Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 30, 2020

Attention 5th-8th Grade Scientists

Virtual Science Club will be meeting from 3:30 - 4:30 on the following dates in December: Google Meet Code: OGScienceClub

  • Tuesday, December 1st
  • Tuesday, December 15th

Even if students can't join us for the virtual meet, below is a video of some fun experiments that you can do at home if you have the supplies.

Students, make sure you ask your grown-ups for permission. As always, safety is a top priority!

Amazing Science Experiments That You Can Do At Home

Contact Mrs. Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org) and Mr. Mehnert (mehnert@ogschool.org) if you have any questions.

PTO News

PTO Meeting

Our next PTO meeting is this Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:30am. Please find the agenda HERE.

Join Zoom Meeting

Dial In:+1 312 626 6799

Meeting ID: 817 5691 5749

Passcode: 359707


We are now looking to fill the 2021/22 PTO Executive Board. Think you’d be a strong addition to our leadership team? Volunteering with the PTO is a great way to meet other parents and give back to our school!

The PTO works to directly benefit the students at Oak Grove School. Our parents, teachers, and Administration join together to provide educational enrichment programs, fun family events, fundraising for school equipment & technology, faculty support, field trips, after school activities, and much more!

If you have any interest, please complete this form and we will contact you to share more details and answer any questions.


Marla is branching out to dinners! Support local and support the PTO with all orders. Next Tuesday’s 12/8 dinner will be provided by Tacos el Norte. Details will be emailed from Marla this week or view details to create an account. Orders must be placed by 9am each Monday for Tuesday’s dinner.


A big “Thank You” to everyone who placed an order through our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair! For those of you who ordered books for our teachers and staff from their wish list, please feel free to drop them in the Tippett’s front porch bin (1420 Allyson Court). Please be sure to leave a note stating who the books are from.

Congratulations to our raffle winner: The Pawlowski Family!! They will be receiving a collection of books and gift certificate.

A huge thank you to Jennifer Tippet for organizing!


A list of your teacher’s favorite things is coming soon, watch for an email over the next week!


We’re almost half way there! Use our calendar to send your student(s) on a scavenger hunt for items supporting the Libertyville Food Pantry. Watch for drop-off details next week. Any and all donations are appreciated! Those that participate can also have a chance to win in the raffle including family fun prizes and the grand prize of a hoverboard!

20 Days of Giving Calendar

Monday Mental Health Minute

The Mental Health team at Oak Grove, consisting of two School Social Workers, two School Psychologists, and the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, will be providing you information on several social emotional topics throughout the 2020-21 school year. Twice a month, we will provide you with a brief overview of a topic as well as at least one resource for additional information. Please feel free to reach out Ryan Murray, SEL Coordinator, if you have questions or need help finding more information.

This week's topic is Adverse Childhood Experiences. Related to the last Mental Health Minute about stress, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that happen in childhood that could have lifelong impacts if the child is not adequately supported through them. Some examples of ACEs are experiencing violence or neglect, death of a significant person, or high levels of instability in the home. These traumatic events have the potential to cause long term health consequences, such as higher rates of chronic illness, risky behaviors, and mental health concerns. Although some stressors in life cannot be avoided, the long term consequences can be minimized by providing children with the following:

  • Strengthening relationships between children and supportive, caring adults.
  • Increasing community supports, such as quality public education and creating family-friendly workplace policies
  • Reducing use of punitive measures and instead problem solving to resolve an issue
  • Actively teaching social/emotional skills and coping strategies

If you need assistance with minimizing the impacts of ACEs in your child’s life, please reach out for help. Please see below for more information on ACEs and how to minimize their impact to create better long term outcomes for all children.

Additional Resources:

Preventing ACEs

CDC Violence Prevention

ACEs Kaiser Study

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Erin's Law Reminder

Oak Grove families,

This letter is to remind you that Oak Grove will be implementing Erin's Law the week of December 7th - 11th. Erin’s law will be provided to all Oak grove students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Erin’s Law is an Illinois state requirement and unit within our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum. This will be our sixth year of covering these requirements.

Erin’s Law requires that all public schools in Illinois implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  • Students in grades pre-K – 8th grade age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult.
  • All school personnel about child sexual abuse.
  • All families about the warning signs of child sexual abuse, information to support sexually abused children, and where to find support.
  • Oak Grove implementation infographic

If you are interested in additional resources please follow the links to Child Lures, Safe At Last, or the Oak Grove website. Also, if you have a child(ren) in grades K-3 please be on the lookout for a SeeSaw post from your classroom teacher with the Think First & Stay Safe Family Guide provided by Child Lures. If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy please click here.

If you have any questions about how Erin’s Law is being implemented or do not want your child(ren) to participate please contact Ryan Murray at murray@ogschool.org or 847-367-4120 ext. 2708. Thank you for your support in addressing this sensitive topic with your child(ren).

Curriculum Corner

Should you have any issues logging into Google Meet or with your child's device, please contact ogstechsupport@ogschool.org for assistance. For all other needs, contact the front office, ogsofficestaff@ogschool.org or your child's teacher. Remember that while teachers are teaching they may not be able to quickly respond to emails. So if you require immediate support, reach out to the front office.

School Board Member Election

Interested in school board service? Four seats on the seven member OGS Board of Education will be filled on April 6. Click here for information regarding school board candidate qualifications and running for the Board. For key dates and a timeline regarding the school board election process, please click here.

Eagles @Home Curbside Pickup

Just a reminder, the curriculum materials pickup dates for our @Home families are this week on Wednesday, December 2nd and Thursday, December 3rd. Since we do not have in person dismissal, pickups will begin at 2 pm and end at 5 pm. If you are unable to come in during your scheduled window of time, please contact the front office, ogsofficestaff@ogschool.org to coordinate a different day/time. Be sure to have your child's name and grade written clearly for our staff to see.

We ask that you please return the large reusable bag that you were given at last month's pickup. Each family has been ordered two reusable bags so that we are able to rotate them for the monthly pickups. Thank you for your help!

Submit a Tribute to a Veteran

Hero Slides for Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces are still being accepted through this week. If you would like to submit a tribute to a veteran in your family or the community, please see the attached link for the template and the method of submission.

Hero Slides Template

Hero Slides Submission form

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