Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 18, 2019

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Lost and Found

Parents/Guardians, if you come in for conferences next week, please stop by the elementary and junior high Lost and Found tables. We have lots of winter items waiting for you; lost mittens, hats, boots, and coats are all looking for their owners! When we reach winter break at the end of December, whatever is left behind will be donated to our local PADS locations to those in need.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

The second of the four areas of the new Social Science content standards is Geography. The geography concepts include:

  • Geographic Representations: Spatial Views of the World

  • Human-Environment Interaction: Place, Regions, and Culture

  • Human Population: Spatial Patterns and Movements

  • Global Interconnections: Changing Spatial Patterns

Again, these are K-12 themes but they look different across the grades. For example, in first grade that would look like “constructing and interpreting maps and other representations to navigate familiar places” In third grade that would look like, “comparing how people modify and adapt to the environment and culture in our community and other places.” And in middle school it evolves into, “explaining how changes in transportation and communication influence the spatial connections among human settlements and affect the spread of ideas and culture.”

In the next two Curriculum Corners, there will be a more in-depth look at another area of study within the new standards. If you missed last week, we reviewed the Civics standards. For more information feel free to use the direct Link to the Illinois Social Science Standards or the link to the ISBE page with Social Science Resources.


Oak Grove families,

We have been invited to register our kindergarteners through eighth-graders for STEM with STEAM winter workshops and a Harry Potter Festival, offered through ‘The Center for Gifted ~ Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity’ hosted by Lincolnshire School District 103 at Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 Riverwoods Rd. in Lincolnshire.


1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019

  • Kindergarten through Fourth-Graders: Chemistry/Physics/Fermentation
  • Fifth- through Eighth-Graders: Electronics Lab

1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020

  • Kindergarten through Fourth-Graders: Slime/Science of Art/Physics
  • Fifth- through Eighth-Graders: Electromagnetic Energy/Density/Microbiology

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020

  • Kindergarten through Fourth-Graders: Flight/Biology/Electricity
  • Fifth- through Eighth-Graders: Physics/Chemistry/Art of Science

Harry Potter Festival

1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020

  • Kindergarten through second-graders: Magical Adventures with Strange Brews ą la Harry Potter and Beyond!
  • Third- through eighth-graders: Formulate spells! Play Quiddich! Mix potions and create your own wands!

Want more information? See the flyers in the Virtual Backpack, email info@centerforgifted.org or call (847) 901-0173.

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Reminder from the Technology Department

Parents and Guardians

Please remember when you are making holiday plans, school issued devices are not permitted to travel.

If you have any questions, please email the OGS Tech Team at ogstech@ogschool.org.

Thank you!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Save the Date: Grove Gala ’20 – February 29, 2020 – Independence Grove

Our biennial Spring 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 event features food, drinks, entertainment, auctions and more. This is an event you will not want to miss! More information on the event and tickets will be posted soon on www.ogsef.org.

Silent Auction Donations – We Need You!

At this event, most of our fundraising dollars come from the silent auction. We are reaching out to our talented OGS community to donate to or help secure donations for the auction and raffle.

  • Experiences are always a big hit –Game tickets, gourmet dinners, golf outings, concerts, parties – we want your ideas!
  • We love to leverage the talents of our OGS community – Coaching/lessons, culinary treats, legal work, photography, beauty or whatever your talent may be.
  • We also welcome merchandise of all kinds –Sports memorabilia, tech items and the like.
  • We are also looking for a wine donor or connection to help support one of our activities.

We can’t wait to hear your creative ideas -- simply reach out to Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net with your auction or raffle donation, or if you are interested in helping secure donations for the Gala by volunteering for the auction committee. Thank you so much for your support. Gala tickets will be on sale soon, so keep an eye out for updates.

PE News

PE classes participated in the Guinness Book of World Records Sport Stacking Day last week. The students had some great competitions throughout the day. There are still sport stacking cups and mats for sale. Cups are $20-$25 and Mats with Timers are $25. See Mrs. Savage in the junior high gym to purchase a set this week.

PTO News


Book Fair Hours:

November 19 8:15am - 3:30pm

November 20 8:15am - 3:30pm AND 6:00pm - 8:00pm (*Family Night*)

November 21 8:15am - 3:30pm

November 22 8:15am - 3:00pm

Check out our website https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bf/ogs for more information and cashless payment options. Class book fair schedule is posted in the virtual backpack.

ALL FOR BOOKS (Grades K-4)

Keep those dollars rolling in for the All for Books Classroom Dollar Challenge, benefitting Reading Power. The winning classroom will be announced this Thursday and awarded a book fair shopping spree!


All are welcome to come and shop with us at the Book Fair Family Night this Wednesday, November 20th, from 6pm-8pm. Stock up on holiday surprises or simply spend an evening exploring new books with family and friends. All who enter can register to win our gift basket full of books and goodies.


Thank you to everyone who helped in making the Junior High book fair a success. A special thank you to all the volunteers and staff members who gave their time to help make the book fair run smoothly. Thank you to the book fair committee: Julie Baker, Adrienne Castro, Raabia Khan, Keli Lisokar, Becky Rynes, Jenniffer Tippett, and Rebecca Wagner. Thank you to the volunteers: Katie Carlson, Jill Giovennetti, Debbie Grier, Mia Hughes, Karen Linde, Saakshi Marya Wadhera, Mindy Warren, and Kris Wilson. A special thank you to Dr. Lemon, Mrs. Sherman, Mrs. Rappaport, Mrs. Azzato, Mrs. Gilbert, Mrs. Draths, Mr. Huber, Mrs. Jacobs, Mr. Suarez and the maintenance team!


Fannie May candy pick up will be Thursday, November 21, from 3:30 to 4:30pm in the Junior High cafeteria. If you can’t make it, please make arrangements with Carlene Lichter (carlenelichter@gmail.com or 847-414-0497) to pick it up from her house. This was our biggest order ever. Thank you for your support!


On Monday, December 9th, B.Bungalow in Libertyville will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Fundraiser for the Oak Grove School PTO. What better time to start your holiday shopping and support your local school!


With the holidays right around the corner, what better way to find those amazing gifts and support the Oak Grove PTO through Amazon Smile! It’s simple…just go to Smile.Amazon.com and select OAK GROVE SCHOOL DISTRICT PTO, INC as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Oak Grove PTO at no cost to you.


Did you know that when you use your Heinen’s Tasteful Rewards Card throughout the school year, Heinen’s will donate up to 1% of your purchase to a school of your choice?

Three easy ways to sign up:

  • Online at heinens.com/schools
  • In-store at the Customer Service Desk
  • Call Customer Relations at 1-855-475-2300 x2337


Winter is coming! Tip #2 - Take steps to address drafty windows - make sure windows are locked, replace weather stripping and consider the application of insulating film.

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