Updates from Mrs. Froning
April 14, 2019
ALL School Field Trip News!
More information, including permission slips and parent chaperone information will be coming home soon!
Charity Volleyball News
April is Autism Awareness Month
M-Step Spring 2019
➔ 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
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,
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:
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.”
2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!
· 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.
Debra Bradshaw, Principals Secretary
Karen Clark, Building Secretary