Oak Ridge Connection

January 14, 2022

Our Mission:

The Oak Ridge community commits to every student's academic achievement, personal development, and social responsibility.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Our students spent the past couple days honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Yesterday, we completed our third annual "March on Oak Ridge". Students heard a brief skit from some of our fifth grade students about why we march. This was followed by a march around the building and a peace circle on our large playground. Today, each grade level did a brief service learning project where they were able to give back to their community. Please join us for our MLK festivities at ROMS if you are able to. If you aren't please take a moment to reflect on MLK Day and what it means to you and our country as a whole. Thank you and have a great weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

MLK Day Celebration

MLK Day Community Celebration

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday

A day on; not a day off.

Virtual Keynote & Presentation

On Monday, January 17, 2022, the community is invited to honor Dr. King through learning and action. The commemoration, “A Day On, Not a Day Off,” will begin with a virtual presentation hosted on the Berkley Schools and Royal Oak Schools Facebook pages at 9:30 AM. The virtual event will include a keynote speech by Dr. Kim Martin, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coordinator for Royal Oak Schools, a performance by the Detroit Youth Choir, messages from both school superintendents, and more.

Freedom Walk

At 10:30 AM, the community is invited to gather at Royal Oak Middle School (back of ROMS), 709 N Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI, for a freedom walk in the ROMS neighborhood as well as a donation drive. The first 200 guests will receive an event t-shirt. All ages and members of the community are invited to attend. The walk will kick off at 11 AM with a live greeting via Zoom from Governor Whitmer.


How has Dr. King's legacy affected you? Feel free to record a testimonial about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his legacy, or his speeches in our Testimonials Tent. These will be included in our program after the event. (booth will be on site)

Donation Drive

The event committee will also be collecting the following donations 10:30 - Noon to support the following groups:

  • Redford Brightmoor Initiative
  • Cass Community Social Services
  • Judson Center
  • Gleaners Community Food Bank

Items that we'd like to collect that day are listed below:

  • Toiletries & Cleaning Supplies (toilet paper, paper towel, soap, shampoo and conditioner, body wash, cleaning products, baby wipes, deodorant, feminine products)
  • DVDs (new or used)
  • Non-perishable foods (including canned meat and fish)
  • Diapers (newborn to size 6)
  • Baby wipes
  • Laundry detergent


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Community Letter OCHD Revised Guidelines


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Royal Oak Parent Advisory Committee- January 19th, 6:30-8:00 PM, RO Board Office (and Virtual)

The RO PAC is made up of parents of children with disabilities. The PAC advises the Intermediate School District (ISD, Oakland Schools) on the special education programs and services it provides. PACs have a positive impact on special education programs and policies. Our Royal Oak PAC is a group of parents passionate about the education and the well being of our children. The ROPAC sincerely welcomes any parent with a student(s) in Royal Oak Schools to join us in our mission to make our schools a destination for students receiving special education services to thrive. We are committed to promote inclusivity for all. We believe students of all abilities deserve respect, support and resources. For more information, please contact PAC President Elizabeth DeLorean at elizabeth.delorean@gmail.com

Registration for Kindergarten/Developmental Kindergarten (DK) 2022-23 School Year

If you or anyone you knows has an incoming Kindergarten student planning on attending Oak Ridge next year, please review the information below:

Kindergarten/developmental kindergarten enrollment for the 2022-2023 school year has begun. Royal Oak Schools processes new student enrollments online at www.royaloakschools.org Click on the "Enrollment" tab and then "How to Enroll" to begin this process. Once you have completed the online enrollment, including step 5 which is uploading the required enrollments, our enrollment staff will process the enrollment and send a confirmation email. If you are not able to do so at home, please contact Gina Harwood, Enrollment Coordinator at gina.harwood@royaloakschools.org to schedule an appointment for assistance.

Michigan State Law stipulates that a child must be 5 years of age on or before September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten or developmental kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year. If a child is not 5 by the September 1 enrollment eligibility date, but will be 5 no later than December 1, an option for parents or guardians to enroll their child in kindergarten/developmental kindergarten is available by completing an Age Waiver form which is available on the website.

Internal Elementary Transfer Request forms are also available on the website. If a parent wishes to request their child attend a school other than their attendance boundary school, a completed form must be submitted to the Enrollment Office in person by February 28th at 4:00 p.m. in order to have priority consideration. Receipt of a completed transfer form is not a guarantee that your child will receive a spot. Further information is available in the Transfer Request Guidelines document on the website.

Kindergarten/Developmental Kindergarten (DK) Parent Information Night

If you have an incoming Kindergarten student or know of any families that do, our Kindergarten Information Night is on Wednesday, January 26, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.This meeting will be held virtually. Our staff will be providing important information to help families prepare for starting school and share the Kindergarten curriculum.

Young Oaks Update

"There is no school on January 17th or 28th. If your family is enrolled in Young Oaks Latchkey and you are in need of child care please complete this January Break Day Request Form. The form will be available Monday November 15th at 9am."

Dr. Kim's Corner

Kimberly Martin, Ph.D., Diversity Equity & Inclusion Coordinator At Royal Oak Schools Presents,

Dr. Kim's Corner. Here she will promote understanding and share dialogue and events centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion in and around our district.


Visitors to the Building

We are still limiting visitors to the building especially before and after school. Please drop your students at their designated exterior door. We want to limit traffic and provide the safest and healthiest environment possible. Thank you for cooperating with us in this matter!

Oak Ridge LIve Is Back

Oak Ridge Live is an award winning news broadcast presented by our fifth grade students. Each week they bring us news and events from Oak Ridge and the surrounding community. I am pleased to announce we are continuing our broadcast remotely. A special thank you to our Media Tech, Mrs. Hanson, Mr. Letkiewicz and our student broadcasters for the professionalism and effort they have put into continuing this broadcast.

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Archived Oak Ridge Live Episodes

Young Oaks Info

If you have students currently enrolled in the program you will be contacted directly by the Young Oaks Coordinator.

Any families interested in the program can use the link below for information about the program.

Young Oaks Latchkey

Blessings in a Backpack

In light of the tough economic times facing our area, we are attempting to help Royal Oak Schools families by making sure that all of our children have enough food. “Blessings in a Backpack” is a program designed to provide students on the free and reduced lunch program with enough food for three meals a day during the weekends. This program, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, is active in Royal Oak Schools. If you agree to take part in this program during the school year, your child will receive a bag filled with food for the weekend. While we are remote, the food will be delivered to your home by volunteers. The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned fruit, granola bars, soups, juice and other items. Virtual and high school children receive bags every other week, PreK-Middle school students will have food delivered weekly to the school.

If you would like to have your child participate in this program, fill out the form below and mail it to the board office at 800 Devillen, Royal Oak, MI 48073, or just hit submit on this form. Please be sure to indicate on the form if you child has any food allergies. If your child has a food allergy, you as the parent are responsible for checking all food labels when the food arrives home. Royal Oak Schools, as well as Blessings in a Backpack, will not be held responsible for any accidental food allergen exposure.

Sign up for Blessings in a Backpack

PTA News

Please remember to join the PTA - we are working hard to keep our community strong! The PTA welcomes every student & their family from Oak Ridge, regardless of which learning option you have chosen. Your PTA Board has ideas in the works to keep us as amazing as a community that Oak Ridge has always been, despite social distancing and online learning. We are OAK RIDGE!!!

Join online at: https://oakridge.memberhub.store/

Individual memberships are $7/year.

January Lunch Menu

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