Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 21, 2017

Smart Watches

Dear Parents and/or Guardians:

It has come to our attention that an increasing number of students are wearing “smart watches” to school each day. We have no issue with them doing so. However, many of these watches do have the capability of sending texts and/or making phone calls.


District policy prohibits students from having their cell phones on their person during the school day, which would prevent this from happening. However, the advent of this technology on a watch opens up a new opportunity.


We are asking for your support and cooperation by not texting or calling your sons/daughters on their “smart watches” during the school day. We do not want to “ban” smart watches, as some other districts have done. We just ask that they are not used to text or make phone calls during the school hours.


If you have any concerns, or questions, please feel to contact Dr. Lemon or Mr. Fenton at (847) 367-4120. Thank you.

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PTO News

Fannie May Candy Sales

The Oak Grove PTO Spring Fannie May Candy fundraiser is going on again this year. Order forms are due no later than February 24th. Return the white and yellow copies of the order form with your payment. All orders will be shipped directly to your home the week of March 20th. Fannie May will be giving away free candy to those with the highest sales. Please contact Cristina Buelow at 224-430-3295 or Carlene Lichter at 847-816-3925 with any questions.


Mother/Son Dance

Wednesday is the last day to purchase tickets for the Mother/Son dance, Saturday, February 25th from 6:30-8:30 PM. Click here to purchase your tickets.


Ice Cream Socials

The 3rd grade Open House & Ice Cream Social is this Thursday night. Once again, the frozen treats will be complimentary, courtesy of the PTO. We will have two frozen treats to choose from. The ingredients of the treats will be emailed prior to each Open House night.


Kiddo's Hot Lunch
Just a reminder, ordering is now open for the rest of the school year. Orders are due by 11am on Monday for the following week. Visit www.kiddoscatering.com. Thanks for your support.

5th Grade Guys Night Out

  • Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30PM in the Elementary Cafeteria
  • Please RSVP with the name of your 5th grader and Dad/Important Male by February 27 to jkwillis@sbcglobal.net

Curriculum Corner

We are looking for creative problem solvers who can work in a team. The mission? Operation Space Makers will take your child out of this world to locate and prepare a new planet for human habitation. Mission Control sends teams challenges to design inventions that transform the atmosphere, terrain and ecosystem of an exoplanet. They set up a Space Lab to hatch eggs and grow crystal trees. Take on the jobs of tomorrow and explore beyond our galaxy. To see the other activities we’ll be doing at Camp Invention June 12-16, click here. Early registration specials for the month of February are ending soon. Please see the flyer in the virtual backpack for additional details or go to the Camp Invention website: www.campinvention.org


Would you be interested in having your child participate in this camp if there was an Extended Day option? Please click here to record your interest. Extended day options may be available based on parent need.


5th Graders Serve Others in Honor of MLK, Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., fifth graders were inspired to serve our community this past month. They collaborated in small groups and choose which organizations and/or parts of the community to help. With minimal support from parents and teachers, our fifth graders served our community by participating in the following:


  • donated books to Peggy Coleman’s “Little Free Library” in Mundelein
  • created valentines for Safe Haven of Lake County
  • participated in Feed My Starving Children
  • created a care package for naval officer Alberto Espinoza
  • donated used sporting equipment to raise money for GLASA
  • collected various items and made homemade dog biscuits and blankets for Orphans of the Storm
  • cleaned up Adler Park
  • interacted with residents at the Libertyville Manor
  • improved the environment at the Wilmot Woods Preserve


These service projects have motivated many of our fifth graders to continue to serve others throughout the school year and hopefully for years to come. The teachers want to thank the parents who contributed to this success as well. We are so proud of our students who volunteered their time and participated by donating various items. As Martin Luther King once said, “Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.”

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