Oak Grove News

Oak Grove News

Weekly Update - 09/19/2022

A message from Mrs. B and Mr. Murray

Skeleton Donation
Last week, Mrs. Sheldon’s class received a skeleton donation from an OGS alumni family. Mrs. Sheldon shared, “The students are really enjoying the new skeleton. They voted last week on a name. Bob is the name that won! Thank you so much for this donation. We will have fun using it for years to come!"
Skeleton Donation


Fire Department Open House
The Libertyville Fire Department is delighted to announce it will be hosting its annual Open House on Saturday, October 15th from 1:00-4:00 PM at Fire Station 1 (1151 N Milwaukee Ave). Fun will include: Kids Combat Challenge, Slide Down a Fire Pole, Station Tours, Fire Safety House, Special Rescue Demonstrations, Recruitment Table, Games, Giveaways, and More!

Bus Company Update
At the beginning of August, the bus company had nine candidates training to be drivers. Several quit before completing the training. At this point, the bus company is in the process of completing the training process for two candidates. If/When they pass the assessment, the bus company has committed these two candidates to drive two of our afternoon routes. I wish I had better news, but unfortunately, we are still in a holding pattern - with perhaps some hope near the end of October.

Digital Citizenship Tip of the Week
Below is a brief video to share with your child/ren that provides a brief overview of digital citizenship. The video is ideal for students 3rd grade and above.
PBS Learning Media: Digital Citizenship - Things Explained

Choice Recess
As mentioned in previous Oak Grove News, we are excited to offer Choice Recess! Students in Grades K-5, who would like a quieter space for recess, have the option to participate in Choice Recess twice a week. There will be weekly themes, Card Games, Legos, Keva Blocks, and Board games, as well as Silent Reading, as a weekly option!  Here is a group of our students showing off their amazing Lego creations they created during choice recess last week.
Choice Recess 



Soaring Eagles!
The week of September 26th will be our next spirit week. We are excited for mismatched socks, decades day, and many more. Please be sure to review this flyer for the weeks’ worth of information!

Mental Health Minute - Update
The Soaring Eagles! Theme for September is relationships. There are many good books that can help our students better understand relationships. If you’re interested, please be sure to see page 2 of the Oak Grove Mental Health Minute: Relationships.
The Soaring Eagles! Theme for September is relationships. There are many good books that can help our students better understand relationships. If you’re interested, please be sure to see page 2 of the Oak Grove Mental Health Minute: Relationships.

Oak Grove Clubs - Reminder
Oak Grove Club sign-ups are here!
22-23 Clubs Slide Deck
22-23 Clubs Sign Up

  • Important Dates
  • 9/19: Beginning Band Recruitment (Parents Only) 6:30-7:30 PM
  • 9/20: GCU Rep offers Dessert Bar 10:30-1, 7th/8th Girls Volleyball 4:15-6:15 PM, BoE Mtg (CoW 6-7:15 PM, Reg Mtg 7:15 PM)
  • 9/21: Cross-Country at Milburn 4:30-5:30 PM
  • 9/22: 7th Grade Girls Volleyball @ Northwood 4:30-6:30 PM, Cross Country @Butterfield starting at 4:30 and Boys run first, Marching Band Festival 6-8:00 PM
  • 9/26: Rosh Hashanah
  • 9/27: Rosh Hashanah, 7th/8th Girls Volleyball at Milburn 4:15-6:15 PM, Talk Tuesday 6-7:30 PM in PD Conf Rm (Parents Welcome)
  • 9/28: Gedaliah Fast, Cross-Country at Milburn 4:30-5:30 PM
  • 9/29: 8th Gr Girls Volleyball Tournament at Milburn 4:15-8:15 PM
  • 9/30: Hawthorn Cross-Country Invitational 4:15-5:15 PM

Curriculum Corner 9.19.22

Fall Placement Appeals
Parents/guardians of students in grades 4-7 can request an additional review of student placement for consideration into Oak Grove’s talented and gifted (TAG) program for the 2022-23 school year. Families can appeal placement for a child in ELA and/or Math once per calendar year which is reviewed by the Advisory Council. This process is discussed on pages 11 and 12 of the TAG Handbook. To initiate an appeal, please complete the Parent Feedback form and email to Leslie Weber (weber@ogschool.org) and Alexa Dunn (adunn@ogschool.org) by Friday, October 7. In completion of the form, please do not reference your child by name when providing examples and explanations. All student information is to remain anonymous when reviewed by the Advisory Council. Parents will be notified via email regarding the testing process and a final decision about placement made by the Advisory Council.

iReady Fall Benchmark Testing
Over the course of the past few weeks, your child took the iReady Diagnostic Assessment in reading and mathematics. iReady is an online program that helps us better understand your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. iReady allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform instruction. All student reports will be sent out via email on Friday, September 23rd.

PSAT 8/9 at Libertyville High School
Libertyville High School will hold the PSAT 8/9 the morning of Saturday, October 15th. The PSAT is required for all 8th graders who will attend LHS. Please see this link for more information directly from LHS in regards to the PSAT 8/9 test.

Information about pre-registration for the 2023-24 school year was recently shared with 8th grade families through email as well.  This link will provide information in regards to the timeline for current 8th grade students who will be attending Libertyville High School next year.

PTO News Week of 9/19/22

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Caramel Apple Fundraiser
Back by popular demand, the PTO is proudly partnering with Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory to offer five varieties of delicious caramel apples and gift cards in two denominations!  We are so grateful to Pam and Tom Lockowitz, longtime Green Oaks residents, who own the local Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and generously support the PTO with a substantial portion of the proceeds from this sale.

Order Dates: Monday, September 19 - Friday, October 7 ORDER HERE

Pick-up Dates: Friday, October 14 10 am - 9 pm -OR- Saturday, October 15 10 am - 9 pm
IMPORTANT: Orders will be available for pickup at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, 541 Milwaukee Ave, Libertyville. If you do not pick up on the 14th or 15th, your order will no longer be available and cannot be reimbursed.

Within 24 hours of completion of the order form linked above you will receive a PayPal invoice from the PTO with the amount due. All payments must be received by Sunday, October 9.  Unpaid orders will not be submitted. 

Questions regarding ordering or payment? Contact Kate Byers at kateGbyers@gmail.com.
Questions about this fundraiser? Contact Erin Liebgott at ellieb1314@gmail.com.

Culver’s Fundraiser
Thank you to everyone who came out to our Culver’s Night. We raised more than $500 thanks. to your support! We’d like to extend a huge “thank you” to the Honor Society for volunteering their time to support this event and to Erin Liebgott for organizing this fundraiser!

Band News
Hello 5th grade families! Our annual Band Information Night is TONIGHT! At 7 p.m. in the Junior High Cafeteria, Mr. Jones and Mr. Frankowski will be presenting on what the expectations are for joining band, what the commitment looks like, the schedule and instrument rental information. New this year, while parents are listening to the presentation, any students in attendance will be in alternate locations where they can hangout or work on homework. The best doors for access are in the upper parking lot. If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mr. Frankowski (frankowski@ogschool.org) or Mr. Jones (jones@ogschool.org). We hope to see you there!

Virtual Backpack

Virtual Backpack

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