Updates from Mrs. Froning
October 6, 2019
REMINDER: Wednesday, October 9th
No school for students or staff in observance of Yom Kippur
PTA Annual Raffle Update
Thank you to all who participated in the first week of our raffle! We are off to a great start! Remember.. our next turn in day is Friday, October 11th. Requests for additional tickets can be sent into school any day. The PTA volunteers are checking in with the main office each day.
While we hope all families will participate in our raffle, should you choose not to participate, please send your tickets back to school as we will redistribute based on requests for additional ticket.
- Every student who sells at least $40 worth of tickets will earn a special prize.
- Top ticket seller from each classroom is invited to a sleep over at the Oakley Park Media Center with Mrs. Froning.
- Top ticket selling classroom wins a special prize.
- Individual top ticket seller prizes are as follows:
First place -Chromebook
Second place- Kindle Fire
- All students will receive their new "themed" Oakley Park t-shirt Monday, October 7th
Mark you Calendars!
Oakley Park PTA Family Boo Bash
Friday, October 25th
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Walnut Creek Middle School
Calling all dads, step-dads, grandpas, uncles and any other "father figures"
On Thursday, October 24th from 7:00- 8:00 pm
we will be having our Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Event!
Please join us for a pizza dinner where you will learn more about our WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) Program. WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.
Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.
Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads and adult brothers . . . this is a great opportunity for you connect with your students in the school setting!
Please RSVP for this important night by clicking on the link below!
Congratulation to Riley Ordiz
Screen time and our children...
Below is a link to an article that was featured last year by the National Center for Youth Issues. Please take the time to read this article and reflect on your children's "screen time". As a mom of three, I know we often battled about screen time and while there are many educational website, games and apps out there, monitoring what they were actually accessing from devices such as iPads or phones was very challenging at times.
As I connect with parents throughout the day, many are expressing concerns regarding increased anxiousness and attention issues with their children. The article states: " The US National Institute of Health estimates children and adolescents commonly spend an average of five to seven hours on screens during leisure time. Evidence is growing of the adverse effects this has on health." "Just an hour a day staring at a screen can be enough to make children more likely to be anxious or depressed. This could be making them less curious, less able to finish tasks, less emotionally stable and lowering their self-control."
Please click the link below to access the complete article.
District Open House Week
Each of the 19 Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will be participating in three special open house events in October.
These open houses are for the community, realtors, parents who are seeking the best educational options for their children and anyone interested in meeting and talking with Walled Lake Schools’ staff, students and parents.
The three open house opportunities are:
- Tuesday, October 22 | 6-8 p.m. - Families with children preschool age through grade five are invited to visit any of the 12 Walled Lake Elementary Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22.
- Wednesday, October 23| 6-8 p.m. - Families with children grade six through grade eight are invited to visit any of the four Walled Lake Middle Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 23.
- Thursday, October 24 | 6-8 p.m. - Families with children grade nine through grade 12 are invited to visit any of the three Walled Lake High Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.
Every Child, Every Day is our intentional commitment to creating a safe and inclusive culture and community where we:
- Prioritize instruction
- Foster meaningful relationships
- Value and empower each learner
- Create growth opportunities for all
Teacher of the Year
The Walled Lake Consolidated Schools are again participating in a program to honor exemplary teachers. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of the TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR for the Walled Lake Consolidated School District at the elementary, middle school and high school levels. This honor will be bestowed at our January 9, 2020 school board meeting.
Each school building will select a teacher of the year and that person’s name will be submitted to the district committee for final selection. All names will be removed from the forms and only the building principal will have knowledge of the candidate’s name. The principal will appoint a committee to help with the local selection. That person’s name will then be submitted to the district committee. We are requesting that this form be returned to your school NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2019
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any FULL TIME, CERTIFIED, TENURED teacher/educator who spends 50% of his/her time in a classroom. Nominees must have a minimum of five (5) full years of classroom teaching experience
WHO MAY NOMINATE?
Any person in the community may nominate any teacher/educator in the district for this honor. Please send or deliver this form to the nominee’s school.
HOW TO SUBMIT A NOMINATION FORM
Please send or deliver Nomination forms to the nominee’s school in an envelope marked clearly with “TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”
Nomination forms will be sent home with all students on Monday, October 7th. You can also access the form by clicking on the link below.
School Funding in Michigan: School Finance Research Collaborative
Please familiarize yourself with the School Finance Research Collaborative, a study that talks about the actual cost of educating a student in Michigan, given our current educational standards. If you have wondered about the costs associated with educating a child and why we regularly hear about deficits in educational funding, this report provides important details. While the report is quite lengthy, it provides details of the base costs of educating a child in our schools and the additional costs associated with differences in district and students characteristics. Specifically, Chapter 9 provides the results and recommendations of the study. Currently, Walled Lake Schools receive about $8,400 per student in comparison to the $9,500-$10,100 per student base cost (not including additional costs) recommendation from the study (not including the cost of transportation or food services). This study is so important as we continue to see cuts being made to education and districts having to make some very tough decisions about programming and services. We hope to see an increase in our funding from the state this year, but it will certainly not make up the difference between our current state and the findings of this report. It is important that we as a community make ourselves aware and consider the implications that these findings have on our children.
Buster the Bus will visit Oakley Park on October 30th
The Michigan Department of Education recommends that: “every school bus driver conduct an emergency evacuation of pupils from the school bus at least three (3) times per year (front, rear, and front/rear combination).”
In compliance with this recommendation, keeping SAFETY as a top priority, the Walled Lake/Dean Transportation bus drivers and BUSTER THE BUS will be doing a skit about safe bus riding practices. Your child’s bus driver will explain and lead the children through a practice bus evacuation. This evacuation will be done on school property. They will also watch several short videos on bus and bus stop safety.
This program is for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. We will do a program for the 3rd – 5th graders later in the school year.
If you have any questions, you may email Jill Segal: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am looking forward to my annual meeting with our bus drivers on Thursday, October 17th.
End of the day plans:
Please be sure to always include the office staff when emailing teaches regarding changes in the end of school plan for your child! In the event you need to pick your student up prior to dismissal, we ask that you do so before 2:40 p.m. Emailing teachers and office staff regarding an early dismissal is very helpful to all.
Ms. Shirkey (Principal's Secretary) email@example.com
Mrs. Waling (Building Secretary) firstname.lastname@example.org
Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair
Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.
Please learn more about our keynote speaker, Brooks Gibbs, by watching: The Resilent Parenting Style and register online to attend. Registration is $15 per person or $25 per person at the door the day of the event.
Breakfast & Lunch Information
*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00. Or as soon as their bus arrives.
Due to various circumstances, the menu is subject to change. Using the links below (or links through the Oakley Park website) you can access the most up to date menus.
Oakley Park School Times
Drop off begins: 7:55 AM
First Bell: 8:00 AM (Owl Drop off and walkers may enter the building)
Second Bell: 8:02 AM (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:10 PM
Angela Shirkey, Principals Secretary
Kim Waling, Building Secretary