Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 21, 2020

Physical Exams/Immunizations for Kindergarten & 6th Grade Students

Dear Kindergarten and 6th grade parents/guardians,

The Illinois State School Code Health Law, Section 665, requires that a child have a complete physical examination, including mandated immunizations, upon entrance into kindergarten and 6th grade,and must be submitted by October 15th, 2020. The examination must have taken place after 8/21/2019, and required immunizations must be completed. Failure to submit these required documents may result in school exclusion. Please submit the exam as soon as possible, or contact the school nurses with any questions.

Curriculum Corner

Last week I shared tips to keep moving even while we are bound to our computers all day. Another practice to implement while spending a lot of time on our computers & iPads is reducing the strain on our eyes. Did you know that people are less likely to blink when looking at a screen than when looking into the world or reading paper? That lack of blinking really dries out our eyes and causes undue strain on this very powerful organ. It’s also interesting to note that our eyes have to work harder to look at something close up rather than far away!

Here are some tips for your students to help maintain good eye care during this unique learning experience:

  • Reduce the intensity of the brightness on your screen; not only will it help conserve the battery, it will also reduce the strain on the eyeballs.

  • Try to remember to blink. Blinking frequently, using eye drops, or if at home using a humidifier to add moisture to the air will help maintain proper eye moisture.

  • Give your eyeballs a break by remembering the 20-20-20 Rule:
    Take a 20 second break, Every 20 minutes, By looking at something 20 feet away
    (Thank you American Optometric Association for this quick tip.)

School Board Member Election

Four seats on the seven member Oak Grove School Board of Education will be filled at the April 6 election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April of 2025. The seats expiring are currently filled by Cathie DeMoon, Jon Baffico, Krysia Ressler, and Jennifer Manski.

Residents interested in running for the Board can pick up a petition packet at the Lake County Clerk’s office at 18 N. County Street in Waukegan.

The following are important election dates to remember:

September 22, 2020 PETITION CIRCULATION: First day for school board candidates to circulate nominating petitions.

December 14, 2020 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION CANDIDATE FILING: Candidate filing period begins; first day for candidates to file their original nominating petitions, statement of candidacy, and receipt of filing of Statement of Economic Interests, to the office of county clerk or county board of election commissioners.

December 21, 2020 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION CANDIDATE FILING: Candidate filing period ends.

December 29, 2020 OBJECTIONS: Last day to file objections to nominating petitions.

December 30, 2020 BALLOT PLACEMENT LOTTERY: Last day for ballot placement lottery, held by the county clerk for the first and last spots on the ballot if multiple candidates’ papers are filed simultaneously in the first and last hours of the filing period.

January 28, 2021 WITHDRAWAL OF CANDIDACY: Last day candidate may file Withdrawal of Candidacy

February 4, 2021 WRITE-IN CANDIDATES: Last day to file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate

April 6, 2021 CONSOLIDATED ELECTION: Polls open 6am to 7pm

Elections are nonpartisan and Board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a School Board, please click here.

Fall TAG Advisory Council Window

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, we will be holding our fall session of the 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 Monday, October 5th for consideration at the fall Advisory Council meeting. Parents will be notified via email regarding the final committee decisions.

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

PTO News

Soaring Eagles Virtual 5k - Last Week to Register

There’s one week left to register for the Soaring Eagles Virtual 5k taking place the weekend of October 23-25! Registered participants will receive a dry-fit t-shirt and race medal. There are still 5 weeks left to enjoy the nice weather and to set goals with your family. You can choose to run, jog, walk or even skip the 5k, but if you need some training inspiration, check out this “Couch to 5k” training plan by Runner’s World magazine.

In the upcoming weeks we’d love to share some 5k routes around our great community. Please send your favorites to Kate Byers (kateGbyers@gmail.com) and you may see your route highlighted in the OG News or on the Facebook event page that will be created soon.

Registration for individuals is $20 and families of up to 6 immediate family members can register for $100. Register HERE .

Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Kate Byers at KateGByers@gmail.com for more details.

Spirit Wear Order Pickup

Sports 11 is beginning to call people when their orders are ready for pickup. If you did not get a call, your order is not ready yet. Once you do get the call, please pick up your order as quickly as possible at Sports 11 (838 S. Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. Please contact Courtney Johnston at johnstoncourtneyr@gmail.com with any questions.

Amazon Smile

It is now easier than ever to donate to the PTO! When using the Amazon app, go to Programs & Features and select Amazon Smile. Make sure the Oak Grove School District PTO is selected as your charity of choice, and that your phone/iPad (device using app) is turned “ON”. Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase to the Oak Grove PTO at no cost to you!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Leave your mark at Oak Grove by including an inscribed paver on the playground! Whether you are an Eagle@Home or an Eagle@School, celebrate this unique year through a lasting message. Proceeds fund the Oak Grove School Education Foundation and support teachers ideas to differentiate curriculum. Visit our website at http://www.ogsef.org and place your order today! Campaign runs September 23 - October 21.

Oak Grove Virtual Choir


The Oak Grove Choirs are going to begin next week (the week of Sept. 28). This year will look a little different because we will be rehearsing virtually (not in person). We will learn music through Google Meets and then the students will record themselves individually. The recordings will be combined to form a virtual choir. The more students we have involved, the better the recordings will be! Anyone interested in joining should attend the first google meet next week.

The Junior High Choir (Grades 6,7,8) will meet on Tuesdays from 3:30-4pm and the 4th and 5th Grade choir will meet on Thursdays from 3:30-4pm. The google meet code will be: OGChoir. I look forward to seeing you next week! Let me know if you have any questions!

Mr. Farris


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