Oakland Orbit - Family Edition


Dear Oakland Families,

We had such a wonderful D34 week! Please see below for pictures from the week and any exciting things upcoming through the end of the year! We are busy planning for field day and want to give you the opportunity to volunteer! More information on that and much more is in this edition. Don't forget to set your clocks forward this weekend! We hope you have a wonderful weekend ahead!


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal


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2023-2024 Registration

Registration is now open for next school year!

Returning students: please follow the directions that were sent in your email that has the code you will need.

New Kindergarten students can register here: https://www.antioch34.com/domain/32

If you have any questions, please contact our registration hotline: (847) 838-8486.

We can't wait to have our Eagles with us again next year!


Thank You!

Thank you to all of our families that participated in our D34 celebration week! We had such a nice turnout with our Reading Night at the Library, many acts of kindness, donations of food and books, and lots of spirit throughout our hallways! A big thanks to the Lake Villa mayor for judging our door decorating contest, too! Please take a look below for some of our fun!

Mrs. Marturano's Class - First Place!

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5 Essentials Survey - Responses Needed

We still need your help!!

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:



Attention 3rd, 4th, & 5th Graders

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Field Day

Our field day will be on Monday, May 22nd (with a rain date of Tuesday, May 23rd). We have opportunities for adult family members to volunteer to help run our field day stations. Please read on to see important information about that day.

There are a few important pieces of information to be mindful of prior to signing up to volunteer:

* Signing up enters you into a lottery for being able to volunteer - we have limited spots, so you are not guaranteed to be helping by signing up. Volunteers will be notified in April.

* Volunteers will NOT be walking around with their child's class.

* Volunteers will be a running a field day station for the duration of the event. You will see your child when they visit the station that you are running.

* These stations are hands on and require you to actively direct the physical activity. You will meet with the P.E. teachers that day prior to your session to pick an activity and go over the directions. They are there to assist with anything you may need. We plan on having 2 - 3 volunteers at each station.

* There are TWO Field Day sessions:
3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades: 8:40 - 10:45 am
K, 1st, and 2nd Grades: 12:40 - 2:45 pm

* You will select the session(s) that you would like to help run stations for. If you choose both, there is no guarantee you will get both. If you volunteer for both, you will NOT be able to stay at Oakland in between the morning and afternoon field day sessions.

If all of this sounds good to you, please sign-up for the volunteer lottery HERE. Thank you for being willing to donate your time!


Spring the Clock Ahead!

Don't forget to set your clock one hour ahead this weekend!

Spring Forward!


Boosters News

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Read-athon! It was a big success – our kids were reading with enthusiasm, and we raised funds that will help support Oakland students and staff. We are so grateful for those who participated!

The Battle of the Schools at Antioch Pizza was another great success! WC Petty won the battle, but we’ll get the title back next year! ;)


The big Spring Spirit Wear Sale starts on Monday!

  • Sale Dates: March 13th - March 27th
  • 25% off all merchandise
  • $5 shipping on orders under $75
  • Free shipping on orders over $75
  • Specially priced teachers' and staff designs
  • No code is needed!

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

Sale runs March 13-27, 2023!


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

The Boosters are selling raffle tickets to become a 1st grade and Kindergarten Music Concert VIP! Tickets are on sale NOW on the Oakland Eagle Booster website!



Are you interested in being on the Booster board? Do you know someone who would be awesome at it? We’d love to have you!

We will be collecting nominations for all positions in April (voting will be in May).

If you have any questions please feel free to message the Boosters.


Mar 16 1st Grade Music Concert

Mar 27-31 NO SCHOOL – Spring Break

Apr 13 Kindergarten Music Concert

May 8-12 Staff Appreciation Week

May 19 Oakland’s End-of-Year Celebration 5:00-7:00pm

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?


Cosmic Lunch Raffle Winners

These students entered in a raffle for a special cosmic lunch with their PBIS points. An out of this world lunch was had by all!


Attention Kindergarten and 2nd grade families

Please be sure to turn in your state dental forms to the health office by May 15th if you have not done so already. if you have any questions, please reach out to our school nurse, Mrs. Brancato.


Yearbooks on Sale!

Our Oakland yearbooks are available for preorder purchase now. You can order them at:


The cost is $23. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Campbell: kcampbell@antioch34.com


Upcoming Spirit Days

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A-Z Countdown

Student Council has come up with our days to countdown the end of the year! Please see below for the calendar. There are a few descriptors here if needed for some of the days, too!

A - dress like an animal of bring a stuffed animal

G - bring your favorite game or wear a game shirt that you like

J- May the 4th Be With You! Dress in Star Wars or space gear!

K- Karaoke Day - time to sing a song or two, dress like a singing star

N - wear neon and do some fun activities in class involving your name

Q- bring slippers or socks to wear inside the building

R - Grade Levels wear their specific colors

  • K - purple
  • 1 - blue
  • 2 - green
  • 3 - yellow
  • 4 - orange
  • 5 - red

V - you can dress like vacation or wear your grade level colors again

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Save the Date!

Oakland Music Performances for the year:

All performances are at Oakland UNLESS otherwise listed

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


March Lunch Menu

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Upcoming Dates

3/16 - 1st Grade Music Concert

3/24 - Early Release

3/27 - 3/31 - Spring Break

5/19 - 5th Grade History Fair

5/22 Field Day!


District Level Updates

Communications Department

Earth Day Community Clean Up

Help spruce up the community in honor of Earth Day 2023. Gather a group of family, friends or students and sign up to help clean up one of the local Antioch parks and prepare them for the season.

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Human Resources Department

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

Some of our openings we have are: school psychologist, speech language pathologist, and LPN.

Technology Department

5Essentials Survey Family Participation

The annual 5Essentials survey is open for families. Click on the links 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 soft cloth and wipe down the iPad until it is clean. You can then use a dry microfiber cloth to remove any remaining moisture or streaks. 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. Make sure to spray it on the cloth instead.

  • Please be careful around the home button as this is the only open spot that moisture can get directly to the screen.

Please do not remove the cases. The cases are specific to the warranty the District has with Apple.

Students should also please refrain from putting stickers on the iPad case, cord and brick.

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.

Student Services

Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC)

On Thursday, March 2nd, in partnership with Rachel Balcer from D117, we had our first Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee (BPAC) meeting. This is a requirement of school districts that have a BIlingual EL program, and our program has doubled in the last three years. We will be meeting monthly and our next meeting is on April 6th from 6:30-7:30 at Lakes High School.

The goals of the committee are:

  • Establish and maintain collaboration between the School Districts and our bilingual community

  • Plan, promote, and encourage participation in workshops for and about culture, education, and community resources

  • Review and provide recommendations regarding District bilingual grants and programming

Business Office

Information for Families

2023-2024 Registration is Now Open - All registration can be done online

New Kindergarten Registration (currently not in a D34 school)

Returning Student Registration (any student currently in a D34 school)

An email was sent to the email address currently listed in PowerSchool.

Follow the instructions in the email.

Note: If your child is moving from one school in the district to another, they are not a New Student. That child would register as a returning student.

For example:

  • 5th grade student at Oakland Elementary going to 6th grade at Antioch Upper Grade School; or

  • PreK student at Mary Kay McNeill Early Learning Center going to Kindergarten at Oakland Elementary

2023-2024 School Fees:

Payments can be made online, take advantage of early bird rates and raffle.

If your 2023-2024 school fees are paid in full or you have a payment plan in place before the first day of school, you will pay Early Bird Fees as shown here. All payments after the start of the school year will be as shown in the column titled Fees on or after August 11, 2023. This applies to ALL District families, including outplaced students.

District Raffle

All families have the opportunity to be entered in a district raffle once they complete the registration process and pay 2023-2024 school fees or enter into a payment plan as follows:

  • Completed by March 31, 2023 - One family will get a refund of their student's material fee in September.

  • Completed by April 28, 2023 - One family will get a 50% refund of their student's material fee in September.

  • Completed by May 31, 2023 - One family will get a 25% refund of their student's material fee in September.

Eligibility for the drawing will be based on completed registration and either submission of payment or enrollment in a payment plan. If you have multiple students, you will be entered in the raffle for each child you have completed registration and paid fees for. Only the student whose name is drawn will qualify for a refund.

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