Oak Grove News

Oak Grove News

Weekly Update - 03/06/23

8th Grade Career Day

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend several sessions at our OGS Career Day with our 8th graders.  I would like to offer my appreciation to our staff and each parent/member of the community that took time out of their busy schedules to engage with our students around their career paths. Our students had the opportunity to learn from a professional sports coach, civil rights lawyer, children's book publisher/editor, physician, and data manager -- to name a few!

The experience of sitting in these presentations reminded me, again, that our local community is one of the greatest assets upon which we can build authentic learning for students. When our vision is to prepare students for college and careers or to engage students in a "real world" curriculum, there is no better way to do so than to collaborate with our parents and community in building those learning opportunities. 

Career Day PictureWe are committed to looking for additional ways we can harness the "intellectual capital" of our community in building authentic learning lessons students can readily transfer to the world beyond the classroom. 

Our community is a "lab" for student learning, when we continue to collaborate with our parents and countless corporations/organizations to teach our children. 

I look forward to our continued partnership,


A Message From The Board of Education

Dear Families,
Over the last year, our Board and administration have received questions from our school community regarding the role of the Board of Education and how the Board governs through its monthly meetings. In an effort to continue transparency around Board operations, we would like to engage with our families in building a Frequently Asked Questions page on our website. 

We invite families to use this link to ask any questions our parents have regarding Board operations -- i.e., How is the Board able to interact with the public during meetings? What is the difference between Committee of the Whole Meetings and Regular Meetings? 

These are questions that have been asked of the Board in recent months and we would like to add to our list and share responses with all families in future OG Newsletters. 

We appreciate you taking the time to collaborate with us in this effort. 


OGS Board of Education 

A Letter From OGSEF

Dear Parents and Guardians,
As President of the Oak Grove School Educational Foundation, I am pleased to announce the second of three seminars on mental health targeted for parents. This next seminar is part of our commitment to supporting the well-being of our students and families.

The second seminar will be held on Tuesday 3/14/23 from 6:30-7:30pm in the junior high cafeteria. We are thrilled to have Audrey Grunst, CEO of Simply Bee, as our guest speaker. Audrey is a widely known licensed counselor and therapist who has been working with children and families for many years.

The second seminar is titled “Communication using Validation.” In this seminar, Audrey will present scientific reasoning and helpful tips and tricks to communicate to children in a positive way. As parents, we all want to have a positive and healthy relationship with our children, but sometimes it can be challenging to communicate effectively. Audrey's presentation will provide practical strategies to help you communicate with your children in a positive and supportive manner.

We encourage all parents and guardians to attend. It promises to be an informative and engaging session that will equip you with the tools you need to support your children's mental health and well-being. We will record the session so if you can’t attend check our website after the event for the recording. We will also have no-cost childcare available.  

Thank you for your continued support of the Oak Grove School Educational Foundation. We look forward to seeing you at the seminar.

RSVP here  https://forms.gle/SXhSZJcg9iZNUYf5A


Jeff Barry

President, Oak Grove School Educational Foundation


Ryan MurrayA Message From Mr. Murray
Congratulations Wrestling!
We have 7 wrestlers going to state! Well done team and best of luck to our 7 student athletes as they compete at state beginning on Friday, March 10.
Wrestling picture

Spring Conferences - Coffee/Treat Team
A big thank you to Mrs. Zurawski, Mrs. Yarc, and our student volunteers for their efforts during our March 2nd conferences. The team made sure that our community was caffeinated, hydrated, and/or fed throughout the evening.
Conference pictures

Open House posterAttention First Grade Families!
Open House - First Grade 
Save the date, and mark your calendars.  First Grade will be hosting an Open House and a Music Concert on Thursday, March 16, from 6:00 -7:00 pm Families are invited to start the evening in their child's classroom to view the cooperative Bear Expert posters on display and published Bear Expert books.  Then from 6:30-7:00 pm, families will be treated to a First Grade musical performance directed by Mr. Farris in the Patt Gym.  Fancy frocks and dapper duds are encouraged for this evening of First Grade Fun!  We hope to see you there.  

5 Essentials Survey - Reminder
This is a reminder to participate in the parent survey supplement, part of the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. A parent survey report will be generated only if at least 20 percent of parents respond to the survey. Currently, our response rate is 14%. While the parent data will not be made public, the parent report will be made available to our school administration. This will enable us to make adjustments based on the responses given by Oak Grove families. Your participation in the parent survey will help us understand the conditions at your child’s school and guide improvement. Again, your identity and individual survey responses will be kept completely confidential and will never be connected to you or your child. The 5Essentials Survey window closes on March 31st.

For more information, click HERE, and for direct access to the link please click HERE. Thank you all for your input and support. 

Mental Health Minute
This month's topic is using our voice to be supportive and help others who are being excluded or treated unkindly. Skills that students are being taught through SEL lessons include: (1) assertiveness in a calm and respectful way, (2) how to use kind words to help another student, and (3) taking time to listen to someone else’s voice. When students use their voices to support another student, a more caring and empowered community will grow! For more additional resources, click HERE

Variety Show - Reminder 
The Variety Show sign ups are during lunch periods Monday, February 27 and February 28.  8th Grade emcee tryouts on February 28.  Wednesday, March 1, 8th grade emcee will be announced.  Tryouts for the Variety Show are Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16.

Important Dates
3/6:  Filmmaking Club, 3rd Grade Art Club
3/7:  K-2nd Yoga, 5th-8th Board Games Club, Code Ninjas, JH Choir
3/8:  5th Grade Art Club, 4th-8th Spanish Club Rm 102
3/9:  4th & 5th Grade Choir, Italian Club
3/10:  Winter 2 Celebration Parade  2:45 pm, Be Well Fitness, JH Art Club
3/11:  Solo Ensemble Event in Band Room 8:30 am - 1:30 pm; Son and 1 Glow Bowl 6-8 pm @Bowlero Vernon Hills
3/13:  2nd Grade Art Club, Filmmaking Club Rm 399, French Club Rm 101
3/13:  5th Grade Candor Virtual Parent Mtg 6:30 - 8:30 pm
3/14: Simply Bee presentation sponsored by the Oak Grove Foundation is 6:30-7:30 pm in the Junior High Cafeteria
3/14:  Code Ninjas, K-2nd Yoga, 5th-8th Board Games Club, JH Choir, 4th & 5th Grade Drama Club, 6th-8th Math Counts Rm 116
3/15:  Variety Show Tryouts,  4th-8th Spanish Club Rm 102
3/16:  4th & 5th Grade Choir, Italian Club,  1st Grade Open House 6-7 pm
3/17:  Be Well Fitness
Please click here to view more upcoming events

Curriculm Corner LogoCurriculum Corner

Illinois Science Assessment
Students in grades 5 and 8 began to take the Illinois Science Assessment today.  The ISA is administered in an online format and is aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted in 2014. Students will continue to take the remainder of the assessment this week. Students will need working headphones and a charged computer for this test. 

TAG Identification Webinar 
There will be a live webinar to share information on the TAG identification process on March 9 at 6:30 pm. This webinar is open to all families, but will be focused on the identification process for current 3rd and 5th grade students for placement in the 2023-24 school year. If you would like to attend the webinar, please register here. You will be sent a link to the live webinar the morning of the presentation. 

IAR Spring Testing Window
The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR), a state mandated assessment, will take place this year from March 13-17, with makeup testing March 20-22. Students in grades 3 through 8 will be assessed in both mathematics and language arts. A letter to all families will be sent this week with the testing schedule and more information. We encourage students to get a good night's sleep prior to the testing day, as well as, eat a healthy breakfast. Students will need a charged computer and working headphones for the audio portion of the English language arts assessments.

PTO LogoPTO News

Important Variety Show News
We had an amazing 36 acts sign-up to audition for this year's Variety Show “Keeping Dreams Alive”! We are excited to see everyone's amazing talents! Your child should have brought a packet of information home that included their tryout time and a permission slip. Please be sure to have your student bring their signed permission slip to their audition. The packet is available here if you need it. Please contact Christine Merrild or Ashley Wilson if you have any questions.

Required dates for the show are:

  • 3/15 & 3/16 - Variety Show Tryouts
  • 3/22 - Mandatory Meeting & Pictures
  • 4/12 & 4/13 - Mandatory Dress Rehearsals
  • 4/14 - Variety Show @ 5:00 and 7:30pm

Son+One Raffle Sales Still Open
We are excited to share that there will be 65-70 raffle items available at Son+One Glow Bowl with a wide variety of prizes for the young and young-at-heart. Some highlights include Cubs tickets, Adler pool passes, a Dave & Buster’s package, spa services, Legos, games, puzzles & other toys! Raffle ticket sales are still open on the PTO website and raffle tickets will be available for purchase on site as well.

Help Needed! IAR Testing Treat Bags
We will be packing 685 treat bags for all students in Grades 3-8 for encouragement on their IAR testing! Thank you to the 5 individuals who have signed up to help. The work will go faster with more hands, so please consider signing up. Sign up here to help pack the treat bags on Friday, March 10 from noon-2pm at Kate Byers’ house.

Meet the School Board Candidates Night
Mark your calendar to save March 15th from 6:30 - 7:30pm to learn more about the candidates running for OGS School Board. The event will be held in the JH Cafeteria. Details to come!

PTO Exec Board Nominees Needed
At the April PTO meeting we will vote to confirm the PTO Exec Board for ‘23-’24. If you have any interest in taking a more active leadership role with the PTO, please reach out to Lynsey Wolfe to learn more about available opportunities.

Band News

Solo/Ensemble Festival:
Solo and Ensemble is this weekend! All of the families of participating students should have received an email with the schedule of events on Saturday. If you have not, please email Mr. Frankowski (frankowski@ogschool.org).

Beginning Band:
This week (3/7-3/10/23) there will be no lessons and only "white" and "blue" band rehearsals during our regular time during the day. Next week (3/13-3/17/23) there will be no band activities (lessons or rehearsal) due to IAR testing.

Concert/Symphonic/Jazz Band:
This week (3/7-3/10/23), lessons are mostly for final check-ins with solo/ensemble participants. We will be following up with students on a case by case basis. 

Next week (3/13-3/17/23), all morning rehearsals will continue following our regular schedule. There will be no lessons during the day the full week due to IAR testing. 

8th Grade Parents/Guardians
The third trimester is our final opportunity to prepare students to transition to high school. Our goal is to help our students become self advocates by increasing engagement and accountability.  Below is a list of important events; we look forward to a great end of the year! 

The Eighth Grade Team

  • Career Day: March 1
  • Holocaust Museum Field Trip: April 20
  • Chicago Trip: May 24
  • Great America: May TBD
  • 8th Grade Dance: May 26
  • Graduation: May 30

Attention all 5th - 8th graders.  Oak Grove School is hosting the Noetic Math Contest mid-April. It is open to all 5th- 8th graders and is free.  The contest will be taken during the school day on laptops and information can be found at:  https://www.noetic-learning.com/mathcontest/index.jsp
**Please let your MATH teacher know if you are interested and want to sign up.  All students must be registered by March 16th.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Phillips (phillips@ogschool.org)

Support for Families
211 is a free, confidential one-stop resource that connects those in need to people that can help. All year long, trained expert navigators at Lake County’s 211 connect people to locally available resources, including help with rent, food, utility bills, employment and job training, childcare and after-school programs, legal services, health and mental health assistance, and so much more. 

The service works by calling 2-1-1 or texting your zip code to 898211 to speak with a real person who can help. Trained expert navigators are standing by to guide you to the help you need. 211 is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year in more than 150 languages.

211 is a free service open to everyone in Lake County and operated by United Way.  Tell your friends and family about this free service so they know that help is only one phone call or text away. For more information about 211, visit 211LakeCounty.org


Virtual Backpack

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.




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