Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 28, 2016

P/T Conference Make-ups:

If you were unable to meet with your student’s teachers last week during the designated days, and still wish to have a conference, the District asks that you contact them as soon as possible. We strongly recommend that you make arrangements with teachers this week to schedule your make up conference. It is our goal to have all conferences completed by the end of this week, if possible. Thank you.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Beginning the week of December 5th, students will take part in the winter STAR assessment. Our window for winter testing will conclude December 16th. The STAR assessment is a computer-adaptive assessment, adjusting the difficulty of the test based on a child's previous responses.

Students in kindergarten will take the Early Literacy Test. In grades 1-8, students will take the Reading and Math STAR assessments. Results will be shared with parents in the weeks following the conclusion of the testing window.

In order to prepare your child for these assessments, we know you will encourage your child to do his or her best on testing dates. A good night's rest, a healthy breakfast and arriving on time for school are also important to help students do their best.

Additional information related to the STAR assessment can be found on the district website, under 'About' and 'Curriculum & Instruction'. Then, select 'Assessment Information' along the left side. On this webpage, you will find two links with information about the STAR assessment.

Student Council News

Save the Date! The Student Council will be hosting a dance for all 6th-8th grade students on Friday, December 16. It will be right after school from 3:20-5:00. Admission to the dance is an unwrapped gift for our Toys for Tots collection or a $10 donation to Toys for Tots. Concessions will be available for purchase. More news to come!

Volunteers Needed for 6th Grade Field Trip

We are still in need of volunteer chaperones for the sixth grade field trip on Friday, December 16, 2016 to Feed My Starving Children.

Please contact Mrs. Klunder at klunder@ogschool.org with any questions or volunteering availability.

Chess Club

The game of chess is both magical and fun. We will provide professional instruction, chess puzzles, game playing and more. A team of United States Chess Federation certified instructors from Chess-Ed will provide this exciting program. The class will be held on Wednesday afternoons 3:30-4:30 and run from November 30, 2016 through February 15, 2017. Instruction will include the basics for the beginning player and then move through opening game theory, middle game combinations and ideas, plus endgame patterns for the continuing and advanced player. Beginners are always welcome. This is a parent paid fee-based program. Register TODAY at: www.oakgrovechess.eventbee.com

PTO News

Holiday Halls/Pancake Breakfast - VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED!

This Saturday, December 3rd from 9am-12pm, the Oak Grove Junior High gym and cafeteria will be transformed into holiday halls for breakfast & shopping for you and your children. The children's shopping area has gifts for the kids to buy their loved ones. Please note: CASH ONLY for kids shopping and the pancake breakfast. More information about the event and associated vendors can be found in the Virtual backpack. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net or Shannon Bilcox at Shannon.bilcox@gmail.com or Jennifer Pasternak jenniferpasternak@yahoo.com

What She Wants Boutique

From December 5th through the 10th, please stop by What She Wants Boutique located at 200 West Golf Road, in Libertyville (inside the Advocate Condell Centre Club). They will be donating 15% of sales back to the PTO. Just mention Oak Grove at checkout. Store hours are Mon-Sat. 9-2pm, Tues 4-7. The store offers a nice variety of clothes and other gifts not found anywhere else.

Conference Dinner

The PTO hosts a dinner for our wonderful teachers during conferences. Thank you to Beth Williams, Joanie Sauers & Kim Konigseder for coordinating the dinner. Also thank you to all our wonderful bakers for bringing in treats.


Just a reminder to keep ordering your lunches from Kiddo's catering. Orders are due by Monday 11AM for the following week. More menu options have been added so check out their site if you haven't visiting recently. www.kiddoscatering.com

Book Fair

Another successful Book Fair completed! These events could not be as successful without the help of our parent volunteers! Thank you to everyone who volunteered. By having $13,383 in sales, we were able to give $450 in free books to our library and teachers. We were also able to raise almost $3,000 for the Oak Grove PTO. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our Fall Book Fair. Mark your calendars for our next "Buy ONE, Get ONE Free" Book Fair on April 25th-28th.

All for Books Coin Challenge

WOW!! Our K-4th students are AMAZING!! They were able to raise almost $2300 during the All For Books Coin Challenge! Because of your generosity, Shiloh Park Elementary, in Zion, will be getting $2300 for much needed books to add to their library. Thank you so much to everyone that donated.

CONGRATULATIONS to our winning class!! Mrs. Moroz's class won the Book Fair Shopping Spree by raising $261.71! Here are the results from our collection...

  • Moroz- $261.71
  • Koehler- $223.92
  • Seveska- $202.82
  • Dugan- $186.92
  • Henneberry $166.87
  • McCarty- $160.64
  • Flores $144.52
  • W.Miller- $104.75
  • Saia- $96.45
  • Dunn- $87.92
  • A. Miller- $85.79
  • Brown- $81.88
  • Alghini- $80.80
  • Poladian- $80.59
  • Poore- $76.80
  • Schmidt- $$74.33
  • Mackinnon- $50.65
  • Sweeney- $48.33
  • Rigali- $40.17
  • Sonshine/Watrous- $28.53
  • Watrous- $4.80
  • Book Fair collection- $9.74
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Deadline to Purchase Autographed Books by Mr. Biedrzycki

The deadline is quickly approaching to order personalized and autographed books from Monarch Award winner David Biedrzycki! Order before November 29 to meet the deadline. Please attach cash or a check payable to David Biedrzycki to your order form.

The order form was sent home with your child the week of November 14-18. It is also available in the virtual backpack and here!

Questions? Contact Mrs. Rappaport rappaport@ogschool.org

Baby and Toddler Supplies Needed

Dear Oak Grove families,
Lyann Tam and Paige Vang are hosting an Aid for Women Christmas drive. This drive is collecting supplies for women who find themselves facing unexpected and difficult pregnancies or women who need extra help in providing for their toddlers and infants. They are collecting any baby or toddler supplies. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade are having a competition to see who can bring in their 17 items first. A box will be in the junior high office for all parents to bring in any donations. The donation box will be available from December 5th to December 22. Some examples of things you could bring in are baby wipes, baby spoons, baby blankets, toddler coloring books, Walmart gift cards, size 3, 4, 5 or 6 disposable diapers, baby wash/shampoo/lotion, sippy cups, baby bottles, and baby food or cereal. They welcome new or gently used donations and everything helps! Please donate this holiday season to help those in need.

"Feed My Starving Children" Reminder

Oak Grove School, the PTO, and our local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts come together to volunteer their time on Friday, December 9th to Feed My Starving Children. We currently have 17 open spots left. If you would like to sign up, please

register online at www.fmsc.org. Click on “Get Involved" in the upper right corner of the website, then select “Volunteer now,” click "View permanent site events.” Enter “Join Code” 864246 and click the “Search” button. Check the box to accept FMSC’s guidelines and click “Confirm.” If you have previously volunteered at FMSC login using your Email address and Password. If this is your first time, click on “Create an Account."

Important note - when signing up, you need to register yourself first, then select “Add Members Names” from your confirmation page to register everyone else from your family that will be attending. If you have already registered and find that you can no longer attend, please remember to cancel your reservation.

Toys for Tots

Oak Grove School is proud to participate again in the "Toys for Tots" program through the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. Toys for boys and girls, ages 1-12 yrs, will be collected outside both the Elementary and Junior High offices until December 16.

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