Noticias de Red Oak/Red Oak News


Misión Compartida de Red Oak ~ Red Oak Shared Vision

​SOAR toward a bilingual community through rigor, respect, and engagement.

​Vuela hacia una comunidad bilingüe a través del rigor, respeto, y la participación.

August 4, 2021

Principal’s Message

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! This school year will hopefully be a more traditional year than we have had since the pandemic began. We return to full day in person learning for all students and could not be more thrilled! Per the Governor's Executive Order, all students, staff and visitors will be required to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. We will also need to continue to follow COVID safety protocols such as self certifying each day using Crisis Go, maintaining three foot social distance, and washing/sanitizing hands frequently. Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 18th and we cannot wait to see all of our students in person! Please send school supplies with your child on the first day of school.

Red Oak believes very strongly in parental involvement in a child's education. You are your child's first teacher! We encourage you to participate in school-sponsored activities when possible. Our first school-sponsored event is our Back to School Kickoff/Meet and Greet on Tuesday, August 17th from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. This is an opportunity to meet your child’s classroom teacher as well as our other Red Oak staff members. This event will be held outdoors. In addition, students are welcome to play on our playground. To avoid congestion and maintain safety protocols, please come at your designated time.

Last Names A-L

Meet & Greet - 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Playground Play - 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Last Names M-Z

Meet & Greet - 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.

Playground Play - 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

If you are new to Red Oak, another important event to make note of is our New Family Tours. This event is geared toward kindergarten families, first grade families and any other families who have not yet visited our school. It will take place between 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 12. It will be an opportunity to tour the school, meet your principal, and get answers to any questions you may have. Parents and students are welcome to attend. Please sign up for a 30 minute time slot here. Masks are required indoors.

During the school year you can expect ongoing two-way communication between home and school. Every Friday a school newsletter will be published and emailed directly to you. It is essential that you check your email regularly as this is the manner in which important information will be communicated. We will also post school newsletters on our school website at: . Emergency communication will be communicated via email and/or automated phone calls.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out. Please know that we are here to help your child be successful in school. Feel free to contact me by phone at 224-765-3750 or send me an email at We look forward to working with you and your child this school year!


Mrs. Nicole Bellini


School Supplies

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If you ordered school supplies from PTO, they will be delivered to your child’s classroom by Tuesday, August 17. If you have not yet purchased school supplies, please see the attached school supply lists to aid you in your shopping.

Class Lists

Class lists will not be posted on the school websites. Parents may check Infinite Campus on Friday, August 6th at 4:00 p.m. to find out who their child’s teacher will be for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Safety Procedures

At Red Oak we are committed to ensuring that we are providing a safe environment for all of our students and staff. While COVID-19 has presented us with some additional challenges in this area, we feel very good about the safeguards we have put in place. Here are some of the highlights:

  • All parents must verify that their child is symptom-free BEFORE they will be allowed to enter the building. See below for more information.

  • All students, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times when on school grounds (inside only). Students are required to wear masks on school buses as well.

  • We are encouraging social distancing at all times. Students will be sitting three feet apart in classrooms. Signage has been installed throughout the building to remind students about social distancing and arrows are in the halls for directionality.

  • Students will wash their hands every day as soon as they enter the classrooms. Hand sanitizer is available in every classroom for student and staff use.

  • All classrooms will be thoroughly cleaned by sanitation specialists each day.

Self Certification

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Each day parents are required to self certify that their child has no symptoms of COVID-19 and has not been exposed to anyone with symptoms. You will receive an email from Crisis Go every morning at 6:00 a.m. Click on the link in the email to complete the self certification process. You must record your child’s temperature and answer all of the questions. Parents must complete the self certification process by 8:00 a.m. each day. Staff will have access to a list of students who have not self certified. Students who do not complete the self certification process will not be admitted into the building. Thank you for your cooperation on this important safety matter.

What to Bring Each Day

Students should bring their iPad and a water bottle to school each day. All other materials will be available at school. Students will be permitted to eat a snack at school this year. Please send a snack with your child each day. Fruit or vegetables are the only snacks permitted due to food allergies.

Organic Life Breakfast and Lunch Program

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As you know, Red Oak offers a hot breakfast and lunch program through Organic Life. Organic Life uses fresh ingredients to offer meals that are natural and free of artificial growth hormones and preservatives. Meals are available free of cost to all students. Breakfast is served every day beginning at 8:30 a.m. We encourage families to take advantage of this healthy breakfast and lunch option for their children.

Innovation Learning Before and After School Care Program at Red Oak

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Childcare is available before and after school at Red Oak Elementary. Innovation Learning will offer this program everyday before and after school. Childcare will be available immediately before school starting at 6:00 a.m. and immediately after school until 6:00 p.m. Families may register for the program at: Please see the attached flyer.

District 112 Transportation

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Bus service is provided free to students who qualify. Other students may enroll for optional busing on a fee basis if space on the bus and routes can accommodate these students. Busing information regarding routes, stops and times will be mailed in August. Any questions regarding busing should be directed to the Transportation Department at 847-765-3011.

Arrival and Dismissal

Our school day begins at 8:44 a.m. and ends at 3:21 p.m. Students should plan on arriving at school as close to 8:44 a.m. as possible, but in no case before 8:30 a.m. because supervision is not provided until that time. Students who are participating in the breakfast program at Red Oak should arrive at 8:30 a.m. Supervisors will escort students into the building at 8:44 a.m. and instruction will begin at 8:50 a.m. Students arriving after 8:50 will be considered tardy. Please help to get your students to school on time.

Car riders can be dropped off/picked up in the Car Rider Loading Zone - which is between the crosswalk at the north end of the building and the school sign.

Students arriving early for an approved supervised activity should plan to arrive as close as possible to the beginning time of the meeting or activity, but not more than 5 minutes before. They should enter through the front door with their backpacks and go to the room assigned for their activity. Activity leaders are responsible for supervising these students until 8:44 a.m. when they will report to their classrooms. In the case of inclement weather, students will enter the building but not before 8:30 a.m.

At the end of the school day, buses will load at the south end of the building. Buses will travel down the left lane of Red Oak, past the car rider line. Please be cautious when waiting to drop off or pick up your child(ren). Please see the attached Arrival and Dismissal Procedures for more information.

Medical Forms

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Just a reminder that all Kindergarten students and students who are new to Red Oak must bring in the following medical forms:

  • Recent physical exam with updated immunization record

  • Vision exam

  • Dental (not due until May).

You can turn these forms in at the district office or here at Red Oak between 8:30-3:30 Monday-Friday. Please call the school office when you arrive for instructions: (224) 765-3750.

A few announcements/reminders…

  • New Family Tours are on Thursday, August 12 from 4:00 - 7:30 p.m.

  • Our Meet & Greet is Tuesday, August 17 from 2:30 - 3:00 p.m. Join us for the Back to School Social on the playground from 2:00 - 2:30 and 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

  • Wednesday, August 18 is the first day of school! There is an Early Release at 1:44 p.m.

  • Our first full day of school is Thursday, August 19. School hours are 8:44 a.m. - 3:21 p.m.

  • Don’t forget to join us on Twitter! Follow Red Oak School on Twitter @redoakschool.

  • Like us on Facebook @redoakschool

Upcoming Dates

  • Fri. 8/6 - Class information available in Infinite Campus (4:00 p.m.)

  • Thurs. 8/12 - New Family Tours (4:00 - 7:30 p.m.)

  • Tues. 8/17 - Meet & Greet (2:30 - 3:00 p.m.); Back to School Social on the playground (2:00 - 3:00 p.m. & 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.)

  • Wed. 8/18 - First Day of School; Early Release at 1:44 p.m.

  • Thurs. 8/19 - First full day of school

  • Tues. 8/24 - Board of Education Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

  • Mon. 9/6 & Tues. 9/7 - No School

PTO President's Message

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year from the Red Oak PTO. We remain committed to connecting our parents and students, showing appreciation to our Red Oak teachers and staff and supporting our community. We encourage everyone who uses Facebook to join the 'Red Oak Parent Network' page and Twitter to follow @redoakpto112.

More information about spiritwear and membership will be sent out soon! For any questions, creative ideas or if you'd like to get involved - please contact us!


Jenn Boiles

PTO President

Todo Sobre Nosotros/ All About Us

La Academia de Lenguaje Dual de Red Oak comenzó en el año escolar 2018-2019. El programa de Lenguaje Dual comenzó en la escuela de Red Oak en 1994. Era un pequeño programa que ha ido creciendo a lo largo de los años.

Red Oak Dual Language Academy began in the 2018-2019 school year. The Dual Language program began at Red Oak school in 1994. It was a small program that has continued to grow throughout the years.
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