Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ December 9, 2019

Conference Day Fun with Mrs. Savage

Mrs. Savage and her husband, Mr. Sosa, had a great time climbing with the students on Conference Day. The kids did an amazing job!

Stacking Cups and Mats

This is the last week to purchase stacking cups and mats. Please see Mrs. Savage in the Junior High Gym if you would like to purchase a set. You can also email Mrs. Savage to request a set if you would like it to be a surprise.


Cups $20.00

Mats with Timer & Bag $25.00

Battle of the Eagles

The 2020 IESA Wrestling Season is Here!
Come out on Monday, December 16th, to support the Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles as teammate faces teammate in the Battle of the Eagles! Wrestling will begin around 4:15 pm in the Junior High Gym.
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Feed My Starving Children

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help at Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) this Friday, December 13 from 6 -7:30 pm. We still have some spots available. If you would like to attend, please register ASAP using the Join URL https://www.fmsc.org/join-group?joincode=090L54

If you can no longer attend, please log into the FMSC website and remove your name(s) from the list. Please review the following important instructions about the event:

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation

Grove Gala 2020 – Tickets & Sponsorships Now on Sale

Our biennial Spring Gala will take place on February 29, 2020 at Independence Grove. The Gala is OGSEF’s biggest fundraising initiative and we need the support of our community, parents, faculty and students to make it a great success. Plus, it is a great opportunity to network and socialize with your community…not to mention a ton of fun! The event features food, drinks, entertainment, auctions and more. This is an event you will not want to miss! Ticket quantities are limited, so secure your tickets today!

The Grove Gala 2020

February 29, 2020

6:30 PM to 12:30 AM

Independence Grove, Audubon Hall

Learn more and secure your tickets or sponsorship at https://www.ogsef.org/gala-2020.html

Project Spotlight: Lifetime Literacy
The Gala supports funding for teacher-driven grants that focus on innovative and differentiated curriculum. This year we have a spotlight project we are funding: Lifetime Literacy.

Reading and writing are critical to all aspects of learning. Sparking a joy and love of reading books or writing stories at a young age not only supports the educational experience, but also prepares our students throughout their entire lifetime. Whether they want to be scientists, teachers, artists or athletes, literacy is a key foundation. Funds raised at the Gala will support enhancements to the literacy program at Oak Grove including:

  • Access to a broader selection of books
  • Creative writing/storytelling programs
  • Technical writing workshops
  • Reading support
  • Reading and writing for STEM
  • Professional development
  • And much more

Share the Gift of Reading - Donate a Book
We are collecting book donations to share with other schools in our community. Bring a book to donate and earn a free raffle ticket!

PTO News

B Bungalow PTO Fundraiser is Today!

Today is the day to shop for those holiday gifts! Please come by B Bungalow (410 N Milwaukee Ave) for the Oak Grove Holiday Shopping Fundraiser anytime during store hours (10 am - 5 pm) or shop during happy hour (4-6 pm)! Mention the OGS PTO and B Bungalow will donate 15% back to the PTO. We look forward to seeing you there!

Holiday Halls Shout Out

Our 8th annual Holiday Halls was our best ever!

Thank you to Libby Catlina and her family for another delicious Holly Jolly Breakfast, ALL the fantastic parents who volunteered, ALL the kids who served with a smile, especially David Jasso and Jessica Hedland, who stayed and worked double shifts. Celia Cathlina and Helaine Mu for working set up, two serving shifts and clean-up. For the parents, a special thank you to Kevin Griffin for setting up the Ferris Wheel decoration, Matt Cathlina for leading the cooking for three years in a row, Jennifer Pasternak for continuing to come back year after year to volunteer and staying extra shifts, Cristina Anez De Gomez and Sophia Shridharani for jumping in when they saw we needed extra hands.

Thank you to Susan Kurland for organizing & shopping, her family, and all our volunteer elves, wrappers & cashiers who helped make the Secret Shopping Village perfect in every way! A special shout out to Martin Reeves who helped get all those gifts for giving to OGS!

We want to thank Tracey Schulze for continuing to bring in returning and new vendors each year, and all the vendors that came out who made shopping fun for the entire family!

We could not pull this event off without our honor society students and ALL the volunteers who helped setup and decorate halls.

Thank you to Mr. Farris, his talented band, choir & baby that make our halls & cafe magical!

Thank you…Ozzie Suarez, Brian Plasky, Susan Gilbert, Nick Heckel, Dave Huber, Heather McCarty & her third grade artwork, for all of your behind the scenes help. Thank you Shellie Fahy and Christine Merrild for all the behind the scenes work!

Lastly, thanks to all of you who came out on a Saturday to support our annual Holiday Halls! What a way to start the holiday season!

Attention Kindergarten & 1st Grade Parents

Click on this link to sign up for the 2020 K-1 Social on Wednesday, January 16th from 1:30-3:30 pm at the Libertyville Sports Complex. Students have early release at 11:30 am, so it’s a perfect day for an afternoon of FREE activities including a challenge course, gaga ball, the climbing wall, relay races and various sports! Please consider volunteering to help as well!

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Tuesday 12/10 - 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 Jade’s Cafe, please consider helping out!
Jr. High Sign-Up: https://signup.com/go/MrbPdTa

Team Green - Recycling Tip

Consider replacing incandescent bulbs with LEDs; they use 75% less energy and last 25 times as long! Use only the lights you need at night.

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Curriculum Corner

Hello Oak Grove Community,

The fourth area of the new Social Science content standards is History. The history concepts include:

  • Change, Continuity, and Context

  • Perspectives

  • Historical Sources and Evidence

  • Causation and Argumentation

As previously mentioned, these are K-12 themes which look different across the grades. For example, in first grade that means students will create a chronological sequence of multiple events. In third grade that means students will describe how significant people, events, and developments have shaped their own community and region. In grade five, students will use information about a historical source-including the maker,date, place of origin, intended audience, and purpose-to-judge the extent to which the source is useful for studying a particular topic. And in middle school it evolves into, “organizing applicable evidence into a coherent argument about the past.”

If you missed any of the last three weeks, we reviewed Civics, Geography, and Financial Literacy standards in the OG News. For more information feel free to use the direct Link to the Illinois Social Science Standards or the link to the ISBE page with Social Science Resources.

Science Club News

This week we will be meeting on Friday, 12/13, in Mrs. Edelson's science lab from 3:30-4:30. We will NOT be doing a lab activity this week. Instead, we will be giving the YBTCC (You Be The Chemist Challenge) qualifying exam. It consists of a timed, multiple choice, 40 question test. Students with the top four highest scores will be selected to represent Oak Grove during the regional competition in the spring. If your child is not interested in taking the test but still wants to be part of the science club, they do not need to come on Friday.

Here is a list of future dates;

January 10, 2020 (3:30pm-4:30 pm)
January 24, 2020 (3:30pm-4:30 pm)
February 7, 2020 (3:30pm-4:30 pm)
February 21, 2020 (3:30pm-4:30 pm)
More dates may be announced as needed once the Regional Challenge Date is finalized. Please arrange for a 4:30pm pickup from Science Club meetings.

Contact Mrs. Edelson (edelson@ogschool.org) or Mr. Mehnert (mehnert@ogschool.org) with any questions.

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