Oak Ridge Connection

May 7, 2021

Our Mission:

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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! As I am sure you are aware, we our proud of our teachers at Oak RIdge, and thankful for all they have done. Thank you to our PTA for providing treats and affirmations this week. As we continue throughout the rest of the year, it is important that we all work together to help our students grow.


Dr. Parrott

PTA Meeting

Monday, May10, there is a virtual PTA Meeting scheduled for 7:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend!

NWEA Testing Schedule

NWEA testing will take place on remote Friday's to ensure consistency of testing practices throughout the year. I know some of you have already received schedules and those schedules may change. I apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Elementary Summer School!

This year, the Royal Oak School District will be hosting a Summer School Program at Northwood Elementary. Two sessions will be offered:

1st Session: June 28th- July 22nd

Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:30 am

2nd Session: July 26th- August 19th

Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:30 am

You have the option to sign up for one or both of these sessions.

Class options with descriptions will be shared the week of May 10th.

RO Summer Sports Camps

RO Summer Sports Camp information is now posted on our website, www.goroathletics.org. Please join us this summer for a variety of camp opportunities. For more information click the link below:

Royal Oak Schools Summer Sports Camps

Daily Screening Update Important!

The Daily Screenr Has Changed!!!

A new question has been added to the screener stating:

"Are you or is a member of your household awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test?"

Please make sure you are carefully reading the screener everyday and answering the questions honestly. We all have to work together to keep everyone safe and healthy.

PLEASE complete your daily screening prior to 8:00 a.m. Our arrival procedure goes much more smoothly when everyone has completed their daily screening prior to arriving at school. All students must be screened prior to attending class.

Oak Ridge Readathon Results!

Oak Ridge read 34,683 minutes for our Readathon and raised over $14,000 for our PTA. Thank you to our PTA for organizing and running this event for us!!!
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Picture Re-take Day

Picture Re-Take Day is scheduled for May 10.

Class Composites

Individual classroom composites are available for purchase this year. Please use the following link to order: https://orders.kaiserstudio.com/default.aspx?code=21OAKRCP There will be a separate order for the all 5th grade composite at a later date.
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Quarantine and Positive Cases Guidelines

*If a student tests positive please contact the office immediately so we can do our due diligence on our end.

*If any household members test positive, please consider testing your student and communicating with us so we can be proactive for all contacts considered.

Do you have questions about quarantine and timelines? Please click on this link to help you navigate if you are unsure: Quarantine & Isolation.

Important COVID Protocol Reminders

As cases rise in our community it is more important than ever that we as parents are doing everything we can to keep our children safe, including;

  • Completing Clear to Go honestly and regularly
  • Keeping students home if they are showing any symptoms
  • Keeping students home if they are awaiting a PCR Covid test (Students with symptoms must have a negative PCR test to return to school, not a rapid test.)
  • Keeping siblings home if there is suspicion of Covid in the household.
  • Reporting any positive cases to the school immediately
  • Keeping children home with any illness until they are symptom free for 24 hours without medication.
  • Wearing a mask at arrival and dismissal times
  • Practicing social distancing during arrival and dismissal times

We will continue to help keep students safe at school by practicing cohorting and social distancing, enforcing mask wearing, enhanced cleaning protocols, hand washing, sanitizing and with the use of desk shields. When we all do our part we can help to keep our students, families and staff safe.

Young Oaks Latchkey and Summer Care

Information about the Young Oaks Summer Care (previously known as Young Oaks Summer Camp) is linked on the Royal Oak Schools website, Young Oaks Summer Care Program

The lottery is tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2021.

Information about the Youngs Oaks Before and After School Program can be found here. The lottery for fall is tentatively scheduled to open on May 10, 2021.

Contact evelyn.maurer@royaloakschools.org or alyssa hayes@royaloakschools.org

2021-2022 School Year Information:

Registration for the 21-22 school year is tentatively scheduled for May 10, 2021. Registration will be a lottery-based system this year. Thank you for your interest in our program.

Pricing, policies and procedures for the 2021-2022 Young Oaks Latchkey Program can be found in the Parent Handbook. Required paperwork for families who have been accepted into the program can be found on the Young Oaks Program Checklist.

If you prefer, all items listed in the checklist can be picked up at the Addams ECC, located at 2222 W. Webster, Royal Oak, MI, 48073

2021-2022 Lottery: Links will be active on Monday, May 10 at 9:00 AM

2020-2021 Young Oaks Lottery Information:

If you are interested in applying for care in the current (2020-21 School Year), please email alyssa.hayes@royaloakschools.org for more information.

Before and After School Child Care:

The Young Oaks Latchkey Program offers comfortable, supervised before and after school care that includes activities that enhance the child's physical, social, and academic growth. The Young Oaks Program works with the State Licensing Division and must meet the requirements set forth by the State of Michigan. The Young Oaks Program is not to be considered an ‘academic’ program.

Currently, sites are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, on regularly scheduled school days. Young Oaks sites include: Addams, Keller, Northwood, Oakland, Oak Ridge, and Upton Elementary Schools. We anticipate resuming a five day program when school starts in September providing that there are no state restrictions in place prohibiting in-person instruction due to COVID-19.The times will be 7:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Space is limited.

The Young Oaks program has a site supervisor and fully trained staff at each elementary school site along with an 18:1 student-to-staff ratio. The program meets the State of Michigan Licensing Guidelines.

Key Fob Return Information:

We are asking that all parents return any previously issued Young Oaks Latchkey Key Fobs. Damaged or lost Key Fobs will result in a $20 charge to your account. Fobs can be returned to the Addams ECC Office, located at 2222 W. Webster Avenue, Royal Oak, MI. Our office is located at door #27, closer to Linwood Drive. The office is open from 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. A RED Bin will be available on the desk on the right side of the vestibule for contactless drop off. Please return by May 21. Any Fobs that are not returned will be billed after that date to the account on record. Thank you.

We do ask that keys be returned with the following information:

Key Fobs will need to be placed in an envelope and labeled with the student name, parent name and school name. Envelopes should be sealed with tape and not licked closed. Any envelope will work. Do not leave a Fob with no information.

If your Key Fob is missing, payment by check may be mailed into the Addams ECC office at:

Addams Early Childhood Center
2222 W. Webster
Royal Oak, MI 48073

Letter about M-STEP Testing

Letter about M-STEP Testing

As of today, the Michigan Department of Education has not received a waiver to postpone or cancel the state assessments for this spring. Royal Oak Schools has worked hard to design a testing schedule that puts student safety as a priority. We are continuing to work with both the Michigan Department of Education and the Oakland County Health Department to monitor safety requirements and health data for our community, and we will make any other necessary changes to our testing plan to keep our students, families, and staff as safe as possible.

Therefore, the Michigan Department of Education has advised schools to prepare to administer state tests as normally required by federal and state laws. Test security regulations require that tests be administered in-person to all eligible students. In other words, online testing is not an option. Those students enrolled in remote learning can participate in state testing by attending in-person testing during the designated times listed below.

5th Grade: Friday, April 23rd from 8:30-12:30 (Lunch will be provided)

5th Grade: Friday, April 30th from 8:30-2:30 (Lunch will be provided)

3rd and 4th Grade: Friday May 7th from 8:30-2:30 (Lunch will be provided)

Testing is designed to be manageable for students by breaking it up into small sessions over several weeks. On the days of testing, typical learning activities will resume after your child’s test session concludes. The testing schedule is designed to be safe, fulfill state testing requirements, and provide meaningful data while being as minimally disruptive to learning as possible.

As we plan for the administration of these assessments, we will continue to monitor communication from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

MSTEP Schedule

Mrs. Bernstien's Class

Monday, May 10: Math (a.m.)

Tuesday, May 11: ELA (a.m.

Mrs. Fletcher's Class

Monday, May 10: Math (a.m.)

Tuesday, May 11: ELA (a.m.)

Mrs. Nouhan's Class

Monday, May 17: Math (a.m.)

Tuesday, May 18: ELA (a.m.)

Mrs. Kosnik's Class

Wednesday, May 12: Math (a.m.)

Thursday, May 13: ELA (a.m.)

Mrs. McBath's Class

Wednesday, May 12: Math (a.m.)

Thursday, May 13: ELA (a.m.)

Mr. Letkiewicz's Class

Wednesday, May 26: Math (a.m.)

Thursday, May 27: ELA (a.m.)

Testing is designed to be manageable for students by breaking it up into small sessions over several days. The testing schedule is designed to be safe, fulfill state testing requirements, and provide meaningful data while being minimally disruptive to learning as possible.

As we plan for the administration of these assessments, we will continue to monitor communication from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and the United States Department of Education (USDE). If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

M-STEP Resources for Parents

M-STEP: What can students expect? Video

Online Practice for M-STEP ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies

Student Testing, What Parents Can Do to Help Students Prepare

SAL Afterschool Program

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Young Oaks Info

If you have students currently enrolled in the program you will be contacted directly by the Young Oaks Coordinator.

Any families interested in the program can use the link below for information about the program.

Young Oaks Latchkey

Registration for Kindergarten 2021-22 School Year

If you or anyone you knows has an incoming Kindergarten student planning on attending Oak Ridge next year, registration begins on Thursday, January 28. Registration should be completed online. Here is the link for additional information regarding registration:


Chromebook Issues or Needs

If you are in need of technical support for your district issued Chromebook, please contact the Oakland County Service Desk. The contact information is on your district Chromebook as a screen background.

If you are in need of a Chromebook, please contact the Service Desk at 248-209-2060. They have set up family support and pickup hours each morning in the Board Office parking lot to help with family requests and troubleshooting issues.

Service Desk Information

Contact the Service Desk one of two ways:

1. Create a ticket: https://servicedesk.oakland.k12.mi.us

2. Call the Service Desk: 248-209-2060

Oak Ridge LIve Is Back!

Oak Ridge Live is an award winning news broadcast presented by our fifth grade students. Each week they bring us news and events from Oak Ridge and the surrounding community. I am pleased to announce we are continuing our broadcast remotely. A special thank you to our Media Tech, Mrs. Hanson and our student broadcasters for the professionalism and effort they have put into continuing this broadcast. I could not be more proud of them. I hope you enjoy this weeks edition of Oak Ridge Live:

May 11: Oak Ridge Live-Remote, 5-11-21

May 7: Oak Ridge Live-Remote, 5-7-21

May 4: Oak Ridge Live - Remote, 5-4-21

April 30: Oak Ridge Live-Remote, 4-30-21

April 27: Oak Ridge Live-Remote, 4-27-21

April 20: Oak Ridge Live-Remote, 4-20-21

April 16th Oak Ridge Live-Remote, 4-16-21

April 13: Oak Ridge Live - Remote, 4-13-21

March 30: Oak Ridge Live-Remote 3-30-21

March 26: Oak Ridge Live - Remote, 3-26-21

March 23: Oak Ridge Live Remote 3-23-21

March 19: Oak Ridge Live Remote 3-19-21

March 16: Oak Ridge Live - Remote 3-16-21

March 9: Oak Ridge Live - Remote, 3-9-21

March 5: Oak Ridge Live-Remote 3-5-21

March 2: Oak Ridge Live-Remote 3-2-21

Archived Oak Ridge Live Episodes

Literacy with Mrs. Leetsma

Mrs. Leestma, our literacy coach, has been working really hard on communicating with parents. I will continue to share her newsletters, flyers, and website. For more literacy information and what you can do at home click on this link: Family Website

Free Breakfast and Lunch

Meals are available to be picked up at Royal Oak High School's bus loop off Crooks Road every Friday from 11:00-12:15.


While all Royal Oak Schools students are currently receiving free breakfast and lunch, a benefit which is now approved to continue through the 2020-21 school year, a decline in applications for free and reduced-price lunches could lead to a reduction in school funding -- and ultimately in programming cuts that could affect student learning.

The district is grateful that we can provide meals for every student during these difficult times but very few new applications are coming in. Every child that qualifies for free or reduced meals helps determine federal funding. Did you know the federal government uses the number of applications to determine how much money the district receives in other grant funds? So the money isn't just for food. Fewer applications equal fewer federal dollars for our schools so apply today.

Students will continue to receive free meals through the end of the school year, however, families who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals can help support Royal Oak Schools by submitting an application. The 2020-21 free and reduced-price school meals application is available on the Royal Oak Schools website.

Special Education News

Please click the link below for special education news and information. Check it often as it is being updated regularly.

Special Education Program Updates


Blessings in a Backpack

In light of the tough economic times facing our area, we are attempting to help Royal Oak Schools families by making sure that all of our children have enough food. “Blessings in a Backpack” is a program designed to provide students on the free and reduced lunch program with enough food for three meals a day during the weekends. This program, sponsored by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, is active in Royal Oak Schools. If you agree to take part in this program during the school year, your child will receive a bag filled with food for the weekend. While we are remote, the food will be delivered to your home by volunteers. The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned fruit, granola bars, soups, juice and other items. Virtual and high school children receive bags every other week, PreK-Middle school students will have food delivered weekly to the school.

If you would like to have your child participate in this program, fill out the form below and mail it to the board office at 800 Devillen, Royal Oak, MI 48073, or just hit submit on this form. Please be sure to indicate on the form if you child has any food allergies. If your child has a food allergy, you as the parent are responsible for checking all food labels when the food arrives home. Royal Oak Schools, as well as Blessings in a Backpack, will not be held responsible for any accidental food allergen exposure

Sign up for Blessings in a Backpack

PTA News

Please remember to join the PTA - we are working hard to keep our community strong! The PTA welcomes every student & their family from Oak Ridge, regardless of which learning option you have chosen. Your PTA Board has ideas in the works to keep us as amazing as a community that Oak Ridge has always been, despite social distancing and online learning. We are OAK RIDGE!!!

Join online at: https://oakridge.memberhub.store/

Individual memberships are $7/year.

Optimist Jr. Golf Tournament

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Curbside Meal Pickup Update

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Literacy University

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