Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ March 7, 2022

From the Principals' Desk

Winter Band Concert

On Wednesday, March 9 from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Pat Patt Gym our music department will showcase the hard work of our band students during the Winter Band Concert.

5Essentials - Thank You!

Hooray! We exceeded our quota for participation in this year’s Five Essentials Survey and have almost met our 50% goal - Thank You! Meeting this quota gives us the points needed for the state accountability system and it allows us to receive a detailed report of survey results. The survey gives us a helpful data point on school culture across our stakeholder groups – which we can use to improve systems and programs. It is not too late to help us meet our 50% goal. Parents may use THIS 5Essentials LINK to take the survey before March 11, 2022.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 3/7)

The theme for the month of March is Patience. Please take a few minutes to view the March page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

If you have any questions, please contact Susie Kiefer at skiefer@ogschool.org.

Important Dates

  • Mar. 9 - Winter Band Concert, 6:30-7:30 PM

  • Mar. 10 - Virtual Monarch Books Parent/Child Trivia Night, 6:00-7:15 PM

  • Mar. 11 - Blue Cast Performance of Annie Jr at 7 pm

  • Mar. 12 - White Cast Performance of Annie Jr at 7 pm

  • Mar. 15-23 - IAR Testing Gr 3-8

  • Mar. 15 - Committee of the Whole meeting 6 PM, Regular BoE meeting, 7:15 PM

  • Mar. 19 - Solo and Ensemble Contest 8am-2pm

  • Mar. 24 - Incoming Kindergarten Virtual Parent Mtg, 6:00-7:00 PM - RSVP here

  • Mar. 26 - Apr. 3 - Spring Break

Curriculum Corner

IAR Spring Testing Window

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), will take place next week beginning March 15th. Students in grades 3 through 8 will be assessed in both mathematics and language arts. Students will need working headphones for the audio portion of the English language arts assessments. Please make sure they come to school with working headphones, a charged device and have eaten a nutritious breakfast. The results of the IAR assessment will be shared in the fall with families.

TAG Program Webinar

There will be an informational webinar about the TAG program on March 22nd at 7:00pm. This webinar is open to all Oak Grove families. The focus of the webinar will be to share information about the current TAG program and recent updates to support student learning. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register using this link. You will be sent a link to the webinar closer to the event date.

PTO News

Volunteers Needed: State Testing Treat Bags

State mandated testing is not fun, but the PTO is hoping to make it a little sweeter for our students. The PTO Executive Board is looking for 10-15 volunteers to help us make treat bags for our 3rd - 8th graders taking the IAR test next week. We will be making them this Friday from 8 am - 10 am. Please contact Beth, Kate, or email PTO@ogschool.org, if you’re able to help.

Clucker’s Charcoal Chicken Fundraiser

On Wednesday, March 16th (4 pm - 8 pm) the delicious and generous Clucker's Charcoal Chicken (536 N Milwaukee Ave) is donating back 20% of Delivery & Dine In orders to support the PTO! If you are ordering delivery, you must order by phone directly with Clucker’s– you cannot use GrubHub, DoorDash, or a third party app. Please show or reference this GroupRaise Flier when purchasing: https://www.groupraise.com/events/220500. Also, if you are able to RSVP https://grouprai.se/e220500 (even if you’re not completely sure), it helps Clucker's Charcoal Chicken know roughly how many orders to expect. We hope you can make it, and please feel free to forward this invitation to your friends and family. Thanks in advance for your support!

OGS Grab & Go Spirit Wear

Show your school spirit with our Grab & Go Spirit Wear! We have car magnets, socks, hats, beanies, gloves, headbands, and more. Use this Google Form to submit your order; an invoice will be emailed to you to pay via PayPal. Items will be available for pick-up once your PayPal payment is received! Thank you in advance for your orders and for supporting the PTO!

Lunch Pantry Donations

The Lunch Pantry is in place for forgotten lunch orders, forgotten lunch bags or unexpected lunch mishaps! The PTO is taking in-kind donations, but they have to be the exact match of what has been approved; no substitutions are possible. If you are willing to donate, please sign up here. We only need about 5 donors right now. Thanks in advance for your generosity! Also, if you haven't granted permission on RevTrak for the Food Pantry for your children, do it today! Directions were emailed with the OG News on Feb. 7th.

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Annie, Jr.

The Class of 2022 is very excited to release their performances of Annie, JR. this weekend!

The Blue Cast Performance of Annie JR will be streamed on Friday, March 11th at 7 pm. Link to Buy March 11th Digital Tickets

The White Cast Performance of Annie JR will be streamed on Saturday, March 12th at 7 pm. Link to Buy March 12th Digital Tickets

Different 8th grade students will be featured in each color cast. The Green Cast will appear as the ensemble for both performances.

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4th and 5th Grade Intramural Basketball Reminder

Attention 4th and 5th grade students:

Boys and girls intramural basketball starts this week! This is a great opportunity to learn some basketball basics and play in some low intensity games with classmates.

Some of the information has changed. This is what we have now:

Our sessions will be:

March 8th and March 10th

March 15th, 16th, and 17th

March 22nd, 23rd, and 24th

We meet from 3:30-4:30 in the Patt Gym. Parents pick students up from school promptly at 4:30.

Cost is $10 per player. Parents can pay through the school website.

RevTrak will be open for payment on Wednesday, March 9th.


Questions? karolewicz@ogschool.org.

Oak Grove Wrestling News

Thirteen Eagles entered competition Saturday in front of a capacity crowd at Johnsburg High School. At the end of the day, Oak Grove would crown three Sectional Champs and advance two additional wrestlers to the IESA State Finals in DeKalb, IL this weekend. Additionally the Eagles placed 4th out of the 21 team field. Congratulations to James Liu, Matthew Liu, Colten Siebert, Logan Tayfel, and Jack Treutelaar and good luck this weekend!

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Band News

Beginning Band: This week’s focus is rhythm and pages 11-12 in Band. Students will have their next playing assessment with #49 “Hey Ho, Nobody’s Home”. We will also have a rhythm sheet assignment that will be due next Tuesday/Wednesday depending on full band days.

Concert/Symphonic Band: Happy Concert Week! Call time for warm-ups is 6 p.m. in our rehearsal spaces. Attire is “Dress Your Best”, please no jeans or athletic wear.

There will be no Concert Band rehearsal on Thursday morning. Symphonic Band rehearsal will remain as scheduled on a tentative basis.

Symphonic Band only: Musicians will need their flip folders for rehearsal starting tomorrow. It would be appreciated if “Where is your flip folder?” was asked at home.

Solo/Ensemble Soloists: Soloists will have time to rehearse with their accompanist on Thursday morning during regular rehearsal time starting at 7 a.m. We will be coming out with exact times for that morning by Wednesday at the latest. The only exception are students emailed by Mr. Jones.

Jazz: This Friday we are back to our regularly scheduled rehearsal. Woohoo!

Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee

This is a reminder that we are looking for bilingual families who would like to make a short video teaching words from your home language. If you are interested, please complete the survey.

Anyone interested in hosting a booth for the fair, should complete this form. We’re looking forward to celebrating the many cultures that make up our community on May 14th!


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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