Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 25, 2019

Up in Smoke: A Vaping Presentation, Co-Hosted by Districts 68, 73 and 128

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Mr. Fenton Reads at Cook Memorial Library

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Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 7 from 1 to 8 pm. All parents will receive an email reminder with the student number and password needed to schedule a conference.

Conference sign-ups are on a first come, first served basis. The online registration period is from 8 am on 2/28 to noon on 3/6.

You can access the PT ConferenceMaker from the "For Parents" menu on our homepage. The link will also be provided in the email reminder that gets sent home.


6th & 7th Grade Social

Attention families of grade 6 & 7 students:

There is no school on March 7th (parent/teacher conferences). We are excited to let you know that the sixth and seventh grade PTO social will be held at Sky Zone in Vernon Hills on Thursday, March 7th from 10:30 am to noon. This free event will be a fun afternoon hosted by the PTO. Skinny Pop and water provided. Please visit this page to RSVP and fill out a waiver by March 4th!

Photos, Photos, Photos!

Please share your OGS related pictures from this school year for use in the PTO calendar. All school related events are welcome. Sports teams, class parties, dances, classroom activities, etc. When uploading, please comment on the picture with your child's grade and school event, if possible. Save the link and feel free to upload throughout the remainder of the school year. Thank you for sharing your 2018-2019 memories!


First & Third Grade Open House

The first and third grade Open House is on Wednesday, February 27, from 6:30pm-7:30pm. The PTO will be providing complimentary frozen treats in the elementary cafeteria. The ingredients and allergy information will be provided near the treats. There will also be a non-dairy option. This year there will be some Oak Grove spirit items available for purchase.

Mother/Son Dance

Howdy pardners! As you know, the Mother/Son dance was this past Saturday and went off without a hitch! The boys and their moms line-danced the night away with Lindsay Lee and DJ Megan, got hauled off to jail, and enjoyed the starry night with a cozy fire in the gym. But who can forget the hilarious Magic by Randy, yummy chow, and raffle prizes in the cafeteria? A very special thanks to Sarah Roe for co-chairing this event with Lynsey Wolfe and to Linda Ford, Laura Reutzel, and Lindsay Casey for which none of this could have been done without. Thank you also to Erica Verma, Sean Verma, Carrie Seibert, Heath Seibert, Julie Kovach, Jamie Evens, Liz Howard, Beth Koopman, Amy Carstens, Ashleigh Grambo, Kathy Bailor, Ashley Miller, Sarah Gotlund, Emily Savino, Elizabeth O'Neill, Kim Rihman, Sylivia Siwinski, Jaime Cotts, Christine Max, Monique Soon, Shellie Fahy, Kelli Likosar, Brian Likosar, John Servacious, Raquel Teixeira, Josh Wolfe, Dave Pawlowski, Ab Krohne, Paul Siwinski, Darry Moodley, Andrew Yarc, Molly Lyon, Natalie Schlitt, Pete Cerwin, Joe Dobryznski, Karen McConnell, Juliana Furlong and all of the Oak Grove custodians especially Brian Plasky for all of your help throughout this process. Please forgive me if I missed you on this list - every last one of you made this event the success that it was. A special thank you to Ace Hardware of Libertyville and Hansa Coffee Roasters for their donations to the event.

If your son did not get his Oak Grove "buff" party favor, please email lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com with your son's name and teacher and we'll be sure to get it to him.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again!

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Preschool Screening

Preschool screening will be held for students who are three or four years of age and live in the Oak Grove School District. The screening will examine a child's proficiency in speech/language and motor development, as well as assess pre-academic skills. Parents with questions or concerns about their child's development may schedule an appointment by contacting Julie Waehner at (847) 367-4120.

What: Preschool Screening

When: Wednesday, March 6th 12:30-3:30 pm

Where: Oak Grove School Elementary Office

The screening takes approximately an hour.

(This screening is not the screening for students who will enter Kindergarten in August.)

Candy Donations Needed for "The Little Mermaid, Jr."

Thank you very much for concessions donated thus far to sell during “The Little Mermaid” performances! We are still in need of the following items that we can sell at the concession stand: cases of water bottles and boxes of candy (Skittles, Starburst, fruit snacks, Air Heads), full sized candy bars (Hershey’s, Kit Kat, Snicker’s, Twix), cookies, ring pops, chips or pretzels. If you are willing to donate something, please email or text Reyanne (rdolphin8@hotmail.com; 847-942-8959) so we can keep track of what we have to sell. Please drop off your donation by Wednesday, February 27th. Items can be left in the bin on Reyanne's front porch (1075 Sunrise Road).

All proceeds go back to the production costs.

Thanks for your help!

Reyanne Berner and Barb Davoux

Concession Co-Chairs

Carmel Math Contest

On Saturday, February 23, ten 7th and 8th grade mathematicians participated in the annual Carmel Math Contest. Eighth grade participants were Sean Heard, Paige Regan, Jorge Moya, Matthew Berner and David Joseph. Seventh grade participants were Eric Vu, Cameron Huang, Vanessa Zhang, Aditi Nair and Kyle Li. Although neither team placed in the top two in their division, Eric Vu placed second for individual honors in Division A.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Spring is coming and so is testing season:

  • Testing season starts next week with the CogAT assessment in grades 3 & 5 on March 4th, 5th, and 6th. CogAT stands for Cognitive Abilities Test. This is a three-part test that assesses a student's Quantitative, Verbal and Nonverbal aptitude and results of this assessment are used in TAG placement decisions. Mrs. Melamed will be coordinating make-ups for those students who are absent.

  • The next assessment scheduled is the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) for students in grades 5 & 8 on March 12th. This is the fourth year for the updated science assessment since the implementation of the revised science standards. Make-ups will take place later that same week.

  • When we return from spring break, students will have a week to get back into the school routine and then the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly called PARCC) testing begins. Students in grades 3 through 8 will need working headphones for the audio portion of the English - language arts assessments. April 8th-12th with make-up testing occurring April 15th-18th.

    IAR/PARCC preparation is important. The computer interface is more complex than other digital tests students have done during STAR, ISA or CogAT testing. For practice with this more complex interface, students can take the PARCC practice tests for both ELA and Math at https://parcc.pearson.com/practice-tests. The purpose of the practice tests are not what score a student obtains, but more for gaining a better understanding of the more complex PARCC testing interface as well as the test taking tools that are offered on the tests. Students are encouraged to take the tests at and around their grade level.

  • Lastly, we encourage students to get a good night sleep prior to their testing dates, eat a nutritious breakfast, and to get to school on time! Thank you for your support at home.

Virtual Backpack

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Oak Grove School Board of Education

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