Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 14, 2022

From the Principals' Desk

Curriculum and Academic Programming Updates - Webinar

There will be a webinar on Wednesday, March 16th at 6:30pm, to share information regarding new programming and opportunities for students in the coming school year (i.e., Fine Arts, STEM, etc.). This webinar will also be recorded and posted on the Oak Grove website. If you would like to attend, please register using this link.

22-23 Class Placements: Family Input

Click here to access the form.

As we continue to prepare for the 22-23 school year, we would like to provide you an opportunity to share information regarding your child's needs. We recognize that you know your children better than anyone else. If you would like to offer insight, share your perspective, or express a need on behalf of your child, please take a few minutes to complete this input form prior to March 25th.

***Please note that completion of this form does not guarantee a placement with a particular teacher***

IAR - Grades 3-8

As our students in grades 3-8 gear up for the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, a group of OGS parents, students, and staff created this special message to wish everyone success. At home, you can help your child by making sure they get plenty of sleep, start the day with breakfast or a snack, and a “Try Your Best” pat on the back.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 3/14)

The theme for the month of March is Patience. Spirit week is next week. Here is the flyer!

Please take a few minutes to view the March page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Important Dates

  • Mar. 15 - 23 - IAR Testing Gr. 3-8

  • Mar. 15 - Committee of the Whole Meeting 6 PM, Regular Board Meeting 7:15 PM

  • Mar. 19 - Solo and Ensemble Contest 8AM

  • Mar. 24 - Incoming Kindergarten Virtual Parent Mtg, 6:00-7:00 PM - RSVP here

  • Mar. 26 - Apr. 3 - Spring Break

Curriculum Corner

Supporting Conversations About the War in Ukraine at Home

We know that children may have questions about the war in the Ukraine and all that they are hearing and seeing. We have put together some resources that parents can access to help support conversations at home. Please visit this link for more information.

IAR Spring Testing Window

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), will take place this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Students in grades 3 through 8 will be assessed in both mathematics and language arts. Students will need working headphones for the audio portion of the English language arts assessments. Please make sure they come to school with working headphones, a charged device and have eaten a nutritious breakfast.

TAG Program Webinar

There will be an informational webinar about the TAG program on March 22nd at 7:00pm. This webinar is open to all Oak Grove families. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register using this link. You will be sent a link to the webinar closer to the event date.

Spelling Bee News

Our school spelling bee winner, 6th grader Surya Meiyappan, is heading to the Lake County Spelling Bee. After winning our school bee, then the regional bee, this is the last challenge before the National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. Let's wish Surya well this week as he represents Oak Grove School! Good luck, Surya!
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Wrestling News

What a weekend in DeKalb; Oak Grove has a state champ!!! Congratulations to Jack Treutelaar for winning the IESA title at 185 lbs. James Liu finished with all-state honors with a 4th place finish at 126 lbs. Matthew Liu was one match away from all-state honors, and Logan Tayfel and Colten Siebert wrestled well all weekend. The Eagles finished 14th out of the 153 teams downstate this weekend, the 2nd highest finish in school history. Way to go Eagles!!!

Band News

Beginning Band: Lesson and rehearsal schedules will carry on as usual even with IAR testing on Tuesday-Thursday.

Concert/Symphonic Band: Congratulations to the musicians in Concert and Symphonic Bands for a wonderful set of performances on Wednesday and Thursday! We will not have our usual morning rehearsals on Tuesday-Thursday. Instead, students will be able to come in during that time to work on Solo/Ensemble music or high school audition music. Please sign up using the sheet on Google Classroom so we know who to expect. We will be starting new music for our May concert next week!

Solo/Ensemble Participants: The big day is this Saturday, March 19! Students will have work time before school (see above) and during their lesson time to polish their music.

Jazz Band: No changes in schedule. See you on Friday, Jazz Cats!


Your kid can stretch their imagination with new, hands-on STEM adventures at Camp Invention®! This K-6 program comes to Oak Grove School from June 13- 17.

Register using SUM25 by 3/31 to save $25 at invent.org/mylocalcamp email abrown@ogschool.org

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

The Board of Directors for the Oak Grove School Education Foundation (OGSEF) wants to thank all parents, teachers, students, and volunteers for supporting OGSEF during the Gala ’22 Fundraiser on 2/19/22. We had a fun night raising money for our school! You are truly making a difference at Oak Grove School and we value your support tremendously.

Together, we raised over $51,000 with $7,000 going toward the Oak Grove School Courtyard Project. We can’t wait to update you on those developments once they are finalized. Our OGSEF vision is to create a model school that inspires future leaders and engages our community. In the last five years, we have funded $150,000 in school initiatives focused on innovation, collaboration, creativity, and learning enrichment.

We appreciate each and every one of our parent donors and we wouldn’t be where we are without your support. You can still make donations to OGSEF www.ogsef.org or submit a corporate match to your employer. Thank you!

Lost and Found

It's that time of year again & with the nice weather coming in this week we will be leaving the Lost & Found for both Elementary & Junior High outside of the main office from 9AM - 5PM as we did in the past. This will go on for the week of March 14th - 18th and anything left over will be donated. Please be sure to take the time to stop on by to check for your lost items!

PTO News

IAR Treat Bags

The PTO will be making this week’s mandated testing for 3rd-8th graders a little sweeter! Treat bags will be passed out to students that include a small stress ball, Mott’s Fruit Snacks (gelatin-free) and Brach’s Star Brite Mints. The ingredient list can be found here. Please contact your student’s homeroom teacher if they cannot have either of the food items.

This Wednesday! Clucker’s Fundraiser

Don’t Forget to skip cooking dinner this Wednesday - support the PTO instead! Clucker’s has generously offered to give back 20% of sales from 4 pm - 8 pm to the PTO! If you are ordering delivery, you must order by phone directly (847) 362-2582. Please show or reference this GroupRaise Flier when purchasing: https://www.groupraise.com/events/220500. Thank you in advance for supporting a local restaurant and the PTO!

Variety Show is Back!

Variety show (noun) - a theatrical entertainment of successive separate performances (as of songs, dances, skits, and acrobatic feats)

Calling all talented 5th - 8th graders! The 2022 Oak Grove School Variety Show will be held May 20, 2022 at 4pm & 7pm in the Jr. High Gym. Tryouts will be April 27 & 28 and any 5th - 8th grade students can sign up to tryout as a group or individual act. More information is coming soon! Be sure to follow the PTO on Facebook and watch OG News for more information on signups soon!

Save the Date!

On May 22nd from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Oak Grove families will have an opportunity to volunteer at Lake County Forest Preserves with the Community Give Back Committee. More information will be coming soon!

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