Monday, September 3, 2018
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Upcoming Events:
  • MAP Testing: Wednesday, Sept 5 - Friday, Sept. 7
  • PTO Meeting: Mon, Sept. 10.
  • Curriculum Night:  Thurs, Sept. 13 from 6-8 pm

Audition Workshop for Jazz Ensemble (7th and 8th grade students) is Tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 8 am in Room D-104.  Please see schedule below for rehearsal dates and more for all Julian band groups:

Jazz Ensemble: 7th and 8th grades: Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Bass, Guitar, Piano and Drummers only. Must be in a curricular music group.                             
Audition Workshop: Sept. 4 at 8 am in room D-104.
Auditions: Sept. 11 (students will schedule a time).
First Rehearsal: Sept. 18 at 8 am in room D-104.
Julian Jives: Open to all 7th and 8th grade instrumentalists who are enrolled in a curricular music class. No Audition.
First Rehearsal: Sept. 20 at 8 am in room D-104.
6th Grade Jazz Band: Open to all 6th grade instrumentalists who are enrolled in a curricular music class. No Audition.
First Rehearsal: Sept. 21 at 8 am in room D-104.
Rock Band: Open to all instrumentalists regardless of arts class. One year of experience on an instrument is required, unless student is a vocalist.
First Meeting: Sept. 27 from 3:30-4:30 pm in room D-104.
Please contact Mr. Kanwischer with questions/concerns.

Best Buddies First Meeting is this Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 3:30-4:30 pm in Mr. Meglan's Classroom B-105.  This club provides opportunities for friendship and activities between students with developmental disabilities and general education students. There are monthly meetings, field trips, service projects and a fundraiser.  All are welcome!
The Jayhawk Journal is Calling all Writers, Photographers and Graphic Artists.  The newspaper club is having an initial informational meeting this Thursday after school in Mr. Kadlec's room C-405. No experience is necessary, and open to all grade levels.  Students, if you can't make the meeting, stop by Mr. Kadlec's classroom (C-405) to discuss your interest. 
The PTO Friday Lunch Calendar is Available.  Sign up here if you would like to volunteer by handing out Pizza/Subs; it works out to be 3 or 4 times a school year.  And, if you would like to be put on a substitute list, please email Bobbie Eastman.  It's a great opportunity to meet teachers, embarrass your students and get to know the kids. 
Thanks to All Participants in the Mosaic Mural Dedication.  It was a wonderful celebration of our school's namesake Dr. Percy Julian.  The Oak Park Education Foundation along with artist, Tracy Van Duinen, Julian Art Teachers and Students brought this idea to life over the summer.  Faith Julian, Dr. Julian's daughter gave us a true look into the life of Dr. Julian and spoke on her father's behalf.  "To the students here today, my father's message would be that no matter what obstacles face you in this life, dare to overcome them.  Dare to dream. Dare to believe in yourself. Do your best at whatever you undertake.  Maintain excellence in your studies."  Thanks also goes to the Spoken Word Students who helped make this a memorable event for all!  For more details about this event, please read this article published in the Oak Leaves on Friday, August 31.
The Art Club Will Hold a Fifteen Minute Informational Meeting This Thursday, Sept. 6 at 3:30 pm in Room D-304.  The first full session will take place on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 3:30-4:30 pm in rooms D-301 and D-304. Art Club offers members a wide variety of opportunities to work on student led projects in a social atmosphere. Students will participate in fine, applied, and multi-media based art activities. And may have the opportunity to showcase their projects within the local community.  Questions may be directed to Mr. Swistowicz. 

CAST Auditions are Thursday, September 6 at 3:30 pm in the Auditorium.  For more general information, please check out the CAST website.  Questions/concerns may be directed to Kathy Simon. 
First PTO Meeting is Monday, September 10 at 7 pm in the Media Room.  Join us along with a panel of 8th Grade students who will share their experiences and answer any questions you may have about Julian.  Updates from Dr. Fitzgerald, the PTO Board Members and school related topics will be discussed.  Take a look at our PTO Welcome Letter which lists accomplishments, PTO meeting dates, PTO board members and currently open positions on the board.  Please take a look at the LINKS section in this newsletter as we have added more links for your convenience. Questions/concerns, contact the PTO at
OPRF Marching Huskies 8th Grade Night is on Friday, Sept. 14.  Students will get to perform at the pregame show and also from the stands during the first half of the game.  Future Marching Huskies and Color Guard participants are encouraged to attend.  Show up after school and practice with the band.  Dinner of pizza, apples, carrots and cookies will be provided. The Sign Up/Permission Slip is required to attend.  For more information about this event, please open this flyer.

Dylan Thuras, author of The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid as well as the original Atlas Obscura is coming to Julian!  This event will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 19 during 9th period for the entire 6th grade. Check out this website as it is an awe-inspiring place to explore.  Anyone can order a copy of the Kid version of Atlas Obscura. Hardcover copies are $19.9
We have an advance reading copy in the library for
 students previewing pleasure. Orders can be placed in the Library. Students will receive a copy of the order form from their team very soon. 
Keep Collecting Box Tops!  They help support our students, teachers and staff at Julian.  A drop off box can be found in the main office.  Thank you!

Community Information
The District 97 Board of Education Meeting is Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 7 pm in the boardroom of the administration building at 260 Madison Street.  Agenda and packet of materials can be found here. 
IMAGINE OPRF Presentation to the Board: Long Term Facilities Master Plan Potential Concept, Costs & Phasing.   Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 pm.  201 N. Scoville Avenue.

PING!  Providing Instruments for the Next Generation. We loan band and orchestra instruments to families in need so their students can participate at the Oak Park and River Forest Public Schools.  See upcoming meetings and website.
 Code Play Learn with Instructor, Paul Wright, will offer Exam Prep classes for the High School Entrance Exam for Chicagoland Catholic Schools on 12/1/18, starting in October 2018. Please see website for details.
Oak Park Education Foundation Invites You to Join the Summer's End Soiree on Friday, September 7, 2018, 6:30-9:30pm.  Proceeds from this event support BASE Camp Scholarships. 

The 2018 Frank Lloyd Wright Race Registration held on Sunday, October 21 is Open.  Races feature a 5K Run/Walk, the 10K Run, and the Youth Mile for ages 7-14.
The Learning League Fall Term Calendar is here. Sessions begin on Tuesday, September 4. See website for details or contact us here. 
One Earth Film Festival has announced it's Young Filmmakers Contest.  Students may submit a 3 to 8 minute film about one of 6 sustainability topics: energy, food, transportation, waste, water, or open space/ecosystems. They should present a problem with their topic and then a solution. Please see this website to learn more and to view a short film about the contest.  Deadline is January 13, 2019. 

The Park District of Oak Park is offering:
  • Safe Sitter Essentials:  Saturday, September 15.  9:30 - 3 pm.  Register here.
  • Interactive Puzzle Design Workshop: Begins on Wednesday, September 19. Register here.
  • Quidditch Day: Saturday, September 29.  Register here.
See all the PDOP offerings here.   And, all Teen events here.    
The Oak Park Library is offering:
  • The Living History Project: Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-6 pm.  More details here.
  • Girls Who Code:  Wednesdays, 5:30-7 pm.  Registration open. Note: Free program.
  • Maker Lab for Students in Grade 6-12:  Thursday, Sept. 6 from 3:30-5 pm. Details here.

See this weeks event calendar here.  Calendar is filterable by kids/teens.  

Monday, September 3
  - Labor Day, No School
Tuesday, September 4
  - Jazz Ensemble Audition

     8 am, Room D-104

Wednesday, September 5
Cast Lunch:
     Domino's Pizza
  -  Best Buddies Meeting

     3:30-4:30 pm
, Room B-105
Thursday, September 6
CAST Auditions
  3:30 pm, Auditorium
  -  Jayhawk Journal
      Informational Meeting

      3:30-4:30 pm, Room C-405

Friday, September 7
-  PTO Friday Lunch:
Firehouse Subs

Saturday, September 8
-  Cross Country
     Hart Invite

 Julian Middle School Calendar for 2018-2019

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