Oak Ridge Family Focus

September 22nd Edition

Start with Hello Week

This week, Oak Ridge will be joining schools from across the United States to participate in Start with Hello Week. The week brings awareness to social isolation and how we can prevent it. Our hope is that our students will learn how they can help others feel included and make a difference in the world.


Each day this week, we will have different themes and students are encouraged to participate.


Monday - “Say Hello to Someone New” - Wear Start with Hello T-Shirts or Green

Tuesday - “In My Shoes” - Wear Silly Socks

Wednesday - “We are All a Team” - Wear Spirit Wear or School Colors (Blue and Yellow)

Thursday - “Put Social Isolation to Bed” - Wear Pajamas

Friday - “We Are All Connected” - Wear Start with Hello T-Shirts or Green


Reminders from the PTA

  • Looking for Oak Ridge spiritwear? Fill out this form and return with your check to school. You can also order online here. Orders due by Friday, September 27th.
  • Easily sign up to get push notifications to your phone for updates and reminders from the PTA.
  • Please join the PTA for only $5. The money goes toward events for our students throughout the year. Fill out this form and return to school.


NPD117 Text Messaging Opt-In

A message from our technology director, Sean Joyce:


We want to provide an opportunity to make sure that you have access to receive text message updates on your phone from your child's school. This would be used to report any important information in a timely manner. In order to opt-in to receive text messages, you simply text "Y" to 67587. You should receive a return text that confirms that you will now receive text messages from North Palos School District 117. If you have more than one student in the district, you only have to do this once - as you will receive any information that applies to all of your students.

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. If at any time you wish to unsubscribe to text messages, simply text "STOP" to 67587.

If your phone is already set up for this, you will simply get a message to confirm that you will continue to receive messages by going through this process.



Have a great week, and let us know if you need anything!



Kevin Buscemi, principal

Jennifer Stefan, assistant principal

Snapshots From Last Week

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This Week's Breakfast Menu

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This Week's Lunch Menu

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Events This Week

Monday, September 23rd

4th/5th grade Intramural Soccer (7:30-8:15am)

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


Tuesday, September 24th

4th/5th grade Intramural Soccer (7:30-8:15am)

3rd grade Intramural Soccer (3:00-4:00pm)


Wednesday, September 25th

4th/5th grade Intramural Soccer (7:30-8:15am)


Thursday, September 26th

4th/5th grade Intramural Soccer (7:30-8:15am)

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


Friday, September 27th

No After School Activities

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, October 2nd

Early Dismissal at 1:30pm (Team Day)


Thursday, October 3rd

PTA Meeting at 6pm (Oak Ridge Media Center)


Monday, October 14th

No School (Columbus Day)


Tuesday, October 15th

First Day of ASSETs


Wednesday, October 16th

Picture Retake Day


Friday, October 18th

End of Quarter 1


Friday, November 1st

Quarter 1 Report Cards Available Online

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


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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