Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 9, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

National Law Day Winners

Congratulations to Claire Bilcox and Stella Parks, both in Miss Bernsee's class. Claire and Stella were both chosen as winners in this year's national Law Day coloring contest. The Judges of the Circuit Court of Lake County sponsored this year's theme, "Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change." More information about National Law Day can be found on the website.

Attention Drivers - Put Cell Phones Away!

As you know, it is illegal in Illinois to use a cell phone in a school zone. Parents, please, upon approaching the school, put your cell phone away! Unfortunately, we are seeing an uptick in dangerous driving behaviors due to drivers having a cell phone in their hands. Please keep our students and staff safe by driving safely - cell phone free.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 5/9)

The theme for the month of May is CONNECTIONS.

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

Important Dates

  • May 9-12: BOGO Book Fair Jr High Library

  • May 10: Listening Session 5:00-6:00 PM - PD Conference Room

  • May 11: Beginning Band and Jazz Concert

  • May 12: 3rd Grade Wax Museum 6-7pm in Pat Patt Gym

  • May 10-May 20: iReady Testing

  • May 13: 7th Gr to Camp Duncan, Snowflake at LHS

  • May 14: Multicultural Fair 3-5pm

  • May 16: Kona Ice Truck

  • May 17: BOE Mtg 6 PM

  • May 18: PTO Mtg 9:30 AM, 5th Gr Genius Hour Expo

  • May 20: Reading is Hydro-mite! Celebration, Variety Show

  • May 25: 5th Gr Civil War Day, 8th Gr’s Chicago trip

  • May 26: 6th-7th Gr Dance, 3:30-5:00

  • May 27: Field Day, 11:30 AM Early Dismissal for SIP Day, 8th grade dance

  • May 30: No School

  • May 31: 1 PM Early Dismissal for Teacher Work Day, 8th Gr Graduation

  • June 2: Class Picnics and Field Trips, last day of school, report cards go home

Curriculum Corner

Spring TAG Appeal Window Closed

The spring TAG appeal window for appealing placement for the 2022-23 school year has closed. Students will be assessed in the next two weeks with any follow-up or needed assessments. The TAG Advisory Council will be meeting at the end of May and families who have appealed will be notified by the last day of school of their child’s placement. The next opportunity to appeal student placement will be in the fall.


Oak Grove School will host a virtual special education meeting on Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 8:15. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district's plan to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and/or homeschools within the district for the 2022-23 school year. Any parent of a student who has been identified with a disability and attends a private school or is home schooled is encouraged to attend. Please contact Julie Waehner at 224-424-4718 for further information.

Noetic Math Contest

Thanks again to all the 5th - 8th grade Noetic Contest participants! The following students will receive medals for their accomplishments:

5th grade - Hamza Mohamed and Veeraj Bawa (both Team Winners and Honor Roll winners)

6th grade - Surya Meiyappan (Team Winner)

7th grade - Will Davis (Team Winner)

8th grade - Eli Cui (Team Winner and Honor Roll winner), Aryaman Hati (Honor roll winner), Jack Davis (Honor Roll winner), and Shubh Varshney (Honor Roll winner)

**Honor Roll winners = top 10% of all participants in each grade level

Congratulations! Medals will be mailed to Oak Grove on May 13th so you will receive your awards soon!

Battle of the Books Winners!

Congratulations to The Luckies! The 5th grade team beat the 8th grade Gold Medal team and Teacher Team 3 to clinch the OGS Battle of the Books Ultimate Championship! We had 250 students participate this year in our biggest Battle of the Books ever. There were also 5 teacher teams. Thank you to the 40+ teachers who served as volunteer judges and to the PTO who helped fund the Battle of the Books program.
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News from the Libraries

No early library hours Monday-Thursday due to the book fair.

The libraries are closing for this school year.

All books are due back on Friday, May 13.

If you have been getting emails from us about overdue books, please return them to us. If they cannot be found please contact us to arrange payment.

Kindergarten-3rd grade Librarian: Mrs. Rappaport rappaport@ogschool.org

4th-8th grade Librarian: Mrs. Osterman osterman@ogschool.org

Have a wonderful summer! Don't forget to visit your public library this summer!

PTO News

PTO Meeting Recording

If you were unable to join us for the PTO meeting, we encourage you to watch the recording of our New Business discussion including the proposed budget for 2022-23, an overview of the revision to our Bylaws, and the slate for next year’s officers and chairpersons. If you have feedback, please share it with the Exec Board by May 11, so we can update the documents as appropriate and share amended versions with the membership in a timely manner before the vote. A vote to confirm these items will take place at our last meeting on May 18 at 9:30 am in the Jr. High Cafeteria. Coffee/tea & breakfast pastries will be served…please join us!

Committee Chairs Needed

We are still looking for chairpeople for Family Fest and the Sustainability committee. Please help us ensure we can continue all our programming next year! Contact Lynsey Wolfe if you are interested.

  • Family Fest is the perfect job for anyone who likes to have summer fun! This event could look the same as it has in the past (carnival-style family party) or you could reimagine it. Perhaps a back-to-school block party with food trucks or a 5k fun walk/run!
  • The Sustainability Committee helps coordinate sustainability projects at OGS such as recycling awareness in the lunchroom, recycling drop off programs and/or an Earth Day family event.

School Supply Pre-Packs Are on Sale!

Make back-to-school shopping easier by buying school supplies from EPI. EPI has the teacher-approved grade-level supply lists and all you need to do is select the grade(s) you need. EPI will ship school supplies right to your door before the first day of school. Visit www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks and enter the school ID OAK039. EPI donates a portion of all sales back to the PTO. Order by June 12th to avoid the late order surcharge.

Spring BOGO Book Fair May 9-12

The K-8 BOGO book fair is this week. Parents are welcome to shop the fair with students during their designated class time. Family Night will be held on the 11th from 5pm – 8:30pm. Scholastic eWallets is a cashless way to shop; families can donate to teachers’ eWallets too! Check out the OGS Scholastic Homepage to see classroom schedules, eWallet info, teacher donation links, and more. Families in need of financial support can contact Jennifer Barnabee. Thank you to everyone who donated to the All for Books Challenge; the popsicle party winners will be announced this week! Reading Power is grateful for your donations, which will buy books for their classrooms in North Chicago, Waukegan, and Zion.

Variety Show Tickets Available Now!

Tickets to see the show are $10 each and are on sale now via Revtrack through May 19. We are still looking for volunteers to help make the Variety Show amazing, so please visit the Signup Genius link to view available jobs and volunteer. We can't wait to see you all May 20th @ 4pm or 6:30pm! If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Wilson or Christine Merrild.

Field Day

Thank you all who have signed up to volunteer at Field Day on Friday, May 27th from 8-11:30am! Email Dana Huennekens or Bev Smith if you’d like to be added to their list of backup volunteers.

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Extended Day

Happy Spring Oak Grovers!

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, please be sure to get in those registration forms to lock in your spots in Extended Care for the 2022-23 school year!

Please be sure to look over new information on the registration forms as some changes have been made. You are welcome to email the forms to Mr. Rob at rendon@ogschool.org or you are also welcome to drop them off to the main office. We look forward to seeing new faces & meeting new friends!

Multicultural Fair

Don't miss your chance to visit multiple countries for free! This week is the Multicultural Fair! You'll receive a passport at check in and be able to visit over 30 countries, try many foods, listen to stories and meet our families who want to share their culture and traditions with you. Don't miss it!

Saturday, May 14th from 3-5 pm


Band News

Attention all music fans! On this Wednesday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. will be the final showcase of the OGS Jazz Band and the debut of the OGS Beginning Band! This musical event will be held in the Patt Gym. Come check it out!

Concert/Symphonic Bands: Concert Band and Symphonic Band do not have their regular rehearsal on Tuesday, May 10. We will have regular rehearsal in the regular spaces with all members on Wednesday, May 11.

Jazz/Beginning Bands: Jazz Band has a special rehearsal tomorrow in preparation for Wednesday’s concert. Please check emails for concert details.

Superintendent, Principal and Asst. Principal For The Day!

Last week, the administration enjoyed a day with the Bilcox sisters - Claire, Finley, and Elizabeth - as they were introduced to their Foundation Gala experience as Principals and Superintendent for a Day. Their adventure included monitoring a whole school fire drill, delivering appreciation treats, eating with the staff from the PTO’s taco bar, listening to a website focus group of students, reading to the kindergarten classes, and meeting with the OGS school board president. As can be seen through the pictures, the Bilcox sisters found out that working at Oak Grove is the BEST job in the whole wide world!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation (OGSEF) is a non-profit volunteer organization run by parents, teachers, and administrators. OGSEF funds teacher-initiated grants and programs focused on engaging, empowering, and inspiring students to advance to new levels of learning.

8th Grade Parents and Families - as we countdown the last weeks of school, think about giving a lasting gift by purchasing an inscribed paver for the elementary playground! This is an excellent graduation gift to commemorate your child's years at OGS or say thanks to a particular person, or group of teachers/friends.

Visit our website at ogsef.org and place your order today and check out some prior examples. All funds from our paver campaign support OGSEF's mission. You will be informed once the pavers are engraved and installed.

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