Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 21, 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.

24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

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Wednesday, December 1st: Dismissal 12:25 pm

Thursday, December 9th: Dismissal 11:25 am

Welcome to our newest staff members!

Over the past month, we have welcomed the following people to Oakley Park:

Ms. Maria Longhi- Music (Mondays-ASD Classes)

Mrs. Nancy VanHulle- PE (Wednesdays-Grades 5, 4, and 2)

Mrs. Janine Baur- 3rd Grade (room 30)

Mrs. Aubrey DeJonghe- 4th grade (room 13)

Mrs. Rachel Fields-ASD para (room 16)

We feel so very fortunate to have these talented educators join our school family!

Owls Supporting in our Community!

Congratulations to Lewis Carlson & Jackson Wright. These Owl participated in an awesome community event Outrun Hunger 5K Charity Race last weekend! This event was started in 2011 with the hope of raising enough money to feed 100 families in our community during the holiday season. Since then, the Outrun Hunger organization has helped to feed over 1,000 families each year through events like the 5K!

Way to go Lewis & Jackson! We are so proud of you!


November 22-24, the following buses/route will be cancelled:

  • Bus 161 - WL Northern HS, Clifford Smart MS, Oakley Park EL

Please note, ALL students who have specialized transportation plans that are contained in an IEP will NOT see a disruption in service.

For those families impacted by these temporary cancellations who need childcare assistance, please contact our fee based Prime Time Care office at 248-956-5110 for more information on availability.

Visit www.wlcsd.org for more information!


We are so grateful for the support of the Oakland County Sherriff's Department during dismissal this past week. While a deputy might not always be available, we will make every effort help with the traffic flow from the parking lot out on to Oakley Park Road.

PLEASE continue to be respectful and safe:

1. Eliminate ALL distractions during the dismissal time (phone call and/or texting)

2. Be aware of your "space" pulling up whenever possible (this allows us to load more students and can help relieve the overflow of cars out on to Oakley Park Road.)

3. Under NO circumstance should the bus loop/parking area be used during arrival or dismissal.


Due to the cancelation of the bus 161 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

*Walkers and Prime Time care call down continues to be at 3:56 pm.

Parent/Teacher Conference Information

Conference Sign Up is NOW open in Skyward Family Access!

This year, parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday, December 9. On this date, students will be dismissed at 11:25am. After students are dismissed, teachers will be available for virtual conferences throughout the afternoon and evening until 8:00 p.m. Teachers will share a Zoom link with families prior to December 9.

Parents and guardians can sign-up for parent/teacher conferences using Skyward Family Access. Online sign up closes on December 7th.

Below are directions to help you sign-up:

Please Note:

  • In addition to your child’s classroom teacher, you may also choose to sign-up for conferences with our FAPES teachers: PE, Music, Art, and Media. These conferences are OPTIONAL but we encourage you to sign-up if you have concerns, would like more information, or want to connect with our wonderful FAPES staff.

  • If you need help logging in to Skyward Family Access, please e-mail familyaccess@wlcsd.org for tech support.

Please contact me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting with you at conferences!

Important Information Regarding Report Cards

Dear Elementary Families,

We are looking forward to sharing student progress in the coming weeks with you through our elementary report cards as well as conferences with our teachers. Last year, due to many logistical barriers involving reporting progress on students in virtual/remote settings as well as those transitioning back to in-person learning, we made some modifications to report cards and the reporting format. This year, however, with our students and staff back to in-person learning, we will once again return to our typical report card format. One exception that you may notice, though, is for our fourth and fifth grade students. At this point, we are asking teachers to continue to pause on assigning letter grades for science, social studies and mathematics. This is due in part to new curricular changes as well as the ongoing work with our elementary report card committee which is studying making recommendations in those areas this year. Thank you for your partnership in education! Please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher or the building principal for any additional questions regarding report cards this year.


Catherine Kochanski

Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services

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Calling all Owls!!!

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.

Scholastic Book Fair is COMING!

Our PTA is gearing up for our Fall Book Fair! We are thrilled to partner with Scholastic Books in bringing this event to the Oakley Park Media Center.

December 2nd- 10th

More information to come!

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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.

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.

Mark your Calendars!

The 23rd Annual MLK Day Celebration

“Together We’re Better”

Each school is asked to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration

on January 17th, 2022

Our Keynote Speaker is Rabbi Yarden Blumstein. Rabbi Yarden Blumstein is a teen mentor who creates awareness surrounding teen mental health and empowers teens to support one another in school and elsewhere. He directs UMatter, a division of Friendship Circle Michigan that focuses specifically on teens that are struggling with mental health challenges. Under the guidance of Rabbi Blumstein, UMatter operates on a peer-to-peer model of teens helping their peers overcome stigmas and other obstacles related to mental health.

Dr. MLK Jr. Express Yourself Contest

Who? You! The students of Walled Lake Schools.

What? Speech, essay, picture, poem, drawing, video, or any other way you

choose to express yourself.


  • Express the theme, “Together We’re Better!” in your own unique way. There

are lots of possibilities for creating a project. It can be a piece of writing,

music, art, or other visual that shows how you want to make a positive

change and/or impact in the world.

  • Fill out an entry form (see below) and attach your entry to the form.

Why? We are looking for entries for our annual Walled Lake Schools MLK Day

Celebration on Monday, January 17, 2022.

When? Turn in your entry to your school’s office by Wednesday, December 15.

Seeking Nominations for the "Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award

The Walled Lake Schools is currently seeking nominations for the “Alec Bender

Friend of Diversity Award.” This award will honor individuals who are true friends

of multicultural diversity in our school district and community. The honor will be

bestowed upon the recipient(s) at the district-wide virtual Dr. Martin Luther King,

Jr. Day Celebration on January 17, 2022.


Any staff member, student, parent, or community member.


Any person in the community may submit a nomination.

Nomination forms for the “Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award” are available

in each school office. Please submit your nomination to your school office,

attention Principal, by the deadline of Wednesday, December 15, 2021.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

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Walk into Walled Lake: Tuesday, November 23

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District (WLCSD) is excited to host “Walk into Walled Lake”, an upcoming series of informational community employment sessions. These informational sessions will allow members of the community to learn more about the District and how they can support the schools by filling needed positions within the schools.

Attendees will then have the opportunity to apply and participate in walk-in job interviews for needed positions such as substitute teachers, paraeducators, before and after school care, food service employees, custodians, and transportation.

Candidates interested in earning a competitive wage, while serving their community are invited to Walk into Walled Lake from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the District’s Educational Services Center (850 Ladd Road, Building D, Walled Lake, 48390) on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 23
  • Tuesday, December 7

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with District representatives, learn more information specific to their job interest, and will be able to complete the application process on-site.

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:

3:45 pm begin calling Owl Pick Up numbers & Student sign out

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

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