Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 15, 2018

P.E. News

Dear parents/guardians of all 3rd-8th grade students,

This week, the Physical Education Department of Oak Grove School will be emailing your child's results of the state mandated fitness testing that was given the week of September 24th. Please take some time to go over the results with your child. We will be doing many activities throughout the school year to help students improve their score when we administer the same tests in the spring. The test results are not factored into your child’s P.E. grade, but will be used to help our department develop and implement appropriate curriculum to insure students are receiving a proper physical fitness program. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s P.E. teacher.


Mr. Mayer

Mrs. Savage

Mr. Izenstark

Miss Kurtz

Mrs. Colclasure

Sport Stacking in P.E.

Mrs. Savage's P.E. classes had a special guest last week. Mr. Dan "The Stack Man Diffy" came to show our students how to Sport Stack. Students learned skills for Sport Stacking and also participated in sport stacking games.

Mrs Savage's P.E. classes will participate in the Guinness Book of World Records - Sport Stacking event on November 8th, during P.E.

Equipment is also for sale:

Cups - $20

Mat with Timer - $25

Pro Cups - $25

See Mrs. Savage if you would like to buy the equipment. Equipment will be for sale starting Tuesday, November 16th.

Mathalon Competition

On Saturday, three 7th grade mathematicians, Hailey, Marisa and Vanessa participated in a Mathalon contest at The Woodlands Academy in Lake Forest. The event was open to teams of seventh and eighth grade girls, and featured problem solving scenarios that required creative thinking along with application of mathematics. The girls reported that the competition was challenging and fun to be a part of. Well done, ladies! We at OGS are proud of you and your efforts.

Oak Grove Cheer & Poms 2018-2019

Attention 5th-8th graders! If you are interested in joining cheer & poms, please attend the informational meeting and tryouts!

Informational Meeting

Thursday, October 18th

Mrs. Sobey’s room 505 | 3:30-4:00pm


Monday, October 22nd

Small gym | 3:30-5:30pm

Contact Mrs. Sobey or Miss Sweeney with any questions -

poladian@ogschool.org sweeney@ogschool.org

PTO News

Fannie May Candy Sales
This is the last week to order Fannie May candy. We really appreciate your orders because Fannie May donates 30% of the sales back to the Oak Grove PTO.
The order forms are due no later than October 19th. Return the white and yellow copies of the order form with your payment made out to Oak Grove PTO.

All orders will be shipped directly to your home the week of November 12th.

Fannie May will be giving away FREE CANDY to those with the highest sales. Please contact Cristina Buelow at 224-430-3295 or Carlene Lichter at 847-816-3925 with any questions.

PTO Directories

The PTO directories were distributed on Friday to the youngest child in the family. If you have any questions, you can contact Jen Klainos: jklainos@gmail.com

Spirit Wear

Oak Grove Spirit Wear was distributed on Friday. If you didn’t receive your order or have any questions, contact Courtney Johnston: johnstoncourtneyr@gmail.com

PTO Calendars

We still have some Oak Grove Calendars available for purchase for $10 if you would like to purchase one and help support the PTO. Contact Leah Parr: dlparr82@gmail.com

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

By now, you have probably heard the term “Growth Mindset” somewhere. At Oak Grove, we embrace the continuous strive for improvement as described in our updated Mission Statement, “Ignite a passion for learning in pursuit of excellence.”

As Kazakoff & Mitchell (2017) described it, growth mindset is the idea that, with effort, it's possible to increase intelligence levels, talents, and abilities. Students who demonstrate a growth mindset believe their abilities develop over time, tend to seek out opportunities to gain new knowledge and broaden their skills, and do not typically shy away from challenges.

Our teaching staff strives to offer opportunities that allow our students to flourish in their talents and develop those in need of growth.

I recently found an article that provides six tips to help students develop a growth mindset within the classroom. A few of them were classroom specific but others we can all try at home:

  1. Read books with characters that face challenges and overcome them

  2. Have your child participate in activities that allow for multiple opportunities to show improvement

  3. Model a growth mindset as a parent

To see the full list of six, feel free to check out the article here.

Preschool Screenings

On Wednesday, October 17th, we will conduct Preschool Screenings. Appointments are available from 1:00 -3:00 pm. The screenings are for students who are three or four years of age. The screening will examine a child's proficiency in speech/language and motor development, as well as assess pre-academic skills. Parents with questions or concerns about their child's development may schedule an appointment by contacting Julie Waehner at (847) 367-4120 ext. 2004

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