Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 7, 2019


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7th & 8th Grade Boys Volleyball Tryouts

When: 3:30-5:30 PM

Where: Elementary Patt Gym

What You Need: Current physical, athletic clothing, supportive shoes (not basketball shoes) water bottle, kneepads (optional, but highly recommended)

Season Overview:

Practices: Mon - Thurs, 3:30-5:00

7th grade games 4:15-5:30

8th grade games 5:15-6:30

Wed 1/23 Away, Edgewood

Tues. 1/29 Away, Highland

Thurs. 1/31 Home, Lake Bluff

Tues. 2/5 Away, Millburn

Tues. 2/12 Away, Northwood

Wed. 2/13 Home, Neal

Thurs. 2/14 Away, Carl Sandburg

Tues. 2/19 Home, Deer Path

Conference Tournament

Pool play Mon. 2/25 (7th) Tues. 2/26 (8th), 4:15-8:00

Finals (Top 2 in pool) Wed. 2/27, 4:15-6:30


7th grade Coach Dave Izenstark (izenstark@ogschool.org)

8th grade Coach Anna Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org)

You Be The Chemist Challenge (YBTCC)

Club Advisors: Mrs. Anna Edelson & Mr. John Mehnert

OGS Science Club will meet for the first time this week on Friday, January 11, from 3:30-5:00 PM in Room 305 (Mrs. Edelson's Room). Science Club is open to any 5th-8th grade students interested in exploring chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. All club members will have the opportunity to take the YBTCC qualifying exam on January 25. The top 2-3 students will be chosen as the OGS representatives to compete in the local competition in late February or early March. Students can be part of Science Club even if they are not participating in the competition. There is no need to sign up--students should make arrangements to stay after school Friday and get picked up by 5:00 PM. Please bring your laptops and a writing utensil.

Future Meeting Dates:

1/25 (YBTCC Qualifying Exam)





Local Competition 2/16 - 3/24 (Exact Date TBD)

State Competition April 6 (Top 3 from Local move on)

Study Materials and Practice Questions Available Below:

Click here to visit the YBTCC website for more information

If you are not able to stay after school on Friday, or have any questions, please contact Anna Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org).

Oak Grove School Education Foundation News

Oak Grove Rocks – January 18th!

Join your Oak Grove and local community for OAK GROVE SCHOOL ROCKS POST TIME! Enjoy live music from our very own Bradburys, OTR and HenneBerry while raising funds for the Oak Grove School Education Foundation.

January 18, 2019 -- 7:00 PM
Learn more and buy tickets at www.ogsef.org/oak-grove-rocks


PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, January 9th at 9am in the PD room. All are welcome. We will be looking to elect new officers for next year, so if you are interested in getting involved in the PTO, come to a meeting and see what it's all about.

Daddy Daughter Dance
Get your tickets now before it sells out! The dance will be held Saturday, February 2nd, 6:30-9:00 pm in the Junior High gym/cafeteria. This special event is open to all students in Kindergarten-8th grade and their dads or special guy. There will be a DJ, dancing, formal photos, photo booth, desserts and raffle prizes. Follow the link below to purchase tickets and to sign up to help with the dance. http://howardliz.wixsite.com/daddy-daughter-dance. More volunteers are needed to make this dance a success so please sign up! Also don’t forget to send in a fun photo of your daughter and her special guy for the slideshow that will be shown at the dance. Send pics to daddydaughter2018@aol.com by January 20th.

Mother/Son Dance

Volunteers needed to help make the Mother/Son dance a success. The Mother/Son dance committee is looking for a few volunteers (dads encouraged!) on Friday, February 22nd to decorate and 23rd to work the dance. Please follow this link to sign up http://signup.com/login/entry/873735722040

K-1 Social Event - Free!

Libertyville Sports Complex on Wednesday, January 16

Wednesday, January 16th is an early dismissal day from school at 1 p.m. Students in grades K-1 are invited to join us at 1:30 pm at the Libertyville Sports Complex. The day will include lots of activities including a challenge course, gaga ball, the climbing wall, relay races and much more. A snack and water will also be provided.

This is a FREE event sponsored by the Oak Grove PTO! To sign up, please complete these 2 easy steps:

1. RSVP by Monday, January 14, 2019 at https://www.smore.com/a0exh

2. Please fill out the Sports Complex waiver electronically here:


There will be adult supervision provided by the Sports Complex and Oak Grove parents. You are welcome to stay, but siblings are not able to participate. Thank you for your understanding.

We are looking for parent volunteers to help with the various game stations as well as the snack station and check-in/pick-up. Please use SignUp Genius to volunteer:


If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Sallmann: melissagroner@hotmail.com

Geography Bee

Geography Bee registration closes Friday, January 11th. This year’s bee will be held January 23rd at 6:00pm in the Junior High Learning Center.

Visit Mr. Henneberry’s website for registration and preparation activities.


Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the 25 spellers from grades 4-8 who qualified for the Oak Grove spelling bee. This month, there are two dates to be aware of. The first date is Thursday, January 10. All qualifiers need to meet with Mrs. Evans during their lunch time to go over the reading of the rules, ask questions, and participate in a practice round. Bring your lunch to room 108 in the sixth grade hallway. The next date is the bee. The spelling bee is Thursday, January 17 at 6:30pm in the Junior High Learning Center. All spellers need to arrive between 6:00 and 6:15pm to check in. All are welcome to come & be part of our audience! All qualifiers were given a parent letter to bring home ahead of break that explains this in greater detail. If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Evans at evans@ogschool.org.

SEL Club

The SEL Club will meet in Mrs. Evans's room after school from 3:30-4:15pm on Thursday, January 10 and Thursday, January 24. All 6th-8th grade students are welcome to join us any time. We'd love to see you there!

Engineering for Kids

Engineering For Kids® Lake County is pleased to partner with Oak Grove School to provide an extra-curricular afterschool activity for Oak Grove students.

About Us

Engineering For Kids® brings the wonder and excitement of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to children ages 4-14 through a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Below is a list of classes offered at Oak Grove School. Please check the Oak Grove virtual backpack or our website for more information, visit us at: https://www.amilia.com/store/en/engineering-for-kids-lake-county/shop/programs

Session 3

Junior Engineering Club (Grades K - 2nd)

Apprentice Engineering Club (Grades 3rd - 5th)

Session 4

Junior LEGO WeDo Robotics Engineering: Wild Animals (Grades K - 2nd)

Apprentice Video Game Design – Invader Defense: Shark Attack (Grades 3rd - 5th)

Session 5

MinecraftEDU – Traveling into the Future Part I (Grades 2nd - 5th)

Register and Pay Online Today!

Please register for the waitlist if the class if full, so we can contact you if a spot becomes available.



From the Secretary of State

Safety Alert

As Illinois school children return to school after their holiday break1 I am writing to remind the

driving public to be alert for children making their way to and from school.

Sadly, this year has seen at least eight kids across the U.S. killed by motorists who failed to stop for school buses loading or discharging passengers. Five of those kids were killed over two days in November, including a 9-year old Rochester, Indiana, girl and her 6-year-old twin brothers. It is illegal to pass a school bus whose red stop lights are flashing in all SO states.

A one-day survey of 38 states by the National Association of State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services recorded 84,000 incidents of motor vehicles illegally passing stopped school buses. That was in just one day.

My office has kept a close eye on these studies. As part of our Toby Tire School Bus Safety program, we emphasize the dangers of crossing the street, no matter the purpose or time of day. Our efforts have produced positive results. We lead the nation in school bus safety and have compiled an enviable record of fatality-free miles covered by our school buses.

School bus safety has been a priority of school administrators, teachers and parents, as well as my office during the 20 years I have served as Secretary of State. We warn children to always look both ways while crossing the street. That means all the time, not only while crossing in a school bus loading zone.

School bus safety is a responsibility to be shared by everyone in the community, not just parents and school officials. We all are stakeholders in the safety of our communities' children. I encourage those with school-aged children to take time to remind them of the fundamentals of student transportation safety:

• Stay away from strangers

• Always look both ways while crossing the street, even in bus loading zones

• Maintain decorum on the bus by speaking in normal tones and always staying seated

• Always stay dear of the 10-foot ''danger zone" that surrounds the bus

We must remain vigilant in our efforts to protect our children and ensure they get to and from school in a safe and responsible manner. We owe our children nothing less.

Jesse White

Illinois Secretary of State

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Last school year, the Standards Based Grading Committee worked diligently to provide next steps related to our Standards Based learning transition. One of the recommendations that came out of the committee was to investigate a Learning Management System (LMS) that would provide more opportunities for feedback between teachers, students and parents regarding student performance related to the learning standards. This school year, a group of teachers across K-8, along with our technology team, met with several different vendors to consider which would be an appropriate LMS to pilot at Oak Grove. This month, teacher volunteers will be trained in the Otus system and will begin experimenting with different ways the LMS can be used to improve the feedback loop between January and Spring Break. If you have a student in a class that will be piloting with Otus, you might be contacted by the classroom teacher.

TAG Advisory Council Appeal Requests Due January 18th

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, we will be holding our winter session of Advisory Council. During the fall Advisory Council meeting, the committee will review placement appeals. Parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program, through a placement appeal which would be reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 11 and 12 of the TAG Handbook.

In addition, please see the TAG Handbook for the matrix used to make placement decisions (p. 10) as well as the placement flowchart (p. 13) for additional information.

Parents requesting participation in the appeal process are required to complete the Parent Inquiry Form beginning on page 22 of the TAG Handbook. The Parent Inquiry Form, located on the OG website- click on Parent Inquiry Form, must be completed and emailed to Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.org no later than January 18th for consideration at the winter Advisory Council meeting. Parents will be notified via email regarding the final committee decisions.

*Please note, appeal process may only be utilized once a calendar year.

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