Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 25, 2022

News from School Administrators

Listening Sessions with Jen Barnabee and Leslie Weber

We have scheduled five meetings in the next two weeks where we would like to take the time to listen to your ideas, concerns and share your experiences at Oak Grove. Our partnership with our parents is essential to build successful experiences for our students. We know the earlier part of this year made it challenging to get together in-person and we now have the opportunity. We would like to keep these meetings small to engage in authentic conversations, so we are asking you to RSVP and will be providing more opportunities if meeting slots fill up and there remains an interest. We have chosen a variety of times to allow for varying schedules. The meeting dates and times are below. Please reach out to Lori Beres to RSVP via email beres@ogschool.org or phone 224-424-4722.

  • Tues. Apr. 26 from 5:30-6:30 PM - Pat Patt Gym

  • Wed. Apr. 27 from 2:00-3:00 PM - Professional Development Room

  • Thur. Apr. 28 from 8:30-9:30 AM - Professional Development Room

  • Mon. May 2 from 6:00-7:00 PM - Pat Patt Gym

  • Fri. May 6 from 8:30-9:30 AM - Professional Development Room

We hope to continue to build relationships with our parents that will support open lines of communication when there are questions, concerns or ideas.

OGS Extracurricular Activities Survey

Oak Grove is in the process of considering its extracurriculars for the 2022-2023 school year and we want your input! The goal of this survey is to provide the entire K-8 community additional opportunities for input into these considerations annually. The PTO & School Administration are working collaboratively to determine interest areas and needed resources. Please complete this very short form with your suggestions.

OGS Extracurriculars Survey Link: OGS Extracurricular Activities Survey (google.com)

Your response is important to evaluating both new and the continuation of existing clubs & activities for next year. This survey link closes Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 4:00 PM.

IMPORTANT- Please complete one form per student so we can review interest levels by grade level.

Please contact Mrs. Barnabee (barnabee@ogschool.org) with any questions.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 4/24)

Spirit Week is here!

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.

Important Dates

  • May 2-6: Teacher Appreciation Week

  • May 2: Online Registration Opens

  • May 3: Variety Show Mtg and Pictures, Symphonic Concert Band Performance at LHS 6:30-8:00pm

  • May 3-May 10: AIMS Web Testing

  • May 4: PTO Mtg 6:30 PM

  • May 9-12: BOGO Book Fair Jr High Library

  • May 11: Beginning Band and Jazz Concert in the Pat Patt Gym 6:30 - 8:00pm

  • May 12: 3rd Grade Wax Museum 6-7pm in Pat Patt Gym

  • May 10-May 20: iReady Testing

  • May 13: 7th Gr to Camp Duncan, Snowflake

  • May 14: Multicultural Fair 3-5pm

Curriculum Corner

Spring TAG Appeal

Parents of students in grades 3-7 can request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program for the 2022-23 school year. Families can appeal placement for a child in ELA and/or Math once per calendar year which is reviewed by the TAG Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 11 and 12 of the TAG Handbook. 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. Parents will be notified via email regarding the follow-up steps and final decision of the committee.

Illinois Science Assessment

Students in grades 5 and 8 will be taking the Illinois Science Assessment this week. This assessment has 3 parts and will be given to students April 26, 27, and 28.

Spring Benchmark Assessments

All students in grades K-8 will be taking spring benchmark assessments in both math and reading May 2-13. Students will take both the Aimsweb and iReady assessments. For additional information please see https://i-readycentral.com/FamilyCenter/. Families will receive iReady reports at the end of May.

PTO News

Last Week for the PADS Collection

This is the final week of the collection for PADS and we need YOUR help to boost donations. 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)

Committee Chairs Needed

We are in need of Committee Chairs for next year’s PTO programming. Open chair positions include Family Fest, Family Socials, Vendor Market at Winter Market, Grade 4/5 social, 5th Grade Coming of Age. Information about these committees and the chair role can be found here. Please contact Lynsey Wolfe if you are interested in volunteering.

So Fun to Jump & Skate with You!

Thank you to all the families who participated in our family socials last week! On Monday, more than 125 jumpers sailed in the air at Launch trampoline park and on Saturday 75 skaters showed off their skills at Just for Fun Roller Rink! We are looking forward to getting back to our “regularly scheduled programming” next year, but thankful we were able to celebrate together in this way this year.

Volunteers & Pizza Boxes Need for Field Day

Thank you to everyone who has already signed up to volunteer for the PTO Field Day. As a reminder, Field Day will be held on Friday, May 27th and we need at least 33 more parent volunteers from 8-11:30am to make the event a success! Grab a friend and sign up for a station for a morning full of fun! We're also in need of 80 pizza boxes for the Pizza Box Relay so please drop them off at 1640 Wickham Ct. in Saddle Hill or reach out to Dana to plan a pickup. Please email Dana Huennekens or Bev Smith with any questions.

Practice, Practice, Practice for the Variety Show!

Variety Show tryouts are this week 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.

Community Give Back Event @ Old School Forest Preserve

This is the last week to sign up to volunteer at LCFP on May 22nd at 10 am. Sign up here. Come support our beautiful forest preserve by clearing buckthorn, pulling garlic mustard, and picking up sticks for an hour or two.

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Noetic Math Contest

Thank you to all of our 5th - 8th grade students who signed up to take the Noetic Math Contest. We had close to 100 participants!! Results will be available for students to login and view on April 28th. Mrs. Phillips will also receive information on contest winners May 2nd. Team/Individual winners will be announced in the Oak Grove News in May.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Phillips (phillips@ogschool.org)

Reading is Hydro-Mite!

Weekly Check In #2

Reading is Hydro- Mite - the Splash is Near!

Please click on this link to let us know how your child is doing towards their reading goal!

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t worry, it is not too late! Just Click here to get started!

If you don’t see your child listed, please contact us at readingchallenge@ogschool.org

Happy Reading!

6th/7th Grade School Social

Save the Date -- Our long-awaited 6th/7th grade school social is coming up! On Thursday, May 26th all 6th and 7th grade students are invited to stay after school for an open gym, DJ, concessions, raffles, and more fun. The event will be from 3:30-5:00. More information to come!

7th Grade Camp Duncan Field Trip Reminder

The trip to Camp Duncan will be here before we know it. There are many exciting activities planned for an eventful May 13th. Permission forms are due no later than Friday, May 6th. They can either be given to Mr. Picchiotti or emailed to one of the addresses below. Payment can be made online through the OG website, or by check made payable to Oak Grove School. If your child will also be attending Snowflake, please arrange for them to be picked up at 3:00 PM. We are looking forward to a fun-filled day with all the 7th graders.


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8th Grade Graduation Information

8th Grade Graduation Dance

May 27, 2022- 7:00 -10:00 pm

At Oak Grove School

8th Grade Graduation Ceremony - Non ticket event

May 31, 2022 - 7:00 pm

Libertyville High School - Main Gym

Graduates will arrive at 6:00 pm, in grad gown/hat for the class photo.

Immediately following the ceremony, celebration reception will be in the LHS cafe.

Band News

Concert/Symphonic Band: Our Concert and Symphonic Bands Spring Concert is next Tuesday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. at Libertyville High School Auditorium. Performers should arrive no later than 6:00 p.m., help complete the setup on stage and to begin warming up. Attire is “Dress Your Best!”- please no jeans, athletic wear or clothing with ripped/torn holes.

Due to the concert, next Monday (5/2) we will have Concert and Symphonic Band rehearsals instead of Jazz Band rehearsal.

  • On Wednesday the 4th, both bands will take the morning off, then join forces to begin preparations for Graduation Band on 5/5.

Beginning Band/Jazz Band: Our Beginning and Jazz Bands Spring Concert is on Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Oak Grove. Performer call time to be announced. Attire is “Dress Your Best!”- please no jeans, athletic wear or clothing with ripped/torn holes. Jazz Band members, please see the above note about the rehearsal changes.

Oak Grove School Board of Education

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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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