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
Notes from the Nurse
If you haven't already turned it in, dental exam forms are due by May 15th per the state mandate.
From the Art Room!
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.
Food Drive Sponsored by Student Council
ROCK-CAN-ROLL FOOD DRIVE
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.
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.
Diversity Club - 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders!
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:
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
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
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
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?"
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 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
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 HandbookInformation 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.
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