Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 28, 2022

From the Superintendent

Dear Families,

Since OGS went mask-optional on Monday, February 14, we continue to monitor our COVID-19 case data closely. As you know, parents will receive notifications of any cases at their child(ren)'s grade level, which is in alignment with our communicable disease protocols. Since February 14, OGS experienced four cases of COVID-19 and zero cases reported from February 16. Let's hope this trend continues! As a reminder, the school community would be notified if OGS experiences any type of outbreak as deemed by our local health department.

Additionally, the CDC dropped their requirement of masking on public transportation (buses or vans) operated by public school systems. This update was shared to our parent community yesterday. I want to reassure you that we continue to monitor our data and communicate with our local health officials on a weekly basis to learn any updates related to COVID-19 transmission within our community.

Thank you for your continued support.

22/23 School Calendar

Click here to view the 22/23 school calendar, approved by the Board of Education and the Regional Office of Education.

Annie, Jr.

It is almost here! The 8th grade students and the OGS Fine Arts team are so very excited to share all their hard work with the OGS community. The kids have been hard at work since November creating a digital version of the famous musical Annie, Jr. Their performance will be ready to stream March 11 and 12. Get your online tickets today!

Friday, March 11 7:00 PM

Buy a ticket:


Saturday, March 12 7:00 PM

Buy a ticket:


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Oak Grove Wrestling News

Last weekend was a first in Oak Grove Athletics history. The Eagles went to Lake Zurich South and came away with their first Regional Championship. Additionally, they advanced 13 wrestlers to the Sectional Tournament March 5th at Johnsburg High School.

Oak Grove had five individual champions; Brayden Liu, Gavin Torres, Matthew Liu, Logan Tayfel, and Jack Treutelaar. As well as eight other wrestlers who finished in the top three; Cameron Kovatch, Dylan Treutelaar, Sam DeMoon, Michael Savino, James Liu, Lars Palmberg, Colten Siebert, and Luke Angelos.

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Noetic Math Contest

All students in Grades 5th - 8th:

We will be offering the Noetic Math Contest to all interested 5th - 8th graders in April during school (It has 20 problems and students are allowed 50 minutes total to complete the contest). This is an online contest and you can let your Math teacher know if you are interested and want to sign up. Information can be found at https://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest/. You will need to let your teacher know by March 17th.

*Please contact Mrs. Phillips (phillips@ogschool.org) if you have any questions.

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4th and 5th Grade Intramural Basketball

Attention 4th and 5th grade students:

Boys and girls intramural basketball will start the week of March 7, 2022.

We meet three days a week from 3:30-4:30 in the Patt Gym. We usually meet on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We will have a total of 9 sessions. Parents pick students up from school promptly at 4:30.

This is a nice opportunity to learn some basketball basics and play in some low intensity games with classmates.

Cost is $10 per player. Parents can pay through the school website.

Be sure to wear gym shoes and basketball playing attire.

More details will be forthcoming through OGS social media and the March 7th Oak Grove News.

Questions? karolewicz@ogschool.org

K-3 Oak Grove Online Monarch Nominee Trivia Night

Thursday March 10, 2022


Parents can sign up at the link below:

(First 25 Teams Accepted)


Once you are registered further details and information will be emailed to your family.

Hosted by: Jina Rappaport & Kimberly Wesley

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Calling all bilingual and multilingual families!

If you speak a language other than English, the Diversity Equity and Inclusion committee is looking for you! As we get closer to the Multicultural Fair on May 14th, we would like to celebrate the linguistic diversity of our community. If you and/or your child/ren are interested in making a short video teaching words from your home language and sharing about your culture, please complete the survey. A sample script for the video is available. An example can be viewed here.

Anyone interested in hosting a booth for the fair, should complete this form. We’re looking forward to celebrating the many cultures that make up our community on May 14th!

From the Principals' Desk

Late Bus Update

As we head into the third trimester of the school year, it is time to make our final switch for late buses. We appreciate everyone's patience this year through each of the changes made to each bus' dismissal order. Please take a look at the following changes:

  • Bus 9 will leave first and come back for Bus 8.

  • Bus 13 will leave first and come back for Bus 4.

  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays Bus 10 will leave first and come back for Bus 7.

When necessary, depending on driver changes, we will continue to update families at the end of the day with BrightArrow messages alerting families of late buses. Thank you, again, for your patience, support, and understanding!

5Essentials (Reminder)

We are up to a 35% response rate and would love to reach 50%. Please help us reach our goal! Research derived from the Five Essentials for School Success has proven that schools strong on at least three of the 5Essentials are 10 times more likely to improve student outcomes. The survey participation rates impact our standing in the Illinois accountability system. Parents may use THIS 5Essentials LINK to take the survey.

In-Coming Kindergarten Parent Night - Virtual

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, March 24, 2022

Our kindergarten team cordially invites all new in-coming kindergarten parents to join us on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM to learn more about the kindergarten program at OGS. A link will be shared the week of the event with all parents who RSVP here.

No School

There is no school for students this Thursday (3/3/22) for Parent-Teacher Conferences and Friday (3/4/22) for a Teachers’ Institute. We wish everyone an enjoyable, safe, and healthy long weekend!

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 2/28)

The theme for the month of March is Patience. Please take a few minutes to view the March page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

If you have any questions please contact Susie Kiefer at skiefer@ogschool.org.

SEL Spring Survey (reminder)

The Oak Grove School District will conduct a social-emotional survey to all students from March 7th - March 14th. The survey is voluntary and will not ask questions about the students’ families. Please see the linked family letter.

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Mental Health Minute (Updated 2/28)

The Mental Health team at Oak Grove, consisting of our School Social Workers, our School Psychologist, and the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, will be providing you information on several social emotional topics throughout the 2021-22 school year.

Please click on the link below for this week’s issue

March - Patience

*If you need support or are looking to support someone else please visit Safe2Help Illinois and/or our website for valuable information.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 28, Mar 1-2 - CogAT Testing Gr 3 & 5

  • Mar. 1 - Report Cards Go Home

  • Mar. 2 - PTO Mtg 9:30 AM PD Conf Room

  • Mar. 3 - Parent Teacher Conferences - No student attendance

  • Mar. 4 - Teacher Institute - NO SCHOOL

  • Mar. 11 - Blue Cast Performance of Annie Jr at 7 pm

  • Mar. 12 - White Cast Performance of Annie Jr at 7 pm

PTO News

Week of 2/28/22


PTO Meeting on Wednesday!

The next PTO meeting is on Wednesday (3/2) at 9:30 AM in the PD Room. Please note the change of location, as we are now able to meet in our pre-covid meeting space where the acoustics are much better. If you attend in person, please check in at the front office. The meeting will be available on Zoom, too. Links to the meeting documents and Zoom info will be distributed in a separate email on Tuesday.

Clucker’s Charcoal Chicken Fundraiser

Skip cooking dinner on Wednesday, March 16th and raise money for the PTO! All take out, delivery, and dine-in orders from 4 pm - 8 pm at Clucker’s Charcoal Chicken in Libertyville will have 20% donated back to the PTO. Please note: if you are ordering delivery, you must order by phone directly with Clucker’s– you cannot use GrubHub, DoorDash, or a third party app. When ordering, please show this page in-person, or reference the GroupRaise OGS PTO Fundraiser over the phone: https://www.groupraise.com/events/220500.

OGS Grab & Go Spirit Wear

Have you lost your OGS Magnet in a car wash? Are your kids looking for more spirit wear for spirit days? The PTO has socks, hats, beanies, gloves, headbands, and more. Shop early because some items have very limited availability and will sell out quickly! Use this Google Form to submit your order; an invoice will be emailed to you to pay via PayPal. Items will be available for pick-up once your PayPal payment is received! Thank you in advance for your orders and for supporting the PTO!

Lunch Reminders

Please enroll your child in the PTO’s Lunch Pantry if you have not done so already. The Lunch Pantry is in place for forgotten lunch orders, forgotten lunch bags or unexpected lunch mishaps! The February 7th OG News e-mail contained directions with your personalized login credentials. If you have any troubles, please contact Dave Huber to get enrolled in the Lunch Pantry.

Also, if your family is new to OGS, here’s information on how to order hot lunches from Marla’s Lunch Services.

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Curriculum Corner

End of Trimester 2

Trimester 2 ended on Friday, February 25. Report cards will be sent out to families on Tuesday, March 1.

TAG Identification Webinar

Thank you to those families that were able to attend the TAG webinar. Please see the link to the presentation if you were unable to attend. The video and presentation are also available on the OG website.

Rotation Offerings Feedback

In planning for future programming for our students, we are asking for feedback from families. Please take a moment to complete this survey by Friday, March 4th.

IAR Spring Testing Window

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), a state mandated assessment, will take place this year from March 14-18, with makeup testing March 21-23. Students in grades 3 through 8 will be assessed in both mathematics and language arts. Teachers will share their grade level testing schedules closer to the testing window. Students will need working headphones for the audio portion of the English language arts assessments. We also encourage students to get a good night sleep prior to their testing dates, eat a nutritious breakfast, and to get to school on time! Thank you for your support at home.

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