Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 13, 2020

Very Important Message from Dr. Lemon Regarding Morning Drop Off

Please do not pass the school buses as they unload in the morning. We continue to witness parents and guardians driving past the school buses in the morning as the buses are unloading, with their stop arms out, and red lights flashing. This morning there were three! This is extremely dangerous and is against Illinois state law, (HB 1873/PA 101-0055). This amended law raised the fine for passing a school bus that is stopped and has its visual signals (stop arm) displayed, from $150 to $300 for the first offense, and from $500 to $1,000 for the second or subsequent offense.

Even if you are just parking in the lot, it is illegal to pass a stopped school bus when they are unloading and have their red lights flashing.

In addition, bus drivers can also report the license plate numbers of vehicles that illegally pass them to the police. Under state law, the vehicle's owner must tell authorities who was driving at the time of the infraction or face the charges themselves, according to the Illinois State Police.

Please help us keep everyone at Oak Grove safe!

Thank you for your cooperation.

Geography Bee

The Geography Bee is TODAY, January 13th, @ 6:00pm in the Junior High Learning Center. Contestants should arrive by 5:30pm for check-in. All contestants must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Looking forward to a great Bee!

8th Grade Graduation Dance Meeting

Attention 8th grade parents/guardians,

Join us on Friday, January 17th @ 9:00 am, as we begin planning for the 8th grade graduation dance!

Please contact Kathy Azzato, at ext 2029, if you plan to attend.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

With winter weather finally here and the long stretch until spring, you might be spending more time inside than usual. With multiple family members all having different movie preferences, it can be challenging to come to a consensus for family movie night. Recently, I read a blog post from Paula Kluth about a strategy that works in her house, “The Movie Jar”. She started by filling a plastic jar with 80 movies (4 family members x 20 movies each), one movie title on each card. Then they created family rules for the jar. For example: no technology, no complaining, and no leaving the room were my favorites. This strategy ensures that everyone has a fair chance at getting their preferred genre while still being exposed to other’s preferences. To see a visual and some of her movie selections visit Paula Kluth’s blog here and scroll down a bit. Enjoy your movie time!

TAG Advisory Council Reminder

Parents requesting participation in the appeal process are required to complete the Parent Inquiry Form beginning on page 22 of the TAG Handbook. The Parent Inquiry Form, located on the OG website- click on Parent Inquiry Form, which must be completed and emailed to Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.org no later than Friday, January 17th for consideration at the winter Advisory Council meeting. Parents will be notified via email regarding the final committee decisions.

*Please note, appeal process may only be utilized once a calendar year.

PTO News

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Junior High Lunchroom, Tuesday, 1/14

The PTO still needs two volunteers for this Tuesday in the Junior High lunchroom for the buffet lunch from Fodraks. Please consider helping out, click here to sign up.


Last chance to sign up for the K-1 Social on Thursday’s early release day! Please sign up by the end of the day today, Monday, January 13th. We still need a few volunteers to help out at the Sports Complex. To register your child and to sign up to volunteer, please use this link. Hope to see you there!


Brrrr, it’s cold outside…what a perfect time to try Hot yogaFLOW! Oak Grove parents, you're invited to an OGS PTO Fundraiser, a private Hot yogaFLOW class at Heather's Gym. Please join us on Tuesday, January 21st from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. Location: 504 First Street, Libertyville. A donation of $20 is appreciated - cash at the door or a link to PayPal will be provided. Heather's Gym is donating the class!

Register for the class using the link below and sign up now for the “Oak Grove School Hot Yoga Fundraiser” class. We look forward to seeing you there! https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/mainclass?studioid


Let's roll, 2nd and 3rd graders! Lace up your skates to celebrate the SIP early dismissal on Wednesday, February 12. After school lets out, join us at "Just For Fun" roller rink in Mundelein, from 1:30-3:30pm. This PTO sponsored event includes skate rental, pizza and lemonade for each participant. Please click HERE to register your 2nd and/or 3rd grader. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Reutzel (sandersL7@hotmail.com).


4th & 5th graders, join us for a FREE event sponsored by the PTO on Wednesday, February 12th. After school gets out at 11:30, join us at XFactor in Mundelein from 2:00-4:00pm. Socks and a snack are included for each participant. Please click HERE to register your 4th and/or 5th grader. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please contact Laura Reutzel (sandersL7@hotmail.com).


Oak Grove’s 4th annual Mother/Son dance will be Saturday, February 8, 2020 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Junior High gym and is encouraged for K-8th graders. The dance will host a DJ, entertainment from MrGetThePartyStarted, a photo booth, raffle prizes, a magician and snacks. Dance and raffle tickets are available for purchase HERE. Dressing in your favorite decades attire is encouraged, but optional.

We also need your help to make the dance a success, so if you or someone you know is available Friday, February 7th, or Saturday, February 8th to decorate or help work the dance please sign up to volunteer HERE.

Email Lynsey Wolfe (lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com) with any questions.


The Daddy/Daughter dance is just around the corner! Get ready to Dance Through the Decades on February 1st!

Purchase your dance and raffle tickets HERE.

You will not receive paper tickets, but your name will be on our list as we check you in at the door. You will receive your raffle tickets at the door, as well.

We need many volunteers to make the dance a success! Sign up to volunteer HERE.

Send your favorite picture of you and your dad for the slideshow to daddydaughter2018@aol.com

Any questions? Please contact Shannon Bilcox (Shannon.bilcox@gmail.com) or Melissa Sallmann (melissagroner@hotmail.com)

Looking forward to a fabulous night as we dance through the decades!!

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Boys Volleyball

7th and 8th grade boys volleyball tryouts will take place on Monday and Tuesday from 3:30-5 in the Patt Gym. Teams will be announced at the end of tryouts on Tuesday. For athletes who make the team, there will be a brief parent meeting on Tuesday next week, 1/21 from 5:00-5:15 in the Patt Gym. Contact Coach Edelson or Coach Izenstark with any questions.

Science Club

Big news!!! We will be sending TWO teams of four scientists to compete in this year's YBTCC (You Be The Chemist Challenge) on February 18th at New Trier's Northfield campus. Congratulations to the eight finalists! More information will be emailed directly to the families. The next science club meeting will be on Friday, January 24th from 3:30-4:40 in Mrs. Edelson's science lab.

Rotation Schedule K-3

January 14 - D

January 15 - E
January 16 - F
January 17 - A

January 21 - B

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