News from 97: May 13, 2019

Photograph of Oak Park librarian visiting students at Longfellow Elementary School.Community Partnership

District 97 and the Oak Park Public Library created a video about the work we are doing together in the community to support equity and opportunity in student learning. You can access the video by visiting You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel by visiting

May 14 Board Meeting 

The next regularly scheduled District 97 Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 14, in the boardroom of the administration building (260 Madison Street). Access the agenda and packet of materials for this meeting >

Community-Wide Year-End Celebration FlyerYear-End Celebration

You are invited to attend our second annual Community-Wide Year-End Celebration at Brooks Middle School on Tuesday, May 28, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. During this event, you will have the chance to engage in an informal, two-way dialogue with district and community leaders about the collective efforts being undertaken to address the issues of equity and inclusion in our schools. Learn more about this event >

Returning Student Registration

Online registration for students who are returning to District 97 for the 2019-20 school year is scheduled to begin Monday, May 13. All documents required for proving residency and completing the online registration process must be submitted to the district by August 1, 2019. Students will not be placed on a class list or have middle school schedules generated until the registration process is complete.

Information about registration is available on the district website at If you have any questions regarding this process, please email [email protected] or call the district office at 708-524-3000.

97 in the News

The Oak Leaves published an article about the Multicultural Parade and Festival that was held at Julian Middle School on Saturday, May 4. Access the article >

Superintendent Roundtable

The superintendents from districts 90, 97 and 200 recently participated in a videotaped roundtable discussion about race and equity that was organized by Success of All Youth, the Wednesday Journal and the Good Heart Work Smart Foundation. Learn more >

Tweets of the Week

Check out some of the top tweets that our faculty and staff shared last week. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook; subscribe to our YouTube channel >

Tweet of the Week Screenshot 1 for May 13, 2019.Tweet of the Week Screenshot 2 for May 13, 2019.

Tweet of the Week Screenshot 3 for May 13, 2019.Tweet of the Week Screenshot 4 for May 13, 2019.

Community Flyers from the Digital Backpack

Please click here to access all of the flyers that are currently featured in the community section of the digital backpack.

Oak Park Education Foundation 

Below are updates from the Oak Park Education Foundation (OPEF). 

  • Did you know the mosaics at Brooks and Julian were created and installed by BASE Camp campers? This year, OPEF will be working on similar pieces that will be installed at Irving, Hatch, Longfellow and Holmes. With this in mind, the organization is inviting middle school students to take part in its Mosaic Mural Project camp this summer. Spots are still available in the morning and afternoon camps, which run from June 17-28. Learn more or register >
  • Spots are still available in several popular BASE camp sessions, including Origami Movie Shorts (grades one and two), Maker Challenge (grades five and six) and Explore Printmaking (grades seven and eight). In addition, OPEF is offering an all new Mini-Week from July 1-3, which is a special three-day camp experience for kids in grades one through six. Please visit for a complete list of camps and information about registration.

Park District of Oak Park

The Park District of Oak Park is collecting feedback via a community survey that will be used to not only measure/assess satisfaction with the parks and program offerings, but also help identify unmet needs and establish priorities. Households that receive this random sample survey will have the choice of completing it on paper, online or via telephone. If your household is among the ones selected to receive the survey, you are asked to please complete it as promptly as possible to help the Park District set a course for the future.

Free Summer Meals for Kids and Teens

The Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry will be providing free lunch and activities for children and teens (ages 18 and younger) from June 18 to August 16. Learn more >

OPRF Youth Ultimate

OPRF Youth Ultimate is offering a free Ultimate Frisbee clinic for girls ages 9 to 18 on Saturday, May 18, from 12:15 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Learn more about the event >

Helpful Links

Below are links that feature important school and district-related information and resources.

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