Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 3, 2019

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REMINDER:

No School-Tuesday, November 5th: Election Day

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.

Returning to school for forgotten items

Our goal is to foster responsible behavior in our students. If your child fails to bring home books or materials needed for homework assignments, please do not bring him or her back to school without first contacting the teacher or principal for advice. Encourage your child to do some problem solving: they could call a friend, check the class website or other internet resources. To ensure the safety and security of the students in Prime Time, the staff is not able to allow parents/students into the building though the Prime Time doors. Finally, we have one custodian who is responsible for cleaning and preparing the building for the next school day. Please sensitive to their work responsibilities and do not ask them to unlock classroom doors.

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, December 12th

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 12th. This will be an adjusted 1/2 day for students: Dismissal will be at 10:35. Conferences will be held from 11:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Parents/Caregivers will sign up using the Online Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up in Family Access. The Conference sign up option will be available the week of November 18th. More information, including directions and video tutorials will be provide in the coming weeks.

PTA Raffle & Family Boo Bash winners:

Top Ticket Sellers:

1st Place: Levi J.

2nd Place: Leyla W.

3rd Place: Ryliegh B. & Evaline B.

8These four students sold $3,300 in tickets!


The Top Selling Classroom:

Mrs. Yutzy's Kindergarten Class


Classroom Winners:

K Mrs. Bastuba-- Nathan H

K Mrs. Dabish-- Lily G

K Mrs. Yutzy-- Nicholas T

1 Mrs. Holbrook --Jackson B

1 Mrs. Pace-- Ace I

1 Mrs. Rozman-- Wynn P

2 Ms. Pavelich-- Callie D

2 Mrs. Prestel--Delmar B

2 Mrs. Simon-- Ryleigh B

2 Mrs. Aljarbo-- Aubrey T

3 Mrs. Baur-- Charlie R

3 Ms. Bielse-Volkers-- Levi J

4 Mrs. Delizia-- Evaline B

4 Mrs. Jeanry--Drake B

5 Mr. Bernstein-- Hilaray H

5 Mr. Kwiatkwoski--Leyla W

5 Mrs. Rachwal-- Brooklyn J

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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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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