Oak Ridge Connection

February 19, 2016

Our Mission:

The Oak Ridge community commits to every student's academic achievement, personal development, and social responsibility.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We had a short week, but an eventful one. I am happy to say that we are all 100 days smarter! It really has been a successful hundred days but we are always looking to improve. Please continue to stress the value of hard work and giving your best every single day with your child. It really makes a big difference in their performance and attitude. Have a great weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes



  • Meet wellness practitioners
  • Learn about holistic modalities
  • Free mini-seminars and classes will be available allowing attendees to experience firsthand the powerful practices of holism.
  • A diverse array of modalities will be available, aiding you in shaping your wellness goals!
  • Mini CPR classes as a new addition this year!
  • For more information log on to www.romi.gov/rocc and be sure to "like" the Royal Oak Community Coalition on Facebook


A bright yellow permission slip is going home with every child on Friday, February 19th.

Please sign this slip and return it with $5.00 (checks payable to Oak Ridge PTA) to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

The PTA is sponsoring an all school field trip to the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. This is a wonderful opportunity for our students to experience a trip to Orchestra Hall and to hear the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. The program is "Let's Dance" - Tango, Tap, and Ballroom dancers electrify the celebration of dance that will dazzle the eye and ear!

The students will be travelling in (7) school buses.

Chaperones will be driving separately due to the fact that there are not enough seats on the buses for the parents. Each class is allowed to have (5) chaperones. Please see the teacher if you are interested. We are most grateful to the Oak Ridge PTA for purchasing tickets for the entire school. The $5.00 is to cover the cost of the buses.


Deciding when to keep a sick child home from school is not always easy. It's important for children to attend school and for some parents, staying home means missing work. But when a child is truly sick , they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others.

Please keep the school office up to date with current phone numbers so you or an alternate contact can be reached if your child becomes ill or injured at school.

If the school is calling you, please answer the phone. The office sometimes spends hours trying to get in touch with a parent or emergency contact. This is unacceptable. Your child could be having a medical emergency. Thank you for your cooperation in this serious matter.

A child with a cough and fever must stay home from school for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever or signs of a fever, without the use of fever

reducing medicine. Fevers are a common symptom of viral and bacterial infection. Children are likely to be contagious to others when they have a fever. Please do not give your child fever reducing medicine and then send them to school.

Children who have vomited or had diarrhea should be kept home and should return to school only after being symptom free for 24 hours.

If a child has an earache or ear infection they should stay home until they are pain free.

A child with a significant headache belongs at home until feeling better.

A child with a significant toothache should not attend school.

We hope these policies regarding illness are helpful.

Dress your Children for Winter Weather

Please send your children to school with a warm coat, boots, snowpants, hat, mittens. The children will go out for lunch recess every day unless it is between 12 and 15 degrees or below factoring in the wind chill. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Have a question:

In the beginning of the year, Oak Ridge had a Curriculum Night to explain what your child will be doing this year in school. We understand that questions will occur throughout the year and wanted to provide a forum for those questions to be answered. We are instituting an Online Curriculum Forum to answer any specific questions you may have. If you have a question regarding overall school procedures, grade level content, schools of choice, or special education services please click on the following Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/toJIVPxQBb. Please make sure all questions are appropriate. We are all a community here, and as a community we need to treat each other with respect. Answers to questions will be posted on a weekly basis.


*All members of the Safety Patrol are invited

*Safeties must arrange transportation home at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 3---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, March 17---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Please post this.

Oak Ridge Live

Each week, students produce a live news show in the Oak Ridge Production Studio. To view the broadcast, please click here:


This Week at Oak Ridge

From the desk of the PTA...

Please check out the weekly PTA Newsletter, which can be found at ptaoakridge.com or directly at this link. This newsletter includes tons of important dates and details and can be easily accessed on a computer or your mobile device or tablet.

From the desk of the Student Congress

Oak Ridge's Student Congress is a highly active organization within our school. They are fourth and fifth graders elected by their peers to help represent Oak Ridge's students. They are responsible for many activities throughout the year. Here is a look at what is coming up:

The Oak Ridge Student Congress would like to thank Northwood, Addams, Keller, and Upton for joining them in the Great Kindness Challenge. At Oak Ridge, we raised $600 selling, "Kindness Matters Bracelets" which will be donated to the Flint Children's Health Department.


Oak Ridge Student Congress

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Upcoming Events

Feb.15-16 - Winter break

Feb. 23- 4th grade Vocal Music Concert

March 23 - Open House- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. -

March 25- Good Friday - No school

April 1- Records Day- No school

April 4 - 8- Spring Break

April 19 - Third Grade Vocal Music Concert - 7:00 p.m.

May 27 - Red, White, and Blue Day

May 30- Memorial Day - No school

June 21- Last Day of School - full day

Professional Development Late Start Days

School starts at 9:25 a.m. on late start days.

Breakfast will be served at 8:50 a.m. on late start days.

Homework Club ($15.00 per family per semester) begins at 8:20 a.m. in the lunch room.

The following are the late start days for the 2015-16 school year.

FEB. 3, 10, 24

MARCH 2, 9, 16

APRIL 13, 20, 27

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25

Oak Ridge Elementary School

MIssion: We commit to every students academic achievement, personal development and social responsibility.