Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 4, 2016

Class Placement Reminder

Please click here for important information from Principal Fenton regarding class placement for the 2016-17 school year.

New Yearbook Delivery Timeline Announced

Beginning this year, we will not be taking delivery of our yearbooks before the end of the school year. The reason for this change is so that we can include things like 8th grade graduation, spring sports, and anything else that might occur after our typical annual deadline. We feel these events are very important and unfortunately in the past, they were omitted in order to meet our deadline.

We know that "yearbook signing" is an activity that the students look forward to each year, so we will be taking delivery of autograph books instead of an actual yearbook. These will be distributed to students before the last day of school and we will have our signing session as usual. Once the yearbooks are delivered to students, they can simply add the autograph book to the yearbook. We want the yearbook to be a complete reflection of the year's activities. By adding the autograph book we believe we can accomplish both.

Our plan is to deliver yearbooks to students in the Fall, but we will be in touch with graduates and families leaving the District about yearbook delivery over the summer. While not going home for the summer with a yearbook may be a bit disappointing for some students, we hope that the extra content that we will be able to include will more than make up for it. Thank you for your understanding!

Principals Read Program

Oak Grove Principal Fenton had a great time reading to over 120 guests at the Cook Memorial Public Library last Thursday evening. It was part of the annual 'Principals Read' program sponsored by the library. Principal Fenton read four of his favorites, one being "The Day the Crayons Quit". He's already looking forward to reading again next year!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,


As I mentioned in March, the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of College & Career Readiness) testing window this year will be April 11th through the 22nd, depending on the grade level of the students. The make-up window for all grades will be the week of April 25th-29th.

During this time, it will be necessary for all students in grades 3 through 8 to have working headphones at school. Portions of the assessment will require students to listen to information and craft a response. If your child does not have working headphones at school, please ensure that your child has a pair for the testing window.

  • Grade 3: April 12-14, 19-22

  • Grade 4: April 19-22

  • Grade 5: April 19-22

  • Grade 6: April 19-21

  • Grade 7: April 12-14

  • Grade 8: April 12-14

World Language Resource Review: March 31st - April 13th

The Director of Curriculum and the World Language team are interested in receiving feedback on our resource recommendations for extending our French and Spanish programing. The resources are available for review in the Oak Grove District Office between the hours of 8 am to 4:30 pm. You are welcome to stop by and see the resources we are considering for 2016-2017 implementation. The resources being considered are all aligned to a common philosophy supported by our LHS colleagues and will ensure continued differentiation within every classroom. If you have specific questions regarding our resources, please feel free to contact Dr. Sarah Cacciatore.

Thank you and have a great week!

Congratulations Ms. Honaker!

Congratulations to Oak Grove Tech Coach, Allison Honaker. She has been invited to attend the Apple Distinguished Educators Institute this July in Berlin, Germany!

Apple's invitation was extended to only 400 persons, worldwide, so Ms. Honaker is in elite company! The purpose of the Apple Institute is to develop content and promote powerful ideas for improving teaching and learning worldwide.

Congratulations, Allison--your Oak Grove family is proud of you!

6-8 Laptop Take Home Program Deadline

Last week we equipped 93 students in grades 6-8 with cases and chargers so that they could participate in the laptop take home program. We are now completely out of supplies.

We will continue to accept forms until Friday, April 8th. At this time we will order additional supplies to accommodate any student that turned in a form between April 1 and April 8. Anyone else that would like to participate in the laptop take home program will need to wait until the 2016-17 school year.

Click here to get the necessary information and form.

OGSEF Presents Check to Oak Grove

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation donated $25,000 to the school board at its meeting on March 29th. The monies came from the proceeds from this year's highly successful Gala.

The school district will use the funds to purchase equipment for the new Green Screen/Production room. You can see a short video of student work on the Oak Grove website.

"Thank you" for all of you that made this year's Gala the best ever!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Don't forget to join us for OGS Culvers Night – Tuesday, April 5th

Stuck on what to make for dinner this week? We have you covered for one night!

  • April 5th between 5 PM and 8 PM at the Culvers on Park Ave. (176)
  • A percentage of the proceeds for ALL sales during this timeframe will benefit the Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Bring your neighbors and your friends!

Wheel of Wisdom Assembly

On March 18th, the Wheel of Wisdom came to Oak Grove and it was a true crowd pleaser. We aren't sure who had more fun at this assembly, the students or the teachers!

Huge thank you to our Oak Grove PTO for this assembly and all you do for our children!

PTO News

April 4, 2016

A Message from PTO Co-Presidents Lisa Perrone and Mia Hughes:

This Week's Lunches

Monday - Jersey Mike's

Tuesday - Panino/Potato
Wednesday - Pizza
Thursday - Culvers

PTO Meeting

Wednesday April 6, 2016 in the Teachers' Lounge at 9AM. All are welcome! The agenda is posted on the PTO website.

Ice Cream Socials
The 1st grade Ice Cream Social is this Thursday in the Elementary cafeteria. Stop by during your open house for a complimentary frozen treat. OGS car magnets will be available for $5. This event will conclude promptly at 7:30 pm.

The 4th & 5th grade Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, April 15th from 2-4 pm in 'Tilt Studio' @ Rink Side Sports in the Gurnee Mills Mall. The cost is $3 per student at the door (cash only). It is open to all 4th and 5th graders, no RSVP needed, just show up.

Activities include:

  • Games
  • Laser Tag
  • Mini golf
  • Pizza and Soda

The 2nd & 3rd grade Ice Cream Social will be held on Friday, April 15th from 2-4pm at 'Just for Fun' Roller Rink in Mundelein. Pizza will be provided. This event is open to all 2nd & 3rd graders. There is no charge for this event.

Elementary Book Fair

The Elementary Scholastic Book Fair begins in two weeks. Please plan on joining us April 19th through April 22nd. This will be our BOGO sale. Everything at the fair will be "buy one, get one free." We will be holding a special Family and Friends Event on April 20th from 6pm-8pm. This will give parents the opportunity to shop evening hours and have a yummy treat with their child. See the Virtual Backpack for details on fair hours and an order form that can be used to purchase gift certificates for teachers. You can also use this link to find out more. http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/oakgroveelementaryschool12

We ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS to help at the Book Fair. If you would like to volunteer a couple hours of your time to help students pick out books during their shopping time, please email jen_hen@comcast.net or use the above link and click on "Volunteer to help at the fair."

As always, all profits from the fair benefit the Elementary Library, classrooms, and the PTO.

Thanks So Much!

A big thank you goes out to our Mother/Daughter Tea Co-Chairs: Jennifer Lopez, Brandy Bennett, Becky Rynes, and Ashley Wilson. Thanks for all your help in putting on such a wonderful event for the fifth grade girls. They would also like to thank all the parents that donated items for the goody bags and a special thanks to Shannon Schweiger, Jennifer Liu, Nikki Krakowski, Susan Kurland, and Anne Rebmann.

Many thanks go out to our Father/Son Co-Chairs: Monica Goldberg, Jennifer Johnson, and Krista Sorensen. Your hard work on this special event for the fifth grade boys is greatly appreciated.

7-8th Grade Golf Tryouts

7th and 8th grade boys and girls, don't forget, golf tryouts are this Thursday at the Libertyville Sports Complex from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Golf will meet once a week on Thursdays at Heather Ridge in Gurnee. Please contact Mr. Oesch for more information.

LHS ID Photos for Incoming Freshmen

Just a reminder that all 8th grade students going onto Libertyville High School are expected to get a Freshmen ID photo taken on April 6, 2016 here at Oak Grove School during study hall/lunch time (12:08-1:08pm).

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes

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