Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 23, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Listening Sessions

Thank you to all who could attend the listening sessions over the past month. There were seven sessions with a total of 50 parents participating. We will continue to have these sessions as an opportunity to continue to build relationships within the Oak Grove community and share information. We heard many things at the sessions, with some repeated themes that we shared at the May Board of Education meeting. These themes are not exhaustive of what we heard but shed light on some of what parents wanted to share with the administration. We have already started to address some of these themes and will be developing plans over the summer with input from staff.

  • Oak Grove families value our teachers; they want to know-how administration meets and communicates with teachers

  • Families would like to preserve tradition at Oak Grove while also ensuring current best practices in student programming

  • Administration should illustrate changes and proposed outcomes to a broader school vision
  • Parents appreciate low class sizes, but they understand the global connections within the school

  • Families would like to see regular, consistent communication at all levels (District, Building, and Classroom)

  • Families see the need to address social emotional and behavior needs of students within the building and classroom

  • Identified a need to balance the use of technology and direct teacher instruction for students

  • Families desire the administration and Board to be data-driven in decision making

Cub Scouts - June 4th Event

The Cub Scouts Pack 194 is an active Youth Civic Group open to boys and girls entering/ enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth-grade. Pack 194 is Chartered by the Oak Grove School Parent Teacher Organization, and we also welcome students from Rondout School. The Cub Scouts meet as Grade Level Dens and together with all grade levels as a Pack to complete Fun Adventures. The Cub Scouts are an active group that meets throughout the calendar year to provide a program that drives the 12 Points of Scouting, or the Scout Law.

A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent.

We'll be kicking off our Summer program with a Model Rocket Build and Launch Event at Oak Grove School on Saturday June 4, 10:00am-12:00pm. The Scout Rocket Launch is an event in which we invite ALL YOUTH in the area to have a fun day of launching and chasing rockets as they parachute back down to the earth. If you or your child have been interested in the Cub Scouts, this is a perfect opportunity to get a little more info and perhaps even join. There will be Pack 194 Leaders available to answer questions and help guide your family through the new Scouting experience.

For more information about the Rocket Launch or Pack 194 Cub Scouting, please visit our Facebook Page, or email our Cubmasters: www.facebook.com/OakGrovePack194

Cubmasters Matt Lockowitz & Martin Johnsson @ Cubmasters@Pack194.mypack.us

Cook Memorial Public Library District Community Survey

Help shape the library’s future! Whether you use our library often or you have not yet visited us at Cook Park Library, Aspen Drive Library, or the Bookmobile, your thoughts and ideas will help formulate our goals and strategies as we look to the future. Each participant who submits a completed survey with their contact information by May 27 will be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards.

Survey open until May 27 at 9 p.m. at cooklib.org/survey. Una encuesta en español está disponible aquí. Paper copies are also available at the library and on the Bookmobile

Field Day Snack - IMPORTANT - for Friday, May 27

Field Day is just around the corner! It will be on Friday, May 27. We wanted to let you know that each student will be provided a quick snack that morning. We will be serving Italian Ices during each group’s snack rotation. CLICK HERE for the list of ingredients and a picture of the pops we will be serving. Please let the school nurses know if your child can NOT have this item due to allergy concerns. In the case of allergy concerns, parents may then plan to send an allergy-safe snack to school for their child.

2022 Libertyville Parent Survey

Libertyville Connect Coalition, in collaboration with Libertyville High School, Highland Middle School, Oak Grove School, and the Lake County Health Department, invites you to participate in our parent survey. Students take the Illinois Youth Survey every year, anonymously reporting their behaviors and attitudes regarding substance use. As a coalition, we are interested in hearing from the parents and guardians. Your input provides context and helps us better understand the climate of prevention in Libertyville, Mettawa, and Green Oaks. Please take a few moments to give us your thoughts and opinions to help us reduce youth substance use. All parents and guardians are welcome to fill out THIS SURVEY - your responses are anonymous. Thank you!

Incoming Kindergarten Students
Information regarding summer playdates, an opportunity for a summer camp, and a Kindergarten Kickoff date will be forthcoming in a separate email to all parents of next year’s (2022-2023) kindergarten students. Please be on the lookout!

SEL at Oak Grove
Our final spirit week of the 21-22 school year is here!
Please take a few minutes to view the May page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Important Dates
● May 24 - 8th Gr Great America Day
● May 25 - 5th Gr Civil War Day, 8th Gr’s Chicago Trip
● May 26 - 6th-7th Gr Dance from 3:30-5:00 PM
● May 27 - Field Day, 11:30 AM Early Dismissal for SIP Day,
8th Grade Dance from 7:00-10:00 PM
● May 30 - No School
● May 31 - 1 PM Early Dismissal for Teacher Work Day, 8th Grade Graduation
● June 2 - Class Picnics and Field Trips, Last Day of School, Report Cards Go Home

Congratulations, Jack Treutelaar, 4th at State for Discus!

This past Friday, Jack Treutelaar took fourth place in 3A Discus at State for Track and Field. Despite rain delays and 30mph hour winds, Jack threw an astounding 104' 9". His record throw for the season was 116'!

Placing at State capped off an amazing season—and overall year—for Jack. Over the last two weeks, he took first in discus and second in shot put at our Sectional and had two first-place victories for the same events at our Conference meet. This Friday was Jack's second time representing Oak Grove at State this year. Only a few months ago, he took first place as the wrestling champion. Congrats again, Jack! Your coaches, teammates, and school are so proud of you!

6th & 7th Grade Social

If you are a 6th or 7th grader, you are invited to stay after school THIS THURSDAY until 5:00. All registered email addresses received this email last week. Also, students have the same information posted on their grade level Google Classrooms. Please click here if you would like to view it again.

Note: Exact change will be helpful!

6th Grade Picnic Day Permission Slip

A digital permission slip was sent home to all email addresses registered for 6th grade. Many of you have completed it, but we have a few more that we need before we head out of the building for our final day of fun. Here is the link to the permission slip if you need to complete it:

Reading is Hydro-Mite Challenge!

On Friday, the K-4 students who participated in the Reading is Hydro-Mite Challenge were rewarded with tossing water at Mrs. Barnabee, Mr. Murray, and Ms. Waehner! Fun was had by all!

PTO News

The Variety Show Was Dynamite!
What an amazing night! It was wonderful to be back in person and live on stage. We are so proud of all of our amazing performers and emcees! Thank you to everyone that came out to support our cast and all the wonderful volunteers from ticket sales, set-up, decorations, rehearsals, cast dinner and more. A special thank you to the Oak Grove custodial staff for all they did. And lastly, thank you to our parent directors Mary Hass, Mia Hughes, Kelli Kuypers, Christine Merrild, Tabitha Rubash, & Ashley Wilson. You can view a copy of the show program here. We can not wait to see the talent next year!

Donati’s for Dinner Tomorrow Night
We’re all feeling the time crunch as the school year and activities wind down. Make dinner easier on Tuesday, May 24th by ordering delivery or pick-up from Donati’s Pizza. Donati’s will donate 25% of profit to the PTO! Please click here to place your order online or call 847-735-8900. Mention Oak Grove when ordering in person or on the phone! If you order online, write “Oak Grove” in the notes section of your order. Thank you for your support!

Field Day is this Friday!

We are so excited that Field Day is almost here! We want to thank ALL of the parents
that signed up to volunteer. If you signed up to volunteer please arrive NO LATER than
8:00 am and enter at the back of the school using the Junior High cafeteria doors.
Please remind your students to wear their OG spirit wear or blue and white to school
on Friday. When they meet their Field Day team of K-8 students, (approx. 23 kids plus
2 OG teachers) they will be handed a piece of fabric that they can wrap around their
heads, arms or legs. This will help them identify everyone on their team for the
morning. If it happens to rain, Field Day will have to be canceled, so everyone keep
your fingers crossed for no rain. In the event of rain, the students will spend the
morning in their classrooms with their teachers but they will still receive their Field
Day snack provided by the PTO. It's going to be a fun-filled day for ALL of Oak Grove!
Please email Dana Huennekens with any questions!

School Supply Pre-Packs Are on Sale!
Back-to-school shopping could not be made easier than with EPI’s school supply
packs! EPI uses the teacher-approved grade-level supply lists. Parents simply need
to select the grade(s) needed. School supply packs will be shipped right to your door!
Visit www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks and enter the school ID OAK039.

Order by June 12th to avoid the late order surcharge. Thank you to all who order, since
part of the proceeds benefit the PTO.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Please click here for Board Briefs, which is a short summary of discussion points at each Board meeting. Briefs are generated after meeting minutes are formally approved at each subsequent meeting.

We encourage our community to visit these sites to stay engaged in the topics and discussions of the OGS Board.

Official minutes and agendas can be found here.

From the School Nurses

What to Know about Lyme Disease:


Steps to prevent Lyme disease include using insect repellent, removing ticks promptly, applying pesticides, and reducing tick habitat.


Lyme disease is spread through the bite of infected ticks. In most cases, the ticks that

are attached 36 hours or more may transmit infection.

Signs and Symptoms

Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a skin rash called erythema

migrans (typically looks like a circular red “bullseye” rash).


Lyme disease is diagnosed by looking at signs and symptoms, likelihood of exposure to an infected tick, illnesses with similar symptoms, and lab tests if needed.


Early diagnosis and proper antibiotic treatment of Lyme disease is important and can help prevent complications. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully.

For more information, visit: cdc.gov/lyme/index.html


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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

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