Updates from Mrs. Froning

March 6, 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.

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While we always celebrate READING at Oakley Park, we are looking forward to engaging in some additional special activities as March is officially known as "Reading Month"! Classrooms/grade levels will be highlighting authors and generas while encouraging lots of reading in school and at home (among other things)! All grades/classrooms will celebrate Fun Fridays as follows:

Friday: March 11

  • Bring your favorite stuffed animal to school as your reading buddy

Friday: March 18

  • Bring a beach towel to school and read on it

Friday: March 25

  • Read in the Glow-Bring a flashlight to school and read with the lights off

Transportation Update

We are pleased to share the following good news with our families. Our partners at Dean Transportation have informed us that our District’s transportation services are currently fully staffed. Starting next week (March 7-11), we will be running all scheduled routes for the remainder of the school year, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

We understand the difficulties that canceled bus routes created for our families the past few months and we deeply regret the impact these measures had on our students. We appreciate the understanding and patience our families demonstrated during our transportation staff shortage.

Should there be a need to cancel routes in the future due to unforeseen circumstances, we will do everything possible to inform families as soon as possible.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in joining our transportation team, please visit the Dean Transportation careers webpage.

For more questions, please contact the Walled Lake Schools Transportation Department at 248-956-3090 or visit the transportation webpage on the District’s website.

Changes in our parking lot during Owl Pick Up (Dismissal)

Beginning TOMORROW Monday, March 7th we will move ahead with changes to help improve safety during our dismissal time. Currently, we have over 200 families registered for Owl Pick Up and on average, about 70 families utilize this each day. We also have an average 35 students who are signed out at the front of the building. This means during the dismissal process we have well over 150 vehicles moving in and out of our parking lot within about 20 minutes!

One area MAJOR of concern is for those vehicles who are in the Owl Pick Up line but waiting to enter the parking lot. I am always grateful to our parents who offer ideas and support! Below is a message from Matt Goldsby (Oakey Park dad and District Manager for Super Car Wash) who is helping to implement the new process:

Another MAJOR safety concern is the flow of vehicles out of the parking lot. Turning left is nearly impossible at times and vehicles waiting to turn left are causing a major backup within the parking lot. PLEASE consider turning right! We have vehicles trying to enter the parking lot who are NOT using Owl Pick Up and are unable to do so with two “outgoing” lanes. As we implement the double lane plan in the parking lot, we will be evaluating the need to make changes when exiting the parking lot (such as implementing a RIGHT TURN ONLY for ALL vehicles when exciting our parking lot.) We understand this would not be ideal but could be necessary based on ongoing safety concerns. We will be coordinating with our crossing guard to help achieve the best flow possible on Oakley Park Road. The safest route to “head east” after turning right (west) is to turn right on Newton Road, then right on Richardson Road and then use either Martin Road or Haggerty Road.

We are looking for more volunteers to help in the parking lot as drivers adjust to this new process. If you are able/willing to help, please contact Kristin Froning kristinfroning@wlcsd.org. Volunteers would need to be at Oakley Park by 3:30 p.m.

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Foundation for Excellence Awards TWO Grants to Oakley Park!

Our 1st and 2ns grade teachers were honored this past Thursday as they were each awarded a grant from the Foundation for Excellence! Mrs. Wendy Rozman (1st grade) and Mrs. Sherri Holbrook (2n grade) submitted grants on behalf of their grade level teams. The combined total of the two grants is almost $1000.

We are SO thankful for the support from the Foundation for Excellence!

The Foundation for Excellence (FFE) is our valued, collaborative partner in education and 2022 teacher grant awards through the Foundation are underway totaling over $36,000! Please consider taking the time to support the Foundation with your purchase of a Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle ticket.

***Ticket sales close at noon on Saturday, March 19***

Here are raffle details…

Grand prize drawing is March 21 in conjunction with the PTSA Reflections Celebration (need not be present to win). The grand prize is scholarship funds for postsecondary education (option available for 40% cash, lump sum). Secondary Prize is a Samsung Buds Galaxy Pro donated by FFE. Tickets are $35 each (includes service fee) and the raffle’s sponsor is the Walled Lake Schools Federal Credit Union.

Visit FFE’s Tuition Expedition website for more raffle information. Questions? Contact Michelle Bianco @ 6-2116 or at michellebianco@wlcsd.org

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Calling all Dads, Step-dads, Granddads, Uncles, and other father-figures/male adult role models!

Join our WATCH D.O.G.S Team!

What is WATCH D.O.G.S?

  • WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering. The group was created in 1988 and today there are 6,450 active WATCH D.O.G.S. schools nationally.

Why implement Watch D.O.G.S at Oakley Park?

  • To provide positive male role models for the students, demonstrating by their presence that education is important.

  • To provide extra sets of eyes and ears to enhance school security and support students with conflict resolution.

  • Support school community relationships.

What is expected of a WATCH D.O.G.?

  • Support on the playground

  • Guide conflict resolution

  • Safety-reporting all injuries/concerns to playground staff

  • Encourage students to be active, play games, and be involved!

  • Support in the parking lot during dismissal

    • Helpful guide the traffic flow

    • Ensure the safety of students and families

  • Confidentiality in regards to all interactions with students and staff

What is the time commitment of a WATCH D.O.G?

  • We welcome our D.O.G.S based on what works best for their schedules! We use a SignUp Genius for scheduling so you can sign up for the date(s) that work best for your schedule. There is no required number of times…you could volunteer once a month, once a week or once between now and June!

Below are two documents that need to be completed (sign and return to school) to officially get started as a volunteer. Once these forms have been received, you will be set a link to the Sign-Up Genius WATCH D.O.G. site.

Thank you so much for your interest in the program and for supporting our Owls! We are excited to welcome you to the playground and/or parking lot!

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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

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

WLCSD Math Course Skipping Information

Dear Families,

Our current math standards are more rigorous and demanding than ever. Students are expected to develop a deep understanding of concepts leading to fluency with facts and procedures, and the ability to clearly communicate their mathematical thinking. Further, students must pass a demanding sequence of high school math courses in order to meet graduation requirements. In response to the increased expectations for all students, we have adjusted the content focus and instructional approaches in all of our math courses.

Because of the higher standards and to ensure student success at all points of their mathematical education, we are using the procedures described in the document linked below to accelerate students. In order to skip a course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip.

The process and procedures described in the document linked below apply to all students currently in grades 2 through 7. Students attempting to test-out of high school courses will use the existing process described on the district website. Parents of students in kindergarten or first grade who have indications their child is possibly ready to skip a year of Mathematics should contact their building principal.

If you have questions after reviewing the process, please contact your building principal or me.

Thank you for your partnership in education.


Ellen McDonald

Math/Science Coordinator



Overview of Math Course-Skipping Process (Click link below)

Math Course Skipping Test Registration Form

Deadline for registration is Friday, March 25th.

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Join us tomorrow: Monday, March 7th @ 7:00 pm (Oakley Park Media Center)

The March meeting will take place in the OPE media center on Monday, March 7 at 7:00 pm. We are lucky to have a great speaker joining us with some important information we can all use, now more than ever! See below for the description of the topic covered and Nikki will be available for Q & A as well! Please plan to join us on Monday - in person, finally!

The Worry Warrior parent training program was designed by local child psychologist Nikki O’Donnell, MA, LLP, who specializes in treating anxiety in children. The program provides parents with practical and powerful tools to help their children overcome anxiety, develop coping skills, and improve stress tolerance.

During this event, parents will learn:

•Tools for identifying anxiety in children

• Creative solutions for helping children improve stress tolerance, develop coping skills and increase resilience

• Parenting strategies that can help build confidence in an anxious child

• Resources for both children and parents (books, apps, and games)

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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!

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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