Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 17, 2017

Kindergarten Pre-Registration 2017/18

Oak Grove School is in the process of determining kindergarten enrollment for the fall of 2017. Having correct enrollment numbers is important to us as it impacts the number of sections, teachers and classrooms.

A child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2017 to attend kindergarten. If you have a student who will be attending kindergarten in the fall, you can click the "Kindergarten 17-18" link from the main Oak Grove web site, or simply go to www.ogschool.org/kindy to pre-register your child.

You will be asked to enter the following information:


  • Your child’s name, birthdate and gender
  • Parent names and address, phone number and email address


If you have neighbors who do not have children at Oak Grove and do not receive the Oak Grove News, please share this information with them. We would also like to hear from you if you have a child that will be attending 1st grade at Oak Grove next year and is not currently attending kindergarten at Oak Grove this year.


Save the Date

Thursday, February 9th @ 6:30PM

Kindergarten Parent Information Night, Elementary Library


  • Information about the Kindergarten program for 2017/18, including the registration and screening process
  • Kindergarten curriculum presentation
  • Parent Q & A

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

In November, we hosted the AMC 8 math contest for Oak Grove students in sixth through eighth grade. This year, we had over thirty students participate. Congratulations to all of the students who participated!


Sixth Grade Participants

Anna Becker

Matthew Berner

Allison Chung

Madelyn Gibbs

Nicholas Ingino

Areeb Jamili

Eleanor Merrild

Lakshmi Prajna Penmetsa

Kaj Sorensen

Fredrik von Kirchbach

Erika von Kirchbach

Avery Wilson


Seventh Grade Participants

Eshan Baig

Ali Faiz

Alex Muehling

Nikhil Patel

Shrivatsa Patil

Ramanan Srirajan

Gabriel Teixeira


Eighth Grade Participants

Pavan Acharya

Arianne Berner

Leenah Ehsan

Julia Hasler

Sebastian Ingino

Kevin Joseph

Sarnabh Mukhopadhyay

Desigamoorthy Nainar

Dilan Patel

Jack Regan

Mary-Kate Stone

Aamir Tanveer

Avery Vang

Paige Vang

Marilyn Yu


Congratulations to our gold, silver, and bronze recipients, for their first, second, and third place scores at their grade level.


Sixth Grade

Matthew Berner, Gold

Nicholas Ingino, Silver

Fredrik von Kirchbach, Bronze


Seventh Grade

Nikhil Patel, Gold

Eshan Baig & Gabriel Teixeira, Silver

Ramanan Srirajan, Bronze


Eighth Grade

Sebastian Ingino & Desigamoorthy Nainar, Gold

Julia Hasler, Aamir Tanveer, & Paige Vang, Silver

Jack Regan, Bronze


Sebastian Ingino and Desigamoorthy Nainar received the first place scores for Oak Grove School. Sebastian Ingino, Desigamoorthy Nainar, and Nikhil Patel received the honor roll certificate for scoring in the top 5% nationally.

Attention 8th Grade Parents

The 8th grade Graduation Dance meeting will be held in the Junior High Cafeteria on

Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 9:00 AM. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by calling Kathy Azzato at 224-424-4725. Thank you!

Hour of Code

During the short week of December 19-22, Oak Grove School took part in Hour of Code! Hour of Code is a program that was developed by Code.org to encourage children of all ages to learn about the importance of computer programming (coding) by having them practice coding skills for at least an hour during that week. Coding is the foundation of Computer Science and allows computer programmers (coders) to create and run computer operating systems and applications. Coding also helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. It is also noted on the Code.org website that almost a million computer programming jobs go unfilled because there is such a lack of proficient computer programmers.


OGS traditionally participates in Hour of Code activities during Computer Science Education Week (December 5-9, 2016). Unfortunately this year, that week conflicted with STAR Testing and our Hour of Code week was moved to the week before Winter Break. During this time, classroom teacher provide students with the opportunity to use short, age-appropriate coding tutorials provided by Code.org and/or other coding apps, such as Scratch. The tutorials and apps use a “Lego meets coding” interface where blocks with pre-assigned coding actions are put together to control character actions on the computer screen. With a touch of a button, students can then see what the lines of raw code would have looked like if it had been written by a proficient coder.


If you would like to learn more about coding or Hour of Code, please check out the FAQ or Parent Resource page at Code.org, or ask your child to show you how the tutorials work. If your child was unable to participate in Hour of Code at OGS or would like to learn more about coding, please have them visit the short tutorials at the bottom of the studio.code.org webpage. For students interested in a deeper understanding of coding, have them try the Courses at the top of the studio.code.org page or some of the 3rd party coding apps that are recommended by Code.org. The Courses provide the student with approximately 20 hours of coding instruction.


Video of OGS Hour of Code Week https://vimeo.com/199202160


Code.org video on Hour of Code https://www.youtube.com/embed/nKIu9yen5nc

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

OGSEF Provides Scholarship for Oak Grove Alumni Graduating for LHS
As support from our community has grown, so has the OGSEF’s ability to support our Oak Grove community as they move through elementary and junior high -- and even past high school. The Soaring Eagle Scholarship was launched to support a deserving Oak Grove School Alumni in their post-secondary studies. This $1000 scholarship is open to graduating Libertyville High School Seniors. Applications are available in the LHS Career Resource Center.

Oak Grove ROCKS!

Join your Oak Grove and local community on January 27th for OAK GROVE SCHOOL ROCKS AUSTIN'S! Enjoy live music from talented musicians that include OGS staff, parents and friends – the Bradburys, OTR and HenneBerry. Funds raised will support the Oak Grove School Education Foundation. Tickets purchased in advance include a free drink ticket! Visit http://www.ogsef.org/oak-grove-rocks to buy your tickets today!

PTO News

Daddy/Daughter Dance

The deadline to purchase Oak Grove School Daddy Daughter Dance tickets is January 22nd. Tickets are selling fast; don't wait to buy!

The dance will be held Saturday, February 4th from 6:30-8:30 in the Junior High Gym. It is open to all girls, Kindergarten-8th grade. Go to the site below to get tickets now before it sells out!
http://howardliz.wixsite.com/daddy-daughter-dance
**Volunteers are also needed for the dance. Volunteer sign up can also be found on this site. If you have any questions, contact Liz Howard at Howard_liz@hotmail.com


Thank You!

On December 22nd, the OGS Administration hosted a holiday breakfast for the entire OGS staff. Thank you to the following parents who volunteered to cover the playground and offices so all staff members could attend: Paul Kieca, Lisa Perrone, Kirstin Schinler, Julie Kovach, Christine Merrild, Nakita Sinderman, Sarah Palmberg, Maria del Mar, Nadia Singh, Tabitha Rabush, and Beth Williams.


5th Grade

Don't forget to mark your calendars for these two events:

Girls: - 5th Grade Mother/Daughter Tea, March 2nd @ 6:30 at Oak Grove

Boys - 5th Grade Father/Son Night, March 1st@ 6:30 at Oak Grove


Heinen's Teaming up for Education- Reminder

Heinen's Grocery store will donate up to 1% of qualifying purchases from Oak Grove participants. It's easy to participate. Just sign up for their preferred card and enroll in their Tasteful Rewards program. This can be done in store or online at heinens.com. You then select Oak Grove School PTO as a school. Then use your rewards card every time you shop. Thanks to those already participating.

7th - 8th Grade Boys Volleyball Tryouts

  • Meeting - Thursday, January 26th, in Mrs. Edelson's science room, 305, from 12:05 - 12:15, (first half of study hall)
  • Tryouts - Tuesday, January 31st & Wednesday, February 1st, after school from 3:30 - 5:00 in the Elementary Gym. Come to the meeting on the 26th to find out what you need to know for tryouts! *YOU MUST HAVE A CURRENT PHYSICAL ON FILE*

Contact Coach Edelson or Coach Izenstark if you have any questions

edelson@ogschool.org

izenstark@ogschool.org

You Be the Chemist Challenge

Attention 6th-8th graders interested in Chemistry and participating in the You Be the Chemist Challenge; there will be a brief informational meeting this Friday after school in Mr. Oesch's room.

Engineering for Kids

Engineering For Kids® brings the wonder and excitement of STEM education (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) to children ages 4-14 through a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Please see the Virtual Backpack regarding a list of classes and a permission slip for the third session at Oak Grove School. For more information about Engineering For Kids classes, visit: www.engineeringforkids.com/lakecounty

Valentines Day Reminder

Parents, if you are purchasing Valentine's for your son/daughter, we are asking that you do not send Valentines with candy to school.


Thank you for your cooperation.

Thank You for Donating!

Dear Parents and Students who donated to the Aid for Women supply drive,

Thank you so much for all of your donations! Everything was greatly appreciated! In the end, we collected over 2,000 diapers and a whole mini-van full of supplies! This included over 200 sippy cups, over 200 baby bottles, over 100 packages of baby wipes and much, much more! We would like to congratulate our winners; Ms. Mann’s eighth grade class, Mrs. Pusateri’s seventh grade class, and Mrs. Thompson’s sixth grade class. We also had two second place winners, Mrs. Pavletic’s eighth grade class and Mrs. Colclasure’s sixth grade class. Thank you to all who donated!

- Paige Vang and Lyann Tam

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