Updates from Mrs. Froning

February 2, 2019

REMINDER: Thursday, February 7th is a 1/2 day for Students

Our next Staff Professional Development Day will take place in the afternoon on Thursday, February 7th. Students will dismissed at 11:18 PM that afternoon. Prime Time Care will be available that afternoon and evening as usual.

Thank you for marking your calendars and making arrangements for this half day of school.

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PTA Meeting: Wednesday, February 6th 7:00 pm

Please join us this week! We will have a member of the Scarlet's Smile committee sharing information about the AMAZING playground plan and how the money we raise at this years Chairty Volleyball event will help make it happen! Also, come on in and learn more about iReady, how it is used for instructional planning and how to use it at home!

Friday, February 8th at Walnut Creek Middle School

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5th Graders host "Spirit Week" February 11 - 15th!

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Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

Our 5th graders (with the support of their families) will host bagel sales every Friday. Students may purchase a bagel for $1.00 (Blueberry, Cinnamon Sugar or Plain). The proceeds will help to pay for the 5th grade end of year school Celebration ceremony, “Celebration”, T-shirts for all students and school gifts. We will partner again this year with Blazing Bagels as their bagels are yummy and “nut free” (boiled in water not in any type of oil). Teachers will take a pre-count each Wednesday to help ensure we have an adequate number of bagels each week.

Girls on the Run is Back!

Girls on the Run is an after school program that inspires girls to be joyful,healthy and confident using a fun,experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Find out more at www.gotrdetroit.org

Beginning in March, Girls on the Run will meet: Mondays and Thursday from 3:10 - 4:30 pm We are thrilled to have a team again...THANK YOU to Elisabeth Lockwood for her willingness to coach the team once again! (There are 15 spot available on this seasons team.) Fliers will be coming home soon and all girls in grades 3rd - 5th are invited to attend a brief assembly/meeting on Wednesday, February 27th at 2:40 in the cafeteria.

Questions can be sent to Elisabethlockwood@gmail.com.

Lunch Menu changes...

Please be aware, a "snow day" results in changes on the lunch menu. Typically, what ever was to be served on the day school is canceled, will be served the following day. When possible we will try to send up dates. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility!

Global Day of Play: February 6th

From the Global School Play Day website:

February 4, 2015, was the first annual Global School Play Day for students in schools around the world. In year one, over 65,000 students participated! Over 177,000 students took part in 2016. In 2017, over 283,000 kids celebrated Global School Play Day. In 2018, over 385,000 students from 58 nations participated. Can we reach 500,000 students in 2019?

In his TEDx lecture, Peter Gray clearly argues the case that today's kids do not grow up playing and this has negatively impacted them in many ways. It's time we return the gift of play to this generation.

Oakley Park participated in GSPD last year and we are excited to do so again this year. Teachers will plan specific time periods of time during the school day on February 6th. Look for more information from your classroom teacher regarding GSPD!

Valentine's Day is coming!

Valentine Parties:

All classroom parties will be on Thursday, February 14th as follows:

8:30 - 9:30 1st & 3rd grade

1:45 - 2:45 Kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, and 5th

Reminder: All Valentine cards are to be "food-free". Our room parents and teachers work together to plan party menus that allow for all students to take part in the celebration.

Thank you for your support as you help to ensure Oakley Park is safe place for all our students!

Student Leadership at Oakley Park

Earlier this year, students in grades 4th & 5th were invited to apply to be a member of our Student Leadership Team. We have 20 students participating on one of three teams:

1. Kindness Council (community service within our OPE community)

2. Outreach Owls (bringing outside community service to OPE community)

3. Owl Organizers (assist NESTS to build community among all OPE teachers and staff)

The Outreach Owls are launching a food drive for the Lighthouse of Oakland County. Here is a special message from the Outreach Owls:

We are having a food drive for the Lighthouse of Oakland County. The Lighthouse of Oakland County helps people who lost their home to a fire, a natural disaster, or people that are struggling financially. So we need your help to get food for the Lighthouse of Oakland County. We are collecting non-perishable food items. All the food that won't go bad. The food bank mostly needs, granola bars, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, peanut butter and canned fruit. The food drive starts on Wednesday, January 23rd and run through Tuesday, February 5th. We thank you for your time and support! Item will be collected in each classroom.

2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!

Please note:

· We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.

· Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.

· There are several half-days throughout the school year.

As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.

You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?

Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.

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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, February 6th

  • PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm

Thursday, February 7th

  • 1/2 day for student': Professional Learning for staff in the pm (dismissal time: 11:18 am)

Friday, February 8th

  • Future Hawk event (for current 5th graders) at Walnut Creek (4:45 - 6:00 pm)
  • PTA Family Bingo Night: more information coming soon!

Monday, February 11th

  • 2nd Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm in the gymnasium

Wednesday, February 13th

  • Student Count Day

Mid-Winter Break

  • Monday, February 18th - Friday February 22nd

Oakley Park School Bell Times

*Students using Owl Drop Off are to exit cars beginning at 7:55 am

Drop off: 8:00 AM

First Bell: 8:02 (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:08 PM

1/2 Day Dismissal: 11:18 AM