Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 2, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Listening Sessions with Jen Barnabee and Leslie Weber

We've received an excellent response to our listening sessions and thank you to those who have participated already! Due to this response, we've added two additional sessions to accommodate our parents' busy schedules. Please see below.

You can reach out to Lori Beres to RSVP via email beres@ogschool.org or phone 224-424-4722.

  • Thurs. May 5 from 5:00-6:00 PM - Professional Development Room

  • Tues. May 10 from 5:00-6:00 PM - Professional Development Room

Our partnership with our parents is essential to build successful experiences for our students. We hope you can join us to share your ideas, concerns and experiences at Oak Grove.

May 4th Deadline for the OGS Extracurriculars Survey

There are only a few days left, so please complete this short survey. Share your suggestions to help guide decisions on extracurriculars for the 2022-2023 school year! OGS Extracurricular Activities Survey (google.com) The PTO & school administration are working collaboratively to determine interest areas and needed resources. Your response is important to evaluating both new and the continuation of existing clubs & activities for next year. Remember to complete one form per student, so interest level can be reviewed by grade level. Parents and students are encouraged to complete the survey together. Thank you!

Multicultural Fair 2022!

Have you been wanting to take your child out of the country? It can be so expensive and difficult to travel these days! We have a solution for you! On May 14th, from 3-5 pm, we're inviting you and your family to travel with us and be immersed in beautiful cultures from all over the world! Over the past month students in grades K-5 have been learning about different countries; K - Brazil, 1st - Poland, 2nd - China, 3rd - India, 4th - Nigeria, & 5th - Peru! In all of these classroom experiences the students were able to hear a language spoken in that country by counting, sharing facts, and more! You may have seen flags come home or special projects that helped the students learn about the culture. In grades K-4, students were able to play games that were/are popular in those countries as well.

On May 14th you can travel to more than 30 different countries with us! Students will arrive with their adult and apply for a passport. After the passport application students will be invited to stop at booth after booth tasting food, hearing about special events, traditions, and the beautiful cultures that bring our Oak Grove Community together. We will even have performances for you to enjoy! Please join us on Saturday, May 14th from 3:00-5:00 pm.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 5/2)

The theme for the month of May is CONNECTION.

Please take a few minutes to view the May page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Important Dates (Updated 5/2)

  • May 3: Variety Show Mtg and Pictures, Symphonic Concert Band Performance at LHS 6:30-8:00pm

  • May 3-May 10: AIMSWeb Testing

  • May 4: PTO Mtg 6:30 PM - Elementary Library

  • May 5: Listening Session 5:00-6:00 PM - PD Conference Room - Please reach out to Lori Beres to RSVP via email beres@ogschool.org or phone 224-424-4722.

  • May 6: Listening Session 8:30-9:30 AM - PD Conference Room

  • May 9-12: BOGO Book Fair Jr. High Library

  • May 10: Listening Session 5:00-6:00 PM - PD Conference Room

  • May 11: Beginning Band and Jazz Concert

  • May 12: 3rd Grade Wax Museum 6-7pm in Pat Patt Gym

  • May 10-May 16: iReady Testing

  • May 13: 7th Gr to Camp Duncan, Snowflake

  • May 14: Multicultural Fair 3-5pm

Curriculum Corner

Spring TAG Appeal

Parents of students in grades 3-7 can request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program for the 2022-23 school year. To initiate an appeal, please complete the Parent Feedback form and email to Leslie Weber (weber@ogschool.org) and Alexa Dunn (adunn@ogschool.org) by May 6.

School Registration is Open

2022-23 registration for returning families has opened. A letter with instructions and login credentials was emailed home to all current K-7 families this morning. We ask that all families complete online registration before May 13.

If you encounter any difficulties with the system or did not receive your login instructions, please contact Dave Huber at huber@ogschool.org. If you have any questions regarding balances or charges, please contact business manager Scott Blumberg at blumberg@ogschool.org. Finally, if you have any questions about the PTO options available to you, please reach out to pto@ogschool.org. Thank you!

Summer Help Wanted

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PTO News

Important PTO Meeting Wednesday Evening

Join us at 6:30 pm Wednesday in the Elementary Library or on Zoom for our next PTO meeting. We will be presenting our proposed budget for 2022-23, a proposed revision of our Bylaws, and the slate for next year’s officers and chairpersons. A vote to confirm these items will take place at the meeting on May 18. A separate email will go out with the agenda, last month’s minutes, links to the proposed items discussed above, and the Zoom link.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and the PTO has some special surprises planned for the teachers and staff at OGS! Please help us celebrate the OGS team by encouraging your students to take a moment to write a note, draw a picture or send an email to their amazing Oak Grove teachers. It goes without saying that OGS has some of the very best teachers around; they most certainly deserve to feel loved and supported after all that they have given to our students!

Variety Show Tickets Now on Sale!

Thank you to everyone who came out for auditions for the Variety Show! Selected acts need to sign up for rehearsal times online. We are looking for volunteers to help make the Variety Show amazing, so visit the Signup Genius link to view available jobs and volunteer. Tickets to see the show are $10 each and are now on sale via Revtrack through May 19. Tickets are ONLY available in advance via Revtrack - there will be no ticket sales at the door. We can't wait to see you all May 20th @ 4pm or 6:30pm! If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Wilson or Christine Merrild.

All for Books Dollar Challenge Starts Today!

The All for Books Dollar Challenge is back during the Spring Book Fair! This year, OGS is raising money to buy books for Reading Power! Reading Power partners with underfunded schools in Zion, North Chicago, and Waukegan to provide one-to-one literacy tutoring. The OGS K-4 and 5-8 classes that collect the most money during the challenge will win a popsicle party. Money raised will be used to buy Scholastic books for Reading Power’s classrooms. This is the perfect opportunity for students to earn some extra allowance money to donate to a great cause!

Spring BOGO Book Fair May 9-12

The K-8 Spring BOGO Scholastic book fair is next week, May 9th - 12th in the Junior High Library. Parents are welcome to shop the fair with students during their designated class room dates & times. Family Night will be held on the 11th from 5pm – 8:30pm. Scholastic has eWallets, which is a cashless way to shop. In addition, families can donate to teachers’ eWallets to build their classroom libraries! Check out the OGS Scholastic Homepage via the QR code below or at this link. Be sure to scroll the entire homepage to see classroom schedules, eWallet info, teacher eWallet donation links and the virtual book fair file. Families in need of financial support during the book fair can contact Jennifer Barnabee at barnabee@ogschool.org.

Field Day

Thank you all who have signed up to volunteer at Field Day on Friday, May 27th from 8-11:30am! There are very limited volunteer spaces left. Email Dana Huennekens or Bev Smith if you’d like to be added to their list of backup volunteers.

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OGEA Eagle Scholarship

The Oak Grove Education Association is proud to present the seventh annual Eagle Scholarship given to an Oak Grove alum who has demonstrated excellence in academics, character, extracurricular activities, and service. The OGEA represents the certified staff at Oak Grove School. Our educators are committed to the success of all current and former students.

The 2022 recipient of Oak Grove’s Eagle Scholarship displayed the impact Oak Grove had on his high school career. In his words, "throughout my 9 years at Oak Grove, my teachers had continuously instilled a passion into my education. This desire for a broader and deeper understanding has continued throughout my high school career". Andrew Sorensen participated in multiple activities including Environmental Club, Life of a Wildcat, Wildcat Rise and National Honor Society. Andrew also balanced an athletic career that included soccer, basketball and volleyball. Andrew's success at LHS is proof of his commitment to hard work and the OGEA is proud to have played a small part in his accomplishments. Additionally, the OGEA is excited to see how Andrew will positively impact the world as his future unfolds. Congratulations Andrew Sorensen and good luck in the future!


We are very excited to finally be back at Pauly Honda to showcase Oak Grove student art work in the waiting area and office spaces.

*Please note that there is NOT an opening reception for all artists this year. Due to the ongoing pandemic, Pauly Honda is choosing to keep the reception small, so we are allowing only 7th and 8th grade artists to attend as it is likely their last Honda Art Show. Those families should have received their invitation to this smaller event.

ALL FAMILIES will be able to stop by Pauly Honda during regular business hours to see their artwork on display. Artwork will remain at Pauly Honda until May of 2023.

Reading is Hydro-Mite!

The Splash is Near!

May 20th! Get ready Mrs. Barnabee, Mr. Murray, and Ms. Waehner!

Please click on this link to let us know how your child is doing towards their reading goal!

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry, it is not too late! Just Click here to get started!

If you don’t see your child listed, please contact us at readingchallenge@ogschool.org

Happy Reading!

Band News

Tomorrow evening is the Oak Grove Band Spring Concert featuring the Concert and Symphonic Bands! Our performance will be over at Libertyville High School starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. The house opens for the audience at 6:20 p.m.

Concert/Symphonic Band: Families please check your email for call time and other important reminders.

Jazz Band: Regular rehearsal on Friday. Yay!

6th/7th Grade School Social

Make sure to mark your calendars! Inviting all 6th and 7th graders to an after school social hosted by the Student Council.

When: Thursday, May 26 3:30-5:00

Where: The junior high cafe and junior high gym (pick ups will be on the sidewalk between door 18 and the junior high gym)

Admission: $5 at the door to donate to our fundraising activities (includes one raffle ticket)

DJ, dancing, open gym, and concessions will be available. Concessions (including Dominos pizza, chips, candy, pop, and water) are $1-2 each, raffle tickets available for $1. Come join us for our first junior high social hosted by Student Council since December of 2020!

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.

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