Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 23, 2020


While we plan to be remote during the month of December, our goal is to return to in-person learning. Please remember that while at Oak Grove or on the school grounds, we do ask that you wear a mask. Thank you for your support and cooperation in this matter. Have a great break and we look forward to seeing you virtually on 12/1.

SEL Short: Relationships

Throughout our lives we have a variety of different types of relationships. Relationships are the way that two or more people connect. It is important for us to understand the different types of relationships we have and how each of them has a different set of “norms.” Having a better understanding of these relationships allows individuals to have expectations and establish appropriate boundaries.

Recently, our students have worked on identifying the different types of relationships that we may encounter throughout our lives, understanding what each of those relationships might entail, and analyzing whether or not the relationships are healthy. Our primary students (K-2) have focused on relationships with themselves and helping them gain confidence to “be who you are.” Students listened to or read the book Be Who You Are by Todd Parr or I Am Enough by Grace Byers. Each of these stories emphasizes that each of us are unique and amazing in our own way. Our intermediate (3-5) and junior high students (6-8) worked on differentiating the different types of relationships and what makes each relationship healthy.

This understanding will help lay the foundation for Erin’s Law. Erin’s law has been passed in 37 states and requires school districts to educate all students about age appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse. Erin’s Law instruction takes place the week of December 7th - 11th for all Oak Grove students. If you have any questions about how Erin’s Law is being implemented or do not want your child(ren) to participate please contact Ryan Murray at murray@ogschool.org or 847-367-4120 ext. 2708.


Video- Relationship skills in education

Article- Talking with family about relationships

Video- TedTalk: Methods to maintain meaningful relationships

Erin’s Law- Explainer video

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Please remember that when we return from Thanksgiving break, students in grades K-8 will take the winter round of the iReady diagnostic assessment for reading and math. All students whether they are an Eagle@Home or an Eagle@School (at home) will take the first 30 minutes of each diagnostic with their teacher. The rest of the diagnostic will be taken independently throughout the remainder of the week and completed by Friday, December 11th. As you may remember, the iReady assessment is computer adaptive and is designed for students to get 50% of the questions incorrectly and 50% correctly in order to determine their instructional level. The test results are more accurate when students complete the questions independently.

For additional information, please check out https://i-readycentral.com/FamilyCenter/ and our Oak Grove website, Assessment Information.
If you have any questions regarding this assessment, please contact Lilli Melamed at melamed@ogschool.org.

School Board Member Election

Four seats on the seven member Oak Grove School Board of Education will be filled at the April 6 election. Candidates elected will serve four-year terms expiring in April of 2025. The seats expiring are currently filled by Cathie DeMoon, Jon Baffico, Krysia Ressler, and Jennifer Manski.

Residents interested in running for the Board can pick up a petition packet at the Lake County Clerk’s office at 18 N. County Street in Waukegan.

The following are important election dates to remember:

December 14, 2020
Candidate filing period begins; first day for candidates to file their original nominating petitions, statement of candidacy, and receipt of filing of Statement of Economic Interests, to the office of county clerk or county board of election commissioners.

December 21, 2020
Candidate filing period ends.

December 29, 2020
Last day to file objections to nominating petitions.

December 30, 2020
Last day for ballot placement lottery, held by the county clerk for the first and last spots on the ballot if multiple candidates’ papers are filed simultaneously in the first and last hours of the filing period.

January 28, 2021
Last day candidate may file Withdrawal of Candidacy

February 4, 2021
Last day to file a Declaration of Intent to be a write-in candidate

April 6, 2021
Polls open 6am to 7pm

Elections are nonpartisan and Board candidates do not indicate a political party affiliation. For more information about the nature and duties of serving on a School Board, please click here.

Student Headset Survey

Our teachers have found that one of the challenges to connecting students collaboratively in the virtual setting has been students' ability to communicate without headphones of a higher quality that have a built-in microphone. The built-in microphone helps to eliminate background noise and support student engagement in the online learning environment. This impacts both our students @School and @Home since all teachers are using Google Meet to engage students in small group work. Please take a moment to complete this survey to help the OGSEF as they seek to support our OGS school community!

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