Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 12, 2018

Fun is ALWAYS Happening in Extended Daycare!

Fun-filled, homemade pillows made by Extended Daycare students!
Thank you Mr. Rob, Miss Jenny, Miss Lupe and Mr. Kent for making our Extended Daycare program THE place to be!
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Oak Grove School Chess Club

The game of chess is both magical and fun. A team of United States Chess Federation certified instructors from Chess-Ed will provide professional instruction, chess puzzles, game playing and more. The class will be held on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 pm and run from February 22 through May 3, 2018. Instruction will include the basics for the beginning player and then move through opening game theory, middle game combinations and ideas, plus endgame patterns for the continuing and advanced player. Beginners are always welcome. This is a parent paid, fee-based program. Register today at: www.oakgrovechess.eventbee.com

CogAT Test Information

To parents with children in grades 3 and/or 5,

During the dates of March 5th-March 7th, students in grades 3 and 5 will be taking the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). This is a three part test that assesses a student's Quantitative, Verbal and Nonverbal aptitude.

There are multiple uses of the CogAT at Oak Grove School. CogAT scores can assist teachers with planning instruction and support opportunities for differentiation in the classroom. In addition, the scores from this assessment will help determine students who are eligible for the Talented And Gifted program (TAG) in math and English language arts. All students, including 5th graders currently in the TAG program, are reviewed for placement. Please, see the link below for the TAG Handbook, which outlines additional information about the TAG program.

In addition to the CogAT, other scores that are reviewed for TAG placement include: STAR, a math problem solving assessment, teacher recommendations and a writing sample, which are administered based on the CogAT results. Please, see page 10 of the TAG Handbook for additional details.

Scores from the CogAT will be made available to parents after the district receives them from the scoring company.

Students will be taking these assessments on March 5th, March 6th, and March 7th. On these days, please ensure your child gets a good night rest, eats a good breakfast, and attends school.

Also, students will be taking these assessments on their own devices. Please, make sure that your student has his or her iPad each day and that the iPad is fully charged.

Thank you for your help. If you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Jackson, at jackson@ogschool.org.

Link to our TAG Handbook:

Oak Grove TAG Handbook

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Night Presentation

Click here to view the presentation from last Wednesday's Kindergarten Parent night.

Also, please remember to sign up for Kindergarten Screening using the following link:


If you have any questions about Kindergarten Registration, please contact the elementary office @ 847-367-4120.

Donations Needed to Benefit P.A.D.S.

P.A.D.S. of Lake County is in need of supplies. Oak Grove's Nurse Callie is teaming up with the Oak Grove Honor Society to have an in-house donation contest.

The contest is open to K-8th graders. The homeroom of each grade that donates the most items will receive an ice cream party provided by Nurse Callie!

Items to donate by grade level:

  • Men’s deodorant (8th grade)
  • Women’s deodorant (8th grade)
  • Pop-tarts (8th grade)
  • Toothbrushes (7th grade)
  • Travel toothpaste (7th grade)
  • Travel size mouthwash (7th grade)
  • Granola bars (7th grade)
  • Travel size body wash (6th grade)
  • Face wash (6th grade)
  • Juice boxes (6th grade)
  • Travel size shampoo (5th grade)
  • Travel size conditioner (5th grade)
  • Non-refrigerated fruit cups (5th grade)
  • Travel size lotion (4th grade)
  • Baby wipes (4th grade)
  • Brown lunch bags (4th grade)
  • Baby wash (3rd grade)
  • Baby lotion (3rd grade)
  • Plastic spoons (3rd grade)
  • Travel size petroleum jelly (2nd grade)
  • Chapstick (2nd grade)
  • Napkins (2nd grade)
  • Combs (1st grade)
  • Hair brushes (1st grade)
  • Single packed wet naps (1st grade)
  • Pocket hand sanitizer (Kindergarten)
  • Socks (Kindergarten)

Contest ends March 12th.

Student Council

Oak Grove families will receive an Art in Nature catalog this week. It is our current fundraiser. We hope to help you plan your spring gardens! If you are interested in ordering, please fill out the order form and payment and return it to your child's classroom/ homeroom teacher by Friday, March 2nd. Your orders will arrive in April, with plenty of time for planting!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,
We understand there has been some difficulty accessing the link to the upcoming March TAG student and parent event that we shared in the Feb. 5th issue of the Oak Grove News. To register for the event, please enter through their main website.

Scroll down the page and select 'Free! Parent Seminar', featuring Cheryl Lind, M.S., Ed.S. Certified School Psychologist, plus Science Spectacular! Grades K-8. Then, select 'click HERE' to enroll and follow the steps to register. We apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced; they are working to correct the issue on their website.

Once again, the College of Lake County is hosting a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Day for girls in grades 7 through 12. We’ve had students attend in the past and they’ve shared positive feedback about this fun and exciting day. For more information, please see the flyer in the virtual backpack.

Resisting Peer Pressure

Dear Parents,

Adolescence is a time characterized by risk-taking behavior, and this may include experimenting with alcohol. Teens start drinking for a variety of reasons. While we do address making healthy choices in our middle school SEL lesson as well as in health class, talking with your pre-teen about the following stressors and how to mitigate these situations can help prepare them if they are tempted to experiment.

  • Stress: academics, extracurricular activities, relationships, social pressures

  • Transitions: transitioning to high school, changing friend groups, family instability, break-ups

  • Environment: if teens are in an environment where their parents, family members, or peers drink a lot or also view underage drinking favorably, they may be more likely to drink

  • Genetics: teens who come from a family with a history of alcoholism are at an increased risk for developing a substance use disorder

For ideas on how to address each of these, check out this resource from SAMHSA https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/why-child-might-start-drinking_0.pdf

Sources: SAMHSA.gov/underage-drinking; https://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/AA67/AA67.htm. Funding provided in whole or in part by the Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center, Libertyville High School, and the Illinois Department of Human Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

"Screenagers" Presentation

We are very excited that this event is at capacity! If you have signed up to attend the presentation of Screenagers on 2/20/18 at Copeland School from 7-9 pm, we are asking that you would consider carpooling. Parking will be at a premium.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala Tickets & Sponsorships

We are counting down the days to our upcoming Grove Gala on February 24, 2018 at Independence Grove. If you haven’t secured your tickets yet, act fast -- we are 90% sold out!!

The Gala will feature music, dancing, food/drinks and an exciting LIVE and silent auction. Here is a preview of a few of our auction items, tailor made for all of our rock stars out there:

  • Your child has the opportunity to JAM and perform a song live with Oak Grove teacher and music superstar, Dan Henneberry, and his band at Vernon Hills Days. Your child can select a song of their choice and join two practice sessions to perfect their debut performance.
  • Looking to step it up at your next BBQ or block party with some real entertainment? Rock out to a performance by local music legends, OTR, at your own private event!
  • Come see one of America’s favorite idols, Phillip Phillips at the House of Blues on April 6. Whether you want to double date with friends, or take your child and some of their friends, you will love these 4 General Admission Balcony tickets to hear Phillip Phillips play some of your favorite hits.

Visit www.ogsef.org/gala-2018 for more information and to purchase tickets. Thank you for your support!

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation

PTO News

Domino's Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed

With the addition of Domino's to our hot lunch program, Marla’s needs at least one parent volunteer to help serve on the days it is offered. We need volunteers on the following dates:

Elementary Cafeteria (11:10 AM - 1 PM)

4/25, 5/9, 5/23

Junior High Cafeteria (11:15 AM - 1:10 PM)

2/21, 3/7, 4/4, 4/25, 5/9, 5/23

To sign up, please use the following links:

Elementary Cafeteria Hot Lunch Volunteer sign-up


Junior High Cafeteria Hot Lunch Volunteer sign-up


Volunteers are welcome on all other days as well! Please use the links above to sign-up. Contact pto@ogschool.org if you have any questions. Thanks!

Oak Grove Wrestling

While the snow was falling, the Eagles were wrestling. On Thursday night, your wrestling Eagles faced off against the Highland Hornets in the crosstown classic.

Antonio Kelly, Ryan Schlitt and Max Butler pinned their opponents in the first period. Also, Oscar Butler beat his opponent with a pin in the first. Max Grambo took a victory in his match. Sam Pinsel won with a decision of 6-2. The Eagles won 6-5 in head to head matches. However, the non-filled weights resulted in a final score of 63-33 in favor of Highland.

Saturday, the Eagles wrestled in the 44th Annual Deer Path Tournament. The Eagles were the smallest team in the tournament. At the end of the day, there were multiple winners, five placers and the team advanced ten plus points over last season. The team finished in 12th place out of 16 teams.

  • Sam Pinsel & Antonio Kelly placed second
  • Ryan Schlitt took third
  • Max Butler wrestled his way to fourth place
  • Oscar Butler finished fifth

Next week, the Eagles will be competing in the IESA Regional Wrestling Tournament at Deer Path Middle School. There they will start their journey to qualify for the state tournament at Northern Illinois University.


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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