Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ April 23, 2018

Readers in Bloom

The first graders are reading to earn the Readers in Bloom campout in May! So far we have read 590 books!
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Proof of Residency Reminder

District 68 is dedicated to the academic success of all students within our attendance boundaries. To meet our district requirements, proof of residency is required for new students and for families that lease their homes, or live with a resident who owns a home in the district. The proof of residency process will be repeated if there is a change of residency status at any time during the school year. Notification letters requesting proof of residency will be mailed home to each family who falls in the above categories .

Parents of students needing to provide proof of residency include:

  • Families new to Oak Grove
  • Students starting Kindergarten in the fall of 2018 - (Residency information will be in your registration packet)
  • Families of students currently enrolled who are leasing a residence
  • Families of students living with a district resident

Please come in person to submit the requested documentation in your category on May 31 from 9-1pm.



Please contact Kathy Azzato at 224-424-4725

Email- azzato@ogschool.org

5th Grade Gives Back

Dear Oak Grove Students,

Thank you for sending in all the thoughtful donations. We are very grateful for all the toys and treats that you donated to Orphans of the Storm. These dogs and cats will enjoy them as they wait to be adopted by new families.

Thank you,

Brady Roe and Kaden Kovach

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Early Morning Hours Canceled

Early Library hours will be canceled on Friday, May 4, for the "Battle of the Books".

Curriculum Corner

As part of our Talented And Gifted (TAG) placement procedures, we will be holding our spring session of Advisory Council. During the spring Advisory Council meeting, the committee will review placement appeals. Parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into Oak Grove’s TAG program, through a placement appeal which would be reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 11 and 12 of the TAG Handbook.

In addition, please see the TAG Handbook for the matrix used to make placement decisions (p. 10) as well as the placement flowchart (p. 13) for additional information.

Parents requesting participation in the appeal process are required to complete the Parent Inquiry Form beginning on page 22 of the TAG Handbook. The Parent Inquiry Form must be completed and emailed to Sarah Cacciatore at cacciatore@ogschool.org no later than May 14th for consideration at the spring Advisory Council meeting. Parents will be notified via email regarding the final committee decisions.

*Please note, appeal process may only be utilized once a calendar year.

Talented & Gifted Program (TAG)

Parents with students in grades 3 and/or 5 received CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) results Wednesday, April 11th. One of the uses of the CogAT is to assist with students qualifying for Oak Grove’s TAG (Talented And Gifted) program. Please click here and scroll down on the page for additional results to understand your student’s CogAT scores.

Based on CogAT results, parents were notified if their child would complete additional assessments, a writing assessment and/or math problem solving assessment. These additional assessments took place on Monday, April 16th and/or Tuesday, April 17th. Completing additional assessments does not guarantee placement in the TAG program, nor does having a CogAT verbal, quantitative, or nonverbal SAS at or above 120. Students are considered for the TAG program with a SAS at or above 120. Please, reference the flowchart on page 13 of the TAG Handbook.

Placement is based on a matrix, that is on page 10 of the TAG Handbook. Typically, students who qualify for Talented And Gifted (TAG) services are at the upper extreme with a score at or near 130 on the CogAT which correlates to a national percentile of 97% or higher, along with other data that strongly suggests high achieving abilities.

Parents will receive final placement letters at the beginning of May. These letters will be sent to parents who were notified that their child was taking the additional writing and/or math problem solving assessments.

Parents with current 3rd grade students:

Please remember that we revisit all placement decisions at the end of 5th grade as students transition into the middle school. This includes all students in both TAG classes as well as on-grade level classes. Placement in a TAG class in grades 4 and/or 5 does not guarantee placement in TAG classes beginning in grade 6. Those decisions will be based on more current data gathered at that time.

Parents with current 5th grade students:

Please remember TAG placement and/or placement in on-grade level classes does not determine the placement decisions that will be used in eighth grade for high school transitioning. Those decisions will be based on more current data gathered at that time.

We encourage you to reference Oak Grove’s TAG handbook regarding the placement procedures. Page 13 presents the process in a visual flowchart and page 10 is the matrix that is used to determine qualifications for placement. In addition, the TAG link on the website includes an overview video explaining the program and placement process.

Student Council News

You are invited to our final Junior High dance of the year! This Friday, stay after school until 5:00 pm for dancing, contests, concessions, raffles, and an open gym. It is $5 to get in to the dance and you may want to bring extra money for concessions and raffle tickets. We look forward to seeing all our 6th through 8th grade students after school for some final fun together!
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PTO News

Variety Show

Thank-you to everyone who attended the Variety Shows on Friday! Special thanks to Julie Block-Terson for our decorations as well as Joanie Sauers and Julie Goodman for organizing the cast dinner. We really appreciate all of the parent volunteers who helped us at practices and on show night. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you for supporting the Student Council at the concessions stand; they raised $555 for their various charities. It was a great night!

Book Fair

The elementary BOGO Book Fair is here! Stop by April 24-27th 8:30am-3:30pm. Family night will be Wednesday, April 25th from 6pm-8pm.
K through 7th grade will participate with classroom shopping times. Every item will be "buy one, get one FREE!" If you would like to volunteer to help students shop at the Fair, please, sign up through this link.
You will find classroom shopping times and order forms for teacher gift certificates in the Virtual Backpack. If you have any questions, please, contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net

Pre-Pack School Supplies Online Ordering Starts April 30th
Oak Grove PTO will be having our annual pre-pack school supply fundraiser again this year. When you order a pre-pack, you get all of your child's school supplies for the next school year in one pack and it is sent directly to your home. You save time and money while raising money for our school. The online ordering will open April 30th. If you have any questions, contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net.

Stuck on You Label Fundraiser

Need an easy way to keep track of your child's school supplies, lunch boxes, water bottles and summer camp items? Try Stuck on you labels! For every purchase you make, Oak Grove PTO receives a portion of the sale. Please check out the ordering link or the fliers in the Virtual Backpack for more information.

Our fundraising code is: OAKGROVEPTO

Ice Cream Socials

Thank you to Dalia Majumdar, Ponni Nainar, AJ Noonan, June O’Donnell, Leah Parr, Emily Savino, Kim Schambow, Logan Schambow, Jennie Schlitt, Kaylin Thoune and Beth Zender for all your help handing out all those delicious treats at the Ice Cream Socials during the open houses this year. A huge thank you to Melissa Thoune for organizing everything.

Marla’s Brown Bag Lunch Survey Results

Thanks to everyone who participated in our lunch program survey last week. The winner of the free week of lunches is Nolan Gulotta! Your feedback is very important to us. We will use the information you submitted to make improvements to our program next year.

PTO Chairs

The PTO is looking for people to chair the following committees for next year:

  • Mother/Son Night
  • PTO Volunteer Coordinator

If you have any questions or are interested in signing up contact Katrina Treutelaar at Katrinatreutelaar@me.com.

Oak Grove Jazz Band

The OG Jazz Band performed for the Illinois Educators Association regional assembly last Friday at the O'Hare Hyatt. There were 1200 educators in attendance and the Jazz Band received an standing ovation. Way to go, Jazz Band!

Track and Field Weekly News

Track and Field Weekly News

  • Spiritwear will arrive this week (by Thursday)
  • Plan ahead for Saturday, May 5th and 12th, the Conference and Sectional meets. 2 entries per event, per gender, per grade (7/8). Schedules will be posted soon. There is no bus to/from these meets. Coaches will be working different events so athletes are responsible for making it to their events on their own.
  • Athletes can still join OGS Track and Field on Google Classroom. Join Code: 9wmor15
  • Parents and athletes can still sign up for important announcements through "REMIND" by texting @76hkfd to the number 81010. This allows for two-way texting with Coach Edelson.

Daily Schedule:

Monday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Tuesday - Meet @ Lakes HS 4:45 - 6:45 (Unlimited Entry Meet)

Wednesday - Meet @ Lakes HS 4:45 - 6:45 (Unlimited Entry Meet)

Thursday - Practice 3:30-4:45

Friday, Saturday, Sunday - No Practice, No Meets

Don't forget to check the website for important information:


"Whenever you see a successful person, you only see the public glories, never the private sacrifices to reach them." -Vaibhav Shah

Multicultural Night

Save the date!

Our first Annual Multicultural Night, May 3rd from 6:00-7:30 pm! Kindergarten through 4th grade are creating flags, playing games and creating projects all week to share with you on this fun evening! Come and celebrate Oak Grove’s diverse and beautiful community!

What to expect:

  • Multiple booths representing countries from all over the world
  • Exciting performances by our own students
  • Delicious food samples from around the world
  • Amazing movies of our students speaking multiple different languages projected around the Patrick Patt Gym
  • K-4 art projects on display in the Elementary cafeteria
  • Passports given to all attending
  • Passport stamps at every booth

Bring the whole family for this wonderful evening!

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