Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 1, 2021

Halloween Fun at Oak Grove!

From Mrs. B. and Mr. Murray

PTO Room Parent Thank You!

The rainy, cold weather did not hold back the inside festivities in our classrooms last Friday. Thanks to our wonderful PTO Room Parents, our K-4 students enjoyed a wide variety of fall games and activities. In grades 5-8, our students dressed to WIN the purple, green, orange, and black color war. Thank you, PTO, for all you do to create positive energy at OGS!

Lost and Found - 11/13/21

From 10:30 AM - Noon on Saturday, November 13, 2021, the front entrance of the school will be open for anyone who would like to stop by and take a look. We have collected many items in our Lost and Found so far this year. Any items left after 11/13/21 will be donated to a local charity for someone else to use.

**Mr. Rendon has the Lost and Found items ready for anyone available this week from 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.**

Bus Changes

Ms. Sherman and Mrs. B enjoyed a productive conversation with the bus company last week. They were able to make one adjustment so far for a couple of our morning routes. Parents were notified already of these changes. In the coming weeks, Durham is working on the tiering of routes, which means flip-flopping and combining routes in order to avoid running double routes in the afternoon. We hope to have these changes ready beginning the week of 11/29. As soon as we have more information, we will share with the affected families.

Thursday’s Basketball Games Canceled

Due to parent-teacher conferences at Millburn, their teams need to cancel the games this Thursday (Nov. 4). We will inform families as soon as these games can be rescheduled.

SEL at Oak Grove

The theme for the month of November is generosity. Please take a few minutes to view the November page of our website to see what is coming up this week for Erin’s Law.

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

Mental Health Minute

November - Stress

If you need support or are looking to support someone else, please visit Safe2Help Illinois and/or our website for valuable information.

Important Dates

Nov. 3: Picture Retakes - Click here to order, PTO Mtg 6:30 PM

Nov. 6-7: Daylight Savings time switch

Nov. 10: Early Release at 1:00 PM

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day

Nov. 12: Trimester 1 Report Cards go home

Nov. 15-18: Elementary Book Fair in Junior High Library

Nov. 16: Committee of the Whole meeting 6:00 pm, Regular Board meeting 7:15 pm in the Rubber Gym

Nov. 22-23: Parent Teacher Conferences - No School

Nov. 24-26: No School - Thanksgiving Break

Curriculum Corner

Illinois Assessment for Readiness 2021 Results

In the spring of 2021, students in grades three through eight took the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). Families will receive their child(ren)’s report via email on Friday, November 5th. The results of the IAR represent a baseline measure of student learning and readiness for college and careers. This assessment offers a small snapshot of your child’s performance. District 68 utilizes multiple measures including iReady, AIMSweb, and classroom based measures to understand student learning. More information will be included in the enclosed letter with student results.

Reminder: Standards Based Reporting Webinar

There will be an informational webinar on Standards Based Reporting November 2nd from 6:00-7:00pm. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register here. You will be sent a link to the webinar once you have registered.

Veteran’s Day Celebration

On Thursday, November 11th, we will be honoring veterans and service members within the Oak Grove community. There will be a brief ceremony beginning at 10:00am outside Oak Grove School in the junior high parking lot. Please complete the RSVP form by Friday, November 5th, whether you are attending in person or virtually. Our students will be wearing masks and we encourage all outside participants to wear masks as well due to the large number of people expected.

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Yard Signs

This is the final week to purchase your school spirit wooden yard signs. This sale closes Friday, November 5. Thank you to all who have already placed their orders.

The yard signs are made of solid wood, measure 16” x 12”, and are painted OGS blue with white lettering. The cost for the sign is $35 and can be ordered on our RevTrak payment system using this direct link: https://ogs.revtrak.net/student-council/

All orders will be ready on or before our week of parent/ teacher conferences during Thanksgiving week. When yours is ready for pick up, we will contact you.

If you have any questions, please email Ashley Douglass at douglass@ogschool.org .

Student Council News

6th-8th grade student council members have a meeting next week. There are two meeting days, but members only need to attend one meeting. Meeting dates and times for this week:

Option #1 Thursday, November 4 at 2:50

Option #2 Friday, November 5 at 2:50

Please check our Student Council Google Classroom for more information. "See" you soon!

PTO News

PTO Meeting This Week!

Our next PTO meeting will be this Wednesday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm in the Elementary Library. For those attending in person it will be a chance to see the amazing library renovation that the PTO helped support. A separate email will be sent with the meeting agenda, minutes from the last meeting and a Zoom link if you prefer to attend virtually. We look forward to seeing you there.

We Are Eagles Dance Challenge Highlights Video

A couple weeks ago we reported on the spirit-filled We Are Eagles Dance Challenge and flash mob. We are excited to share a highlights video that includes a handful of the video submissions as well as some of the awesome drone footage. An extended version, including all submissions, plays on the multimedia screens inside the school. These videos would not be possible without the talents and generosity of Dr. Meltzer, so please join us in sending him a huge THANK YOU!

Halloween Celebration Gratitude

We hope everyone had a very Happy Halloween! We’d like to give a huge shout out to the grade 5-8 teacher liaisons: Mrs. Tazzioli, Mrs. Douglass, Mrs. Sims and Mrs. Edelson for organizing the Color Wars; and Mrs. Barnabee for helping coordinate plans! All the students came out strong! Unfortunately, due to the weather, the Halloween DJ during Junior High recess had to be postponed. It has been rescheduled for this Friday, November 5th so we look forward to helping the kids have some more fun this week!

Thank you as well to the K-4 teacher liaisons, Grade Level Coordinators, room parents and volunteers who helped plan and coordinate classroom parties. Celebrating together, helping the students create keepsakes and make memories with friends is just one of the many things that makes OGS such a special place and we couldn’t do it without everyone’s help.
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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