Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 11, 2022

News from Mrs. Barnabee and Mr. Murray

National Science Bee (NSB)

5 OGS students have the opportunity to attend!

What is the NSB? The National Science bee is a buzzer-based competition in which students compete to buzz faster than the others and answer the question correctly. Sounds pretty easy, right? But here's the catch, only three people can buzz per question, and the third person to buzz in during the question gets a penalty of -1 points. There are three rounds, each against different students, and once a student answers six questions correctly, they exit the round. Points are received depending on their placement during the round and how early or late they exited the round. After three rounds are complete, the top 50ish percent make it to nationals, and the top 30-40 percent make regional finals.

Oak Grove Students with the opportunity to attend:

Jasmine Kumar, 3rd place, elementary

Jack Davis, 3rd place, 8th grade

Shriteja Patil, 2nd place, 8th grade online

Hamza Alsawaf, 1st place, 7th grade

Sanchari Dasgupta, 7th place, 7th grade

Hamza said, "The competition was really exciting and intense. There was a strong sense of competition, but also an understood acceptance of each other and our abilities."

Sanchari added, "Though it was a hard challenge, both us and the others did our best and made it to nationals… This was the first time Oak Grove participated in the IAC’s, and we did great!"

Nationals will take place in Orlando, Florida from June 17-21. The winner of the competition gets a $300 prize. Good luck Oak Grovers!

New Families and Pictures!

If you’re new to Oak Grove and missed any previous opportunities to have your picture taken, now is your chance :) Pictures will take place on Thursday, April 14th. Students who have participated in clubs and sports this year will also be called down to have their picture taken with their club and team sponsors and teammates.

Late Winter/Early Spring Open Houses - Return Next Year!

Due to the unknown health mitigations in January, when we usually start planning for open houses in classrooms, we did not plan for open houses this spring. However, as long as we continue down the path of healthier times, we will again host open houses next school year.

In the time being, we look forward to celebrating many other spring events with our students and families, including: Track, the Multicultural Fair, the BOGO book fair, Band concerts at LHS and OGS, class “picnics” and other grade level activities, the Variety Show, and many more!

Reminder: Upcoming Social Studies Unit- 8th Grade Families

Please take a few minutes to review the family letter that explains Public Act 101-0227. This piece of legislation/curriculum will take place for all 8th grade students beginning the week of May 2nd.

***If you have any questions about how Public Act 101-0227 is being implemented or do not want your child(ren) to participate, please contact Ryan Murray at murray@ogschool.org.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 4/10)

The theme for the month of April is GOALS.

Please take a few minutes to view the April page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Important Dates

  • Apr. 11 - Parent Information Mtg, 6:30 p.m. OGS Pat Patt Gym

  • Apr. 15 - No School

  • Apr. 19 - Committee of the Whole Mtg 6 PM, Regular BoE Mtg 7:15 PM

Band News

Congratulations to the students who were invited to participate in this year's National Science Bee- Hamza A., Sanchari D., Jack D., Jasmine K. and Teja P. All five of these top performers have a shared interest in music and are band students. What a wonderful opportunity to represent Oak Grove!

Concert Band/Symphonic Band: It’s official! The Concert and Symphonic Bands will be performing their Tuesday, May 3 (6-8 p.m.) concert over in the LHS auditorium. Please mark your calendars! We look forward to this amazing opportunity to perform in such a wonderful performance space.

Beginning Band/Jazz Band: Our second spring concert will feature the Jazz Band and Beginning Band in a joint concert on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. here at Oak Grove.

Attention all 5-8 Band and Choir Students!

LHS summer music camps return in June & July! After a great start to our middle school summer music camp program last summer, band and choir camps are back for 2022! Incoming 6-9 grade students are welcome to join us for Concert Band, Jazz Band, Choir, or Marching Band Camps (complete with a Libertyville Days Parade performance for marching band!) over the summer for the amazingly low price of $60 per camp session. Registration will open shortly on the LHS Webstore; check out the website for full details: https://www.d128.org/lhs/academics/fine-arts/music/camps

Start Thinking about Summer Private Lessons Now!

If you're not studying with a private instructor right now, summer is a great time to start! We have a wonderful studio of highly qualified and thoroughly vetted private teachers that teach at LHS during the year, and many at the school over the summer as well. Reach out to them directly to get a jump start on lessons this summer and hit the ground running this fall:

Band Students click here.

Choir Students click here.

Snowflake Registration

Open to 7th & 8th graders who will be attending LHS. Registration opens April 15th, 9:00 AM. $25 per participant (confidential scholarships available) - limit of 200 attendees.

Includes shirt, dinner, and an end-of-event dance. At least one parent in attendance is required at a 7:30pm session.

Seventh and eighth grade parents will receive an email on April 14th with a direct link to register on the 15th for Snowflake.

7th grade students attending both Camp Duncan and Snowflake will need to be picked up from Camp Duncan early and driven to LHS to attend Snowflake.

Any questions regarding Snowflake, please contact Gayle Timlin or Kim Wesley.

To inquire about need-based scholarships, please contact Susan Pinsel - susan.pinsel@d128.org.

PTO News

Tsunami Car Wash Fundraiser This Weekend!

We are excited to announce our partnership fundraiser with Tsunami Car Wash taking place this entire weekend from Friday, April 15th - Sunday, April 17th! Tsunami Car Wash is owned by Anna and Louie Papandreou, grandparents of 2nd grader Elias Papandreou, and they have generously offered to donate all profits from OGS washes back to the PTO! You can choose from any of their single washes including the Surf for $6, the Riptide for $9, the Tidal Wave for $12, or the Tsunami for $15! When you drive up to the cashier window be sure to let them know you are there for the Oak Grove Fundraiser. Tsunami Car Wash is located at 4145 Grove Ave. Gurnee, IL 60031.

Collection for PADS

This month the PTO and Nurse Callie are collecting items for PADS Lake County, an organization that supports families experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis. Items can be dropped off by your child outside of the nurses’ office. Items in need:

● Men’s and women’s sweatpants and sweatshirts (all sizes)

● New sports bras and women’s underwear (S - 2XL)

● New men’s boxers (M – 2XL)

Our support makes it possible for them to continue to provide shelter & services for our community members!

RSVP for Family Socials Today!

Spots for the trampoline event and roller skating event are filling up! The deadline to sign up for the trampoline event is THIS WEDNESDAY. The deadline to sign up for the skating event is next Wednesday. Oak Grovers can choose how they’d like to participate: student+parent, whole family event, or a social where a group of friends attends with a chaperone. Please keep in mind these are not drop-off events and an adult must be present the entire time. You may attend both, if you wish. These events are FREE if you attend, but if you sign up and do not attend, the PTO will ask you for reimbursement, as we have to pay for all reserved spots in advance. Next year we look forward to returning to our regular dances, family socials, and grade level socials.

Launch Trampoline Park Social is on Monday, April 18th, 5 - 6:30 pm. There is a limit of 150 jumpers during this private OGS PTO event. Event location: 880 Lakeside Dr, Gurnee, IL 60031. Launch Social Sign Up.

Just For Fun Roller Rink Social is on Saturday, April 23rd, 10-12:30 pm. There is a limit of 100 skaters to this private OGS PTO event. Event location: 139 N Seymour Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060. Roller Skating Social Sign Up

Community Give Back Event @ Old School Forest Preserve

Mark your calendars! On May 22nd at 10:00 am, Oak Grove families will volunteer at Lake County Forest Preserves. Families will help clear buckthorn, pull garlic mustard, and pick up sticks (ideal for smaller helpers). Volunteers are welcome to stay for any length of time. The deadline to sign up is May 1st: sign up here. Come support our beautiful forest preserve, teach your kids about volunteerism, and spend time outdoors with others from our OGS community!

Variety Show Resources Online

We had record numbers sign up to audition for Variety Show 2022! Tryout times have been posted on the PTO website. Tryouts are either on April 27 or April 28 so please check the posted times. Your performer should have brought home a permission form with important information and dates. Please review the information with them and make sure they bring the signed form to their audition. We hope the whole community will come out and watch the show on May 20th! Tickets will be on sale in Revtrack soon!

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Preschool screening will be held at Oak Grove on Wednesday, April 20th from 12:30-3:30 pm. The screening is for three and four year olds. The screening will examine a child's proficiency in speech/language and motor development, as well as assess pre-academic skills. Parents with questions or concerns about their child's development may schedule an appointment by contacting Julie Waehner at waehner@ogschool.org

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Please click here for Board Briefs, which is a short summary of discussion points at each Board meeting. Briefs are generated after meeting minutes are formally approved at each subsequent meeting.

We encourage our community to visit these sites to stay engaged in the topics and discussions of the OGS Board.

Official minutes and agendas can be found here.

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