Oak Grove News
Weekly Update - 05/15/23
Message from the Principal
Excitement for the end of the year!
We know that the end of the year is approaching, and the excitement is in the air! With that said, please be sure to check our website, school calendar or grade-level messages to stay informed about what's going on at Oak Grove. Please reach out to your teacher(s) and/or our front office if you have any questions about dates, times, etc. Thank you all and have a wonderful week!
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 aware of anyone new to the area who is interested in registration information, please have them contact Karen Draths, firstname.lastname@example.org. Links for the documents can also be found below.
Verification of Residency
New Records Request
Outstanding Paraprofessional in Lake County
Congratulations to Dalia Afify! Dalia was recognized on May 10 as an Outstanding Paraprofessional in Lake County at a dinner at the Lake County Fairgrounds. Mrs. Afify has been a great addition to our staff, and we appreciate her dedication to her students and the relationships she builds with students and staff.
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.
5/16: COW @ 6:00 pm, Public Hearing @ 7:15 pm, & BOE @ 7:18 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: Eighth Grade Great America Trip
5/23: Second Grade Open House 6:30 pm
5/24: Eighth Grade Chicago Trip
5/26: Early Release Day: Students dismissed at 1:00 pm, Field Day at 9:00 am, Eighth Grade Dance 7:00 pm
OG Track and Field Team Competes at Sectionals
The Oak Grove track and field team competed at the IESA Sectionals over the weekend. Congratulations to Elliot Hibbard who placed 2nd in 7th Grade discus with a State Qualifying throw of 108’2”. Elliot will head down to Peoria this weekend to compete at the IESA State Track and Field Meet.
Spring Placement Appeals - Current Students in Grades 3-7
The opportunity to file an appeal closes today, May 15. 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 appeals process can be utilized once per every 12 months. To initiate a placement appeal, please complete the Parent Feedback Form and email it to Alexa Dunn (email@example.com). 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.
Last PTO Meeting of the Year
Make sure to attend the last PTO meeting of the year on Wednesday, May 17 at 9:30 am in the Elementary Library. Zoom will also be available, but come in person if you can because we will be honoring 2023 retirees! Mr. Farris has some students coming to perform and light refreshments will be served. Meeting documents include the agenda, minutes from 5-3 and proxy ballot. We will be voting on one request for funds as well as voting to confirm the 2023-2024 Committee Chairperson slate and the 2023-2024 budget. Note: there are still events that do not have a chairperson, which means the event may be canceled. Please step up to help ensure that Oak Grove School continues to be a strong community with events for our families! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in filling an open committee chairperson role.
Field Day Volunteers
Thank you to all who have signed up to volunteer at Field Day on Friday, May 26 from 8:30-11:00am! Please email Karin Pawlowski or Laura Reutzel if you’d like to be added to their list of backup volunteers.
23-24 School Supply Orders
Pre-pack school supply sale is open! The PTO is partnering once again with 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. 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.
THANK YOU for your Book Fair Generosity!
Thank you OGS Families for making our K-8 Buy One Get One Free Book Fair a HUGE success! Because of you, we were able to purchase books for every OGS teacher who filled a Wish List Basket. And the All For Books Dollar Challenge raised nearly $1,500 for Reading Power. Your generosity brought smiles to so many faces. We hope your kids had as much fun as we did! Happy Reading! Huge thanks to Kelly Epley for chairing the Book Fair and to all the volunteers who worked shifts throughout the event.
Teacher Appreciation Week Smiles!
Thank you Mel Lyon for chairing all the amazing Teacher Appreciation Week activities and to the volunteers that supported throughout the week. We’ve heard from teachers who felt loved and celebrated and we couldn’t do that without the support of our awesome OGS community.
Hello Concert & Symphonic Band Families!
What a great year! We are down to the last two items on the band calendar. The "in-school" parade, and Graduation on May 30. Details for May 30 were sent in last week's End of Year email. If you did not get an email from me, please reach out for details.
Please be extra diligent on start times. There is a lot of music to prepare for the graduation ceremony.
6th & 7th grade Band students rehearse Monday through Thursday in the band room. 7:30 am.
8th grade Band students join us on Thursday mornings only. 7:30 am.
Please email us if you would like your student's instrument to go in for summer repairs/cleaning.
We will continue band rehearsals & lessons through Thursday, May 25!
Please Return Your Library Books
All books are now due back to the Elementary Library. 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!
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.
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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