Updates from Mrs. Froning

September 28, 2019

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Reminder:

No School, Monday, September 30th in observance of Rosh Hashanah

Future Viking Fun!

We had a great week celebrating the 2019 Walled Lake Central homecoming week. Students and staff were thrilled to welcome members of the drum line, various sports teams, student leaders and the Homecoming King & Queen to Oakley Park yesterday afternoon.


Despite the rain, we had a great group of future Vikings gather to walk in the Walled Lake Central Homecoming parade last night. Several families stayed to cheer on the Vikings but as thunder and lightening settled in, the game was postponed until this afternoon.

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PTA Annual Raffle is underway!

Our whole school community gathered on Thursday for our Raffle Kick Off Assembly! The enthusiasm was AWESOME! All raffle materials (including tickets) were sent home with students this week. Here are some highlights shared at the assembly:


  • All students receive an Oakley Park cinch bag.
  • Every student who sells at least $40 worth of tickets will earn a special prize.
  • Top ticket seller from each classroom is invited to a sleep over at the Oakley Park Media Center with Mrs. Froning.
  • Top ticket selling classroom wins a special prize.
  • Individual top ticket seller prizes are as follows:

First place -Chromebook

Second place- Kindle Fire

Third place-Viviofit

  • All students will receive their new "themed" Oakley Park t-shirt later next week!
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PTA Meeting: Wednesday, October 2nd 7:00 pm

Please join us for the first official General Membership Meeting of the 2019-2020 school year! Childcare will be provided!

Professional Learning News from September 17th

On September 17th, we had our first half day of the 2019-2020 school year. After students were dismissed, our staff engaged in professional learning (PL) throughout the district. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. However, half days also provide our staff with ongoing professional learning opportunities to ensure we are continuously improving as a district. Our goal is to provide an exemplary education for your child and ongoing staff PL (or PD) is essential in achieving this goal.

On the 17th, schools throughout our district focused on providing tiers of support for our learners’ social-emotional and academic needs. This is referred to as a multi-tiered system of support or MTSS. We also analyzed relevant assessment data and created action plans to address areas of need. This work is directly connected to our district goals, as well as, our school improvement plan.

We are grateful that our staff is continuously striving to improve and for our community’s support. If you have questions about our professional learning plans and/or our school improvement goals, please do not hesitate to contact me. kristinfroning@wlcsd.org

School Funding in Michigan: School Finance Research Collaborative

Please familiarize yourself with the School Finance Research Collaborative, a study that talks about the actual cost of educating a student in Michigan, given our current educational standards. If you have wondered about the costs associated with educating a child and why we regularly hear about deficits in educational funding, this report provides important details. While the report is quite lengthy, it provides details of the base costs of educating a child in our schools and the additional costs associated with differences in district and students characteristics. Specifically, Chapter 9 provides the results and recommendations of the study. Currently, Walled Lake Schools receive about $8,400 per student in comparison to the $9,500-$10,100 per student base cost (not including additional costs) recommendation from the study (not including the cost of transportation or food services). This study is so important as we continue to see cuts being made to education and districts having to make some very tough decisions about programming and services. We hope to see an increase in our funding from the state this year, but it will certainly not make up the difference between our current state and the findings of this report. It is important that we as a community make ourselves aware and consider the implications that these findings have on our children.

Buster the Bus will visit Oakley Park on October 30th

The Michigan Department of Education recommends that: “every school bus driver conduct an emergency evacuation of pupils from the school bus at least three (3) times per year (front, rear, and front/rear combination).”

In compliance with this recommendation, keeping SAFETY as a top priority, the Walled Lake/Dean Transportation bus drivers and BUSTER THE BUS will be doing a skit about safe bus riding practices. Your child’s bus driver will explain and lead the children through a practice bus evacuation. This evacuation will be done on school property. They will also watch several short videos on bus and bus stop safety.

This program is for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade. We will do a program for the 3rd – 5th graders later in the school year.

If you have any questions, you may email Jill Segal: jillsegal@wlcsd.org


I am looking forward to my annual meeting with our bus drivers on Thursday, October 17th.

End of the day plans:

Please be sure to always include the office staff when emailing teaches regarding changes in the end of school plan for your child! In the event you need to pick your student up prior to dismissal, we ask that you do so before 2:40 p.m. Emailing teachers and office staff regarding an early dismissal is very helpful to all.


Emails:

Ms. Shirkey (Principal's Secretary) angelashirkey@wlcsd.org

Mrs. Waling (Building Secretary) kimberlywaling@wlcsd.org

Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is coming to Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more.


Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.


Please learn more about our keynote speaker, Brooks Gibbs, by watching: The Resilent Parenting Style and register online to attend. Registration is $15 per person or $25 per person at the door the day of the event.

Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA)

The Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) will hold their annual Taste of the Lakes fundraising event on Tuesday, October 1st. at Edgewood Country Club from 5:00-8:00 PM.


Our main office has tickets for sale $25.00 each. Please stop in to purchase or follow this LINK.


What is LAYA: Youth Assistance is a non-profit organization that offers professional counseling services and conducts programs for youth and their families who live within the Walled Lake School District.


Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer involvement. LAYA is one of 26 programs of the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division.

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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00. Or as soon as their bus arrives.


Due to various circumstances, the menu is subject to change. Using the links below (or links through the Oakley Park website) you can access the most up to date menus.

Oakley Park School Times

As you are aware, there has been a slight change in our bell times. This change effects the end of the day. All morning bells remain the same:


Drop off begins: 7:55 AM

First Bell: 8:00 AM (Owl Drop off and walkers may enter the building)

Second Bell: 8:02 AM (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:10 PM