Addams Family Newsletter
Week of January 29th, 2024
February 7, 28
March 6, 13, 20
January 22, 24-30: Hearing Screening - K, 2nd, and 4th Grade
January 29: Social Media: The Impact on Children Presentation at the Board Office 6:30-8:00 p.m.
January 30: Secure Mode to Lockdown Drill
January 30: Report Cards Available on Parent Portal
January 31th: Kindergarten Information Night in the Cafeteria 6:30 - 7:30
Feb 16, 19-20 - Mid-Winter Break
Social Media: The Impact on Children
Join us on January 29 for an enlightening evening with guest speaker Nicole Runyon, an expert on social media's effects on adolescent health. From 6:30 - 8 PM, Nicole will share insights into how screen usage influences the psychology of children. This event is a must for parents and community members interested in staying informed and engaged in the well-being of our youth. This event will be held in the board room. Nicole describes this event as "an insightful talk for parents of children of all ages, from infants to young adults, that explores the intricate relationship between technology and child development. As parents and educators, understanding the fundamental causes behind our children's challenges in this tech-driven era is crucial." Key Insights: Uncover the deeper dynamics influencing the iGeneration. Rather than labeling it a mental health epidemic, let's dissect the intricate socio-cultural fabric shaping their experiences.
Here's the YouTube link: https://youtu.be/1EaeNpjIgjQ?si=HtOHtmpRI3srrEB1
Secure Mode to Lockdown Drill - 1/30/24
We will be conducting a Secure Mode to Lockdown Drill on Tuesday. We use all of our drills as a way to teach and talk with students about our school safety plans. Teachers will discuss the drill process with students beforehand. We also make an announcement to the whole school before the drill to remind them that it is a drill. We understand that these drills can be stressful for some students. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Late Start Wednesday
With the closing of school due to the cold weather, Report Cards will now be available to view online starting Tuesday, January 30, through Parent Portal on the Royal Oak Schools website. There is a Report Card tab on the left side of the screen that you need to click to access your child's Report Card. If you have any questions or need help accessing your child's report card, please contact the Oakland Schools Help Desk at 248-209-2060.
Media Center Tech Update
The process for hiring a new Media Tech is moving along. We have conducted interviews and hope to have a great candidate shortly. Thank you to parents who have volunteered to help out in the Media Center!
Kindergarten/Developmental Kindergarten (DK) Parent Information Night
If you have an incoming Kindergarten student or know of any families that do, our Kindergarten Information Night is on Wednesday, January 31st from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This meeting will be held at Addams Elementary in our cafeteria. Our staff will be providing important information to help families prepare for starting school and share the Kindergarten curriculum.
Kindergarten Enrollment for Royal Oak Residents
Royal Oak Schools is pleased to welcome children and their families to kindergarten. Kindergarten enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year begins on Thursday, February 1, 2024. District-wide enrollment for all kindergarten programs, including Developmental Kindergarten, is processed through our Central Enrollment Office.
All enrollments will be virtual including uploading of the required documentation to the pre-enrollment. Please see the "How to Enroll" portion of the Enrollment website for more information. To watch a short video regarding the enrollment process, click here.
Elementary transfer requests for priority consideration will be accepted between February 1 - February 29, 2024. Please make sure to mark your calendar for Kindergarten Information Night on January 31, 2024, which will be in person at each elementary building.
Kindergarten Age Requirements
A resident child must be five (5) years of age on or before September 1st in order to be eligible to attend kindergarten.
If a child is not five (5) years of age by the September 1st enrollment eligibility date, but will be five (5) years of age no later than December 1st, the parent/guardian may still enroll the child in kindergarten. The parent must notify the school district, in writing, prior to the beginning of the school year. Notification, by way of a completed Kindergarten Age Waiver, must be received in order for a child born between September 1 and December 1 to be enrolled in kindergarten.
I Love Royal Oak Youth Drawing Contest
Use this link for more information: https://www.romi.gov/1827/I-Love-Royal-Oak-Drawing-Contest
Printed images of Royal Oak Schools elementary, middle, and high school students’ drawings will be shown in storefronts throughout the downtown after winners are selected in a contest.
The first annual “I Love Royal Oak” artwork submission deadline is Jan. 26 at 3 PM!
The city’s Downtown Development Authority launched the contest in partnership with the school district this week.
Book of the Month - January
January Book: "My Daddy, Martin Luther King Jr."
Author: Martin Luther King III
Illustrator: A.G. Ford
What was it like growing up as a son of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? This picture book memoir, My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, provides insight into one of history’s most fascinating families and into a special bond between father and son.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
Martin Luther King III was one of those four little children mentioned in Martin Luther King’s groundbreaking “I Have a Dream” speech. In this memoir, Martin Luther King Jr.’s son gives an intimate look at the man and the father behind the civil rights leader. Mr. King’s remembrances show both his warm, loving family and a momentous time in American history.
AG Ford is the illustrator of several other books for children, including the New York Times bestselling Barack. He is the recipient of an NAACP Image Award.
Library Helpers February and March
Hello Addams Families! Here is the Sign Up for Library Helpers for February and March. Thank you to everyone that has signed up and helped out in the library, your efforts are very much appreciated! Having the parent volunteers coming in has been extremely helpful and we would like to continue supporting the library in every way we can.
Miscellaneous School Information
Chromebook FAQ for Families
This document will address some common questions, as well as basic troubleshooting steps to take if you are having an issue with your school-issued Chromebook.
Theme Thursdays are back!
11 - Shiny and Sparkly
18 - Shades of Blue
25 - Peace & Love
1 - Winter Wonderland
8 - Superhero
15 - Red/Pink/Hearts/Love
22 - Stripes
29 - Pajamas
Blessings in a Backpack
“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, administered 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. A bag of food will be put in your child's locker for take home on Fridays. The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned fruit, granola bars, soups, juice and other items. Students will receive a bag every week.
If you would like to have your child participate in this program, fill out the form below.. 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.
CALENDAR FOR THIS SCHOOL YEAR
February Lunch Menu
Traffic & Parking Lot Reminders
It is requested that all adults arriving and departing from the school be particularly cautious and mindful of the children and adult pedestrians in the vicinity of the school.
Students should enter and exit on the passenger side of the vehicle only.
This school year, Addams will be serving breakfast before school in our cafeteria starting at 7:55 a.m. and ending at 8:20 a.m. Breakfast will be available to all students at no cost. Menu will consist of grains, fruit, and milk as established by the USDA. Breakfast menus will be available weekly to see specific items being offered. All food items will be nut free. If your child has specific dietary needs, please contact our Food Service Department.