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March 8, 2019
Board of Education
For board meeting agendas and packets, which are posted 48 hours in advance of each meeting, click here. Audio recordings of the monthly full board meetings are available here. Click on the "Agenda & Packet" link for each regular meeting to go to the audio links for that meeting.

Click here to view the Board Briefs from the regular February 28, 2019 meeting.

Upcoming meetings:
In the Board Room unless otherwise specified
  • Committee of the Whole - Tues., March 12, 6:30 p.m.
  • Culture, Climate, and Behavior Committee - Wed., March 20, 6:30 p.m.
  • Regular - Thurs., March 21, 6:30 p.m.
Key Dates
Important calendar items for the upcoming week
March 9 - Battle of the Badges
Brooks Middle School, 1-3 p.m.
Battle of the Badges pits the Oak Park Police Department against the Oak Park Fire Department in a thrilling game of basketball, all in support of the OPRF Best Buddies club and Special Olympics Illinois. Enjoy carnival games, food, raffles, costumes, and a halftime performance you won't want to miss! Suggested donation: $5/person or $20/family.

March 12 - Orchestra Concert
Auditorium, 7 p.m.

March 13 - Career Pathways Night
Room 370, 7 p.m.

March 14 - Wind Symphonic Band Concert
Auditorium, 7 p.m.

March 15 - Huskie Booster Club Merchandise Sale
Student Center, 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Your last chance to grab OPRF swag before the end of the year.

March 15-16, 18 - Playback Theater
Room 371, 7 p.m.
Playback Theater brings audiences and actors together in a unique way: during each performance, audience members tell stories and the Playback group improvises them on the spot. 
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Wind Ensemble Concert - March 19
Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Late Arrival Wednesday - March 20
First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

Spring Break - March 25-29
Building and District Offices open 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
Junior Ella Brown was named a Jewish United Fund ‘18 Under 18’ 2019 honoree. Honorees are selected for their leadership, fostering of inclusion, and other Jewish values. Click here to learn more. 

Junior Andie Corsino has been selected to represent Oak Park as a 2019 Washington Youth Summit on the Environment National Youth Delegate. She joins a select group of 300 students from across the country to participate in an intensive, week-long study of leadership in environmental science and conservation at George Mason University.

Congrats to the Science Olympiad teams for placing 7th (Varsity) and 6th (JV) overall in their respective classes at the Neuqua Valley Regional competition this past weekend! The teams brought home 11 medals. 

Performing Arts students brought home a total of eight Division II Excellent Ratings and 37 Division I Superior Ratings from the IHSA Solo & Ensemble Contest this past weekend. Our Huskies rank 11th in the state of Illinois in the vocal category.

Senior Maeve Doody (pictured here) has qualified for the Speech and Debate Nationals following her performance in Humorous Interpretation at the Illini District Tournament. Maeve will go on to compete in a six-day tournament in Dallas, TX in mid-June. Additionally, sophomore Kathryn Curtin placed in the top eight in Informative Speaking and senior Manny Flores placed in the top 13 in Oratory.

Congrats to senior baseball player Nathan Diamond who was selected as the 2019 Steven Bajenski/Do It Stevie's Way 219 Scholarship Award winner.
Women in Leadership club annual Tampon Drive
Donations of unopened packages of menstrual hygiene products can be dropped off in the Student Activity Center through April 5. Questions? Contact Ms. Baghri at

Spread the Word to End The Word
The Best Buddies club is raising awareness about ending the use of the r-word. Click here to watch a video to learn more about what you can do to help spread the word to end the word. 

Annual APPLAUSE! Flower Sale underway
Orders are due on April 17 and delivery is May 17. Find order forms here. For more information, contact Lynn Kamenitsa or Annette Oishi.

Summer Athletic Camps registration opening soon
Swim Camp registration opens on April 2 at 10 a.m. Registration for all other athletic camps opens on April 3 at 10 a.m. Click here to view the Summer Camps brochure. 

Help send Huskies to Ireland
Kick off St. Patrick's Day weekend at FitzGerald's Nightclub on March 14 at 7 p.m. for the OPRF to Ireland 2019 Fundraiser! Enjoy an exciting night of great music (Jimmy Keane!) and food, plus a raffle and silent auction. Can't make it, but would still like to support our students? Donate here.

Sign up now for an eight-week ACT prep course
Registration for the ACT 36 prep course, sponsored by ExcelEdge, is open through March 22. Click here for more information.

Hemingway Foundation scholarship opportunity
OPRF juniors are invited to enter the annual Hemingway Foundation Student Scholarship Essay Contest. Entrants must write a 300- to 600-word essay that conveys how they feel about their hometown. Submissions are due by April 2, 2019. Learn more here

Huskie Booster Club fundraiser
Save the date! The Booster Club will host a fundraiser on May 9 at Fitzgerald's Nightclub. More details coming soon.
Athletics in the News
Wednesday Journal
Photo of the Week
Joe Conway - GO! Innovation Feb. honoree
Physical Education teacher Joe Conway was chosen by the GO! Innovation Team as its February honoree. Mr. Conway's morning greetings (often by name) give students and faculty the boost they need to start their mornings off on the right foot. 

The dad-to-be received a custom GO! onesie for his little one to wear proudly. 
Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
March 11, 7 p.m.
Staff Cafeteria

March 12, 7 p.m.
Staff Cafeteria

Community Council
March 14, 7:30 p.m.
Staff Cafeteria
News from Local Partners
Park District of Oak Park
  • Put the screens away and get out and play during Screen Break, March 18-23. Local organizations are sponsoring fun, FREE events each day. See the full calendar here and share your adventures using the hashtag #ScreenFreeWeek on social media.  
Oak Park Public Library
  • Click here for a calendar of youth-focused events happening in March.
  • At the Living History Project event, youth in grades 6-12 will cultivate social and critical thinking skills, develop research skills and more. Learn more here.
  • Youth in grades 6+ are invited to stretch, relax, and recharge during Yoga for Teens and Tweens on March 13. 
  • The Youth Social Justice Conference is a full-day event on March 16 dedicated to learning about and connecting around social justice. Learn more here
  • Ever wanted to learn the difference between elf-skinned and urchin-snouted? Don't miss the Swear Like Shakespeare event on March 23.
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