Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 4, 2021

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News from Mrs. B & Mr. Murray

Social Emotional Needs

October is here! And within this month we have much to look forward to - including our Health and Safety Night for parents on October 13, Red Ribbon Week starting October 25, and Halloween celebrations on October 29. In between these events, October also typically carries with it the settling in of routines and turning the corner from getting to know you activities - school’s “honeymoon” period - to more academic rigor. This year, especially, requires specific attention devoted to the social emotional needs of our children, and this is going to take the combined efforts of everyone in the community.

On Friday, during our staff institute day, we will take time to focus on social emotional learning supports that provide students and staff stability and consistency and that promote positive behavior in and out of school. Staff will have time to examine classroom and building practices that are working well, identify where breakdowns are occurring, and create plans for how to address what is needed. I am grateful for the opportunity to work in a community that supports the professional development of the staff, for the purpose of improving our learning environment and living by our motto, “At OGS, Children Come First!” Thank You!

BARK - Parent Control Monitoring App

In preparation for the October 13 Health and Safety Parent Night, we have several helpful resources to share from our BARK representatives. First, here is the OGS code for the free service: FREE Bark Jr Offer and enter OGSD. Also, BARK and the CDC collaborated on this study “linking past online behavior in youth to future events of suicide and self-harm.” The documentary Childhood 2.0 “is required viewing for anyone who wants to better understand the world their children are navigating as they grow up in the digital age. Featuring actual parents and kids as well as industry-leading experts in child safety and development, this documentary dives into the real-life issues facing kids today — including cyberbullying, online predators, suicidal ideation, and more.”

Severe Weather Drill

This week, on Thursday, we will practice “sheltering in place” for our severe weather drill. Staff will go through the expectations with students regarding the purpose of the drill, the space/s where students will safely shelter, how to protect their heads, etc.

SEL at Oak Grove

October is National Bullying Prevention

Mental Health Awareness (Oct. 4th - October 8th)

The theme for the month of October is creativity

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

OGS Community Health and Safety Night - REMINDER

Wednesday, October 13th from at 6:00 - 8:00pm

If you are interested please save the date, complete this form, and be on the lookout for additional information!


Bark - Social media monitoring, prevention, and response

Elyssa’s Mission/OGS mental health team (TBD) - Signs of suicide, supports, and education

Lake County Sheriff Deputy - What's happening with social media in Lake County and legal consequences

Dates to Keep in Mind

Oct. 13: Health and Safety Parent Night - RSVP

Oct. 18: ALICE Active Intruder Drill

Oct. 29: Gr K-3 Halloween Class Parties and Parade

Nov. 3 (UPDATED): Picture Retakes - Click here to order.

Curriculum Corner

Battle of the Books

It is time to start the 2021-2022 4th-8th grade Battle of the Books! Information was given to the students during library time. The sign up sheet is due by October 7, 2021. Contact Mrs. Osterman in the JH library with any questions. See the flyer in the backpack for more details.

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Future Quest for 7th-8th Graders

Oak Grove seventh and eighth grade students are invited to attend Future Quest at the Lake County Tech Campus on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The cost is FREE and dinner will be provided. Students will be bussed from Oak Grove but will need to be picked up after the program.

Lake County Tech Campus

19525 W. Washington Street

Grayslake, IL 60030

Future Quest is an event for junior high students sponsored by the Lake County Area Vocational System. Students who chose to attend will have the unique opportunity to participate in three different hands-on activities, learn about careers and have an awesome time! The career options include the following:

  • Automotive Services

  • Biomedical Science

  • Certified Nursing Assisting

  • Construction Skills Management

  • Cosmetology

  • Culinary Arts

  • Early Education & Teaching

  • Emergency Medical Services

  • Firefighting

  • Laser Technology

  • Law Enforcement & CSI

  • Medical Assisting

  • Multimedia Design

  • Welding Fabrication

If your child is interested in attending, please reach out to Kathy Zurawski zurawski@ogschool.org or Erin Smith smith@ogschool.org for permission slips and details. Deadline for applications is Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

Student Council News

Are you a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student interested in joining student council? We are getting ready to wrap up our 8th grade officers elections on October 7. Once the election is over, we will begin holding our meetings. If you are interested, Ms. Douglass will be running a few informational meetings. You only need to join one, as they will all have the same information. The informational meetings will all be held during I/E time on a Google Meet. So, pick a meeting, plug in your headphones, and join in for some important information about this club.

Option #1: Tuesday, October 12 at 2:50

Option #2: Wednesday, October 13 at 2:50

Option #3: Friday, October 15 at 2:50

The meet code will be announced in I/E classes before the meeting.

Wooden Spirit Sign Presale Coming Up

Look for more information coming to you in an email blast and on our social media accounts soon to see how you can preorder a spirit yard sign using our RevTrak payment system.

It's Election Week at Oak Grove

We are about to elect 8th graders as our officers this week on Thursday! Running for office from the class of 2021-2022:

Ryan Faiz
Aafiya Mohammed

Matthew Brown

Lucy Giovenetti

Emma Johnsson
Vik Tijunelis

Once our elections are over, we can welcome our volunteers from 6th-8th grade to join us for this exciting club! Informational meetings for any junior high student interested in our club will begin the week of October 11. Interested students should make sure to listen to the school announcements!

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Honor Society News

Twenty members were welcomed into the Oak Grove Honor Society this fall. This organization recognizes four pillars amongst the seventh and eighth grade students: academic achievement, character, leadership, and service. We are excited to welcome our new members:

Ibraheem Ahmed

Matthew Brown

Maddy Chung

Eli Cui

Nicholas Farmakis

Jaskaran Gill

Aryaman Hati

Kenzie Hughes

Adler Litton

Alyssa Merchant

Imose Osayimwen

Roohee Patil

Shriteja Patil

Shagun Poonia

Andrew Schinler

Keerthi Sridhar

Maaz Suglatwala

Thomas Teixeira

Shubh Varshney

Additional qualifying eighth grade students will receive an invitation for membership at the end of first trimester. Qualifying seventh grade students will receive an invitation for membership at the end of second trimester.

If interested, please access the handbook for more information about the Oak Grove Honor Society or reach out to the advisors: Mrs. Dunn & Mrs. Edelson.

7th Grade Girls Basketball

Attention all 7th grade girls! Basketball season is right around the corner! There will be an informational meeting to learn about tryouts and an overview of the upcoming season for all 7th grade girls interested in playing basketball this year. The meeting will be held at the beginning of recess on Wednesday, October 6th, in the Patt Gym. Please note, a current physical must be on file with the nurse in order to be eligible to tryout.

I hope to see you there!

Coach Kurtz

PTO News

October PTO Meeting This Week

The PTO will meet this week on Wednesday, October 6 at 9:30am in the Junior High Cafeteria. All are welcome to attend! If you cannot attend in person or would prefer to join virtually, a Zoom link is available below. We’re looking forward to a full agenda of great updates from many committees!

October 6, 2021 Agenda

Minutes from last meeting on 8-25-21

Zoom link

We Are Eagles Dance Challenge

If you haven’t checked it out yet, don’t miss the Breaking News Announcement about the We Are Eagles Dance Challenge! We are so excited to hear that many classes are practicing during brain breaks at school and that many students have been having fun learning the steps at home. We are accepting submissions through October 15th so there is still plenty of time to learn the dance and submit your video. The grade with the most submissions will win a frozen treat party from the PTO during lunch. Students are allowed to participate in multiple video submissions and you can earn one point for your grade for every video you appear in! Only one person in a group video submission needs to submit the video. Everything you need to know about the challenge is available on the PTO website including:

Dance instruction & Dance audio

Submission Tips & Rules

Submission Form

Please Pay Caramel Apple Invoices ASAP

PayPal invoices have been issued for all caramel apple orders. Please ensure you have paid your invoice because we can only submit paid orders to Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. Orders will be ready on Friday, October 15 and Saturday, October 16 and you will receive a reminder by email before that weekend with pickup details. For any questions about this fundraiser, please contact Jill Procop at jprocop@sbcglobal.net or Rachel Margelos at rmargelos@gmail.com.

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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