Updates from Mrs. Froning

April 21, 2019

ALL School Field Trip UPDATE!

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Our annual All School Field Trip will be to the Michigan Science Center (in Detroit) on Thursday, May 2nd. (Students will depart from Oakley Park at 9:00 am and return at 2:30 pm) We feel SO fortunate that our PTA provides this event to all students at NO COST!

REMINDER: Chaperone information was set home this past Monday. All forms and money are due Monday, TOMORROW April 22nd. Chaperones must have a current background check form on file. Click HERE for the form. Chaperones are responsible for their own transportation and admission fee ($10.00 to be sent in with Chaperone form)

Student permission slips were sent home this past Thursday. Please complete, sign and return the forms a this week!

April is Autism Awareness Month

Reminder: Throughout the month of April, we are encouraging all students and staff to wear BLUE on Wednesdays. When we wear blue, it’s not only about increasing awareness of Autism, but it also show support to those with autism and their families.

Placement 2018-2019

Placement of children for the next school year is a team process. The classroom teachers, special area teachers, and I meet to consider the best placement for every child. Many aspects of a child’s development – academic, emotional, and social are very carefully considered. Because we view the process as so important, our staff will invest many hours to ensure the very best placement decisions. The staff working with your child has learned a great deal about his or her learning style, strengths, challenges, and opportunities for growth. In addition to individual needs, we also consider the balance of each classroom, so that optimal learning environments are created for all children. While it is never appropriate to request a specific teacher, if there is important information you wish to convey regarding your child’s learning needs, I welcome you to submit this in writing (email is fine) to me by Friday, April 26th . I understand that this is a sensitive issue. In fairness to all children and staff members, please trust in us to handle placement with the care and sensitivity that is necessary for these important decisions.

M-Step Spring 2019

*Due to the high number of snow days statewide, the MDE has extended the testing windows by one week. Date have been adjusted below.

➔ 5th Grade - April 8th - May 10th

➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 29th - May 31st

Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations during these testing windows. Absent students will be required to take make-up tests on alternate dates and miss classroom instruction. Teachers will provide more specific scheduling information as the testing window approaches. We appreciate your support!

To learn more, please check out these resources from the Michigan Department of Education: What Parents Can Do To Help Prepare for the MSTEP

Parent Letter from Interim Superintendent

What Students Can Expect When Taking the MSTEP

From PTA: Open positions for the 2019-2020 School Year

VP of Family Events:

The VP of Family Events is an executive board position. This leadership role can be broken down among several leaders or tackled by one leader for the whole year. One of the things the Oakley Park PTA (and I would venture our families as well) are most proud of our many family events. The VP of OPE Family Events has the role of creating, organizing, and executing 3-4 main school events a year. Traditionally these include October’s Boo Bash, February’s Family Bingo, and June’s Spring Fair. This job is great for those who enjoy hosting events, being creative, and wish to engage all our Oakley Park students in fun and educational events.

VP of Raffle, aka Chief Fundraiser!

Calling all development officers – this is the leadership role for you. The raffle is the sole fundraising event for the Oakley Park Elementary PTA. While detailed, the planning is short-term and can be delegated as needed. The raffle VP is in charge of coordinating and managing the many different moving parts of the raffle: researching/printing/distribution of the raffle tickets, coordinating the prizes, and assisting with the presentation at Boo Bash. This leader will be making a huge impact on the PTA agenda for the year as well as the educational track of our students.

VP of Volunteers

Our PTA is looking for a leader that can recruit, manage, and thank (in a meaningful way) the OPE parent volunteers. This role would include creating a database of volunteers, their preferred events, availability, etc. We want to make sure that we continue to receive amazing support from our parents and try to make their volunteer process as easy as possible. This would be an executive board position and will be suited to an outgoing parent who wants to improve the volunteer experience.

Treasurer :

The leadership role is of utmost importance and should go to a leader with a real interest. The treasurer is our sole financial officer and record holder for the bank accounts and tax documentation, and annual budgeting. They are also responsible for the disbursement of the PTA funds to the OPE community. It would also be great if this leader was familiar with basic accounting principles and Quickbooks.

President of the OPE PTA

This is an amazing leadership opportunity to work with dedicated parents to achieve a shared vision for OPE and our kiddos. The job of President is a catch-all. This leader will coordinate with all the VPs to make sure all events and activities are running smoothly. The President works closely with the Treasurer to all legal and organizational rules are being maintained as well as working with the principal to ensure the vision of the PTA and the school is being carried out. Specific tasks of the President this year have included the book fairs, science night, and the school field trip.

Science / Literacy Night

A treat for student/parents alike, this event is one of our most popular that takes place in the spring. The ideal leader for this event would be an imaginative type that is comfortable developing new ideas to engage students in science and literacy. This is a short-term leadership opportunity and a great way to get involved.

Swag Leader –

Do you like to shop? Then the PTA has the perfect leadership role for you - Swag Leader. This person would be in charge of researching and purchasing the various prizes and goodies given out by the PTA throughout the year, including membership gifts, raffle and bingo prizes, and more. A position like this is fun and can be easily done from your couch!

Reflections Chair

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. This amazing program inspires students to express themselves and receive positive feedback to their creativity. The leader to fill this role should be an individual who enjoys working with young artists and encouraging others to show their creative side.

Teacher Conference Coordinator:

This is a perfect opportunity for a leader seeking short-term, but meaningful involvement in the PTA. Twice a year this leader will order refreshments for the teachers and administrators during teacher conferences. This important show of support for our teachers is greatly appreciated and simple to coordinate.

Book Fair Chair:

This is an incredible leadership role as it is all about bringing more books into our kiddos lives and helping improve the media center! This role requires a twice a year commitment for the fall and spring fair. It is heavily supported by volunteers, the board, and the media center. The leader’s main role is to coordinate with Scholastic, gather volunteers, and promote the fair. This is a rewarding leadership position as you are making a direct impact on the education of our kiddos for many years to come.

Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator:

Do you appreciate all the wonderful, amazing, caring things that our OPE teachers do for your kiddos every day? So do we!! That is why we are seeking a leader to take on Teacher Appreciation Week next May. The leader would be charged with creating a theme for the week and then crafting a daily treat for our out of this world teachers. This leadership role would be perfect for any Pintrest maven and grateful parent.

Distribution Leader

So much of our communication with parents comes from flyers and notices that we send home with your kiddos. We are in need of a leader that can be charged with copying our promotional materials and putting the materials in the teacher bins for distribution. This leadership role would take little time but is very important.

Walled Lake Community Education

Walled Lake Community Education is gearing up for summer camp programs that will begin before you know it!

As done over the last 14 years, The WL Community Education Department is offering an exciting Summer Adventuresprogram for children who love to have fun outdoors (and indoors) throughout the summer.

The Summer Adventures daily camp program is terrific for children who are between the ages of 5.5 and 12 years of age and are interested in having a great time and meeting new friends.

CLICK HERE for our information and registration flyer for Summer Adventures.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Education Department at:


Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond Information

At its February 7th meeting, the Walled Lake Schools’ Board of Education approved moving forward with a $316 million bond election May 7, 2019. It will not be a tax increase to District residents. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said: “We have a unique opportunity at this time where we can request a $316 million bond without a tax increase that will actually result in a tax decrease. The District currently has five outstanding debt obligations, four of which will be paid off within five years, and other factors that give the District this opportunity.” The bond election is for infrastructure and educational equity improvements at all schools with significant building changes at Dublin Elementary and Western High schools, as well as an early childhood facility, and some safety and security additions. “Our goal is to offer functional, equitable learning atmospheres across the District and to address myriad infrastructure needs. These critical upgrades range from heating and ventilation systems, roof and window replacements, and lighting upgrades, to restroom and locker room renovations, and parking lot and sidewalk repairs at most of our buildings. The critical repairs needed at our 22 buildings far exceed our Sinking Fund,” Gutman added. “Keeping our schools in good repair improves our children’s learning environment and is linked to increased property values.”
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REMINDER: Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

Pre-orders are taken each Wednesday! Thank you for supporting our 5th graders!



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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.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, April 19th

  • No school: Student or Staff (observance of Good Friday)

Tuesday, April 23rd

  • Kindergarten Music Performance 6:30 pm (gymnasium)

Wednesday, May 1st

  • PTA Meeting 7:00 pm (media center)

Tuesday, May 7th

  • Election day: Don't forget to vote!

Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th

  • Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 14th

  • 1st Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm (gymnasium)

Wednesday, May 22nd

  • Songsters Concert 7:00 pm (gymnasium)

Friday, May 24th

  • 1/2 for Staff and Students: dismissal 11:18

Monday, May 27th

  • No school in observance of Memorial Day

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