Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 30, 2017

8th Graders - Save The Date!


8th Grade Dance

Friday, May 26th, 7-10pm

Please plan accordingly as this is Memorial Day weekend.

8th grade students, prepare for a memorable & exciting evening as you wrap up all your years at Oak Grove School!

8th Grade Parents

We will need all hands on deck to make this a special evening for our children. Please consider helping us decorate & set up on 5/26 at 1:15pm. We will also need help planning & preparing for the dance. If you are able to help in any capacity, please complete this form.

Further questions, contact:

Carlene Lichter: 847-414-0497, carlenelichter@gmail.com or Julie Kloser: 224-572-4930, jkloser@att.net

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

This Friday, Feb 3rd, all students are scheduled to participate in a Social Emotional Learning assembly focused on the information related to Erin’s Law. See below for additional information:

Our students in kindergarten through fifth grade are currently in their Think First & Stay Safe Unit during their SEL rotation. During the past few weeks, students have had weekly lessons to help protect them from lures and sexual abuse. If you are not receiving your weekly ClassDOJO emails regarding your child’s specific lesson, please contact skiefer@ogschool.org

In addition to the elementary lessons, all students Kindergarten through eighth grade are scheduled to participate in an assembly presented by Erin Merryn, this Friday 2/3/17. Erin will have two presentations: one for Kindergarten-4th grade and a second for 5th-8th grade.

Erin Merryn is an internationally recognized speaker with 11 years of experience speaking to millions as far away as Australia. Erin's mission is to show others you can overcome all the obstacles life brings you and achieve anything you set your mind to, as long as you believe in yourself. Erin now has become a voice for the voiceless. In 2010, she created her own law, “Erin’s Law” in her home state of Illinois. Since then, it has either been passed or is being voted on in more than half the country. This law requires children to be educated on age appropriate personal body safety in schools. Her message describes a journey of resilience, inspiration, forgiveness, and determination. Erin has spoken at many schools and will deliver an age appropriate assembly.

Thank you to our PTO and OGSEF for bringing Erin to Oak Grove. We do believe with the best education we will reduce the number of victims. Recent information tells us that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually assaulted or abused before they turn 18.

If you have questions, please contact Mr. Fenton, Oak Grove Principal, fenton@ogschool.org

Girls Basketball Team

Congratulations to the 7th grade girls’ basketball team on their second place finish in the conference tournament. The girls bravely battled the entire game and came up just short in the end. The girls finished the season with 15 wins and 2 losses. Great job, ladies!

Eagle Breakfast

Last Thursday morning, we held our Eagle Breakfast, recognizing junior high students who have displayed outstanding examples of character. Mallory Marvin was our guest speaker. Mallory is a former Oak Grove student and is actively involved in the community and an ambassador for Special Olympics Illinois. We were honored to have her back at Oak Grove.

6th Grade

Anastasia Earth

Christian Larson

Bailey Max

Paige Regan

7th Grade

Alyssa Dorner

Grace Mudd

Nikhil Patel

Shane Wimmer

8th Grade

Pavan Acharya

Gavin Campbell

Kaitlin Gowens

Amal Hansan

Luca Lucente

Jack Regan

Olivia Sauers

Lily Williams

SEL News

Our class is rich with diversity! Even though we may look and act differently on the outside, inside we are all alike. We should always treat people with respect, regardless of their race, nationality, religion or lifestyle, because we are ALL worthy! Look where just this one class is from!

Student Council

Our annual Valentine's Candy Gram Sale will begin the week of Monday, February 6th. All sales will be in the Junior High cafeteria during 5th-8th grade lunch. Candy Grams will be delivered to 5th-8th grade students on Tuesday, February 14th. All Candy Grams are $1. Candy Grams will be sold until we run out!

*Please note - any Candy Grams for an elementary student must be sent to a Junior High student for delivery. We aim not to make anyone feel left out.

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Oak Grove Rocks ROCKED!

Thank you to all the supporters that came out for Oak Grove Rocks! Our packed house enjoyed tunes from a trio of fantastic bands – thank you so much to the Bradburys, OTR and HenneBerry for sharing your talents and keeping everyone rocking all night. The Foundation would also like to personally thank the Oak Grove parents/staff in the bands – John Goodman (Bradburys), Darrin Fahy (OTR), Phil Chung (OTR) and Dan Henneberry (HenneBerry) – you were all amazing!

Not only was it a fun night, but it was also a philanthropic one! We are still tallying the final numbers, but we were able to raise funds for the Oak Grove School Education Foundation, which focuses on bringing differentiated curriculum to the kids of Oak Grove. Thanks again for all the support and once again proving that Oak Grove ROCKS! You can view pictures at http://www.fuelroom.com/event-albums/this-months-event-pics/facebook-album/10154344637991194

OGSEF Provides Scholarship for Oak Grove Alumni Graduating from LHS
As support from our community has grown, so has the OGSEF’s ability to support our Oak Grove community as they move through elementary and junior high -- and even past high school. The Soaring Eagle Scholarship was launched to support a deserving Oak Grove School Alumni in their post-secondary studies. This $1000 scholarship is open to graduating Libertyville High School Seniors. Applications are available in the LHS Career Resource Center. View our past winners at http://www.ogsef.org/soaring-eagle-scholarship.html

PTO News

PTO Meeting

There is a PTO meeting this week on Wednesday, February 1st at 9am in the teacher's lounge. All are welcome!

Meet the Candidate night - Save the Date

The PTO will be hosting a 'Meet the Board of Education Candidate Night' on Thursday, March 16th at 7pm in the elementary gym. More information will follow as we get closer to the date regarding how to submit questions to be asked.

Mother/Son Night - Saturday, February 25th, 6:30-8:30pm

Don't forget to get your tickets to the first Oak Grove Mother/Son Dance. This is open to all K-8 boys. Festivities include DJ, games, snacks, photo booth & raffle prizes. Event will be located in the Junior High gym. Come dressed in your favorite team attire.

Please click on the link below to purchase tickets. Ticket sales will close Sunday, February 19th.


Volunteers are needed as well. To help out, please click the link below


Kiddo's Hot Lunch

Just a reminder, ordering is now open for the rest of the school year. Orders are due by 11am on Monday for the following week. Visit www.kiddosatering.com

Thanks for your support.

Ice Cream Socials:

Ice Cream Socials are starting soon!! The ice cream socials coincide with the school open houses for Kindergarten through 4th grade. Once again, the frozen treats will be complimentary, courtesy of the PTO. We will have two frozen treats to choose from. The ingredients of the treats will be emailed prior to each open house night.

The dates are as follows in the elementary cafeteria:

3rd grade: Thursday, February 23rd

K & 2nd grade: Wednesday, March 22nd

1st grade: Wednesday, April 12th

4th grade: Thursday, April 27th

TAG News

Important Reminder!

3rd & 5th Grade Parent Information Night:

Talented And Gifted (TAG) Program


  • Parents who have students in grade(s) 3 and/or 5


  • February 8th, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


  • Oak Grove School, Patrick Patt Gym


  • All students in grades 3 and 5 are reviewed for TAG placement. This parent information night will provide an overview of the TAG program and placement process.

Please, RSVP here!

Project LEAD Camp

Attention 7th grade students and parents,

Apply to be part of an exciting summer leadership opportunity. Project LEAD summer camp is being held June 12-16 from 9-2 at Oak Grove School. Project LEAD parent permission forms are due by February 7. Check the virtual backpack for a flyer which includes a link to an informational video and the parent permission form.

Chess Club – Spring Session to begin 2/22/2017

The game of chess is both magical and fun. We will provide professional instruction, chess puzzles, game playing and more. A team of United States Chess Federation certified instructors from Chess-Ed will provide this exciting program. The class will be held on Wednesday afternoons, from 3:30-4:30 and run from February 22 through May 3, 2017. Instruction will include the basics for the beginning player and then move through opening game theory, middle game combinations and ideas, plus endgame patterns for the continuing and advanced player. Beginners are always welcome. This is a parent paid fee-based program. Register TODAY at: www.oakgrovechess.eventbee.com

Virtual Backpack

Please click HERE to view the flyers in our virtual backpack.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes