Oak Grove News

Weekly Update ~ January 24, 2022

From the Principals' Desk

Early Release - Wednesday, February 9, 2022

On Wednesday, February 9, 2022 students will be released early due to staff school improvement planning. Dismissal will begin at 11:15 AM.

Attention 8th Grade Parents

It is time to begin planning for the exciting events surrounding 8th grade graduation, and we need your help! Any 8th grade parent interested in chairing or co-chairing the 8th grade dance, we invite you to attend a parent meeting in the Jr. High Cafeteria on 2/8/22 at 8:30am. Committees to consider include:

  • 8th Grade Dance Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Food
  • Decorations
  • Invitations/Favors
  • Photography/Backdrop
  • Clean up

If you plan to join us on 2/8/22 at 8:30am, please call Kathy Azzato at 847-367-4120, ext 2029, so we can add you to our list.

Marla's Lunch Update - For Absent Students

When calling to report a student absence, if you would like to pick up your child's Marla meal, please follow these steps:

  • Share your request to pick up the Marla meal(s) with the office staff or nurse BEFORE 10:00 AM.

  • The front office staff will share the names for the requested meal(s) with the lunch volunteers.

  • The lunch volunteers will pull the meals and have them saved in a bin labeled "Marla's."

  • The bin will be placed in the front office vestibule for pickup.

  • The saved meals need to be picked up between 12:30-1:00 PM.

  • After 1:00 PM, the bin will be emptied and items discarded.

Mental Health Minute (Updated)

The Mental Health team at Oak Grove, consisting of our School Social Workers, our School Psychologist, and the Social Emotional Learning Coordinator, will be providing you information on several social emotional topics throughout the 2021-22 school year. Twice a month, we will provide you with a brief overview of a topic as well as at least one resource for additional information. Please feel free to reach out to Ryan Murray, SEL Coordinator, if you have questions or need help finding more information.

Please click on the link below for this week’s issue

January - Anxiety

Past Issues

*If you need support or are looking to support someone else please visit Safe2Help Illinois and/or our website for valuable information.

SEL at Oak Grove (Updated Weekly)

The theme for the month of January is commitment. Please take a few minutes to view the January page of our website to see what’s happening in SEL.

Please click here to access the Oak Grove SEL website.

If you have any questions please contact Susie Kiefer at skiefer@ogschool.org or Ryan Murray at murray@ogschool.org.

Important Dates

  • Jan. 25 - Jazz Band Concert, 6:30 PM

  • Jan. 31 - DEI Mtg 5:30 PM

  • Feb. 1 - Jr. High Book Fair

  • Feb. 2 - PTO Mtg 9:30 AM, Jr. High Book Fair

  • Feb. 3 - Jr. High Book Fair

  • Feb. 9 - 11:30 AM Early Dismissal for SIP Day

  • Feb. 10 - 8th Gr Musical Rehearsal 3:30-5:30 PM

  • Feb. 14 - 5th Gr to FMSC, K-4 Parties

  • Feb. 15 - Committee of the Whole Board Meeting, 6 PM, Regular Board Meeting 7:15 PM


5th-grade parents,
It is time for your child to choose what world language they will study for the next three years at OGS. Your child has a choice of two languages: French and Spanish. We've provided links to two videos below with information about the programs.

An email entitled "Language Selection Choice for 22-23" will be sent to all 5th-grade parents this Wednesday with more information, including the account name (family number) and password you will use to log in.

Please refer to Wednesday's email, then log in and fill out the form. It will only take a few moments. We ask that parents indicate the language choice by February 2nd. Thank you for your cooperation! Merci and Gracias!

Introduction Videos:
French at Oak Grove
Spanish at Oak Grove

Battle of the Books

Fourth through eighth grade students who signed up for The Battle of the Books: Remember the Battles begin the week of April 25 during lunch recess. This gives you 3 more months to read your assigned books. Stop by the JH library to check out any books you need.

Keep reading - Don’t let your team down!

Oak Grove Wrestling News

On Saturday, the Oak Grove Wrestling Eagles took 8th place out of 16 teams at the Johnsburg Invitational.

Congratulations to...

Jack Treutelaar (8th) 1st place

James Liu (8th) 1st place

Matthew Liu (8th) 2nd place

Cameron Kovach (5th) 4th place

Logan Tayfel (8th) 5th place

Anand Verma (5th) 6th place

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Oak Grove Band News

Attention all fans of jazz! Our long-awaited make-up jazz concert is this Tuesday, January 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the Patt Gym. Call time for musicians is 5:45 p.m.

Beginning Band: Musicians should be polishing Lightly Row in the yellow book. The idea is to get it as close to performance-ready as possible. We will also begin working more heavily on page 8 as we continue adding new notes to our repertoire.

Concert/Symphonic Bands: As a reminder, tomorrow is an additional Jazz Band rehearsal. Regular band rehearsals will resume on Wednesday and Thursday (1/26-27) morning this week.

Students will be getting more information about the OGS Solo & Ensemble Festival in March. We are beginning to look at potential pieces for interested students to perform then. This is an optional performance opportunity but one that we would highly recommend and encourage participation.

Jazz Band: We have an extra rehearsal tomorrow morning (1/25) due to the concert in the evening. Concert attire should be “dress your best” clothes- no jeans or athletic wear, please.

Camp Invention is Coming to Oak Grove School!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), Oak Grove School is pleased to offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade. This exciting, weeklong summer

adventure provides opportunities for open-ended, hands-on exploration of science, technology, engineering and more!

Rotating through a variety of exciting activities each day, children have fun collaborating with friends, thinking creatively and inventing their own solutions to real-world challenges.

The week begins on June 13 with Aimee Brown serving as Director. The all-new 2022 program will thrill both new and returning campers with an expedition full of far-reaching explorations, fascinating discoveries and exhilarating “a-ha” moments!

Early registration discounts are available! Register using SUM25 by 3/31 to save $25 off the $270 registration fee.

Availability is limited, so visit invent.org/mylocalcamp or call 800-968-4332 to secure your child’s spot today! Traditional program hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Any questions please contact: Aimee Brown abrown@ogschool.org

PTO News

Junior High Book Fair

The Junior High book fair is just around the corner! Anderson’s Bookfair Co. is coming to Oak Grove February 1st-3rd and all 6th, 7th & 8th graders will attend the fair with their ELA classes. Click here to check out some of the selections Anderson’s will be bringing to our school and the class schedule is available if you want to know when your student(s) will attend. Cash & credit card will be accepted. We are still in need of a few volunteers if you are interested in helping out! Please contact Melissa Sallmann at melissagroner@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

2 Dates Full - Sign Up Now! Feed My Starving Children

OGS families will be packing meals at Feed My Starving Children on 3 separate dates in February. Two dates are already full, but spots remain on Monday, February 14 from 7:00-8:45pm. Please help us fill these spots and “spread some love” on Valentine’s Day at FMSC! The online signup form is experiencing technical difficulties, so please e-mail Brooke Schamber if you’d like to sign up and she’ll either help you get on the list or notify you when the signup is working again. Her e-mail is brooklee5@gmail.com.

Marla’s Lunch Updates

  • Please be sure to read the update from Mrs. Barnabee regarding picking up Marla’s meals when your student is absent.
  • Don’t forget the weekly lockout is at 12:00pm on Wednesdays for the following week!
  • We love lunch room volunteers! Click these links to sign up to help in the elementary or Jr. High lunch rooms. Thank you!

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Oak Grove School Education Foundation (OGSEF)

The Oak Grove School Education Foundation (OGSEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer-run organization made up of parents and teachers. OGSEF funds grants for teacher-led initiatives for students and staff. OGSEF also administers the OGS "Teacher of the Year'' award and gives annual $1,000 college scholarships for OGS alumni who graduate from Libertyville High School. In the last two years, OGSEF has funded more than $50,000 in programs, grants, scholarships, and new technology. Every dollar we spend was first raised from parents, donors, and our local community.

Gala '22 is OGSEF's large bi-annual fundraiser and it is less than a month away on Saturday evening 2/19/22 at Independence Grove. There are a limited number of tickets and they are selling fast! Come for an amazing, socially distanced night that includes food, entertainment, dancing, open bar, and auction items while raising money for and spotlighting "Expanding Learning Beyond the Classroom."

Text "Gala22" to 76278 or visit http://gala22.givesmart.com for more information, to preview auction items, or to purchase tickets. You can also bid on silent auction items from home so you don't need to purchase a ticket to participate. Those attending Gala '22 must show proof of COVID vaccination or proof of a recent negative PCR or antigen COVID test. We look forward to seeing you or hearing from you soon!

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Curriculum Corner

TAG Identification Webinar

Thursday, February 10 will be an informational webinar on the TAG Identification process for 3rd and 5th grade students. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register here. You will be sent a link to the webinar prior to the meeting.

IAR Spring Testing Window

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (formerly called PARCC) testing will take place this year from March 7-22. More information in regards to the scheduling and test itself will be shared in future Oak Grove News.

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