Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 9, 2017

National Geography Bee

Oak Grove was the site for an exciting National Geographic Bee on December 19th in the newly renovated Junior High Learning Center. The bee featured 12 contestants; 4 (8th graders), 2 (7th graders), 4 (6th graders), and 2 (5th graders). The preliminary competition provided three perfect scores which placed Arianne, Aamir, and Desi in the finals to compete for a berth in the championship. This round went to an unbelievable 18 questions, testing map skills as well as international geographic knowledge. Aamir and Desi faced off in the championship round where Desi prevailed 2-1, a nailbiter! Thanks to all the participants, and the great crowd on hand, including Dr. Lemon and our special guest timer/judge Ms. Dugan.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Two deadlines are coming up:

#1- January 10th for TAG Placement appeal

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program through a placement appeal, reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 13 and 14 of the TAG Handbook.

If you are interested in pursuing a placement appeal*, the Parent Inquiry Form must be completed and emailed to Michelle Jackson at jackson@ogschool.org no later than January 10th 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.

#2- RSVP by January 16th for attendance at “Money Smart Kids” Event

Wednesday, January 18th at 6:45-7:30 pm, Oak Grove will host a “Money Smart Kids” lecture for parents of students in grades 5-8. Parents will receive an overview of how to talk to your children about saving money and being financially literate. If you are interested in attending this free event please RSVP here. This year’s contest information is now posted in the virtual backpack.

PTO News

PTO Meeting

Please join us in the Junior High teachers' lounge for our monthly PTO meeting. It is this Wednesday, January 11th at 9AM.

Daddy/Daughter Dance

This year's dance is open to ALL girls in grades K-8. The dance will be held on Saturday, February 4th, from 6:30-8:30 @ Oak Grove School in the Junior High Gym. There will be a DJ, photo booth, desserts and raffle prizes! Get your tickets now!! Go to the site below to get tickets before it sells out!


**Volunteers are also needed for the dance. Volunteer sign up can also be found on this site.

5th Grade - SAVE THE DATE

BOYS: 5th Grade Father/Son Night, March 1 at 6:30pm at Oak Grove

GIRLS: 5th Grade Mother/Daughter Tea, March 2 6:30pm at Oak Grove

More details to come!

Kiddo's Hot Lunch

Kiddo's has opened up ordering for the rest of the school year. New restaurants and menu items are available. Don't forget your orders need to be placed by 10am on Monday for the following week.

You can view menu and place orders on the Kiddo's site: www.kiddoscatering.com

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Oak Grove ROCKS!

Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2017 than joining your Oak Grove and local community for OAK GROVE SCHOOL ROCKS AUSTIN'S! Enjoy live music from talented musicians that include OGS staff, parents and friends – the Bradburys, OTR and HenneBerry. Funds raised will support the Oak Grove School Education Foundation.

Date: Friday 01/27/2017
Doors Open: 7:00PM

Visit http://www.ogsef.org/oak-grove-rocks to buy your tickets today!

7th Grade Girls' Basketball

Congratulations to the 7th grade girls’ basketball team on their first place finish in the St. Gilbert’s Matt Hupp Memorial Tournament over break. The entire team played great defense and team basketball throughout the tournament. Kristina Kotzan made several clutch free throws to win the championship game. Winners of the Sportsmanship Awards in the tournament were Madison Jurczyk, Kristina Kotzan, and Brodie Kaufman. The girls continue their quest for the perfect season.

7th Grade Service Project

The 7th grade team participated in their annual service learning project before the winter break. Each homeroom created quilt squares for the "Linus Project". These blankets are sewn together and quilted for young children in hospitals, those who have needed special assistance from social workers and policeman. Those that receive the blankets appreciate them and the comfort the blankets bring. They are grateful to those who made them.

In addition to the blankets the 7th graders collected over $1,500 for PADs of Lake County and also filled bags, donated by Mariano's, to give to families at PADS who will be moving into permanent housing after having been without one. They attached well-thought-out notes and tied them with ribbons.

These projects gave the students a chance to incorporate their SEL lessons, literature curriculum lessons and a chance to give to others. We are very proud of their efforts!

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