Before and After School Activities
Basketball (4th & 5th grade)
Oakton sponsors both girls and boys basketball teams for 4th & 5th graders. The Oakton Basketball teams are coached by Oakton staff and parent Volunteers. Games are held on Saturday against other Evanston D65 elementary schools. Please contact Al Boykin at BoykinA at district65.net for more information.
Additional parent volunteer coaches are always welcome!
Chess Club (K-5th grade)
Oakton’s longest running club, our Chess Club meets weekly before school and is coached by chess master extraordinaire, Chris Christmas. Students from all grades are welcome to participate in the school-wide club, and many also compete in the monthly district wide tournaments. Countless studies show that chess strengthens a child’s mental clarity, fortitude, stability, and overall health. When students play chess they call upon higher-order thinking skills, analyze actions and consequences, and visualize future possibilities. A general knowledge of how the pieces move is needed to participate. Our club is free and open to all students.
Please email Neil Coleman for questions at coleman.neal at gmail.com
Chorus (2nd – 5th grade)
The Oakton School Chorus provides a “home” to kids who love to sing. It was Ella Fitzgerald who said, “the only thing better than singing, is more singing!” and music teacher and chorus director Ms. M. Blacconeri couldn’t agree more! Students in grades 2 – 5 can sign up for chorus starting in October and again in January. There is no fee – just a permission slip is required. Then, singers are required to attend weekly rehearsals on Wednesdays before school (8 – 8:55 AM) where they use proper singing technique and advanced musical skills to learn high-quality choral music from many different cultures, genres, and time periods. The Oakton School Chorus performs at all school assemblies and for various outside events throughout the year. Please contact Ms. Blacconeri at BlacconeriM at district65.net for more information.
Sign up! Sing out!
Flag Football (4th & 5th grade)
A typical six game season begins in late September and lasts through November 1. Practices start for students close to the first day of school each year. In 2014 Mr. J. Murphy coached the fourth grade team and Mr. G Daniels coached the two fifth-grade teams.
Sportsmanship, teamwork and the fundamentals of flag football are the Primary focus of all cougar flag football teams. This coed league gives boys & girls the opportunity to work together in a fun, high-energy sport that fosters sportsmanship, teamwork and fairplay.
There are no awards given for winning or losing in this league. The Darrell W. Judon Sportsmanship trophy however, is awarded to one of the 12 elementary schools each year for both their fourth and fifth grade teams. This award is given to the team that shows the most leadership sportsmanship on the sidelines and on the field throughout the season.
Our fourth-graders earned the sportsmanship trophy in 2014 with their fine play and sportsmanship throughout the season. Go Cougars!
Oakton has a beautiful edible garden, which you’ve seen overflowing with vegetables in the warm months. Up until now, this has been maintained by volunteer parents with the help of students at various points throughout the year.
We want to substantially increase student involvement by creating an after school Garden Club at Oakton. We are exploring the idea of meeting once per week from 3:45 to 4:45 on Mondays starting in February. The Garden Club students would make decisions about what to grow & would plant and maintain seedlings in late winter/early spring. When the weather gets warm, the club would meet outside at the garden itself where we will plant, weed, maintain and harvest.
Do you like this idea? Please let us know!
Contact: Lish Aiken at lish1002 at yahoo.com
Girls on the Run (3rd – 5th grade, Girls only)
Led by parent and Oakton staff volunteers, the Girls on the Run clubs meets after school in the Spring for a 12 week program. They participate in twice-weekly lessons about health and nutrition, while training for a 5K race to be held in late Spring/early Summer. Please contact Marcie Christensen at Jasonandmarciechristensen at gmail.com for more information
Mad Science (1- 5th grade)
Is there a mad scientist at home? Then join the Mad Science class. Mad science is a hands-on, one-hour science program themed around a particular area of science and includes such topics as rocketry, magnets, polymers and even the science of toys, The class typically meets after school. Please go to www.northillinois.madscience.org for more information or call 222-676-1635.
Tae Kwon Do (K-5th grade)
Tae Kwon Do students meet once a week in the Oakton gym, led by Grandmaster Connelly. Uniforms are available for purchase, but not necessary. Tae Kwon Do Club makes building fitness, focus and self-confidence a fun experience kids can share together at school. The Grandmaster and program leaders have provided safe, expect instruction in a non-competitive environment to our schools since 1993. This club typically meets 1 day a week before school.