove News
Weekly Update ~ November 6, 2017
Hello Oak Grove Community,
At Oak Grove, we believe that a strong relationship between families and school will help children become even more successful students. Participating in Parent-Teacher Conferences is one way to help foster that relationship. By attending a Parent-Teacher Conference, you’ll have an opportunity to hear from the teacher about your child’s strengths and areas for growth in the different subject areas. You’ll also have an opportunity to ask questions about your child’s progress and to learn more about what happens in school on a daily basis. Since the conference time is brief, it is important to have a productive conversation in the scheduled time. If this is your first Parent-Teacher Conference, here are some questions you might want to ask the teacher about your child:
Is my child participating in class discussions and activities?
How are my child’s social skills?
What are my child’s strengths and areas of growth?
Does my child seem happy at school?
What can I do at home to help support his/her academic progress?
Respectful communication will be the most effective way to ensure a productive conversation. During the conference, remember that both you and the teacher want the same thing: the best school experience for your child. For additional questions or tips for successful Parent-Teacher Conferences, here are a few links.
Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
Oak Grove School, the PTO, and our local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts come together to volunteer their time to this worthy cause. We have reserved all 140 spaces on Friday, December 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Feed My Starving Children is located at 742 East Park Avenue (Highway 176) in Libertyville.
Please register using the “Join URL” http://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/Group/JoinGroup.aspx?gid=1105168 OR online at www.fmsc.org. Click on “Get Involved" in the upper right corner of the website, then select “Volunteer info,” click "View permanent site events". Click on “Join a Group" Enter “Join Code” 1105168 and click the “Search” button. Check the box to accept FMSC’s guidelines and click “Confirm.” If you have previously volunteered at FMSC, log in using your Email and Password. If this is your first time, click on “Create an Account."
Important note - when signing up, you need to register yourself first, then select “Add Members Names” from your confirmation page to register everyone else from your family that will be attending.
Thank you for considering to help FMSC in their efforts to ward off world hunger. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Oak Grove Group Leader, Ken LaCrosse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Parent Teacher Conferences will take place on Monday, November 20 from 1 pm until 8 pm and on Tuesday, November 21 from 8 am until noon.
The registration period for parents will be from Monday, 11/13 at 8:30 am until Friday, 11/17 at noon. To sign up for a conference, simply go to www.ogschool.org and click on the Parent/Teacher Conferences link (found either in the "For Parents" menu or at the bottom of the page under "latest news.")
You will need the student number and four-digit password for each student you want to create a conference for. A reminder email will be sent to you prior to 11/13 with the student number and password for each student.
Although the link to the PT ConferenceMaker will be available prior to 8:30 am on 11/13, you will not be able to access the system until that time.
Veteran's Day Ceremony
Have you ever thought about the freedom we have? We have the ability to vote and have a voice in many things. But, we weren’t just born with these rights. Veterans fought for our freedom. These men and women risked their lives for our freedom, and we like to acknowledge that every year. Every year, Oak Grove has a Veteran's Day celebration. Please wear red, white, and blue to show patriotic spirit.
**Parents, just a reminder, the junior high parking lot will be closed on Veteran's Day. Please use the elementary parking lot to drop off your children in the morning.
-- The 8th grade team
Toys for Tots
The collection will start Tuesday, November 7, near both junior high and elementary offices. To participate, look for the snowman display to pick up a donation snowflake, and bring in an unused, unwrapped toy for a girl or boy in need, age ranging from 1-10 years.
Grades 6-8 will be having a dance here at Oak Grove on December 15. The entrance fee is a Toys for Tots donation.
Please Opt-in to Receive Important Text Messages
On occasion, Oak Grove School sends short and time-sensitive text messages to parents (example: we can send a text to the parents of a particular bus route informing them that there is a late bus). We cannot send text messages to any phone that has not opted-in to allow it.
Even if you believe you've opted-in before, please take a moment to opt-in to receive text messages from us by texting the letter 'y' to 67587. Thank you!
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
This week, we are practicing a new drill with our students and together we are learning new ways to stay safe! The program ALICE teaches us the following messages:
A - stands for ALERT. (There’s a wolf in the building.)
L - says we need to LOCKDOWN.
I - says INFORM, because we must tell others if we’ve seen the wolf around
C - stands for COUNTER. If the wolf sees us, we must do things to ruin his day.
E - stands for EVACUATE, which means leave the building and run away!
What we hope they remember this week, is when their teacher gives the “wolf” or emergency signal they always, STOP, LOOK, & LISTEN to their teacher!
For more information go to www.AliceTraining.com
Hot Lunch Survey
Would you like to win a week of free lunches from Marla’s Brown Bag Lunch? Complete this brief 5 question survey to be entered for a chance to win a free week of lunch for your child!
Oak Grove School does not have the option of having a traditional in-house cafeteria to provide lunch. Therefore, the PTO contracts with Marla’s to bring in healthy, delicious hot lunch options for our kids. We need your feedback to help us make this program great! Please click on the link below to complete the survey by Friday, November 10th.
Mother Son DanceThank you to everyone who joined us at the 2nd Annual Oak Grove School Mother Son Dance! It was so great to see all of the fun that was had by the moms and their boys. The PTO would like to give a special thanks to event chair, Sara Roe, and all of her volunteers that made this evening happen. Thank you to Ashley Miller (co-planner), Beth Zender (decorations), Linda Ford (design), Carrie Siebert (raffle) and Julie Kovach (raffle), Katie Silverman, Kristin Golumbeck, Jaime Cotts, Patrice Drometer, Sylvia Siwinski, Laura Reutzel, Kim Rihman, Jessica Reed, Jeanne Sapiennza, Ashleigh Grambo, Raabia Khan, Karin Pawlowski, Monica Goldberg, Julie Perry, Lyndsey Casey, Courtney Johnston, Shannon Bilcox, Jamie Evans, Melissa Thoune, Lynsey Wolfe, Jennie Schlitt, Shellie Fahy, Elizabeth O'Neill, Ben Jeckel, Nicole Greenlees, Juliana & Pete Furlong, Jason Kovach, Karen McConnell, Henry Liu and our 4 Beta Club volunteers (Sophie Verkoulen, Nikhil Patel, Ellie Salton, Tatum Blacker) . Special evenings like this could not happen without all of you! Thank you!
Jr. High Book Fair
The Jr. High Book Fair starts this week!! It will run from November 7-10 in the Jr. High Learning Center. Everyone is welcome to shop during the shopping hours listed below, as well as after the Veterans Day Ceremony on November 10th.
Book Fair Dates: November 7, 8, 9 & 10.
11/7 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
11/8: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
11/9: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
11/10: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m
Jr. High Book Drive
Don't forget, the Jr. High Book Fair will be hosting a book drive competition this year for Andrea's Angels. The grade (5-8) that donates the most books will receive a pajama day! Bring in your gently used books now; the Book Drive ends on Nov.10!
Save the Date: Saturday December 2nd - 6th Annual Oak Grove Holiday Halls
Oak Grove Wrestling Club
Attention all 5th through 8th grade parents:
The Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles season starts Nov. 27th. This Wednesday, Nov. 8th, we will be holding our parent/student pre-season meeting. We will start at approximately 3:30 pm in the Junior High cafeteria. If your child is interested, come on out to hear more!
Contact Coach Chris Duenas (Duenas@ogschool.org) with any questions.