Oak Ridge Family Focus

October 13th Edition

Hickory Hills Howls Through the Hills

On Saturday, October 26th, Hickory Hills will be holding its annual Howl Through the Hills. Students and families participate by running or walking through the hills in a 5k race or 400 yard dash. Our running clubs have been practicing extremely hard in preparation for the event. We hope you can come out and join us for a fun time! Please see Hickory Hills website to register and for more information.


Parent Teacher Association (PTA)

If you have not done so, please see the room party announcement form, complete, and send with your child to school. Thank you for all your support in creating a fun experience for our students!


A Note from the School Nurse

With us coming into a candy season, we would like to remind families that we have several children with food/peanut allergies. We ask that no candy containing peanuts be sent to school. Please remind your child to not share candy or any food. Thank you for your help!


Electronic Devices during Arrival/Dismissal

For the safety of our students and staff, we ask that everyone refrain from using any electronic device during arrival and dismissal. It is illegal in Illinois school zones, but also it creates possible risks and safety concerns. We appreciate your support in keeping our students and staff safe at all times!


Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month. Bullying is defined as "unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." (stopbullying.gov)


We work extremely hard at Oak Ridge to create a positive, inclusive environment for our students so they feel safe and respected. One area we ask for your help is with cyberbullying, which occurs on cell phones (apps, text messages, etc.), tablets, and computers. Please monitor and talk to your child about being safe online and reporting any instances of cyberbullying.


Note: Social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tik Tok, etc. have a minimum age requirement of 13 years old.


Here are some resources that will help. If you have any questions or need additional support, please contact your child's teacher or call the main office at 708-598-5713.


  • Warning Signs of Bullying
  • What is Cyberbullying, Preventing Cyberbullying, and Digital Awareness for Parents
  • What can I do as a Parent?



  • Have a wonderful week, and go Mustangs!



    Kevin Buscemi, principal

    Jennifer Stefan, assistant principal

    Snapshots From Last Week

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    Disability and Health Awareness

    This year, Oak Ridge will be bringing awareness to various disabilities and health conditions. Please check back here each month to see what is being highlighted and learn some interesting facts!


    Check out October: Cerebral Palsy

    This Week's Breakfast Menu

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    This Week's Lunch Menu

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    Events This Week

    Monday, October 14th

    No School (Columbus Day)


    Tuesday, October 15th

    3rd grade Intramural Soccer (7:30-8:15am)

    Book Fair (during school hours)

    ASSETs (3:00-4:00pm)


    Wednesday, October 16th

    2nd grade Intramural Soccer (7:30-8:15am)

    Picture Retake (during school hours)

    Book Fair (during school hours)

    LEAP Running Club Practice (3:00-4:00pm)

    ASSETs (3:00-4:00pm)


    Thursday, October 17th

    Running Club Practice (7:30-8:15am)

    Book Fair (during school hours)

    ASSETs (3:00-4:00pm)

    Family Night: Book Fair (6:00-8:00pm)


    Friday, October 18th

    Book Fair (during school hours)

    End of Quarter 1

    Both Running Club Practices (3:00-4:00pm)

    Upcoming Dates

    Saturday, October 26th

    Howl Through the Hills at 9am (Hickory Hills City Hall - 8652 95th St)


    Wednesday, October 30th

    Taffy Apple Order Pick Up


    Friday, November 1st

    Quarter 1 Report Cards Available Online

    Boo Bash at Oak Ridge (6:00-8:30pm)


    Wednesday, November 6th

    Early Dismissal at 1:30pm (Team Day)


    Thursday, November 7th

    PTA Meeting at 6pm (Oak Ridge Media Center)


    Monday, November 11th

    No School (Veterans Day)


    Friday, November 15th

    Free Popcorn Day


    Monday, November 25th

    Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (2:00-8:00pm)


    Tuesday, November 26th

    No School

    Parent-Teacher Conferences (9-12pm)


    November 27th-December 1st

    No School (Thanksgiving Break)


    See the Oak Ridge calendar for additional events

    Oak Ridge Elementary School

    Our school has about 700 students in grades 2nd through 5th.

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