Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 24, 2018

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Creative Classroom Mini-Grant

At the end of the last school year, the OGSEF offered mini-grants to fund teachers’ ideas related to Creative Classrooms - classroom enhancements to impact learning that could be implemented in time for the new school year. We were proud to award 11 Creative Classroom Mini Grants benefiting 15 teachers.

This week, we are showcasing Mrs. Klunder’s mini-grant request for a classroom set of Rubik’s Cubes, which help students by showing them how math patterns work to aid us in so many aspects of life. As you can see from the photo, they were a big hit!

Leave your Mark at Oak Grove with a Playground Paver!
Our children's memories of their time at Oak Grove will last a lifetime, so take this opportunity to leave a permanent mark with a custom brick paver in our Elementary Playground and support innovative curriculum enhancements for your children at the same time! Order by October 26th for installation this year. Go to http://www.ogsef.org/playground-pavers.html for more information and to place your order.

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Kindergarten, 6th Grade, and New Parents

A physical examination form and proof of required immunizations are due for Kindergarten, 6th grade, and new students. 6th grade requires TDAP and MENINGOCOCCAL vaccine. The examination must have taken place within the past year, and is due by October 15th. Failure to submit the required documentation may result in exclusion from school. Please submit exam as soon as possible, or contact the school nurses with any questions.

K-4th: klosterman@ogschool.org

5-8th: johnson@ogschool.org

Student Council News

The annual Student Council gift wrap fundraiser is under way! At this point, all students have received a "Sweet Surprises" catalog to take home. If you are interested in making any purchases, please fill out the order form and send them back to school with your payment by Friday, October 12. Please note: You do not have to add sales tax.

The orders will arrive in November. Small orders will be sent home with students. Those who order larger items will be contacted when they can pick the orders up from school.

We appreciate your support of our Student Council and our mission to help our school and our community.

Band News

Symphonic Band

Parents, due to P.E. testing this week, in lieu of a lesson, students will have an assignment due before next Monday. It will be posted on the Symphonic Band Google classroom feed.

Also, this Wednesday morning during Symphonic Band, we will have an all-8th-grade rehearsal to prepare for the LHS football game Friday night! 6th & 7th graders will have the morning off; enjoy!

Concert Band

Parents, due to P.E. testing this week, in lieu of a lesson, Mr. Farris will assign students a playing test to prepare for next week’s lesson.

Beginning Band Update

Attention Parents,

There has been a slight change in the start of 4th grade lessons. Even though we set our dates in the spring, the school has many calendars. As it turns out, this coming week, Sept. 24th - 28th is dedicated to P.E. testing. So, the first week of lessons will begin one week later, Monday, October 1st,

the first lesson being a very important one, for sure! Please look at the schedule and set a weekly reminder for the night before, or use this as refrigerator art to remind your child which day to come.

Instruments will be released to students to be brought home after they have had their first lesson on how to assemble and handle them. Tuba parents can take home their tuba on or after Friday Oct. 5th.

The first full band rehearsal on Tuesday/Thursday at 12:00 noon will commence two to three weeks after lessons begin, when I am sure all students can assemble their instruments on their own in a reasonable amount of time. I will send an email out to all band parents when I am certain we can get started. I apologize for the confusion; I do try to plan this out way ahead of time to avoid this kind of situation.

4th-grade parents, if you have not done so, please let me know which instrument you’ve chosen, and send me your child’s name and homeroom teacher’s name to jones@ogschool.org

Social Emotional Learning

Today we completed our 2018-19 ALICE training for grades K-5. Students did an excellent job with the first step which is STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN! Mr. Mehnert & I worked on how to move and evacuate with every class. Lockdowns are not what we remember. We don't clump together in a corner and wait. The main goal we are teaching students is to STAY AWAY from danger. We hope that your child comes home feeling prepared and not scared. We also hope they can share the strategies we talked about with you because these are strategies that can be used anywhere, not just in school. We also ended every lesson reminding them that Oak Grove is a VERY SAFE place to be! The chance of a dangerous person ever getting into our school is so small. It's so small that hopefully they'll never know anyone it happens to during their whole life, but just like we have never had a fire burn down our school or a tornado strike Oak Grove, we do drills to keep us safe. We even had a fire drill last week and a tornado drill today. We want to reinforce that these drills are for PRACTICE!







Thank you for your support! We hope you enjoyed the weekend!

PTO News

Fannie May Candy Sales

The Oak Grove PTO Fannie May Candy

Fundraiser is going on again this year. 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


Amazon Smile

You can support the Oak Grove PTO when you shop on Amazon!

Just go to Smile.Amazon.com and select OAK GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT PTO, INC as your charity of choice. Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Oak Grove PTO at no cost to you.

Marla’s Hot Lunch

Just a reminder to place your orders for hot lunch! Orders are due by noon on Monday for the following week. Lunches for the week of October 8th include Portillo’s, Ganello's and Clucker's and feature farm to table apples and pears from Nichols Farm. Visit https://marlaslunch.boonli.com/login to order. Thanks for your support!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

This year, our professional development goals for our teaching staff is focused on assessments and feedback. Specifically, quality feedback related to a student’s academic performance. Why do we give students feedback? To describe student work in order to share what has been done well and what could be done to improve. Here are some examples you can try at home when you see your student’s work:

Examples of Good Feedback

  • Identifying strengths and weaknesses in the work

  • Expressing specifically in the work what you liked, “I really liked the way you added so many different colors to your picture.”

  • When criticizing, be constructive

Examples of Bad Feedback
  • Identifying the work as “good” or “bad”
  • Giving general praise, “Wow, that looks great!”

  • Describing what is wrong and offering no suggestions about how to fix it

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