Updates from Mrs. Froning

March 17, 2019

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REMINDER: Friday, March 22

Dismissal time: 11:18 am

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REMINDER: PTA Family Literacy Night

Join us on Monday, March 18th for Family Literacy Night! Registration begins at 6:15. Events run from 6:30 - 8:00 pm.

This special night will feature the following staff members as guest readers:

Ms. Pavelich

Mrs. Prestel

Mrs. Simon & Ms. Gosselin

Mrs Rozman & Ms, Mills

Mrs. Bastuba

Ms. Tubbs

Ms. Shafer

Mrs. Iaquinto

Darcy Jeneary

Participants will enjoy engaging special stories and activities selected by our staff that surround our theme of Kindness!

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Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond Information

At its February 7th meeting, the Walled Lake Schools’ Board of Education approved moving forward with a $316 million bond election May 7, 2019. It will not be a tax increase to District residents. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said: “We have a unique opportunity at this time where we can request a $316 million bond without a tax increase that will actually result in a tax decrease. The District currently has five outstanding debt obligations, four of which will be paid off within five years, and other factors that give the District this opportunity.” The bond election is for infrastructure and educational equity improvements at all schools with significant building changes at Dublin Elementary and Western High schools, as well as an early childhood facility, and some safety and security additions. “Our goal is to offer functional, equitable learning atmospheres across the District and to address myriad infrastructure needs. These critical upgrades range from heating and ventilation systems, roof and window replacements, and lighting upgrades, to restroom and locker room renovations, and parking lot and sidewalk repairs at most of our buildings. The critical repairs needed at our 22 buildings far exceed our Sinking Fund,” Gutman added. “Keeping our schools in good repair improves our children’s learning environment and is linked to increased property values.”
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Math Grade Skipping Procedures for 2019-2020

The last day to sign-up for the math course-skipping test is March 28th. This test is for students in grades 2-5 who are performing above grade level on the iReady or MSTEP math assessments and may be ready to skip a grade level in math. See your child’s teacher with questions!

Students will take the test after school on Thursday, April 11th at Oakley Park in our computer lab.

We have paper copies of the application in our main office. The application is also below.

March is Reading Month: Author Julia Cook is coming to Oakley!

The Award Winning Author, Julia Cook will be visiting Oakley on Wednesday, March 27th:

K- 2 8:30 - 9:20 am

3-5 9:30 - 10:30 am

Both assemblies will be in the Media Center.

Julia is nationally recognized as an award-winning children’s book author and parenting expert, and her books have been referenced in such publications as Parent’s Magazine, The New Yorker, Green Child Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, Ya-hoo.com, DrLaura.com and BabyZone.com has. She has also been featured on CNN’s HLN News, and several large metropolitan networks.

Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Julia became actively involved in teaching children how to ski, an experience that led to a love of teaching in general. Julia now lives in Fremont, Nebraska. Her Master’s degree is in Elementary School Counseling. While serving as a guidance counselor, Julia often used children’s books to enhance her classroom lessons.

She has presented in thousands of schools across the country and abroad, regularly speaks at national education and counseling conferences. She has published nearly 100 children’s books on a wide range of characters and social development topics. Her books showcase her innate ability to enter the worldview of a child through storybooks, giving children both the “what to say” and the “how to say it.”

The goal behind Cook’s work is to actively involve young people in fun, memorable stories and teach them to become lifelong problem solvers. Inspiration for her books comes from working with children and carefully listening to counselors, parents, and teachers, in order to stay on top of needs in the classroom and at home.

Book order forms will be sent home on this day!

Julia will also have a special night for parents! Please see the details in the attachments below!

M-Step Spring 2019

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the State of Michigan's M-Step test again this Spring. State mandated testing windows are:

➔ 5th Grade - April 8th - May 3rd

➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 29th - May 24th

Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations during these testing windows. Absent students will be required to take make-up tests on alternate dates and miss classroom instruction. Teachers will provide more specific scheduling information as the testing window approaches. We appreciate your support!

REMINDER: Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

Pre-orders are taken each Wednesday! Thank you for support our 5th graders!



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2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!

Please note:

· We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.

· Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.

· There are several half-days throughout the school year.

As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.

You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?

Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.

Foundation for Excellence Tuition Expedition 50/50 Raffle!

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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

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

Upcoming Dates

Monday, March 18th

  • PTA Family Literacy Night - more information coming soon!

Monday, March 18th - Friday, March 22nd

  • PTA/Scholastic Book Fair

Friday, March 22nd

  • 1/2 for Students-Dismissal at 11:18 am: Staff Professional Learning in the afternoon

Tuesday, March 26th

  • 4th Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm

Thursday, March 28th

  • Spring Picture Day!

Spring Break

  • Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5

Monday, April 8th

  • School Resumes

Friday, April 19th

  • No school: Student or Staff (observance of Good Friday)

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