Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 14, 2022

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February is Black History Month

February marks Black History Month, a federally recognized holiday in the US, honoring the contribution, achievement and sacrifices of Black Americans who have helped shape the nation. This year's theme, Black Health and Wellness, pays tribute to medical scholars and health care providers. The theme is well-timed as the Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted minority communities and placed unique hardships on Black health care professionals. Below are some resources on the origins of Black History Month as well as resources focusing on Black history through the lens of health and wellness. We hope you review them and take time to talk with your family about the importance of the contributions of Black Americans during this month and beyond.



OGSEF Gala and Thank You

OGSEF Gala Auction Experiences

Enjoy these videos created by OGS Staff promoting the experiences available for auction at this weekend's OGSEF Gala!

Thank You, OGSEF

The staff at Oak Grove would like to thank the Oak Grove School Education Foundation for their support over the years in providing teachers with innovative tools for their classrooms. This video highlights just a few of the incredible items and resources Oak Grove has received from OGSEF. Thank you!

From the Principals' Desk

New Family Orientation - 2/23/22

Did you arrive after our August orientation, or were you unable to attend? We want all of our new families and children to feel welcome at Oak Grove School. On Wednesday, February 23, 2022 from 6:00-7:00 PM in our Pat Patt Gym we will have a panel of students and PTO representatives available to answer any questions and to provide information about our school and community. If you would like to attend this parent only meeting, please RSVP through this link.

Band Interest Survey - Only for current 4th graders (incoming 5th graders)

As we begin our planning for the 22-23 school year, we would like to identify the number of students who plan on joining 5th grade band for the 22-23 school year. Please take a brief moment to express your level of interest by completing the survey below. Within the survey you will be able to ask any band specific questions. Thank you for your input and supporting our planning process for the coming year.

22-23 Band Interest Survey


Please be advised that when students attend events at other host schools or organizations (such as “away” games), they are required to align to the protocols and health mitigations set by those schools or organizations. Please be sure to communicate with your child's coaches if you have any questions.

Soaring Eagles! February- Kindness

Please click here to preview spirit week (2/22 - 2/25)

How can you demonstrate kindness?

What is kindness? The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.

Individual/self - Taking time for yourself, identifying your inner rock star!

Friends/Family - Spend time together, listen, show them that you care.

Acquaintance or someone new - Offer a compliment or gesture, do something for someone else, smile.

Community - Look for volunteering opportunities, demonstrate gratitude, learn something new about your area.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 2/14)

The theme for the month of February is kindness. Please take a few minutes to view the February page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

If you have any questions, please contact Susie Kiefer at skiefer@ogschool.org.

Mental Health Minute (Updated 2/14)

The Mental Health team at Oak Grove, consisting of our School Social Workers, our School Psychologist, and the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, will be providing you information on several social emotional topics throughout the 2021-22 school year. Twice a month, we will provide you with a brief overview of a topic as well as at least one resource for additional information. Please feel free to reach out to Ryan Murray, SEL Coordinator, if you have questions or need help finding more information.

Please click on the link below for this week’s issue

February- Black History Month

Past Issues

*If you need support or are looking to support someone else please visit Safe2Help Illinois and/or our website for valuable information.

Important Dates

  • Feb. 14: 5th Grade to Feed My Starving Children, K-4 Parties

  • Feb. 15: Committee of the Whole Meeting 6PM, Regular Meeting 7:15 PM

  • Feb. 21: No School

  • Feb. 23: Mid-Year New Family Orientation - RSVP through this LINK

Wrestling News

The Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles have been busy this past week. Daniel Wright came to Oak Grove on Tuesday night and was defeated 81-9. On Thursday, The Eagles faced off against crosstown rival Highland. At the end of the night, both teams were tied at 43-43. The final score decision came down to 4th tiebreaker criteria. In the end, Highland won 9 matches to 8 matches taking the crosstown title. This was the closest match in the history of the crosstown classic.

Over the weekend, The Eagles got back to their winning streak and went 3-0 on the day. The Oak Grove Eagles defeated Round Lake Magee, Harvard MS and West Oak by big margins. Oak Grove is 6-1 on the season going into the final week of the regular season.
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PTO News

Feed My Starving Children

The PTO is so happy to be able to return to this long-standing tradition of Oak Grove Families volunteering at FMSC. Thank you to everyone who participated so far, and a special thanks to Brooke Schamber who organized the three events. Tonight is the final night of volunteering and we will share a collection of photos on Facebook tomorrow. If you have any photos you’d like to submit, please send them to pto@ogschool.org.

Lunch Pantry Permissions

As a reminder, make sure you register your student(s) for the Lunch Pantry. The Lunch Pantry is available in case a student forgets a lunch at home or something happens to a student’s Marla order. Lunch staff and volunteers cannot distribute food to students who are not signed up. Please click here if you need the Lunch Pantry Ingredient List. Refer back to last week’s OG News e-mail for your unique family login information to the Lunch Pantry permission database.

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Band News

Beginning Band: We will be focusing on pages 10-11 in band. Students will have their next playing assessment next week during their lesson time. The focus is #42 “Skip to My Lou” on page 9. Key concepts are a new note and eighth rhythms as we expand our repertoire.

Musicians playing instruments such as clarinet or saxophone, please be sure your child has plenty of Rico (orange box) 2.5 reeds for their instruments. All brass students should have a bottle of valve oil or trombone slide lubricant. All these supplies can be found on the Music & Arts website under our preferred school supplies. We will also include links in our email this afternoon.

Concert/Symphonic Bands: Please be advised there’s a new lesson schedule posted on Classroom moving forward. We will be sending this new schedule out to families by the end of the day.

Families with musicians participating in Solo & Ensemble Festival should be aware that there will be a RevTrack link posted in the near future. That is our preferred payment option moving forward. Musicians performing solos, please remember the accompanist is to be paid separately. Reach to Mr. Jones or Mr. Frankowski if you have questions.

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