Oaktree Newsletter

Friday, May 27, 2016

From Mr. Relken...

Labor Day weekend! Wait...Memorial Day weekend! The unofficial start of summer! Can you tell we are ready for a long weekend? These past few weeks have been crazy with a little extra crazy on top.

It was exciting to present to the board of education about The Leader in Me our Oaktree Leader in Me journey which will begin next school year. Mrs. Moffett and Mrs. Eickhoff did a tremendous job sharing out to the community about where we've been and where want to go. Now the real work begins. and we will need your help! Fundraising the first year is one of the greatest components of becoming a Leader in Me school and we have some fun and creative ways we are attempting to do this. We need raise in excess of $18,000. The first way is we are going to try and do as much fundraising as possible without directly asking you for donations. If you can donate and are willing to, great! If not, that's cool too. There are lots of ways you can help!
  • One of those would be to join our Oaktree/Reid team of volunteers at Comerica Park in Detroit for some Tiger's baseball. We are putting the finishing touches on an agreement with the Tigers to volunteer in the concessions area at at least 10 Tigers games this summer, with an opportunity to raise in the ballpark of $7000 for The Leader in Me at Reid and Oaktree. Watch your celly and your email for an online signup. This will be a great way for teachers, staff, parents and community members to synergize. It is a win-win for us and the Tigers because we get valuable funding to support our efforts to do what is best for kids and they get the positive synergy of our Goodrich people.
  • We are in negotiations with Crystal Fieldhouse ice skating rink to host some skate nights similar to what Reid is doing with Rollerhaven.
  • Some staff and I are planning a Euchre tournament
  • Our district leadership is also working out the details to open a donor's chose type of online account to allow folks from around the world who appreciate the values and goals of our TLIM efforts to contribute monetarily.
  • There are also opportunities like the Tigers opportunity at DTE (I still call it Pine Knob), The Palace, This fall and winter at Joe Louis Arena, The Flint Firebirds, and our state universities events.

These are just but a few of the ideas that are out there. Like I said, the more we can fund raise, outside of the Goodrich Community with volunteers providing time instead of money, the more successful this whole effort will be. If you are willing to help in leading these effoprts or have ideas, please reach out to us by emailing me at rrelken@goodrichschools.org or members of our fundraising team, Mrs,. Dziduch at rdziduch@goodrichschools.org and Ms. Horan at choran@goodrichschools.org

Upcoming dates:

May 30 Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

June 10 Field Day in the AM, wear shorts, t-shirt and comfy shoes.

June 10 Art Show

June 15 HALF DAY


Oaktree Parent Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, Oaktree Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/5381586 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Thank you for your honesty, time and attention to this matter.
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Student Drop Off

My dad likes to say, "It's their world and we are all living in it." We have been noticing some families dropping kids off in the staff parking lot in the morning instead of using the drop off like the rest of our families. This is an overall small number of people, but I want to put it out there to all of our parents and families so that people cannot say that everyone is not getting the same message. To start with, it is disrespectful to the families who are following our procedures. By doing this you are teaching your kids that rules are for other people and you are teaching them that they do not have to respect the school because you don't. After all, if you did, you would get in the line at west end like everyone else and wait in line. Secondly, some of parents we have seen and spoken with are parking in the handicapped parking. Again, this is disrespectful to our families and students who have disabilities and need those parking spaces. Remember, our kids are always watching. If you have questions about the drop off process, contact our office and we will be glad to help you out.

Genesee GO

Genesee Opportunity (GO) provides a stipend for ALL high school graduates to attend approved colleges and training institutions through funding from countywide tax dollars.

The Genesee Opportunity (GO) proposal will appear before voters in an election scheduled for Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

If voters approve ¼ mill (.25 mill) for 20 years, every Genesee County graduating senior would receive a jump start stipend toward the first year of further education and training.

Voter approval would provide $2.3 million dollars annually for the program.

20 Day Challenge Docs


Please click the below link to view the picture slideshow of the Oaktree Carnival. Great job by our student council and their advisors to raise over $1000 for charity!
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