Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 5, 2018

Very Important Reminder...

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Student Council

Need a little Valentine's Day help from Cupid? Today, Student Council will begin selling our very popular candy grams with delivery to 5th-8th graders. All proceeds will benefit Lurie's Children's Hospital. Each gram costs $1 and will be delivered to homerooms in time for Valentine's Day. While we do not deliver to K-4, you are welcome to buy them for your younger friends and siblings & simply send them to yourself and pass them out after school! These sell out fast, so come prepared. We'll see you in the cafeteria this week!

Project LEAD Summer Camp

Attention 7th grade students,
Want to be part of an exciting summer leadership opportunity? Project LEAD summer camp is being held from June 11 -15 from 9 am-2pm at Oak Grove School. Check the virtual backpack for a flyer which includes a parent permission form. Project LEAD parent permission forms are due by February 9.

Reminder for Parent Pick-Up Notes

Kindergarten through 4th Grade - Just a reminder that if your plans for picking up your child change (ex. student being picked up instead of riding the bus), we need a paper note to be shared with the classroom teacher.

Please don’t email the teachers as they might not see the email during the day.

Thank you for your cooperation, as this process helps us maintain efficient and safe dismissal procedures.

No Early Morning Library Hours on Monday

The library will be closed for Early Morning Hours on Monday, February 12th. We apologize for the inconvenience.

8th Grade Dance Committee Seeking Volunteers

The 8th grade dance will be held on Friday, May 25 from 7:00-10:00 pm. Thank you to all the amazing parent volunteers who attended the planning meeting this past Wednesday. If you were not able to attend the meeting, and are interested in helping with decorations, food, set-up or clean-up for this awesome event, please contact Krista Sorensen at krista.sorensen4@gmail.com or Regenia Agee at regeniaagee@gmail.com. Students will be voting this week on a theme for the dance. Committees are forming now and will be meeting soon to brainstorm and plan some fun and creative ideas. Please join us to help make this a special and memorable event for our 8th grade graduates!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Did you hear we are having two TAG parent night events coming up?

  • February 13th, from 6:30-7:30 pm in the Junior High gym - We invite parents who have students currently in third or fifth grade to learn more about the TAG program and placement process. Please RSVP here.

  • March 17th, from 1:30 - 4 pm in the Junior High end of OGS, parents will participate in an informational session focused on identifying strengths and weaknesses in gifted children to distinguish and support their learning styles while students in K-8 participate in STEM activities.

    Please register here.

    *This link will take you to the main webpage for 'The Center for Gifted'.

    Scroll down the page and select 'Free! Parent Seminar', featuring Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S. Certified School Psychologist, plus Science Spectacular! Grades K-8.

    Then, select 'click HERE' to enroll and follow the steps to register.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala Tickets & Sponsorships
Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 24, 2018 at Independence Grove. The event features food, drinks, entertainment, live and silent auctions and more. We have a limited number of tickets available and we are already 75% sold, so be sure to secure your tickets soon!

Donate to our Auction
If you have something you would like to donate to the Gala’s silent auction -- such as tickets, memorabilia, fun experiences, merchandise, and more -- please contact Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net. We have a ton of great auction items to bid on – we expect to have them online to preview next week.

Volunteer Opportunities -- WE NEED YOU!
The Oak Grove Gala Committee is seeking individuals to lend a hand. We need volunteers for small shifts on the night of the event for registration/check-in, monitoring/closing auction tables, supporting the paddle raise/live auction and check out. You can sign up for a volunteer position at http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2018-volunteers.html.

Thank you for your support!

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation

PTO News

Daddy Daughter Dance

Liz Howard and her committee held the Oak Grove School Daddy Daughter Dance this weekend. Almost 200 girls and their dads or special guys enjoyed dancing to DJ Chris Colten, photo booths, entertainment by the Barefoot Hawaiian dancers, Kona shaved ice, raffle prizes and of course, special time with their favorite guys. The decorating committee led by Jaime Cotts & Anik Obourn transformed the Junior high gym and cafeteria into a Hawaiian paradise. It looked amazing! This event was a huge success thanks to all the volunteers that showed up to help out. Thank you to: Christine Merrild, Melissa Sallman, Beth Zender, Shannon Bilcox, Debbie Greer, Melissa Thoune, Monica Poonia, Jennifer Trivedi, Donna & Kevin Griffin, Tiffany Baffin, June O’Donnell, Ashley Evans, Jamie Evans, Ashley Wilson, Shannon Rojas, Beverly Smith, Kari Fitzpatrick, Jeannette Highman, Krysia Ressler, Steve & Evie Potsic, Emily Barry, Mia Hughes, Stacie Nevins & family, Eric, Dawn & Grace Schulenburg, Logan, Payton & Kris Howard, Amanda Sekili, Kathy Marcshak, Regina Agee, Jennie Schmitt, Adrienne Castro, Libby Cathlina, Kim Shambow, Leah Parr, Elisabeth Cobb, Becky Ketterhagen, Peggy Thurman, Katie Edmonson, Jill Kalicki, Patrice Drometer, Kim Rahman, everyone that donated items and anyone else we may have forgot. Thank you! The girls really appreciated all your hard work to make this night special!

2nd & 3rd Grade Social

Don’t forget to RSVP by Friday, February 9th for the 2nd & 3rd grade social at Just For Fun Roller Rink in Mundelein from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday February 14th. This is a free event sponsored by the PTO. CLICK HERE for more info and to RSVP.

You Can Help!

5th graders, Brady Roe and Kaden Kovach, are collecting items for the animals at

Orphans of the Storm. Collection boxes will be just outside the elementary and junior high offices. You can help them by donating the following items:

  • newspaper
  • old blankets or towels
  • dog bones, chewy toys, treats, balls
  • cat trees, treats, toys
  • brushes
  • human baby food
  • cat litter
  • baking soda

For more information on pet food or other items needed, go to orphansofthestorm.org

When: Feb 5- Feb 12

Where: Oak Grove School

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