Updates from Mrs. Froning

January 19, 2019

News from the Nests!

On Friday morning, Oakley Park students and staff celebrated our 3rd Nest lesson. After students moved to their Nest, everyone participated in a lesson that involved TEAMWORK. Each Nest leader and their students used paper plates to travel from one side of their classroom to the other without touching the floor. Nest teams worked together to strategize their plan to move across the classroom along with a discussion of how and why it is important to work as a team. Nest groups discussed the importance of teamwork in the classroom, on the playground, on playing fields, and at home. Fun was had by all.

Congratulation to our PTA Reflections Contest Winners!

We will celebrate the following artist at the Walled Lake District Reflections Celebration, Monday, March 25th at Walnut Creek Middle School.


Visual Arts

Lili Abraham

Erena Sharm

Literature

Libby Freeman

Estella Hudnut* (selected submission to the State level)

Music Composition

Eve Ashoo* (Selected submission to the State level)

Photography

Blake Farida

Jordyn Farida

Valentine Exchange

Exchanging Valentines has been a fun tradition in schools for many years. Because Valentine’s Day is also associated with chocolate and candy/sweets, it is important we continue to be mindful of children with life threatening food allergies therefore all Valentine cards are to be "food-free". Our room parents and teachers work together to plan party menus that allow for all students to take part in the celebration.


Thank you for your support as you help to ensure Oakley Park is safe place for all our students!

Student Leadership at Oakley Park

Earlier this year, students in grades 4th & 5th were invited to apply to be a member of our Student Leadership Team. We have 20 students participating on one of three teams:

1. Kindness Council (community service within our OPE community)

2. Outreach Owls (bringing outside community service to OPE community)

3. Owl Organizers (assist NESTS to build community among all OPE teachers and staff)


The Outreach Owls are launching a food drive for the Lighthouse of Oakland County. Here is a special message from the Outreach Owls:

We are having a food drive for the Lighthouse of Oakland County. The Lighthouse of Oakland County helps people who lost their home to a fire, a natural disaster, or people that are struggling financially. So we need your help to get food for the Lighthouse of Oakland County. We are collecting non-perishable food items. All the food that won't go bad. The food bank mostly needs, granola bars, jelly, cereal, macaroni and cheese, pasta sauce, peanut butter and canned fruit. The food drive starts on Wednesday, January 23rd and run through Tuesday, February 5th. We thank you for your time and support! Item will be collected in each classroom.

Mr. Peace

We had a great morning with Mr. Peace! The Power of Kindness Part 2 assemblies were excellent! Mr. Peace's reinforced and extended up the message from the first assembly...the world needs human kindness! He talked with the kids about appreciation of each unique (diverse) person around us. By giving unconditional love, compassion and empathy, we can all spread kindness that changes hearts! Check out the video link from Mr. Peace and please visit his website too!
https://youtu.be/6ReGjAfI8XU

Schools of Choice Information Schools of Choice Information

Walled Lake Consolidated Schools is a participant in Schools of Choice 105 on a ‘limited’ basis, limited meaning not all buildings and grade levels will have openings. Typically we accept applications for grades K-10.


Under Schools of Choice we may enroll 105 students who are not residents of our district but still reside in one of the other 27 Oakland County school districts who meet the application guidelines.


The application period for the 2019-2020 school is Jan. 14 - Feb. 1, 2019.

By law, applications cannot be accepted after February 1, 2019.

iReady Information

i-Ready is an interactive online learning program that helps students build essential skills in reading and mathematics. i-Ready starts with an online diagnostic test that students take in class to identify the specific skills each student needs to develop and measure academic growth through the school year. The second testing window for the diagnostic is currently open. All students will have complete the second diagnostic by February 1st.


The diagnostic also provides students with personalized online instruction and gives teachers guidance on how they can best support the needs of each and every student. iReady encourages students to take ownership of their learning. Students get real-time feedback, see motivating messages, and earn credits after completing lessons that they can use to get rewards, such as games. i-Ready’s engaging environment draws students in right away and gets students of all ages excited about learning.


iReady Online Instruction is available to all students at both school and home.


How can you help your child get the most out of i-Ready?

• Speak with your child about how using i-Ready will help him or her prepare for class work. Also explain that i-Ready will show teachers where your child is doing well and which topics need some more review.

• Encourage your child to take each lesson and quiz question seriously. Emphasize “thinking before clicking,” because just clicking through will not give teachers an accurate report of what your child knows and is able to do.

• Help your child identify and become familiar with the different parts of the student dashboard.

• Encourage your child to use the tools that will appear at the bottom of the screen in some lessons.

• Discuss your child’s results by looking at “My Progress” together to see the number of lessons your child has completed in i-Ready and the percentage of questions your child answered correctly in the quiz at the end of each lesson.


Important points for at home use:

1. iReady lessons at home are NOT mandatory

2. Student should be working independently on lesson.

3. We recommend student in Kindergarten spend no more than 30 minutes per week at home and students in grade 1st - 5th, no more than 45 minutest per week.

4. Teacher will provide login information.


Mrs. Froning will be providing an overview of iReading including information about Online Lessons at the next PTA meeting, Wednesday, Feb 6th at 7:00 pm.

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20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration 2019

The Walled Lake Consolidated School District invites the community to the 20th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, Jan. 21, 2018 at Walled Lake Northern High School. The evening's events will include a Multicultural Dinner from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. and an exhibition of student artwork from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. The program will begin at 6:15 p.m., and will also include performances by student choirs, presentations by several students, and recognition of this year’s Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award recipients. This year’s theme is “Heroes in the Community: Women Making a Difference”. This year’s MLK Day Celebration is made possible thanks to generous donations from the PTA/PTSA groups from across our district, the Walled Lake Education Association, the Walled Lake School Administrators Association, the Walled Lake Schools Federal Credit Union, and the Meemic Insurance Company. This event is free and open to the entire community.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRTWRLhAN38

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.

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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, January 21st (MLK Holiday)

  • No school for Students or Staff


Wednesday, February 6th

  • PTA General Membership Meeting 7:00 pm


Thursday, February 7th

  • 1/2 day for student': Professional Learning for staff in the pm (dismissal time: 11:18 am)


Friday, February 8th

  • PTA Family Bingo Night: more information coming soon!


Mid-Winter Break

  • Monday, February 18th - Friday February 22nd

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