Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 2, 2018

Illinois Mathematics League Contest

This week, we would like to share information regarding an opportunity for our students in grades 4 and 5. We are looking forward to the Illinois Mathematics League Contest.

What is it?

The Illinois Mathematics League Contest is a 30-minute, multiple choice examination.

Who can participate?

Any 4th or 5th grade student registered at Oak Grove.

When is the contest?

Tuesday, April 17th, from 3:45-4:15 p.m.

Where will the contest be held?

After school, in the Junior High library

What will be awarded?

*A Certificate of Merit to the highest scoring student at each grade level

*Highest scoring student will be awarded a book of math contests

Please see the Virtual Backpack for the contest registration form, to sign up.

Registration forms are due by Wednesday, April 11th. Please, return the form to your child’s teacher or either office.

2018-19 Class Placement Input

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, specials area teachers, specialists and the principal. We at Oak Grove take this process very seriously.

We welcome any insight you wish to share about your child. We will take into consideration pertinent information about your child’s learning style and needs, received in writing on or before Friday, May 4th, 2018. While we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored. Please send your input to me by email at fenton@ogschool.org.

The following describes the process for creating balanced class lists:

  • Classroom teachers consider the social-emotional and academic needs of each student

  • Parent input is considered

  • Grade level teams collaborate to form draft class lists that are balanced in terms of the academic, social and emotional needs as well as considering friendships and other factors

  • Specialist Team members (social worker, speech, special education, etc.), the Fine Arts Team (Art, Music, P.E.) and the principal provide input as well during this process

  • Class lists are finalized in August due to account for summer movement. We cannot make changes once this process occurs, as moving one child can disrupt the balance of a class, impacting all students

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act which takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children.

Andrew Fenton


6th-8th Grade Track and Field News, April 2-8

Outdoor practice begins this week from 3:30-4:45. Meet in the Junior High cafeteria.

Athletes must have a current physical on file in order to participate.

No cut sport - athletes can join at any time!


  • Monday - Practice
  • Tuesday - Practice
  • Wednesday - Practice, PARENT MEETING 4:45-5:15, Junior High cafeteria
  • Thursday - Practice, spiritwear order closes at noon, athletes fill out goals form online for week 2
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday - No Practice, try to work out 1-2 days on your own

"Track and Field athletes with goals succeed because they know where they're going." - Felicity Luckey

This week, we will expose athletes to all of the different events that track and field has to offer for our runners, jumpers, and throwers. We will be preparing for our first meet on Tuesday and setting goals for next week.

For more info visit: ogstrackandfield.weebly.com

Questions? Email Coach Anna Edelson edelson@ogschool.org

Curriculum Corner

Standards Based Parent Night April 11, 2018

Currently, no decisions regarding standards based grading for grades 6-8 have been determined. If you are interested in learning about the committee's work and have questions about a standards based system, please join us on April 11th at 6:30 pm in the Pat Patt gym.
Please access the google form to share questions that we can address during the meeting.

Reading Curriculum Review Scheduled for April 2-9, 2018

This year, the curriculum review cycle looked at reading resources for K-8. In the fall, teachers participated in a product review day with vendor presentations. Teachers completed comprehensive rubrics which then determined which products would continue to be looked at through a pilot unit of study. At the conclusion of the unit, teachers reflected again on the rubric to add additional details of information. After all pilots had been completed, additional teacher feedback was requested. After reviewing the rubrics, alignment to the state standards, and ability to meet the district's mission of providing daily differentiated instruction, product decisions were recommended for purchase.

The next step in the review cycle is to receive stakeholder feedback about the potentially purchased resources before the final recommendation is made to the Board Of Education. If you are interested in reviewing the reading resources, they will be available in the District Office, April 2nd through the 9th, from 8 am - 4:30 pm.

Student Council News

Thank you to all of our families who purchased flowers through our fundraiser. All of the orders should be in soon. Smaller orders will be sent home with students. For those of you with larger orders or bulky orders, we will let you know when the order has arrived and is available for pick up.

Multicultural Fair

The Multicultural Fair is only 1 month away! If you would like to share a little fine arts with us on Thursday, May 3rd from 6:00-7:30 pm, we have arranged to make that happen! Each group that signs up will be given a 10-minute slot plus 5 minutes to set up/take down their presentation. You may have children, families or guests do a special dance. You may also choose to sing or play an instrument. Please fill out the form below. This will be on a first come, first served basis this year. If the slot is full, please know that you may have small demonstrations by your booth. This area will be reserved for our guests to experience a little bit of your culture! Be creative! You may wish to have a demonstration and invite others to join in. All ideas are welcome.

Multicultural Day Music Performance Survey: https://goo.gl/forms/2FSa5tjMC9CiQ1O13 Thank you!

The Oak Grove Multicultural Committee

PTO News

Field Day

The Oak Grove PTO will be sponsoring our semi-annual Field Day on Friday, May 18th from 8:15-11:30 am. We need about 100 parent volunteers to help with the event. Please CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer. We ask that you sign up by April 18th so we know if Field Day is "a go!” Unfortunately, if we don’t get enough volunteers, we will not be able to have this fun, memorable event. Please sign up today! If you have any questions, please contact Dana Huenekens at dlfranz@yahoo.com.

Variety Show

The annual Variety Show is Friday, April 20th at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 in advance (must be purchased online by April 19th) and $10 at the door. Sign in to Revtrak to order https://ogs.revtrak.net/

All acts are required to attend practice this Thursday, April 5th from 3:30 pm -5:15 pm. We will be taking group pictures for the program and learning the finale. Please come dressed as closely as possible to your final costume. Meet in the Junior High gym at 3:35 pm, dressed and ready.

We still need volunteers to help supervise (as early as this Tuesday & Wednesday). Please sign up here.

Don’t forget to sign into Revtrak to order a program, "Shout Out" for your child and to pay for your child's picture and night of show dinner. Due April 9th.

Box Tops

Last chance to send in Box Tops! All Box Tops must be collected by this Friday, April 6th.

PTO Chairs Needed

The PTO is looking for people to chair the following committees for next year:

  • Elementary Book Fair
  • Mother/Son Night
  • PTO Volunteer Coordinator
  • K-4 Room Parent Coordinator
  • K-1st Social
  • 4th-5th Social

If you have any questions or are interested in signing up, contact Katrina Treutelaar at Katrinatreutelaar@me.com

PTO Meeting

This Wednesday, April 4th at 9:00 am in the Junior High teacher's lounge. All are welcome.

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