Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 22, 2022

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Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, March 3rd. We will be offering both virtual and in-person conferences:



Parents can log in to ogs.meettheteacher.com to schedule conferences from 8 AM on Thursday, 2/24 through noon on Wednesday, 3/2.

Parents will be provided a login code and instructions on Wednesday of this week. Login codes are generated by Meet The Teacher...please do not try to use a previous login code as it most likely has changed.

Contact huber@ogschool.org if you do not receive a login code by end of the day on Wednesday.

From the Principals' Desk

Cell Phone Usage

This is a friendly reminder, that all students must leave their devices in their lockers during the school day. Per our OGS Parent-Student Handbook: Cell phones may be used before or after school. During school hours cell phones must remain off and in the students’ backpack. Students are not permitted to use their cell phones (and smartwatches) to call home if ill or requesting medication or a forgotten item from home. Students who are not feeling well, need to go to the nurse for an assessment, and parents will be called if needed.

New Family Orientation (Reminder)

On Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 PM in our Elementary Library we will have a panel of students and PTO representatives available to answer any questions and to provide information about our school and community. If you would like to attend this parent only meeting, please RSVP through this link.

5Essentials (Reminder)

Our current Parent Response Rate is 26%. 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.

Annie Jr., the OGS Musical

Here are the dates for each cast’s premier:

  • Blue Cast Performance of Annie JR - Friday, March 11th at 7 pm

  • White Cast Performance of Annie JR - Saturday, March 12th at 7 pm

Information about ticket purchases will soon be available (through a third party provider - Tix4U).

Band Interest Survey (Reminder) - Only for current 4th graders (incoming 5th graders)

Please take a brief moment to express your level of interest by completing the survey below prior to Friday 2/25. Thank you for your input and supporting our planning process for the coming year.

22-23 Band Interest Survey

Soaring Eagles! February- Kindness

Please click here to preview spirit week (2/22 - 2/25)

Wednesday- Dress like a rock star!

Thursday- No dress up but demonstrate kindness to others :)

Friday- Dress in OGS spirit wear or blue/white

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 2/21)

The theme for the month of February is kindness. Please take a few minutes to view the February 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

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. The goal of the survey is to provide our students with a voice, gain a better understanding of our current SEL needs, and use the information to make informed decisions around our future SEL practices. Please see the linked family letter.

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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

PTO News

FMSC Photo Gallery

Thank you once again to all the families who participated in the FMSC packing events. Collectively we packed 300 boxes with 45,144 meals and fed 122 children for a year! A gallery of photos was shared on Facebook last week. Be sure to follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss any of our updates!

Thank You Volunteers!

Thank you to all the grade-level coordinators, room parents and parent volunteers who helped coordinate Valentine’s Day parties last week! And thank you as well to everyone who helped coordinate the grade-level OGSEF Gala projects. They turned out so great!

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Curriculum Corner

TAG Identification Webinar

This Thursday, February 24 at 7:00pm, will be an informational webinar on the TAG Identification process for 3rd and 5th grade students. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register here. You will be sent a link to the webinar prior to the meeting.

Rotation Offerings

We are reaching out to Oak Grove families to gain feedback in regards to how we can best support our students in the areas of fine arts and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). We are in the process of reviewing our current programming and rotations and want to ensure that we are meeting the interests of our students and families. Please complete this survey by Friday, March 4th. We appreciate your feedback.

CogAT Testing

Students in grades 3 and 5 will be taking the CogAT assessment on February 28, March 1 and March 2. CogAT stands for Cognitive Abilities Test. This is a three-part test that assesses a student's Quantitative, Verbal and Nonverbal aptitude and results of this assessment are used in TAG placement decisions. Your child’s classroom teacher will share their schedule with you. We will schedule make-up sessions for those students who are absent. Student results will be sent home by the end of March.

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. Students will need working headphones for the audio portion of the English - language arts assessments.

IAR preparation is important. The computer interface is more complex than other digital tests students have done during iReady, or CogAT testing. For practice with this more complex interface, students can take the IAR practice tests for both ELA and Math at https://ilassessments.com/practice-tests/. The purpose of the practice tests are not what score a student obtains, but more for gaining a better understanding of the more complex IAR testing interface as well as the test taking tools that are offered on the tests. Students are encouraged to take the tests at and around their grade level.

Wrestling News

Last home meet with a win! We honored our 8th graders that have been wrestling since 5th grade. State Series starts next weekend!

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