Oakland Orbit - Family Edition


Dear Oakland Families,

We hope that in this cold February you are keeping warm and having your hearts filled with those you love most! Please see below for all of the exciting events we have coming up!! Have a wonderful weekend!


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal


5 Essentials Survey

Please take a moment to fill out the 5Essentials Survey for Oakland! Your feedback is so important to us and you will have the opportunity to share your thoughts on a number of topics.

If you have children at other schools, we ask that you fill a survey out for those schools, also. The link is the same to access the survey, but you need to select a different school each time to fill them out for each of the buildings your child attends.

We so appreciate your time in sharing this important information with us!! You can find the link here:



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STEM Night

Thank you to all that joined us for our exciting STEM Night! We had so much fun and hope that you did, too!
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3rd Grade Music Concert

Our 3rd graders did a fantastic job on their music performance last night! Great job to all our musicians and a big thank you to Mrs. Amrein!
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Antioch Police Resource Fair

Please see the flyer below for information on a resource fair that the Antioch Police Department is hosting on Saturday, February 25th.
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D34 Day

We are excited to be preparing for our 3rd Annual D34 Day (March 4th)! We will be having an entire week of activities throughout the district to celebrate February 27th - March 3rd.

We will once again be doing a Kindness BINGO board encouraging our students and staff to spread kindness. Participating students will be entered into raffles for prizes. We will also be hosting a district wide food drive and competition to support Open Arms Mission. There will also be a community blood drive (please see flyers below).

Our D34 week is also in conjunction with Read Across America week! We will be having a book fair here at Oakland and door decorating contests for our classrooms. We hope that you will join in the fun of celebrating pride in our district and service to our community and one another.

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Spring Pictures

Clark Photography will be here March 7th to take Spring Pictures. All students will be photographed. This is a pre-pay program, If you pre-order they will send the packages to the school for distribution. If you do not pre-order, you will receive a link to order at a later date. Please note if you do not pre-order any photo packages, pricing will be different, and you will have to pay shipping for anything you order.



Attention 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Families

Please make sure that your child has headphones at school. They use them regularly, but will also need them for our state testing (IAR) that begins next month.


Lake Villa Public Library

Please join Mrs. Adams on Monday, February 27th from 6 - 7 pm at the Lake Villa Public Library! Come and enjoy a few read alouds and share some of your favorite books with her, too!
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Thank You from Student Council

Thank you to our Oakland family for supporting Student Council's Valentine's Day fundraiser sales. They were able to sell 465 slap bracelets and 1,100 Blow Pops.


No School Monday, February 20th


February and March Spirit Days

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Oakland Boosters

OAKLAND EAGLE BOOSTERS NEWS <--- this is a link to the website!


Our Out of this World Read-athon kicked off this week! A HUGE thank you to all students/families who have already registered on the Get Movin’ fundraising site and started fundraising and tracking their reading minutes!

We are so excited to report that we are ALMOST halfway to our goal of $12,000!

If you have not registered online yet, you still have time, as the Read-athon does not end until Friday, March 3rd! There is still plenty of time to win fun prizes and entries to the raffles! As a reminder, if you do not wish to fundraise, students can still participate via the paper tracking log sent home last week.

Fundraising site: https://www.getmovinfundhub.com/register?school_uuid=63aee77da3c75

Prizes will come home the week of March 6th and raffles will be held that week as well!


It’s time for the Battle of the Schools at Antioch Pizza Shop! Let’s dominate again this year and beat Hillcrest and Petty!

The school with the most sales will receive 15% of sales!

Valid at the Antioch and Lindenhurst locations. Be sure to mention OAKLAND when you order!


Our end-of-year celebration will be on Friday, May 19th from 5:00-7:00pm!

Food trucks, music, an interactive show, photo ops, games & activities, so much fun AND MORE.

MORE DETAILS COMING SOON! Put it on your calendar now!!

**We are looking for volunteers to help with this event. Let us know if you are interested!


ONLY THREE MUSIC CONCERTS LEFT!! Do you want VIP parking and seats??

The Boosters are selling raffle tickets to become a 2nd grade, 1st grade and Kindergarten Music Concert VIP!

Tickets are on sale NOW on the Oakland Eagle Booster website!

Raffle tickets can be purchased as listed below:

$5 for 5 tickets

$10 for 12 tickets

$15 for 20 tickets



Click here to shop now https://1stplace.sale/31589

Next week there will be a special price on all Adidas Polo shirts.

The week of February 20th, there will be a special on Badger Ombre Hoodies!



Feb 27 Mrs. Adams as Guest Reader at LVDL

Feb 28 Public Booster Meeting at 6:30pm

Mar 1 Battle of the Schools @ Antioch Pizza

Mar 3 Read-athon ends

Mar 9 2nd Grade Music Concert

Mar 16 1st Grade Music Concert

Looking for full calendar to export? Find one on the school’s website and on the Booster’s website

Busy Schedule? Can’t make the events? Don’t want to sell items?



Did you know that Oakland is participating in a Read-A-Thon sponsored by our Boosters?

What is a Read-athon?: It’s simple! A Read-athon encourages students to choose an age-appropriate minute reading goal for the entire month. Suggested minutes per grade level are listed below as a guide.

It is listed as:

The grade level / Recommended daily minute goal / Recommended 4 week minute goal

Kindergarten /10-20 / 200-400

1st / 15-25 / 300-500

2nd / 20-30 / 400-600

3rd / 25-35 / 500-700

4th / 30-45 / 600-900

5th / 30-60 / 600-1,200

There are 2 ways that your child can participate:

1. Set and complete a reading goal (this can be tracked on a paper log or online if your child will be fundraising)

2. Set a fundraising goal (this is tracked online)

The registration can take place at: getmovingfundhub.com The school identifier code is: 63aee77da3c75

All of this information is also on the informational handout that came home on February 1st. If you need another copy, please let the Oakland office know.

For reaching their reading or fundraising goals, students can win the following prizes:

Reading Levels

Readings Prizes

Level 1: 25% of personal minute goal---Space Bookmark!

Level 2: 50% of personal minute goal---Space Slap Bracelet!

Level 3: 75% of personal minute goal ---Pop-it Key Chain!

Level 4: 100% of personal minute goal ---Free Launch Jump Voucher + Entry into the Reading Raffle!

Fundraising Levels

Fundraising Prizes

Level 1: Set up your fundraising page! --- Mini Glow-in-the dark Squishie!

Level 2: Raise $1-$49 --- Space Key Chain (for your backpack!)

Level 3: Raise $50-$99 --- Black Light Secret Message Pen!

Level 4: Raise $100+ --- NASA craft kit + Entry into the Fundraising Raffle!


Save the Date

Our End of Year Celebration sponsored by our Oakland Boosters will be on Friday, May 19th! Please save the date for tons of fun!!

The theme is SPACE JAM!!


A Note from the Nurse

Attention Kindergarten and 2nd Grade Parents:

Reminder: Please turn in your child's state dental forms by May 15th. This is a requirement from the state of Illinois. If you have any questions, please reach out to our nurse, Mrs. Brancato. (rbrancato@antioch34.com)


Save the Date!

Oakland Music Performances for the year:

All performances are at Oakland UNLESS otherwise listed

March 9th: 2nd Grade Music Concert 7pm

March 16th: 1st Grade Music Concert 6:30 pm

April 13th: Kindergarten Music Concert 6:30 pm

April 28th: D34 and D117 Band, Orchestra, and Choir Concert (@ Lakes) TBD

April 20th: Band Concert (@ AUGS) 7pm

May 3rd: Beginning Orchestra Concert (@ Hillcrest) 6:30pm

May 18th: Intermediate and 4/5 Orchestra (@ AUGS) 6:30 pm


February Lunch Menu

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Upcoming Dates

2/6-3/3 Read-A-Thon

2/20 - No School - President's Day

2/27 - Mrs. Adams Reads at Lake Villa Public Library

3/9 - 2nd Grade Music Concert

3/16 - 1st Grade Music Concert

3/24 - Early Release

3/27 - 3/31 - Spring Break


District Level Updates

Human Resources Department

Please check our website for open positions at: https://www.applitrack.com/antioch34/onlineapp/jobpostings/view.asp

Technology Department

5Essentials Survey Family Participation

The annual 5Essentials survey is open for families. Click on the link to learn more: 5Essentials Family Letter : English version 5Essentails family letter : Spanish Version.

Cleaning iPads

The technology department is aware that student iPads tend to get a little more dirty around this time of year. If families are interested in cleaning the students’ devices, please follow the steps below.

  • Please spray an electronic safe cleaner (like Windex or a lens cleaner) on a cloth and wipe down the iPad until it is clean. Please don’t use a harsh cloth like a paper towel as this might scratch the screen. Please don’t spray the cleaner directly on the screen.

  • Once the screen is clean, please wipe off any excess moisture from the screen. Also please be careful around the home button as this is the only open spot that moisture can get directly to the screen.

Student iPad pictures

The technology department is asking families to help reduce and monitor the students’ photos that are on the iPads. There has been an increase in the number of students’ photos, especially ones that are not school related. Please help by checking students’ iPads for these photos and deleting them and then deleting them from the deleted folder. Help us teach the students good digital citizenship skills by using the school iPad for school related pictures only.

Business Department

Monthly invoices for outstanding fees were emailed on 2/1/2023. If you are on a payment plan, please continue to make timely payments. All accounts must be paid in full no later than March 1, 2023. Please contact the finance office if you have questions or concerns at 847-838-8401 or via email to mtretofrench@antioch34.com or bratzke@antioch34.com

You can send a check payable to Antioch CCSD #34 and send it to your student’s school or by phone, with a debit, or credit card by calling Cheryl Masnova at (847) 838-8423. You can review your student account through Rycor and make payments online.


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