Upcoming Events:

  • Julian PTO Community Meeting:Mon. Jan.14.
  • MAP Testing: Tues. Jan. 15-Thurs. Jan. 17
  • 8th Grade Cap & Gown Pictures: Fri. Jan. 18
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School-Mon. Jan. 21.
  • Incoming Freshman Enrollment Information Mtgs at OPRF (last names A-K): Tues. Jan. 22 at 7 pm. 
    Details here.
  • Incoming Freshman Enrollment Information Mtgs at OPRF (last name L-Z): Thurs. Jan. 24 at 7 pm.
    Details here.
  • Winter Carnival:  Fri. Jan. 25 from 7-9 pm.
  • Student-Led Parent/Teacher Conferences:
    Thurs. Jan. 31 and Fri. Feb.1

The PTO Community Meeting Will Be Held on Monday, January 14 from 7-8:30 pm in the Julian Media Center.

 Join us as we meet Lauren Olson, who is the culture and climate coach for Brooks and Julian Middle Schools. Hear updates from Dr. Fitzgerald and PTO board members to get your New Year off to a good start. Questions may be directed

International Baccalaureate Snapshot Introduction. 

Jennifer DeBruin, the IB Coordinator at Julian recently attended a PTO meeting to educate parents how IB fits into the teaching and learning at Julian. Ms. DeBruin will provide our community with "snapshots" throughout the year to show through statements and pictures how Julian is in alignment with the IB Mission Statement.

IB Snapshot #1: The IB Mission Statement states, “other people, with their differences, can also be right.” To achieve this ideal, we need to ensure all students have an opportunity to share their perspective. Our teachers utilize many engaging discussion strategies to ensure that every voice is heard. In these pictures, you see Mr. Colucci's 6th grade students participating in a Snowball Discussion. The students are given a question to answer on a piece of paper. Once everyone has recorded a response on their paper the students toss their papers up into the air like snowballs. Everyone finds a new paper and they and they respond to the recorded statement. This continues for multiple rounds to give students an opportunity to learn from their peers perspective.

The PTO has organized a Student Winter Carnival in lieu of the Halloween Dance.  

The Carnival is a student event that will be held on Friday, 1/25/19 from 7-9 pm and will have a DJ, games, popcorn, cotton candy, nachos, and a hot chocolate bar.  Admission is $5 and includes food tickets for a limited number of snacks.  Additional food tickets can be purchased at the event.  If you want to volunteer and donate items for this event, please fill out the below link.  Scholarship are also available for students, please inquire at the ticket booth during lunch sales.    Click here to sign up!  

Are You Working on Your New Year's Resolutions? 

Why not volunteer and be a part of Julian's PTO. The available positions are:  Two Co-Presidents to work with Lori McConnell, one VP of Volunteers to work with Monica Harper, and lastly, one VP of Programs to work with Cara Carriveau Busch. Please consider volunteering, it's a great way to get more involved at Julian.  If interested, please send an email to

District 97 is Now Administering the Illinois 5Essentials Survey. 

Certified staff and parents/guardians from all 10 schools, as well as students in grades four through eight are encouraged to take this survey. Please click here for more information on the survey and click here to access the parent/guardian version of the survey. School-level reports will only be generated if at least 20 % of our parents/guardians complete the survey.  The 5Essentials survey will be available until Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

Join the OPRF Drill Team for a one-day 6th-8th grade Dance Clinic!

This exciting day of dance will take place on Feb. 1 from 4-6 pm and is open to all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Participants will perform that same night at the 6 pm sophomore boys basketball game. The $35 cost includes the one-day clinic, a snack, and two tickets to the basketball game. Please register here by Jan. 25. Contact Coach Carley Tarantino,, with any questions.

Congratulations to the Varsity and Junior Varsity Jayhawks Boys Basketball Teams! 

The Varsity team placed 2nd out of 16 teams in the Fenwick Invitational Tournament on December 15.  And, the Junior Varsity Team also placed 2nd out of 16 teams in the 7th grade Fenwick tournament.  Great job Jayhawks!  See the team picture here.

Julian's Green and Wellness Committee Would Like to Inform You About the Holiday Light Recycle Program. 

Held from December 1 through January 15, there is a collection box located on Central Avenue, West of Park Avenue in River Forest (next to River Forest Village Hall, 400 Park Avenue). Please drop off working and non-working lights/cords, no CFL or fluorescent bulbs.  Italian mini lights, traditional lights, extension cords, rope lights and LED lights are accepted. 

8th Grade Students and Parents:  Mark Your Calendars for the 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony Taking Place on Saturday, June 1st. 

The ceremony will begin at 2 pm at the Oak Park River Forest High School.  Note, the last day of school for 8th grade students is Friday, May 31 and the 8th grade party will be held Saturday, May 11th. More details to follow on all 8th grade events.

Registration Deadline for Girls Who Code, a Free, Unique Digital Learning Experience for Girls Ages 13-18 is January 15. 

The "Oak Park Girls Who Code Clubis a social and learning opportunity best for students who culturally identify as girls or women and who can commit to all 16 sessions, which run through May 7. Space is limited to 14 participants, and access to library public computers are provided during club meeting times. Jamie Winchell brought this to our attention as a great opportunity for our district's students.  Please take a look at this flyer for more details.  Sessions will be held at Oak Park Public Library beginning Tues. Jan. 15 from 5:30-7 pm. 

Now is the time to purchase Yearbooks for the 2018-2019 school year!

 The yearbook cost is $30 and can be purchased at the Web Store or by sending cash or check (payable to D97) in an envelope labeled with student's first and last name, grade level and dropped off at Mr. Apostol's classroom C402. Questions?  Please contact Mr. Apostol


  • Earn money for Julian PTO when you shop at Amazon.  Begin your shopping through the link here and our PTO will earn .5% of your total sale, at no expense to you. First time Amazon Smile shoppers will find our organization by typing Percy Julian School PTO.

  • The Next Deadline for Box Tops is March 1.  Please turn in box tops by Feb. 15 to ensure we meet this deadline.  As you know, Box Tops help support our students and staff at Julian. Thanks for your contributions. 

weekly  calendar

Monday, January 14
 - Jazz Combo
 8:10 am, Room D-104
 - Yearbook Club

   8 am, Room C-402

 - Spoken Word
3:30-5 pm, Room B-205
 - Green Team

   3:30-4:30 pm, Room A-203

 - Spanish Tutoring
   3:35-4:05 pm, Room C-30
Tuesday, January 15
 - Jazz Ensemble
   8:10 am, Room D-104

 Service Learning Club
   8:15-8:50 am, Room C-208
 Vex Robotics In-House
    3:30-5 pm
Homework Club
3:30-4:30 pm
 - Spanish Tutoring
    3:35-4:05 pm, Room B-209

 - French & Spanish Club
  3:30-5:30 pm. Room B-308

Wednesday, January 16
CAST Lunch:
Domino's Pizza
 - Rainbow Tribe Mtg
 3:30-4:30 pm, Room B-405
 - Best Buddies Mtg
next mtg: Jan.23
- Chess/Gaming Club
  3:30-4:45, room C-302
 - Vex Robotics - Competitive
3:30-5 pm
 - Spanish Tutoring
   3:30-4:15 pm, Room B-305

 - Student Council
   3:30-4:15 pm, Room B-305

Thursday, January 17
 - Jukebox Rehearsal
  8 am
-  Julian Jives
   8:10 am, Room D-104
 - Spoken Word
   8-8:45 am, Room B-205
 - Art Club
3:30-4:30, Rooms D-301 and
 - Math Club/Team
   3:30-4:15 pm, Room B-207
 - Jayhawk Journal
   3:30-5 pm, Room C-405

 - Rock Band
   3:30-4:30 pm, Room D-104

 - Homework Club
3:30-4:30 pm

- Spanish Tutoring
   3:35-4:05 pm, Room C-40

 - Student Council
   3:35-4:15 pm, Room B-305 
 - Girls Flow

  3:40-5:30 pm, Room A-126

Friday, January 18
- Jukebox
8 am
- 6th Grade Jazz Band
8:10 am
- PTO Friday Lunch:
Domino's Pizza

Saturday, January 19
- Vex Robotics: Competition-
   Heritage Middle School
 7:30 am-12 pm

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