Oak Ridge Connection

December 4 , 2015

Our Mission:

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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

Thank you for another great week. We had a very busy first week back from break. It was wonderful to see so many parents attend conferences. We all need to work together to ensure the success of our students. Have a great weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Dress your Children for Winter Weather

Please send your children to school with a warm coat, boots, snowpants, hat, mittens. The children will go out for lunch recess every day unless it is between 12 and 15 degrees factoring in the wind chill. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Holiday Food Drive, New Toy and New Clothing Donations

Oak Ridge will be participating in a non-perishable food drive to help support the Boys and Girl's Club Christmas Classic. The Club distributes baskets to needy families in the immediate area. The food drive will begin on November 30 and end on December 15th. If you wish to participate, the following classes are asked to bring the following:

Kindergarten- Boxed meals (ie.Mac & Cheese, Hamburger Helper), First grade- Cereal, Second grade-Canned soup, Third grade-Canned fruit and vegetables, sauces, Fourth grade-canned meats and fish, Fifth grade-Laundry soap and personal toiletries.

(2) boxes are set up in the main office if you wish to donate new toys or new clothing of any kind to the Salvation Army. We will be accepting donations until December 15.

Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Have a question:

In the beginning of the year, Oak Ridge had a Curriculum Night to explain what your child will be doing this year in school. We understand that questions will occur throughout the year and wanted to provide a forum for those questions to be answered. We are instituting an Online Curriculum Forum to answer any specific questions you may have. If you have a question regarding overall school procedures, grade level content, schools of choice, or special education services please click on the following Google form: http://goo.gl/forms/toJIVPxQBb. Please make sure all questions are appropriate. We are all a community here, and as a community we need to treat each other with respect. Answers to questions will be posted on a weekly basis.

Parent Series

The Royal Oak PTA Council and Royal Oak Middle School are sponsoring a five part Parent Workshop Series. You are welcome to attend the entire series or simply the sessions that are of interest to you. The workshops are free. For more information, including how to register for the workshops, please click here.


*All members of the Safety Patrol are invited

*Safeties must arrange transportation home at 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 16---3:45 - 4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Jan. 6---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Jan.20---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Feb. 3---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, Feb. 17---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, March 3---3:45-4:30 in the gym

Wednesday, March 17---3:45-4:30 in the gym

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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 PTA...

Please check out the weekly PTA Newsletter, which can be found at ptaoakridge.com or directly at this link. This newsletter includes tons of important dates and details and can be easily accessed on a computer or your mobile device or tablet.

From the desk of the Student Senate

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 is coming up:

We are pleased to announce that we have inaugurated the 2015-2016 Student Congress. We had so many students interested and were pleased with the effort that everyone put in that we wanted to give each student the opportunity to be a leader at Oak Ridge. In order to make this happen, we had to change the legislative body from one house to two.The Student Senate is no more and the Student Congress has been formed. We are looking forward to an exciting year of making our community a better place.


Oak Ridge Student Senate

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Upcoming Events

Dec.21-Jan. 1 - Holiday Break

Jan. 14 - Kindergarten Roundup - For 2016-17 year. Children must be 5 years old by

September 1, 2016

Jan. 18 MLK birthday - No school

Jan. 20 First grade vocal music program - 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 29 Records Day - No school

Feb.15-16 - Winter break

Feb. 22 4th grade Vocal Music Concert

March 23 - Open House- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. -

March 25- Good Friday - No school

April 4 - 8 Spring Break

April 19 - Third Grade Vocal Music Concert - 7:00 p.m.

May 27 - Red, White, and Blue Day

May 30 Memorial Day - No school

June 21 Last Day of School - full day

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 2015-16 school year.

DEC. 2, 9, 16,

FEB. 3, 10, 24

MARCH 2, 9, 16

APRIL 13, 20, 27

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25

Oak Ridge Elementary School

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