Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 25, 2016

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,


I was recently reminded of a great website to support math conversations with your children, talkingmathwithkids.com. While the most recent post is dated October 2015, I’m guessing it's because he’s a busy dad of two small children and they are out talking about math! With a toddler at home myself, I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate math into our conversations. We measure the height of her princess dolls. We also count the number of blankets we can stack on top of each other to make the perfect palette. But her favorite is lining up her dinosaurs in order of color, amount of teeth, or the number of back spikes (depending on her mood).


And yes, I consider all of those activities “doing math”. Granted, we are not solving for x but we are using reasoning skills, identifying patterns, and having fun! I challenge you to think of creative ways to embrace things your children love and turn them into fun math activities. Remember, you don’t have to love math but maybe, after you measure the spikes on your dinosaurs or see how many blocks you can stack before they tip over, you’ll like math too!

Mathematical Association of America Contest: AMC 8

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the AMC 8 Contest, here at Oak Grove:


Sixth Grade Participants

Harrison Lakes

Jessica Liu

Nikhil Patel

Shrivasta Patil

Andrew Sorensen

Ramanan Srirajan

Gabriel Teixeira

Yaseen Tolba


Seventh Grade Participants

Sebastian Ingino

Desigamoorthy Nainar

Leena Patel

Mary-Kate Stone


Eighth Grade Participants

Samantha Burkett

Helen Clifford

Audrey Chung

William Martins Da Costa

Zachary Giamis

Evan Hertzler

Lexie Hill

Nathan John

Karina Konshin

Jessica Li

Allen Liu

Albert Sterner

Kevin Stone

Madeline Weaver

Constance Zanze


Congratulations to our Gold, Silver, and Bronze recipients.

The gold award was given to Desigamoorthy. Mary-Kate was recognized with the silver award. Sebastian, Nikhil, and Nathan each received the bronze award.

Thank you to all of our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students who participated!

Chess Club

Matthew Berner and Nikhil Patel's combined scores earned the 3rd place team trophy for Oak Grove at the 87th Kumbaya Chess Tournament in the U1200 section on January 24, 2016

Eagle Breakfast

On January 21st, we held our Eagle Breakfast. Junior High students were chosen by the Oak Grove staff and recognized for displaying fine examples of character. We were honored to have Andrew Bitta, head soccer coach of Libertyville High School, as our guest speaker. Mr. Bitta lives in the community and has two children who are alums of Oak Grove.


6th grade

Kristina Kotzan

Marc Moss

Gabriel Teixeira

Lucas Thomas

Sophie Verkoulen

Wilbur Warren


7th Grade

Christian Engfer

Kevin Joseph

Nicholas Psimaras

Kiah Smith

Paige Vang


8th Grade

Audrey Chung

Emma Gleason

Karina Konshin

Hope Moody

Rebecca Rockenbach

Colleen Welch

Girls Basketball Team

Congratulations to the Oak Grove 7th grade girls basketball team for taking second place in the season ending conference tournament! The team knocked off the 2nd and 3rd seeded teams to make it to the championship game. Way to go, girls!

TAG (Talendted & Gifted) Committee Hosts Michele Kane

Supportive Partnerships: Fostering Well-being for Children

Oak Grove School

Tuesday, February 2, 2016


6:30 pm-7:30 p.m.

Hosted by the OGS TAG Committee


Join us as the TAG committee hosts Dr. Michele Kane.

Don't forget to RSVP by January 29th. Please see the flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information.

Student Council News

For fifth through eighth grade students: The Valentine's holiday is coming soon. That means Candy Grams are coming back! If you would like to purchase Candy Grams for delivery, they will be on sale in the cafeteria February 4th, 5th, and 8th. All Candy Grams are $1 each or 6 for $5. Our profits will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.


Mark your calendars sixth through eighth graders! You have a dance coming up. Please join the Student Council on Friday, February 19th from 6:30-8:30 in the Junior High Cafe and Gym. A special guest DJ, an open gym, fun raffle prizes, and snacks await you. Besides, what else are you going to do on a cold February night? Admission is a canned/boxed/nonperishable food donation that will be donated to the C.O.O.L. food pantry. Concessions including pizza, chips, candy, drinks, and raffle tickets will be available to purchase. Our cash donation will be given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We hope to see you there!

Honor Society News

The Oak Grove Honor Society is raising money for the Red Cross by putting a container in each elementary (grades K-5) classroom. Students are encouraged to bring in loose change to donate. This fundraiser will run from January 19th to January 27th. The classroom that raises the most money will win prize bags for each student in that class.


The Oak Grove Honor Society is also fundraising for Orphans of the Storm, a non-profit animal shelter that rescues dogs and cats for adoption. If your child is a sixth-eighth grader, please consider sending your child to school with money to donate. There will be boxes in each homeroom for the donations. The homeroom that raises the most money will get king sized candy bars for each student in that homeroom.

Immersion Spanish at Oak Grove – all ages

Join Fun Fluency on an afterschool aventura of learning a new language—the way your brain was meant to learn it! Don’t miss out on your child’s window of opportunity to learn a language with ease at a young age. Take your child's Spanish skills to the next level as students learn to converse and build great confidence in Spanish.


Students learn Spanish naturally through immersion, movement, games, songs, rhythm, reading, and acting out/listening to stories. Our storytelling-based method focuses on long-term retention, not just memorization. Students will quickly see how fun and easy it is to understand, read, and write in Spanish while being immersed in language, play, and laughter. This opportunity introduces your student to the many advantages of becoming bilingual and culturally aware at a young age. Check out all the fun we’re having with fluency at www.funfluency.com.

Please see the Virtual Backpack for more information.

PTO News

January 25, 2016


A Message from PTO Co-Presidents Lisa Perrone and Mia Hughes:


Lunches this week:

Monday – Jersey Mike’s

Tuesday – Panera

Wednesday – Pasta

Thursday – Culver’s


Volunteer Needed: We are in need of someone to head up the Eagle Extravaganza Committee. For more information please contact Lisa Perrone lisa@millcreekpkg.com or Mia Hughes mmadrigrano@hotmail.com

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

OGSEF Announces New Scholarship for Oak Grove Alumni Graduating from LHS
As support from our community has grown, so has the OGSEF’s ability to support our Oak Grove students as they move through elementary and junior high -- and even past high school. We are excited to announce the inaugural Soaring Eagle Scholarship to support a deserving student in their post-secondary studies. This $1000 scholarship is open to graduating Libertyville High School Seniors who are Oak Grove Alumni. Applications are available in the LHS Career Resource Center and responses are due by March 16, 2016. The scholarship will be presented at the LHS Awards ceremony in May.

Oak Grove Gala ‘16
Tickets are limited – secure your seat today!

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 27th, 2016 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community to make it a great success. In addition, this year we have a spotlight project we are funding: The Oak Grove Green Screen Room. The Green Screen Room offers our students a unique opportunity to intersect creativity, technology, science, math and communications.

The Grove Gala features dinner, open bar, entertainment by the band CoverGurl, a silent auction and the opportunity to network with your community!

To purchase tickets or commit to one of our Sponsorship Packages, please visit www.ogsef.org/gala-2016 and click the "Buy Gala Tickets Now" tab at the bottom of the page.


Auction & Raffle Donations

Our Silent Auction & Raffle is a highlight of the Grove Gala and we welcome any and all donations. No donation is too big or small & all your creative ideas are welcome! Please contact ogsfoundation@yahoo.com with your donation ideas.

OGSEF is a 501(C)(3) NONPROFIT CORPORATION

8th Grade Graduation Dance Planning Committee

Parents, there is still time to sign up for the 8th grade graduation dance committee for the class of 2016. Please join us for an informational meeting on Thursday, January 28 at 9:30 am in the Junior High cafeteria.

RSVP by calling Kathy Azzato at ext. 2038.

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our Virtual Backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes

French Class for 6-8th Grade Students

Parents, the deadline to sign up for French class for students in 6-8 grade is this Friday, January 29. If you would like your child to enter the French program starting in 6th grade, please click here for more information.