Updates from Mrs. Froning
October 17, 2021
24 Hour Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
The purpose of the Oakley Park learning community is to ensure social- emotional development for all students so they can reach their full academic and personal potential.
Netflix: Squid Games
Squid Game might sound like a cute app for young children, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Squid Game is neither a game nor for kids. And if your child has a social media account like TikTok, or access to a Netflix account without restrictions, there’s a good chance they’ve already seen Squid Game, or at least potentially disturbing scenes from it. Trending videos from Squid Game on TikTok’s “For You” pages are showing teens and tweens graphic images that you probably do not want them to see. (from SI Parent) A Squid game-Mini game is also available in Roblox on iOS, Android, and Windows.
I am sharing this with our families as there have been some references to Squid games made by student during recess. I strongly urge all parents and caregivers to be aware of this violent program that kids could have access to.
Below are some links that might be helpful to you all!
It also appears that Squid Game costumes are available on Amazon. Squid Game costumes will NOT permitted at our classroom Halloween parties.
Thank you for your support and partnership in all aspects of our children's lives!
Nominate your favorite Oakley Park teachers!
Dear Oakley Park Families,
We are so fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate and dedicated instructional staff at Oakley Park! I am humbled by their hard work each and every day. I am always proud to receive praise from our families regarding positive school experiences.
As a way of honoring the commitment of our teachers, I hope you will consider nominating one or more of our teachers who has made a difference in your students' life. As part of this program, all schools select one Teacher of the Year and that person’s name is submitted for consideration for our district level Teacher of the Year. The selection committee requests that you are SPECIFIC including DETAILS and EXAMPLES in your nomination form
Copies of the nomination form were sent home with students last week and the form is linked below as well. All nominations are due by Friday, October 22nd.
iReady Diagnostic News
As classes complete both the Reading and Math diagnostics, parent reports will be send home for your information. I have linked some excellent resources from iReady to help you better understanding the diagnostic and how to understand your child's results. We use information from the diagnostic along with classroom assessments, assignments and observations to determine how to best support your students growth. Please contact your child's teacher if you have specific questions about iReady.
What is the i-Ready Diagnostic? The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjust its questions for each student. As a student answers correctly, the questions get more difficult. As a student answers incorrectly, the questions get easier. This adaptability allows the i-Ready Diagnostic to identify the strengths and opportunities for growth of each student.
Why is my student taking it? The purpose of the i-Ready Diagnostic is not to give your student a grade, but instead to determine how best to support their learning. It will help your student’s teacher(s) determine their needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the year.
SCHOOL MENU CHANGES DUE TO NATIONWIDE FOOD DISRUPTIONS
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, we are seeing nationwide disruptions to manufacturing, supply and distribution channels. You may have experienced this yourself while shopping onlineor in stores. This disruption also impacts school meals, as we are having trouble obtaining certain foods and supplies. Students may notice that we’re serving menu items that were not previously available or listed on menus.
While this situation is out of our control and something that school districts all across the
country are experiencing, we are doing our best every day to come up with solutions to these
challenges. With that being said, we will continue to update our menus online at
https://wlcsd.org/food-service/ as these changes happen.
We will continue serving our students a variety of nutritious foods. Everything we serve will
continue to meet nutrition guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture
(USDA). All schools that operate the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast
Program must follow these guidelines. We will also continue to accommodate students with
special dietary restrictions and allergies.
We remain committed to providing our students with the nutritious meals they need to grow
and learn. We appreciate your patience and understanding. As a reminder, school meals are
free for all students again this school year.
Please contact Food Service Department Supervisor, Julie Fortner directly with questions:
Halloween Party Plans at Oakley Park
Please note Friday, October 29th is a 1/2 day with dismissal at 12:25 pm (no lunch will be served)
We will celebrate as a school community at the Boo Bash, Friday, October 29th 6:30 - 8:30 pm.
RSVP's for Boo Bash are due by Friday, Oct. 22nd
Use the link below to sign up to volunteer!
Week #3 OPE PTA Raffle Update
RAFFLE 2021 is complete and we are blown away! Not just by the number of tickets that were sold, but also by the overall participation of the student body! We had an outstanding number of Owls turn in raffle tickets this year. Thank YOU, owl families, for all of your support. When our raffle is a success we are able to bring your kids a wide variety of benefits from classroom support to field trips to family events and that makes the elementary school experience more meaningful for everyone.
I am happy to report that we have hit our stated goal! We will find out the final total (and if we have a new record) at the Boo Bash. This is the PTA's only fundraiser for the year and we are so grateful to have such amazing support. Shout out to our VP of Raffle, Karina Ortega, for planning and executing this important part of our annual plan.
We are looking forward to BOO BASH at the end of the month. Please send in your RSVP and any pizza orders and payment by this Friday, October 22 so we can plan accordingly. *Please note that Boo Bash is intended for immediate family attendance only.
As long as the weather is halfway decent, we are prepared to hold as many elements of the event outdoors as we can. As a reminder, masks will be required by everyone indoors and are highly recommended outdoors. We need to keep our events safe so that we can keep having them!
All of your favorite parts of Boo Bash will be back this year! Dancing & music, trunk or treat, pizza & donuts. We still have LOTS of openings where we need some volunteer time to make it work. Please take a look at the link below and help out where you can.
October is a busy time for us! We are still looking forward to sending the 2021 OPE T-Shirts home and getting our student directory live next week. As a reminder, you must be a current OPE PTA member to have access to the directory.
Finally, we are planning our first in-person general PTA meeting since March 2020 on November 1. We hope to see you there! More details coming soon.
Building futures together,
Jessica Maurer, OPE PTA President
Exciting News about Volunteers at Oakley Park
Volunteers may return to our Walled Lake Schools beginning in October on a limited basis. Since re-opening schools last November, we have worked very hard to keep everyone healthy by minimizing potential exposures. While we are very excited to see volunteers back in our school, we want a well thought out plan that does not jeopardize the many things we’ve put in place to keep our children and staff happy, safe and in school.
I ask that you please do not reach out to teachers at this time inquiring about volunteer opportunities. Our classroom teachers will contact parents about any future volunteer opportunities at the appropriate time.
Check out the video below about the WLSCD Therapy Dog Program!
Therapy Dog Information
We continue to welcome donations from families and we would love to partner with local businesses too. Businesses/families who donate $1000 will have their name/logo on our dogs working vest! A donation of $4500 earn the donor the opportunity to name our dog! All donations will be tax deductible and we will provide a letter for your tax filing purposed. We will be planning some fun ways the kids can help fundraise too!
Donations can be made by check: payable to WLCSD.
Here is the information needed if you'd like to make a donation using the Walled Lake eFunds system.
1. Log into Family Access to get to Efunds.
2. Click on “fee management”
3. then “Make a payment” – which will takes you to the Efunds site. You will create or sign into your Efunds account.
4. “Optional Fees” is on the menu to the left of the screen. (see below)
From there, you should see the option for the therapy dog donation payment item. They simply click on that, enter the amount you wish to donate and proceed to checkout.
You can also get to Efunds through the district website – wlcsd.org and you will see “Online Payments” under the “Parents” Tab. Here you select, “visit the Efunds website to make a payment”. You will then log into your Efunds account and proceed from there.
Here is the direct link to Efunds:
WLCSD Job Openings
You can learn more on the Oakland Schools website.
Please apply if interested...or help spread the word!
1. Visit Oakland Schools website
2. Select “Search by District”
3. Select Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
To apply, you will create an account and complete an application. Questions? Contact our Human Resources Department (248-956-2000).
If a student tests positive for COVID, they will be isolated for a minimum of 10 calendar days based on the recommendations from the OCHD. All families in that classroom will receive a letter regarding the positive case. The letter also reminds recipients to monitor their child's health closely and if he/she begins experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home, consult your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.
Daily Health Checks
- Headache Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle of Body Aches
- New loss of smell or taste
If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until their symptoms subside. We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe! Health and Safe!
UPDATED: Mask Reminder
Meanwhile, this update is also reflected in our FAQs, available to all parents.
Due to this OCHD mandate, the following protocols are required:
- Masks are required in all of our schools and facilities.
- Masks are required on our buses.
- Masks are not required outside (ex. recess).
- Masks are not required while eating or drinking.
- Mask Breaks: Please note that teachers will take their classes outside for periodic mask breaks throughout the school day.
Water Bottles: Please remember to send your child to school with a reusable, plastic water bottle. Our drinking fountains are closed. Refilling stations are still open.
End of the Day Plan Changes
Breakfast & Lunch Information
2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance
Staggered Dimssal times:
3:56 pm Walkers and Prime time
3:57 pm begin calling student names (based on parent sign out)
3:58 pm begin calling bus numbers
4:07 Buses depart from Oakley Park
*Owl Pick Up numbers and student names will continue to be called throughout the dismissal period.
Karen Clark, Principals Secretary
Kim Waling, Building Secretary
Main Office: 248-956-4100
Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199