Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ October 28, 2019

School Arrival

We are starting to see increased tardiness to school in the morning. Please be reminded that the first bell rings at 8:15 a.m. and school starts at 8:20 a.m. If you are dropping your children off, please try to arrive with adequate time to allow them to get to their lockers if necessary and then to their classroom by 8:20. Late arrivals to class can be disruptive to the entire classroom. Thank you for your cooperation.

2020 Illinois Parent Survey

Dear Parents and Guardians,

The Illinois State Board of Education invites you to participate in a school improvement survey for parents. Please Note: This survey is NOT a component of the 5Essentials Organizing Schools for Improvement Survey. In this survey, you will be asked to provide feedback about your child’s school. Please consider your child’s current experience at school (i.e., 2019-2020 school year). This survey is designed to help school and district leadership improve their understanding of the parent/school relationship.

All responses are completely anonymous. Responses to anonymous surveys cannot be traced back to the respondent. Additionally, your responses will be combined with other parents from your child's school and summarized in a school report to further protect your anonymity. Your participation in this survey is voluntary and you have the right to discontinue participation at any point.

If you have more than one (1) child, you may elect to participate multiple times.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey content, please contact 5Essentials Client Services at 1-866-440-1874.


Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, November 11, 2019 9:00 am

Courage, Bravery and Honor. These are a few of the many qualities it takes to serve in the United States Military. Many veterans and active duty service men and women have worked very hard to ensure you have freedom today. To honor them and to show them our appreciation every year, Oak Grove School has a Veterans Day celebration. Please wear red, white, and blue to show your pride. More information to come...

Oak Grove Multicultural Meeting 10-30-19

ALL ARE WELCOME TO JOIN! Please email skiefer@ogschool.org if you are interested in being part of our committee virtually or you plan to attend.

Oak Grove’s Multicultural Committee Vision

Oak Grove embraces a supportive, inclusive, and nurturing environment that celebrates our diversity.

Oak Grove’s Multicultural Committee Mission

We aim to enhance, sustain, and nurture a dynamic and inclusive culture that enriches the educational experience of the Oak Grove School community by:

  • Providing experiences and knowledge to journey toward becoming culturally proficient

  • Supporting equity of inclusion and participation at all levels

  • Cultivate relationships and collaborative partnerships with surrounding community, schools and agencies

Future Meeting Dates: This week in the Elementary Library

Wednesdays @ 9:00 am

  • October 30th topics: Our big event, multicultural bins, Marla's International Buffet lunches & MORE!

  • November 13th

  • December 11th

  • January 15th

  • January 29th

  • February 12th

  • March 11th

Help Wanted

Parents, we could use your help to document this year's Halloween events. We have always recorded the parade and taken photos. This year, it would great to have more photos and short videos from other locations. We will take your photos to make the Video Collage which we will share with the community and play on the large Elementary Hallway TV.

Also, we could use a second camera person to help record the parade, and to help make the Video Collage right after the parade.

I am requesting up to 10 volunteers. You can sign up for this event and check off which responsibility(ies) you would like to do HERE.

Thank you,

Dr. Jason Meltzer

Picture Retakes

Picture retake day is Friday, November 1st. If you would like your child’s picture re-taken, you must return the photo package to the photographer on that day. If your child was absent when pictures were taken in August, their picture will be taken for the yearbook, and you may also order pictures at this time.

New students will have their pictures taken, and ordering information will be sent home with them. Class photos for grades 6, 7 and 8 will also be taken on

November 1st. Please refer any questions to Karen Draths at extension 2027.

Honda Art Show

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OGS Girl Scouts Helping Veterans

Hello Oak Grove parents!

As Veteran's Day approaches, we are reaching out to the amazing Oak Grove community to help us collect much needed materials for Veterans in need!

Girl Scout Troop #45321 is looking for men’s and women’s winter clothes to donate to

The Midwest Veteran’s Closet.

In addition to daily clothes, they also need:

• Gloves

• New underwear

• Hats

• New socks

• Thermal underwear

Please bring all items to the collection bins located by the office, starting November 1-11.

Thank you!

Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

If you plan on celebrating Halloween on Thursday after school, with a little trick-or-treating, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t forget, there is still school on Friday so try and get to bed as close to normal time, if possible

  • A responsible adult or supervisor should accompany all younger children

  • If older kids are traveling as a group, pre-determine the approved path so they know where they are allowed to visit

  • Children and adults should be reminded to keep their eyes on the sidewalk and roads rather than on their devices. Drivers should be aware of the extra traffic, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

  • If you have a new driver, remind them to be extra careful or have them avoid driving during the trick or treat window.

  • For the full list of safety tips from the National Safety Council, click here

Local trick-or-treating hours:

  • Green Oaks, 4-8 pm

  • Lake Bluff, 4-7 pm

  • Libertyville, 4-8 pm

Oak Grove School Education Foundation Directories

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation (OGSEF) has produced an amazing "directory of businesses" featuring local family businesses and supporters of our school district. We will be sending home a copy of the business directory next week with one of your children. Please enjoy it and support those businesses listed. It is very well done. Thank you to Mr. Dan Wells, who spearheaded the project, and the OGSEF for all they do for our school!

PTO News

Tuesday 10/28 - JH Lunch Volunteers Needed
The PTO still needs two volunteers for this Tuesday in the Junior High cafeteria for the student’s buffet lunch from Fodrak’s, please consider helping out!
Jr. High sign-up: https://signup.com/go/MrbPdTa

Fannie May Fundraiser

Fannie May order forms are due no later than October 30th - return the white copy of the form with your payment made out to Oak Grove PTO. Candy pick up will be on Thursday, November 21 from 3:30 to 4:30 in the Junior High cafeteria. Fannie May will be giving away FREE CANDY to those with the highest sales. Contact Carlene Lichter at 847-414-0497 with any questions.

5-8th Grade Halloween Plans

The 5-8th graders will be celebrating Halloween with a DJ during lunch on Thursday, October 31st! Students can show their Halloween spirit that day by wearing orange and black.

Share Your Pictures for the School Calendar

We need your pictures to make our OGS calendar a success. All OGS related events are welcome. When uploading, please comment on the picture with your child's grade and school event, if applicable. We'll be collecting them through the end of June, so save the link to add more as you collect them. Thank you for sharing your 2019-2020 memories.


Jr. High Book Fair

Mark your calendars, it's Book Fair time! The Jr High Book fair will be running from November 11 - 14. The Book Fair will also be open after the Veteran's Day Ceremony on Nov. 11th. Please feel free to stop by!

Volunteers are Needed - Sign up for your desired slot at https://signup.com/go/iRsGMtM

Elementary Book Fair
The Elementary Book Fair for grades K-4th is coming Nov. 13th-16th; classroom shopping times will be announced soon. Family Night will be on Wednesday evening (Nov. 14th) from 6pm-8pm. Save the date!

Oak Grove Honor Society

Oak Grove Honor Society sponsored a collection for Hurricane Dorian. All the money received will go to the charity, Project HOPE, a non-denominational organization dedicated to serving those in need. Students and staff collected a whopping total of $4401.70! The two classrooms with the most money collected were Mrs. Markiewicz's and Mrs. Gibbar’s—both classes received ice cream as prizes. Thank you to everyone who donated and made a difference!

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