Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 26, 2018

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, March 8 from 1 to 8:00 pm. Parents will be able to sign up for conferences via the PTConferenceMaker system from 3/1/18 at 8:00 am until 3/7/18 at noon. Parents will need the student number and 4-digit password for each student to schedule a conference. Parents will receive a reminder email with the student number and password for each child before the PTConferenceMaker system opens. You can access the PTConferenceMaker system from our website or by going directly to www.ptconferencemaker.com/og

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Just a friendly reminder that during the dates of Monday, March 5th-Wednesday, March 7, students in grades 3 and 5 will be taking the CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test). This is a three part test that assesses a student's Quantitative, Verbal and Nonverbal aptitude.

There are multiple uses of the CogAT at Oak Grove School. CogAT scores can assist teachers with planning instruction and support opportunities for differentiation in the classroom. In addition, the scores from this assessment will help determine students who are eligible for the Talented And Gifted program (TAG) in math and English language arts. All students, including 5th graders currently in the TAG program, are reviewed for placement. Please, see the link below for the TAG Handbook, which outlines additional information about the TAG program.

In addition to the CogAT, other scores that are reviewed for TAG placement include: STAR, a math problem solving assessment, teacher recommendations and a writing sample, which are administered based on the CogAT results. Please, see page 10 of the TAG Handbook for additional details.

Scores from the CogAT will be made available to parents after the district receives them from the scoring company.

Thank you for your help. If you have any additional questions, please contact Michelle Jackson, at jackson@ogschool.org.

Link to our TAG Handbook:

Oak Grove TAG Handbook

You Be The Chemist Challenge

Congratulations to Brandon LaCrosse on finishing in first place at the Regional You Be the Chemist Challenge. He will represent our school and our region at the State Competition. Also, congratulations to Nikhil Patel and Vanessa Zhang on making it through the intermediate rounds, falling just short of the semi-finals.
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7th & 8th Graders Compete at Carmel Math Contest

On Saturday, February 24th, the seventh and eighth grade math teams competed at the annual Carmel Math Contest. The eighth grade team placed first in their division, and Ramanan Srirajan took first place individual honors. The seventh graders got some valuable experience under their belts today, but did not earn any top prizes this year.

Youth Arts Month

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STUDENTS LISTED BELOW! Their artwork has been selected to be on display for Youth Arts Month in Libertyville. This Art show is sponsored and run by the Adler Center for the Arts and all area schools are included in the show.

The Adler Center opening reception will take place next Sunday, March 4 from 4-6pm. This year, there will also be a Gallery Walk for the businesses hosting artwork from 5-8pm on Friday March 2 in conjunction with the First Friday in Downtown Libertyville.

Some of the student artwork will be on display at the Adler Center Gallery space and some will be at local Libertyville businesses. Please see the list for your specific artwork location. Some of the businesses have special hours, so if you want to ensure that you are able to see your artist's work, we suggest you contact the local business for their exact hours.

Student Council News

We are excited to offer our fundraiser for spring planting through Maredy Fundraising. Students received a catalog full of beautiful spring flowers available for purchase through Student Council. All orders placed will be delivered in April, just in time for your planting! If you are planning to order, please return completed forms and payment to your child's classroom/homeroom teacher by this Friday, March 2. Reminder: no tax is necessary. Thank you for your support.

Oak Grove Spelling Champion Moves on to the County Bee

Can you spell?








Well, 7th grader Matthew Berner sure can! On February 16, Matthew, our building Spelling Bee winner, competed in the regional spelling bee. Matthew was the big winner and will move on to the county bee in March at the College of Lake County. Congratulations and good luck to Matthew!

Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Gala ’18 – What a Night!

Thank you to our attendees, sponsors, donors and volunteers for making the Grove Gala ’18 such a special night (visit www.ogsef.org for details)! The night featured fun competition during the live and silent auctions, bottles and bottles of prizes from the Wine Toss, and of course food and dancing! Most importantly, the evening provided an opportunity to come together as a community with the common goal of creating new and differentiated educational opportunities for our kids.

You can view pictures from the event on the Foundation’s Facebook page (@ogsfoundation). Special thanks to Oswaldo Suarez for lending his photography skills and beautifully capturing the evening! Look for an update next week with more details on funds raised, top bid items and more. Thank you again for your support!

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PTO News

Marla’s Hot Lunch

Just a reminder, ordering for Marla’s Brown Bag lunch is open for the rest of the school year. Upcoming lunches include; Potbelly, Dos Amigos and Domino’s! Orders are due by 9am on Monday for the following week. Visit https://marlaslunch.boonli.com/login to order. Thanks for your support!

Variety Show

Sign ups for all 5th-8th graders interested in trying out for the Variety Show are this week! Sign ups will take place in the Junior High cafeteria during your lunch hour on Tuesday, February 27th and Wednesday, February 28th.

Important upcoming dates for the show are:

  • 8th Grade Emcee tryouts - March 12 from 3:20 - 4 (sign up in Mrs. Mahoney’s room)
  • Tryouts - March 19th & 20th
  • Mandatory rehearsals for ALL acts and show night:
  • Thursday, April 5 - 3:30 - 6:30
  • Wednesday, April 18 - 3:30 - 6:30
  • Thursday, April 19 - 3:30 - 6:30

  • The show - April 20th - 3:30 - 10:00

5th Grade Father/Son Night

Thursday, March 15th, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Oak Grove PTO will host the 5th grade Father/Son Night in the Junior High cafeteria. The evening will include an informative presentation of "The Michael Program" by the Robert Crown Center for Health Education. Topics to be covered will include puberty, proper nutrition, personal hygiene and positive self-image. Pizza, snacks & dessert will be included. Speaker begins at 6:30 pm.

Kindly RSVP by March 9th at https://www.smore.com/90hgc.

If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Miller at ashleywvu@aol.com.

For additional information visit www.robertcrown.org under "Michaels Program”.

Social Emotional Learning

"Hey Jen, get your shoes on please, we are leaving in 3 minutes." I'm sure you've said this to your child, and then, "Jenny, did you get those shoes on? We are leaving in 2 minutes honey." You gather your keys and turn off some lights, "Jennifer, why aren't your shoes on? We need to get in the car!" You go and grab your lunch, head to the door and see Jen, Jenny, Jennifer sitting and reading her book at the counter in front of her empty bowl of cereal that she did not put in the sink. "JENNIFER MARIE! WHY HAVEN'T YOU PUT YOUR SHOES ON? WE ARE GOING TO BE LATE! GET OUT TO THE CAR OR I'M LEAVING WITHOUT YOU! BRING YOUR SHOES OUT THERE! YOU CAN PUT THEM ON IN THE CAR!"

Have you ever "flipped a lid?" In grades kindergarten through fifth grade, we are learning how to manage strong emotions. We are focusing on the parts of our body that feel emotions like our hearts, head, stomach and palms. We are also learning two parts of the brain that can help us manage strong emotions. Our focus is on the amygdala (the feelings/reactor part) and the cortex (the thinking part). Over the next month, we will learn how to calm ourselves down to better manage our emotions and improve our relationships.

This week we practiced saying a STOP word and Naming your feeling. Those first two steps will help our cortex (the thinking part) take control before we "flip a lid!"

Have a great week and the next time you are ready to scream, STOP, NAME YOUR FEELING and calm down! Please check your Classdojo for your child's specific lessons. Have a great week!

Mrs. Kiefer

Social Emotional Learning Teacher K-5

Oak Grove Wrestling

This past weekend, Oak Grove Wrestling competed in the 2018 IESA Deer Path Regional. Seven Eagles advance to the sectional tournament this Saturday at Hawthorn South Junior High.

As a team, Oak Grove finished in 5th place out of 11 teams. Oak Grove was the second smallest team in the tournament.

The "Ascending Seven" advancing to next weekend include:

  • Antonio Kelly (75) and Oscar Butler (95)-1st in their divisions

  • Ryan Schlitt (80), Diego Norena (105) and Sam Pinsel (126) placed 2nd

  • Hunter Hill (90) finished in 3rd

  • Orion Moran (80) finished in 4th

The "Ascending Seven" will compete to represent Oak Grove at Northern Illinois University for the 2018 State Wrestling Finals.

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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