Welcome to the 2018-2019 School Year!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! We want to especially welcome all new families to Oak this year.  Make sure to check out the weekly Hootiegram for PTO and school events. Anything you may have missed will also be posted on our website (Oakpto.org). Here are a few important upcoming events to remember:

Mon. 8/27     First day of school for grades K-5 (regular full day for grades 1-5; regular half day for K)
​​​​​​​Mon. 8/27     PTO Welcome Coffee for new and returning parents; front entrance 8:45 am
Wed. 8/29     School pictures (K through 5th grade)
Tues. 9/4      First day of school for ECE (3 & 4 year old preschoolers)
Wed. 9/5      Curriculum Night for all K-5 parents; 6:30-8:30 pm (includes a STEAM Show & Tell)
Wed. 9/12     Chat with Martha: 1:30 pm in the MRC, with PTO Meeting following, 2:00-3:00 pm- Note new time!
Thurs. 9/13   Bike Rodeo for 3rd graders and new 4th & 5th graders; 3:10 pm on playground
Wed. 10/10   International Walk to School Day and International Fest reveal announcement
Sun. 10/14    Rotary Run Charity Classic at The Community House; 8:30 am—let’s win the Cup again!

We look forward to working closely with you to make this a truly wonderful and memorable school year!

Jennifer Rediger and Melissa Lapica, Co- Presidents, Oak PTO

Volunteer for 2018-2019 PTO Committees!

Volunteer to help “Grow our community” at Oak School this year! Several committee chair positions are still available. Note that we will need to cut any committees that don’t have chairs!

Please contact Jennifer Rediger and Melissa Lapica (president@oakpto.org) if interested in chairing one of these great committees.

Click the Sign Up Genius link below to find many ways to put your talents to use and connect with Oak students and parents.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4eafa82da2f94-20182019

Oak 2018-2019 Enrichment Classes

OAK FALL ENRICHMENT CLASSES
To register, go to oakpto.org. Under the Events tab, click on Student Enrichment Programs or type in specific URL on any search engine and register.

BAM Theatre presents “Annie”
Similar to BAM’s celebrated “Broadway Workshop Series” program, this theatre class is the perfect theatre experience for young actors! Appropriate for beginners as well as experienced actors, this theatre class will provide theatre and performance training to all involved – right at Oak School! The students will study the foundations of musical theatre – singing, acting, and dancing – and also rehearse a small show – Annie. The final class will offer a performance for parents to attend. Enrollment is limited to guarantee the best experience for all students involved, so register today!
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 12 weeks;Mondays 9/10-12/10 (no class 10/8 or 11/19). Final performance at 4:30pm on 12/10.
Time: 3:15-4:30
Cost: Tuition- $215; T-shirt Fee- $20 (students will wear t-shirts for final performance). Register: https://ticketpeak.com/res/bam/classes

Sticky Fingers Cooking
Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy, globally-inspired recipes all while loving and learning to cook in a fun, engaging and irresistibly tasty way that will turn even the pickiest eaters into avid food explorers! We practice safe chopping, measuring and mixing skills, use a wide array of cooking utensils all while creating awesomely delicious recipes from the freshest ingredients. Sticky Fingers Cooking is 100% nut free. We CAN and WILL accommodate ANY and ALL food allergies!
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 11 weeks; Tuesdays, 9/11-11/27 (no class 11/20) OR Fridays, 9/14-11/30 (no class 11/23) Time: 3:15-4:15
Cost: $198
Register: Tuesday: https://stickyfingerscooking.com/school-programs/illinois/oak-school-fall-session-2018-tuesday-class
Friday: https://stickyfingerscooking.com/school-programs/illinois/oak-school-fall-session-2018-friday-class

Golf
Elementary Golf School is offering an exciting junior golf program, designed to expose golf to juniors of all ability levels. This program is created and taught by PGA Professionals, to include lesson plans that are fun, safe, and educational. Youngsters will be given the opportunity to experiment with playing a variety of different shots. Our coaches are supportive and will offer encouragement during the difficult early phases of learning the game. Our program teaches basic fundamentals, with plenty of variation for practicing and playing. We will not only teach the shots, but also the etiquette, behavior and finer points of the rules of the game. Our instructors will be able to adjust the level of complexity to each child’s individual level of progress.
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 8 weeks; Tuesdays, 9/25-11/13 OR Wednesdays 9/26-11-28 (no class 10/31 or 11/21). Time: 3:05-4:15
Cost: $225
Register Online: www.elementarygolfschool.com/

Chess
The chess program is taught by Chess-Ed instructors and is open to ALL students, and students of all chess abilities — novice, continuing or advanced. Professional instruction will include the basics for novice players and build with opening theory, middle game planning, and end game combinations for continuing and advanced students. Playing chess improves memory, uses analytical and critical thinking skills, teaches problem solving, responsibility, sportsmanship, social skills and more! The benefits of chess last a lifetime!
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 12 weeks; Wednesdays, 9/19- 12/19 (no class 10/31 and 11/21). Time: 3:05-4:05
Cost: $192 by 9/12; 9/13-16th fee increases to $212 and late registration fee goes to $232 after 9/16 Register Online: www.oakchess.eventbee.com

Young Rembrandts
Got a budding artist on your hands? We have lots of new and interesting drawings planned. View samples via the registration link.
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 13 weeks; Thursdays, 9/13 – 12/13
Time: 3:05-4:05
Cost: $130
Register Online: www.youngrembrandts.com/dupage/

TinkrWorks – will be available for winter session, more info to follow

Vet Science
Does your child love animals? Attend our Vet school to learn all about animals and how to care for them! Students will perform pet exams, learn first aid treatments and do mock surgeries.
Grades: K- 2nd and 3rd-5th
Dates: 10 weeks; Mondays, 9/10-11/19 (no class 10/8).
Time: 3:10 – 4:10
Cost: $165
Register Online: http://www.camperregsecure.com/wcdowgro/

Legos Builders
If your son or daughter LOVES LEGOS, this is the after school class for you. Children have a blast building with Legos; now they have an opportunity to learn about the science behind what they are building! This class will also be an introduction to programming. Our instructors are experienced teachers who help children build knowledge through our unique “think, build, review” process. Students that learn through problem solving and creative expression are more motivated to learn and grow. This class will challenge children, while building self-esteem, cooperation and confidence!
Grades: K- 2nd and 3rd-5th
Dates: 10 weeks; Fridays, 9/14-11/16
Time: 3:10 – 4:10
Cost: $165
Register Online: http://www.camperregsecure.com/wcdowgro/

Mission Propelle Yoga for Girls
Mission Propelle empowers girls in elementary school to discover who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves. We accomplish this through an after-school program that combines yoga, reading, and mentoring. In each one-hour class, girls develop mindfulness, deep breathing techniques, and self-confidence as they practice yoga. They learn how to solve problems by reading original storybooks starring Dottie Tov, a relatable and age-aligned female protagonist.
The girls discuss the content of the book and how it relates to their own life.
** Girls will be given a yoga mat during their first session, to be used in subsequent sessions.
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 9 weeks; Thursdays, 9/20 – 11/15
Dress: comfortable clothes
Time: 3:15 – 4:15 pm Cost: $140
Register Online: www.missionpropelle.com/register

Languages at Lunch– The Language Labs is so pleased to be back at Oak School this year! We have had a wonderful four years and hope to be able to continue to share the love of our native languages: Spanish, French and Mandarin for many more years with your students!
The Language Labs is a multi-sensory language program in which students learn thru listening, speaking, reading, writing and comprehension through games, music & instruments, art and basic conversation. Our vision is to make is to make languages fun and challenging for our students. We hope to see you in class! Gracias! Merci Beaucoup! Xie Xie!

French at lunch
This year we plan to implement an Advanced Course for students who have been learning with us for more than 2 years. We will assess each student’s knowledge individually in the foreign language that they are learning and divide the classes accordingly.

Grades: 1st-5th
Dates: 20 weeks; Thursdays, 9/13 – 2/14/19
Time: Lunch 11:25-12:15
Cost: $290
Note: $20 sibling discount
Register Online starting 9/1: www.thelanguagelabs.net ; contact Chinni Mancilla with any questions at 773-454-9619 or chinni@thelanguagelabs.net

Spanish at lunch

our vision is to enrich young minds by sharing our different traditions and culture which offer new experiences for the children.

Grades: K-2nd
Dates: 20 weeks; Wednesdays, 9/12 – 2/20/19 ( no class 10/31)
Time: Lunch 11:25 -12:15
Cost: $290
Note: $20 sibling discount
Register Online starting 9/1: www.thelanguagelabs.net ; contact Chinni Mancilla with any questions at 773-454-9619 or chinni@thelanguagelabs.net

Spanish at lunch
This year we plan to implement an Advanced Course for students who have been learning with us for more than 2 years. We will assess each student’s knowledge individually in the foreign language that they are learning and divide the classes accordingly.

Grades: 3rd-5th
Dates: 20 weeks; Fridays, 9/14 – 2/22/19
Time: Lunch 11:25 -12:15
Cost: $290
Note: $20 sibling discount
Register Online starting 9/1: www.thelanguagelabs.net ; contact Chinni Mancilla with any questions at 773-454-9619 or chinni@thelanguagelabs.net

Mandarin at lunch
Grades: K-5th
Dates: 20 weeks; Tuesdays 9/11- 2/12/19
Time: Lunch 11:25-12:15
Cost: $290
Note: $20 sibling discount
Register Online starting 9/1: www.thelanguagelabs.net ; contact Chinni Mancilla with any questions at 773-454-9619 or chinni@thelanguagelabs.net

Soon to come… afterschool STEAM club classes taught by Colleen Malone in our new Steam lab starting this Fall. More information to come as it is available.

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Please contact enrichment@pto.org with general enrichment questions.

 

Last Chance to Order School Supplies! Closes June 8

Online ordering for school supplies for the 2018/19 school year is closing June 8!

Online supply ordering is provided as a convenience to parents and students through the PTO. Supplies will be shipped directly to Oak School and will be ready to go for your children on the 1st day of school!

Please note that the PTO will not have any kits available after the order deadline expires. Students who do not order by the June 8 deadline will need to purchase their supplies independently.

* Fee Waiver Students – if your student is eligible for for tuition assistance through D181 you may be able to apply for a free supply kit to be provided for you. Please contact Mary Chris in the School Office, or Carmel Finnegan, Oak’s Social Worker, to discuss eligibility.

Each kit includes all the items that teachers request for that grade and year. These items are different for each grade but typically include such items as pencils, folders, tissues, wet wipes etc. These items are listed on the school website in the school supplies list by grade.

Instructions for placing orders:
Go to the Educational Products link provided. Scroll down to lower left Attention Parents Order your Pack now section and enter the school ID Oak058. You will be taken to a webpage where you can purchase supply kits by grade.
www.educationalproducts.com

Questions may be directed to Linda Davis (demoola@mac.com) or Jen Katsoulis (jentracikat@yahoo.com)

Speed Sign Effectiveness Update

Message from the Hinsdale Police Dept:

During the week of May 7th, we collected traffic speed data for County Line Road at Woodland, using same site location as we did when I first collected benchmark data in the fall. I’m pleased to report the “85th percentile speed” has been reduced for southbound traffic from 34.9mph to 31.3mph (-3.6mph).

This may not mean too much to you, but from a traffic engineering/statistical outcome, its huge! This basically means that 85% of the vehicles are driving at 31.3mph or less now; whereas, the initial speed tests showed that speed to be 34.9.

Great implementation here!! Please share the news with PTO membership.

Sgt. Mark Wodka

It’s a wrap for Lunch-In this year

Just a friendly reminder lunch-in Monday has ended for the school year. Please make sure a packed lunch is sent with your child to school tomorrow. This make up snow day was not anticipated as all dates for lunch-in were confirmed at the beginning of the school year. Thank you to all the volunteers who have helped with lunch-in!! We will see you back next school year so please keep your Mondays available!

Summer Reading Club at the Hinsdale Public Library

Summer Reading has officially begun at Hinsdale Public Library! Sign your child up for the Summer Reading Club where they can track their reading and earn a chance to spin the prize wheel! The Summer Reading Club is a great way to keep kids motivated to read over the summer and prevent the summer slump. We’ll be keeping track of which schools have the highest percentage of students signing up: the highest percentage will win the Summer Reading Trophy! Show your school spirit and have fun reading! Check out our flyer: http://4la.co/1K9A13

Have a wonderful Summer!

To our PTO and the entire student and parent body, have a wonderful and safe summer.  We look froward to welcoming our new Kindergartners and families this Fall.

This concludes our weekly Hootiegram news.  See you in August!

Your Hootiegram Chairs, Lisa Read and Christina McGrath

Field Day 2018

Field Day 2018
Hootie Celebrates Chicago Sports

June 4th, 2018
Get off the bench and into the game! There will be an inflatable obstacle course, water games, and a DJ! Don’t forget to wear sunscreen, bring your water bottle, and wear your favorite Chicago sports or Oak spirit wear! We need volunteers for the day!

Please see the signup genius (coming soon!)

Class Picnics

K-4th grade class picnics are taking place this week. Your child’s teacher has already taken orders from each student for a Hot Dog or Grilled Cheese from Meatheads provided by the PTO. Each class should have volunteers planning games and activities during the picnic times.
The picnics will run from 11:25-12:40 (K-AM 9:45-11:15, K-PM 12:45-2:15)
Thursday May 31st – K/1/2
Friday June 1 – 3/4

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your room parent if you want to help out!

Order 2018/2019 School Supplies – Deadline is June 8!

Online ordering for school supplies for the 2018/19 school year is now open. Online supply ordering is provided as a convenience to parents and students through the PTO. Orders may be placed until June 8th. Supplies will be shipped directly to Oak School and will be ready to go for your children on the 1st day of school!
Please note that the PTO will not have any kits available after the order deadline expires. Students who do not order by the June 8 deadline will need to purchase their supplies independently.
* Fee Waiver Students – if your student is eligible for for tuition assistance through D181 you may be able to apply for a free supply kit to be provided for you. Please contact Mary Chris in the School Office, or Carmel Finnegan, Oak’s Social Worker, to discuss eligibility.
Each kit includes all the items that teachers request for that grade and year. These items are different for each grade but typically include such items as pencils, folders, tissues, wet wipes etc. These items are listed on the school website in the school supplies list by grade.
Instructions for placing orders:
Go to the Educational Products link provided. Scroll down to lower left Attention Parents Order your Pack now section and enter the school ID Oak058. You will be taken to a webpage where you can purchase supply kits by grade.
www.educationalproducts.com
Questions may be directed to Linda Davis (demoola@mac.com) or Jen Katsoulis (jentracikat@yahoo.com)

Oak School

950 S. Oak St., Hinsdale, IL 60521

630.887.1330 | webmaster@oakpto.org

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)

Use the Social Media links to get a glimpse into the daily activities at Oak School. All social media postings are managed by the Oak MRC Director and conform to D181 social media guidelines.