Updates from Mrs. Froning

December 9, 2018

REMINDER: Dismissal is at 10:18 am THIS Thursday, December 13th

PTA Book Fair was a GREAT success!

Thank you to the volunteers who gave MANY hours of their time over the past week to help make our Book Fair a HUGE success! Students and families enjoyed a special story time on Thursday evening hosted by a very special Book Fairy (a.k.a. Ms. Shafer) Congratulation to Nolan Serr who won an amazing basket created by our fairy! Thank you to our school community for supporting the the fair as all proceeds go directly to the Media Center.
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New at Oakley Park: Owls Nests

We are very excited to share some details regarding a new "program" at Oakley Park called Nests. You might have heard a bit about this from your student(s) as we kicked off the new program on November 16th and groups met again this past Friday, December 7th.

We have created small, multi-aged groups which include staff members such as classroom teachers, fine art teachers, various support staff members and me (Mrs. Froning). (Each nest is comprised of about 15 students.) During our meetings, groups will focus on important themes that will help strengthen our school community emphasizing traits such a s empathy, kindness, leadership and more!

Nest gives each students the opportunity to connect with new group of students and as well as a staff member. Nest groups will remain the same year to year allowing students and staff members to building long term relationships. Nest meetings will occur about once a month on Fridays from 8:25 - 8:55 am. We are looking forward to our next meeting on January 18th.

Parent Teacher Conferences

I hope you found signing up on Family Access for conferences to be both convenient and easy. Report cards will post after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th and we strongly encourage you to preview your child’s card before your scheduled conference. Our teachers want to make the very best use of the conference time and answering your questions about your child’s progress is very important.

From the National PTA webite:

Research shows that partnering with teachers and engaging in your child’s learning improves her achievement and social skills.
Here’s how you can make the most of your parent-teacher conference so you can best support your child:

  1. Schedule your meeting — Typically, your child’s teacher will contact you when it’s time for parent-teacher conferences and give you dates when you can meet with her. This gives you time to prepare and schedule the meeting. If you need a translator, sign language interpreter or other help, you can plan for someone to attend the meeting with you.
  2. Talk with your child first — Before your meeting, talk to your child. Find out which subjects your child likes best, and which ones he doesn’t like — and why. Use National PTA’s Parents’ Guides to Student Success as a tool to help understand a clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade level. Sometimes, there is a concern your child doesn’t know how to express themselves, and you can talk to the teacher directly about it.
  3. Create a list of questions — These meetings can go by quickly. The teacher will have a prepared report, so you need to be prepared too. To have a productive two-way conversation, prepare a list of questions so you can leave the meeting with a comprehensive understanding of how your child is doing academically and socially in the classroom and how to address any issues. These questions should provide guidance and outline important talking points.
  4. Listen to the teacher’s perspective, then tell your side — Be open-minded and don’t judge your child’s teacher until you hear his side. A parent-teacher conference shouldn’t be the first time a teacher or parent should learn about a problem, but sometimes it is. It’s hard not to be defensive, but assess the situation before reacting and share any contributing factors, such as a parent divorce, death, bullying or medical issues so the teacher has a full perspective on any issues.
  5. Take notes — Don’t forget your notebook and pen! Jot down possible areas of improvement or positive feedback you want to monitor or talk about when you go back home to your child. It’s also handy if you have several teachers to visit, such as during middle or high school.
  6. Ask to see work samples and other important documents — Parents should ask to see samples of their child’s work and ask about any activities they can do at home with their child to support her learning. Go over any other documents like the syllabus and upcoming projects or events.
  7. Give your contact information — Parents and teachers should schedule a follow-up conference and decide on the best way to stay in touch for progress reports. Consistent communication (via email, phone, etc.) will help build the relationship and address issues immediately.

These tips will help you best support and advocate for your child. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your child excel in school. Good luck

Updating Skyward Information

In an effort to make sure we have the most current and up-to-date information, we ask that all parents keep important information in Skyward updated. This is very important as we enter the winter season. When there are snow days and other school cancellations, we need to make sure we are in contact with all families.

Please call our office to have our secretaries update your information if needed. Parents are unable to do this on their own in Skyward.

Thank you for your help and support with this important matter.

A Special offer from Lifetouch...

Lifetouch has partnered with Shutterfly to bring a special offer to Oakley Park families. If you ordered your photos online, you can receive a free Shutterfly photo book! Please see the attached flyer for more information. If you have any questions, please contact Lifetouch at the number listed on the flyer.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found is overflowing! Please ask your student to check for missing items. Remember to put your student's name on everything so we can quickly return lost items.

Safety and Security

Reminder - When leaving the building, please do not hold the door open for other adults and allow them into the building. Kindly show the visitor where the buzzer is and the main office staff will buzz them into the building. Thank you for your help.

Paraprofessional Positions

Walled Lake Schools has several para positions throughout the district that we are seeking to fill with qualified candidates. Please CLICK HERE for specific para job postings. Para positions are a great way to work part-time (or full-time) and support students in our district. Please consider applying (see link) and/or passing along this information to anyone who may be interested.

(Note: JobID: 31980 is a general para posting that includes full and part-time positions at various schools).

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00.

Upcoming Dates

Wednesday, December 12
  • Report Cards post in Family Access after 4:00 pm

Thursday, December 13th

  • 1/2 Day: EARLY RELEASE at 10:18 am
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Monday, December 17th

  • Unselfie Book Club 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Wednesday, December 19th

  • Songsters Concert 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 20th

  • Songsters Concert: All school performance 8:20 am
  • 1st Grade Gingerbread Tea 2:15 - 2:25 pm

Friday, December 21st

  • Classroom Holiday Parties
8:30 - 9:30 am: Kindergarten, 2nd , 3rd & 4th grade (Smith & Bernstein)

1:45 - 2:45 pm: 4th grade (Jeneary) & 5th grade

  • Last day of School

December 22 - January 2nd

  • Winter/Holiday Break

Thursday, January 3rd

  • School Resumes

Oakley Park School Bell Times

*Students using Owl Drop Off are to exit cars beginning at 7:55 am

Drop off: 8:00 AM

First Bell: 8:02 (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:08 PM

1/2 Day Dismissal: 11:18 AM