Oak Ridge Connection

September 16, 2016

Our Mission:

The Oak Ridge community commits to every student's academic achievement, personal development, and social responsibility.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We had a very busy week this week. I enjoyed seeing many of you during our PTA Pizza and Ice Cream Social, and at Curriculum Night. It is very important to partner with the school to build a strong community. We appreciate everything our PTA does and our parent support in the classroom. Last Wednesday, we had our first professional development Wednesday. Our teachers spent time with their grade level partners from the other elementary schools evaluating math rubrics. The goal is to have systematic scoring on math rubrics across the district. Have a great weekend!


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Important Information regarding drop off and pick up.

When dropping off or picking up your child/children you must NEVER stop in the middle lane in the front or back parking lot. We are a school community and community members respect each other and are sensitive to what is going on in their surroundings.

Thank you for your cooperation.

If you are going to be late picking up your child

The bell rings at 3:30 p.m. If you are going to be late picking up your child you must call the school office (248.588.8353). Your child is welcome to wait in the office for you until 3:45 p.m. After that time, your child will be sent to our latchkey program. If you are not registered for the latchkey program you will only be allowed to have your child there one time without paying. After that you will be charged a registration fee of $50.00 and $14.00 for the afternoon. Being late picking up your child should only happen on rare occasions. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications:

It is possible to apply for participation in the Free and Reduced Price Meals program at any time during the school year. Often, family situations change during the course of a school year, and new needs develop. As circumstances change (number of family members, change in income, etc.) families are able to re-apply or apply for the first time at any time during a school year. For information about the criteria to qualify for free or reduced price meals as well as how to apply, visit the Food Services Department webpage. You can access the page from our district homepage,www.royaloakschools.org, by clicking on Districts, then Departments. Or you can click here to be taken directly to the page. Personnel in the Food Service Department or your child’s school can assist you with the application process as needed.

Food Service Accounts:

By using parent portal, families are able to view the transactions in their children’s food service accounts. You can see deposits, purchases, and the balance available in the account. If you need assistance logging into parent portal, you can contact the secretary in your child’s school or Ms. Angela Smith (smitha2@royaloakschools.org or 435-8400, ext. 1216).


As we all know, it takes a village to raise a child. At Oak Ridge Elementary, we value the partnership that we have with parents and are always looking for ways to increase those opportunities. Please click on the link below to read about the importance of volunteering in your school. Thanks again for always providing our Oak Ridge learning community with very valuable parent support! We are lucky to have such strong and supportive Oak Ridge families!



At Oak Ridge we take pride in making sure we have a kind, caring, environment. Our parents play a large role in helping us to achieve this goal. Before posting to social media or any other venue, please consider the feelings of all our community members . Before you post, remember to T.H.I.N.K...

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Oak Ridge Live

Each week, students produce a live news show in the Oak Ridge Production Studio. To view the broadcast, please click here:


This Week at Oak Ridge

From the desk of the Student Congress

Oak Ridge's Student Congress is a highly active organization within our school. They are fourth and fifth graders elected by their peers to help represent Oak Ridge's students. They are responsible for many activities throughout the year. Here is a look at what they did last year.

Hello All:

On behalf of the Student Congress, we would like to say THANK YOU again for all of your wonderful support!! You have helped to create an environment where our "Kids helping Kids" and" Kids giving Back" committees could be successful and make a difference in the community around us as well as in our very own Oak Ridge community!

Our "Kids helping Kids" group initiated "The Great Kindness Challenge", Math and Reading tutoring, Earth Day playground clean-up and "The Great Wall of Kindness".:)

Our "Kids giving Back" committee pulled off a fabulous Kids vs. Staff bball game, the Talent Show and the Relay for Life "Spirit Week"!

Through all of the efforts listed above, our Student Congress has given donations to the following organizations:

~Flint Water Crisis

~Leukemia and Lymphoma foundation

~Boys and Girls Club of Royal Oak

~Salvation Army of Royal Oak

~The American Cancer Society/Relay for Life

~The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan (sending kids to camp!)

~FAACT (Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Connection Team, providing support for allergy awareness:)

~Oak Ridge Elementary: Gifts for the Oak Ridge Garden

Thanks again, friends:)... make it a great day:)... make it a great week:), and.... make it a great SUMMER.


Oak Ridge Student Congress

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Upcoming Events




Oct.14 - DONUTS WITH DAD (for students and Dads, Grandpa, Guardian) 7:50 - 8:20, Great Room

Oct. 28 - Half day for students - HALLOWEEN PARADE in morning.

Nov. 8 - Election Day - no school for students

Nov. 23, 24, 25 - Thanksgiving break -no school

December 9 - Holiday Shop and Book Fair

Dec.23 - Jan. 3 -Holiday break- No school for students

Jan. 16 - MLK day-No school for students

Jan. 23 - Records Day - No school for students.

Jan. 27 - Polar Bear Dance for Oak Ridge students and parents.

Feb. 9 - Math and Science night for Oak Ridge families

Feb.20,21 - Winter break - no school.

March 6 - 10 - Unplugged week

March 31 - Records Day - No School for students

April 3 - 7 - Spring Break - No school

April 14 - Good Friday - No school

April 21 - Daddy/Daughter Dance

May 12 - Breakfast with Mom - for students and Moms, Grandmas, Guardians

7:50 - 8:20 a.m.

May 29- Memorial Day - No school

June 8 - All School Picnic

June 16 - Final for students (full day) 5th Grade Recognition

Professional Development Late Start Days

School starts at 9:25 a.m. on late start days.

Breakfast will be served at 8:50 a.m. on late start days.

Homework Club ($15.00 per family per semester) begins at 8:20 a.m. in the lunch room.

The following are the late start days for the 2016-17 school year.

Late Start Days

SEPT. 21, 28

OCT. 5, 12, 19, 26

NOV. 2, 16, 30

DEC. 7, 14

FEB. 1, 8, 15

MARCH 1, 8, 15, 22

APRIL 19, 26

MAY 3, 10, 17, 24

Oak Ridge Elementary School

MIssion: We commit to every students academic achievement, personal development and social responsibility.