Updates from Mrs. Froning

June 14, 2020

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Thank you...

Dear Oakley Park families,


As we "officially" conclude the 2019-2020 school year, I want to offer my thanks to our school community!


Thank you for being involved and keeping up on communication during the closure! For example, our student material pick up/drop went so well! I appreciate families carefully following the directions given and ensure the health and safety of all.


Thank you for supporting your students with their school work and Zoom schedules! Overall, student participation was very good and students who engaged regularly will benefit from their hard work as we return to school in the fall.


Thank you for supporting our staff...throughout these past three months I have heard from so many of you regarding your child's teacher and his/her efforts. Our staff worked extremely hard and your notes/comments of praise mean so much to them.


Thank you for your continued partnership and commitment to our school family. Oakley Park is a very special place and that hasn't happened by chance. It is the love, kindness and support we give to one another that makes us so unique.


Thank you to our staff...the phone calls, emails, text messages, special "drive byes", letters and notes sent in the mail, one on one and small group Zoom meetings and more. Your efforts were critical in keeping our kids and families connected during a time many felt isolated. Your love and passion for our students (and their families) is truly exceptional!


I look forward our return to school in the Fall and to the gift of being "together".


Have a wonderful summer! Stay safe & Be well!


Sincerely,

Kristin Froning

Final Report Cards Available, June 15th

Families can log into Family Access after 4:00 pm tomorrow, June 15th to view the final report card. Due to the fact that all instruction was online during the third trimester, you will see that teachers have provided a narrative description of how your student interacted with the curriculum during the COVID closure period. There are no other grades entered for the third trimester. Attached below is a list of key concepts covered since the closure of school on March 13th.

Summer Resources: Keep your skills sharp!

Explore this website and discover fun learning activities. The Think-a-Palooza summer learning site is intended for students in grades K-8.


Students use during the school year and can log in all summer long using the same login credentials.


Student have access to the iReady lessons through early August. iReady had loaded lessons appropriate for your student based on the diagnostic test administered in May/June.

Playgrounds are OPEN

Please be mindful of social distancing and be safe!

Looking ahead: 2020-2021

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Information to come this summer

Typically, as we conclude our school year, dates and details for special events at Oakley Park are made available at this time. Given the current situation regarding the continued impact of COVID 19, we are unable to provide details and/or dates for events such as Curriculum Nights, Teacher Meet & Greet and other welcome back events. Be assured I will email all families as soon as details and dates have been determined. Stay tuned!

School Supply List for 2020-21

We will be publish the suggested school supply list later this summer. The list will be emailed to all families and posted on our website as well.

2020-2021 Grade Level Teams

Below is the list of grade level teams at this time:


Kindergarten

  • Mrs. Bastuba, Mrs. Dabish, Mrs. Yutzy


1st Grade

  • Mrs. Holbrook, Mrs. Pace, Mrs. Rozman


2nd Grade

  • Mrs. Prestel, Mrs. Simon


3rd Grade

  • Mrs. Bielis-Volkers, Mrs. Guttovz (new to Oakley Park), Mrs. Jeneary


4th Grade

  • Mr. Kwiatkowski, Mrs. Smith (returning to Oakley)


5th Grade

  • Mr. Bernstein, Mrs. Rachwal
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Talking with our children is KEY!

As our country and the world continues to advocate for justice and equality, not shying away from conversations with our children is so very important. Below is another good resource (from National Geographic) to support us as we support our children.

2019-2020 Oakley Park Yearbooks

All students will receive their 2019-2020 yearbook when we return to school in the Fall. We will be sure to send yearbooks to our 5th graders at Walnut Creek and mail copies to all students who has moved (or is attending a new school in the fall).

WLCSD Budget Information

At the Board of Education held Thursday, June 4, the Board, with regret, gave layoff notices to more than 40 teachers. As we explained in this video Budget Update May, 2020, we are preparing a budget that includes sweeping reductions. We must have a balanced budget for next school year by June 30, though we have not yet been told what dollars will be available. We continue to review every position, every contract, and all expenses. Thank you for taking some time to review this updated WLCSD budget data. We respectfully request that you advocate for unrestricted and federal funds with our federal legislators as Michigan’s budget woes will result in significant cuts to schools’ budgets. Here are some important talking points about school funding.