Oakland Elementary School

Rockin' Through the School Year!


Hello Oakland Families,

We hope that this finds you all healthy and well!

Don't forget to set your clocks back this weekend! Please see below for information regarding the coming weeks. Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal

Student Council News

Student Council Officers

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Student Council Officers!

President: Kylie P.

Vice-President: Izzy T.

Secretary: Camy L.

Treasurer: Charlee S.

Historian: Addie H.

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Student Council Blanket Fundraiser

Student Council is partnering with Penny’s Purpose to support their mission to “learn to give, even when blessed with less.” Our goal is to raise money to purchase blanket kits or collect new blankets to help “Blanket Others in Kindness.”

We will be collecting monetary donations from November 8-18th. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if every family could send $1.00 or more to support wrapping others in kindness! Students may bring in an envelope labeled Blanket Drive. We will also have a donation box available at Student/Family Conferences.

In addition, families can also donate new blankets (i.e., twin, full or no-sew) until December 15th. The classroom who raises the most money or provides the most blankets will receive a special reward! If you have questions, please reach out to Mrs. Higginbotham or Mrs. Verner.

All blankets will be sent to local charities. Here is the organization's website if you would like to learn more: https://thepennyspurpose.org/

Please check out the video below from some of our student council members for more information!

Blanket Fundraiser - Student Council 2021

Socktober Thank You from Ms. Campbell's Class

We are so excited to announce that we collected over 1,350 items for Socktober, which surpassed our goal of 1,000 items! Thank you so much to the students in Ms. Campbell’s class for their hard work and to all the families of Oakland Eagles who donated to Socktober! Your donations will go to Open Arms Mission and the Antioch Traveling Closet. #RockinThroughTheSchoolYear
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Coin Challenge for our Book Fair

We will be doing a coin challenge for our Book Fair that will start next Monday, Nov. 8th. Please see the flyer below for more information.
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Yoga Club

Yoga is coming to Oakland in January for 2nd through 5th Graders! Be on the lookout for more information regarding sign-up in December. Please see the flyer below with some additional information.
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Diversity Club

Attention 4th and 5th Grade Families! Oakland is starting up their Diversity Club.

Mission: To promote awareness of all and to celebrate diverse cultures

Who: 4th and 5th grade students (Max #: 25)

What: Our club's goal is to have fun through learning about cultures, celebrating our own, and connecting learning with literature and project-based learning.

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3:30 - 4:15
The club will begin on Nov. 30th - May 3rd

Advisors: Julie Higginbotham and Ivan Munoz

If your child is interested in joining, please check out this form:

Diversity Club

Student / Family Conferences

Family conferences are coming soon!

If you have not reached out to your child's teacher yet, please do so to secure your time or call the Oakland office to schedule. Additionally, please make sure to let your child's teacher know if you plan to attend in-person or on Zoom.

These days will be EARLY RELEASE Days - dismissal is at 2:35 pm.

Tuesday, November, 16th (conferences)

Wednesday, November 17th (regular early release)

Thursday, November 18th (conferences)

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! We will be hosting the book fair in our library the week of our Family Conferences. The book fair will be open for purchases the evening of conferences, as well as, for students to be able to purchase books during the day. Can't stop in? No problem! We will also be sending out a link to purchase books online from the Book Fair. Stay tuned for more information.

Boosters Info

👍🏻 THANK YOU to the Booster families that donated to make the October Staff Appreciation luncheon a success!! Your support is greatly appreciated!

Nov 7th -> Last day to order spirit wear

Should be delivered the week of Nov 29th


😋 Nov 11th -> Butter Braid pickup

4:30-6:30 at Oakland front sidewalk

🍕 Every Wednesday is November is Oakland night at Ron & Pats pizza shack


Used code EAGLES when ordering

📚 Sign up to volunteer at the Book Fair:


💙 Nov 29th -> Booster Meeting

6:00pm in Oakland Library or via Zoom


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Veteran's Day

Please be sure to send in your Veteran's Day Stars. We will be adding them to our Wall of Heroes at Oakland - so that all students can learn about and see the Veteran's that have served and are close to our hearts. We will send images of the wall when it is completed!

We appreciate your assistance in helping us to honor all of our Oakland Extended Family that have served.

Poinsettia Fundraiser for Band and Orchestra Boosters

It's that time of year to start thinking about holiday decorating and gifts! What better way to get started than to purchase poinsettias through Band and Orchestra Boosters?

You can make a purchase through the following link until November 12th.

Poinsettias will need to be picked up from AUGS Tuesday, December 7th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm

Thank you as always for all your support!


Special Presentation

Some of Mrs. Henning's students were able to attend a Flipgrid Live Event about the book Change Sings by Amanda Gorman. They thought it was really cool to meet the author and illustrator.

Extra Masks

Please be sure to send your child with an extra mask or two in their backpacks. It is nice to have a spare for them, especially for the disposable ones where the strings can break easily. Thank you for your help!

Extra Clothes

If your child has room in their backback (especially for our little ones), you may want to consider putting a change of clothes in there. Accidents happen, and we do not have extra clothes to be able to hand out.

Lunch Menus


Please note that the listed items are subject to change. As soon as any changes are made, teachers will communicate that to the students. (There are changes to next week's menu)

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.

Next Week's Lunch Menu:

Mon - Cheese Bosco Sticks with Marinara

Tue - Cheese Pizza

Wed - Sunbutter + Jelly Sandwich

Thur - Chicken

Fri - Salisbury Steakburger

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Upcoming Dates

11/8 - 11/12 Coin Challenge

11/11 Butter Braid Pick-Up; 5th grade concert video sent out

11/12 Farmer Day; Report Cards Sent via email

11/15 - 19 Book Fair

11/16 Student / Family Conferences (Early Release - 2:35 pm)

11/17 Early Release - 2:35 pm

11/18 Student / Family Conferences (Early Release - 2:35 pm)

11/19 Oakland Spirit Day

11/22 - 26 Fall Break: No School

Information from our District Office

Teaching and Learning Department

Nudging Learning and Honoring Approximations

Honoring approximations and nudging development are universal learning principles that make learning easier and more enjoyable.

Human Resources Department

With the holidays fast approaching, the IDPH has released the Holiday Season Safety Guidance: Holiday Guidance

With more students and staff now getting the vaccination, we wanted to share out post-vaccination considerations for when exclusions from school would apply: Post Vaccination Considerations

Business Department

All fees are due and late fees have been assessed, unless you are on a payment plan. Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Cheryl at cmasnova@antioch 34.com or Maria at mtretofrench@antioch34.com.

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.

Technology Department

iPad Pictures and Videos

A large percent of pictures and videos on student iPads appear to be non-school related. Please encourage students to delete personal videos and pictures from their iPad on a regular basis. Then, delete them from the deleted folder to free up space on the device.