Family Focus

January 17th Edition

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Green Hills Public Library District Reading Program January 18 - February 20, 2021

Join the Green Hills Winter Reading Program

Children of all ages are invited to sign up for the Winter Reading Program! Log in your reading on the beanstack app or call the library. Earn virtual tickets for a chance to win a prize.


Gift card prizes are from local businesses. We love our local businesses!

  • Gift cards to local restaurants, shops, and more for Youth and Adults.

  • Youth Prizes: Toys, DIY kits, games, activities, and more.

How to Participate

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  • Download and log books on Beanstack Website

  • Phone: 708-598-8446 and ask to speak to a youth librarian for help

Registration starts Monday, January 18 at 9am
online or by phone: 708-598-8446. Prefer to track your reading on paper, first? Download and print a reading log from the Green Hills Library website for all ages to track your reading during the program!

Arrival/Dismissal Safety

No Cell Phone Use in a School Zone

Please help keep families, students, and staff safe by abiding by this law.

Specials Classes Reminder

All specials are required classes and students should be turning in assignments for those classes as well as core subject classes.

Meal Distribution- Update for January 18th

Monday, January 18, is a holiday and curbside meals will not be distributed from Conrady on that day. Instead, there will be 6 days of free breakfast and lunch meals distributed on Wednesday, January 13, which will cover the period of Thursday, January 14, through Wednesday, January 20. We will be distributing meals from Conrady on Wednesday, January 20, from 2:30pm-3:30pm (Door #8)

Parent Teacher Advisory Committee

The Parent Teacher Advisory Committee will be meeting on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 5:30-6:25 p.m. at the Administration Center, 7825 West 103rd Street; Palos Hills. The purpose of this meeting is to review the current handbook and potential changes for 2021-22.

In order to make arrangements for social distancing, those interested in attending should email or call 708-233-5789 by Noon on Tuesday, January 19. Any parent or teacher who cannot attend the meeting but would like to comment on potential changes to the 2021-2022 Student-Parent Handbook should forward comments to by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

February- Parent/Teacher Conferences

We will hold parent-teacher conferences from 5:00-8:00pm on Thursday, February 11th. Conferences will be a phone call this year to help maintain safety protocols. Access to the online parent portal to schedule a conference will be available on Friday, January 29th. Due to limited time slots, teachers will be contacting individual families they would like to see based on student needs. If you are not contacted, you do not need to sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher. However, you are always welcome. If you would like to set up a conference, please login to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and follow the directions linked below. Online conference sign up will be available until Wednesday, February 10th at 9:00am. If you need any assistance, please reach out to your child’s teacher or call the school office at 708-598-5713. We look forward to meeting with you.

How To Sign Up For Parent Teacher Conferences

How to Create a PowerSchool Parent Access Account

One Book, One School

Last week Oak Ridge began its second One Book, One School read of the year! All 2nd -5th graders are reading The Adventures of a South Pole Pig by Chris Kurtz. This is a wonderful story about an adventurous pig named Flora who has her heart set on being a part of sled dog team. Before she knows it, she's on board a ship to Antarctica for the most exhilarating—and dangerous—adventure of her life.

This time, students will not be keeping their copy of the book; students will return their copy when they are finished reading the book. Remote students had a copy of the book checked out to them when they picked up their Quarter 3 materials. The book will need to be returned to Oak Ridge when we are done reading.

Yearbook Cover Contest- Entries due by February 1st

We are inviting ALL Oak Ridge Mustangs to enter their artwork into our Yearbook Cover Contest! Our panel of judges will select two entries to be on the front and back cover of this year’s yearbook. We can’t wait to see what amazing artwork our students have created. Each winner will receive a free yearbook. Have fun and good luck!!

Guidelines for submission:

  1. Submit art on 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper

  2. Vertical orientation

  3. Must include the words “Oak Ridge Mustangs”

  4. Must include the year “2020-2021”

  5. Click here if you would like a copy of the new Mustang logo

  6. The student’s name, grade and teacher’s name must be written on the back of the paper with pencil. (Do not put your name on front)

  7. Remote students please email your entry by 2/3/21 to Mrs. Alcala at In person students submit it to Mrs. Alcala or your teacher. Please make sure to include “Yearbook artwork” in the subject line of your email. We will contact the winner for the original artwork.

Tips for a good entry:

  1. Follow the above guidelines

  2. Try not to have a lot of white space - use lots of color including background

  3. Use the whole sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper (the bigger the better)

Oak Ridge’s Kindness Hall of Fame- Oak Ridge Mustangs are Putting the "I" In Kind

This year at Oak Ridge we wanted to acknowledge students who we see going out of their way to be kind to others. We hope to add students to our Oak Ridge’s Kindness Hall of Fame every week. Please click here to see our Courageous and Kind Mustangs of the week.

English Learning Parent Liaison

Noor Farhan-Younis is serving as a Parent Liaison for families of English Learners. Her role includes, but is not limited to connecting with parents and overseeing parent outreach initiatives.

Please read the Week 16 Newsletter for more information about how you can connect with this wonderful program.

Remote Learners

Live Tech Support

For tech support during live instruction please contact:
  1. Chris Phillip- Technology Facilitator ( 708-233-2099
  2. Dave Creagan- Team Leader ( 708-233-2099
  3. Jolanta Maslak- EL Team Leader ( 708-233-2099

  4. Jennifer Stefan- Assistant Principal- 708-598-5713

  5. Kevin Buscemi- Principal- 708-598-5713

Remote Learners Daily Schedule

Please click here to see the schedule.
  • Dial: 708-598-5743 to report an absence

  • Please be sure to monitor your child when they are engaged in live instruction.

  • Attendance will be taken for remote learners as well as students attending in person. Please be aware that your child will be marked absent if he/she does not appear online at the specified time.

  • Grades will be given for remote learning

  • If the teacher is still on the Google Meet after the scheduled live instruction time, students can remain on link as well.

Tech Resources

  • Live instruction times can be found here
  • View this document for information on how to navigate Google classroom
      1. Where assignments are posted

      2. How to turn in assignments

      3. How to log into a Google Meet

      4. How to get back to the main page

      1. How to complete asynchronous work

      2. How to connect to live classes

      3. How to act during live instruction (asking questions, appropriate behavior, etc.)

      4. Family support during live instruction

  • Information can be found on the Oak Ridge Elementary School website: Remote Learners Support (see Site Shortcuts on the left side)
  • Parents please watch this video: Remote Parent/Student Academy video.

Library Pick Up/Drop Off

Remote learners may check out books from the Oak Ridge Library.

  • Students should log into Destiny Discover which is located under the "For Students" tab on the Oak Ridge webpage.

  • Students can put up to 3 books on hold. Here is a video of how to do this.

  • Please see this doc for your scheduled return and pick up day.

  • 1-2 of the students’ choices will be checked out to them. Students cannot have more than 2 books out at a time.

  • Books will be available for pick up on a table near the front entry of Oak Ridge on your scheduled day. The table being located outside will help limit the number of people in the building.

  • Books can also be returned near the front entry of Oak Ridge.

In-Person Learners

Important Information

Self-Certification Forms

Students will need to have this form in their hand in order to enter the building. The form should be signed a parent/guardian. It needs to have the correct name, date, and you MUST have answered NO to ALL of the questions. If the answer to ANY of the questions is yes, your child MUST stay home and you need to contact the attendance line.

Mask Reminders and Information

  • Wear masks with two or more layers to stop the spread of COVID-19
  • Please be sure to wash your child’s masks on a regular basis.
  • Face gaiters and masks with valves and other types of masks are not recommended by the Center for Disease Control and are not allowed at Oak Ridge.
  • For more information please refer to this link from the CDC about, "How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask"

Upcoming Dates

Monday, January 18th

No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Friday, January 22nd

Semester 1 Report Cards Available Online

Tuesday, February 2nd

Picture Day

Wednesday, February 3rd

Asynchronous, Remote Learning Day for ALL students. All students learn remotely

Thursday, February 11th

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 12th


Monday, February 15th

No School- Presidents' Day

Monday, March 1st

No School - Casimir Pulaski Day

Thursday, March 11th

Picture Retake Day

See the Oak Ridge Calendar for additional events

Pictures of Our Mighty Mustangs

Stay Connected

In order to receive text messages from NPD117 and Oak Ridge School, you need to subscribe or opt-in to receive text messages. To do so, TEXT “Y” to 67587. Once the mobile number has been successfully subscribed, a confirmation message will be delivered to your cell phone.

If you receive an error message, please contact your student's school office to confirm that they have your phone number properly recorded on file.

Please let us know if there is anything we can do to help you and/or your child by contacting your child's teacher or by calling the main office at 708-598-5713.

Kevin Buscemi, principal

Jennifer Stefan, assistant principal

January's Lunch Menu- In-Person Learners

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January's Lunch Menu- Remote Learners

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January's Breakfast Menu

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Oak Ridge Elementary School

Oak Ridge has about 650 students in grades 2nd through 5th.