Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ December 4, 2017

Cell Phones In Parking Lot

Please be reminded that state law prohibits cell phone use on school property in a motor vehicle. We continue to see many drivers using cell phones during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup. As you know traffic is heavy at these times and there are many students in our lots. Please help us keep our students as safe as possible by not using your cellphone in the parking lots, or use them in handset mode. Thank you.

Morning Traffic

We are starting to see an increased number of students being tardy to school in the morning. Most arriving late are being dropped off by guardians driving them to school. Car traffic is very heavy, coupled with nearly 100 more students this year than last, exacerbating the situation. If you are eligible for bus service, please consider using it. If you must drop your students off in the morning, please remain in your car and allow our staff to assist the students getting out of your vehicle. This will help us “move the line” more efficiently. Thank you.

Give the Gift of Reading

If you are looking for a great gift for the holidays, look no further than fantastic books!

School Library Journal has just released their "Best of 2017" list at http://slj.com/bestof2017/index.php and The Center For Children's Books has released their annual list of "Gift Books for 2017" at http://bccb.ischool.illinois.edu/files/2017/11/GBGB20172.pdf

Most book stores have bibliophiles who can also offer great recommendations.

Happy Holidays!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Looking for a new way to have conversations about number sense with your child? Here’s a great website, hosted by Pierre Tranche, that provides pictures to inspire fun math chats. By asking questions related to these pictures, you’ll be having your child practice subitizing (recognizing smaller groups within larger groups), unitizing (treating multiple objects as one object), and efficiency with number facts.

Looking at the raspberry picture below, let’s try one together:

  • How many raspberries?

  • How did you see them?

  • Did you see the raspberries organized from left to right as 4-3-4?

  • Did you see the groups horizontally or vertically?

  • What about groups of 2 dots - 1 dot from top to bottom?

  • Or 3 groups of 3 and a pair of 2?

  • Another way?

Here are some suggestions provided by the website when trying these conversations at home:

  • Choose an image that is accessible for your child

  • Give your child lots of time to think

  • Listen to their ideas - it’s not a formal teaching opportunity, it’s a chance to ask questions about their thinking

  • Mistakes are great - keep the conversation welcoming and casual so they continue to enjoy the chat and want to keep trying

  • Keep it short - no more than 15 minutes are needed to keep it fun and less like a required task

Another neat idea would be to find your own pictures to use. Take a quick picture of your family shoe pile or a stack of couch pillows. The more involved your child is in the process, the more they’ll enjoy the conversation. Happy chatting!

Student Council News


6th-8th Grade Dance

Friday, December 15

  • Right after school in the Junior High cafeteria and Junior High gym- 3:30-5:00
  • Music and dancing provided by DJ Fresh Oesch
  • Raffles, pizza, concessions, and open gym

Entrance fee: A new, unwrapped toy for a boy or girl, ages 0-12 or a $10 donation to Toys for Tots

PTO News

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed Tuesday, December 19th from 7:30-8:20 am so the staff can enjoy their holiday breakfast. We need two people to cover each office, starting at 7:30 am and we need 10 playground supervisors (5 at each end) starting at 7:40 am and ending at 8:15 am. Contact Liz Howard if you are able to help. howard_liz@hotmail.com

Save the Date

Oak Grove School PTO is hosting a fundraiser at Potbelly’s in Lake Bluff (945 Rockland Road near Target) on Wednesday, December 13th from 5-8 pm. Potbelly’s Lake Bluff will be donating 25% of all sales to the Oak Grove PTO. Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack. Hope to see you all there!

Holiday Halls

The OGS halls were bustling this past Saturday for our 6th annual Holiday Halls, formerly called the Eagle Extravaganza. Thank you Mrs. McCarty and our entire 3rd grade for your beautiful artwork that decorated our entrance to Holidays Halls! What talented children we have!

Candy Cane Lane has never looked better! Shannon Bilcox transformed our gym into a shopping wonderland yet again. It was so fun to see the children dressed in their holiday best, shopping with their personal shopper elves. A big shout out to Ashley Evans for organizing her student council to be elves this year! Thank you to all the other elves who joined in on the fun! They were wonderful and made the event. Also, to all the crafty amazing mama’s for making homemade ornaments for Candy Cane Lane: Beth Zender, Elizabeth O’Neill, Dana Huennekens, Kathy Bailor, Kate Byers, Laura Reutzel, Raabia Mohammed, and the Lyon Family. Also, thank you to Katrina Treutelaar for your help in purchasing all the gifts for Candy Cane Lane.

Libby Caitlina & her amazing chefs treated our Oak Grove families to the best pancake breakfast ever! You could smell bacon all the way down the holiday halls. Its true, we actually fried bacon this year…yummy! (if you eat meat.) The table settings were gorgeous & I do believe we ate the kitchen dry! Great job, Libby & her team.

Tracey Shulze & her incredibly talented vendors drew crowds down & around the junior high halls with new & repeat vendors, better than ever before! Thank you Tracey, for all you do for your nieces!

None of this would have been as festive without Mr. Farris & our amazing OGS Choir. They graced every inch of Holiday Halls with the most beautiful music ever! The talent really does run deep @ OGS!

Thank you to all those who made this happen. It was an all-in effort & it showed. A special thank you to the following volunteers who we couldn’t have done it without.

It takes a village & this is ours…

Thank you to: Shellie Fahey, Maria Roberts, Nancy Fink, Monica Poonia, Stacy Cerwin, Sheli Naqvi, Laura Espinoza, Ramanan Shangari, Eve Wallin, Jennifer and Brian Tippett, Jessica Reed, Nikita Sinder, Melissa Moynier, Tara Southwell, Joanna and Mark Wimmer, Christina Gomez Anez, Matt Cathlina, Shagoon and Elena Punia, Shane Wimmer, Gretchen Wimmer, Christian Roberts, Maryah Karim, Brodie Kaufman, Sophie Verkoulen, Andrew Brooks, Dylan McCarty, Nikhil Patel, Colin Tippett, Gianna Cathlina, Celia Catalina, Kathryn Kasten, Sophie Barnas, Kathy Bailor, Kate Byers, Susan Kurland, Christine Merrild, Ashley Wilson, Beth Zender, Dana Huennekens, Patrice Drometer, Melody Lyon, Martin, Stacy Hornaday, Nakita Sindermann, Diana Servatius, Melissa Sallmann, Elizabeth O'Neill, Jamie Evans, Melissa Thoune, Sarah Roe, Nancy Johnson, and Amy Fiore. Anyone else we may have missed - Thank you!

PTO Checks

If you have a check written from the PTO dated prior to 10/1/17, please contact Ashley Wilson to have it re-issued. We have opened a new bank account and these checks are no longer valid.

PTO meeting this Wednesday, December 6th at 9am in the teacher's lounge. All are welcome!

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala Tickets & Sponsorships On Sale Now – www.ogsef.org/gala-2018

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 24, 2018 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community, parents, faculty and students to make it a great success. Plus, it is a great opportunity to network and socialize with your community…not to mention a ton of fun! The event features food, drinks, entertainment, auctions and more. This is an event you will not want to miss!

The Grove Gala 2018

February 24, 2018

6:30 PM to 12:30 AM

Independence Grove, Audubon Hall

Project Spotlight: Next Generation Science Standards
The Gala supports funding for teacher-driven grants that focus on innovative and differentiated curriculum. This year we have a spotlight project we are funding: Next Generation Science Standards. Funds raised at the Gala will support enhancements to the science curriculum in grades K-8.

Visit http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2018.html to purchase tickets or review sponsorship opportunities. In addition, if you are interested in volunteering or making a donation to our silent auction, please contact Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net. Thank you for your support!

Oak Grove Wrestling News

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday 12/7 @ 4:30pm in the Jr. High Gym

The 2018 IESA Wrestling Season has begun! Come see your Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles compete in the "Battle of the Eagles" this Thursday in the Junior High gym. The Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles intersquad scrimmage will also have performances by the Oak Grove Cheer & Poms teams. Concessions provided by our Oak Grove Student Council and Oak Grove Winter hats will be on sale to support the wrestling program. Perfect for the holiday season! We hope to see everyone there.
Go Eagles!!!

Feed My Starving Children

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) this Friday, December 8th from 6 -7:30 pm. We have filled all 140 spots! If you can no longer attend, please log into the FMSC website to remove your name(s) from the list. Please review these important instructions about the event:
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Geography Bee Reminder

Just a reminder our Geography Bee will be held on January 17th at 6:00 pm in the Junior High Learning Center.

Visit Mr. Henneberry’s website for registration and preparation activities.


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