Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 9, 2019

Front Office News!

As many of you know, Mrs. Bradshaw willingly put her retirement on hold for the past month and has been a HUGE help in the front office! I know parents, students and staff have loved having Mrs. Bradshaw back. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Bradshaw back for visits and to help out the office occasionally!

I am thrilled to share that Mrs. Karen Clark will return to Oakley Park this Wednesday, November 13th as our full time secretary! I am equally happy that Mrs. Kim Waling will continue as our part time secretary.

Office Contact Information:

Mrs. Clark karenclark@wlcsd.org

Mrs. Waling kimberlywaling@wlcsd.org

Mrs. Froning kristinfroning@wlcsd.org

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Diversity Week: November 11- 15th

Look Within: Be the Change You Want to See in the World

Encouraging acts of kindness continues to be a theme here at Oakley Park and as we celebrate Diversity week, staff and students will be encouraged to "look within", performing even more acts of kindness each day! Helping to create a kinder, gentler school community is one way we can Be the Change.

Each classroom will have a Kindness Jar which will be filled with various acts of kindness. Students (and teachers) will draw from the jar throughout the week and be encouraged to "do" the act of kindness as well as share out on how it felt to "do" or receive the act!

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PTA Reflections Contest 2019

Do you have a student who enjoys art, music and dance or has an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then encourage them to join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections!

This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for students own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the bulletin board outside the gym, the front office, or Mrs. Todd and return by November 15.

For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.


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. We use the "feels like" temperature reading when making decisions about recess. 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.

○ REMINDER: ​ 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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Returning to school for forgotten items

Our goal is to foster responsible behavior in our students. If your child fails to bring home books or materials needed for homework assignments, please do not bring him or her back to school without first contacting the teacher or principal for advice. Encourage your child to do some problem solving: they could call a friend, check the class website or other internet resources. To ensure the safety and security of the students in Prime Time, the staff is not able to allow parents/students into the building though the Prime Time doors. Finally, we have one custodian who is responsible for cleaning and preparing the building for the next school day. Please sensitive to their work responsibilities and do not ask them to unlock classroom doors.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 12th

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 12th. This will be an adjusted 1/2 day for students: Dismissal will be at 10:35. Conferences will be held from 11:30 pm - 7:30 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 18th. More information, including directions and video tutorials will be provide in my Update next week.
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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*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

As you are aware, there has been a slight change in our bell times. This change effects the end of the day. All morning bells remain the same:

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