Oakland Elementary School

Rockin' Through the School Year!


Hello Oakland Families,

Winter weather is upon us! Please make sure to send your child properly dressed to school with at least a coat and gloves each day. Once it snows, students need to have snow pants, boots, coat, hat and gloves to be able to go out in the snow off of the blacktop.

Looking to add some extra fun into the winter season with your family? Check out some images at the bottom of the newsletter for some ideas!

We hope that this finds you all healthy and well. Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to support you and your family.


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal

Virtual Holiday Sing Along

Save the date for our 2nd Annual Holiday Sing Along (Virtual)!

Monday, December 13th

6 - 6:30 pm

A link will be sent out that afternoon for you to join us from the comfort of your home! We hope that you will be able to join us for this fun, family event!

Spirit Week!

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Notes from the Nurse

Attention Kindergarten and Second Grade Families:

If you haven't already turned it in, dental exam forms are due by May 15th per the state mandate.

From the Art Room!

Students learned about artist Yayoi Kusama and watched a video about her Obliteration Rooms. We then cut out dots and obliterated a space at Oakland!
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Boosters Info

Thank you to everyone that attended this month's Booster meeting. The December meeting that was scheduled for December has been cancelled. We hope to see everyone in the new year at the January meeting.

We have a wonderful fundraiser next week (December 5-11) at the Five Below in the Gurnee Mall. For the purchase to be accounted for the fundraiser you will have to have a printed copy of the flyer (they will not accept a code word or on the phone flyer). Please look for a flyer in your child's backpack this week. The flyer can also be printed from the Oakland Eagle Booster website or on the Oakland Eagle Booster Facebook page. This is an awesome time to finish those last minute stocking stuffer, secret santa and colleague gift purchases. We thank you in advance for your support!

If you are out running errands or finishing shopping in the Gurnee area on Saturday, December 11, we have paired a Panda Express fundraiser on this day. What a great way to finish a busy Saturday out with the family then getting a quick bite to eat. You can use the fundraising code on online orders or in person.

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Don't Forget...

Food Drive Sponsored by Student Council

Please join us in supporting our community by donating CANNED FOOD items for our


running from December 1 - 15th. All donations will be given to Open Arms Mission. A friendly competition between classrooms will also be running. Please see the flyer below for more information.

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Warm Clothes

Please make sure that your child has a coat, gloves, and hat with these cooler temperatures. We will still be having students go outside when the weather is clear.

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.

Club Opportunities

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 our next December newsletter. Please see the flyer below with some additional information.
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Diversity Club - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders!

Attention 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Families! Oakland is starting up their Diversity Club.

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

Who: 3rd, 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

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. We do not have disposable masks to provide to students any longer. Thank you for your help!

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.

December 6: Egg & Turkey Bacon Breakfast Pizza

December 7: Cheese Pizza

December 8: Grilled Cheese Sandwich

December 9: K-3 Chicken Nuggets, 4-5 Chicken Drumstick (bone in)

December 10: Hot Dog

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Upcoming Dates

12/5 - 12/11: Five Below Shopping Fundraiser

12/11: Panda Express Dine Out

12/10: Oakland Spirit Day

12/13: Virtual Holiday Sing Along 6 - 6:30 pm

Spirit Week

12/13: Whoville: Dress up as a Who or Just Be a Grinch and dress in green

12/14: Polar Express Pajama Day - wear your PJs!

12/15: Festive or Ugliest Sweater

12/16: Winter Workshop: dress up like elves, reindeer, snowman, Santa, or a candy cane (wear brown, white, or red!)

12/17: Holiday Headwear and Socks

12/20 - 1/3: Winter Break

Tuesday, 1/4: Classes Resume

Information from our District Office

Teaching and Learning Department

Supporting Spelling at Home

Best-selling author and literacy consultant Matt Glover shares some ideas about not spelling for children and what to say when a child asks, "How do you spell this?"

Being Brave in the Face of Uncertainty

A variety of free educational resources and activities that parents and teachers can do together with children to help inspire their courage to learn and explore new ideas.

Eureka Math

Eureka Math offers several resources for parents (free and paid) to better understand the tool and how to best support their children. Use the embedded link Why Parents Will Want Eureka Math to access several different resources. The Parent Ip Sheets are a great resource to include in a newsletter or link to your website (Eureka is a resource available to everyone). Parents can sign up to receive newsletters to stay informed too: greatminds.org/newsletters.

Human Resources Department

The Lake County Regional Office of Education is conducting a Substitute Teaching training for anyone interested. Please visit the following link for more information about the training for substitute teaching on December 11: https://www.lake.k12.il.us/education-licensure

If any of our parents go through this training (and obtain a substitute certificate): https://www.isbe.net/Documents/how-become-sub-teacher.pdf) please apply to be a district substitute teacher here: https://www.applitrack.com/antioch34/OnlineApp/default.aspx?Category=Substitute

Technology Department

iPad Cases

District CCSD 34 has placed iPad cases and screen protectors 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.

iPad Photos and Videos

Just a friendly reminder that students should have only school related pictures and videos on their District issued iPad. We are seeing a large percent of pictures and videos on student iPads that appear to be non-school related. This takes up much needed storage space for school related activities. If families could routinely monitor these pictures and videos at home that would help to keep the iPads free of space. Please delete these types of photos and videos from the iPad and then delete them from the deleted photos. Thank you so much for your help with this task.

Please review the Guidelines for Responsible Use of Technology for Students: Student Technology Guide

Family Handbook regarding 1:1 Technology: Family Technology Handbook

Information regarding costs of damaged or lost items: Cost breakdown sheet

Student Services Department

Child Vaccination Clinic this Saturday at AUGS

The Illinois Department of Public Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children 5-11 years old this Saturday, December 4th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm at Antioch Upper Grade School. For additional information and to register, please use the links below. When registering, please be sure to select the last option for your child: Pfizer (Pediatric 5-11) COVID-19 Vaccination. Please note, there are limited appointments available and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Informational Flyer | Registration Link | Consent Form (also available on-site)

Holiday Travel

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 Services and Operations Department

Monthly invoices for outstanding fees were emailed on 12/1/2021. Please contact the finance office if you have questions or concerns at 847-838-8401 or via email to mtretofrench@antioch34.com or cmasnova@antioch34.com.

Fun Winter Activities

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Fine Motor Skills for Little Learners

Here are some look fors that you can practice with our youngest learners at home!
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