Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 31, 2016

New Mass Communication System in Place

On August 29, we emailed student IDs and passwords to parents and asked parents to let us know whether or not they received that information. Based on the number of parents that did not receive this information, we began to investigate a new company to handle our mass communication, including secure document delivery.

We are now ready to begin using SchoolMessenger, a very well-reviewed company, for our communications, and we will start today with a letter home about information you need to be able to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences.

Today you should have received an email from broadcasts@schoolmessengermail.com. If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. To help ensure that you receive email from Oak Grove, we ask that you whitelist this address (essentially telling your email service provider that messages from us are not spam). If you need information on how to whitelist an address for your particular email system, please click here.

The message we sent home today indicates that "Oak Grove School District 68 has prepared a secure document for (your student name)," and provides a link for you to download. This is how all future emails that contain documents with personalized information (like report cards and Star 360 reports) will work.

Please download the letter and save it for future use. You will need the student number and password to be able to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences. This system will open to parents on 11/14. We will send more information as the date approaches.

Thank you!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

With the winter season quickly approaching, it’s the time of year that we work on outsmarting germs, by reinforcing healthy habits with students. These strategies and tips assist with making positive choices and establishing healthy behaviors for students of all ages.

Wash hands well! This includes the importance of handwashing after playing outside, using the bathroom, before eating, and when children arrive home from activities or school. Remind children to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds, including backs of hands as well as in between fingers.

Be sure to get an appropriate amount of sleep! Research says that a lack of sleep will double a child’s chances of getting sick. It’s important to make sure your child is getting enough sleep and if a child is showing early symptoms of feeling sick, moving up bedtime so that your child can get additional sleep will help.

Make good food choices! Make sure your child is eating the rainbow of colors with fruits and vegetables, which will provide critical vitamins and antioxidants.

Discourage your child from eye or nose touching! Germs on hands can more easily spread through eye and nose touching. Children can increase the chances of infecting themselves and spread germs from their hands when they are touching their eyes and nose. Remind children to keep their hands away from their face, to help prevent the spread of germs.

Use tricks for catching a cough! Encourage students to cough into their bent elbow, not their hand. Children should wash hands more frequently when they have a cough or symptoms of a cold or another illness.

Resources: Parents Magazine, ‘Stay Healthy All Winter’

CDC, ‘Washing Hands’

PTO News

Our next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, November 2nd at 9am in the Junior High teacher’s lounge. The agenda is available on the PTO site at ogschool.org. All are welcome!

Kiddo’s Catering: Don't forget, orders are due by 11 AM Monday for the following week. All ordering is done on the Kiddo's website: http://www.kiddoscatering.com/

Questions or suggestions for Kiddos? Please feel free to email them atsupport@kiddoscatering.com. Kiddo’s will be present at our next PTO meeting if you have any questions or suggestions for the lunch program.

Red Ribbon Week: A big thank you to Dana Huennekens for all her help with Red Ribbon Week!

Fannie May Candy Sale: Many thanks to Cristina Buelow and Carlene Lichter for all their work on the Fannie May Fundraiser!

Spiritwear: Spiritwear is back just in time for the holidays! Online ordering with a credit card is available now. Log onto www.headsupapperal.com and enter Oak Grove School on the home page. The deadline is November 16th!

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Preschool Screening

Preschool screening will be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 12:30 - 3:30 pm for students who are three or four years of age. The screening will examine a child's proficiency in speech/language and motor development, as well as assess pre-academic skills. Parents with questions or concerns about their child's development may schedule an appointment by contacting Julie Waehner at (847) 367-4120 ext. 2004.

Halloween Fun at Oak Grove!

Click HERE to watch the Halloween parade!

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