Principal Message

Picture of Principal Lisa Boyd

Dear Oakbrook Friends and Families,

Let’s think for a minute about The Power of READING!

The single most important function of schooling is literacy – the ability to read and write. Here are a few quotes that highlight this:

“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” – Frederick Douglass

“Educate and inform the whole mass of the people.  They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope.”  - Kofi Anan

“People don’t realize how a man’s whole life can be changed by one book.” – Malcolm X

These quotes emphasize the importance of being literate. Once a child learns to read, here are a couple more quotes that apply:

“There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.” – Frank Serafini

“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” – Mark Twain.

What can we do to support a child’s love for learning? Read!  Read together, read separately, assign an older child to read a story to a younger child, read after dinner at the dinner table, read before bedtime. Does it have to be challenging? No! Make it enjoyable. Make it fun. Read comic books, read e-books, read funny stories, read magazines. And then talk about it! Does what we’ve read make sense? Do I agree or disagree? Why? Have kids journal about it or write their thoughts.  These are the skills of a literate population.

Our children need to be able to discern fact from fiction, truth from lies, funny from serious. A literate mind is the only way forward.  Thank you for partnering with us to teach our kids to read and write.  Society depends on it!

Oakbrook Third Trimester Coming Events - Please Mark Your Calendars!

March 25th PAINT NIGHT 6:00-7:30 PM – On TEAMS

April 19th - OB 50th Year Celebration 6:00-7:30 – On ZOOM

April 5-9 SPRING BREAK – NO SCHOOL

April 23rd: 6:00-7:30 OB Top Chef

May 3-7 – Celebrating Certificated Employee’s Week & Book Fair Begins

May 13th Student & Family Talent Showcase – 6:00-7:00

June 9th - 6:00-7:30 - 5th Grade Moving Up Celebration

June 15th End of Year Celebration

June 16th Last Day of School

 

As always, the staff and I thank you for your on-going partnership with Oakbrook.  We know that what we can’t do alone, we can do together!

 

Your Proud Principal,

Lisa Boyd

               

 

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