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.
24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Wednesday, December 1st: Dismissal 12:25 pm
Thursday, December 9th: Dismissal 11:25 am
Welcome to our newest staff members!
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!
Way to go Lewis & Jackson! We are so proud of you!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TRANSPORTATION
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!
UPDATE: ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
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:
Elementary – Skyward Family Access Online Conference Sign-Up (PDF)
Elementary – Conference Sign-Up – Directions for Parents (Video)
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 email@example.com 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.
Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services
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:
How does your work relate to the theme?
What is your personal connection to the theme?
What did you use to create your work (supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
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.
Cold Weather Clothing Reminder
- 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)
● 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.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
Any staff member, student, parent, or community member.
WHO MAY NOMINATE?
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
Childcare Staff Needed!
Transportation Staff Needed!
Childcare Staff Needed!
Transportation Staff Needed!
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.
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
- Headache Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
- 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
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.
2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance
Staggered Dimssal times:
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.
Karen Clark, Principals Secretary
Kim Waling, Building Secretary
Main Office: 248-956-4100
Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199