Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ December 17, 2018

Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the entire faculty and staff of Oak Grove, I'd like to wish everyone a "Happy Holidays" as we enter our break. The first half of the year has flown by! We have had a great year at "The Grove" and want to thank you for entrusting us with your children on a daily basis and for all the support you give to our school and students. Enjoy your break, spend quality time with your family and friends, and we look forward to seeing the students when they return on January 7th. Have a GREAT week!

Early Library Hours Canceled on 12/20

Early Library Hours will be canceled on Thursday, December 20 due to the annual staff breakfast.

Happy Holidays!

Children’s Book Drive

Clean out those bookshelves and donate any new or gently used children’s books!

The fourth graders will be leading Oak Grove School in a book drive for Bernie’s Book Bank. This project will culminate in a field trip to volunteer at the book bank. The collection will take place from January 7 - January 25. Collection bins will be placed by both offices. Help us reach our goal of collecting 1500 books! See the flyer in the virtual backpack for more details.

K-1st Grade - Social Outing Reminder

K-1 students, don't forget, you are invited to join us on Wednesday, January 16th (early dismissal day) at 1:30 pm at the Libertyville Sports Complex for an afternoon of fun activities including a challenge course, gaga ball, and much more. A snack and water will also be provided. This event is FREE!

To join us, RSVP here & fill out the Sports Complex waiver by Jan. 14 .

If you would like to volunteer to help with the various game stations as well as the snack station and check-in/pick-up, please sign up here.

Please contact Melissa Sallmann: melissagroner@hotmail.com with any questions.

Important Tech Reminders for Winter Break

Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Parents

The tech department will be updating policies and performing routine maintenance on all student issued iPads over winter break.

All iPads must remain at school for winter break for updates to take place.

Parents and Guardians of Laptop Users

Students are not required to leave their devices at school for winter break. Please be aware though when you are making vacation plans, school issued laptops are not permitted to travel.

If you have any questions, please email the OGS tech team at ogstech@ogschool.org.

Thank you!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation News

Oak Grove Rocks – January 18th!

Join your Oak Grove School 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

Oak Grove School Geography Bee

Geography Bee will be held on January 23rd at 6:00pm in the Junior High Learning Center.

Visit Mr. Henneberry’s website for registration and preparation activities.


Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Winter break is almost here but that doesn’t mean the learning needs to take a break too! Here is a list of fun things your kids can do to keep their mind busy while they are away from school. Have a safe and happy vacation.

  1. Cut paper snowflakes

  2. Do the ivory soap experiment

  3. Do a puzzle bigger than you’ve ever done before

  4. Make a lava lamp

  5. Conduct an end of the year interview

  6. Snuggle on the couch and read a book together

You Be The Chemist Challenge (YBTCC) - OGS Science Club

Club members will meet twice a month from 3:30 - 5:00 in Room 305

Meeting Dates:


1/25 (Qualifying Exam)





Local Competition will take place 2/16 - 3/24 (Exact Date TBD)

State Competition April 6 (Top 3 from Local move on)

The You Be The Chemist Challenge® is an interactive academic contest that encourages students in grades 5-8 to explore chemistry concepts and their real-world applications. The Challenge provides a unique opportunity for a variety of individuals and organizations—including schools, members of the chemical industry, educators, and other community partners—to come together and show their support for STEM education. The club is open to 5th-8th grade students at Oak Grove. All club members must take the qualifying exam. The top 2-3 students will be chosen as the representatives to compete in the local competition in late February or early March.

Click here to visit the YBTCC website for more information


Who: 7th and 8th Grade Boys

When: Tues, Jan 8 and Wed, Jan 9

After School 3:30-5:30 PM

Where: Elementary (Patt) Gym

8 Week Season: Jan 8th - Feb 27th

Cuts: One 7th and 8th grade team will be formed with 12 boys per team. Teams will be announced on the last day of tryouts. Check OGS website calendar for game dates in January/February. No prior experience necessary. Wear athletic clothing and shoes. Kneepads recommended.

*All athletes must have a current physical on file*

Contact Coach Anna Edelson or Coach David Izenstark with Questions

PTO News

Morning Volunteers Needed December 20th

The PTO is looking for a few volunteers to cover staff before school on Thursday, 12/20 from 7:30am-8:15am so they can enjoy a holiday breakfast. Please follow this link to sign up. http://signup.com/go/ExDNoty

Mother/Son Dance

Saddle up for Oak Grove’s 3rd annual Mother/Son dance! The date for the event will be Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 6:30 – 8:30 in the Jr. High gym and is encouraged for K-8th grade boys. The dance will host a DJ, photo booth, entertainment, raffle prizes and snacks. Dance and raffle tickets are available for purchase now via the link below! After the holidays, you’ll get an opportunity to sign up to help make the dance a huge success!

Email Lynsey Wolfe (lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com) or Sarah Roe (saroe726@gmail.com) with any questions.


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