Oakland Elementary School

Rockin' Through the School Year!


Hello Oakland Families,

We hope that this finds you and your family healthy and well. Please make sure to read below for important information regarding COVID, quarantines, and how to navigate the school portion of this with your family. If we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

If your child is not feeling well (even something minor, including ANY of the symptoms listed below), PLEASE keep them home. We are finding that COVID positive cases as of late, are presenting as similar symptoms to the common cold.

Symptoms may include:

  • cough
  • sore throat
  • headache
  • congestion
  • body aches
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue
  • fever (100.4* or above without any fever reducer)

We appreciate and value your partnership in keeping our entire Oakland family as healthy and safe as possible. Please reach out to us with any questions that you may have. Have a wonderful weekend!


Rebecca Adams - Principal

Lindsay Burns - Assistant Principal

COVID Positive Household Cases

If your child or ANYONE in the household has a COVID positive result, please adhere to the following guidelines to help keep us all healthy and safe:

  • Keep your child and their siblings home
  • Please call the school office right away to let us know - we will work in conjunction with our school nurse to get the needed information from you and give you a return date for your child
  • If someone other than your child has COVID and your child is fully vaccinated, there is still information that we will need - please call the office so that we can work together

If your child is vaccinated...

If your child is deemed a potential close contact to someone inside the home or from school and they are fully vaccinated (full vaccination is TWO WEEKS post the second vaccine) there is still information that we will need from you.

  • You will need to provide proof of vaccination in the form of the vaccination card (a picture or copy of it) or vaccine records that show the vaccination on the report to our school office.

  • If you would like to send in record of your child's vaccination even if your child has not been identified as a close contact - it would be very helpful for us.
    Please send a copy or photo of your child's vaccination card to one or both of the following people:
    Rebecca Adams radams@antioch34.com
    Regina Brancato: rbrancato@antioch34.com

  • If your child is identified as a potential close contact - you will still be notified even if you have already submitted the vaccination card - so that you can watch for any symptoms

  • Fully vaccinated students that have no symptoms and are identified as potential close contacts are able to remain at school

If you are unsure if your child should come to school...

If your child is displaying ANY symptoms to COVID or other illness - PLEASE keep them home and contact our office. We will be able to help you determine that best course of action.

We all need to work together to make sure that we are providing the safest environment possible for our Oakland Community. Please do not send your child to school if they are ill.

If your child is on a Quarantine - here's what to expect...

If your child is at home on quarantine due to a positive result or a close contact, here are some things that you can expect. Please note - if your child is not feeling well enough to attend online or it is too overwhelming, that is ok. Just communicate with your child's teacher regarding work that needs to be done. The Zoom links are to join into the classroom if your child is able to.

  • After you have spoken with the office or nurse and given us the information that we need to move forward, we will be able to start the process of making sure your child still has access to school from home
  • Teachers will be notified that your child will be learning from home for 10 days so that they can begin to gather materials
  • Within 24 hours, your child will have the Zoom app pushed out to their iPad (students should be bringing them home with them every single day). For the app to be able to load, the iPad must be turned on and connected to WiFi
  • Within 1-2 days of you notifying us of your child being at home (usually less!) your child's teacher will be able to send out a link to join the Zoom session for your child to have eyes and ears into the classroom. This will not present like remote learning from last year, and is not interactive. Your child will be able to listen to lessons as they are presented.
  • Additionally, the teacher will gather materials that the student may need for assignments and work to be pushed out to your child. When those materials are ready, the office will call you to arrange for them to be picked up. Please do not come to pick materials up until you are called to do so.
  • While students are attending remotely, they will still travel with their class to go to their specials for eyes and ears into that class, as well.
  • If your child receives additional support services, there may be other staff that will send you links to meet for different times during the day.

If at any point you have questions regarding this process, please contact the office and we will help you.

Reminders & District Level News

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.

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.

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.

January 10: Beef, Bean & Cheese Burrito

January 11: Cheese Pizza

January 12: Sunbutter & Jelly Sandwich with yogurt

January 13: Chicken Tenders

January 14: Salisbury Steakburger

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Upcoming Dates

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

Talking to Kids You Love

The Family Institute at Northwestern University has created a video collection called Talking to Kids You Love. This series of 16 short videos offers approaches to anyone who interacts with children — parents, caregivers, teachers, and more. Each video depicts an adult lovingly responding to a tough parent-child encounter, moments that often lead to power struggles and leave parents wondering if they’ve said the right thing. The scenes depict adults modeling effective interactions that build emotional intelligence and promote self-esteem.

Supporting Young Readers Before (and After) They Can Read Words

Young children can read and make meaning from a book long before they can decode. Literacy educator and author Kathy Collins shares some ideas about supporting young readers at home.

Technology Department

Google Meet

  • Staff and students will be receiving training on Google meet during the month of January. As of January 31st, Antioch CCSD 34 will not be using Zoom for any quarantine students or e-learning days.

Quarantined Students

  • All quarantined students will have the Zoom app pushed out to their iPad once they are identified by each building nurse. Please be patient with this process, as it may take up to 24 hours for this app to get sent to the student’s iPads. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

Student Services Department

Vaccine Clinic THIS SATURDAY at Antioch Upper Grade School

The Illinois Department of Public Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for children 5-11 years old this Saturday, January 8th 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, all registrants should arrive at 9:00 am as there are limited vaccines available and will be administered on a first come first serve basis.

Informational Flyer Registration Link

Illinois Rental Assistance Program - Applications Due January 9th

So many families have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those who have fallen behind on rent payments, the Illinois Rental Assistance Program may be able to help keep them in their homes.

The Illinois Rental Payment Program provides financial assistance for rent to income-eligible Illinois renters and their landlords who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Illinois renters may be eligible for up to $25,000 and 18 months of emergency rental payments under the program. This is a grant that does NOT have to be repaid.

Antioch Community High School District 117 is hosting Pfizer Pediatric & Adult Pfizer COVID Vaccine Clinics

Dates: Friday, January 14, 2022, and Friday, February 4, 2022

Time: 4:00 - 7:30 PM

Location: Antioch Community High School, 1133 Main St., Antioch, IL 60002

  • Pfizer Booster Vaccine Registration for everyone 16+ to receive a booster shot if they are at least 6 months past their initial Pfizer vaccination series

Information about Flu and Meningococcal Vaccines

State code 20 ILCS 2310/2310-700 requires that the Illinois Department of Public Health provide informational materials for school districts regarding influenza and influenza vaccinations and meningococcal disease and meningococcal vaccinations. Please see the links below regarding both influenza and meningococcal vaccines.

Meningococcal Vaccines for Preteens and Teens [Spanish Version]

Business Department

Monthly invoices for outstanding fees were emailed on 1/5/2022. If you are on a payment plan, please continue to make timely payments. All accounts must be paid in full no later than March 15th. 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.