Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 29, 2019

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Administration will make a decision regarding Thursday attendance by mid-day Wednesday.

8th Grade Graduation Dance Meeting Rescheduled

The eighth grade graduation dance meeting has been rescheduled to February 7th at 9:15 am in the Junior High cafeteria.
Please call Kathy Azzato at ext. 2029 or email azzato@ogschool.org if you plan to attend.

Oak Grove School Featured in LTCI Article

Oak Grove was featured in a recent article produced by the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. This organization is a branch of the Illinois State Board of Education. ILTPP is a program of the Learning Technology Center (LTC), an Illinois State Board of Education organization that supports all public K-12 districts, schools, and educators through technology initiatives, services, and professional learning opportunities that further four main focus areas: digital teaching, learning, and leadership; network and technology infrastructure; student data security and safety; and equity and access. The LTC’s goal is to maximize school districts’ access to technology and enhance districts’ use of technology to improve educational opportunities for the students of Illinois. They visited Oak Grove and met with Dr. Meltzer and Dr. Lemon to discuss our use of technology and our video production room. Please take a minute to read the article here.



Credits will automatically be issued to all students who ordered hot lunch on snow/cold school day closures. Thanks!


The dance is this Saturday, February 2nd, 6:30-9:00 in the Junior High gym and cafeteria. Thank you to everyone who signed up to volunteer to make this dance a success!

Today is the last day to purchase tickets. You don’t want to miss out on this special night. Click the link to purchase tickets.


Calling all 2nd and 3rd graders! Lace up your skates to celebrate the SIP early dismissal on Friday, February 15. Roll on over to "Just For Fun" roller rink in Mundelein, from 1:30-3:30pm. This PTO sponsored free event includes skate rental, pizza and lemonade for each participant. Sign up here by Sunday, February 10.

We need parent volunteers to help monitor the event! Contact Kate Byers to volunteer or with any questions about the event KateGByers@gmail.com.


February 15th is an early dismissal day...we are excited to let you know that the fourth and fifth grade PTO social will be held at Sky Zone in Vernon Hills on Friday, February 15th from 1:30-3:00 pm. This will be a fun afternoon hosted by the PTO. A snack & drink will also be provided. Please click here to RSVP and fill out the waiver. A waiver must be completed in order to participate.

If you have any questions, please contact Dana Huennekens at dlfranz@yahoo.com


February 12th from 6:30-8:30 in the Junior High cafeteria. If you have not already RSVP’d, please do so through this link.

Remember to send in a physical baby picture of your child and mark their name on the back. Please have your daughter give it to her homeroom teacher. Thanks!

Candy Grams

Candy Grams are coming back! Valentine's Day is right around the corner. What better way to share the love than send a friend a candy gram. Grams will be sold at lunch for grades 5-8 starting on February 7th. All grams are $1 each. Fill the gram out with your friend's name and homeroom teacher. We will do the rest of the work for you! All suckers and grams will be delivered to homeroom teachers for distribution on Valentine's Day. Remember, we can only deliver the grams to 5th-8th grade classrooms. If you'd like to purchase one for a younger friend or sibling, send it to yourself in your homeroom and you can personally give it to your friend when you see them. See you in the cafeteria Thursday, February 7th!

Multicultural Night Is Back!

Save the date for Oak Grove's second Multicultural Night on Thursday, April 11, 2019!

Join us for food, entertainment and more as Oak Grove families share the cultures and traditions important to them at this year's Multicultural Night. We invite you to host a booth again or for the first time! Like last year, there are no restrictions!

  • You are welcome to share your cultures and/or traditions regardless of whether your family is new to the U.S. or has been here for many generations.

  • Families are welcome to showcase a region of the U.S.

  • You are welcome to host a booth if you have a particular interest in a country or culture for any reason whatsoever. For instance, last year, the Spanish Club hosted a booth on Columbia and Mrs. Grambo hosted a booth on France. If you wish to share your knowledge and interest with the Oak Grove community, we invite you to do that!

To all the families who participated and attended last year's Multicultural Night, thank you for making the event such a success. It was such an honor to learn and celebrate with you. We hope to build on that momentum and make this year's event even better. After this year, the event will take place every other year so if you are on the fence about participating, take the leap so you don't have to wait 2 years for the next Multicultural Night!!

If you attended last year, are interested in attending, hosting a booth or learning more about hosting a booth, please fill out this survey by February 15th.

In addition to the Multicultural Night, the committee will be running short in-classroom lessons again in grades K-5 focusing on the culture of a different country for each grade. These lessons will take place during the week of April 1st through April 9th. Kindergarten will learn about Brazil; 1st grade: Poland; 2nd grade: China; 3rd grade: India; 4th grade: Nigeria; and 5th grade: Peru.

Like last year, we are hoping to recruit parent volunteers to run the in-class portion of the program. The Multicultural Committee will provide all the materials, as well as instructions walking the parents through exactly what they need to do. Look for the link to Signup Genius in next week's Oak Grove News if you are interested in volunteering in a classroom. This is a great way to support the program if you do not want to take on hosting your own booth at Multicultural Night. You are not limited to your child or children's classroom(s)!

Thanks again to the amazing Oak Grove community for your continued support!

Geography Bee

This year's geography bee was an exciting one! In the end, 5th grader, Andrew Schinler, used his knowledge of Alpine skiing to win by one question in the championship round over 8th grader, Prajna Penmetsa. 6th grader, Gavin Wagner, was the last to exit prior to the championship round making him our 3rd place finisher. A special congratulation goes out to all of our participants: 4th graders; Kushanu Bhattacharya, Ira Chakraborty, Aayushmaan Panda, Aniket Mandal, Hooria Haroon, Mira Shah, and Tanmai Chadalawadat. 5th graders; Aryaman Hati, Shriteja Patil, Shrinidhi Satya Vadanabhatla, Nyl Wagh. 6th grader Asmi Wadehra and 7th graders Husnain Haroon and Mahima Bhattacharya. This was our largest Geo Bee field to date; we are looking forward to even more participation next year!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

I hope everyone is staying warm given our current weather forecast. While we are all huddled up inside, here is an article you might be interested in reading regarding new apps that are on the market. CNN posted 10 new apps that your tween or teen might be using that you are unfamiliar with. It’s a quick read with a brief description of each app followed by a “What Parents Need to Know”. Most of them involve adult content or talking with unidentified strangers so it might be worth taking a quick peep at the list and your child’s device.

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