Updates from Mrs. Froning

February 13, 2022

The purpose of the Oakley Park learning community is to ensure social- emotional development for all students so they can reach their full academic and personal potential.

24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

Oakley Park School Times

Drop off: 8:50 AM

First Bell: 8:55 AM

Tardy Bell: 9:00 AM
Dismissal: 4:00 PM
1/2 Day Dismissal: 12:25 PM

Staggered Dismssal times:

3:45 pm begin calling Owl Pick Up numbers & Student sign out

3:56 pm Walkers & Prime time and first of three bus numbers

3:58 pm continue calling bus numbers and student names

4:07 Buses depart from Oakley Park

*Owl Pick Up numbers and student names will continue to be called throughout the dismissal period.

WLCSD Transportation Update Feb. 14- 18

Starting the week of February 14 - 18, all Oakley Park buses/routes will be running!

Oakley says "Hello Owls"

Oakley continues working hard so she will be ready to join us next year! She is very proud to wear her special "Therapy Dog" vest!
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ASD Paraeducator at Oakley Park Needed!

Monday -Friday,

Hours 8:45 am - 4:15 pm (includes 30 minute duty free lunch) 7 hours per day/35 hours per week

Classification B Rate of Pay: Current WLPA Contract, $13.33 to $18.72

New Hire Starting Rate of Pay: $13.33

Email: kristinfroning@wlcsd.org for more information

100th Day of School!

On Thursday, February 10th, we recognized the 100th day of school! For our little learns....this is a BIG day! In kindergarten, our Owls focus on counting by 1s, 5s and 10s with 100 being a goal. They also focus on patterns, counting, sorting, measuring… you name it, and those concepts can be utilized when celebrating the 100th day of school! In first and second grade, focus turns from skip counting as students are adding and subtracting (up to) three digit numbers, and beginning multiplicative reasoning. 100 is a good, round number to focus on.

One very fun tradition in Kindergarten is to dress as a 100 year old on 100's day! Below are some of the cute little 100 year old from room 10!

Student Council Sponsors Valentine Card project

Our Oakley Park Owls will brighten Valentine's Day for residents at Oakmont Senior Living Community in Northville, as hundreds of very special Valentine cards were created over the past two weeks! Shout out to our student council for sponsoring such a kind and thoughtful project!
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We are SO excited to welcome parents/caregivers of our incoming Owls (Class of 2035) to Kindergarten Orientation on

Monday, March 14

at 6:00 pm

in the Oakley Park Media Center

More information to come! Thank you for sharing this date with neighbors and friends who will have an incoming Kindergartner for the 2022-2023 school year!

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An Olympic Owl (WL graduate)

Former Oakley Park Owl (and Walled Lake Schools graduate) Anna Segedi, competed on China's Women's Hockey team! Congrats to Anna for her success!
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Wednesday, February 16

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Sunday, February 27 & Wednesday, March 2

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Social Media Dangers Official Trailer - Childhood 2.0

Click the link below to view the digital flyer

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Teaching Your Child About Black History (from PBS.org)

By kindergarten, most children have heard of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are taught that he, like Mahatma Gandhi, was an advocate for peace and equality.

However, consider going beyond Dr. King. For example, teach your child about Rosa Parks, the seamstress and civil rights activist whose refusal to give up her bus seat to a white passenger ignited the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Her small act of nonviolent resistance helped to forge the way for transportation desegregation across the nation.

Her story is part of our shared American history. Instead of shying away from hard truths, parents can explain that a long time ago, people were separated by the color of their skin. Some people did not think that was fair, and men and women of all races united to make a change. This is a straight-forward example that teaches empathy, cooperation and the commonality of a shared goal. It is also a way to teach children how to connect their personal experiences with the larger world.

Television programming can also offer children windows into worlds outside their own. PBS Learning Media has a great lineup of short history lessons featuring former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, scholar Dr. W.E.B. DuBois, and others.

In an article for PBS, children’s book author Cheryl Willis Hudson offered these and other suggestions to help you connect your kids with Black history:

  • Buy a book by a Black author or illustrator and make it a part of your child’s permanent collection. Books offer a fun and easy way to introduce your children to new cultures and to help them explore the experiences of people from different backgrounds.
  • Look for books that are inclusive and reflect the diversity of our communities. Books help illustrate that diversity is a natural part of everyday life.
  • When and if children ask questions about race, don’t sweep differences under the rug. Give children simple, concrete explanations when they have questions. Select books that affirm a valued place for all children. Try to find books that will help prepare children for the complex world in which they live.
  • Make sure your selections include contemporary stories. Celebrate Black culture and experiences, in addition to history, through picture books, chapter books, and poetry.
  • Seek the suggestions and guidance from knowledgeable cultural experts, booksellers and librarians. Coretta Scott King Award-winning titles are always a good place to start for excellence in text and illustrations.

For parents of mixed race or transracially adopted children, you must do your homework. You are your child’s first teacher, so educate yourself about your child’s cultural history. Stoke your child’s curiosity about their place in the world and their ancestor’s role in the establishment of this country. Young children believe what their parents tell them so take advantage of their eagerness to learn and show them how to appreciate differences.

Nefertiti Austin, certified PS-MAPP trainer

WLCSD COVID-19 Mask Update

On Friday, February 11, the Oakland County Health Division (OCHD) announced they will be rescinding their Emergency Order for Pandemic Control (2021-1) from August 2021 which required schools to implement universal masking. This change will take effect on Monday, February 28, 2022.

As the OCHD has determined that universal mask wearing is no longer necessary in schools, effective Monday, February 28, the Walled Lake Consolidated School District will no longer require universal mask wearing in our school buildings and offices. The OCHD strongly recommends wearing a mask while in public, indoor settings. Individual decisions related to continued masking in WLCSD will be left to the discretion of students, families, and staff members.

We are seeking further guidance related to COVID-19 isolations and masking on buses. We expect to share a follow up update for staff and families prior to mid-winter break.

For more information, please visit the OCHD website: www.oakgov.com/covid

PLEASE: No Cell Phone use during Arrival and/or Dismissal

PLEASE refrain from all cell phone use during arrival and dismissal for the safety of our children, families and staff. Being "present" as a driver helps ensure we can quickly respond to pedestrians and other vehicles. Also, being "present" for our children as they exit and enter the vehicle is equally important!

*This is especially important when you are entering or exiting our parking lot. The traffic flow on Oakley Park Road is often heavy during our arrival and dismissal and attending to your surrounds is critical as there are so many vehicles moving in various directions!

"Researchers from the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that two-thirds of drivers are distracted in the seconds before an accident. Cellphones were the most common cause, but drivers were also distracted by reading or writing, reaching for something or using a touchscreen on their dashboard." Heath Enews ahchealthenews.com

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2022-23 PTA positions

We are looking for parents who want to get more involved with their child’s elementary experience to join the PTA in a leadership role. There are a variety of options open, please take a look at OakleyParkPTA.com/positions

Winter Weather Recess Reminders

We closely monitor the temperatures throughout the day and if the combined temperature/wind chill "feels like" is 0 (or below) we will hold indoor recess. PLEASE send your child prepared for outside play EVERY DAY!

Please Note:

● If your family needs financial assistance to purchase winter weather items, please contact Mrs. Froning or your child's teacher. We are happy to help!

● Please label all clothing with your child’s name.

Daily Health Checks

We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will keep our community healthy and safe. Please check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Muscle of Body Aches
  • New loss of smell or taste

If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until their symptoms subside. We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe! Health and Safe!

Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert

In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.

Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.

Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert
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2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance

Other Helpful Links:

Download/Save/Print the 2022-23 WLCSD school year calendar at the following link: https://wlcsd.org/downloads/district_calendars/wlcsd_2022-23_calendar.pdf

Contact Information

Kristin Froning, Principal

Karen Clark, Principals Secretary

Kim Waling, Building Secretary

Main Office: 248-956-4100

Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199