Oak Ridge Connection

Oak Ridge Elementary School

September 22, 2023

Our Mission:

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

-Oak Ridge Elementary

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We continue to get better every week. Students are starting to get their classroom routines down and I have enjoyed seeing them learning in class! Please keep reinforcing our High Five Behaviors at home and please take the time to ask them what they are learning in school Have a great weekend!


Dr. Jason Parrott

Oak Ridge Fun Run Update

Fun Run Update!

Make sure you register your student as a participant at this link. We currently have 18% of students registered--a great start--but we want 100% participation! To sweeten the deal, the first three classes to achieve a 90% rate of registered students will receive a special treat of RING POPS to take home.


  1. Ms. Lauinger is leading the pack with $1,025 raised and 57% of her class registered!! Great job! 10% of those funds will go directly to Ms. Lauinger for classroom funds.

  2. In second place is Mrs. Coates with $420 and 10% of her class registered! Way to represent the first graders!

  3. In third place, is Mrs. Mangum following closely behind with $415. Who wants to donate $6 to her class so she can pull ahead of Mrs. Coates?!

The three classes that raise the most money by our end date will be receiving some special incentive prizes to be announced soon--not to mention fun prizes for all who reach their personal fundraising goals. If the school reaches $25,000, Dr. Parrott will do an ULTIMATE DARE. Will he be slimed? Covered in chalk bombs? Will he dress in an outfit or our choice? Ideas welcome! Funds raised through the Fun Run will be used for our Oak Ridge events, classroom improvements, and advocating for YOU! Stay tuned for more updates!

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ROHS Homecoming

The ROHS Homecoming Parade, Tailgate, and Football Game are Friday, September 29th at Royal Oak High School! The festivities kickoff at 5pm with the Homecoming Parade that cruises down Lexington Blvd. The parade features the ROHS Marching Band, cheer team, and homecoming court as well as many clubs, sports teams, and other organizations at the high school. It ends in front of the stadium where there is a tailgate open to the entire community that includes free food, a live band, games, and other fun activities. After the tailgate, please join us as we cheer on the ROHS Ravens Varsity Football Team as they take on Avondale. Game starts at 7pm.

Thank you,

ROHS Student Council

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Walk To School Day

Please join Oak Ridge students and staff, first responders, and some special guests on October 3 for Walk to School Day! Walkers will meet at 7:30am in the parking lot of Walgreens located at 1815 Rochester Rd. Students walking will receive a complimentary bagel and juice when they arrive at Oak Ridge. This is not a drop off event. All students walking must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Professional Learning Morning

Our first professional learning morning for staff will take place this Wednesday, September 13. This means that it is a late start for students. The first bell will ring at 9:20 a.m. with classes starting at 9:25 a.m.


We are limiting visitors to the building especially before and after school. Please drop your students at their designated exterior door. We want to limit traffic and provide the safest environment possible. Thank you for cooperating with us in this matter!

Lunch Orders

As a reminder, the classroom teacher takes lunch orders one day in advance. If a child is absent, a lunch choice must be left on the Safety Check line by 9:00 a.m.

High Five Behavior of the Week

Each week we are going to focus on a High Five Behavior of the Week. This weeks behavior is:

Be Kind in the Bathroom: Keep your hands and feet to yourselves.

If you would like to view our High Five PBIS Matrix please look below...

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Student/Parent Handbook

Please make sure to view or Student/Parent Handbook by clicking here.

Green Team Needs Your Help

Hello Families!

The Green School Committee at Oak Ridge is in need of some help!

At lunch, the volunteers and lunch monitors have been overwhelmed with the amount of recycling that is being thrown away each day. They need some assistance helping students find the correct receptacles and cleaning/organizing recyclable items.

Last year, we added food composting to Oak Ridge, and are in need of some more helpful hands as students become acclimated to this new change and are reminded of the composting process!

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Mrs. Mangum (molly.mangum@royaloakschools.org) Please don't feel obligated to help everyday...any time is extremely helpful! Volunteers are needed from approximately 11:30 am-12:30 pm each day.

Thank you in advance!


If your child needs to take medication throughout the school day, please fill out the following form and return it to the main office. Thank you!

Request for Dispensing Medication


Homework Club is available for students on all Late Start Wednesdays from 8:20-9:20 a.m. Please click on the following link to register for Homework Club:

Homework Club

Field Trips and Volunteering

Please make sure you turn in all of your information for background checks two weeks prior to your event. This will allow us plenty of time to process your request. We often use parent drivers for many of our fieldtrips. Unfortunately we can not allow parents/guardians to drive their own child and drop them off. Volunteers and drivers are not permitted to bring a younger sibling along with them on the event. We want to make sure all students are accounted for and safety is a priority. If you are interested in volunteering please fill out our volunteer background form.

Royal Oak Schools Performing Arts Newsletter

Please click here for Royal Oak Schools Performing Arts newsletter.

PTA News

Please remember to join the PTA - we are working hard to keep our community strong! The PTA welcomes every student & their family from Oak Ridge. We want to make sure we are inclusive of all families and everyone has the opportunity to be a member. If there are financial limitations preventing you from joining the PTA please contact us so we can remove that barrier. It takes all of us working together to make our children reach their true potential.

Join online at: https://oakridge.memberhub.store/

Individual memberships are $10/year.

Families Needing Assistance with Financial Need

If you are in need of assistance with Field Trips, book fairs, supplies or anything else throughout the school year. Please fill out this brief form.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications:

Thanks to the Michigan School Meals Program, a state-funded program that allows all students to receive meals at no cost for the 2023-2024 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free to all students. Second meals are not free and will be considered ala carte. Elementary school second lunches will be charged $2.60.

Although all students can receive meals at no cost, it is still vital that eligible families fill out a free/reduced meal application: A school’s eligibility for federal Child Nutrition Programs such as Summer Food Service Program and others is based on free and reduced-price eligibility. Students and families may qualify for other program fee reductions based on their eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. Federal and state education finding uses free and reduced-price eligibility.

Please complete the 2023-2024 online application on our website under Free and Reduced Meals Information. Paper applications will be sent out this month and available at the district office and in all schools in August.

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Blessings in a Backpack

“Blessings in a Backpack” is a program designed to provide students on the free and reduced lunch program with enough food for three meals a day during the weekends. This program, administered by the Community Foundation of Greater Rochester, is active in Royal Oak Schools. If you agree to take part in this program during the school year, your child will receive a bag filled with food for the weekend. A bag of food will be put in your child's locker for take home on Fridays. The simple meals may include food like macaroni and cheese, beef ravioli, canned fruit, granola bars, soups, juice and other items. Students will receive a bag every week.

If you would like to have your child participate in this program, fill out the form below.. Please be sure to indicate on the form if you child has any food allergies. If your child has a food allergy, you as the parent are responsible for checking all food labels when the food arrives home. Royal Oak Schools, as well as Blessings in a Backpack, will not be held responsible for any accidental food allergen exposure.

Blessings in a Backpack Form

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Young Oaks Info

If you have students currently enrolled in the program you will be contacted directly by the Young Oaks Coordinator.

Any families interested in the program can use the link below for information about the program.

Young Oaks Latchkey

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Oak Ridge LIve!

Oak Ridge Live is an award winning news broadcast presented by our fifth grade students. Each week they bring us news and events from Oak Ridge and the surrounding community. I am pleased to announce we are continuing our broadcast. A special thank you to our Media Tech, Mr. L and Mr. Todd and our student broadcasters for the professionalism and effort they have put into continuing this broadcast. I could not be more proud of them. I hope you enjoy this week's edition of Oak Ridge Live:

Archived Oak Ridge Live Episodes

Special Education News

Please click the link below for special education news and information. Check it often as it is being updated regularly.

Special Education Program Updates


September Lunch Menu

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Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

For updates on events or a better insight on you child's school day. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook @ParrottJason


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Oak Ridge Elementary School

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