Oakland Elementary School

Rockin' Through the School Year!


Hello Oakland Families,

We hope that you are staying warm this cold winter. Please remember to send your child with appropriate winter gear. When we are able, we get them outside as much as possible.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all of our students that participated in our Oakland Spelling Bee last week! A special congratulations goes out to our winner, Owen and our runner-up Allison!
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D34 Band & Orchestra Boosters Fundraiser

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The Great Kindness Challenge

Next week is the Great Kindness Challenge sponsored by our Oakland Student Council. We will be focusing on showing kindness in all that we say and do! Students have lots of suggestions for what they can do to be kind at school.

We challenge you to come up with a Home Edition of Kind Acts!

Kindness always matters - and even a little bit makes the world a brighter place.

Friendship Grams

Student Council is sponsoring the sale of Friendship Grams! You will be receiving hard copies of the pictures below next week. Students will have the ability to send Friendship Grams to others at school. Orders are due by February 4th. If you have any questions about this once you receive the hard copies next week, please reach out to Mrs. Higginbotham or Mrs. Verner.
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Valentine's Day

With Valentine's Day approaching, here are a few informational items for you:

  • There will be no candy or food items that are allowed to be passed out, so students should not bring them in
  • There will not be a classroom party - but there will be time set aside for passing out Valentines should a student choose to bring them
  • If students are bringing Valentines, there should be enough for each child in their classroom
  • If you have any questions, please let your child's teacher know

Reminders & District Level News

Notes from the Nurse

Attention Kindergarten and Second Grade Families:

If you haven't already turned it in, dental exam forms are due by May 15th per the state mandate.

Warm Clothes

Please make sure that your child has a coat, gloves, and hat with these cooler temperatures. We will still be having students go outside when the weather is clear.

It is recommended that you put your child's name in their outerwear so it is easy to return items when they are left behind.

Extra Masks

Please be sure to send your child with an extra mask or two in their backpacks. It is nice to have a spare for them, especially for the disposable ones where the strings can break easily. We do not have disposable masks to provide to students any longer. Thank you for your help!

Lunch Menus


Please note that the listed items are subject to change. As soon as any changes are made, teachers will communicate that to the students. (There are changes to next week's menu)

Gordon Food Service is having supply chain issues and the menu is subject to change based on availability. A main menu is posted on the Food Service Page and on each school’s website. There is a weekly update on each school’s website every Friday to show what is on the menu for the following week.

24 - Mon: K-1 Mini Waffles & Yogurt, 2 - Mini Pancakes & Yogurt, 3-5 Mini Cinnamon Rolls & Yogurt

25 - Tues: Cheese Pizza

26 - Wed: Ham & Cheese on Hawaiian Roll

27 - Thur: Chicken Tenders

28 - Fri: K-4 Hamburger, 5 - Salisbury Steakburger

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Upcoming Dates

1/24: Boosters Meeting via Zoom 6pm

1/25: Oakland Day at Nino's in Lindenhurst - mention "Eagles" when you order

1/28: Oakland Spirit Day; Oakland Night at Chicago Wolves

2/1: 100th Day of School! Dress like you're 100 Day!

2/14: Spirit Day: Wear pink, red, or white

2/21: No School - Presidents' Day

2/28: Antioch Pizza Battle of the Schools 6am - 9pm; Booster Meeting 6pm

3/4: D34 Day

Information from our District Office

Teaching and Learning Department

Parent Advisory Committee

The annual Parent Advisory Committee will meet on Tuesday, February 8 at the 6:30pm Board of Education meeting. The Parent Advisory Committee will update the Family Student Handbook for 2022-2023 as well as revisit Board Policy 7:230 - Misconduct By Students With Disabilities. All are welcome to attend. We are looking for a few community members and/or parents from each building that would be interested in committing to attend and be part of the activity formally. If interested, please email Robin Nottingham at rnottingham@antioch34.com.

How Downtime and Free Play Help Students Learn

Incorporating downtime and free play into students' lives is a counterintuitive way to boost learning.


The annual 5essentials survey is open for families. Click on the link to learn more. 5Essentials Family Letter

Technology Department

Google Meet

  • Staff and students will be receiving training on Google meet during the month of January. As of January 31st, Antioch CCSD 34 will not be using Zoom for any quarantine students or e-learning days.

Quarantined Students

  • All quarantined students will have the Zoom app pushed out to their iPad once they are identified by each building nurse. Please be patient with this process, as it may take up to 24 hours for this app to get sent to the student’s iPads. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Student Services Department

COVID- 19 Tests

Families and staff may use this link to order free at-home COVID-19 tests: https://special.usps.com/testkits. Here is some additional information regarding orders through this resource:

  • Limit of one order per residential address

  • One order includes 4 individual rapid antigen COVID-19 tests

  • Orders will ship free starting in late January

Antioch Community High School District 117 is hosting Pfizer Pediatric & Adult Pfizer COVID Vaccine Clinics

Dates: Friday, February 4, 2022

Time: 4:00 - 7:30 PM

Location: Antioch Community High School, 1133 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002

  • Pfizer Booster Vaccine Registration for everyone 16+ to receive a booster shot if they are at least 6 months past their initial Pfizer vaccination series