Updates from Mrs. Froning

March 8, 2020

March is National Reading Month!

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March Reading Calendar of Events

While we encourage and celebrate the "magic" of reading each and every day at Oakley Park, we have some special events planned throughout the month of March as March is National Reading Month. Below is a copy of the calendar of events (calendars were sent home with students too!)


Kindness Council Book Drive

During the month of March the Kindness Council will be collecting new and/or gently used children and adult books. They can be hardcover or paperback. No magazines, comic books or coloring/activity booklets accepted). The books will be given to the Kiwanis Club on April 3, 2020 who will donate the books to Flint, MI for schools, hospitals, prisons, senior centers, etc. The goal of the Kiwanis Club is 250,000 books collected to break the Guinness Book of World Record. The classroom with the most books collected will win a PJ day or a Dance Party depending on class preference.


AND...Mrs. Froning has challenged the students to collect 600 books by Friday, March 27th. If students meet this goal, she will dress up as a storybook character chosen by the students. (Each classroom will enter the name of character they would like to see Mrs. Froning dressed as for the day and one character name will be drawn from a magic hat! ) Mrs. Froning will spend the day in character on Friday, April 3rd.

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Collecting Items for Nashville Tornado Victims

Our Prime Supervisor, Sherrie Myers is organizing a collection to help the victims of the recent tornadoes in the Nashville, Tennessee area. This area is very near and dear to Mrs. Myers heart, as she has family living in the vicinity. Those affected by the tornadoes are in need of the following items:
Baby Formula
Baby Wipes
Diapers
Tooth brushes
Tooth paste
Air mattresses

Batteries
Non perishable foods
Women’s hygiene products


If you would like to donate, please drop off items at the main office any time this week! Thank you so very much!

Attention 5th Grade Families

Middle School Parent Orientation Night

Monday, March 9th

6:30 pm

@Walnut Creek Middle School

Professional Learning Update from March 3rd

Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, Dr. Delgado, our deputy superintendent, has shared information about district-wide efforts to improve our emergency responses. Specifically, our district has adopted an options-based emergency response for potential violent intruder events. Throughout this process, we have collaborated with local law enforcement including staff training and parent informational meetings. This topic is sensitive and critically important; and so we are grateful for our partnership with law enforcement and for the support of our community.


On Tuesday, the 3rd, our half day of staff professional development focused on additional training about options-based emergency responses. We learned more about an options-based approach to violent intruders, ran through scenarios with law enforcement, and prepared for introductory lessons with students. It was a very productive afternoon and we are grateful that our staff is so committed to school safety.


Our next step is to teach our students in an age-appropriate way about Options Based Safety Drills. I have met with the building Principals from the other WLCSD Elementary Schools to collaboratively develop a plan to introduce Options Based Safety Protocols to our students. You will receive a letter in the coming week with more information regarding next steps with our students.

School-wide PJ Day, Friday, March 13th

Thank you to all who contributed to the February Box Top Contest! The PTA goal was to raise $100 and we did it! Please remind your students PJ's shoud be comfortable for outside recess.

Reminder: Calling all incoming Kindergartner families!

Incoming Kindergarten Orientation for the 2020-2021 school year is right around the corner!


Parents and guardians of future kindergartners are invited to Kindergarten Orientation at all 12 of our elementary schools -

Monday, March 16th at 6:30 pm.


Do you know a future Oakley Park Owl? Please spread the word about Kindergarten Orientation! Please also contact our main office and add your name to our e-mail list so you receive information about our incoming kindergarten events. Call 248-956-4100 or e-mail karenclark@wlcsd.org or kimberlywaling@wlcsd.org

4th Grade Parents: We need your help!

Walled Lake Parent Parent Advisory Council is once again offering an amazing opportunity to all 4th graders in our district. A Disability Awareness Workshop will take place at the Walled Lake Outdoor Education Center and will be conducted as a field trip. Our 4th graders will attend this special event during the afternoon of Friday, March 27th. The main emphasis of the Disability Awareness Workshop is to help children become more aware of the challenges that people with disabilities face every day. The program includes several hours of activities centered on empathetic understanding of physical, speech, hearing, vision and learning impairments. We want the students to remember that people should be respected no matter how they may look, act, walk, or talk.


The students will:

  • Participate in a wheelchair obstacle course

  • Wear goggles that simulate vision impairments

  • Speak with an electric larynx

  • Experience several reading disabilities

  • And much, much more.


Many volunteers are needed to make this field trip a success and ensure the 4th graders learn true empathy! Please consider sharing your time by volunteering for this AMAZING event. Click on the link below to sign up to volunteer!


Date: Friday, March 27: 12:15-2:15pm (volunteers arrive at 11:45am)

5th Grade Camp Meeting

Our 5th graders will be attending camp April 15 - 17th at the Outdoor Education Center. All 5th grade parents are encouraged to attending a special meeting on

Wednesday, March 18th

@6:30 pm in our Media Center

Spring Picture Day is Thursday, March 26

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More details about Spring pictures coming next week!

Math Course Skipping for the 2020-2021 School Year

We have begun the process of identifying those students that may be eligible for Math grade/course skipping for the 20-21 school year. In order to skip a grade or course in the math sequence, students must demonstrate proficiency in the content and skills of the course they are attempting to skip.


This process will be for students in grades 2nd-7th. Parents of students in Kindergarten or 1st grade who have indications their child is possibly ready to skip a year of Math should contact the principal.


Before pursuing the opportunity to test-out of a course, students should achieve at least one of the following suggested criteria:

  • Level 4 (Advanced Proficient) on M-STEP Math test from previous Spring (current 4th and 5th graders)
  • Above grade-level proficiency indication from current year i-Ready diagnostic tests (Kindergarten - 5th grade)


Parents may sign up for this test ONLINE and we will have paper copies of the application in our main office. The ONLINE application is linked below. Parents must sign up their child to take the test no later than Thursday, March 26th.


Students will take the test after school on Thursday, April 23rd at Oakley Park in our computer lab.


Please see the links below for full details and directions as well as the application and if you have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or our office. You can also contact Mr. John Gregg-Math and Science Curriculum Developer for Walled Lake. His contact information is included in the Parent Letter below.

M Step Testing for the 2019-2020 School Year

Students in grades 3-5 will be taking the State of Michigan's M-Step test again this Spring. State mandated testing windows are:

➔ 5th Grade - April 13th - May 8th

➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 27th - May 22nd

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!

Girls on the Run: Grades 3rd - 5th

Girls on the Run is a powerful program that inspires girls to build confidence and other important life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. The researched based curriculum includes three parts:

1. Understanding ourselves

2. Valuing relationships and teamwork

3. Recognizing how we can shape the world at large

The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event (to be held May 17, 2020 at Lake St. Clair Metropark)


Oakley Park has been so fortune to have teams for the past three years thanks to the leadership of parent, Elisabeth Lockwood.


We are looking for coaches for the spring 2020 season (which begins in March). The team typically meets after school two days per week. Ms, Lockwood has offered her support and guidance to the new coaches. Please email Mrs. Froning if you are interested in coaching! kristinfroning@wlcsd.org



Once we have established our coached, team sign up information will be sent home.

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Read By 3rd Grade: Update

Please click the link below to read an important letter from Mrs. Cathy Kochanski, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services regarding the Read By 3rd Grade law. You can find additional information regarding the law on the Walled School website (also linked below).

Foundation for Excellence: 15th Annual Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Chance to win BIG & support WL classrooms!


Purchase your Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle tickets today! Raffle's proceeds are channeled into Walled Lake Schools' classrooms through Foundation’s annual mini-grant program (see list of grant awards per school). Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100 (plus $2 convenience fee per $50). Only a 1,000 tickets are available for sale. Great Odds! Grand prize winner will receive scholarship funds for postsecondary education (40% lump sum option available). Plus, ticket purchasers have the chance to win a FREE raffle ticket courtesy of the WL School Emp. Fed. Credit Union and opportunity to win secondary prize; HP Sprocket 200 Bundle Media printer donated by the FFE. Grand Prize drawing is March 30, 2020 at District’s Reflections Celebration; need not be present to win. Visit the FFE’s TE raffle website for details or contact the Foundation for more info. and to purchase tickets with check or credit card: phone ext. 62116 or email michellebianco@wlcsd.org. MI Raffle License# R55190

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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00. Or as soon as their bus arrives.


Please note: In the event of a snow day/school cancellation, the scheduled menu items shift to the following day. The menu for the remainder of the week remains the same.


Due to various circumstances, the menu is subject to change. Using the links below (or links through the Oakley Park website) you can access the most up to date menus.

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We strongly encourage families to use the Oakley Park Attendance line when calling in an absence. For your convenience, you can call and leave a message any time and the voicemail is check every morning shortly after the school day has begun.

Thank you!

Oakley Park School Times

As you are aware, there has been a slight change in our bell times. This change effects the end of the day. All morning bells remain the same:


Drop off begins: 7:55 AM

First Bell: 8:00 AM (Owl Drop off and walkers may enter the building)

Second Bell: 8:02 AM (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:10 PM

Contact Information

Mrs. Kristin Froning, Principal

kristinfroning@wlcsd.org

Mrs. Karen Clark, Principal's Secretary

karenclark@wlcsd.org

Mrs. Kim Waling, Building Secretary

kimberlywaling@wlcsd.org


Phone numbers:

Main line 248-956-4100

Attendance line 248-956-4190

Fax line: 248-956-4105

Accessbility

If any individual has difficulty accessing the information in this newsletter, they may contact our main office at 248-956-4100. We will provide the requested information in an alternate format. More information about our district accessibility practices and policies is available here.