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May 17, 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.

Upcoming meetings:
In the Board Room unless otherwise specified.
  • Culture, Climate, and Behavior Committee - Thurs., May 21, 6:30 p.m
  • Regular - Thurs., May 23, 6:30 p.m.
Key Dates
Important calendar items for the upcoming week
May 18 - Prom
6:30 p.m. - 11 p.m., Hyatt Regency Chicago

May 20 - Driver's Ed Summer School Registration
7 p.m., North Cafeteria

May 21 - Locker Clean-Out

May 21 - Orchestra Farewell Concert
7 p.m., Auditorium

May 21 - Enviro Club Radio Show Presents: Climate Change Conversations
3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Room 371
RSVP to Ms. Kaiser,, or Ms. McGrail,

May 21 - Senior Sessions: Life After High School
The OPRFHS social workers invite seniors to attend sessions in the Student Activity Center on May 21 during lunch periods to discuss topics such as how to access mental health services on campus, dealing with substance abuse, self care, and more. Lunch is provided. RSVP here.

May 21-23 - De-Stress Days, sponsored by HYPE Club
If your student is stressed about finals coming up, encourage them to attend three free De-Stress Days during all lunch periods. Students will make sensory stress balls, paint relaxing and peaceful watercolors, and create encouragement bracelets. Students can also take home handouts and stickers with more tips and reminders for healthy stress management during finals. Help your student say NO to vaping, smoking, and drinking and YES to mindfulness, creativity, and positive thinking during finals!

May 22 - Cap and Gown Distribution
12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Field House

May 22 - Symphonic Band Concert
7 p.m., Auditorium

May 23 - Best Buddies End-of-Year Picnic
4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.. OPRF Mall
All are invited to the last Best Buddies event of the year. Enjoy bounce houses, games, prizes, music, food, and fun!

May 23-24 - Senior Finals
All students should enter via the Main Entrance only.

May 23 - Wind/Symphony Ensemble Concert
7 p.m., Auditorium

May 24 - End of Fourth Grading Period
Upcoming Events
Save the date for these future events 
Memorial Day - May 27
Building closed

Enrollment for ALL 2019-2020 students begins - May 28
Click here for more information.

Second Semester Finals - May 28-30
All students should enter via the Main Entrance only.

Senior Sports Awards - May 28
7 p.m., Auditorium

End of Second Semester/Last Day of Student Attendance - May 30

Staff Development Day - May 31

Graduation Practice - May 31
11 a.m.

Senior Class Barbecue - May 31
1:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m., OPRF Mall

Graduation - June 2
3 p.m. 
Click here to view important commencement guidelines, including information about arrival times, tickets and attire.

Summer School Begins - June 10
Cause for Applause
Kudos to these "paw-sitively" awesome Huskies
SAFE (Students Advocating for Equity) was named a recipient of an Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation Excellence in Philanthropy President's Award and received a $1,000 grant! Club members (pictured here with sponsor Khalida Himes and Superintendent Joylynn Pruitt-Adams) were honored at a reception this week.

Seven Huskies were selected as School of Rock All Stars and will have the opportunity to go on a national tour this summer. Congratulations to seniors Miguel Chavez and Gina Passaro, juniors Armando Carlo, Sophia Groenendaal, and Ben Kremer, sophomore Ben Peppler, and freshman Todd Kiefer.

Congrats to freshmen Charles Dear and Ruby Davis, co-winners of the All-Freshmen Poetry Slam Finals! Click here to watch their winning performances. 

The girls Badminton team ended their season 10th in the the state! Congrats to Maya Jamroz, Halley Bergen, Emma Proctor, Nelida Schalich, and Olivia Remington.

Freshmen Ruby Nelson, Margot Eldred, Elizabeth Cahill, and Sara Walsh have organized a diaper drive to collect donations for Sarah’s Inn. Help them "Stuff the Truck" with diapers on May 18 at 614 N. Ridgeland Ave., 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Donations of any size disposable diapers are welcomed, but toddler sizes are most needed. Wipes will be accepted as well. 

Congrats to Brooke Carter, Javary Germany, Jason Klein, Kayla Matthews, Ellie Ruszczyk, Max Walton, and David Wine, bakers of Millionaire's Shortbread cookies and winners of the annual cookie competition! Click here to learn more.  

Senior Viv Badynee was featured in the Chicago Tribune Shout Out section following her recent Oak Park Area Arts Council scholarship win. Click here to read the Q&A.

Senior Maeve Doody has qualified to compete in Humorous Interpretation at the National Speech and Debate Association National Tournament in June. Click here to help send Maeve and co-head coach Lynette Welter, who is receiving the Diamond Coach Achievement Award, to the tournament in Texas.

English teacher Lavie Raven created a graffiti art mural at Uplift Community High School in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The mural features images of elephants, giraffes, and birds, along with inspirational words. 
Gradebook Closed May 23 - June 3
The Gradebook portion of Skyward will not be accessible from May 23 through June 3. We do this because Gradebook can be very much in flux at the end of the semester, as teachers work on adding make-up work, retests, and final exam scores. Teachers need this time to finalize grades so that when families access them the grades are accurate. If you have any questions about grades, please check Gradebook and contact teachers with concerns prior to May 23.

Bookstore Textbook Return
This year, all students will be returning their books to the Bookstore. If you no longer need your books, you may return them before the deadline. The Bookstore is open Mon.-Fri., 7;30 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
Senior deadline: Friday, May 24
Freshman, Sophomore, Junior deadline: Thursday, May 30

Lost and Found
All lost and found items must be picked up by June 7. After that date, any remaining items will be donated to charity.

Applause! Flower Sale pick-up 
Today is pick-up day! Orders may be picked up 12 p.m.-5 p.m. The NEW pick-up location is at the south end of the OPRF Mall. Enter through the alley between the school and the parking garage. Avoid picking up between 3 p.m.-3:30 p.m. due to heavy foot traffic.

New summer hours, building closed on Fridays
Effective June 3 through July 26, the building will only be open to the public Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will not affect Driver’s Education, Sports Camps, and the Summer Musical, which will all continue to operate as previously scheduled.

Donate new of gently used shoes
Spring cleaning? Tau Gamma is partnering with Oak-Leyden Developmental Services to collect 2,500+ pairs of new or gently used shoes. A donation box will be available in the Student Activity Center through May 31.

Food Service refunds
Click here to view information on Food Service refunds for graduating seniors.
Upcoming Parent Group Meetings
Tues., May 21
7 p.m., Staff Cafeteria
News from Local Partners
Oak Park Public Library
  • Need a quiet place to cram for your next exam? Stop in while the library is open to find a quiet place to study through the end of finals week.
Oak Park Elementary Schools - D97
  • District 97 is hosting its second annual Community-Wide Year-End Celebration at Brooks Middle School on May 28 at 7 p.m. Learn more here.
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