Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ November 27, 2017

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2017-18 Geography Bee

Hello geography fans! This year, Oak Grove will hold our Geography Bee on January 17th at 6:00pm in the Junior High Learning Center.

Please visit Mr. Henneberry’s website for registration and preparation activities.


Parent/Child Monarch Activity Night

On November 15th, Mrs. Rappaport and Ms. Wesley hosted a Parent/Child Monarch Activity Night. Approximately 100 people enjoyed crafts, yoga, and listening to a story. All of the activities were tied to the 2018 Monarch List. ​

Toys for Tots Reminder

Grab a donation snowflake off the snowman display to bring in a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. We have collection boxes located by both the Junior High and Elementary offices for your convenience.

In addition, on December 15th we'll be having a dance for grades 6-8 and donating all the entrance fee proceeds to Toys for Tots.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Student Council News

Holiday Wishes catalog orders are here! Many of you have picked up your orders already, but we have a few hanging around. Please email Ashley Evans at evans@ogschool.org to pick up your order.

All 6th-8th grade students are invited to stay after school on Friday, December 15th from 3:30-5:00 pm for our first dance of the year! Music, dancing, raffles, and an open gym all await you! Your entrance fee to the dance is a new toy for a boy or girl, ages 0-12 (unwrapped and no stuffed animals, please) or $10 to donate to Toys for Tots. It should be a fun afternoon and we hope to see you all there!

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6th Grade Service Day at "Feed My Starving Children"

The 6th grade class will be going to Feed My Starving Children on Friday, December 15th in the morning. Parent volunteers are needed for this field trip. There is a ratio of 1 adult for every 3 – 4 students so we are in need of multiple adults. Please let Mrs. Klunder know if you are available to meet the class at the facility and help a small group of students perform their task. It is an amazing morning and such a great experience for all who participate! Thank you in advance for helping to make it wonderful for the 6th graders! klunder@ogschool.org

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

As we charge into the holiday season, it is important for our children to realize the value of giving thanks. Depending on the age of your child, there are different ways to help foster their understanding of gratitude. For example, when my children receive a gift, I have them send a thank you note (really it’s just their handprint on a notecard with some scribbles). Older children could donate a toy to a child in need for every new gift they receive. If you are looking for other ways to teach your children gratitude, click on this link to read additional suggestions for children ages 2-18, separated by age group.

PTO News

Holiday Halls

Oak Grove Holiday Halls is this Saturday, December 2nd, from 9am until noon! It's a day you won’t want to miss, nor will your kids. Tell your friends! Don't forget to check out our fabulous vendors in the Virtual Backpack. Volunteers are still needed...set up, vendor assist, wrappers & elves. Email shelliefahy@att.net

Looking forward to seeing you all in the OGS halls this holiday.

PTO Assembly

The PTO sponsored a fantastic assembly recently with Nick Scott. Nick tells his amazing story of tragedy turned into strength & inspiration. No one really likes to lose. No one wishes setback on anyone. When it happens, it really takes strength & determination to overcome. Against all odds, Nick Scott, wheelchair bound after a near fatal car accident, takes all he has left & leaves his mark. Body builder, ballroom dancer & role model to others in similar circumstances, Nick Scott not only survives, he soars. He compares himself to superman & in many ways he is Superman.

If your kids didn’t tell you about Nick, ask them. We’re all a little different on the outside & that’s a great thing! The real game changer is was you’ve got on the inside.

I hope Nick inspired a few of us to appreciate what we really have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving!

Elementary Book Fair

Another successful Book Fair! Thank you so much to our parent volunteers and to our Book Fair committee; Jennifer Liu, Mia Hughes, Raabia Khan, Maria Roberts, Sarah Roe, Becky Rynes, Jen Sahagian, Melissa Thoune, Lisa Perrone, and Jennifer Tippett. A special thank you to Mrs. Rappaport and Mrs. Timony for allowing us to use the library space and for all of your help during the fair.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the All For Books Coin Challenge. Together we were able to raise $2,180.57. This money will be donated to Murphy Elementary School in Round Lake Beach in Scholastic Dollars. These dollars will help them buy new books to help re-build their library after it was damaged in flooding this year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Poore's 2nd grade class for being the classroom to raise the most money! Mrs. Poore's class enjoyed a Book Fair shopping spree where the teacher and each of the students were allowed to choose one Book Fair item for free! Here are the top 10 classroom results...

1) Poore- $212.86
2) Dugan- $180.07
3) Koehler- $172.86
4) Moroz- $162.73
5) Sweeney- $152.87
6) Flores- $150.67
7) Schmidt- $149.48
8) Dunn- $143.07
9) Rigali- $138.70
10) Alghini- $114.37

Save the Date

Oak Grove Daddy Daughter Dance is on Saturday, February 3rd. This semi-formal event will be a night to remember for girls and their special guy!

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

What’s New with the Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Check out the various opportunities the OGSEF has to raise funds for differentiated curriculum for the kids of Oak Grove, volunteer and connect with your community!

SHOP to EDUCATE this Holiday Season!

Start your online shopping through the Merchant Portal on our website and your favorite stores will contribute a percentage of your purchases directly to the Oak Grove School Education Foundation. Simply click the "Support Us" tab at the bottom of our website (www.ogsef.org) and then “Shop to Support” to view over 150 great merchants in the gallery including Amazon, Target, Nordstrom and more!

Silent Auction Donations – We Need You!

We are gearing up for OGSEF’s biggest fundraiser, the Grove Gala on February 24th, 2018. 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.

  • No item is too small…or too big
  • Experiences are always a big hit – game tickets, gourmet dinners – you name it. At our last gala, a pig roast party led to some lively bidding
  • We love to leverage the talents of our OGS community - coaching, culinary treats, legal work, photography, beauty and whatever your talent may be
  • We also welcome merchandise of all kinds – sports memorabilia, equipment, beauty items and more

We can’t wait to hear your creative ideas -- simply reach out to Shellie Fahy at shelliefahy@att.net with your auction 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.

Parents of 7-8 Grade Students

Here at Oak Grove School, we know there are many different ways to reach students regarding making healthy choices. Some parents may wonder how to effectively talk to your teens about underage drinking. Aside from setting clear rules and expectations, how can parents start conversations about this important health choice?

Oak Grove School has partnered with Libertyville Connect, our newly established community coalition that focuses on the health and well-being of our local teens. They are available to help parents approach this important topic with their teens.

Let's talk early and often and thereby help our kids be as healthy as possible. If you have any questions or are interested in additional information, please contact Rachel Mintle, Community Health Specialist at the Lake County Health Department T: (847) 377-8775 |

E: rmintle@lakecountyil.gov | health.lakecountyil.gov

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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