Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ May 16, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

Multicultural Fair 2022 - SUCCESS!!

Way to go Team MCF 2022!! To see the excited faces as they entered the doors, registered for passports, and rotated around the globe collecting stamps, made this year’s Multicultural Fair an event to remember! Thank you to our DEI committee, Mrs. Kiefer and Mrs. Demma, our custodians, our student performers, and all of our families who created booths to represent the cherished diversity that exists within our small corner of the world!

Registration for the 22-23 School Year

Please be sure to complete online registration for the 22-23 school year. Please check your email for a letter with registration instructions that was sent on 5/2 and 5/6 from Oak Grove.

If you have any questions, contact Dave Huber at huber@ogschool.org.

Congratulations to Our OGS Staff Members

Check out the service longevity of our staff members!

5 Years: Becky Honaker (K), Sarah Palmer (1st), Elaine Radzienda (OT)

10 Years: Jenifer Alghini (2nd), Krista Demma (EL), Casey Dugan (RS), Alexa Dunn (TOSA), Sara Loch (EL), Mel Ludington (Drama), Alyssa Osterman (LMS), Erin Vance (Art), Kelly Zanon (K)

15 Years: Logan Farris (Music), Dave Karolewicz (SLP), Lynn Koehler (3rd), Jina Rappaport (LMS)

20 Years: Allison Honaker (Math), Patti Jacobs (Tech), Susie Kiefer (SEL), Wendy Miller (1st), Diane Neiweem (Para), Julie Piazzi (Para)

25 Years: Lynn Klunder (4th), Cheryl Matheson (4th), Oswaldo Suarez (Director of Building and Grounds)

Kona Ice Truck

Thank you, PTO, for today’s yummy treat!! We are so lucky to have your support!!

8th Grade’s Last Hurrahs!

Tues. May 24: Great America Trip

Wed, May 25: Chicago Trip

Fri. May 27: Dance Party

Tues. May 31: Graduation

CLC Summer Camps

While Camp Galileo did not receive enough enrollment to start at OGS this summer, we will try again for next year. In the time-being, we will still host Camp Invention, and we wanted to highlight opportunities at the College of Lake County (CLC) this summer. Explore Academic Enrichment Camps for Grades 1-8 through this LINK.

7th Grade Families - Next Year’s 8th Grade Families

Please save the date, Saturday, October 15, 2022, for PSAT 8/9 testing. All 8th grade students entering Libertyville High School or Vernon Hills High School in August 2023 are encouraged to participate in a Saturday, October 15, 2022 administration of the PSAT™ 8/9 (Preliminary SAT) at the high school they will attend. Specific information and instructions for students will be mailed from each school as the next school year begins.

The SAT is a college entrance exam that is now required by the State of Illinois for all 11th grade students as the high school accountability measure. The PSAT™ 8/9, is the first exam in the SAT Suite of Assessments. Tightly aligned with the SAT and the PSAT/NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), it establishes a baseline for college and career readiness as students enter high school and also helps them to become familiar with the format of the SAT. The PSAT 8/9 is designed for eighth- and ninth-graders and will provide an additional data point to support the high school placement process. Students will take additional tests in the SAT Suite as they progress through high school to help prepare them for the SAT during junior year.

If you have questions about the placement test prior to receiving information from the high school your student will attend, please feel free to contact the school coordinators.

Libertyville High School

Ole Stevens, Director of Student Services, ole.stevens@d128.org

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated 5/16)

The theme for the month of May is CONNECTIONS.

Please take a few minutes to view the May page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Important Dates

  • May 16 - Kona Ice Truck

  • May 17 - Committee of the Whole Mtg 6 PM, Board of Education Mtg 7:15PM

  • May 18 - PTO Mtg 9:30 AM, 5th Gr. Genius Hour Expo

  • May 20 - Reading is Hydro-mite! Celebration, Variety Show

  • May 20 or 26 (rain day) - Reading is Hydro-Mite! (K-4)

  • May 25 - 5th Grade Civil War Day, 8th Grade Chicago Trip

  • May 26 - 6th-7th Grade Social, 3:30-5:00

  • May 27 - Field Day, 11:30 AM Early Dismissal for SIP Day, 8th Grade Dance

  • May 30 - No School

  • May 31 - 1 PM Early Dismissal for Teacher Work Day, 8th Gr. Graduation

  • June 2 - Class Picnics and Field Trips, Last Day of School, Report Cards Go Home

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Curriculum Corner

Project Lead the Way Grant

Oak Grove was recently awarded a grant for $9100 through Project Lead the Way. The grant will help support the rollout of STEM for our junior high students over the next three years. It will pay for the training for our teachers and our annual membership fee. We are very excited to begin the process of bringing more focused STEM opportunities to our students at Oak Grove.

iReady Spring Benchmark

Students are completing their iReady spring benchmark testing this week in both math and reading. Families will receive the results of the assessment via email on Friday, May 27th.


Oak Grove School will host a virtual special education meeting on Friday, May 20, 2022 @ 8:15. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss the district's plan to provide special education services to students with disabilities who attend private schools and/or homeschools within the district for the 2022-23 school year. Any parent of a student who has been identified with a disability and attends a private school or is home schooled is encouraged to attend. Please contact Julie Waehner at 224-424-4718 for further information and to get the Google Meet link.

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Band News

Jazz Band: Thank you for a wonderful year to all our Jazzy Eagles! You all should be proud of having such a successful season with all the COVID challenges we had to navigate through. We will see all returning members in the Fall!

Beginning Band: Congratulations on performing your first concert! We will be continuing band and lessons through Thursday, May 26.

8th Grade only: Please check emails and Google Classroom for our updated 8th grade schedule. All hands are needed at Thursday's morning rehearsal with the Graduation Band.

Graduation Band (non-8th graders): We have rehearsal Tuesday-Thursday in the Band Room at 7:30 AM sharp!

From the Technology Department

Dear parents and guardians,

Thank you for all that you have done to help make this a successful school year.

The end of the year is fast approaching, and it is time to talk about wrapping things up and collecting your student(s) tech equipment. All Kindergarten through 4th grade students will be turning in their iPads, chargers and travel bags beginning Wednesday, May 25.

Grades 5th through 7th will have their equipment collected the following Tuesday and Wednesday, May 31 and June 1.

If your student has a missing or damaged item, charges will be assessed.

Replacement Cost for Missing/Damaged Equipment

- Laptop travel bag with strap $35

- Laptop strap $5

- Laptop Charger $69

- Laptop Shell/Hard Case $40

- iPad Travel bag $25

- iPad Charger $19

- iPad Cable $ 5

- iPad Shell/UZBL case $30

If you have any questions, please email ogstechsupport@ogschool.org

6th/7th Grade Social

Make sure to add this fun activity to your calendar for Thursday, May 26th from 3:30-5:00! Check your emails for the specifics of this event.

The Splash is Near! - Reading is Hydro-Mite!

Weather permitting during lunch recess on May 20th - Mrs. Barnabee, Mr. Murray, and Ms. Waehner are going to get soaked!

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

Please contact us at readingchallenge@ogschool.org

Happy Reading!

Celebrating OGS Track Victories

This past weekend members of the OGS track team had a fantastic wrap-up to their regular season at the sectional meet at Johnsburg High School. Overall, Eagles placed as individuals and as relay teams in twenty events.

After a first place performance throwing 110’ 9” for discus, eighth grader Jack Treutelaar will be representing OGS at State next weekend. Congratulations, Jack! Other highlights include second place finishes in both the 100m and 200m for Matthew Liu, second place for Jack Treutelaar in shot put, third place for the 8th grade girls 4x400 relay for Tatiana Valdez, Gigi Lund, Olivia VanHeirseele, and Vik Tijunelis, and third place for the 7th grade boys 4x200m relay for Daniel Samper Garcia, Rye Servatius, Colin Waddell, and Liam Fedie. At the close of the event, our 8th grade boys also took 5th place overall in team points. Three cheers for our amazing Eagles!

Our Eagles had lots to celebrate during the previous week at the Lakeside Conference as well. Oak Grove boys won the Eighth Grade Champion title for earning the most team points. Some key performances included first place wins for James Liu in both long jump and 110m Hurdles, Blaise LaVista in the 200m Dash, Jack Treutelaar in both shot put and discus, and for the boys 4x200M team. The girls additionally had lots to celebrate with a win for the 7th grade 4x200M team and for Kailynn Kilpatrick on 100M hurdles.

The track coaches would like to send a thank you to all the amazing athletes for their hard work and dedication throughout the season and to the parents for their flexibility and support.

Calling for All OGS Athletic Uniforms

Whether you just finished up your track season or know you have an OGS basketball jersey in the closet from fall (or maybe even from before COVID days), we are looking to collect all borrowed OGS athletic uniforms. All uniform shorts and jerseys can be dropped off with Ms. Bulley in the junior high hallway (Room 205). Thank you!

PTO News

Final PTO Meeting of the Year

We cannot believe we’re already wrapping up this school year and making plans for next year! Come join us for the last PTO meeting on Wednesday at 9:30 am in the Junior High Cafeteria. Agenda, minutes, and Zoom link will be sent in a separate email. Coffee/tea and breakfast pastries will be served, so please plan to join us in person, if you can. We will be voting on the proposed budget for ‘22-’23, the revised bylaws and the slate of the Officers and Chairpersons for ‘22-23. If you missed the last meeting where these items were presented, you can view the Zoom recording to be informed before the vote. We hope to see you there!

Variety Show This Friday!

Come see the talented acts of OGS as they “Light It Up Like Dynamite” at the Variety Show this Friday. Tickets to see the show are $10 each and are on sale now via Revtrack through Thursday, May 19. We can't wait to see you all May 20th @ 4pm or 6:30pm! If you have any questions, please contact Ashley Wilson or Christine Merrild.

Donati’s for Dinner on 5/24

We’re all feeling the time crunch as the school year and activities wind down. Make dinner easier on Tuesday, May 24th by ordering delivery or pick-up from Donati’s Pizza. Donati’s will donate 25% of profit to the PTO! Please click here https://donatispizza.pdqonlineordering.com/ to place your order online or call 847-735-8900. Mention Oak Grove when ordering in person or on the phone! If you order online, write “Oak Grove” in the notes section of your order. Thank you for your support!

All for Books Challenge for Reading Power

Thank you to all who shopped at the Spring BOGO Scholastic Book Fair!! A special thank you to everyone who volunteered to work the fair and to Mrs. Osterman for allowing the PTO to use the Junior High Library! The OGS community was extremely generous with their All for Books donations! As a community, OGS raised over $2,400!! With these donations, Reading Power was able to take home 132 books from the BOGO Scholastic Fair for their classrooms in Zion, Waukegan and North Chicago. The remaining funds will be used by Reading Power to support their literacy tutoring program. Congratulations to Ms. Bernsee, Mrs. Koehler, Mrs. McCarty, Mrs. Sobey, Mrs. Honaker and Miss Cole's classes for raising the most money during the All for Books Challenge! These classrooms will enjoy popsicles parties this week to celebrate!

Old School Forest Preserve Clean-Up

Don’t forget that this Sunday is the family clean-up event at Old School Forest Preserve. We will be helping LCFP clear buckthorn, pull garlic mustard, and pick up sticks (ideal for smaller helpers). Volunteers are welcome to stay for any length of time, but LCFP asks that all volunteers report at 10:00 am to go over the directions. Bring gloves and wear appropriate clothes and shoes. LCFP will provide all needed tools, including goggles that are required if brush cutting. We will be meeting at Shelter A & B (see map here); there will be signs to direct volunteers.

School Supply Pre-Packs are on Sale!

Back-to-school shopping could not be made easier than with EPI’s school supply packs! EPI uses the teacher-approved grade-level supply lists. Parents simply need to select the grade(s) needed. School supply packs will be shipped right to your door! Visit www.educationalproducts.com/ShopPacks and enter the school ID OAK039. Order by June 12th to avoid the late order surcharge. Thank you to all who order, since part of the proceeds benefit the PTO.

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Oak Grove School Board of Education

Please click here for Board Briefs, which is a short summary of discussion points at each Board meeting. Briefs are generated after meeting minutes are formally approved at each subsequent meeting.

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

Click HERE to view Board Agenda and Minutes