Oak Grove News
Weekly Update ~ December 19, 2016
National Blue Ribbon Celebration
Wednesday morning, December 21st, the faculty, staff, and students will celebrate being named a National Blue Ribbon School. We are hosting an all-school assembly at 9:30 a.m. in the Pat Patt (Elementary) gymnasium. We have invited local community officials, legislators, and former administrators, some whom have agreed to say a few words of congratulations.
We will have a jam-packed gymnasium, but parents are welcome to join us. We will have some limited seating available. If you would like to attend, please send your name in an email to Kelly Pickard at firstname.lastname@example.org
It could be standing room only and we would like to plan as best as we can for the event. Thank you!
Hello Oak Grove Community,
Save the date! 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 with tips on how to talk to your children about saving money and being financially literate. This evening will also kick-off a student essay contest for Money Smart Week 2017. Students in grades 5-8 have the opportunity to respond to an essay question with a first place prize of $3000. For more information about Money Smart Week, sponsored by Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, please visit their website: http://www.moneysmartweek.org/kids or click here to see the essay question from 2016. More specific information about the essay will be shared in a future Oak Grove News.
If you are interested in attending this free event, please RSVP here.
Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday and very happy new year.
Just a reminder to get your lunch orders in by 10:00 am on Monday, January 2nd for the week of January 9th. Also, don’t forget ordering for session 2 is now open. Be sure to check out the new restaurant as well as new menu items from the current restaurants.
Our next PTO meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 11th at 9:00 am in the Junior High teacher’s lounge. All our welcome.
Thank you to all our parents who are busy planning this weeks holiday parties.
Oak Grove School Education Foundation
Oak Grove ROCKS!
Join your Oak Grove and local community for OAK GROVE SCHOOL ROCKS AUSTIN'S! Enjoy live music from our very own Bradburys, OTR and HenneBerry while raising funds for 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!
Check the Lost and Found
Missing coats, snow pants, boots, gloves? They might be here at school! A collection of lost and found clothing items can be found in the elementary cafeteria and outside the junior high gym. Swing by and see if anything may be yours! All unclaimed items will be donated to those in need over winter break.
Extended Day Fun
Mystical beasts and fairies; where to find them? We had them at Extended Care this December!!
We made our own dragons, fairies, night lights and more to help us celebrate the holidays.
Happy Holidays from Oak Grove Extended Care!!
Student Council News
First Trophy for the Robotic Team
Sunday, December 5th, the Robotic team participated in the Fifth Annual Lego League competition held at Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein. The team consisted of the following students: Desi Nainar, Megan Nordstrom, Kevin Joseph, Michael Weaver, Mark Ekdahl, Katie Stone, Jack Regan, Leenah Ehsan, Jonathan Zhang, and Connor Swatzyna.
The students spent countless hours during lunch-recess and after school engineering pieces for the robot, programming it to accomplish specific missions on the field, and researching possible ways to help animals in our community for the service component. The students developed many areas of need and decided on helping shelter animals and building bluebird houses for the Lake County Forest Preserves. The team presented their service project at the judging session and explained how they raised money by selling popsicles for Placing Paws, collected blankets for the North Chicago Animal Control dogs, and built six bluebird houses from donated lumber. Working as a team, sharing ideas, learning technology skills, and sharpening their programing of the robot, were just a few things this team accomplished.
They also earned the first trophy in the Robotics Club history, the "Judges Award", for persevering through difficult circumstances. Being successful is always a team effort so I want to give a HUGE shout out to Mr. and Mrs. Weaver, for getting the birdhouses built and delivered, and to Ms. Pickard for allowing us to interview her. We couldn’t have done it without all of you. As a fifth year sponsor, I am so proud to have guided them through the struggles of learning robotics, strategizing the competition field, and having a successful competition.