Updates from Mrs. Froning

March 24, 2019

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Coming Soon....

Report Cards will post in Family Access after 4:00 PM Wednesday, March 27th. If you have questions or need assistance in accessing your child's report card, please contact our main office at 248-956-4100

1/2 Professional Learning News

This past Friday afternoon, our staff engaged in a professional development session around Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) tier 1 academic instruction. Tier 1 instruction is the instruction that takes place in your child’s classroom on a daily basis, which includes universal strategies for intervention and accommodations available to all students. Tier 2 instruction is designed to support the 10-15% of students that require additional supports and structures to be successful. Tier 3 instruction is designed to be much more intensive as a means to support up to 5% of students that require a more specialized instructional approach. Staff took time today to focus in on one of the 6 Embedded Practices of a lesson from our district Instructional Framework, which include:


  • · Supportive and Productive Environment,
  • · Learning Targets and Success Criteria,
  • · Discourse,
  • · Effective Questioning,
  • · Descriptive Feedback, and
  • · Balanced Assessment.


Additionally, Professional Learning Teams spent time to apply the Instructional Framework to an upcoming lesson with a particular focus on these Embedded Practices.


Time for professional learning is incredibly valuable and we appreciate our parent community’s support of half days to focus on school improvement efforts. We know that if we continue to grow and stretch ourselves as educators, that our students will benefit in the classroom!

Congratulations!

Congratulation to 2nd grader, Arthur Choma for his success at the Division II Math Pentathlon this past Saturday! Authur's efforts earned him "Honorable Pentathlete" honors. We are so proud of Arthur and we know he represented Oakley Park so well!

March is Reading Month: Author Julia Cook is coming to Oakley!

The Award Winning Author, Julia Cook will be visiting Oakley on Wednesday, March 27th:

K- 2 8:30 - 9:20 am

3-5 9:30 - 10:30 am

Both assemblies will be in the Media Center.


We’re excited to welcome author, Julia Cook, to Oakley Park on Wednesday, March 27th. Julia Cook is a former school counselor and author of MANY books about topics ranging from autism, teasing vs. bullying, cell phone safety, and MUCH MORE!


A special thank you to our PTA for funding this special author visit! Julia Cook will be offering a Parent Night on Tuesday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. Please see the flyer below regarding Parent Night. She will focus on a variety of important parenting topics like: social skills, video game addiction, and balancing your lives as parents. We encourage you to join her!

M-Step Spring 2019

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 8th - May 3rd

➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 29th - May 24th

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!

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Math Grade Skipping Procedures for 2019-2020

The last day to sign-up for the math course-skipping test is March 28th. This test is for students in grades 2-5 who are performing above grade level on the iReady or MSTEP math assessments and may be ready to skip a grade level in math. See your child’s teacher with questions!



Students will take the test after school on Thursday, April 11th at Oakley Park in our computer lab.


We have paper copies of the application in our main office. The application is also below.

Green School Recognition

Oakley Park is once again recognized as a Green School by the Michigan Green Schools Organization. I so grateful for Mr. Kwiatkowski's leadership as he collects, complies and submits the information needed for the yearly application process. We are very proud that Oakley Park has earned Green School recognition for the past 10+ years! One of our biggest Green School initiatives is paper recycling. Our 5th graders and teachers are amazing, supporting the weekly recycling efforts, fostering a sense of stewardship and service.

Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond Information


At its February 7th meeting, the Walled Lake Schools’ Board of Education approved moving forward with a $316 million bond election May 7, 2019. It will not be a tax increase to District residents. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said: “We have a unique opportunity at this time where we can request a $316 million bond without a tax increase that will actually result in a tax decrease. The District currently has five outstanding debt obligations, four of which will be paid off within five years, and other factors that give the District this opportunity.” The bond election is for infrastructure and educational equity improvements at all schools with significant building changes at Dublin Elementary and Western High schools, as well as an early childhood facility, and some safety and security additions. “Our goal is to offer functional, equitable learning atmospheres across the District and to address myriad infrastructure needs. These critical upgrades range from heating and ventilation systems, roof and window replacements, and lighting upgrades, to restroom and locker room renovations, and parking lot and sidewalk repairs at most of our buildings. The critical repairs needed at our 22 buildings far exceed our Sinking Fund,” Gutman added. “Keeping our schools in good repair improves our children’s learning environment and is linked to increased property values.”
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REMINDER: Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

Pre-orders are taken each Wednesday! Thank you for support our 5th graders!

Choices:

Plain

Cinnamon Raisin

Blueberry

2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!


Please note:


· We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.

· Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.

· There are several half-days throughout the school year.

As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.


You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?

Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, March 26th

  • 4th Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm


Wednesday, March 27th

  • Author Julia Cook visits Oakley Park
  • Report Card post in Family Access after 4:00 pm


Thursday, March 28th

  • Spring Picture Day!


Spring Break

  • Monday, April 1 - Friday, April 5


Monday, April 8th

  • School Resumes


Friday, April 19th

  • No school: Student or Staff (observance of Good Friday)

Oakley Park School Bell Times

*Students using Owl Drop Off are to exit cars beginning at 7:55 am

Drop off: 8:00 AM

First Bell: 8:02 (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:08 PM

1/2 Day Dismissal: 11:18 AM