Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ August 26, 2019

Morning Drop-Off Procedures

We had a great first week of school! Transportation issues typically take a couple of weeks to resolve themselves, but we are well on our way. There are a couple of key points we need to remind everyone of, pertaining to morning drop-off. ALL students being dropped off before school (8:20) need to be dropped off in the upper parking lot by Door 18. PLEASE do not drop students off in the elementary parking lot--this area is reserved for our busses and staff parking. We continue to see some guardians dropping off students in the bus lot. Elementary students will walk down the sidewalk to the playground. On inclement weather days students will be allowed to walk through the school, once they are dropped off at Door 18.

After 8:20, school has started, and the busses will all have exited, so students must check in at the office. After 8:20, you may enter the elementary lot to drop off students and check them in. Thank you.

Student Council News

Are you a sixth, seventh, or eighth grader interested in making your school a better place for all students? If so, you would make a great student council member! Please join us for an informational meeting to help decide if you would like to join Student Council this school year. We will meet during your study hall time on Wednesday, September 4 in Mrs. Evans's room (108).

Early Library Hours

Early morning library hours will begin next week. Students must be dropped off in the main office and sign in before heading to the junior high library. Early library hours begin at 7:30 am.

Join Cub Scouts

Oak Grove PTO Pack 194 – proudly serving Oak Grove and Rondout Schools – is inviting boys and girls K through 5th grade to join Cub Scouts. Over two million families around the world are actively involved in Scouting. Come out and discover the fun, adventure and learning that Cub Scouting brings in our year-round program.

Don’t miss our upcoming Fall Registration Night on September 6th at Rondout School. Parents will have the opportunity to speak to pack leadership and families, while prospective scouts can make yummy s’mores! Details below:

Who: Boys and girls K thru 5 and their families

Where: Rondout Elementary – 28593 N Bradley Rd, Lake Forest

When: Friday, September 6, 2019, 7:00 to 8:30pm

Annual Pack dues are $100, which covers all scout activities throughout the year.

For more information about Cub Scout Pack 194 visit: pack194.mypack.us

Or feel free to reach out to our pack leadership with any questions:


Homer Benavides 847-561-7524


Committee Chair

Ben Jeckel 847-778-4784


Future Cats K-5 Poms Clinic

Have you ever wanted to perform at a football game just like the LHS Poms? Here is your chance!

Sign Up Here

  • WHO: Students - Grades K-5
  • WHAT: Learn a dance routine & perform with the LHS POMS on the track during halftime of the Sophomore football game. Snack, T-shirt & your own POMS included
  • WHERE: LHS Main Gym (Registration & Check In) & Football Stadium (Performance & Pick-up)
  • WHEN: Friday, October 11th - LHS vs Mundelein
  • TIME: 3:45pm - 6:15pm
    • 3:45pm - Registration in Main Gym Foyer, located inside the main entrance of the school
    • 4:00pm - Clinic Begins
    • 5:50pm - Halftime Performance
    • 6:15pm - Parent Pick-Up on track beyond the security gate at the north end zone (immediately following performance festivities)
  • FEES: $50 per child, includes ONE FREE parent admission to the game per child, snack, T-shirt & your own POMS

Guaranteed Registration Date: September 30 - Register before September 30 to be guaranteed a spot and t-shirt!

Walk-ins welcome but t-shirts and poms not guaranteed.

Contact Casey Dugan at casey.dugan@d128.org with any questions.

Cross Country

Today, Cross Country season begins! There will be an informational meeting from 3:30 - 4:00 in the Junior High Cafeteria. 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders are welcome to participate. Please make sure you have an updated physical on file. Tomorrow will be the first day of running practice. Ms. Sonshine and Mrs. Loch are looking forward to seeing you today!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

This year one of our main focuses as a school district is to develop a stronger understanding of how to meet the social and emotional learning needs of the children in our school. As we begin this school year, it offers us the opportunity to rethink our words, actions, and thoughts. One of the ways we can reframe our thinking in a more positive direction is to express gratitude towards the people we encounter, especially when we may normally find ourselves apologizing.

How often do you find yourself late for something and your first reaction is to apologize for your tardiness? Instead of saying, “I’m sorry;” you could say, “Thank you for waiting for me.” By demonstrating these acts of verbal kindness, we are modeling for the young people around us, that we appreciate others and think of our missteps as opportunities for growth and gratitude. The more our children see us using positive language, the more inclined they will be to use it as well.

Thank you for doing the best you can each day.

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PTO News

Family Fest

Family Fest 2019 was a huge success! Spectacular weather combined with a great crowd made for a fantastic event. There was fun for the whole family with lots of games to play and prizes to win including the ever-popular Soda Ring Toss and new favorite the Washer Toss. Beautiful sand art of all shapes and sizes were created and faces were decorated with creative face paint creations.

More than 80 volunteers contributed their time to Family Fest in one way or another and we are so grateful to the Oak Grove community for coming together to make this event a success. Many thanks to those who helped plan the event and secure donations including Beth Zender, Debbi Francl, Holly Colin, Katie Edmondson, Lynne Burton and Elisabeth Cobb. A huge thank you to Alex, Brian and Ozzie from the school custodial team for their help throughout the day as well! To all the moms, dads, grandparents, students, teachers and staff that gave their time to help make this event such a fun kick-off to the year, THANK YOU!

Raffle winners will be contacted to arrange prize fulfillment. Congratulations to the lucky winners:

  • Courtney Francl – Complete Image Apparel
  • Lizzie Evans – Artist @ Heart
  • Gabriella Lund – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Chase Fitzpatrick – Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory
  • Franci Klotz – Ultimate Ninja
  • Ashley Evans - Bowlero

Generous donations were received from Ultimate Ninja, Artist @ Heart, Complete Image Apparel, Bowlero, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Card My Yard – Libertyville, Jewel, Mariano’s, Sam’s Club, Costco, The Home Depot, Target, Sunset Foods.

A huge thank you to Kate Byers for all her work making this event so fantastic!

New OGS Yard Signs

These cool new yard signs will be available for sale at the upcoming curriculum nights on Wednesday 8/28 and Thursday 8/29 while supplies last. Signs are $35 each and support the Student Council and PTO.

Spirit Wear Sale

Reminder to place your orders by September 6th and show off your OGS school spirit! To order go to https://www.headsupapparel.com/collections/oak-grove-2019

Marla’s Lunch Reminder

Please update your child’s profile with teacher’s name if you have not done so already.

1) Log on with your same username and password as last year.

2) Put each child in their grade and teacher for the current school year.

3) If a child graduated last year, click on their name and click "remove profile".

Orders must be placed by noon on Monday the week before.

To order go to www.marlaslunchordering.com

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After School Study Hall

If you are interested in having your student stay after school for a study hall, please contact Dr. Lemon. If there is enough interest, Oak Grove may offer an after school study program. In order to fund the program, we need a minimum of 6 students to participate on a daily basis. It would be a study hall only atmosphere, instruction will not be provided. This would be a separate program from Mr. Rendon's Extended Day care. If you have questions, or are interested, please contact Dr. Lemon via e-mail at lemon@ogschool.org

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