Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 28, 2019

From the Superintendent

Last Friday, as you know, a contractor accidentally triggered our ALICE alarm system in part of the building. Administrators met with all of the grade levels affected to debrief, explain what happened, and listen to student questions and concerns. If your student(s) expressed any concerns at home, please feel free to contact any building administrator. We want to meet with and/or offer any assistance needed for any student who may have questions, or may be feeling anxious. Thank you.

Oak Grove Extended Day

The school year has quickly come to an end. Registration forms for 2019-20 Extended Day are now available on our website. If you would like your child(ren) to attend Extended Day next year, please be sure to fill out the registration forms and return to Mr. Rob at rendon@ogschool.org to secure your spot for the 2019-20 school year. Thank you.

Summer Reading Challenge

Oak Grove will be offering a Summer Reading Challenge for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students to help encourage our students to READ, READ, READ! As a family, you will decide how many minutes your child will read each week. Your family will decide on the best way to keep track of the minutes read. Registering your child for the Oak Grove Summer Reading Challenge couldn’t be easier. Either click on the link below or respond to an email that will be sent directly to you. After registration is complete you will be sent more information. We will check on your child’s progress each week! A simple click of a button is all that is necessary! Each child that participates in 8 out of the 10 weeks will earn bragging rights, a wonderful experience of completing summer reading, a small prize, and... a CHANCE to throw a pie at the administrator of their choice next school year!

Happy Reading!


Any questions please email: challenge@ogschool.org

Appreciation from the 8th Grade Dance Committee

Dear 8th grade parents,

The dance on Friday was a HUGE success, thanks to you! The kids had an amazing time and you could see from their smiles and fun pictures that it was a memorable evening.

Thanks to all of our extraordinary volunteers who made the event possible. It took a village to implement the vision and it wouldn't have come together without the efforts of so many of you.

Thank you to Ashley Wilson, Monica Goldberg, and Claudia Belo who helped chair the decorations committee. It was a tremendous undertaking. The kids were wowed that the school was magically transformed in a few short hours. Our volunteers did a fabulous job creating, organizing and dedicating their time to decorating Oak Grove. We appreciate all the extra hours prepping, building and creating that were put in by Ashley & David Wilson, Claudia & Joao Belo, Samantha & Roger Eichner, Donna & Kevin Griffith, Monica Goldberg, Jen Sahagian and Adrienne & Eric Castro. Your time and talents are amazing! We also appreciate the numerous creative volunteers who came to our weekly Monday work sessions at Erin's house.

Thank you to all those who dedicated their Friday afternoon to decorating the school. Kudos to Ashley Wilson, David Wilson, Olivia & Avery’s grandparents, Jen Sahagian, Christine & Chris Max, Brenden Max, Amy Sekili, Deb Townander, Laura Kauffman, Lisa Shaw, Michelle Merlo, Michelle Flattery, Jen & Brian Tippett, Monica & Dean Goldberg, Ann & Doug Chung, Audrey Chung, Tania Whittaker, Jennie Schlitt, Shannon Rojas, Nancy Johnson, Jennifer & Tony Johnson, Julie Goodman, Lara Lucente, Kris & Thomas Wilson, Mary Ann Schroedle, Daniel Schroedle, Maureen Burke, Melody Lyon, Carlene Lichter, Cali Lichter, Aly Lichter, Jen Klainos, Loucine Tokmakjian, Christine Merrild, Dana Huennekens, Becky Rynes, Maria Earth, Hideko Szymanski, Claudia & Joao Belo, Brenda Shinn, Jeanne Sapienza, Martha Arroyo, Joe Ingino, Christina & Kevin Barnak, Emma Barnack, Agata Verkohlen, Sophie Verkoulen & friend, Donna & Kevin Griffith, Samantha, Roger & Max Eichner, Reyanne Berner, Kristin Sorensen, Saritha Sirivol, Susan Kurland, Adrienne & Eric Castro, Erin & Ken Heard, Anna Heard, Alyssa Sorensen, Andrew Sorensen, and Krista & Mike Sorensen.

Kudos to Dana Huennekens & Kristin Sorensen for feeding our kids in style! The food was “so Chicago” and tasted delicious! Our food committee looked fabulous in their Chicago venue t-shirts. Thank you to Dana Huennekens, Kris Wilson, Kristin Sorensen, Ashley Wilson, Christine Merrild, Jen Sahagian, Tricia Regan, Mary Ann Schoedle, Maureen Burke, Ashley Wilson, Tania Whittaker, Monica Goldberg, Jennie Schlitt and Michelle Merlo for being there that evening to help set up and serve food to our hungry kids.

Thank you to Amy Sekili for the fabulous invitations and custom labels. Your talents are appreciated. Thanks to Doug, Ann and Audrey Chung for taking wonderful photos that evening and for Ann and Agata Verkoulen for quickly getting the pictures developed. The kids' smiles said it all! The take home goodies were a huge hit, thanks to Becky Rynes and Adrienne Castro.

The entertainment was awesome thanks to Carlene Lichter. Donna Griffin did a fabulous job of keeping us on track with our budget. We sure appreciate it!

And finally, thanks to our awesome clean-up crew chaired by Julie Goodman. Thank you to Julie & John Goodman, Erin & Ken Heard, Thomas and Kris Wilson, Amy and Dave Fiore, Maureen and Mike Burke, Donna and Kevin Griffin, Saritha Sirivo, Monica Goldberg, Matt Sorensen, Claudia & Joao Belo, Adrienne & Eric Castro, Jennifer Manski, Theresa Ertmanis, Becky Rynes, Roger Eichner, Jim Ramstedt, Deb Townander, Diane Powers, Libby Cathlina, Tania Whittaker, Rich Schroedle, Christine Merrild , Jennie Schlitt , Doug & Ann Chung, Audrey Chung, and Krista & Mike Sorensen.

We'd like to give a big round of applause to all the 8th grade teachers. It has been such a special year for the students because of the hard work, dedication and encouragement these teachers give. It was so nice that you took the time out of your busy schedules and after a long day to help out at the 8th grade dance. The kids loved having you there and we so appreciate your support. We are also grateful for Kathy Azzato and Andrew Fenton for all their support. Oz Suarez and the custodial staff were wonderful and beyond helpful. Their efforts helped make the evening go smoothly. Thank you!

Unfortunately, there are likely a few names that have been accidentally left off. If so, we apologize, and indeed appreciate your efforts. We hope all volunteers had fun with this last 8th grade event. It is a great group of students and families. We look forward to seeing all of you at graduation. Best of luck to these amazing students!

:-) Krista Sorensen & Erin Heard

PS - Ferris Wheel Storage??? We are seeking a space to store the super cool ferris wheel. Unfortunately the PTO storage unit is not large enough. If you know anyone with a warehouse or large storage area who could help, please let us know.

PPS - Reminder to order your incoming FRESHMAN their spirit back for next year. Scan the attached QR code or look for a link to be emailed to you after June 10th.


Box Tops Last Collection Reminder

Please send any and all Box Tops for our last collection of the year!

Stuck on You Label Fundraiser

Need an easy way to keep track of your child's school supplies, lunch boxes, water bottles and summer camp items? Try Stuck on You labels! For every purchase you make, Oak Grove PTO receives a portion of the sale. Please check out the link below for more information. https://www.stuckonyou.us/affiliate/fundraiser/OAKGROVEPTO Our fundraising code is: OAKGROVEPTO

PTO Retirement Celebration
Thank you to Mr. Farris and the 2nd grade class for providing the wonderful musical entertainment at our PTO retirement celebration last Wednesday. We enjoyed celebrating our 3 amazing teachers that are retiring this year, Mrs. Mahoney, Mrs. Schmidt & Mrs. Timlin. They will be missed!

Last Call for Photos

As we wrap up the year, please take a minute to add your photos from ALL of the 2018-2019 school year. Please comment with your child's grade and OGS related event when possible. Photos will be collected through the end of June. Thank you for helping make next year's calendar a great one!


Pre-Pack School Supplies

The PTO is offering pre-pack school supplies again this year. Save time and support the Oak Grove PTO. This program is offered by Teacher Tailored and all non-consumable products are guaranteed for the 2019-2020 school year. Use this link and use account #22034. Deadline for ordering is 6/21/19. Please see the Virtual Backpack for additional details. Please contact Jennifer Liu, Jen_hen@comcast.net, with any questions.

2019 Family Fest - Save The Date & Volunteers

Before you close your calendar for the summer, save the date for Family Fest 2019 which is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, August 25th!

We are also looking for Family Fest volunteers, so if you have any interest in helping, please reach out to Kate Byers (kateGbyers@gmail.com). In particular, we are looking for someone to serve as co-chair for the event, so please consider volunteering for this role. No prior experience necessary to help lead! We'll streamline the planning through the summer and Family Fest itself takes place on the weekend so anyone with any schedule can help with this FUN event!

PTO Appreciation Party Tonight

Reminder - our PTO Appreciation Party is tonight at Liz Howard's house, 720 N. St. Mary’s Road, at 7pm. We hope you can join us.

Thank You PTO Volunteers
The Oak Grove PTO board would like to give a heartfelt thank you to all of the volunteers who chaired our committees throughout the 2018-2019 school year and all who volunteered at our fundraisers and events. We would also like to thank our board for two great years; Liz Howard & Christine Merrild (co-presidents), Agata Karpowicz (vice president), Ashley Wilson (treasurer), Julie Kovach (secretary) and Becky Rynes (registrar). We would like to welcome our incoming board; Julie Kovach & Laura Reutzel (co-presidents), Beth Zender (vice president), Donna Griffin (treasurer), Kate Byers (secretary) and Lynsey Wolfe (registrar) - you will do an amazing job! Have a wonderful summer everyone, we look forward to a great 2019-2020 school year!

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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

One of our major curriculum initiatives this year was focused around standards based reporting and sharing student learning. As we make our final decisions in this area, we are seeking input from our parent community. Please take a moment to respond to a few short questions. Please click here to access the survey.

Lost and Found Items

Parents, we have a lot of lost and found items in the Elementary and Junior High cafeterias; please be sure to stop in and check for any items your child misplaced before it gets donated at the end of the 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