Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 7, 2021

The purpose of the Oakley Park learning community is to ensure social- emotional development for all students so they can reach their full academic and personal potential.

Oakley Park School Times

Drop off: 8:50 AM

First Bell: 8:55 AM

Tardy Bell: 9:00 AM
Dismissal: 4:00 PM
1/2 Day Dismissal: 12:25 PM

*Students who have access to Walled Lake Transportation will not be marked tardy at this time.


November 7, 2021

Dear WLCSD Families,

School districts across the state are facing a critical shortage of bus drivers and the Walled Lake Consolidated School District is no exception. Our Transportation Department and our partners with Dean Transportation have done an admirable job adjusting to these shortages while keeping service interruptions to a minimum. Despite those best efforts and continued logistical innovation, we find it necessary to make you aware of the some impactful adjustments to our transportation offerings this week.

We are, unfortunately, going to have to cancel the following routes this week, November 8-12:

  • Route 130 - WL Central HS, Walnut Creek MS, Pleasant Lake EL
  • Route 135 - WL Western HS, Geisler MS, Hickory Woods EL
  • Route 139 - WL Western HS, Walnut Creek MS , Meadowbrook EL
  • Route 141 - WL Central HS, Walnut Creek MS, MH Guest EL
  • Route 148 - WL Central HS, Sarah Banks MS, Loon Lake EL
  • Route 149 - WL Western HS, Sarah Banks MS, Wixom EL
  • Route 150 - WL Northern HS, Clifford Smart MS, Dublin EL
  • Route 152 - WL Central HS, Clifford Smart MS, Oakley Park EL
  • Route 154 - WL Northern HS, Clifford Smart MS, Keith EL
  • Route 168 - WL Northern HS, Clifford Smart MS, Commerce EL
  • Route 173 - WL Western HS, Sarah Banks MS, Glengary EL

We will work to restore these routes as soon as possible, and may need to cancel different routes in the weeks ahead. These route cancellations are unfortunate and the decision to implement these changes was difficult but necessary to keep the majority of our District bus routes in service. Please note, ALL students who have specialized transportation plans that are contained in an IEP will NOT see a disruption in service.

Any cancellations will be temporary, while our transportation team continues to recruit and train new drivers. If you, or anyone in your family would be interested in joining our team, please visit the Dean Transportation careers webpage.

We know the impact these route changes will have on families may be significant and we want all of our WLCSD families to be made aware of the current transportation situation. Many districts in our area are experiencing similar staffing challenges and making similar adjustments to their transportation offerings. Please know that this decision really comes as a last resort while we work with our Dean Transportation partners to combat the bus driver shortage we are currently experiencing.

For more information, please contact the Walled Lake Schools Transportation Department at 248-956-3090 or visit the transportation webpage on the District’s website.

We truly appreciate your continued support and grace as we navigate these unprecedented staffing challenges together. We know this is an awful situation and we will do everything in our power to limit the impact of any potential transportation changes.


Kenneth Gutman
Superintendent of Schools
Walled Lake Consolidated Schools


Beginning Monday, November 8th


Due to the cancelation of the bus 152 route this week, and in anticipation of the possible of more cancellations, we will NOT be marking students who have access to Walled Lake bussing tardy. We trust our families will continue to make every effort to get their children to school safely, as close to the start of the school day as possible.


We will begin dismissal at 3:45 as we anticipate an increase of families using Owl Pick Up and/or signing out students at the end of school day. If you would like to register for Owl Pick please email Kim Waling KimberlyWaling@wlcsd.org

Staffing changes at Oakley Park

They say when opportunity knocks...we should open the door!

We have two members of our staff who have had "opportunity" unexpectedly knock! Mrs. Kelly Smith will be leaving her 4th grade position to become the Interim Assistant Principal at Sarah Banks Middles School. We are so happy to for Mrs. Smith and this opportunity for her become a building administrator. We are thrilled to welcome Ms. Kristi Kolb as the guest teacher in room 13 while we complete the interview/hiring process in the coming weeks. Ms. Kolb will begin tomorrow, Monday, November 8th.

Ms. Sundie Lori (Guttovz) has also had an unexpected knock on her door! Ms. Lori has the opportunity to return to Walnut Creek Middle School to teaching science. Prior to coming to Oakey Park, Ms. Lori spent many years at Walnut Creek, teaching Science. While she has thoroughly enjoyed her time at Oakley Park, the opportunity to return to the middle school was one she could not turn down. We are VERY fortunate that Mrs. Janine Baur will be returning to Oakley Park, filling Ms. Lori vacancy! Mrs. Baur was a member of our 3rd grade team from 2017- 2020. She has most recently been teaching at Pleasant Lake Elementary as an English Language Development teacher. We feel fortunate that Ms. Lori's opportunity resulted in a knock on Mrs. Baur's door too!

24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

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Parent/Teacher Conference Information

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 9th. This will be an adjusted 1/2 day for students: Dismissal will be at 11:25 am. Conferences will be held from 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Parents/Caregivers will sign up using the Online Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up in Family Access. All conferences will be virtual (using Zoom).

In addition to your child’s classroom teacher, you may also choose to meet with our FAPES teachers: PE, Music, and Art. These teachers will have "drop in" Zoom times, we encourage you meet with these staff members if you have concerns, would like more information, or want to connect with our wonderful FAPES staff.

Conference Sign Up will open in Family Access at 7:00 am, November 17th.

OCHD to host Optional Vaccine Clinic at WLC on 11/12

With the recent Emergency Use Authorization of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for youth aged 5-11, all school-aged youth (aged 5-18) can now receive the COVID-19 vaccine. We have partnered with Oakland County Health Division to hold an optional vaccine clinic at Walled Lake Central High School on Friday, November 12 from 4-7:30 p.m. Please make an appointment at OaklandCountyVaccine.com or by calling 1-800-848-5533. Anyone under 18 must have a parent/guardian present.

The County is also investing in additional advertising for pediatric COVID-19 vaccines so please keep an eye out for that if our clinic location does not work for your schedule. The Health Division has additional community vaccine clinics available on their website, OaklandCountyVaccine.com. Visit Oakland County Health Division’s ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ webpage to learn more about vaccine safety, eligibility, and what to expect at your appointment. Oakland County’s Nurse on Call is also available Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to answer any health-related questions at 1-800-848-5544.

Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, November 10th

Students will need to bring their original picture packet to school on Re-take day. If your child was absent on October 1st, your child will be photographed on November 10th. Please use the following information to order pictures:
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Cold Weather Clothing Reminder

As the fall temperatures begin to drop, please note that our children do go outside for recess each day for about 20 minutes and should be dress for outside play.


  • 40-50 degrees - Recommended
  • 39 degrees and below – Required

  • 40-50 degrees - Recommended
  • 39 degrees and below- Required

  • Boots and Snow Pants: REQUIRED if there is slush or snow (or mud)

Please Note:

● If your family needs financial assistance purchasing these items, please contact Mrs. Froning or your child's teacher. We are happy to help!

● Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

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Are you looking for a way to make an impact in the lives of students in your area? Join our Walled Lake family as a substitute teacher today, make a difference tomorrow! https://www.edustaff.org/
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As we head into November, we are so thankful for the Oakley Park community and everyone involved with the success of our kids at the school. Watch our facebook page this month as we call out many of the staff and supporters that don't always get as much recognition but we appreciate them just as much! FB.com/OakleyParkPTA

We have a NEW spiritwear site up and running! There are sales running this month and fun items that make great holiday gifts!


Also, don't forget to make Oakley Park PTA your chosen recipient for both Amazon Smile and Kroger Community Rewards to make no-cost donations on all of your holiday shopping orders!

Thank you to those who attended our meeting on November 1. If you missed it, you can see the meeting recording at OakleyParkPTA.com/meetings Our next meeting is scheduled for January 10, 2022.

Enjoy the sweater weather,

Jessica Maurer, OPE PTA President

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National PTA Reflections Contest

The Oakley Park PTA is encouraging all of our Owls to participate in this year’s PTSA Reflections program! Our theme this year is “I Will Change the World By...”. Students can enter what their interpretation of the theme means to them through music composition, literature, film production, dance choreography, photography, or visual arts. The best part of Reflections is that it is free to enter! All you need to do provide is your creativity! Students can enter up to one piece per category. A celebration will be held for all students that enter the Reflections competition in the spring.

If you need a little inspiration or help brainstorming, check out this video: https://youtu.be/r1BkCQkRwNs

Please read the rules (listed below) prior to submitting your work to ensure all the requirements are met. The Student Entry Form must be fully filled out and turned in with the final product. On the entry form, it asks for an artist statement. When writing the artist statement, consider the following:

  1. How does your work relate to the theme?

  2. What is your personal connection to the theme?

  3. What did you use to create your work (supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?

  4. What/Who was your inspiration?

Keep in mind the artist statement accounts for a large part of the scoring!

Entries due November 29, 2021

Visit the Oakley Park PTA Website for more information and entry forms.

The updated school directory is here!

On Thursday, 10/21, you should have received an email from Directory Spot with a link to the directory.

If you are a member of the PTA and did not receive the email, please check your spam folder.

You can also access the directory by going to https://www.directoryspot.net and click “Login” and then “Reset Password”. Your username is your email address.

If you are not a member of the PTA and would like to be - You can join by clicking the below link.


Your membership provides funds that support academic activities, school field trips, school supplies and so much more!

You must join the PTA in order to access the school directory.

Exciting Therapy Dog NEWS coming soon!

Breakfast & Lunch Information

COVID Information

If a member of your household tests positive for COVID we strongly recommend a self-quarantine from last date of close contact, however WLCSD is not currently issuing quarantines. Thank you for taking the necessary steps to help ensure the health and safety of our entire learning community.

If a student tests positive for COVID, they will be isolated for a minimum of 10 calendar days based on the recommendations from the OCHD. All families in that classroom will receive a letter regarding the positive case. The letter also reminds recipients to monitor their child's health closely and if he/she begins experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home, consult your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.

Daily Health Checks

We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will keep our community healthy and safe. Please check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • New loss of smell or taste

If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until their symptoms subside. We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe! Health and Safe!

UPDATED: Mask Reminder

You may have learned that the Michigan Legislator questioned the Oakland County Health Division’s Mask Mandate based on the recent Michigan Budget Bill. Provided, the Governor’s statement and in consultation with our attorney, we are required to uphold the OCHD’s Mask Mandate. Moving forward, the mask criteria as of the beginning of this school year will remain in place. If the Governor or the OCHD make further changes in the future, we will communicate in a timely manner.

Meanwhile, this update is also reflected in our FAQs, available to all parents.

Due to this OCHD mandate, the following protocols are required:

  • Masks are required in all of our schools and facilities.
  • Masks are required on our buses.
  • Masks are not required outside (ex. recess).
  • Masks are not required while eating or drinking.
  • Mask Breaks: Please note that teachers will take their classes outside for periodic mask breaks throughout the school day.

Water Bottles: Please remember to send your child to school with a reusable, plastic water bottle. Our drinking fountains are closed. Refilling stations are still open.

Prime Time Care

Registration for Prime Time Care/Teen Club is now open. Due to technical difficulties, registration will NOT currently be online. Please use the link below to access the Prime Time Care webpage. Registration packets are also available in our lobby area.

2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance

Staggered Dimssal times:

3:55 pm begin calling Owl Pick Up numbers

3:56 pm Walkers & Prime time and first of three bus numbers

3:57 pm begin calling student names (based on parent sign out)

3:58 pm continue calling bus numbers and student names

4:07 Buses depart from Oakley Park

*Owl Pick Up numbers and student names will continue to be called throughout the dismissal period.

Contact Information

Kristin Froning, Principal

Karen Clark, Principals Secretary

Kim Waling, Building Secretary

Main Office: 248-956-4100

Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199