Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 16, 2015

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Our new Illinois Science standards are based on the philosophy that the science and engineering require both knowledge of application skills as well as the content. The new standards have been written to create an integrated and cohesive learning experience for the students as represented by the visual below.

Here are the answers to the science acronyms presented in the November 1st, Oak Grove News. Have a great week!

NGSS- Next Generation Science Standards

  • K-12 Science standards that were adopted by IL in February of 2014

PE- Performance Expectations
    • Statements that identify what the student should be able to demonstrate related to the content in which they are learning, “Students who demonstrate understanding can:”

DCI- Disciplinary Core Ideas
    • Content within each field of science (Physical, Life, Earth/Space, and Engineering)

SEP- Scientific and Engineering Practices
    • Major practices that scientists employ as they investigate the world

CCs- Crosscutting Concepts
    • Concepts that have application across all domains of science, for example: cause and effect

PS- Physical Science
    • The sciences concerned with the study of inanimate natural objects, including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and related subjects

LS- Life Science
    • The sciences that deal with living organisms, their life processes, and their interrelationships,such as biology, medicine, or ecology

ESS- Earth and Space Science
    • Sciences such as geography, geology, or meteorology, that deal with the earth, its composition, or any of its changing aspects

ETS- Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science
    • The science of engineering design and identifying links among engineering, technology, science and society

STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Art all based on Mathematical concepts
    • STEAM lessons provide an avenue for formally teaching the interrelationships of how subjects relate in real-life

Paraprofessionals Day: Wednesday, November 18th

The Oak Grove Education Association would like to say thank you to all Educational Support Paraprofessionals (ESP's) that make our school a great place to be. Through their dedication to our children, our schools are well maintained, lunch and recess are safe places, assistance is given in the classroom, libraries are friendly learning environments, traffic is maintained in the parking lots, the phones are answered, state reports are completed and temperatures are taken with care. It truly takes a village to raise children and we are very grateful for our ESP's here at Oak Grove. On behalf of the OGEA, WE THANK YOU!!

Oak Grove's Paraprofessionals


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Technology Support

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

New Web Site

The OGSEF is proud to launch our new web site – check it out at www.ogsef.org! And while you are there….

Gala Tickets/Sponsorships are Now Available

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 27th, 2016 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community, parents, faculty and students to make it a great success. Plus, it is a great opportunity to network and socialize with your community…not to mention a ton of fun!

The Grove Gala 2016 will be held on February 27, 2016 from 6:30 PM to 12:30 AM at Independence Grove in Audubon Hall.


Visit http://www.ogsef.org/gala-2016 for information or to purchase tickets. Tickets are limited, so be sure to secure your seat early!

Individual Ticket: $100; OGS Teacher/Staff Ticket: $75

We also have several other sponsorship opportunities available for the Gala. As the end of the year approaches, this is a great way to make those final tax-deductible charitable contributions!

OGSEF is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation.

  • Eagle Business Partner Program - Sponsorship Amount: $2500

As an Eagle Business Partner, your branding will be featured in our Gala program and your logo will be prominently placed on marketing materials – web site, collateral, email, signage and more - for OGSEF sponsored events throughout the year.

  • Eagle Champions Circle - Sponsorship Amount: $1750

Members of the Eagle Champions Circle will receive two tickets to the Grove Gala, recognition in the event program and a commemorative gold leaf on the Oak Grove Giving Tree.

  • Eagle Fan Club- Sponsorship Amount: $1000

Members of the Eagle Fan Club will receive two tickets to the Grove Gala and recognition in the event program.

To purchase tickets or commit to one of our Sponsorship Packages, please visit www.ogsef.org/gala-2016 and click the "Buy Gala Tickets Now" tab at the bottom of the page or visit our event campaign page. If you are interested in making a custom donation or contribution, please visit www.ogsef.org/donate-now. Thank you so much for your support!

Gala auction donations are rolling in. Thank you to all of your great donations & ideas this far. We appreciate all of your help. Dr. Lemon has generously offered Superintendent for the Day, a personal Lemon dinner and a class ice cream party.

Thanks a million, Dr. Lemon, for all you do!

We are still looking to secure items that have done so well in the past. Items like Amazon Echo, Go Pro & vacation home stays are always a HUGE success! All your efforts & contacts contribute to our mutual goal for Gala 2016.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Carlene Lichter if you have any auction items, questions, ideas or contacts!

PTO News

November 16, 2015

A Message from PTO Co-Presidents Lisa Perrone and Mia Hughes:

Lunches this week:

Monday – Jersey Mikes

Tuesday – Potato/Panino

Wednesday – Pizza

Thursday – Panda Express

Please remind your student to bring their student ID to lunch. Thank you!

Ladies Wine & Shop Night:

On Thursday, November 19th from 5-8pm. What She Wants Boutique will be hosting a ladies wine and shop night to benefit the OGS PTO. The store offers a nice variety of clothes and exceptional gifts not found anywhere else. It is located inside the Condell Centre Club – 200 W Golf Road.

Pancake Breakfast/Mall In the Hall:

Save the date….Saturday, December 5th. More details to come. You won’t want to miss this great event!

Elementary Book Fair:

The Elementary Book Fair begins this Wednesday! The Elementary Library will be bursting with a truly exciting selection of books. Please plan to join us during the school day or during conferences on Monday, 11/23. We are also holding a special "Family Event" for students and their families who would like to get some evening shopping done on Wednesday evening. Remember that the All For Books coin challenge campaign is running through Thursday. All the money collected helps build the classroom libraries of A.J. Katzenmaier School in North Chicago.
See the Virtual Backpack for a schedule of individual classroom visits to the fair, and an order form to purchase gift certificates for teachers.
Fair Hours:
Wednesday, 11/18: 8:15am-3:30pm
Thursday, 11/19 8:15am-3:30pm
Friday, 11/20 8:15am-3:30pm
Monday, 11/23 1:00pm-7:00pm

As always, all the profits benefit the Elementary Library, classrooms and the PTO. Hope to see you there!


7th graders, families and friends,

You are invited to our 9th annual 7th grade STEM expo being held on Thursday, November 19th, from 2:15 pm until 3:00 pm here at Oak Grove in the Junior High Cafeteria.

Student Council News

We are getting ready to wrap up our KidStuff Coupon Book 2015-2016 fundraiser. The coupon books have so many great ways to save! Each book costs $25 and half of that will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! Purchasing is easy. Head to the Oak Grove online payment system, RevTrak, choose Student Council and purchase your books. The sale wraps up November 20th and all books will make it to your student before winter break. Please see our flyer in the Virtual Backpack for more information.

Veterans Day Ceremony

One of Oak Grove's greatest traditions is our day to honor our veterans who have served in the armed forces. Once again, our 8th graders put on another amazing Veterans Day ceremony last Wednesday. It is an event that separates Oak Grove from all other schools. Thank you to the students and staff for all the time and effort put into making this the grand display of recognition that it is for our heroes. You can see videos of the event here.

Report Cards

With report cards coming out at the end of this week, we thought parents would appreciate a quick note about how report cards are distributed.

K-5 core classes: Report cards for students in grades K-5 will be sent home with the students on Friday, November 20. Specials grades will not be included on this report card.

K-5 specials: A specials report card for students in grades K-5 will be emailed home on Friday, November 20.

6-8 classes: Report cards for students in grades 6-8 have been online for several years now. This year, in addition to being able to look up the grades online, a report card will be emailed home for students in grades 6-8. This will include both core classes and specials classes.

We would kindly ask parents to refrain from contacting teachers about grades this week as this is the time that many assignments and comments are being worked on. The grades found in PowerSchool should be considered a “working document” until Friday. Once report cards are sent home, grades can be considered complete, and you should feel free to contact teachers about any discrepancies you may come across.

Feed My Starving Children Reminder

Don't forget to reserve your families spot to Feed My Starving Children this year! Oak Grove School, the PTO, and our local Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts come together to volunteer their time to this worthy cause. We have reserved 140 spaces for Friday, December 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Feed My Starving Children is located at 742 East Park Avenue (Highway 176) in Libertyville.

You may register online at www.fmsc.org. Click on “Volunteer Registration” in the upper right corner of the website, then click ‘Pack at a Permanent Sites’, click on ‘Join a Group’. Enter “Join Code” 654239. Important note - when signing up, you need to register yourself first ,then go back and add the name of everyone from your family that will be attending.

Thank you for considering helping FMSC in their efforts to ward off world hunger. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ken LaCrosse at klacrosse@comcast.net.

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