Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 21, 2022

A Message from OGS Administration

Dear Families,

In early April, OGS administrators would like to meet with interested parents to discuss ideas, opportunities, and proposed updates to academic programming that potentially impact next school year and years that follow.

Presentations will be shared in each of the meetings and there will be time for Q/A with administrators. Parents will be asked to complete follow-up surveys to provide feedback to inform planning and future decisions. Please see the information below regarding two scheduled meetings and register for one or both at this link if you are interested in attending.

On Tuesday, April 5, from 6:00-7:00 pm, there will be a virtual (interactive) webinar on proposed instructional model changes for the 2022-23 school year that impact students going into grades 4 and 5 next year. While the target audience is families of students going into grades 4 and 5 in fall 2022, any parent/guardian may register. This webinar will be recorded and a link will be shared with all families on April 6.

On Monday, April 11, from 6:30-8:00 pm, administration will host an in-person meeting at OGS (Pat Patt Gym) to share ideas for the long-term development of STEM programming and any potential impact on elective courses at both the elementary and junior high levels. Please note: the 8th grade play for the 2022-23 school year will remain an elective class during the school day. There will be no adjustments to the play next year. All families are welcome. The presentation will be recorded for those that cannot attend and distributed to families after April 11.


If you are interested in hosting a booth for the multicultural fair taking place on May 14th, please complete this form. We’re looking forward to celebrating the many cultures that day and check out the photos below from past successful fairs!

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth O'Neill at elizabethoneill60048@gmail.com.

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Oak Grove Social Media

The Oak Grove Social Media Team is always looking for submissions to share via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Anyone who attends events is welcome to share pictures and/or videos, along with a description of the event and grade level(s) via email to socialmedia@ogschool.org. The submissions will be reviewed to ensure student privacy before postings. Any questions? Email the team!

6th-8th Grade Track Season Begins!

All 6th-8th grade students who are interested in track should attend our first meeting of the season on Monday, April 4th from 3:45 PM-4:45 PM. We will meet on the pavement by the junior high playground to go over the offered events, review the organization and expectations for practices, and answer any questions before getting to work.

Track practices will typically run from 3:45 PM-4:45 PM Monday-Thursday with longer hours on meet days. All interested students must have a current sports physical on file before our first meet on Wednesday, April 13th in order to participate in the season. Physical forms should be submitted directly to the Oak Grove Nurses' Office.

Ms. Bulley, Mr. Callahan, and Mr. Picchiotti, this year's coaches, will host a virtual parent meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, April 6th to provide additional information for the season; however, please feel free to reach out to Elizabeth Bulley (bulley@ogschool.org) with any questions before then.

We look forward to a great season ahead!

PTO News

Variety Show

Back by popular demand…Oak Grove Variety Show 2022 LIVE! Yes, we said LIVE! Calling all 5th-8th graders. It is time to get your creative juices flowing and think of which talents you want to share with our community. Solos and groups can try out - all talents welcome. The OGS stage hasn’t had a variety show since 2019, so if you aren’t familiar with it, watch the video boards at school for clips from past shows and ask your neighbors with older kiddos. It's the most fun you'll ever have! We are also looking for parent volunteers who want to serve on the planning committee. Please reach out to Christine Merrild and Ashley Wilson for more information.

Look on the PTO website for all Variety Show news and review the tryout information sheet linked here!

Signups ... April 5th & 6th

Tryouts ... April 27th & 28th

Variety Show ... May 20th

Family Socials

As life returns to normal we wish we could squeeze in all the fun PTO events that we all love and cherish, but there isn’t enough time or manpower to hold them all before the end of the year. We’ll DEFINITELY be bringing back student+parent dances/socials and grade level socials next year, but for this year all OGS families are invited to a series of family socials we’ll be hosting in April including roller skating, bowling and trampoline jumping. The PTO will pay admission for these events and family groups or groups of students with a parent chaperone can attend together. Watch for an e-mail this week with additional details and links to Google Forms to sign up for these events!

Community Give Back Event @ Old School Forest Preserve

On May 22nd from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Oak Grove families will have an opportunity to volunteer at Lake County Forest Preserves. This event is for the whole family! We will be helping clear buckthorn, pull garlic mustard, and pick up sticks (ideal for smaller helpers). Volunteers are welcome to stay for any length of time, but LCFP asks that all volunteers report at 10:00 am to go over the directions.The deadline to sign up is May 1st: sign up here to support our beautiful forest preserve, teach your kids about volunteerism, and spend time outdoors with others from our OGS community!

Thank You For Supporting Clucker’s Night

Thank you to everyone who ordered Clucker’s Charcoal Chicken last Wednesday; you helped us raise nearly $400 for the PTO and supported a local business in the process! We learned that they were understaffed that night and we know that orders took longer than expected; we appreciate your patience!

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Band News

Congratulations to all our musicians who performed in the annual Oak Grove & Rondout School Solo & Ensemble Festival this past Saturday! Thirty two students participated in 24 events and all earned a Division 2 (out of 3) rating or higher!

Beginning Band/Jazz Band: The date has been set! Our joint Beginning and Jazz Bands concert will be May 11, 2022 at 6:30 p.m. here at Oak Grove.

Jazz Band only: We will have Jazz Band rehearsal this Friday (3/25) for those staying in town.

Concert/Symphonic Band: We also have a tentative date for our joint Concert and Symphonic Bands concert. Please keep Tuesday, May 3, 2022 from 6-8 p.m. available for an evening concert.


Hands-on STEM adventures are coming to Oak Grove this summer through Camp Invention! This K-6 program will run from June 13- 17. Register using SUM25 by 3/31 to save $25 at invent.org/mylocalcamp.

Please email abrown@ogschool.org with any questions.

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