Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 21, 2018

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Grateful...

I am truly grateful to be a part of such a special school community. I feel so fortunate to work alongside some of the very best educators in Walled Lake and I am blessed to have a part in the lives of your children and families. I hope you enjoy this holiday time with family and friends.


Happy Thanksgiving,

Kristin Froning

Sign Up will Open for Parent/Teacher Conferences, Monday 11/26

Parents/caregivers can log into Family Access beginning Monday, November 26th - Friday, December 7th to set up a conference time. Our Fine Arts staff will limited times available for brief conferences too. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 13th. Below you will find two resources to assist with scheduling. Please call the office (248-956-4100) if you need assistance.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny4lqiEcx2Y

Project Tomorrow: Speak Up

WLCSD is participating in Speak Up, a national research project and free service to find out information about digital learning. Districts can use the survey tools to learn what students, educators, and parents have to say about education issues. Compiled district data can be used to inform technology decisions and drive our new Tech Teacher Leader Program.

Below are the direct links to our school’s surveys.

· All surveys should take less than 20 min.

· Surveys are multiple choice with a few open ended questions.

· Surveys can be completed any time between now and Jan 31, 2019.


Oakley Park Elementary School: Parent Survey

https://speakup.tomorrow.org/DirectStart.aspx?TYPE=DS&DIST=19162&SCH=84961&SURV=5

Dressing for Outdoor Play

Since cold weather is upon us, it is a good time for a few reminders…

Recess Wear Guidelines: ​Our children go outside for recess every day unless it is zero degrees or below. It is important that children are dressed appropriately for the weather. ​

Please Note:

○ 40-49 degrees:​ Coats, hats/gloves - Recommended

○ 39 degrees or below: ​Coats, hats/gloves - REQUIRED

○ Boots and snow pants ​are required if there is slush or snow.

If a child does not have boots or snow pants, they will need to stay on the blacktop area during recess.

○ PLEASE NOTE: ​ Temperatures are based on “feels like” temperatures (including wind chill) We play outside every day provided the "feels like" temperature is above 0 degrees.


● School Cancellations: ​Please make sure your phone numbers and e-mails are correct in Skyward. If/when school is cancelled, Judy Evola will send out voicemails/e-mails using the information in Skyward. Please take a moment to login in and verify your information.

Two-Hour Delay Procedures

On rare occasions, morning conditions occur that temporarily prevent the District from safely transporting students or requiring students to wait at a bus stop or walk to school. These conditions typically involve thick fog, winter weather or utility problems and historically required cancellation of school for the entire day. Beginning this year, Walled Lake Schools has developed a two-hour delay procedure that could be used if conditions are expected to improve within two hours. This procedure, which will be used sparingly, will permit students to get to school safely and allow the District to conduct a credited day of school.


Parents are encouraged to develop a plan so their children can safely stay home for an additional two hours in the morning and have them go to a trusted alternate location to await the delayed start of school.


In the rare event that a two-hour delay is activated, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. The District’s phone system will be used to notify all school families and staff members of the delay (by approximately 5 a.m. when possible)
  2. Local news and radio stations will be contacted to report the delayed start.
  3. If conditions do not improve within two hours, classes may be cancelled for the entire day and the same methods of notification will be made.
  4. All bus stop pick-ups will be delayed by exactly two hours (i.e. if your bus stop is normally 8:36 a.m., it will be at 10:36 a.m. on delayed start days).
  5. All schools will start exactly two hours later than normal (i.e. if your school normally starts at 8:57 a.m., it will start at 10:57 a.m. on delayed start days).
  6. Prime Time Care will open at its normal time (must be pre-registered to use Prime Time Care).
  7. Essential service staff (custodians, food service, maintenance, mechanics and warehouse) will report at their normal starting time.
  8. Professional, administrative and support staff shall report as soon as possible and no less than 30 minutes prior to the delayed start time of their school or worksite.
  9. Students shall report to the class they would normally be in at the time they arrive for a two-hour delay.
  10. Breakfast will be available for the duration of the delay and lunch will be served at the normal time.
  11. Schools will be dismissed at their normal times at the end of the school day.
  12. Staff will be released at their normal times at the end of the school day.
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As you think about planning for vacations/absences during the school year, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even if they’re excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in high school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student’s chances for academic success.


We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of plane tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children’s education if they miss too much school— and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. It is virtually impossible make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back.

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Box Time Turn In Time! Last day is November 26th

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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

Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23rd

  • Thanksgiving Break


Monday, November 26th

  • School Resumes


Wednesday, November 28th

  • 5th Grade Musical Performance 7:00 pm

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