Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 18, 2021

From Mrs. B. and Mr. Murray

K-4 Risk Watch Program - Oct 28, 2021

Students in grades K-4 will receive three visits this year from the Libertyville Fire Department as part of the Risk Watch program, the first of which will be on Oct. 28 and covering the topic of fire and burn prevention. These brief 30-minute presentations will take place during each grade level’s PE time. The next visit will take place some time after winter break.

Red Ribbon Week 2021

  • Oct. 25 - Red Ribbon Week begins - WEAR RED

  • Oct. 26 - 7th Grade Elyssa’s Mission, You have the power! Wear a SUPERHERO shirt

  • Oct. 27 - Lei off drugs! Wear your HAWAIIAN clothes

  • Oct. 28 - Follow your dreams, don’t do drugs! Wear your PJs

  • Oct. 29 - Let’s team up against drugs! Wear team jerseys, orange and black, or costumes (K-4), parade, and parties K-3

Halloween Parties and Parade

The parade route is planned for the outside track. Any families or community members should plan to spread out along the path, providing as much distance between people as possible. The parade will begin at 1:30 PM. In the case of inclement weather, the parade will be canceled.

Students in grades K-4 who will be participating in wearing costumes, should wear their school appropriate costumes to school. Please do not send face paint or costume accessories to school. Students will not be provided time for changing or adding makeup to faces. Any parents or guardians who do not want their child/ren to participate in Halloween activities should contact the homeroom teacher as soon as possible. Alternative fall-themed activities will be provided in the library for those students who are not participating in the classroom activities. Also, teachers for students in grades 5-8 have communicated with their students about which color (i.e. green, black, white, and orange) the grade is wearing on Oct. 29. Students also have the option to wear team-sport jerseys for Teaming Up Against Drugs on Oct. 29.


The students and staff successfully completed the ALICE Drill this morning. Safety is a top priority at OGS and we appreciate the support of our Lake County Sheriff’s Department in helping us learn how to improve the safety protocols we have in place. In the near future we will complete two more fire drills and one bus drill.

Fall Conference Preference - In-Person or Remote?

Please complete this short survey by October 22 to help us learn more about how much time we should plan to block out for both in-person and virtual conferences.

Virtual Health and Safety Night

Thanks to all of you that were able to attend in real-time. We had over 75 families in attendance!

If you were unable to attend, please take a moment to review the slide deck and/or video recording.

Please take some time to review these important resources to support our children.

Family Letter

Elyssa’s Mission

8th grade Elyssa’s Mission will take place on October 19th

7th grade Elyssa’s Mission will take place on October 26th

BARK has provided OGS a code for their free service: FREE Bark Jr Offer and enter OGSD.

In addition, BARK and the CDC collaborated on this study “linking past online behavior in youth to future events of suicide and self-harm.” The documentary Childhood 2.0 is required viewing for anyone who wants to better understand the world their children are navigating as they grow up in the digital age.

SEL at Oak Grove

The theme for the month of October is creativity

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

Mental Health Minute

October- Mental Health in the Hispanic/Latinx Community

If you need support or are looking to support someone else, please visit Safe2Help Illinois and/or our website for valuable information.

Dates to Keep in Mind

Oct. 25 - 29: Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28: K-4 Risk Watch program

Oct. 29: Gr K-4 Halloween Class Parties and Parade

Nov. 3 (UPDATED): Picture Retakes - Click here to order.

Future Quest Important Update

If your child is attending Future Quest at The Lake County Tech Campus on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 there has been a change in pick up. Due to the large number of students attending, pick up will be at Oak Grove at 7:30 p.m.

Student Council Dance

Dear Sixth Grade Families,

As we keep taking steps to bring back our school activities, we are also bringing back Student Council sponsored events. The sixth grade gets to have a social each year. This year, we will host this event on Friday, October 29 from 3:30 - 5:00 after school.

This event will be outside to accommodate health mitigations - please dress accordingly. We will have a DJ, playground equipment, concessions for sale that include pizza, raffles, and some fun together to kick off the weekend. All students must be masked when inside the building.

The entry to this event costs $5 to cover expenses. You may want to send more money with your student if they choose to eat food or participate in any raffles.

Anyone who needs financial assistance with this event, please contact Jen Barnabee at barnabee@ogschool.org.

We will have teachers as chaperones and one administrator with us. Students need to be picked up at 5:00 pm by the junior high gym doors in the upper parking lot.

We are looking forward to an afternoon of fun outside as a group spending time with friends!

Curriculum Corner

On November 11th, we will be honoring our veterans and service members within the Oak Grove community. As a part of our celebration, we would like to invite families to participate in honoring a veteran and or service member. If you would like to participate, please print this sheet and complete it. Please turn it in to your child's classroom teacher by Friday, November 5th. The information provided will be hung around the school to honor our veterans and service members. More information about our Veteran's Day Celebration will be shared in next week's Oak Grove News.

PTO News

We Are Eagles Contest Winner!

The We Are Eagles Dance Challenge concluded last Friday with a flash mob dance on the Junior High fields and tons of Oak Grove school pride! The Junior High band played pep songs and the Oak Grove Eagle mascot made an appearance, too! If you didn’t see the posts on Friday, check out the PTO Facebook page and the Oak Grove School Facebook page for some fun highlights.

We are very grateful to all who made this event possible: Miss Dugan for choreographing the dance and teaching us all, Dr. Meltzer for being our technology go-to, Mr. Farris for emceeing the day, Mr. Jones and Mr. Frankowski for eagerly jumping in and teaching the band some new tunes, Mrs. Barnabee for all the support and enthusiasm, and Mr. Murray for his school mascot skills! Thank you as well to all the teachers and parents who helped students practice the dance and submit videos. The idea for the dance challenge began last year, and we are so grateful for the village that came together to bring this idea to life. Additional thanks go out to Emily Savino, Laura Reutzel, and Julie Kovach for starting this fun project and to the LHS Dance team for learning and performing the dance as part of the instructional video.

Without further ado the winner is...drumroll please…3rd grade! The 3rd grade won by a landslide with 164 points. 6th grade came in second place with 91 points and 2nd grade came in third place with 57 points. Congratulations 3rd grade-- the PTO will award you with a frozen treat party soon!

Haven House Thanksgiving Meal Service Project

The Community Give Back Committee is excited to announce the first service project opportunity of the year to provide all the makings for a Thanksgiving feast for the residents of Lake County Haven. There are currently 10 residents including two mothers with infants living at the Haven’s Hope and Renewal houses.

Sign up to contribute ingredients and other items using the linked Google Sheet. Items will be collected November 15th-20th at Brooke Schamber's house in Saddle Hill. There will be an area outside for contact free delivery located at 1681 Wilton Court. We also encourage families to include a note, a picture or a hand-made decoration to share Thanksgiving cheer with the residents. For further information about the Haven as well as a variety of additional donation opportunities, please visit their website. If you have questions, please contact Brooke Schamber at (847) 772-3055.

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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