Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 28, 2016

16-17 Class Placement Input

Creating balanced class lists that meet the needs of all students is a tremendously difficult job that takes many hours of thoughtful dialogue between classroom teachers, specials area teachers, specialists and the principal. We at Oak Grove take this process very seriously.

We welcome any insight you wish to share about your child. We will take into consideration pertinent information about your child’s learning style and needs received in writing on or before Friday, May 6th, 2016. While we welcome your input, specific teacher requests will not be honored. Please send your input to me by email at fenton@ogschool.org.

The following describes the process for creating balanced class lists:

  • Classroom teachers consider the social-emotional and academic needs of each student

  • Parent input is considered

  • Grade level teams collaborate to form draft class lists that are balanced in terms of the academic, social and emotional needs as well as considering friendships and other factors

  • Specialist Team members (social worker, speech, special education, etc.), the Fine Arts Team (Art, Music, P.E.) and the principal provide input as well during this process

  • Class lists are finalized in August due to account for summer movement. We cannot make changes once this process occurs, as moving one child can disrupt the balance of a class, impacting all students

We strongly believe that this detailed and collaborative process creates learning environments that benefit all students. It is a delicate balancing act which takes much consideration and thought by professionals who know and care about your children.

8th Grade Students

8th grade students going to LHS-

On April 6, 2016 Visual Image Photography will be here at Oak Grove School taking LHS Freshmen ID photos during study hall and lunch.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Once again, Lake Bluff School District has partnered with Educational Solutions Northwest to offer an exciting summer math program and has extended the invitation to our Oak Grove students. Enthusiastic teachers have teamed up to teach math concepts through active learning experiences. Each morning student groups will rotate through three engaging math activities planned and led by teams of math teachers. The activities will lead to a deep understanding of math practices and build your child’s confidence and success with mathematics. Special emphasis will be placed on establishing a community of learners in which every student is supported and successful. This is not a remedial class; it is an opportunity to learn math concepts in active and fun ways.

Who: Incoming 2nd through 8th graders

When: Monday through Thursday, June 13th-July 7th (4 weeks)

Time: 8:15 am - 12:15 pm

Where: Lake Bluff School District

Early bird registration: Due by May 15th, $399 includes daily snacks

Cost after early bird registration: May 16th and later, $499 includes daily snacks

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Kevin Rubenstein at Lake Bluff School District 253-219-8779 or krubenstein@lb65.org and please see the registration form in the virtual backpack.

Spelling Bee News

Seventh grader Allie Parker, our school and regional spelling bee winner, went to the Lake County competition to represent Oak Grove School. On March 17th, Allie spelled "empanada", "flense", "karaoke", and "glasnost" correct to come in 8th place in the county. Congratulations to Allie on her big achievement!

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Join OGS at Culvers on April 5th!

Join your OGS community on April 5th between 5 PM and 8 PM at the Culvers on Park Ave. (Rt.176) for dinner and a little fundraising. A percentage of the proceeds for ALL sales during this timeframe will benefit the Oak Grove School Education Foundation at no additional cost to you, so please be sure to tell all your friends and neighbors! After practice or homework – or just to take a break from the kitchen – bring the family by! You will probably recognize some of the faces delivering your food!

PTO News

March 14, 2016

A Message from PTO Co-Presidents Lisa Perrone and Mia Hughes:

Lunches this week:

Monday – Quesadilla/Hot Dog

Tuesday – Panera

Wednesday – Pasta

Thursday – Panda Express

The Elementary Book Fair starts April 19th and runs through April 22nd. This will be a BOGO fair geared toward K-7th students and their families. Everything at the fair will be "buy one, get one free." We will also be holding a special evening “Family Event.” Look for the Book Fair schedule in next weeks newsletter. As always, all profits benefit the Elementary Library, classrooms, and the PTO. Hope to see everyone there!!

Variety Show - April 29th 4:00 & 7:30

Variety Show Tickets:

(Go to RevTrek and click on PTO )


Variety Show DVDs:


Golf Tryouts

Attention 7th and 8th grade boys and girls interested in golf,

Tryouts will be next Thursday at the Libertyville Sports Complex from 4:00-5:00. Golf meets once a week on Thursdays at Heather Ridge in Gurnee. If you are interested in trying out, contact Mr. Oesch.

Intramural Basketball

Intramural basketball for boys and girls in grades 4-5 will start on Monday, April 11th.
Students will meet on the following dates:

April 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th and 27th

May 2nd and 4th

4-5 intramural basketball will be held in the Patt Gym from 3:30-4:30.
Parents must pick up students at 4:30. Students will be given the chance to work on basic basketball fundamentals and play some full court pick up games. Payment must be made prior to participation and made using RevTrak via ogschool.org.

Track and Field 2016 Season Begins Today!

Who: 6th-8th grade boys and girls - No cuts :)

When: March 28th - May 21st

Practice: 4 Days/Week, 3:30 - 4:30 PM, Junior High Cafeteria

Coaches: Mrs. Edelson, Ms. Castro, Mr. Russert

Email Coach Edelson with any questions: edelson@ogschool.org

You must have a current physical on file in order to participate.

*Parent meeting Thursday, March 31, 5:00-5:15 PM, Junior High Cafeteria*

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