Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 16, 2016

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

So now that we have new standards for math, English language arts, social emotional learning, science, and physical education, it's time for social studies!

The College, Career and Civic Life Framework was developed in 2013 by a group of social studies experts, curriculum specialists, teachers and scholars from across the nation to organize and share the vision for social studies education K-12, commonly referred to as the C3 Framework. It is available for a free PDF download to learn more about their vision and organization of the learning objectives.

Illinois then created a separate team of teachers and school administrators who utilized the C3 framework to create the updated IL Social Studies standards. The committee's recommendations were presented to the Board of Education on June 17th, 2015, were voted for adoption on December 16th, 2015 and posted on the ISBE website December 23rd.

More information about our Oak Grove transition to the updated Social Studies standards coming soon.


Registration is now open for the sixth annual Girls Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics day at the College of Lake County. Details and a complete schedule for this hands-on career exploration day designed for Girls only can be found online - http://www.clcillinois.edu/events/stem-for-girls

This free program is intended for girls in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in STEM careers and opportunities. They may attend as individuals, school groups, scout groups, or youth groups.


  • Fun and hands-on science, technology, engineering and math sessions

  • Informative career advice from successful scientists and engineers

  • Presentations on chemistry, biology, lasers, medical and surgical technology, engineering, robotics and more

  • Free light lunch

There is also a workshop series designed just for parents. Learn how to encourage your daughter now, STEM programs at CLC, scholarship opportunities and more. For more information, here are two additional links:



Register soon, this program tends to fill up quickly.

PTO News

February 16, 2016

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

Lunches this Week:
Tuesday - Panino/Potato
Wednesday - Pizza
Thursday - Panda

4th & 5th Grade Social - Save the Date:
The social will be on Friday, April 15th from 2-4 at Tilt Studio at Rink Side Sports in Gurnee. More details will follow at a later date.

3rd Grade Ice Cream Socials:
The 3rd Grade Ice Cream Social is this Wednesday in the Elementary cafeteria. Stop by during your open house for a complimentary frozen treat.

Fannie May Candy Sales - DUE THIS WEEK:

The Oak Grove PTO Spring Fannie May Candy fundraiser is going on again this year. Order

forms are due no later than February 19th. Return the white and yellow copies of the order form with your payment. All orders will be shipped directly to your home (via UPS) the week of March 14th. Fannie May will be giving away FREE CANDY to those with the highest sales.

Please contact Cristina Buelow at 847-367-7998 or Carlene Lichter at 847-816-3925 with any questions.

Wrestling News

In the final home meet of the season, the Oak Grove Eagles came to wrestle versus a much larger Palombi squad. Diego Norena continued to add to his pin count and stuck his opponent in the 2nd period to improve his varsity record to 6-2. Ian Riley, honored on 8th Grade Appreciation Night, did not disappoint. Ian pinned his opponent quickly in the 2nd period, bringing his record to 10-5. Chase Baczek also worked hard to achieve a pin in the 2nd after a scoreless 1st period.

In the Exhibition matches, Oscar Butler also worked hard after a 1st match loss to pin his opponent in the 1st period. Max Grambo wrestled a tough match to win 8-0, earning his first victory of the season.

The Oak Grove Eagles will face off against Carl Sandburg Middle School in Mundelein this Thursday, February 18th, at 4:00 PM. Come out to show your support.

Student Council Dance

The Student Council is hosting a Junior High dance this Friday, February 19 from 6:30-8:30. Admission is canned or boxed food for our local food pantry. Bring money if you plan on purchasing concession and/ or raffle tickets. Please make sure to not drop off before 6:30 and to pick up at 8:30 by the junior high gym doors.

A DJ and concessions will be in the Junior High Cafe, while the Junior High Gym will be an open gym. Pizza, chips, candy, and drinks will be available. Dress is casual. Students are expected to follow school rules while at school. We are looking forward to a fun night out to beat the cold!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, March 10th from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm. PT ConferenceMaker allows parents to schedule conferences online. The system will be open to parents from 9:00 am on Monday, Feb. 29th until noon on Wednesday, March. 9th.

To sign up for conferences, you can go to our web site, or you can go directly to www.ptconferencemaker.com/og (the system will not open until 9:00 am on 2/29). You will need the student number and 4-digit password for any student you want to create a conference for.

Since teachers in grades 5-8 work with every student in the grade level, the number of available time slots are limited. We ask that if you have students in these grades, please only sign up for a conference time if you have a concern. Thank you!

Oak Grove Gala Reminder

The Grove Gala 2016
We only have about 15 tickets remaining, so secure yours today!

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 27th, 2016 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community, parents, faculty and students to make it a great success. In addition, this year we have a spotlight project we are funding: The Oak Grove Green Screen Room, which offers our students a unique opportunity to intersect creativity, technology, science, math and communications.

The Gala features food, open bar, entertainment by CoverGurl, and more. The Silent Auction features priceless classroom projects, amazing Teacher-led experiences and plenty of fun items including sports outings, sky diving, golf, pampering, great food and much more! This is an event you will not want to miss!

FAQ: There is no formal dress code for the Gala

To purchase tickets or commit to one of our Sponsorship Packages, please visit http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2016.html and click the "Buy Gala Tickets Now" tab at the bottom of the page or visit our event campaign page.

Thank you for your support!

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation

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