Updates from Mrs. Froning

October 27, 2019

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Thursday, October 31

Dismissal time: 11:35 am

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PTA Raffle & Family Boo Bash was a HUGE success!

Friday night was such an awesome celebration of our school community! This year's Boo Bash was our largest ever...approximately 800 people were in attendance! The kids had a blast Trunk or Treating, playing the 4th Grade Carnival Games, dancing and snacking on doughnuts! A big THANK YOU to Papa Ramano's for their partnership in making their yummy pizzas at such an affordable price!


This year's Fall Raffle was the most successful raffle since we began this fundraiser 10 years ago. The support of our families was overwhelming this year as students/families raised $30,003!


Our executive board continues to be excellent stewards of the money raised ensuring every penny is used in ways that benefit every child, every day! For more information regarding the 2019-2020 budget, please visit the PTA webpage.

THANK YOU to....

Nikki Heinz our Raffle Coordinator

Debbie O'Rouke Boo Bash Coordinator

Sarah Garrison our PTA President

Halloween Parties

We look forward to celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 31st. This is a half day of school for our students and we will dismiss at 11:35 AM. Our staff will be engaging in professional learning for the remainder of the day.


Classroom Party Times:

Ms. Bielis-Volkers 3rd grade: 8:20 - 9:20

Kindergarten & 2nd grade: 8:30 - 9:30

5th grade & Mrs. Rozman's 1st grade: 9:00 - 10:00

Mrs. Baur's 3rd grade: 9:30 - 10:30

Mrs. Holbrook's 1st grade: 9:45 - 10:45

4th grade & Mrs. Pace's 1st grade: 10:15 - 11:15


Students may bring an appropriate school costume to wear during their classroom party. Thank you for being mindful of the following as you support your student in the selection of a Halloween costume that school appropriate:

1. No pretend “prop” weapons such as water pistols, knives or swords!

2. No violent costumes (those that include blood/gore)

3. Non-violent masks are permitted.

*Specific costume questions should be directed to the classroom teacher or Mrs. Froning.


Important reminder: Several of our classrooms are allergy alert classrooms and have special restrictions. Your child's teacher and room parents have planned according to ensure the safety of all students with these lift threatening conditions.

Retake Day is this Wednesday, October 30th

If your child was absent on School Picture Day ( September 24th) or if you would like to have his/her pictures re-taken, please mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 30th. (Students having their picture re-taken will need to return the original photos to school on October 30th.)

Oakley Park will host District School Safety Meeting this Tuesday, October 29th @ 6:30 pm

Dear WLCSD Parents,


Ensuring a safe physical environment in our schools is paramount. With your support through bond approvals, over the last six years we have significantly upgraded our safety and security measures at all District schools and facilities. From swipe card entry technology to entry buzzer systems, secure vestibules, and thousands of surveillance cameras, we do everything we can to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe.

In addition to physical upgrades, our staff members train students, annually, on a variety of safety drills, including fire, tornado, lock-down, shelter-in-place, and evacuations. New for the 2019-2020 school year will be the introduction of ALICE safety protocols, which prepare for a violent-intruder event. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This nationally endorsed law enforcement best practice is a proactive, options-based strategy for encountering a violent intruder.

We are proud to have strong partnerships with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department as well as the following Police Departments: Novi, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, Orchard Lake, and Farmington. All nine of these law enforcement agencies have ALICE trained officers who will be assisting individual schools with educational sessions, staff and student training, and safety drill implementation.

We will be offering two parent sessions to learn more about ALICE:

  • Elementary Schools -- Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ Oakley Park Elementary – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Middle & High Schools – Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ Clifford Smart Middle School – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

We encourage you to ask questions and share your thoughts by either attending one of our upcoming Parent Information Sessions or by providing feedback at our designated email: alice@wlcsd.org.

We recognize the sensitivity and deep emotions associated with this topic. Therefore, throughout the school year, both the District and individual schools will continue to communicate with the entire school community as we move forward together on this journey toward maximizing safety and preparedness at every facility in the District.


Sincerely,

Kenneth Gutman
Superintendent of Schools

Chris Delgado

Deputy Superintendent of Schools

Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is coming to Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more.


Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.


Registration is $15 per person or $25 per person at the door the day of the event.


Click the link below for a special message and offer from the keynote: Brooks Gibbs!

Watch DOG Update

Our Watch DOG launch meeting was a HUGE success! Thank you to our "Top Dogs" Mr. Eric Triplett and Mr. Paul Ingles for their leadership. We had about 50 Oakley Park dad, grandpas, step-dads in attendance! Those who signed up but were unable to attend the meeting will be receiving an email this week with important information so they can begin volunteering!
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Pesky Head Lice

Head lice are a common problem, especially among kids. Head lice are annoying, but they're not dangerous and they don't spread disease. They're not a sign of poor hygiene — head lice need blood and they don't care whether it's from someone who's clean or dirty.


Each year we have several cases reported to the office throughout the school year. October-November and March-April are months where we receive a higher number of reports. Lice cannot fly or jump, but they have claws that let them crawl and cling to hair. They spread through head-to-head contact, and sharing clothing, bed linens, combs, brushes, and hats.


We rely on our families to report cases of head lice immediately so that we can properly address the issue. Our custodial team is made aware of the classrooms where cases have been identified, ensuring thorough vacuuming and the cleaning of all surfaces as a precaution. When a case is reported we check all students in the same classroom as well as siblings. Student found having head lice will be sent home. While we are not "professionals", the office staff and myself do our very best to help identify cases and notify those families immediately. A letter will be sent home with all students in that classroom stating that a case of head lice was found. The incubation period for head lice is several days or weeks. Eggs hatch in 7-10 days. Maturity is reached in two weeks. We HIGHLY recommend that parents check their students daily if a case has been reported as a preventive measure. The child will not be permitted to return to school until the first treatment is completed and all nits are gone.


Below are two images from the Center of Disease Control that I think you will find helpful. I have also provided the link to the CDC website for more information.

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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.

We will be holding an art night to provide students with the space and materials to create on November 7th 5:30 - 7:00 pm. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

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Starting Smarter Website

PARENT-FRIENDLY STARTING SMARTER WEBSITE - NOW AVAILABLE


The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is excited to announce the availability of a new online resource designed to give families a better understanding of their child’s strengths and areas of improvement in mathematics and English language arts (ELA). The Starting Smarter website (mi.startingsmarter.org) provides Michigan’s families with information in parent-friendly language that will help them:


• understand their child’s M-STEP score report

• locate resources to support learning at home and school

• prepare for an effective Parent Teacher Conference

• see and practice with online M-STEP practice questions and tools

• learn about the Read by Grade 3 law

• understand what academic standards students are expected to master

• learn about the accessibility tools and supports available to students during testing


Parents are critical partners in their child's success. Please visit The Starting Smarter website

(mi.startingsmarter.org).

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