Updates from Mrs. Froning

June 13, 2022

Thank you for your AMAZING support!

Dear Oakley Park families,

I wanted to thank you for a wonderful school year. I continue to feel so blessed to lead this school community. Although COVID continued to provide some challenges, with your support we were able to resume many of our “usual” events including an AMAZING Spring Fair to wrap up the school year! Thank you for your partnership, working alongside the Oakley Park staff to support our Owls. Our school community is a very special, student centered place, because of the care and commitment of staff and families.

I hope all families enjoy a relaxed summer schedule! I remember loving the simple things like not packing lunches and not feeling the urgency of maintaining an early bedtime routine! It has been a busy year for all of us and taking time to rest, refuel, and recharge is so important! I am looking forward to welcoming students, families and staff back to our renovated building in August! While the entire project will not be completed when we open our doors in August, our classrooms and learning spaces will be updated and ready for learning!

I hope to enjoy some down time during the month of July but I will continue to check my email throughout the summer!

I wish you a wonderful summer!


Kristin Froning

Congratulation to our 5th Graders!

We wish our 5th graders all the best as they head off to middle school! We will miss these Owls (and their amazing families)!
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Wishing our Retirees all the BEST!

Congratulations again to Mrs. Linda Grinnell and Mrs. Teri Simon!

We are so thankful for the dedication of these ladies to our school community! They will be greatly missed!

Wishing Mrs. Bastuba all the BEST!

While we are certainly sad to see Mrs. Bastuba leave Oakley Park, we wish her well as she will be teaching in the new Junior Kindergarten program! Mrs. Bastuba will be just up the road at Commerce Elementary! Mrs. Bastuba is very passionate about the Junior Kindergarten program and she will be AmAzInG in her new role.

Final Report Cards Available, TODAY, Monday, June 13th

Families can log into Family Access after 4:00 pm Monday, June 13th to view the final report card.

An Update on Oakley

Our sweet lil' Oakley continues to adjust to her new family (the Jeneray's) and has made a few visits to Oakley Park too! We are very thankful for the following business for their support of Oakley:

Walled Lake Veterinary Hospital

  • They have agreed to provide all veterinary needs.

It's A Dog's Life

  • They have agreed to provide all grooming needs.

We are looking for a sponsor for Oakley's food. The monthly cost would be $50- 75 per month! Please help spread the word and have anyone interested contact Mrs. Froning! Kristinfroning@wlcsd.org

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Reading: All reading is good reading! Books, magazines, maps, signs, etc. Have your child read them to themselves or aloud to you and then ask them to tell you about what they read and what it means or what they think will happen next.

Check out the Children's Choices Reading List. Also, check out the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.

Writing: Have your child keep a journal or write letters to family members. Write stories together to share with a neighbor or family member. Write book reviews (or product reviews) on Amazon. Be sure that they know their writing is important and that their reader wants to be able to understand what they’ve written.

Math: Numbers are everywhere! Ask your child about the numbers you see. Skip count together by 2, 5, or 10. Split a pizza and have them tell you what fraction of the pizza they get to have. The National Association of Elementary School Principal’s has some good suggestions to support these skills, too!

Everyday Math Website

  • Students use during the school year and can log in all summer long using the same login credentials.

iReady Lessons: Math and Reading

  • Student have access to the iReady lessons through August 19, 2022. iReady had loaded lessons appropriate for your student based on the diagnostic test administered in May/June.

Commerce Township Summer Reading Program

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading

Scholastic Books Reading Summer Challenge

2022-2023 Back to School Dates

Teacher Assignments available in Family Access

  • Friday, August 19 after 4:00 pm

Teacher Meet & Greet

  • Thursday, August 25 3:00 - 5:00 pm (classroom will be open 3:00 - 4:00 pm)

First Day of School

  • Monday, August 29
  • 1/2 day for Kindergartners A-L am and M-Z pm *specific times will be shared later this summer.

Labor Day Weekend Holiday

No School Friday, Sept 2 or Monday, Sept 5

Curriculum Nights

Tuesday, September 13

  • 5:30 Kindergarten
  • 6:15 2nd
  • 7:00 4th
Wednesday, September 14
  • 5:30 1st
  • 6:15 3rd
  • 7:00 5th

School Picture Day

  • Friday, September 30

2022-2023 Bell Times

Oakley Park will continue with the same "bell times" for the 2022- 2023 school year.

Drop off: 8:50 AM

First Bell: 8:55 AM

Tardy Bell: 9:00 AM
Dismissal: 4:00 PM
1/2 Day Dismissal: 12:25 PM

Oakley Park Suggested School Supply List for 2022-2023

The suggested supply list for the 2022- 2023school year is linked below. This list can also be found on the Oakley Park Elementary website under the "For Parents" tab.

2022-2023 Grade Level Teams

Below is the list of grade level teams at this time:


  • Mrs. Dabish, Mrs. DAndreta and TBA

1st Grade

  • Mrs. Pace, Mrs. Rozman, Ms. Mills

2nd Grade

  • Mr. Love (new to Oakley Park) Mrs. Prestel, Mrs. Holbrook

3rd Grade

  • Mrs. Bielis-Volkers, Mrs. Baur, Mrs. Fegely

4th Grade

  • Mrs. DeJonghe, Mrs. Jeneary

5th Grade

  • Mr. Bernstein, Mr. Kwiatkowski, Mrs. Rachwal


We would like to bring back Math Pentathlon (Math Club) beginning next Fall for the 2022-23 school year. Mathematics Pentathlon is a National Program consisting of interactive problem-solving games and activities. Math principles are incorporated into fun board games designed to enhance problem solving, computational, geometric/spatial, and logical reasoning skills. Teamwork, good sportsmanship, sharing ideas, and communication skills are also stressed. Groups will be divided up into Divisions that have their own set of 5 games: Division I (K-1), Division II (2-3), Division III (4-5). In addition to learning and practicing the games, students may also participate in a Spring Tournament playing students from different schools throughout the area.

Math club begins mid October and meets once a week thru December. In January Math Club sessions will be limited to students who will register and compete in the Spring Tournaments and will continue through spring until the tournament

Math Pentathlon is lead by parent volunteers. In order offer the program next fall we would like to Identify 2 parent or teacher coaches for each division. Coaches are responsible for creating a schedule, communicating with participants, teaching games/strategies, coordinating tournament signup and leading the group at the tournament. Resources and tools are provided by Math Pentathlon and we also have previous years documents that can be used. If you are interested in coaching a division please complete the form below. If you would like more information about Math Pentathlon please visit www.mathpentath.org

Breakfast & Lunch for 2022-2023

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Meals will no longer be free to all starting during the school year 2022-23. Congress voted to not extend waiver #86 which allowed all students to be offered free breakfast and free lunch when participating in the national school lunch program. The waiver ends June 30, 2022.

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools offers healthy meals every school day:

Breakfast costs

· $1.50 for Elementary

· $1.75 for Middle/High School

Lunch costs

· $3.00 for Elementary

· $3.25 for Middle/High School.

Families may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals by completing the online free and reduced meal application located in Family Access once registration is open. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch.

This free and reduced meal application information is critical in determining the amount of money that the District receives from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.

These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:

• Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
• Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
• Professional Learning for staff
• Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
• Technology
• Pandemic-EBT

Our food service department is asking families to complete and submit the free and reduced meal application as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the application submitted is confidential.

Please contact Anne Merchant at 248-956-3081 or at annemerchant@wlcsd.org with questions.

Pandemic-EBT Program

What is the Pandemic-EBT Program?

The Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Program provides food benefits to families with children who were not able to get free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID. You may hear about this benefit from other schools or in the media.

Who is eligible?

Being eligible for this program will depend on what school your student attends. Eligibility for the Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) Program can be different between schools within the same district.

What makes a school eligible for P-EBT?

A school building is eligible only if the building has had 5 school days in a row of reduced in-person hours due to COVID (closures due to staffing shortages do not count for P-EBT benefits).

What could make my child eligible for P-EBT?

1) If the school they attend is eligible for P-EBT and

2) If your student has applied and been approved for free/reduced lunch and

3) Did not receive instruction in-person for some or all the month due to COVID-19 related absence There may be months when your student’s attendance was different from what the school reported. In that case, you may be able to have your student’s benefit level reconsidered. Your request to be reconsidered must be submitted by June 30, 2022. In the month(s) below your school reported primarily in-person. Your student(s) may be P-EBT eligible If your student Did not receive instruction in-person for some or all the month due to COVID-19 related absence in the following month(s):

October 2021, November 2021, and December 2021