Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 17, 2018

Snowflake 2018 for 7th and 8th graders!

Snowflake seeks to bring together middle school youth, community professionals, and other caring adults to develop a trusting relationship and provide a framework of understanding of oneself and of others. The program also strives to teach youth valuable skills that develop healthy peer relationships, promote responsible decision making, and resist negative peer pressure.

LOCATION: Hawthorn South

DATE: Friday, October 19, 2018

TIME: 2:30-10:00 pm

Parents- 7:15-10:00 pm (Speaker, desserts and coffee)

FEE: $25 Per Student

(The fee includes student dinner, snack, T-shirt, and materials)

Topics to be covered include:


To confirm placement for your child, please fill out the permission form and payment. Forms are in the Virtual Backpack.

Social Emotional Learning

Dear Kindergarten through 5th grade parents,

This past week, all of the classes heard the story, I’m Not Scared…I’m Prepared! Because I Know All About ALICE! by Julia Cook. We had many great discussions and the students know that the chance of a fire, tornado or a dangerous person entering our building are so small and it will probably never happen, but we practice to be prepared for EVERYTHING. Kindergarten made mobiles that reminded them to STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN to their teacher. 1st-4th grade practiced spreading out and hiding and 5th grade walked around the building identifying multiple exits. This week we will continue to practice by locking down (spreading out, barricading), throwing yarn balls to distract an intruder and running zigzagging in the hallway to and out the nearest/safest exit! There will be two teachers in the room for all of these practice drills.


Lock Down




Multicultural Committee

We are so excited for another amazing year of wonderful events! If you are new to the district, the Multicultural Committee meets about once per month and is in charge of planning a Multicultural Evening that includes over 35 booths sharing their cultures from all over the world! Last year, we had the most amazing turnout with hundreds of people attending our first event. Authentic food was shared, dancing was performed by our own students, friends were transported to other countries via selfie's and wonderful technology! Students and families created videos for all of Oak Grove to learn how to say hello, goodbye and count to 10. Please consider joining our committee for another amazing event this spring. The dates below are the meeting dates for the 2018-19 school year.

Monday, September 24th - 11:30-12:30

Monday, October 29th -11:30-12:30

Monday, November 26th - 11:30-12:30

Monday, January 14th - 11:30-12:30

Monday, February 25th - 11:30 -12:30

Monday, March 11th - 11:30-12:30

Monday, April 1st - 11:30-12:30

All meetings will take place in the PD room. Please check in the elementary office before each meeting. If you have any questions, please email Susie Kiefer at skiefer@ogschool.org

Thank you!

Band News

Morning rehearsals are buzzing with a flurry of activity! Please help us stay on top of attendance by letting us know with a quick email if your child cannot attend a morning rehearsal for any reason.

Symphonic band- jones@ogschool.org

Concert Band- farris@ogschool.org

Band books need to be purchased for next week. Students in each band need a lesson book. Here is a link to show you which book to get. http://ogschoolband.weebly.com/which-book-will-my-child-need.html

8th grade football music is ready to be picked up. See Mr. Jones for your set. We will go over it in lessons before next Friday’s game.

Beginning Band

Parents, please let me know which instrument you’ve chosen, and send me your child’s name and their classroom teacher’s name at jones@ogschool.org

4th grade lessons will start next week, Sept 24th. The first lesson being a very important one, for sure! Please double check the lesson schedule and 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 it. Tuba parents can take home a tuba on or after Friday, Sept. 28th.

4th-6th Grade Fall Intramural Volleyball

4th-6th Grade Fall Intramural Volleyball

We will meet this Friday, September 21, and next Friday, September 28, from 3:30-5:30 in the Patt Gym (by the elementary parking lot). Intramural volleyball is open to boys and girls. Kneepads and athletic clothing/shoes are highly recommended. Please bring a water bottle and a snack to eat during the break (4:30-4:40). A physical is not required. There is a $10 fee for participation. Fill out the permission form and pay the fee online through RevTrak.

Contact Coach Anna Edelson with Questions edelson@ogschool.org

Intramural Sports Permission Form

PTO News

PTO Calendars

Thank-you to Leah Parr for creating a wonderful calendar this year! 2018-2019 OGS calendars are still available. Buy yours today for $10. Contact Leah Parr dlparr82@gmail.com.

PTO Volunteer Opportunity - Fundraising

Are you looking for a way to get involved that doesn’t take up much time and can be done from home? The PTO has a volunteer opportunity for you! We are looking for someone to help with our online and store fundraising efforts. It’s a minimal amount of work and can provide a big impact. If you are interested in the position or want additional information, please email pto@ogschool.org.

Oak Grove Class of 1969 Visits

Members of the Oak Grove class of 1969 toured the building with Dr. Lemon on Sunday. Many were in town to celebrate their 45th class reunion at Libertyville High School. On Saturday, Dr. Lemon met with them at a luncheon where they surprised their 8th grade basketball coach, Chuck Gohs, with a trophy, a signed basketball and personal notes from many of their classmates.

On Sunday, a group toured our school with Dr. Lemon. They were the first class to attend Oak Grove for grades 1-8. As Kindergartners, before the school opened, they went to school in what is now the Green Oaks Village Hall. When they attended Oak Grove, only the 1954 building (the current Central Office and basement areas) and the 1961 editions (current 4th grade hallway) existed. During their years here the 1964 edition (current 6th grade hallway) was built.

They were amazed at the wonderful school we have and wish the current teachers and staff the very best!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

You may have heard us talk about the Workshop Model for reading and writing. The Workshop Model is not a particular book or resource; it’s an instructional strategy that organizes the class time into different parts to ensure that the students are doing the ‘heavy lifting’ during the lesson.

Utilizing a workshop approach asks the teachers to provide a mini-lesson of direct instruction to the whole class. This is an opportunity to share the learning target and the student goal for the lesson. After the direct instruction takes place, students begin to dig in and practice their skills. This is a chance for students to confer with the teacher one on one or work in small groups to receive additional direct instruction. This time is also an opportunity to have collaborative conversations and engage in individual practice of skills and strategies. This fosters student independence while providing scaffolded support. At the conclusion of the lesson, the teacher facilitates a share out of the learning and utilizes the closing of the lesson to provide any additional points of clarification for next steps.

This week, we have our Workshop Trainer in the building working with our teachers and students to improve our skills in implementing this model. By having the trainer in the classroom and modeling the instructional strategies, our teachers are getting targeted small group instruction just like what we want our students to receive. We are excited to use this structure to maximize student learning time in order to help students grow!

Attn: 4th and 5th grade Parents

The Oak Grove School library is delighted to welcome New York Times bestselling author Liesl Shurtliff and award-winning author Brianna DuMont on Tuesday, September 25th. Ms. Shurtliff and Ms. DuMont will talk with 4th and 5th Grade students about their careers and their books.

To guarantee a personalized copy of any of these books, please return the order form with payment (cash or check payable to Oak Grove School) by Tuesday, September 25th. If you miss that date, there will be a limited supply of signed, but not personalized, books available for purchase through October 8th.

The order form can be found in the Virtual Backpack and a copy was given to your student.

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