Oaktree Newsletter

Friday, April 29, 2016

From Mr. Relken...

This is the time of the school year where we all start thinking about placing kids for the next school year. To answer the most common question from parents, We DO NOT accept parent requests. We do however invite parent input as to learning styles, social and emotional needs, or just your gut feelings about what you see as the needs of your child.

In May we will be sending out what we call an environmental form to help us collect parents thoughts and ideas. If you put the name of the teacher you are hoping for, that is fine, there just is not a guarantee that the teacher's name who you put down will be who your child gets...and don't try and make back door requests through the front office :-). Our office staff has been instructed to not make changes to class lists without my permission.

We also ask that you are communicating with your child's current teacher about the best classroom fit for next year. They all accept your input and use it as an important piece toward the final student placement.

I found this great summary explaining how complicated student placement can be:

"Many people don’t realize the enormous amount of factors that are considered when creating class assignments before the beginning of the school year. There needs to be a semi-equal distribution of students by gender, achievement levels, and behavioral concerns (and balancing all three of these factors simultaneously is no small feat.) Special considerations must then be made for the placement of English language learners and students with special needs. Often student-teacher personality conflicts are considered, as well as interpersonal conflicts between students who need to be separated from their peers. Then, just when a near-perfect balance has been achieved, it’s announced that a student is transferring in or out of the school, and more changes have to be made on a weekly basis all throughout the summer...the process of student class assignments can take hours for just a single grade level. When you add dozens of parent requests to the mix, the job becomes almost impossible. (Watson, 2013)"

The complete article can be found at http://goo.gl/tgL89Z.

If you have questions or comments about our policy, please feel free to contact me. We are here to listen. Thanks and have a great weekend!


Here are some upcoming dates:

May 5 Student Council, Mellendorf’s Class—Mothers Day Tea @ 11:00
May 12 Kona Ice 2nd & 3rd 1:30-3:30
May 13 Kona Ice 4th & 5th
May 18 3rd Grade @ Detroit Zoo
May 19 Student Council
May 20 OT Carnival 5:00-8:00

May 30 Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

June 10 Art Show

June 15 HALF DAY


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Take Your Child to Work Day

I just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed hearing from the kids who were able to spend the day with mom or dad on Take Your Child to Work Day. For me, I think it brought me and my son a daughter a little closer and they liked that we have the thing in common that we all spend our whole day at school and that they have a job, in a way, like I do.

Oaktree Parent Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, Oaktree Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/5381586 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Thank you for your honesty, time and attention to this matter.