It’s Oak Spirit Week!

Spirit Week is THIS WEEK (1/22-26) leading up to our 2018 Blah Buster (Fri, 6:00-8:00pm)! Let’s show how Oak GROWS…
G Giving Back (Monday) – bring $1 for the Friends of Brooks Trust (to benefit charities & organizations that supported Brooks Tonn); classroom teachers will collect donations all week
R Ridiculous Socks (Tuesday) – wear crazy, fun socks (matched or unmatched)
O Outrageous Hats (Wednesday) – wear a fun hat that’s crafty, silly or sporty
W Wacky PJ’s (Thursday) – wear some pajamas that are bright, goofy or just comfortable
S Spirit Wear (Friday) – wear any Oak spirit wear or school colors (blue & white) all day, and all night at Blah Buster

Sign up for Oak PTO Texts via Remind

With all the events and activities coming up it’s easy to miss something – stay in the know! You can still sign up for text reminders from Oak PTO. Simply text “@oakpto” to the number 81010 or go to on your smart phone and follow the instructions.


Lunch-In will be tomorrow, January 22nd with Taste of Home Catering (chicken tenders/vegetable kabobs and pasta).
We do not have volunteers for both 4th grade classrooms. You do not need to sign up under your child’s teacher. Please go to and select volunteer to sign up or email me directly.
If you are volunteering for grades 1,2, or 3, we ask that you help out from 11:15-11:50.
If you are volunteering for grades 4 or 5, we ask that you help from 11:40-12:15.

Email with any questions or comments.

Flying High Success

A huge thank you to Denys Kang and all the PTO members who supported the Flying High Fundraiser last weekend. Over 50 kids had a great time swinging, jumping, and eating for 3 hours. The event earned more that $300 for PTO!

Science Fair 2018 – February 27th 6:30-8 pm

Calling all young scientists! There is still time to submit your Science Fair Registration Form! Please stop by the office to pick up and submit your form by the deadline of Monday January 29th 2018. Boards will also be available for pick up in the school office until Feb. 19th. If you missed the workshop this past Friday please pick up a registration form which provides very useful information about Science Fair boards and websites for project ideas. You may also email Holly McLaughlin or Tripti Burt with any questions. We are looking forward to a fun event!

Blankets For Sale

Buy a blanket from the Girl Scouts!!
The fifth grade Girl Scout troop has been working on a year-long project: STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS!
From ideas … to getting a loan … to marketing … to selling.
BUY A BLANKET to support their efforts and support their troop. Sample blankets and order forms will be available during the Buck-a-Book Sale in February!
We are proud of the girls’ excitement and involvement in this long process.

Blah Buster 2018 – Tickets on Sale; Volunteers Needed!

Our annual winter “FUN”-raiser is Friday, Jan 26, from 6-8pm and tickets are now on sale ($15 per person)! Price includes pizza, refreshments and games. Go to to purchase (you will need to create an account if you don’t already have one). Advance tickets will be on sale here until Tuesday at 6pm. Tickets will also be available at the door ($20 per person – cash only).
We are also looking for volunteers to help out that night (moms, dads, and older siblings). There are a variety of ways to help – please check out the sign up genius for the different options and sign up!

Oak in the News!

Did you catch Oak PTO on the news this week? Catch up on the latest regarding the speed sign!

Oak Benefit Wine Pull- Donations Requested!

As part of this year’s Oak Benefit, we will have a Wine Pull and cases of wine for auction. To show your support, please stop into Hinsdale Wine Shop between now and April 6th to purchase these bottles; 10% of the sale proceeds will go back to Oak PTO! The process is simple. Stop into or call Hinsdale Wine Shop (located at 12 E Hinsdale Ave. phone 630-654-9862). They will help you select great bottles (we’re asking for a minimum of $25/bottle). Wine purchased at the shop will be stored there until the day of Night Owl. If you have any questions, please email Kirsten Douglass or Jamie Muehlhauser at Thank you in advance for supporting Oak PTO!

Thank you Lisa Read!

Do you enjoy reading your Hootiegram every Sunday to catch up on your Oak School upcoming events? Please share with us in thanking Lisa Read for editing the Hootiegram for the past couple of years. She is stepping down as Hootiegram editor this week. Another big thanks for Christina McGrath for taking over the editor responsibilities for the rest of the year. The Oak PTO relies on its volunteers to make everything work and we thank you both for your time and service!

News from the District

January 29: HMS Construction Project Update and Community Beam Signing
Please join us for a celebratory HMS Construction beam signing and project update at Hinsdale Middle School on Monday, January 29 (6pm). All community members in attendance will be invited to sign a beam that will later be installed in the new school. Immediately following, Board members, administrators, and representatives from construction management firm Bulley & Andrews will lead an informational presentation on the construction budget, timeline, and other key topics. The event will conclude with a question and answer period.

February 1 Parent Event: “Increasing Your Child’s Independence at School and at Home”
All families are invited to the next program in our Special Education Event Series: “Increasing Your Child’s Independence at School and at Home.” Board Certified Behavior Analyst Dana Burke will discuss strategies to increase independence through setting up systems and fading adult supports to achieve a more functional, independent child. Please join us Thursday, February 1 at Monroe (5:30-6:30pm).

D181 Now Enrolling for 2018-19 Preschool Program
District 181 is now enrolling new registrants for its three and four year-old Preschool program. The D181 program features state-certified teachers, a high quality curriculum aligned to Illinois Early Learning Standards, competitive tuition, and low student-teacher ratios. To be enrolled for 2018-19, children must turn three years old by September 1, 2018, reside within District boundaries, and be toilet-trained. Registration is accepted at Oak School during school hours. Space is limited; registrants are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Call 630.861.4302 for more information, or go online to > Schools > Preschool.

Community Speaker Series Event Registration Open for Dr. Michael Bradley: “Crazy Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Children”
The next event in the Community Speaker Series is “Crazy Stressed: Saving Today’s Overwhelmed Children” featuring Dr. Michael Bradley. He will be speaking at The Community House on Wednesday, February 21 (7pm) and Thursday, February 22 (9:30am). “New research tells us: Our kids are not all right. Too many are struggling with excessive academic loads, extracurricular demands, sleep deprivation, and 24/7 connectivity, causing epidemic rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and suicide. While teen brains are hardwired for risk-taking and overactive emotions, their coping abilities are at all-time lows. Dr. Bradley first explains what’s driving today’s adolescent anxiety, depression, and negative behaviors and what the latest brain development research is telling us. Then with proven strategies from his three decades of practice and his own years as a father, Dr. Bradley provides practical advice on how to connect with your children to build their life-saving resiliency and what to do when you’re facing a major mental health issue.”

News from the District

February 7: Opioid Epidemic Presentation for Parents and Students (Middle School & Older)
You are invited to attend an event featuring information on the opioid epidemic in DuPage County, including signs and symptoms of addiction, early intervention and prevention strategies, current local statistics, and what is being done to address this epidemic. The event will be held Wednesday, February 7 at CHMS (6:30-8:30pm).

Speakers include Dr. Richard Jorgensen, DuPage County Coroner’s Office; Robert Berlin, DuPage County State’s Attorney; Matthew Quinn, Clinician from Rosecrance Treatment Center; and Tim Ryan of “From Dope to Hope.” Middle school students are invited to attend with their parents, however, the event is not recommended for grade school students. This event is being sponsored by the CHMS and HMS PTOs and the D181 Foundation.

Oak School

950 S. Oak St., Hinsdale, IL 60521

630.887.1330 |

School Hours

AM Kindergarten - 8:30 am -11:25 am | PM Kindergarten - 12:20 pm -3:05 pm

Grades 1-5 - 8:30 am - 3:05 pm (lunch 11:25-12:15)

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