Oak Grove News
Weekly Update ~ April 20, 2020
Happy Monday Oak Grove!
Hello Oak Grove Community,
Now that we are one month in, I have heard friends and colleagues share all sorts of wonderful new routines they’ve started. Daily yoga, long walks with their kids, cleaning out the garage, etc. While I have not done any of those, I applaud those who have. What I’ve managed to do is what seems like extra laundry, extra dishes, and dodge LEGO cities in every room.
Then I came across this article recently posted by Nick Tasler where he reminds us to stop and just enjoy the reprieve from the routine and to embrace the opportunity to grow and evolve. If you have 7 minutes, it’s worth reading. It gave me hope that soon, perhaps, I too could start a new healthy routine or accomplish something outside of keeping the little people alive and fed. May you experience this opportunity to creatively grow as well, and demonstrate a growth mindset.
Thank you to everyone who completed our Remote Learning Week 2 Feedback survey. The teachers and administrators have reviewed the feedback and are thrilled that so many of you are successfully navigating the life of a Remote Learning parent. We have updated our Frequently Asked Questions tab on the website to address some common questions that were shared in the most recent survey. The website will continue to be updated as new information is made available. Thank you.
Grading During Remote Learning
As stated in the guidance provided by the Illinois State Board of Education, students should receive no academic harm during the remote learning period. This means, students will not be receiving letter grades for any work submitted to teachers while they are at home. In a letter sent to parents April 10, it was explained that Instead of letters or points, teachers are providing authentic feedback for students to advance their learning and master the essential skills needed for the rest of this year.
Google Meet Safety Reminder
OGS teachers are offering weekly Google Meets with their students to have some social interaction and to address any questions that may be coming up while students are completing remote lessons. While you are not required to be present for a student’s Google Meet time, feel free to listen in. All OGS organized Google Meets will include an OGS staff member. If students are in a Google Meet without a staff member present, these are not part of our pre-scheduled meetings.
Call4Calm Free Anonymous Mental Health & Resources (Unemployment, Food, Shelter) Text and Talk Support Line
The Illinois Department of Human Services has launched a support line called Call4Calm. If you would like to speak with a mental health professional, text the word “TALK” for English speakers and “HABLAR” for Spanish speakers to the number 552-020. You will soon be connected with a healthcare professional in our area. You may also text keywords like “unemployment,” “food,” or “shelter” to receive information and support. The Call4Calm service is free, and callers remain anonymous.
Don't Forget to Take Care of YOU!
Virtual Yoga with Madame Grambo
OGS is proud to present our second virtual assembly of sorts. With our teachers working hard on their Remote Learning Plans, the PTO has been pulling together another fun video to keep you busy at home.
If you liked Heather’s Gym last week with our very own OGS personal trainers, Sarah Roe & Kristin Sorensen, you’re going love doing Virtual Yoga with French teacher, Madame Grambo, in your very own home! Enjoy!!
Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8. Given our current situation, we are all going to have to be creative with how we honor our amazing OGS teachers, but it seems more important than ever that we take the time to do something special for our dedicated educators.
Please take a moment to have your child write a note and/or draw a picture for their teacher to share, telling them something that they have learned from them this year and why that teacher is important to them. Surely any kind words would be appreciated. The PTO is going to be working to coordinate some other ways to honor our teachers, so please watch for more details coming soon. If you have any questions or suggestions please contact Melody Lyon: firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Local - Libertyville Food Pantry
The PTO’s Community Outreach Program is dedicated to philanthropy within the community. In support of our local community members in need during this difficult time, the PTO has donated it’s 2019-2020 community outreach budget to the Libertyville Food Pantry. The Libertyville Food Pantry uses monetary donations to purchase food through their partnership with the Northern Illinois Food Bank at greatly reduced prices. During the coronavirus pandemic, food pantries have seen a spike in demand as millions of people find themselves furloughed, laid off, or with businesses that have suffered huge financial blows.
If you would like to help our local Libertyville Food Pantry, you can send monetary donations to: Libertyville Township Gift Fund at 359 Merrill Court, Libertyville, IL. You can also donate using Marla lunch credits directly from Marla's website at (https://marlaslunch.boonli.com/login).