Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ February 4, 2019


PTO Meeting

There is a PTO meeting this week on Wednesday, February 6 at 9am in the Professional Development room. All are welcome!

Meet the Candidate Night - Save the Date

The PTO will be hosting a meet the Board of Education Candidate Night on Thursday, March 14th at 7pm in the elementary gym. More information will follow as we get closer to the date including details on how to submit questions for the candidates.

5th Grade Mother/Daughter Tea

Attention 5th grade girl parents! Since we had so many days off last week, we will extend the submission of a baby photo of your fifth grade girl to Wednesday. Please label the photo on the back with your child’s name. Also, final reminders have been sent to the mothers of fifth grade girls to RSVP and we have only not heard back from a few, so thank you very much and please RSVP if you have not done so. See you on February 12th!

4th/5th Grade Social

Just a reminder to sign-up for the 4/5 grade PTO social! It will be held on Friday, February 15th from 1:30-3:00. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dana Huennekens at dlfranz@yahoo.com


Mother/Son Dance
Howdy y’all! Oak Grove’s Mother/Son dance is just around the corner! It will be held on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 from 6:30 - 8:30 in the Junior High gym and is encouraged for K-8th graders. The dance will host a DJ, photo booth, entertainment, raffle prizes and snacks. Dance and raffle tickets are available for purchase HERE. You only have until February 17th to purchase tickets, so buy them NOW!

We also need your help to make the dance a success! So, if you or someone you know is available Friday, February 22nd or Saturday, February 23rd, please sign up to

Volunteer HERE.

Email Lynsey Wolfe (lynsey.wolfe@gmail.com) or Sarah Roe (saroe726@gmail.com) with any questions.

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Yeehaw! The Daddy/Daughter dance this past Saturday was a huge success. This fundraiser for the PTO went off without a hitch thanks to all of our amazing volunteers. The night was full of dancing thanks to DJ Chris Colten, and special guest, Diane, who taught the crowd how to line dance. The girls and dads enjoyed cowboy cookies, delicious cupcakes, amazing raffle prizes, photo booth shenanigans, gorgeous country chic decor and fabulous formal photos. A special thank you to Melissa Sallman and Shannon Bilcox for co-chairing this event along with Liz Howard. Thank you to Kathy Bailor, Lyndsey Casey, Amy Frantz, Ashley, Avery, and Olivia Wilson, Barb Davoux, Beth Koopman, Beth Zender, Beverly Smith, Carrie & Heath Siebert, Christine Max, Christine Merrild, Debbie Greer, Dionne Kilpatrick, Elisabeth Cobb, Emily Barry, Eugene Cha, Hillary Bolke, Holly Colin, Indy Wood, Jennie Schlitt, Jennifer Davis, Joe Thurman, Josh Hunt, June O’Donnell, Karen Linde, Karen McConnell, Katie Carlson, Katie Edmondson, Keli Likosar, Krysia Ressler, Laura Reutzel, Lucy Tokmakjian, Lynsey Wolfe, Melissa Rakestraw, Melissa Thompson, Melissa Thoune, Melody Lyon, Meritxell Bernshtam, Mia Hughes, Monique Soon Mei Mei, Osasu Osayimwen, Regenia Agee, Rhiannon Schmidt, Sean Vestal, Shana Cal, Shannon Rojas, Wendy Loffredo. Also thank you to the Oak Grove custodians, especially Brian Plasky, who went above and beyond helping us out and kept a smile on his face while sweeping up lots of hay. Thank you to local businesses who donated to our event - Hansa Coffee, Dalton Bakery, Ace Hardware, B Bungalow, CC Baseball, Chicago Red Stars, Code Ninjas, IL Nails, LGA, Pizzeria DeVille, Post Time, Sky Zone, Sports 11, and Ultimate Ninjas.

Science Club

This week, Science Club will meet from 3:30-5:00 pm in Mrs. Edelson's room on Friday. Thank you to all of the scientists who took the YBTCC Qualifying Exam. We are still waiting to hear back from the judging committee to know the exact number of students we can send to participate, but our top 5 scientists were Jack Davis, Vanessa Zhang, Ahan Dey, Teja Patil, and Cameron Huang. Congratulations to all of our amazing scientists!

Boys Volleyball This Week:

Monday - Practice 3:30-5:00

Tuesday - Away Game vs Millburn Middle School (8th - Musical Rehearsal Make-Up Day, try to get a ride by 4:40 to get to Millburn on time)

Wednesday - Practice 3:30-5:00 (8th goes to Musical Rehearsal)

Thursday - Practice 3:30-5:00

Friday - No Practice

STEM for Girls

We’ve had students attend in the past and they’ve shared positive feedback about this fun and exciting day. Once again, the College of Lake County is hosting a free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Day for girls in grades 7 through 12. For more information, please see the flyer in the virtual backpack.

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

You may or may not have heard that Illinois had ended their contract with Pearson (the company that produces the PARCC test) last year and was bidding out a new company for our Illinois assessment system. After a lengthy bidding process, the contact went to a different company and was anticipated to be implemented for the 2018-2019 school year. The PARCC group then challenged the bid and that lawsuit has not yet been settled. Therefore, we anticipate that the PARCC test under a new name IAR “Illinois Assessment of Readiness”, will take place this spring. Anticipate the specific testing window to be a similar window as previously used (mid-April). As soon as we know the official window, it will be shared in the OG news along with our other spring assessments.

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