Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 11, 2020

Noetic Math Contest

Thank you to all students (grades 4-8) who participated in the Noetic Learning Math Contest. ALL students can view your test results/score out of 100 and print your certificate(s) using your login and password that you were given by Mrs. Phillips. (Go to https://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest/student_login.jsp). Please email phillips@ogschool.org if you need your login and password information again. Certificates can be printed for all participants in the student login.

Recognition and Awards are given as follows:

*National Honor Roll Medal - The Top 10% of all participants in each grade level will receive medals (not mailed to school until fall)

*Team Winner Medal - The highest scorer of each team will receive a Team Winner Medal (not mailed to school until fall)

Congratulations to the following Oak Grove Students:

Grade 4 (Team 1): Jacob Xu - Team Winner

Grade 4 (Team 2): Atreyee Hati - Team Winner

Grade 5 (Team 1): Hooriya Haroon - Team Winner

**Grade 5 (Team 1) National Honor Roll Medals go to: Hooriya Haroon, Sajid Abdullah, Max Palti, Mira Shah, and Nathan Likosar

Grade 5 (Team 2): Hamza Alsawaf - Team Winner and National Honor Roll Medal

Grade 6 - Eli Cui and Jack Davis - Team Winners and National Honor Roll Medals

Grade 7 - Shreyas Moorthy - Team Winner

Grade 8 - Adithya Gopal and Husnain Haroon - Team Winners

Thank you again to all participants! We will distribute Team Winner Medals and National Honor Roll Medals once they arrive at school in the fall. All students may print their participation certificate online as well.

Mrs. Phillips (phillips@ogschool.org) and Mr. Clement (clement@ogschool.org)

#LoveLikeShan - WEEK

If your parents will allow you to post your "Word Graphics" P.E. Assignment on social media, please do it this week. This was an assignment from the first weeks of remote learning. You must get your parent's permission.

Remember to include #LoveLikeShan and #oakgrovesd68 on Facebook.

Instagram - Tag #LoveLikeShan and also tag us on instagram @oakgrovesd68 - and we will share your “Word Graphic”.

Here is the link if you have not made a “Word Graphic” yet. Click here → Word Graphic

Libertyville Day of Music

Join us for a one-time event on Friday, May 15 at 5:00pm.

All local Libertyville musicians are invited to participate on any instrument or voice!!!

  • Invite your local friends and family to participate

  • Perform in your front or back yard

  • Create an ensemble of your immediate family members and play for your neighbors

  • Video yourself/family playing and submit for the Village of Libertyville Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony

Music will be provided for all abilities!!!

Let’s unite as a community and share the joy of music to demonstrate our support for our essential workers.

Click here to access the music.

Contact Dustin Helvie for more information.



Dear Families,

Thank you for the most amazing journey as we have read together, wished together, and planted a beautiful new tree together! Oak Grove’s Multicultural Committee along with the OGSEF wanted to create an experience that all of us could participate in and enjoy. As we began this journey over a year ago, we couldn’t have imagined it would have turned out the way that it has! We were able to listen to readers as they invited us into their homes and introduced us to their families. We created artwork and placed it in windows that connected us as we walked through the neighborhoods. We knew that although we have been physically separated, we were working together, sharing a story, and having rich family discussions. Our hope is that you were able to focus on how our young children, our community, and nature can teach us about inclusion, acceptance, diversity, kindness and the beautiful friendships that can be found here in our Oak Grove community! Please enjoy this video slideshow. A special thank you to Dan Wells and ELAN Landscaping for donating and planting this beautiful tree. Thank you, Dr. Meltzer, for the time you devoted to sharing the chapters and creating this beautiful keepsake to remember the journey we have taken together!


The Multicultural Committee 2020

Where Diversity Unites & Friendships Are Found!

How was your experience with WISHTREE? CLICK HERE

Link to Wishtree Reflection Video


Oak Grove School District Holds Virtual Special Education Meeting

Oak Grove School District #68 will host a virtual special education meeting at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 12th. . The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district’s plan to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and/or are homeschooled. A parent of a home-schooled student who has been or might be identified with a disability and who resides within the boundaries of the district is urged to attend. Questions can be directed to Julie Waehner at waehner@ogschool.org.

Annual Communications Survey

Oak Grove School District is committed to open and honest communications. Please complete the following survey to let us know how we are doing:


The survey will be open through May 21, 2020. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us.

From the Principal's Desk

Hello Oak Grove Eagles!

We would like to invite you to our Oak Grove virtual town hall meetings. We will be hosting these town halls on May 20th at 6:30 PM and again on May 21st at 6:30 PM. The same information will be presented at each town hall so parents only need to attend one town hall if they would like. We hope to address a variety of topics such as grading, report cards, pick up/drop off plans, student devices, summer programming, etc… We want to best serve our community so please utilize the Google Forms below to register and submit any questions that you have no later than May 17th at 10 PM. You will receive a link to the virtual town hall that you chose on Monday, May 18th.

We hope that these town hall meetings provide some clarity regarding our end of the year procedures and answers any of the questions that you may have for us. Finally, we wish our 8th-grade graduates the best on their future endeavors and we want them to know that Oak Grove will always welcome them back with open arms. To everyone else, we miss you and look forward to the start of the 2020/2021 school year.

Registration Google form links: May 20th at 6:30 PM or May 21st at 6:30 PM

PTO News

Teacher Appreciation

Thank you to our all our students and families that made our teachers feel so special last week! The teachers received emails, videos, a Card My Yard in front of the Village of Green Oaks, and “An Outstanding Oak Grove Teacher Lives Here” yard sign! Thank you Lynsey Wolfe, Melissa Sallmann, Krista Sorensen, Karin Pawlowski, Courtney Johnston, Raabia Khan, Kris Wilson, Christine Merrild, Jen Tippett, Rhiannon Schmidt, Ashley Wilson, Krysia Ressler, Jen Sahagian, Debbie Greer, Jennie Schlitt, Kristin Sorensen, and Dana Huennekens for traveling near and far delivering signs, and to Mel Lyon for heading up Teacher Appreciation Week for the PTO!

Taste Buds Virtual Assembly Recordings

Our students had so much fun celebrating Cinco de Mayo making homemade Churro Bites last week! If you missed out, thanks to Taste Buds Kitchen, you can still check out the video. This recipe mainly uses kitchen staples and is so easy, both parents and kids will enjoy! Check out the virtual backpack for the recipe and links for all PTO virtual assemblies to date!

Grades K-3


Password: 5s$G=$U+

Grades 4-8


Password: 8k+=S6$7

To learn more about Taste Buds Kitchen, visit www.tastebudskitchen.com/bannockburn

Virtual Spelling Bee with Mrs. Evans!

Are you ready to be have some fun and be challenged? Join Mrs. Evans for in Oak Grove’s first virtual spelling bee! Videos have been created for grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8! Watch for an email later today with more details or check the PTO webpages at https://www.ogschool.org/pto/2020-virtual-assemblies. A huge thank you to Mrs. Evans for putting this together!

Save the Date - Live Event with Goat Life Farm

Next Monday, May 18th at 2:00PM we will have our next virtual assembly live from the pasture. Meet the newly born baby goats, ask questions, and learn more about life at Goat Life Farm in Michigan! Watch for an email with a Zoom meeting link later this week.

May 20th PTO Virtual Meeting

The PTO will host a Virtual Meeting at 12PM Noon on May 20th for its final meeting of the year. More details to be announced shortly.

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Oak Grove School Board of Education

Due to Governor Pritzker's "Stay at Home" Executive Order, the Oak Grove Board of Education's meeting(s) scheduled for next Tuesday, May 19th, will be held remotely. Both the Committee of the Whole meeting and the Regular board meeting will be held electronically. Details of how you may access the meeting are still being finalized, but will be posted on the school's website, e-mailed to all Oak Grove families before the meeting, and shared in next week's Oak Grove News.

Public comment will still be accepted. If you would like to share comment with the Board of Education, please e-mail it to BOTH Dr. Lonny Lemon at lemon@ogschool.org and Board President, Dr. Tony Giamis at giamis@ogschool.org, no later than 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 19th, 2020.

Normal board procedures will apply, covering length of allowable comments, and limits to public comment. Dr. Giamis will read all submitted public comments during the appropriate agenda item. Thank you.

Looking for Ideas to Honor Our Retiring Superintendent, Dr. Lemon?

As many of you know, Dr. Lemon is retiring in June and many of you have asked 'what can we do for him to show our appreciation for his leadership'? The school and students in Puerto Vallarta are very near and dear to his heart and he has again sponsored a fundraiser to help them raise money for some new equipment. If you remember, he held a fundraiser back in 2018 to help the school purchase some much needed desks and remarkably raised $15,000 and purchased 150 new desks for these kids! The learning conditions in their school are beyond pitiful. They have no windows in their classrooms, the floors are unpainted cement, the teachers have no supplies, and they have ZERO technology. For the past 8 years, Dr. Lemon and the custodial staff have collected over 30,000 pencils and Dr. Lemon takes them to the school for the kids. On his last visit, he asked the principal what they needed next, and the principal has asked for two desktop computers with printers, two LCD projectors that can be taken to the classrooms on a cart, and two portable microphone systems. Dr. Lemon will fly down and purchase the equipment in Vallarta and purchase them locally, in order to help the local businesses. Dr. Lemon has told me time and time again, he is in need of nothing, that he is already incredibly 'Blessed', (as he would say!) If you would like to give a gift in honor of Dr. Lemon's service to Oak Grove for his retirement, this is the link to his campaign....if you choose to donate, GoFundMe asks for a donation during the transaction to cover their services...do NOT feel obligated to pay it, he and his wife will be taking care of that at the end of the campaign.

We are surely going to miss this guy.

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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