Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 15, 2019

OGEA Blankets

Do you want to stay warm and snuggly this fall and winter? If so....you NEED an Oak Grove Blanket.

They are 50"x60" and feel like a soft sweatshirt.

The link is on RevTrak:


Poms Meeting

Don't forget to come to the Cheer/Poms informational meeting on Wednesday, October 16th in Mrs. Sobey's room (505). The meeting will be from 3:30-4:00pm. Students in 5th-8th grade are welcome to attend; we hope to see you there!

Band News

Parents, if your son or daughter need to miss a before school rehearsal, please email your child’s band director ASAP and let us know the reason. Concert Band members, please email Mr. Farris at farris@ogschool.org and jones@ogschool.org for Symphonic, or Jazz Band members.

Next week we will send the Band Handbook home via email for you to review, then sign and return the last page.

The first playing test for the quarter is due for 7th & 8th-grade Symphonic Band students this Friday, Oct. 18th. The 6th grade Symphonic Band students have their audition scales (No.s 159-174) due the following week, Oct 25th. Students can now see all upcoming band dates on the calendar in EEI when they log in.

Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band students have a mandatory evening rehearsal coming up on Monday, Nov. 4th at Highland School from 7-9 p.m. This one is the biggie before the LHS festival, (Thursday, Nov. 14th ). Parents, please help look ahead now to clear your child’s other activities for this rehearsal. We will take the following morning off to make up for the late night! (Tues. Nov. 5th)

Concert Band

Lesson attendance is very good! We are having fun reviewing and learning new skills together.

Parents, please make sure your child is putting a little practice time in to review through the week and on weekends. 15 minutes a day is all it takes! Instruments should not be left at school overnight or on weekends.

Beginning Band

I will be sending out another parent test email to send lesson schedules for the week. If you did not receive an email from me, please email me to add or edit any address you would like to be reached for lesson days, updates, and concert information.

This week you will see an email from me to get your Essential Elements Interactive account up and running. PLEASE make sure you set this up! It, and a regular practice routine, is the key to your child’s success! When the accounts are all set up, I will create the first playing test to check in with everyone on an individual basis.

Everyone should be working on pages 4 & 5. Advanced or students with a piano or string background can go through pages 6-8.

Full Band rehearsals will commence the week of Oct. 21.

Have a great week!
Mr. Farris & Mr. Jones

PTO News

OGS Spirit Wear is Here!

Oak Grove Spirit Wear was delivered to homeroom teachers on Thursday. If you didn’t receive your order or if you have any questions, please contact Courtney Johnston: johnstoncourtneyr@gmail.com

Fannie May Candy Fundraiser
Fannie May order forms are due no later than October 30th. Return the white copy of the order form with your payment, made out to Oak Grove PTO. Candy pick up will be on Thursday, November 21 from 3:30 to 4:30pm in the Junior High Cafeteria. Fannie May will be giving away FREE CANDY to those with the highest sales. Contact Carlene Lichter at 847-414-0497 with any questions.

Holiday Halls - Volunteer Shoppers Needed

Do you like to shop? Do you like to shop for good deals? Are you in and out of stores a lot? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we could use your help! Each December, the Junior High Gym is turned into a shopping village for Oak Grove students. They are able to come and shop for family members all by themselves (or with the help of a middle school student). It’s a magical experience for all to enjoy! We need volunteers to become our shoppers for the 2020 Holiday Halls. We need one or two volunteers to head up this FUNdraiser. Please contact our PTO co-presidents if you are interested in helping out with the Holiday Market.

If you have questions about the responsibilities included, feel free to reach out to Susan Kurland @ 847.528.2887 or msqrk@sbcglobal.net.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

We’ve discussed before how a growth mindset helps kids continue to strive to improve in spite of feeling frustrated or defeated. While it’s always great to ask about the positive parts of the day, it’s also good to ask about the times they had to try again or think through a solution to resolve a problem. By celebrating the mistake, students learn that those missteps are a natural part of life and they help us become better thinkers and learners. Here are some responses you can use to support these discussions at home:

  • Modeling Adaptive Thinking: “You showed flexibility in your thinking today. You were willing to look at the situation another way. Great job!”

  • Modeling Linking Ideas: “I am so pleased that you originally learned that problem-solving strategy in science class and you are now using it in your math class to solve a new challenge. Way to go making connections!”

  • Modeling the use of evidence: “You carefully studied the evidence, then you gave reasons to support your statements. Well done.”

For more sentences that can support student engagement, here is the article by Dr. Sandra Love.

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