Oak Grove News

Oak Grove News

Weekly Update - 05/08/2023

Mr. MurrayMessage from the Principal

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!
Please help us celebrate the OGS team by encouraging your students to take a moment to write a note, draw a picture or send an email to their amazing Oak Grove teachers. It goes without saying that OGS has some of the very best teachers around! They most certainly deserve to feel loved and supported after all that they have given to our students!

Registration for Returning Families
2023-2024 registration for returning families is open! A letter with instructions and login credentials was emailed home last week. If you do not see it, please check your spam folder. If you still cannot locate your registration login information, please contact Dave Huber at huber@ogschool.org. We ask that all families complete online registration before May 15. If you are not planning on returning to Oak Grove for the 23-24 school year, please contact Karen Draths, draths@ogschool.org.

Registration for Incoming Kindergarten and All New Families
Monday, June 5, 1:00 - 7:00 pm in the small gym. Information regarding registration will be mailed home to all new families. If you are aware of anyone new to the area who is interested in registration information, please have them contact Karen Draths, draths@ogschool.org.

Mental Health Minute
This month's topic is Community. Having a supportive relationship between students, teachers and parents is the heart of a school community. For more information, click here.

Important Dates
5/9: Spring Book Fair until May 12 in the Junior High Library, Simply Bee Parent Meeting 6:30 pm
5/10: Spring Book Fair Family Night 5:00 pm, Beginning and Concert Band Concerts 6:30 pm
5/11: Honda Art Show at Honda Libertyville 6:00 pm
5/13: Track Sectionals 8:00 am
5/16: COW @ 6:00 pm & BOE @ 7:15 pm
5/17: PTO Meeting 9:30 am; Third Grade Open House 6:00 pm
5/18: Early Release Day: Students dismissed at 11:30 am
5/19: 8th Grade Field Trip to Great America

SEL News
Community is this month’s theme. We have an amazing community here at Oak Grove. In SEL class we had a community/team building challenge this week. In 2 minutes or less we had to come up with as many songs as we could that have the word friend in it. We also had 3 super fun SEL Soaring Eagle Assemblies! Students were recognized for some pretty amazing accomplishments. 

We are also proud of students taking control of their emotions and becoming better problem solvers. Kindergarten through fifth grade students have been working hard on creating a tool to solve problems. Oftentimes, if we can just remember to breathe we can activate our upstairs brain and think of our own solutions. We reflected on times we went to an adult and were disappointed by their solution. This tool invites both sides to recognize the problem, identify the size of problem, brainstorm multiple solutions and more. Oak Grove provides many ways for students to get help if they need it be it in person, during indoor recess, through clever, email etc. It has been my experience that students are using their voice when they feel it is a size 3 or higher problem. We hope that you see these results at home as well.
SEL Picture   SEL Picture 2

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We Love OGS Teachers!
It’s time to show your gratitude for our amazing OGS teachers - this week is Teacher Appreciation Week! Each day, the PTO will provide daily surprises for our wonderful OGS teachers, but please take a moment to encourage your child to write a note, draw a picture or send an email to their teachers as well or you can also have them complete this fun activity.

Shop THIS Week at the BOGO Book Fair
The BOGO Book Fair for Grades K-8 will be at Oak Grove Tuesday, May 9 - Friday, May 12. We will be open late for Family Night on Wednesday, May 10 from 4-7:30 pm If you have questions, please contact Kelly Epley. Here's how to get ready for the Book Fair:

  • VISIT the Oak Grove Book Fair Web Site
  • VOLUNTEER - Click Here to view and sign up for available times!
  • CHECK the Book Fair Schedule - Find out when your child shops.
  • SET UP your eWallet - Make shopping easy by adding money to an eWallet account for your child. Click the eWallet link on the Book Fair Home Page. You can also donate to teacher's eWallets! Just search by name.
  • GIVE the gift of reading to others - The All for Books Dollar Challenge is back during the Spring Book Fair!  Send in donations (extra change and/or small bills) with your student on his/her shopping day to drop into our donation jars. This year, OGS is raising money to buy books for Reading Power!  Reading Power partners with underfunded schools in Zion, North Chicago, and Waukegan to provide one-to-one literacy tutoring.  The grade in K-4 and 5-8 that collects the most money during the challenge will win a popsicle party!

RSVP Now for 6th-7th Grade Social
Calling all 6th and 7th Graders! Come to SkyZone on Thursday, May 18,  from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m  for a fun afternoon of jumping! We will have the place to ourselves, so it will be a great time to socialize with friends and jump out some energy. This event is limited to 85 students and a designated adult must remain on site. (This adult can be for a group of students). Sign up here. Water and a snack will be provided at the conclusion of the event. Please complete the sign-up sheet and the SkyZone Waiver for your Student.  The Students are given jump socks at  the event.  Please reach out to Carrie Siebert with any questions.

Field Day Volunteers
Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer at Field Day on Friday, May 26 from 8:30-11:00 am! Please email Karin Pawlowski or Laura Reutzel if you’d like to be added to their list of backup volunteers.

Curriculm Corner LogoCurriculum Corner

iReady Diagnostic Reports
iReady reports will be sent home to families via email today. 

Aimsweb Testing
Students in grades K-5 will take Aimsweb in reading and math this week. Aimsweb is a nationally-normed, skills-based benchmark assessment and progress monitoring tool.

Spring Placement Appeals - Grades 3-7
Parents have the right to request an additional review of student placement into the talented and gifted program or to request subject- or grade-level acceleration before next school year. The opportunity to file an appeal closes on May 15. To initiate a placement appeal, please complete the Parent Feedback Form and email it to Alexa Dunn (adunn@ogschool.org). Outcomes of appeals will be shared with families in early June. To find out more about the appeals process, please visit our website.

OGS Summer Camp
Summer is just around the corner and Oak Grove School will be providing some summer camp options for our students. There will be art camp, sports camp and a K-1 activity camp. Please use the Registration Link to see the camps offered and to register by Friday, June 30. 

Please Return Your Library Books

All books are due back to the Elementary Library Wednesday, May 10.  All books are due back to the Junior High Library Friday, May 19.  Please remind students to search for library books in their lockers and at home!

23-24 School Supply Orders

Pre-pack school supply sale is open!!  We are using Educational Products, Inc. (EPI). This company has put together individual school supply packs to match the current school supply list for 2023-2024 school year. You will find the prices online and also on the info sheet found in the virtual backpack. Just follow the link to their website. Type in our Oak Grove code OAK039 . Then find your grade level pre-pack needed and place your order. 

When you order your supplies through this PTO fundraiser, it helps raise money for Oak Grove School. The prices are comparable to the stores. Shipping cost is $9.80 per family order. All of the non-consumable items are guaranteed for the year. If your student's binder, scissors, pencil bag, headphones, ruler etc. are damaged during the school year, the company will replace them. Place your order before June 4. After June 4 there will be a $10 late fee. No orders will be accepted after July 25. If you have any questions, please, contact Jennifer Liu at jen_hen@comcast.net 

Now through JUNE 4

Late orders open June 5-July 25 ($10 late fee per pre-pack)

1) Go to www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks

2) Enter the school ID, OAK039 (3 letters/3 numbers)

3) Follow the directions to complete your order.

4) Keep your online confirmation as your receipt. 

Orders will be charged sales tax and $9.80 delivery fee per family order at checkout.


7th Grade Science

Mrs. Pusateri’s class enjoyed a visit from one of our own, Derek Hillard, who shared his passion for apple trees.  Derek is the head of the buildings and grounds department and showed the students how he graphs the apple tree cuttings to the apple root stock.  The students really enjoyed learning about how these graphs will eventually grow into full size trees in their new home in northern Wisconsin.
Mr. Hilliard   Mr. Hilliard

Band News

Look for information about the summer music camps at Libertyville HS by the end of the day. Open to current 5th through 8th graders there is Concert (Classic) Band, Jazz Band and Marching Band camps held at the High School. Details will include pricing, dates and times. You don't want to miss out on seeing your friends, making good music and a chance to work with some of the high schoolers and students from the surrounding area!

Secondary instruments such as saxophones used for Jazz Band need to be returned ASAP for their summer cleaning.

Concert Band and Beginning Band only- 
Beginning Band and Concert Band have their concert on the evening on Wednesday, May 10 at 6:30 pm here at OGS. Concert details went out on Friday via email. If you didn't receive it, please let Mr. Frankowski (frankowski@ogschool.org) know. 

For Concert Band only- 
Please check your emails for information about our field trip over to Libertyville Manor. That is this Friday! If you do not receive it, please write to Mr. Frankowski (frankowski@ogschool.org)

Thursday Morning there is no rehearsal. Friday morning there is morning rehearsal for 6th graders playing with 7th graders in the graduation band.

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Yearbook photo adYearbook Photos

Do you have great photos from this school year to add to our yearbook?  Please use the link to upload your photos.  You may continue to add photos through the last day of school!

Upload Photos for the Yearbook HERE.  Use school code: ogsyb2023.


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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