Royal Oak Schools District 8/29/22
A Community of Excellence
New Staff Newsletter
Here it is, the Royal Oak Schools official staff newsletter, Volume One, Issue One.
The goal of this monthly newsletter is to bring you answers to some of your most asked questions, help you to find out more about Royal Oak Schools, and introduce you to departments and staff members while celebrating everyone!
First things first - we need a name. Use this link to help us pick a name for the newsletter: https://forms.gle/9o9eqJRehjwg5Fcm6
The winner will receive an Amazon Echo Gift Pack from M3 Investment Services!
Tools For Schools - Back To School Event
Tools For Schools
On August 30 all staff will gather at Royal Oak High School for a morning of information, presentations, food, fun, and camaraderie.
In the morning you can expect hot and cold breakfast choices served in the Royal Oak High School cafeteria. You'll even get to go through the "lunch line" and experience being a student again.
There's a lot planned for you before the learning begins at 8:30 AM.
From 7:30 - 8:20, you can not only visit with fellow co-workers, but you can also visit the "Tools For Schools" Market. Multiple community partners will be at tables with information and giveaways for all staff. And, look for Amy Murphy at the District Communications table where she will have giveaways from some of our vendors like School Messenger, Peachjar, and Smore. She will also have a chance for all employees to win prizes.
At 8:20, the market closes, and all staff report to the cafeteria or the auditorium for the morning session.
- ROHS Cafeteria - All Elementary Schools, ECC, Food Service
- Auditorium- ROHS, ROMS, MTC & Transportation, Churchill, Board Office, IT
During the session, you'll listen to presentations from our Superintendent of Schools, many of the Administrative Team members, updates on current construction projects, COVID-19 protocols, the latest on DEI and the JEDI Team, and a presentation on school safety plans and response, including new safety features like Nightlock and Go Bags.
The afternoon will be about professional development (PD) for all staff in their buildings. For your specific schedule, see your principal or department chair.
Communicating information with our families and students is very important to us.
In order to meet their needs, we are asking that you take a moment and answer a few questions about messages and which platforms you use.
We appreciate this feedback.
We will also be sending out a similar survey to families for their feedback.
Reminder Regarding Peachjar
Peachjar is Royal Oak Schools flyer distribution system, implemented to reduce the environmental impact and cost of printing flyers. External organizations can share information with ROS families as long as the proposal adheres to the flyer approval guidelines. Peachjar’s platform streamlines school-to-home communication by distributing valuable school and community resources directly to families as digital flyers.
No More Paper Flyers!
New Website Coming Soon
The new website is set to launch in mid-September. Besides being cleaner looking and easier to navigate, it will include quick links on the home page to areas on the web our users ask about the most. Training will be available for all staff. Anyone can use this link: https://www.schoolmessenger.com/training/presence for On Demand and Live webinars to get started. You can start adding to the website and creating your own pages starting September 8!
The ROHS Ravens need your vote for the Detroit Lions
Michigan High School Football Game of the Week!
Michigan High School Football is back and so is the Detroit Lions Michigan High School Football Game of the Week powered by Hudl! Royal Oak High School vs. Farmington was nominated as one of the five games representing Division 2 in week 2! If we are selected as the Game of the Week, a grant will be provided for our school’s football program/Athletic Department. The game is set for 7 PM on September 1.
"For the 2nd straight year and in a continuous effort to protect, promote and grow the game, we are showcasing select Michigan High School Football teams during our Detroit Lions Michigan High School Football Game of the Week powered by Hudl! This “highlight reel” segment will be showcased on www.DetroitLions.com in addition to being shared on all Detroit Lions Football Education social media channels," said a Detroit Lions spokesperson in a release.
The Michigan High School Football Coaches Association (MHSFCA) and Detroit Lions Football Education nominated the five matchups. It’s up to us and the Royal Oak community to help spread the word.
Voting begins at 12 noon on Monday, August 29 for the Game of the Week at www.DetroitLions.com/HighSchool. Once the page loads, click on our match-up.
Voting ends on Wednesday, August 31 at 12 noon for the Game of the Week.
Wednesday afternoon --The Head Coaches and Athletic Directors of the game with the most votes will be notified as the Game of the Week for Division 2!
Thursday, September 1 - GAME DAY!
Your Royal Oak Schools Tech Team starts with Jeff Sharp, Field Services Technology Director. Jason Smith is the Senior Technology Coordinator for Royal Oak Schools. Reporting to Jason are Anson Washington, Network Administrator, Shana Ramin, Technology Integration Specialist, and Andrew Bazucki, Senior Technical Support. In the tech team trenches are Ethan Davis, Technical Support Specialist, and Sarah Jessome and Sean McGuffin, both technical assistants.
If you need technical assistance contact the Oakland Schools Service Desk in one of three ways:
- Online Ticket servicedesk.oakland.k12.mi.us
- Start a Chat Session by accessing the Service Desk Request page here. A link to start a chat will appear in the lower right corner of the screen during normal business hours (M-F, 7AM - 6PM).
- Call 248-209-2060
Family Fun Football Night
September 1 is also the night of Family Fun Football Night!
Doors open at 5:30 PM with food, fun, games, and bounce houses for the families of Royal Oak to enjoy! Stay for the game, kick-off is at 7 PM with free admission!
Representatives from our schools will have a table at the game and be wearing their school colors.
It's going to be a great event for the whole community to enjoy.
Tasetfest is happening at Royal Oak High School Stadium!
Gates open for Tastefest at 5.
Enjoy sample-size restaurant treats for $1 each, while supplies last.
There will be a fun zone and food stands in and around the stadium. A $5 wristband is required for the Fun Zone!
Gates open for the football game at 5:45 pm - Game Tickets: are $5.00
Who: ROHS Ravens v. Ferndale Eagles
When: September 9 7 pm
Hope to see you there!
ROSF 30th Anniversary Celebration
The Royal Oak Schools Foundation is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and you are all invited to attend.
The party will be held at Emagine Entertainment in Royal Oak on October 22, 2022.
Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased at www.royaloakschoolsfoundation.org.
The deadline for purchasing tickets is October 10.
🤔 TRIVIA TIME ⏰
Trivia Time Sponsored by Motor City Gas Whiskey
Every month the staff of Royal Oak Schools has a chance to win great prizes from area businesses and community partners by answering a trivia question correctly!
This month's question is:
Which elementary buried a time capsule that was recently revealed?
BONUS - what year was it buried?
Use this link to submit your answer. https://forms.gle/gGTd8Aj65yc5qfAC9
WAYS TEACHERS & STAFF CAN BE APPRECIATED
Teacher Appreciation Day | Detroit Tigers
The Tigers want to celebrate Michigan's best educators! You are invited to nominate your favorite teacher to be recognized and honored at Comerica Park on Sunday, September 18 for Teacher Appreciation Day when the Tigers host the Chicago White Sox.
Teacher Appreciation Day at Athleta
Athleta wants to treat all Royal Oak Schools staff to a special day.
They are hosting a Teacher Appreciation Day on September 25 at Athleta in the Somerset Collection.
The event runs from 10 AM - 8 PM.
Print out this flyer and show it when you shop to save $50 off your purchase.
Farmer's Insurance Presents Teacher of the Month
Teachers and Paraprofessionals can be nominated each month to receive Teacher of the Month from Farmer's Insurance.
Nomination submissions can be made using an online form at Teacher Emartinagency.
The agency will review all nominations submitted during the calendar month and a winner is selected based on the supporting details provided by the nominator. Winners are not chosen solely on the number of times they are nominated.
The winning educator will receive an award to display in their classroom, a gift of supplies for their classroom, and a gift card for some fun!
🎉 WE WANT TO CELEBRATE YOU AND YOUR STUDENTS! 📢
Students Continuing Excellence Nomination Form
Please join me in recognizing and celebrating students of Royal Oak Schools (ROS). Any ROS staff member may nominate a student to be featured on our social media pages and/or other publications. We prefer nominations for specific accomplishments, rather than general academic performance or good behavior.
Click this link for important information regarding DUO Authentication, Network Logins, Canvas, Suspicious Emails, and more: Royal Oak Technology Information and Resources Then bookmark it so you can go to it when needed.
Self-Service Password Manager 🔑
Self-Service Password Manager allows you to recover a forgotten password or change your password without having to contact the Service Desk. The Service Desk can no longer change or reset passwords over the phone.
All staff should enroll in this service to avoid disruptions in your account access.
Note: Current research supports the use of a 12+ character passphrase, which is a sentence-like string of words, such as TheQueenWearsAGoldCrown. Passphrases are easy for you to remember but difficult for computers to crack, making them more secure than a standard password. If you have not yet updated your password to a 12+ character passphrase, please visit the Self-Service Password Manager.
Wishing a happy day to our September birthdays! 🎁🎈
Dr. Kim Martin