Learning to play the harmonica

Every student in Mr. Pod’s class at Longfellow got their own harmonica and book to keep as part of their Art Start project learning to play with teacher John Milan. The class performed at Longfellow’s Spring Arts Fiesta on February 23 to an appreciative audience of families and friends. They played Twinkle, Twinkle and Martin […]

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Art Start classes study the weather — using yoga

First graders in Ms. Espana’s, Ms. Carrera’s and Ms. Parra’s 1st grade classes at Lincoln learn yoga as part of their study of the weather. As they salute the sun, strengthen their arms in rainbow pose and hibernate like a polar bear, they are also experiencing the physical and emotional benefits of yoga. Thanks to […]

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Chicago landmarks reconstructed in LEGOs

Ms. Rajashekar’s Beye third graders are now experts on a variety of Chicago landmarks, thanks to a joint project of Architecture Adventure and Geared Up. Not only did students learn interesting facts about the Willis Tower, Wrigley Field, Smurfit-Stone building and Jewelers Building, they worked with professionals and parents to study their dimensions and reconstruct […]

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Third graders design and create 3D virtual models of their neighborhoods

At Lincoln School, 3rd graders are learning about architectural styles in the neighborhood around Lincoln, and then designing their own virtual neighborhood using Google SketchUp. Under the direction of local architect Mark Klancic of Klancic Architect, PC, assisted by Gifted/Talented/Differentiated teacher Matt Kuntz, they are creating, modifying and sharing 3D models online. Check out some […]

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Julian-Brooks alliance wins Regional VEX Robotics Championship

An alliance of three Oak Park middle school teams took first place in the Great Lakes-Midwest-Illinois VEX Robotics Championship held February 11 in Batavia. A total of 36 teams from Illinois and Wisconsin took part in the tournament – mostly high schoolers. Participants designed, built, and programmed robots during club meetings to compete in a […]

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Check out the Oak Park Education Foundation’s 2010-2011 annual report

Thanks to donors like you, the Oak Park Education Foundation had a fabulously successful 2010-2011, and we’re bringing even more inspiring, hands-on projects and experts into more Oak Park Kindergarten through 8th grade classrooms this year! Check it out online (PDF) or contact us if you’d like a hard copy. Thank you so much for […]

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Painting the weather, light, sky and seasons

As part of their study of changing weather, light, sky, and seasons this year, all the Holmes 1st graders learned to observe closely like artists during their Art Start drawing and painting workshops with artist and author Sallie Wolf. Ms. Wolf conducted 6 workshops with each of the first grade classes — Ms. Collela’s, Ms. […]

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VEX Robotics Competition — and OPEF Open House — thrill crowds on January 28!

The Oak Park Education Foundation’s 7th annual VEX Robotics competition between Julian & Brooks students on January 28 was an amazing display of middle school engineering talent. More than 80 sixth-eight graders worked with teachers, volunteer engineers, and high school mentors after school for months to design, build and program inventive robots that showed their […]

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OPEF Open House

OPEF Open House Saturday, January 28th 10 am – noon Julian middle school Commons 416 S. Ridgeland, Oak Park For children ages 5-12, and it’s free Get the kids out of the house and enjoy some hands-on fun! The Oak Park Education Foundation is showing off its programs and inviting you to take part. Here’s […]

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