Oak Ridge Connection

September 11, 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 a great first week. The first week of school is always an exciting time. I appreciate the effort of all involved to make this week successful. Students, staff and parents all did a great job this week. Next week is a big week for us. Monday, we have the Ice Cream Social and Thursday is Curriculum Night. I am looking forward to seeing everyone next week at these events. Have a great weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

This Week at Oak Ridge

From the desk of the PTA...

The Oak Ridge PTA is excited to share the new, easier way to access the weekly newsletter! The newsletter will now be live on the PTA website at www.ptaoakridge.com (see the Newsletter top tab) and can be read quickly on your mobile phone, tablet or computer, and we are currently providing a printable version too. Check the website whenever you need PTA or event info!

Access the newsletter directly at http://www.ptaoakridge.com/newsletter.html

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

Sept. 17 - Curriculum Night

6:30 - 7:15 p.m. - Kind. - 2nd grade

7:30 - 8:15 p.m. - 3rd - 5th grade

This is an important informational meeting for parents. Please make every

effort to attend.

Sept. 25 School Picture Day

Oct. 15 PTA Fun Run

Oct. 29 Flu Vaccination Day (see below)

Oct. 30 Half Day for students

Dismissal - 11:42 a.m.






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.

SEPT. 16, 23, 30

OCT. 7. 14, 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

News and Notes

Importance of Attendance

Attendance at school is crucial for academic success. As we start a new school year set goals at home to make attendance a priority. Please be at school on time everyday possible. Resist the temptation to plan vacations during the school year. The instruction in the classroom is vital to academic achievement. Research states that missing significant amounts of school even at a young age increases the likelihood of not graduating. Please read the article below: that: http://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/RtP_Attendance.pdf.

Contacting Your Child's Teacher

Just a reminder for parents: Please use the teacher's school email address (lastnamefirstinitial@royaloakschools.org) to contact your child's teacher. Please do not text the teacher. If there is an emergency please contact the school office at 248.588.8353. Thank you so much.

PTA Ice Cream Social

The PTA Ice cream Social is this Monday, starting at 6:00. Come join us for some ice cream and to hear valuable information about the PTA. We are looking forward to seeing you.

First Late Start Next Week

Next week is our first professional development late start. School will begin at 9:25. If you still need to sign up for homework club, please visit Mrs. Kaczkowski in the main office.

Curriculum Night

Curriculum Night is Thursday, from 6:30-7:15 (grades K-2), and 7:30-8:15 (grades 3-5). The Oak Ridge staff is looking forward to sharing what you child will be doing this year in their classes.

Please do not bring dogs on the premises

Please do not bring dogs on the Oak Ridge grounds. This is a city ordinance and is for the safety of all members of our community. Thank you.

Riding Bicycles to and from school (5th grade students only)

Fifth grade students may ride their bikes to school provided they agree to the following rules:

  1. A bicycle helmet must be worn
  2. Student needs to be aware of crossing driveways, side streets and how to do so safely.
  3. Student must cross his/her bike at a traffic light or crosswalk.
  4. Student must not ride his/her bike on school property
  5. Student must have a lock for his/her bike and park the bike in the bike rack.

Thank you.

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. 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 Elementary School

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