Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 11, 2019

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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

The first of the four areas of the new Social Science content standards is Civics. The civics concepts include:

  • Civic and Political Institutions

  • Participation and Deliberation: Applying Civic Virtues and Democratic Principles

  • Processes, Rules and Laws


While these are K-12 themes, they look different across the grades. For example, in kindergarten that would look like “explaining the need and purpose of rules in various settings, inside and outside of school.” In fourth grade, that would look like, “explaining how groups of people make rules to protect freedoms.” And in middle school, it evolves into, “explaining the origins, functions, and structure of government with reference to the U.S. Constitution, the Illinois Constitution and other systems of government.”


Over the next three Curriculum Corners, there will be a more in-depth look at another area of study within the new standards. For more information, feel free to use the direct link to the Illinois Social Science Standards or the link to the ISBE page with Social Science Resources.

Camp Invention

Camp Invention is back at Oak Grove in the summer of 2020! Let your child’s imagination soar with exciting STEM activities that build confidence and creative-thinking skills. The all-new program, Elevate, will be held at Oak Grove June 15-19, 2020. Secure a spot using D25CAMP to save $25 at invent.org/camp. Programming options are available for children grades K-6, as well as leadership opportunities for children 7th grade and older. See our flyer in the virtual backpack for more details!

PTO News

All for Books!

Classroom Dollar Challenge starts TODAY! Bring in your extra dollars to help build the library of Reading Power, Inc. The most giving classroom wins a Book Fair shopping spree!


The Jr. High Book Fair is This Week!

Book Fair Hours: Monday 11/11 After Veteran’s Day Celebration-3:30, Tuesday-Thursday (11/12-11/14) 8:30-3:30, and Friday 11/15 8:30-1:00


The Elementary Book Fair is Coming!

Book Fair Hours: November 19th-21st 8:15-3:30, November 22nd 8:15-3:00, and Family Night November 20th 6:00-8:00


Go cash free with EWALLET! We are offering a new, cash free payment option called EWALLET making it easier for kids to buy books. To set up your account, visit our Oak Grove Book Fair site: https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/ogs. Additional information can also be found in the virtual backpack.


Holiday Halls – Saturday, December 7th from 9am–Noon in Jr. High Entrance Save the date for our 8th Annual Holiday Halls! Only 4 weeks and counting; a fun family event for all ages! New and returning vendors you won’t want to miss! Please see the Virtual Backpack for more details.


Holiday Halls – Volunteers Needed, Students and Parents

Our Holiday Halls event would not be possible without the help of student and parent volunteers. Please consider signing up for one of our volunteer spots on Friday night or Saturday during the event. Please click on the link below to sign up. Events like these would not be possible without your help, thank-you so much for participating!

2019 Oak Grove PTO Holiday Halls Volunteer Link


Daddy Daughter Dance

We are in need of crafty, creative volunteers to help on the decorations committee for this dance. You do not need to be in charge of all decorations, rather help us with some ideas we have brainstormed. Also, if you have any items related to our theme “Dancing Through the Decades,” please consider loaning them to our dance committees so we can use them as props/decorations. If this is something you’d like to help with, please contact Melissa Sallman (melissagroner@hotmail.com) or Shannon Bilcox (Shannon.bilcox@gmail.com) for more information.

Team Green - Recycling Tip

Winter is coming! The next several tips will help you improve the energy efficiency of your home. Tip #1 - The recommended heat setting for maximum efficiency is 68 degrees F when people are home. At night and when the house is empty, decreasing the temperature 7-10 degrees can save up to 10% in energy bills. Consider purchasing a smart thermostat to improve energy efficiency.


Jumped into our First Assembly!

Our first PTO assembly with the Rope Warrior was a big crowd pleaser for grades K-8! A huge thank you to Shellie Fahy for coordinating!

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PT Conference Maker to open at noon on 11/15.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on 11/25 from 1 to 8 p.m. and on 11/26 from 8 a.m. to noon. Parents will all receive the PT ConferenceMaker URL and login information for each student on the morning of Friday, November 15; this email is already scheduled to go out.


Starting at noon on Friday, parents will be able to log into PT Conference Maker to begin booking conferences. All conferences are created on a first-come, first-served basis.


Please check your email on the morning of 11/15 for PT ConferenceMaker login information.

Multicultural Committee

The November 13th meeting has been canceled. We will have our next meeting on Wednesday, December 11th at 9:00 am in the elementary library!

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St. Mary Road Closure

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) will be closing St. Mary’s Road to through traffic from Illinois Route 137 to Illinois Route 176. The closure will begin at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, November 19 and is scheduled to reopen by late afternoon on Wednesday, November 20. The closure is necessary to replace a large deteriorated cross-road culvert.


Local traffic will be allowed from IL 137 south to Thornbury Lane/Greenbriar Drive and from IL 176 north to Minard Lane. The railroad crossing will be closed to all traffic.

Detour Route: Illinois Route 137 to Illinois Route 21 to Illinois Route 176.

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