Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ September 30, 2019

Help Wanted

Oak Grove School is looking to fill two part time positions:

  • The Extended Day program is looking for individuals to work Monday - Friday from 2:30 pm until 6:00 pm. The hourly wage for this position is $12.15
  • The lunchroom is looking for an individual who is available to work on Thursday and Friday every week from 11:00 am until 1:30 pm. The hourly wage for this position is $13.65


For more information regarding these positions, please contact Mr. Rob Rendon at rendon@ogschool.org

Congratulations, Logan!

The Oak Grove Board of Education honored 8th grade student Logan Howard and her parents at its September 24th meeting. Logan participated at the IESA state track meet last spring. Logan is pictured here with her parents Liz and Kristofer. Congratulations, Logan for this fantastic accomplishment!

Oak Grove Honor Society News

Oak Grove Honor Society is collecting money until October 4th to support those that were affected by Hurricane Dorian. All the proceeds collected will be donated to Project Hope for this cause.


On their own, the DeMoon's children raised money for this effort by selling water, and 100% of their proceeds are being given to this charity. Bravo for their extra efforts and thanks for supporting the cause!

Kindergarten - 5th Grade Students Chance to Perform with the LHS Poms

Calling all students in grades kindergarten through fifth! Have you ever wanted to perform with the poms? Here is your chance! The LHS Poms Breast Cancer Clinic will be held on October 11th after school. The students will learn a dance with the poms, have a snack, get a shirt and poms, and perform during the halftime of the sophomore game on the field! A portion of the proceeds will go towards a Breast Cancer Foundation. Be sure to sign up today! Go Cats!


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Band News

Parents, please don't forget to email your child’s band director if your son or daughter needs to miss a before school rehearsal and let us know the reason.

farris@ogschool.org for Concert Band

jones@ogschool.org for Symphonic, or Jazz Band.


The first playing test for the quarter will be assigned to all Concert and Symphonic Band students this week. I have been piloting Essential Elements interactive cloud-based music format for the past two years and I have found it to be excellent. This will be the medium all band students will use for recording and submitting playing tests. ALL 5th-8th grade band students will create their accounts in the next two weeks with me during lessons.


Symphonic Band

The Symphonic Band students have a mandatory evening rehearsal coming up on Monday, Nov. 4th at Highland School from 7-9 p.m. This one is the biggie before the LHS festival, (Thursday, Nov. 14th ) Parents, please help look ahead now to clear your child’s other activities for this rehearsal. We will take the following morning off to make up for the late night! (Tues. Nov. 5th)


Concert Band

Lesson attendance is a large part of Concert Band students’ quarter grades. Parents, please help your child set up a reminder alarm the night before their weekly lesson to set their instruments and music by their backpacks for the next day.

Mr. Farris has posted several of the Concert Band songs to study on the Google classroom page. Be sure to listen to these recordings to familiarize yourself with the music you are trying to learn. This weeks newest song is highlights from the 1812 Overture. Good luck & remember to have fun while practicing your parts!


Beginning Band

Parents and students, this is the week you have been waiting for!

Lessons have begun, and your child will be coming home with their instruments. Tuba parents can contact me to arrange to pick up a practice tuba to take home for the school year. jones@ogschool.org

The folding stands you may have ordered do not need to come back to school. We have plenty of stands here. This Wednesday is a Risk Watch during P.E. so I am reworking this week's lessons accordingly.


Tuesday, I will be sending out a test email to the Beginning Band parent group. If you do not receive an email from me on Tuesday, please email me to add or edit any address you would like to be reached for lesson days, updates, and concert information.

In the following weeks you will see an email from me to get your Essential Elements Interactive account up and running. PLEASE make sure you set this up! It (and a regular practice routine) is the key to your child’s success!


Full Band rehearsals will commence in approximately two more weeks when the majority of students are independently able to put their instruments together and play the first five notes on the top of page 6 in short order. I will send an email home and a note to the teachers ahead of time so it does not come as a surprise.

We are finalizing which homerooms will come for full band Tuesdays & Thursdays. I’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have it settled.


Mr. Jones & Mr. Farris

PTO News

PTO Meeting this Wednesday

Please join us at 9am in the Professional Development Room. All are welcome – we hope to see you there!


Save the Date

Mark your calendars for Oak Grove's 4th annual Mother/Son dance on Saturday, February 8th. We are also looking for groovy parents just like you to help us party on through the decades! If you're totally rad, email Lynsey Wolfe at lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com to join the Mother/Son dance committee and help make this dance dy-no-mite!


Team Green - Recycling Tip

Starting on October 2nd, the first Wednesday of every month will be "Go Green Day". Try to pack a zero-waste lunch box and have your child wear green to show your commitment to making our planet a better place!

Social Emotional Learning

The Skills for Learning and the Introduction to Mindfulness were our main focus during the first month of school. Last week, students in grades K - 2 participated in some great culminating activities. Here's a brief summary of the last week in our unit and what to talk about with your child:


Kindergarten ~ Self-Talk: We use this to repeat directions and successfully complete tasks at home & school. Check out our videos or the explanation on SEESAW. It was our first time using SEESAW with SEL, so if you didn't receive a video, don't worry! The paper copy will come home.


1st ~ Self-Talk: We used self-talk to follow directions of multi step tasks. We had fun combining all of our skills outside with Senora Loch playing Red Light, Green Light or Rojo, Verde, combining our Spanish vocabulary with our SEL skills!


2nd ~ Identifying Feelings and realizing that we all have different perspectives. We also spent some time outside looking at a blade of grass, an acorn or listening to the sounds in nature. We found that taking 15 seconds to become present helps settle our mind so we are better able to focus on the tasks at hand.


3rd-5th ~ Understanding the importance of taking other people's perspectives into account before reacting to a situation. Students shared examples of times where if they had looked at things from their parents perspective or from their friends, they would have handled the situations differently.


Have an awesome week! October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month! Ask your child about what they are learning in class!


Mrs. Kiefer

Social Emotional Learning Teacher K-5

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7th Grade Girls Basketball

- Attention 7th grade girls interested in basketball -

There will be an informational meeting this Friday (10/4) during your lunch/recess period.

Tryouts are Tuesday and Wednesday (10/15 and 10/16) from 3:30-5:00

You must have a physical on file with the school nurse.

Questions? Contact Mr. Oesch oesch@ogschool.org

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

Last week, you should have received the results of the fall STAR assessment. In kindergarten, these were sent home in students’ backpacks. In grades 1-8, they were sent via email. If you did not receive your child’s scores, please contact Dave Huber at huber@ogschool.org. For returning families of students in grades 2-8, you may have noticed the updated format of the STAR data. We now have the ability to show a visual representation of the student’s historical data as well as the list of scores at the bottom of the page. For more information about the STAR assessment, please visit the OG website. If you have questions about your child’s data, please contact the classroom teacher for more information.


This week, parents of students in grades 4 through 8 will receive the results of the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) that was administered at Oak Grove in grades 3-8 last spring. There will be two documents, one representing scores for the math assessment and a second document representing scores for the English-language arts assessment. Information regarding this assessment can also be found on the OG website. These documents are being paper-mailed home today.

Ethylene Oxide Information

The District has designated a section on its website for ethylene oxide materials. We will continue to update the materials on the site as we collect them in one place. The Board of Education discussed the matter at its meeting on September 24th. The District is also collaborating with the Village of Green Oaks on the matter. New materials regarding a public open house sponsored by State Senator Melinda Bush is on the website. Additionally, testing data from the Sterigenics facility in Willowbrook has been added as well as a letter and materials from concerned Oak Grove residents.

Join Mrs. Savage and the Savage Beasts

The Great Pink Run is this Saturday, October 5th in Chicago! Contact Mrs. Savage at Savage@ogschool.org if you are interested in a free entry to walk, jog or run with Team Savage Beasts!
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Fitness Testing Scores

Fitness testing scores were sent out via email last week (please check your spam folder if you did not receive your child's score). If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's current P.E. teacher.

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