Oak Ridge Connection

March 18, 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 keep jamming along during March is Reading Month. I hope you are enjoying reading some good books with your children. I have enjoyed reading to many of the classes. Have a great weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Open House

Please join us for Open House next Wednesday, March 23rd, from 6:30-8:00. This is a great opportunity to see some of the fabulous work your child has been doing.

Please download a QR reader for your mobile device for a more interactive Open House.

QR Reader for Apple app store

QR Reader for Android or Google Play


The PTA is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair on March 22, 23, 24. The Book Fair will be held in the Media Center during the following times:

Tues - 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.

Wed. 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Open House night)

Thur. 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.


We encourage our families to participate in PTA and evening school activities. The Royal Oak school district policy states that children are NEVER, under any circumstances, to come to evening activities without a parent or guardian. These activities are for families to enjoy together. Parents are completely responsible for supervising their children at these activities. We do expect students to use High Five Behavior whenever they are in the school. If staff members are in attendance they are not responsible for students after school hours. Thank you for your cooperation and support.


Beginning April 12th, 3-5 students will be taking the MSTEP test. The test is a computer adaptive test that assesses their abilities in different subject areas. To view a student tutorial or sample test items, please click on the links below:


At our last PTA meeting the subject of parking was addressed. We have limited spacing for a large number of cars. We need to work together as a community to ensure the safety of our students. Please do not park along the drop off zones in the morning or after school. For a review of parking procedures, please read below:

 Front Circle Drive is for drivers of students in Room 103, 105, 107, and 109 only.

 Drivers of students in room 104, 106 and 108 drop off in front of classrooms in the back parking lot.

 Drivers of third graders are to drop off in the back lot at the pick-up/drop off zone (blue line in front of east doors).

 Drivers of fourth graders are to drop off on Bloomfield (street just south of parking lot) and students enter building at the east doors (outside of Media Center)

 Drivers of fifth graders drop off on Alexander (street east of upper grade playground)

 In our back lot, follow in single file to the pick-up/drop off zone. As you pull up to the BLUE LINE, stop and drop off/pick up your child. Do NOT create a second line. All students should exit/enter car door on curb – side ONLY.


 Do NOT park along the curb next to the building.

 Give yourself extra time and adhere to traffic safety. Suggested Options

 Consider coming a few minutes early for drop off/pick up.

 Consider walking to school with your students and neighbors.

 Consider riding your bikes as a family to school.

 Carpooling reduces congestion and helps the environment. If everyone helps support our efforts, it will be a safe place for students and families! Thank you in advance for your help!

Lunchables and Peanut Products

If you send your student to school with Lunchables, please check the contents carefully. Many Lunchables contain candy or snacks that have peanuts (i.e. Nestle Crunch, Snickers, etc.). Please make sure you pick the lunchables that do not contain these items or remove them before sending your child to school with them.


Please be advised that the school must be secure when children are in attendance.

If your children are participating in Battle of the Books or Yoga or the after school art class, we ask that you wait for the children to be dismissed out the front door at the end of the activity, Thank you for your cooperation.

Detroit Tigers Fundraiser

The Student Congress will be selling Tiger tickets to raise funds for many of the activities they perform throughout the year. Please join us for a day of fun Sunday, April 24, at 1:00 pm, as the Detroit Tigers take on the Cleveland Indians. You may purchase tickets by clicking the following link: http://bit.ly/1RDJbFd.

6th Grade Orientation and Open House

Please join us on March 30, from 6-8, at ROMS, for 6th Grade Orientation/Open House. You will have the opportunity to tour the middle school and learn more about the middle school programs.


Please do not send toys to school with your children. During the children's free time there are plenty of activities and things to do. Toys from home get lost and/or are taken.

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.

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:

Student congress is partnering with our younger students for...

K-2 Buddy Reading and K-2 Tutoring.

Student Congress Branch "Kids Giving Back" is currently working on 3 fundraising events...

*A Staff vs Staff Basketball Game to be held at ROMS

*Family Movie Night at Oak Ridge

*2nd Annual" Oak Ridge Has Talent" Show

...Stay tuned for more to come.


Oak Ridge Student Congress

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Upcoming Events

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

March 25- Good Friday - No school

March 29- Battle of the Books

April 1- Records Day- No school

April 4 - 8- Spring Break

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

April 20 - 24 - Jersey Mikes fundraiser

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.

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.