Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 18, 2022

News from Mrs. Barnabee and Mr. Murray

This week two of our Oak Grove staff members were nominated for the 1st Annual Lake County Educator of the Year Ceremony - Mr. Logan Farris for the category of Middle School Classroom Teacher and Mr. Rob Rendon for the category of Educational Service Personnel. They give their very best to everything they do each day; Mr. Rob and Mr. Farris are both gifts to our community. They are role models who exude positive effects on our school environment. It is with great pride that we share Lake County’s recognition of Mr. Rob and Mr. Farris!

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 4/17)

The theme for the month of April is GOALS.

Please take a few minutes to view the April page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Curriculum Corner

All families of a current third and fifth grade student will receive placement letters for ELA and Math the week of April 25 via email. Please email Alexa Dunn (adunn@ogschool.org) if you have any questions.

The spring placement appeal window opens April 25 and will close May 6. Families can appeal placement for a child in ELA and/or Math once per calendar year. See pages 11-12 of the TAG Handbook for specific information. To initiate an appeal, please complete the Parent Feedback form and email to Leslie Weber (weber@ogschool.org) and Alexa Dunn (adunn@ogschool.org) by May 6.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books 2022 Schedule:

Monday, April 25 @recess Seeding Round

Tuesday, April 26 @recess Round #1

Thursday, April 28 @recess Round #2

Monday, May 2 @recess Semi-Finals

Wednesday, May 4 (time to be determined) Grade Level Championships

Thursday, May 5 (time to be determined) Cross-Grade Level Championships

Friday, May 6 (time to be determined)

4th/5th Gold Medal Winner vs. 6th/7th/8th Gold Medal Winner

Ultimate OGS Student Champion vs. Teacher Champion

To Do Before April 25:

1. Finish reading your books

2. Memorize the titles and authors on your list

*Students should check their OGS email for important details and documents!

Questions? email Mrs. Osterman osterman@ogschool.org

Reading is Hydro-Mite!

Reading is fun and so is tossing water at Mrs. Barnabee, Mr. Murray, and Ms. Waehner!

We are offering a “Splash Into Summer Reading Challenge” for Kindergarten through 4th grade students to encourage all of them to READ, READ, READ! As a family, you will decide how many minutes your child will read each week and the best way to keep track of the minutes read. Registering your child for Reading is Hydro-Mite couldn’t be easier. Either click on the link below or simply respond to the email that has been sent directly to you. We will check on your child’s progress each week, with an email! A simple click of a button is all that is necessary! Each child that participates will earn bragging rights for meeting their goal, the wonderful experience of reading, and being able to toss a cup of water at the administrator of their choice! What could be more motivating?

Happy Reading!

Link to Register: Click here

Any questions please email: readingchallenge@ogschool.org


PTO News

Tsunami Car Wash Fundraiser Extended!

If you didn’t have time to get a car wash this weekend, you’ll be excited to hear the Tsunami Car Wash fundraiser has been extended through Friday. You can select any single car wash (ranging from $6- $15) and Tsunami Car Wash will generously donate 100% of profits to the PTO! When you pull up to the cashier, simply mention that you’re there for the Oak Grove PTO Fundraiser. Tsunami Car Wash is located at 4145 Grove Avenue in Gurnee.

Family Socials

We have reached capacity for tonight’s private Launch Trampoline event (5 pm - 6:30 pm). Remember to bring the completed waiver (it was sent to registrants from the PTO e-mail address) and grip socks if you already own a pair. The PTO will buy socks for you, if you do not own them. We look forward to seeing you there! (880 Lakeside Drive, Gurnee)

There are some spots still available for our private skating social on Saturday morning (10 am - 12:30 pm) at Just For Fun Roller Rink Social 139 N Seymour Avenue in Mundelein. The deadline to sign up is fast approaching– this Wednesday 4/ 20. Roller Skating Social Sign Up

Field Day is Returning!

We are so excited that Field Day will be returning this year! It will be held on Friday, May 27th which is an early dismissal day, so it will be a fun morning for all K-8 students. If your students have never had the opportunity to participate in an OGS Field Day, they can expect an awesome morning playing outdoor games with teammates from all grade levels from our unique K-8 school! In order for this morning to be successful, we are going to need A LOT of parent volunteers from 8-11:30am. Grab a friend and sign up for a station that sounds fun! Please feel free to email Dana Huennekens or Bev Smith with any questions.

Practice, Practice, Practice for the Variety Show!

Students who signed up to try out for the Variety Show should be meeting independently to try out for their acts. Tryouts for the show are on April 27 and April 28; please check the PTO’s website to find each group’s assigned tryout time. Each performer needs to bring the completed permission form to the audition.

Spirit Wear Swap

There is gently used– and FREE– spirit wear offered on the PTO’s Facebook Page! If you have items that you can pass along, please post them.

Noodles & Company Added to Lunch Menu

Oh, the pasta-bilities! We are excited to announce that Marla’s Hot Lunch added Noodles and Company starting next week, April 28th. Offerings include mac & cheese, grilled chicken with marinara, cheese tortellini rosa, buttered noodles, and spaghetti and meatballs. If you would like to add Noodles & Company to your order for next week, please be sure to do so by NOON this Wednesday.

Community Give Back Event @ Old School Forest Preserve

Come support our beautiful forest preserve and teach your kids about volunteerism! On May 22nd at 10:00 am, OGS families have an opportunity to volunteer at Lake County Forest Preserves. Families will help clear buckthorn, pull garlic mustard, and pick up sticks (ideal for smaller helpers). Volunteers are welcome to stay for any length of time. The deadline to sign up is May 1st: sign up here.

Collection for PADS

The collection for PADS continues this week. Your student can drop off items outside of the nurses’ office. Items in need:

● Men’s and women’s sweatpants and sweatshirts (all sizes)

● New sports bras and women’s underwear (S - 2XL)

● New men’s boxers (M – 2XL)

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Oak Grove School Board of Education

Please click here for Board Briefs, which is a short summary of discussion points at each Board meeting. Briefs are generated after meeting minutes are formally approved at each subsequent meeting.

We encourage our community to visit these sites to stay engaged in the topics and discussions of the OGS Board.

Official minutes and agendas can be found here.

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

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