Oakland Orbit - Family Edition


Dear Oakland Families,

It's hard to believe that we are nearly done with January! 2023 is already starting to fly! We have a few special events coming up in the next few weeks. Please be sure to see information below about them.

As a reminder with winter weather, if the temperature is 15 degrees or above (with wind chill), our students will be going outside. With the snow on the ground, students need to have snowpants, boots, and gloves to go into the snow. Even if your child is staying on the blacktop or playground, we recommend sending them with snow gear for warmth and to help keep their clothes dry. As always, please label your child's outerwear with their name so that if it becomes lost it is easy to return it to them.

We hope you have a warm and wonderful next couple of weeks!


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal


Spelling Bee Spectacular!

We are so proud of all of our students that participated in our Spelling Bee last week!! Congratulations to Kara for 1st place and Max for 2nd place!

Each of our participants represented themselves and their classrooms so well. Thank you for working so hard on practicing your words! A big thank you to all of our staff members that helped to put the spelling bee on, especially Mrs. Henning that ran the bee. It was a wonderful showcase of hard work and cheering one another on. Well done to all!


Student Council News

Thank You!!!!

A huge shoutout to our Oakland families for bringing in 1,344 items for Antioch's Open Arms Mission. Your generosity will help those directly in our community. Student council is so grateful for the kindness shown.

Our top winning grade level was 2nd grade, with 465 items!

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Valentine's Fundraiser

Student Council is holding a fundraiser next week and offering Valentine's for student purchase! Your child will be brining home more information on this on Monday. Please see below for what the order forms will look like.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our student council advisors:

Mrs. Higginbotham - jhigginbotham@antioch34.com

Mrs. Newman - knewman@antioch34.com

Great Kindness Challenge Spirit Week!


5Essentials Survey is Coming

Please be on the lookout for a communication from the district next week regarding the 5Essentials Survey. This survey helps to provide valuable feedback regarding our schools. We would really appreciate you taking the time to fill out this important information.

If you have students that attend more than one Antioch CCSD 34 school, we ask that you please fill one out for each school. Thank you for being on the lookout for this and for taking time to share your viewpoint with us.


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STEM Night

Oakland is so excited for the return of our STEM Night!!

We hope that your family will join us on Wednesday, February 8th from 5:30 - 7:00 pm for an evening of Valentine Themed STEM challenges!! There will be 5 different challenges to participate in. We can't wait to see you!

We are still in need of some donations to help our evening be a success. If you are able to help support, we would appreciate any of the following items:

  • marshmallows
  • gummy hearts
  • colored copy paper
  • conversation hearts
  • clear tape

If you have any specific questions about the supplies needed or the evening, please reach out to one of our STEM teachers, Mrs. Ryan. (aryan@antioch34.com)

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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.



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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February and March Spirit Days

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Read-A-Thon Coming Soon!

Our Boosters are sponsoring an Out of This World Read-A-Thon for our students beginning next month. We will be kicking our program off on January 31st at our building assembly to get students excited. Students will read through the month of February and culminate the Read-A-Thon during Read Across America Week the first week of March. Information will be sent home with students on Wednesday, February 1st. We hope that all of our students will join in on the reading fun to meet their reading goal and earn some fun prizes!


Oakland Boosters

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

Thank you to everyone who made it to our Booster Meeting on Tuesday night! Your participation, ideas and time are what keeps our volunteer run organization working. We could not do it without you!

Our next meeting is on Tuesday, February 28th. We hope to see you there!

If you are interested in seeing what we talked about, all meeting notes are posted on our Facebook page and on our website.


How would you like your chance to win 1 VIP parking spot AND front row seats (for up to 6 for immediate family members) to your student’?

The Boosters are selling raffle tickets to become a 3rd grade, 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


Feb 3 NO SCHOOL – Staff Inservice Day

Feb 6-Mar 3 Oakland’s Out of the World 2023 Read-a-thon – more details coming soon!

Feb 8 STEM Night

Feb 9 3rd Grade Music Concert

Feb 27 Mrs. Adams as Guest Reader at LVDL

Feb 28 Public Booster Meeting at 6:30pm

Mar 9 2nd 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?


100th Day of School

We are almost to our 100th Day of School! That means we will be 100 Days Smarter and have been working hard for those 100 Days. Please join us in celebrating by having your child dress as if they were 100 years old!

The 100th Day of School is on February 1, 2023.


Note from the Nurse

With the winter season upon us, sickness is on the rise. A few reminders to help you decide if you should send your child to school or not:

  • Students must be fever free without medication for 24 hours to attend school
  • Students must not have been vomiting or have diarrhea for 24 hours before returning to school after illness
  • If your child is visibly sick, even without a fever, please do not send them as it is often quite difficult for them to make it through the day

Thank you for your help in keeping everyone healthy!


Save the Date!

Oakland Music Performances for the year:

All performances are at Oakland UNLESS otherwise listed

February 9th: 3rd Grade Music Concert 7pm

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


January Lunch Menu

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February Lunch Menu

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Upcoming Dates

2/1 - 100th Day of School!

2/3 - No School - Teacher Institute Day

2/8 - STEM Night!

2/9 - 3rd Grade Music Concert

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

Teaching and Learning Department

Winter NWEA Student Reports

K-8 Student Winter NWEA Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) reports will be sent home via email the week of February 6th. Look for the communication soon.

Human Resources Department

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

Technology Department

Apple ID Password

The Technology Department has seen an increase in students’ iPads requiring the Apple ID password to be entered due to updates occurring. Please don’t allow students to click cancel or instruct students to click cancel. This password can affect future updates, as well as other features on the iPads. All students’ Apple ID passwords can be found on PowerSchool under “Other School Information” on the PowerSchool parent portal.

Business Department

Monthly invoices for outstanding fees are emailed on or around the first school date for that month. If you are on a payment plan, please continue to make timely payments. All accounts must be paid in full no later than February 28th. 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 or to make payments with a credit card please contact Cheryl Masnova at cmasnova@antioch34.com.
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