Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 4, 2018

National Alert Test

From Governor Rauner:

A national alert test for both WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) and EAS (Emergency Alert System) capabilities will take place on September 20th at 2:18 EDT. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will issue a Nationwide Wireless Emergency Alert testing the Presidential WEA capabilities. The test message will be available to all compatible cell phones. Please note, some older cell phones may not receive the test message. The nationwide WEA test will be followed by a nationwide EAS test approximately 2 minutes after the WEA is issued.

WHEN: Thursday, Sept . 20 at 2:18 p.m. EDT for Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) Thursday, Sept . 20 at 2:20 p.m. EDT for Emergency Alert Systems (EAS)

More information:

  • The alert title will be "Presidential Alert " (see image above)
  • The use of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) will be utilized for both tests (WEA and EAS)
  • The test will happen during the school day, so FEMA/FCC have teamed up with the Department of Education to make sure all educators will be aware of the test
  • An increase amount of sensitivity for preparedness and education is in current planning phases for the tests due to it being a Presidential Alert. This also may be the first time cell phone users will receive an alert. FEMA looks to have educational messages sent out publicly about a week prior to the test
  • The times and order of the tests are on purpose so that once someone sees the 'THIS IS A TEST' alert on their phone, they may go to a radio or television and can see the same alert that will emphasize 'THIS IS A TEST'
  • The goal is to have a unified voice in the test messaging and education to lessen the potential for public panic


  • This is a national test being conducted by FEMA. You will not be required to rebroadcast any messages. The messages should route through the various systems automatically
  • Be informed about the test
  • Spread the word to local public safety, local 911 centers, local schools , and local media about the national test. More information can be found here
  • If you have any questions regarding EAS or notice any problems, please send an email to the State Public Alert and Warning officer, Joe Galvin at joe.galvin@illinois.gov. IEMA will be keeping a log of activities and will report back our collective findings to FEMA.

Thank you for your attention to this important national matter.

Substitute Teachers NEEDED!

Do you like to have fun AND make a little extra money at the same time? Are you energetic and love children? Be part of our excellent, award winning Blue Ribbon teaching team! Oak Grove School is looking for fun, positive, enthusiastic substitute teachers to join our staff. Please click here to fill out an application.
Big picture

Early Library Hours

Early library hours will began today at 7:30am, Tuesday, 9/4. The first 30 students need to sign up in the Junior High office and then again when they enter the library. Early library is for homework/studying only. Students that use this time to socialize, will be asked to leave. Students may not go to lockers or go see teachers after they sign in.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Here we are, back to school and back to the daily routine. I know in our house, we strayed a little from the structure of the school year and now that it’s September, we are trying to regain control of our mornings and our evenings again. While it’s pretty quick for an adult to get back into the swing of things, it takes longer for our children. While setting up family routines, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • All families are different so the routine will be unique to the family - not everyone wakes up to do exercises before eating breakfast and packing bookbags. You have do what works for you in order for it to become a routine.

  • If you’ve tried it for a week and it’s not working, does the routine need to be adjusted? There is always room to improve the system.

  • A good morning starts with a good night - if the kids are used to staying up later in the summer, it might be time to work back the bedtime in 30 minute increments in order to get a good night sleep.

Link to a few organizing articles to help get you started:

PSAT Testing for New 8th Graders

For new families with 8th graders,

We work closely with Libertyville High School to ensure that our Oak Grove students are prepared to make the transition. On our 8th grade website, there are links to help OG families receive information that is shared by the high school. As a reminder, the upcoming PSAT is scheduled for Saturday, October 13th at LHS. For more information about this assessment, click here.

4th-6th Grade Fall Intramural Volleyball

Fall Intramural Volleyball Starts This Week!!!

When: September 7, 14, 21, 28 (Every Friday)

Where: Patt Gym

Who: Boys and Girls in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade

Cost: $10

The philosophy of the program is:

 to provide an opportunity for all to participate equally

 to provide an enjoyable experience

 to teach sportsmanship and teamwork

 to teach or improve basic volleyball sport skills

Kneepads are highly recommended. A physical is not required. Parents must fill out the permission form and pay the fee online through RevTrak. Permission forms can be turned into Mrs. Edelson's mailbox in the junior high office, or students can bring it to the first session.

Intramural Sports Permission Form

Questions? Contact Coach Anna Edelson edelson@ogschool.org

PTO News

PTO Meeting

Please join us for the first PTO meeting of the year. It is tomorrow, September 5th at 9am in the Junior High cafeteria. All are welcome. Hope to see you there!

PTO Calendars

The 2018-2019 PTO calendars have arrived! Calendars are $10 and all proceeds support the Oak Grove PTO. If you would like to purchase a calendar or did not receive your preorder via your student, please contact Leah Parr at dlparr82@gmail.com. There are a limited number available, so buy yours today!

Spirit Wear

Deadline to order Spirit Wear is September 7th. To order, go to https://www.headsupapparel.com

Lunch Room Volunteers

Are you looking to volunteer in the Elementary or Junior High cafeteria? Click the appropriate link below and you can assist Marla's Lunch in handing out lunches to OGS Students. All additional information is included within the links. Thank you!

Hot Lunch Volunteers-Elementary

Hot Lunch Volunteer- JR. High

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Welcome back families! For those of you not familiar with the Foundation, we are a 501(c)(3) organization that funds teacher- initiated grants and school programs focused on engaging and inspiring our children to new levels of learning and to incubate new ideas in the classroom. Last year, we hosted our biennial Gala fundraiser and raised over $30,000 to support Next Generation Science Standards in the K-8 science program and to further bring science to life for our students. We look forward to sharing more information on this throughout the school year.

Through additional fundraising activities, the Foundation was also able to support other grants including:

  • Project Lead, a program focused on Leadership and Entrepreneurialism
  • Lego Robots
  • Teacher development in Arts and Language
  • Google Expedition which will bring Field Trips to life without leaving the classroom
  • 11 Creative Classroom mini-grants supporting 15 teachers to help make the classroom a more enriching learning environment for our kids. We included a few photos of these grants in action and will be sharing more information on this initiative in next week’s Oak Grove News!

We would like to invite all of you to participate in the Foundation over the coming year. Although our next Gala is not until 2020, we do have many exciting events and programs to bring the community together for some fun and to help sustain innovative education at Oak Grove. Please visit www.ogsef.org for more information. Thank you.

Computer Club

Calling all OGS 6th-8th graders…

Come by Mrs. Pusateri's room 207 and grab a permission slip before our first meeting.

You must bring the permission slip to the first meeting, which is on September 13th.

Meeting Day and Times: Thursday after school, beginning September 8th - 3:30-4:15

Meeting Place: Mrs. Pusateri’s Class Room 207

Activities: Educational Games (first 10 minutes of every meeting), Learn to code! Create comics with Pixar, Google Docs, Presentation, and Sheets, Create an invitation, card, or flyer with Smore and Canva, Create a virtual poster or study guide with Glogster

2018-19 meeting dates are on Thursdays: September 13th & 27th, October 11th & 25th, November 8th, December 6th & 20th, January 10th & 24th, February 7th & 21st, March 14th, April 4th & 18th, & May 2nd is our last meeting

Engineering for Kids

Engineering For Kids® Lake County is pleased to partner with Oak Grove School to provide an extra-curricular afterschool activity for our students.

Engineering For Kids® brings the wonder and excitement of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to children ages 4-14 through a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Please check the Virtual Backpack for more information about these classes or visit Engineering for Kids at: https://www.engineeringforkids.com/lake-county/

Extracurricular Activities at Oak Grove

Click here to view the full list.

Future Cats K-5 Poms Clinic

Have you ever wanted to perform at a football game just like the LHS Poms? Here is your chance!

WHO: Girls - Grades K-5
WHAT: Learn a dance routine & perform with the LHS POMS on the field during halftime of the Sophomore football game. Snack, T-shirt & your own POMS included
WHERE: LHS Main Gym (Registration & Check In) & Football Stadium (Performance & Pick-up)
WHEN: Friday, October 12th - LHS vs Lake Forest

TIME: 3:45pm - 6:15pm
Register before October 1st to be guaranteed a spot and t-shirt!
Walk-ins welcome but t-shirts and poms not guaranteed.
Each family receives one free admission ticket to the game per girl.

Contact Casey Dugan at casey.dugan@d128.org with any questions.

Click Here to Register

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