Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 27, 2018

Camp Invention

Camp Invention® is back at OGS for the summer of 2019! Unmask your child’s creativity in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Supercharged, where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imaginations into epic creations. Campers entering grades K-6 will learn creative problem-solving skills while coding and programming futuristic robots, uncovering ancient fossils, designing high-tech superhero gadgets and exploring radio frequencies. Local educators will lead this action-packed program featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Early registration discounts are available. Register and find current promotions at invent.org/camp or call 800.968.4332. Please see the Virtual Backpack flier for more details.

Dental Exams for Kindergarten, 2nd & 6th Grade Students

Dear Kindergarten, 2nd grade, and 6th grade parents/guardians,

A dental examination is required by the state of Illinois for all students in Kindergarten, 2nd, and 6th grade, and must be submitted by May 15th, 2019. The examination must have taken place within the 18 months prior to this date. Please submit exam as soon as possible, or contact the school nurses with any questions.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation


Join your Oak Grove and local community for OAK GROVE SCHOOL ROCKS POST TIME! Enjoy live music from our very own Bradburys, OTR and HenneBerry while raising funds for the Oak Grove School Education Foundation.

January 18, 2019 -- 7:00 PM
Learn more and buy tickets at www.ogsef.org/oak-grove-rocks

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Student Council News

If you ordered from the Maredy "Holiday Wishes" catalog, your orders are in! Smaller orders will be sent home with students this week. If you have a larger order, we will contact you to let you know which office it is available to be picked up in. Again, we thank you for your support. Just over $700 was raised to donate to our charities this year.

New SEL 6th-8th Grade Group

As we told you before the Thanksgiving break, we will be forming a new SEL group for 6th - 8th grade students. The purpose of this group will be to learn how to process our thoughts and feelings in a positive way and have an opportunity to discuss some of our struggles. We will meet after school twice a month in Mrs. Evans' room, #108. Our first meeting is this week on Thursday, November 29th from 3:30-4:15pm. Any questions, please see Mrs. Evans.

PTO News


Oak Grove’s 7th annual Holiday Halls is this Saturday, December 1st from 9am-noon! It’s a day you won’t want to miss, nor will your kids! Tell your friends & check out our fabulous vendors in the Virtual Backpack. Volunteers are still needed for the following: set-up, vendor assistance, gift wrappers, & pancake flippers. Please click on the link below to sign up. If you have any questions, please contact Christine Merrild at cmerrild@msn.com. Events like these would not be possible without your help; thank you so much for participating!



The Elementary Fall Book Fair was a success! This sale earned our school over $1,000 in Scholastic Dollars that helped build our elementary and classroom libraries with new books. It also earned almost $2,000 for the PTO to use towards our school activities. Thank you to everyone that participated. Thank you to all of the parents that volunteered to help. A special thanks to our Book Fair Committee: Jennifer Liu, Mia Hughes, Raabia Khan, Keli Likosar, Sarah Roe, Becky Rynes, Jen Sahagian, Lisa Perrone, and Jennifer Tippett. Interested in joining our Book Fair Committee? Contact Jennifer Liu by email jen_hen@comcast.net


Thank you to everyone that participated in the All For Books Dollar Challenge. Together, we raised $1,376!! This will be donated in Scholastic Dollars to Evelyn Alexander Elementary School in North Chicago to help them grow their library. Congratulations to Mrs. Dunn's 4th grade classroom for raising the most money and winning the classroom shopping spree! Their classroom raised $248! Way to go!


The perfect way to show your appreciation throughout the year. Take a moment to thank your favorite teacher with a lunch of their choice and we will let them know it came from you! Find this option every Thursday at the bottom of your ordering screen. https://marlaslunch.boonli.com/login


With the busy shopping season upon us, please remember to shop at AmazonSmile to support Oak Grove. To select Oak Grove PTO, you must log in to smile.amazon.com and select Oak Grove School District PTO, Inc. as your charity. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the PTO. Thanks for your support!

Band News

Upcoming Band Dates

  • Saturday, Dec. 1st - Choir & 6-8 gr. Instrumentalists perform at Pancake Breakfast
  • Wed., Dec. 5th.- Concert and Beginning Bands Fall Concert, Pat Patt Gym, 6:30 pm
  • Thurs., Dec. 13th - Jazz Café (Jazz Band and Jazz Combo) - JH Cafeteria, 6:30 pm

All band info is posted here: http://ogschoolband.weebly.com/

Beginning Band

Beginning Band students have all gotten underway and should be practicing on page 6 in their Essential Elements books & online. Let's all try to aim for 15 minutes per day.

Everyone needs to activate their child’s E.E.I. account so they may get started using the online interactive tutorials and Karaoke. Emails with instructions were sent home last week. Or: go to this link on the band Web Page : http://ogschoolband.weebly.com/essential-elements-interactive.html

Parents, I will be sending home a letter to give you all the details of your child’s first band concert experience. Until then please be sure to have your son or daughter practice the songs on pages 5-7. With a little effort, we will try to play up to #39 by the concert.

Concert Band

With the concert coming up, please make sure that your student has all the necessary accessories for their instrument. Reeds and valve oil can easily be bought at Libertyville Music. Please make sure your student is continuing to practice at home. We are starting to sound very good and we only want to keep moving forward! Practice builds confidence! Don’t forget to put the December 5th band concert into your calendar.

Symphonic Band

We are starting the new music for the winter concert cycle. The Solo Ensemble is Saturday, Feb. 23rd. If your child takes private lessons, please ask your private teacher for song suggestions.

Jazz Band

Parents, It’s time to look forward to the most fun night of the year!

This year’s Jazz Café will be on Thursday, Dec. 13th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Junior High cafeteria.

This is a relaxed, small setting concert held in the cafeteria with fun music, artistic decorations, and best of all, desserts and coffee! Please save the date and set a reminder on your favorite device! Parents, to make this a special night, please email Mr. Jones at jones@ogschool.org if you can help out in any way such as decorations, baked goods, coffee, etc.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

While the snow is an indication that winter has arrived, we still have four full weeks of school before winter break. That means lots of learning and some additional assessments. Testing dates in December include:

  • December 3rd - 7th will be our mid-year STAR assessments for reading and math, grades 1-8 and Early Literacy for kindergarten.

  • December 17 - 19th will be AIMS testing for math and reading, grades K-8

The first day of winter break starts Monday, December 24th.

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