Oak Ridge Connection

June 10, 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 are winding down the school year. Just over a week to go. This is the time of year that we must really focus on maintaining our High Five behavior. Please enjoy the rest of the year but remind your children to give their best each day. Have a great weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Peanut Product Recall

Please view the attached Peanut Product recall from Frito Lay: http://www.wxyz.com/news/national/frito-lay-issues-recall-due-to-peanut-allergen-1


2016-2017 Calendar: A calendar for the 2016-2017 school year is now available! You can view an outline of the complete calendar by clicking here. Building and program specific calendars, as well as a complete calendar for our current school year, are all available from the calendar page of our district website.

Please begin making your vacation plans accordingly. We understand the value of family time, and family vacations, but when you plan your trips during school days, your child misses valuable learning opportunities, workshop experiences, teacher-directed instruction, and valuable hands-on opportunities that cannot be made up.

We are also moving to Google Calendar. If you click on the calendar you have two options under Oak Ridge: OR Building and OR Facility.

OR Building would be all the times of events that are for our school. Most parents will use this calendar. If you rent the facilities (Ex: Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Basketball, etc.) you will want to check the OR Facility Calendar. This would be set up times for events and outside rentals.

Rentals still follow the same procedure. You will use a building permit. Please make sure your date and time are available on both calendars. It is possible that someone has submitted a permit and it is not on the calendar. If that happens you will be notified. Always make sure your events have been placed on the calendar for rentals. If not, contact Robin Newsome (newsomer@royaloakschools.org) PRIOR to the event. Please submit the permits well in advance of the event. The permits are turned in at the building and we send them to Mrs. Newsome

2016-2017 Enrollment:

We are already beginning to plan for next year and need your help. If you have an incoming kindergartner that will be joining us in 2016-2017, please let us know. Also, if you are not attending Oak RIdge for any reason (i.e move, transfer, etc.) Please notify the main office. We will have a half sheet of paper coming home after break asking you for this information. Please make sure you complete it and return it. Thank you for helping us to better plan for next year.

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). If you have questions about the transactions you review in parent portal, after checking with your child to be sure they did not make a purchase about which they forgot to inform you (My kids do it to me:), contact Ms. Kim Stoid in our food services department at 435-8500, ext. 1123. She will be able to assist you.

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 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 is coming up:

Thank you for joining us at the Talent Show. It was a huge success!!!


Oak Ridge Student Congress

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Upcoming Events

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.


Former Oak Ridge student, currently a sophomore, Megan Haser, is available 5 days a week this summer for child care. Megan is great with kids! She has taken the babysitting class at Beaumont Hospital and currently works in the nursery at Starr Presbyterian Church. Megan loves crafts, games and being outdoors. She plays the piano, violin, and guitar. If you are interested, please contact Megan's mom, Kay at 248.417.9629 or kayhaser@yahoo.com.

Oak Ridge Elementary School

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