Oakland Elementary School
Rockin' Through the School Year!
Hello Oakland Families,
We know that this week did not end the way that we wanted it to. Due, in part, to the intense social media exchange regarding potential school violence throughout yesterday and late into the evening, in addition to concerns that we have been investigating with local law enforcement, the District took precautionary measures by calling an emergency day for today. We have been working throughout the day with local law enforcement agencies to make sure that any potential threats to safety are thoroughly investigated. We have determined that there are not any credible threats to Oakland students and staff; while also assuring that any conduct or behavior falling short of expectations is addressed with the appropriate disciplinary measures.
We know that there is likely disappointment on the part of our students and staff for not getting to have this fun day. We understand and definitely missed having our students with us today. Days before long breaks are needed for staff and students to say "good-bye" and "see you soon". When those opportunities are cut short, we understand it is disappointing. However, we are looking forward to welcoming students back on Tuesday, January 4th!
We urge you to talk with your children about how things they may see on TV shows, movies, or social media or things they hear others talking about are not necessarily appropriate in reality and society. Words and actions have power and we want our students to understand that we take safety very seriously and that they should be mindful of what they are seeing, hearing, and saying.
On a lighter note, in this season, we wish you and yours good health, rest, and quality time together. Enjoy your winter break together!
As a reminder, students return to school on Tuesday, January 4th, 2022. We will see you all in the new year!
Rebecca Adams - Principal
Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal
Notes from the Nurse
If you haven't already turned it in, dental exam forms are due by May 15th per the state mandate.
It is recommended that you put your child's name in their outerwear so it is easy to return items when they are left behind.
Gordon Food Service is having supply chain issues and the menu is subject to change based on availability. A main menu is posted on the Food Service Page and on each school’s website. There is a weekly update on each school’s website every Friday to show what is on the menu for the following week.
January 3: No School for Students
January 4: Cheese Pizza
January 5: Hot Dog
January 6: Chicken Tenders
January 7: Ham Sandwich
12/20 - 1/3: Winter Break
1/3 No School - Staff Inservice
Tuesday, 1/4: Classes Resume
1/7: Plaid Day
1/14: Animal Print Day
1/17: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
1/21: Oakland Spirit Day
1/28: Oakland Spirit Day; Oakland Night at Chicago Wolves
2/21: No School - Presidents' Day
Information from our District Office
Teaching and Learning Department
The weather outside may be frightful, but these projects are so delightful!
Too Much Downtime?
Winter break is here! Literacy consultant and educator Kathy Collins shares her thinking on issues related to children's downtime.
How do you approach downtime? Downtime, Part 1
Beneficial aspects of downtime pursuits. Downtime, Part 2
Practical suggestions for handling children's downtime. Downtime Part 3
Common Sense Education is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to support families and kids with navigating media and technology. The website offers a variety of resources which include ratings on various media, the site provides technology and media information to families, and provides lessons with a goal of achieving digital literacy. The organization has created a list of Winter Break Activities for Families (available in English and Spanish), shared their “best” lists of movies/apps/websites/music/TV, and created the 7 Everyday Media Resolutions for families to try. Refer to the website to have fun learning as a family responsibly over break.
Spend Time with Jiji Over Winter Break
Mind Research Institute, the company that created ST Math, has shared links to STEAM activities and is offering a ST Math Challenge over winter break (STEAM and challenge link). Use the link to explore a variety of activities that are designed to engage children while fostering learning over the break. Encourage your child to participate in the ST Math Winter Break Challenge or try completing a Jiji coloring page.
Eureka Math Card Games
Stay warm and have family fun playing Eureka Math - Card Games over winter break. While the games are designed to be used with Eureka Math decks, cards can also be created using index cards or playing cards can be used.
Readers are Leaders!
Make time to relax and enjoy a good book over winter break. Read out loud to a stuffed animal or pet or access one free book each day with Epic (Basic) and hatch a virtual special friend to read aloud to. Swap books with a friend, family member or neighbor or check out our local Little Free Libraries for a free book. Consider a visit to the Antioch Public Library District. Warm up some hot chocolate, snuggle up with a blanket and get lost in a great book! Not sure what to read or how to guide your young reader? Check out GoodReads for the 2021 Yearly Choice Awards and vote for your favorites. Create an account and collaborate alongside friends and family to curate your “up next” reading list by rating and tracking your reading. Maybe you’d rather start a writing journey as a family. Check out “How to Encourage Your Child to Journal (and the Benefits of Doing So!)”
As a reminder, your child can use Lexia® Core5® Reading at home. Core5 is a fun, computer-based program that has helped millions of students improve their literacy skills. The activities in Core5 support and build on your child’s classroom curriculum and focus on developing reading skills in six areas: phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This opportunities are great practice for students to continue developing and enhancing skills we’re working on every day at school. Keep learning alive and help us continue reaching our classroom and school-wide goals!
Please remember that the students’ iPads are property of District CCSD 34 and iPad cases and screen protectors are put on the student iPads to keep them safe. Please encourage your students to refrain from taking the cover/screen protector off. The District issued cover should remain on the iPad at all times. Also, please refrain from having students put stickers on their District issued iPad.