Oak Ridge Connection

October 16, 2015

Our Mission:

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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Thank you for another great week. A special thank you to all parents who participated in and attended the Oak Ridge Fun Run. This is our big fundraiser for the PTA and your support makes a huge difference in providing services to our students.


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Congratulations to Former Oak Ridge Students

Congratulations to Max Kraniak, Emma Forsyth, and Collin Toggweiler. These current seventh graders and former Oak Ridge students were selected as part of the 21st Century Leaders Program. Students will collaborate with their peers from over 20 metro area school districts throughout the school year, developing leadership skills through self-awareness, team diversity and practical application in entrepreneurship and community service. Students were nominated by teachers and administrators based on their demonstration of leadership capability and future potential. They were a total of four students chosen in the entire seventh grade and three of them were former Oak Ridge students. This is a big accomplishment and a reflection upon their outstanding character and leadership skills.

Erin's Law and HAVEN Presentations

You should have received a parent letter home regarding an upcoming presentation by HAVEN. HAVEN is a non-profit organization in Oakland County that specializes in counseling advocacy and education to prevent sexual abuse. HAVEN presented to the Royal Oak School Board about the program that they will be bringing to the schools. To see that presentation please click on the following link: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/70819213. The presentation begins at the 6:30 mark of the meeting.

The Royal Oak school district choose HAVEN to provide these presentations for us because of their expertise in the field an to satisfy the requirements under ERIN's Law. “Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families.

Lunch Menus

Nutrislice is a great way to access Royal Oak School's lunch and breakfast menu. Nutritional information is available for every item on the menu. The web address is www.royaloakschools.nutrislice.com.

Head Lice Prevention

As we approach the fall and winter months there is always an increased chance of head lice in the building and at home. At Oak Ridge, we follow the procedures outlined by the Oakland County Health department in preventing and treating head lice. A huge component in treatment takes place at home. Please review the following manual from the State of Michigan to see what you can do to prevent the spread of head lice: http://bit.ly/1L6ecfK.

A Great Message from Royal Oak Students

A great PSA starring some of our Royal Oak Students and former Oak Ridge students.


School Vaccination Program

On October 29th "Health Heroes" will be visiting Oak Ridge to provide flu vaccines to ALL consented school children regardless of their health insurance coverage. Flu vaccines are provided at no out of pocket expense to students, parents, schools or local/state government.

FluMist, the LAIV Quadrivalent pain-free, nasal spray vaccine will be provided. Injections are available upon request.

Children will enter the clinic with their consent forms in hand. They will be asked to state their name to ensure they have the correct consent form. Each form will be reviewed. Once child is confirmed to qualify, he/she will then be vaccinated. There will be 1-2 licensed state nurses along with necessary supplies and vaccines. Once vaccinated, the child will be given a letter stating that he/she was vaccinated. A Health Heroes representative will be available by phone for any post-clinic questions or concerns.

Flyers and permission slips will be sent home with the child in the coming weeks.

Oak Ridge Live

Each Week students produce a live news shoe in the Oak Ridge Production Studio. To View the broadcast, please click here:


This Week at Oak Ridge

From the desk of the PTA...

Please check out the weekly PTA Newsletter, which can be found at ptaoakridge.com or directly at this link. This newsletter includes tons of important dates and details and can be easily accessed on a computer or your mobile device or tablet.

From the desk of the Student Senate

Oak Ridge's Student Senate is a highly active organization within our school. They are fourth and fifth graders elected by their peers to help represent Oak Ridge's students. They are responsible for many activities throughout the year. Here is a look at what they accomplished last year at Oak Ridge and in the community:

In our school...

  • Tutoring students on their math facts and spear heading a Kindness Week,
  • Spearheading Kindness Week
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle by having a sports week for our students in conjunction with Fuel Up for 60,
  • Having a student driven talent show to showcase the diverse gifts and talents in our school...Oak Ridge Has Talent!

In our community ...

  • Donating to Relay for Life
  • Donating Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Donating to the Boys and Girls Club of Royal Oak.

Also, with the funds raised through working the Holiday Shop, Talent Show, Tiger fundraiser, and working the dunk tank at the all school picnic they will purchase a buddy bench for our lower elementary playground and a garden peace pole for the Oak Ridge Garden.

These are all student led initiatives with teacher rep support. These are also all things that would not have happened this year without our Student Senators. Great job last year!

Upcoming Events


Oct. 29 Flu Vaccination Day (see below)

Oct. 30 Half Day for students

Dismissal - 11:33 a.m. (Note: New Dismissal Time!)





Nov. 3 Records Day - No school for students.

Nov. 18 Second grade vocal music program - 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 23 Parent/Teacher Conference - Invitation only

Nov.25 - 27- Thanksgiving Recess

Dec. 1 Parent/Teacher Conference - invitation only

Dec. 3 Parent/teacher Conference - invitation only

Dec.21-Jan. 1 - Holiday Break

Jan. 14 - Kindergarten Roundup - For 2016-17 year. Children must be 5 years old by

September 1, 2016

Jan. 18 MLK birthday - No school

Jan. 20 First grade vocal music program - 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 29 Records Day - No school

Feb.15-16 - Winter break

Feb. 22 4th grade Vocal Music Concert

March 23 - Open House- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. -

March 25- Good Friday - No school

April 4 - 8 Spring Break

April 19 - Third Grade Vocal Music Concert - 7:00 p.m.

May 27 - Red, White, and Blue Day

May 30 Memorial Day - No school

June 21 Last Day of School - full day

Professional Development Late Start Days

School starts at 9:25 a.m. on late start days.

Breakfast will be served at 8:50 a.m. on late start days.

Homework Club ($15.00 per family per semester) begins at 8:20 a.m. in the lunch room.

The following are the late start days for the 2015-16 school year.

OCT. 21, 28

NOV. 11, 18,

DEC. 2, 9, 16,

FEB. 3, 10, 24

MARCH 2, 9, 16

APRIL 13, 20, 27

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25

Oak Ridge Elementary School

MIssion: We commit to every students academic achievement, personal development and social responsibility.