Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 18, 2018

Oakley Park Teacher of the Year: Mrs. Bastuba

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3rd Annual Turkey Trot is in the books!

This morning over 100 members of our Oakley school community gathered for the 3rd annual Turkey Trot! THANK YOU to Mrs. Grinnell for all of her hard work and commitment to continuing this special tradition. We collect about 200 lbs of food for the Hospitality House as well as generous donations which will be use to upgrade PE equipment,

Reminder: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 13th. This will be an adjusted 1/2 day for students: Dismissal will be at 10:18. Conferences will be held from 11:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Parents/Caregivers will sign up using the Online Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up in Family Access. The Conference sign up option will be available the week of November 19th. More information, including directions and video tutorials will be provide in the coming weeks.

Dressing for Outdoor Play

Since cold weather is upon us, it is a good time for a few reminders…

Recess Wear Guidelines: ​Our children go outside for recess every day unless it is zero degrees or below. It is important that children are dressed appropriately for the weather. ​

Please Note:

○ 40-49 degrees:​ Coats, hats/gloves - Recommended

○ 39 degrees or below: ​Coats, hats/gloves - REQUIRED

○ Boots and snow pants ​are required if there is slush or snow.

If a child does not have boots or snow pants, they will need to stay on the blacktop area during recess.

○ PLEASE NOTE: ​ Temperatures are based on “feels like” temperatures (including wind chill) We play outside every day provided the "feels like" temperature is above 0 degrees.

● School Cancellations: ​Please make sure your phone numbers and e-mails are correct in Skyward. If/when school is cancelled, Judy Evola will send out voicemails/e-mails using the information in Skyward. Please take a moment to login in and verify your information.

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As you think about planning for vacations/absences during the school year, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success.

We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. It is virtually impossible make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back.

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Important Food Allergy Reminder

As you are aware, we have several children at Oakley Park that have a life-threatening allergy to various food allergies. It is important we continue to be mindful of this and continue to educate ourselves on how we can help keep all kids safe.

An estimated 15 million people in the U.S. have food allergies, including 1 in 13 children. Food allergy is a complex and often misunderstood disease. Food allergies are potentially life-threatening and life-altering. Please take a moment to watch FARE’s new video, featuring a voiceover from actor Steve Carell, to learn more about food allergies and how you can support those living with life-threatening food allergies. The FARE website is an excellent resource too.


The Power of Kindness

Dale Atkins PhD & Amanda Salzhauer (MSW) speak of the The fundamentals of kindness in their book: The Kindness Advantage (Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children) Those fundamentals are:

  • Acceptance
  • Commitment
  • Connection
  • Empathy
  • Giving
  • Interest
  • Nurturing
  • Observing
  • Questioning
  • (Be) Yourself

As we know, each and every child is unique! They have their own strengths and challenges and each have the power accomplishing GREAT things. Teaching our children to appreciate their uniqueness will not only improve their self-esteem but ultimately help them be more engaged it the world as compassionate individuals . When our thoughts are not occupied by self doubt or worry, we are able to focus on others, showing kindness and empathy.

Speak to your children as if they are the wisest, kindest, most beautiful and magical humans on earth, for what they believe is what they will become.

Brooke Hampton

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Box Time Turn In Time! Last day is November 26th

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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00.

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23rd

  • Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26th

  • School Resumes

Wednesday, November 28th

  • 5th Grade Musical Performance 7:00 pm

Oakley Park School Bell Times

*Students using Owl Drop Off are to exit cars beginning at 7:55 am

Drop off: 8:00 AM

First Bell: 8:02 (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:08 PM

1/2 Day Dismissal: 11:18 AM