Updates from Mrs. Froning

April 14, 2019

ALL School Field Trip News!

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Our PTA has secured the date for our annual All School Field Trip! We will be visiting the Michigan Science Center (in Detroit) on Thursday, May 2nd. (Students will depart from Oakley Park at 9:00 am and return at 2:30 pm) We hope you will mark your calendars for this amazing day! We feel SO fortunate that our PTA provides this event to all students at NO COST!


More information, including permission slips and parent chaperone information will be coming home soon!

Charity Volleyball News

Well....our small and mighty team played very hard but the trophy was handed over the Wixom team. Despite the loss, it was a GREAT night! Thank you to our many families who came out to support our team and a VERY special charity! Together with the Wixom learning community, we raised well over $2000.00 for Scarlet's Smile. We are thrilled to have been a part of helping make the dream of a barrier free playground a reality in our community! As the organization approaches their target goal, plans are set to move forward with the installation of the playground in early August. There will be a special "play date" set as the grand opening in late August!

April is Autism Awareness Month

Throughout the month of April, we are encouraging all students and staff to wear BLUE on Wednesdays. When we wear blue, it’s not only about increasing awareness of Autism, but it also show support to those with autism and their families. Each morning, students will participate in morning announcements sharing relevant facts about the importance of autism awareness. We also have an interactive bulletin board in the front of the building which provides a wonderful learning opportunity for all!

Placement 2018-2019

Placement of children for the next school year is a team process. The classroom teachers, special area teachers, and I meet to consider the best placement for every child. Many aspects of a child’s development – academic, emotional, and social are very carefully considered. Because we view the process as so important, our staff will invest many hours to ensure the very best placement decisions. The staff working with your child has learned a great deal about his or her learning style, strengths, challenges, and opportunities for growth. In addition to individual needs, we also consider the balance of each classroom, so that optimal learning environments are created for all children. While it is never appropriate to request a specific teacher, if there is important information you wish to convey regarding your child’s learning needs, I welcome you to submit this in writing (email is fine) to me by Friday, April 26th . I understand that this is a sensitive issue. In fairness to all children and staff members, please trust in us to handle placement with the care and sensitivity that is necessary for these important decisions.

M-Step Spring 2019

*Due to the high number of snow days statewide, the MDE has extended the testing windows by one week. Date have been adjusted below.

➔ 5th Grade - April 8th - May 10th

➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 29th - May 31st

Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations during these testing windows. Absent students will be required to take make-up tests on alternate dates and miss classroom instruction. Teachers will provide more specific scheduling information as the testing window approaches. We appreciate your support!


To learn more, please check out these resources from the Michigan Department of Education: What Parents Can Do To Help Prepare for the MSTEP

Parent Letter from Interim Superintendent

What Students Can Expect When Taking the MSTEP

Family Literacy Night "Kindness Books"

At our Family Literacy Night, staff members shares some wonderful picture books that encompass our year long them of "Kindness". Here are the books that were shared that night in case you'd like to checked out these titles too!

From our PTA President:

As the President of the PTA, I have the privilege of leading a diverse and dedicated group of parents committed to the enrichment of their children and the Oakley Park community. I am once again very proud of the efforts put forth by our members this year. Much like last year, we have overcome many sick and snow days to bring the children monthly family events, raise funds for our community, and educate ourselves as parents. We want to continue enriching your child’s education and the community and we want your help!

The PTA is seeking leaders to help us plan and execute our 2019-2020 agenda. These leadership roles can be short term, such as organizing teacher conference day, or long-term with a seat on the Executive Board. You can volunteer to take on a big event, like Science Night, or volunteer to run a station for an hour. The time and magnitude are up to you, but the key is to get involved.

Over the coming weeks we will be re-posting and discussing the Executive Board positions, as well as individual programs that will need a leader next year. There is also a link button below to the list of open positions. This is an invitation to find your place in the Oakley Park PTA, determine the role you want to play in your child’s academic life, and an opportunity to make a big impact in our community.

It is a pleasure to be a part of the Oakley Park family and I am excited to welcome our new leaders. If you have ANY questions, please reach out to me or any of the current board members for guidance.

Sincerely,

Sarah Garrison
OPE PTA President

Walled Lake Community Education

Walled Lake Community Education is gearing up for summer camp programs that will begin before you know it!


As done over the last 14 years, The WL Community Education Department is offering an exciting Summer Adventuresprogram for children who love to have fun outdoors (and indoors) throughout the summer.


The Summer Adventures daily camp program is terrific for children who are between the ages of 5.5 and 12 years of age and are interested in having a great time and meeting new friends.


CLICK HERE for our information and registration flyer for Summer Adventures.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Education Department at:

248-956-5000.

Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond Information


At its February 7th meeting, the Walled Lake Schools’ Board of Education approved moving forward with a $316 million bond election May 7, 2019. It will not be a tax increase to District residents. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said: “We have a unique opportunity at this time where we can request a $316 million bond without a tax increase that will actually result in a tax decrease. The District currently has five outstanding debt obligations, four of which will be paid off within five years, and other factors that give the District this opportunity.” The bond election is for infrastructure and educational equity improvements at all schools with significant building changes at Dublin Elementary and Western High schools, as well as an early childhood facility, and some safety and security additions. “Our goal is to offer functional, equitable learning atmospheres across the District and to address myriad infrastructure needs. These critical upgrades range from heating and ventilation systems, roof and window replacements, and lighting upgrades, to restroom and locker room renovations, and parking lot and sidewalk repairs at most of our buildings. The critical repairs needed at our 22 buildings far exceed our Sinking Fund,” Gutman added. “Keeping our schools in good repair improves our children’s learning environment and is linked to increased property values.”
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REMINDER: Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

Pre-orders are taken each Wednesday! Thank you for supporting our 5th graders!

Choices:

Plain

Cinnamon Raisin

Blueberry

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.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

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

Upcoming Dates

Friday, April 19th

  • No school: Student or Staff (observance of Good Friday)


Tuesday, April 23rd

  • Kindergarten Music Performance 6:30 pm (gymnasium)


Wednesday, May 1st

  • PTA Meeting 7:00 pm (media center)


Monday, May 6th

  • 1st Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm (gymnasium)

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