Updates from Mrs. Froning

June 7, 2020

Dear Families,


If there is a word that seems to best captures the events of these past three months that have consumed our families and forever changed life for so many of us, I feel that word is unprecedented. You have grappled with homeschooling while carefully balancing so many other responsibilities, including the support of our children/families emotional and health needs amidst the COVID crisis. As we look towards summer and a return to school, I know many of you have mixed emotions and worries for your children's health and safety as we return to school in August.


Just as the pressures of the COVID crisis seem to be lessening to a degree, we find ourselves watching events unfold across our world in response to the death of George Floyd as people protest demanding justice and equality.


As a parent, I appreciate it is so hard to know how to approach and discuss issues such these with our children. We certainly do not want to overwhelm them but I believe it is important we listen to their questions, opinions and worries to best support them. Below are some resources that might be helpful as we continue to see news of protesting across our world.


I will continue to work along side our staff and families to ensure our school community is a safe place for our children to learn and grow where equality, justice and diversity are pillars of our teachings. Together, we will continue to work together to make this world a better place for ALL.


Sincerely,

Kristin Froning

Student Material Pick Up & Drop Off

Instructions for Families:

  • IMPORTANT: Our goal is to have the exchange of all materials contact-free

  • Pick up will be in the bus loop/front driveway

  • All persons MUST remain in your vehicle.

  • A staff member will approach your vehicle and ask

    • Student(s) last name

    • Teacher name(s)

    • They will communicate this information to staff in the gymnasium who will gather the bags for each of your children.

  • Returning items -to help ensure your safety and the safety of our staff:

    • Place all items to return to Oakley in your trunk or in the backseat on the passenger side to allow Oakley staff to remove the items from your car- it would be helpful it all items are in a bag and/or labeled.

  • Student Materials:

    • Oakley staff will place the bagged, student materials in the trunk or backseat on the passenger side

    • If possible, please place a sheet of paper with family last name in the windshield on the passenger side

  • Face masks are encouraged during this exchange. Again, please do not leave your vehicle during this exchange.

  • Thank you in advance for your patience while waiting for staff to assist you.


Medication: Student medication will be distributed at pick up. You will be asked to sign indicating you have received the medication.


Lost and Found: There will be tables set up on the east side of the building (large parking lot) with lost and found items. (See pictures below) PLEASE practice social distancing if you choose to park and look at the items.

Pick Up Dates/Times

Monday, June 8th 9:00-3:30 pm

  • Last Name: A-D



Tuesday, June 9th 9:00-3:30 pm

  • Last Name: E- K



Wednesday, June 10th 9:00-3:30 pm

  • Last Name: L- R



Thursday, June 11th 9:00-3:30 pm

  • Last Name: S- Z
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Celebrating our 5th Graders!

We will celebrate our 5th graders this Thursday, June 11th at 7:00 pm with a very special video presentation following by virtual/Zoom reception!


5th grade families...stay tuned for more information including a link to the video and Zoom reception.

2019-2020 Oakley Park Yearbooks

All students will receive their 2019-2020 yearbook when we return to school in the Fall. We will be sure to send yearbooks to our 5th graders at Walnut Creek and mail copies to all students who has moved (or is attending a new school in the fall).
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Dear Walled Lake Students and Parents,


One of the most favorite days of each and every school year is Field Day! This a day that our P.E. teachers plan and organize a wide variety of fun games/events at school, in which the students demonstrate the skills that they have learned in class throughout the year. It is an annual right of passage in most of our elementary schools, and always seems like the perfect way to celebrate the end of a school year!


This year is obviously a little different, but we just couldn’t wrap up the school year without a Field Day! And since we can’t be together at school for a real, live, in person event, the elementary P.E. teachers of Walled Lake have been working hard to organize an awesome “At Home Field Day” for all of our students and families to participate in! This

spring, the Online Physical Education Network (https://openphysed.org/) has put together a great set of events for a “National Field Day” that can be done at home. So we will use their amazing resources to ensure each of our Walled Lake students is still able to enjoy a Field Day experience this year!


In this packet, you will find all the information students will need, should they choose to participate in our At Home Field Day. You will find 3-4 event descriptions for each day, along with a list of the items students will need for the activities. Most of the items are things commonly found at home. But if you don’t have an item, you are free to substitute anything you might have that works. There is also a scorecard at the back of the packet that students can use to record their scores and times, if they choose. You should note that while the events are spread out across the days of the week, this format is designed to be as flexible as you need it to be. Events can be set up outside or indoors (provided there is enough space), if the weather is an issue. Students can do all of the events or just some of them. They can do a few each day, or do more on a day when they may have more time. Please feel free to participate in the way that works best for you and your family! You can also find helpful video descriptions of each of the events, by going to the website: https://openphysed.org/fielddayvideos.


As physical educators, it is our mission to help the students of Walled Lake acquire the knowledge, skills, fitness, and attitudes necessary to lead healthy and active lifestyles. Each year, Field Day is a big part of this mission. So thank you for helping us teach your child the importance of exercise and physical fitness, to promote health and well being!


We greatly miss seeing all of their smiling faces in our gyms at school. Although, we look forward to the day when we can all be back in P.E. together again, we hope these events bring a little bit of that Field Day magic to your child at home!


If you have any questions, please feel free to email your child’s P.E. teacher. Best of luck with the events. Be safe, have fun, and show great sportsmanship! We miss you, and we will all be cheering you on!


Sincerely,

The Walled Lake Elementary Physical Education Teachers

Click on the links below for more information!

Looking for YOUR input...

Although more than 800 parents and staff have responded to the Shout Out Virtual Learning survey, in anticipation of District planning for the 2020-2021 school year, it is vitally important that we hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete this planning survey. We would like to receive a survey for each child as each child's experiences and the way you view planning for them can be different. The data from the survey will enable us to analyze and gauge community thoughts about school planning for the next school year. Submissions will be accepted through June 12, 2020. Please click the link below to complete this important survery!

WLCSD Budget Information

At the Board of Education meeting last night, Thursday, June 4, the Board, with regret, gave layoff notices to more than 40 teachers. As we explained in this video Budget Update May, 2020, we are preparing a budget that includes sweeping reductions. We must have a balanced budget for next school year by June 30, though we have not yet been told what dollars will be available. We continue to review every position, every contract, and all expenses. Thank you for taking some time to review this updated WLCSD budget data. We respectfully request that you advocate for unrestricted and federal funds with our federal legislators as Michigan’s budget woes will result in significant cuts to schools’ budgets. Here are some important talking points about school funding.

Helpful Information for Families

The Walled Lake Consolidated Elementary principals continue to collaborate to provide important information and resources to all families.

Student Pantry continues serving Walled Lake families

The Student Pantry continues to provide food to approximately 85 families in the Walled Lake Consolidated School District each week. The Pantry is in need of the following perishable items: milk, eggs and bread. We are also in need of canned vegetables. If you would like to donate any of these items, please see the SignUp Genius link below. The Pantry continues to work the Hospitality House and local groceries to help with the food supply. The generosity of donations from volunteers is greatly appreciated too!



The address for donation dropoff is 3206 Gateway Ledge Drive, Commerce Township, MI 48390.


  • Bread can be dropped off at any time prior to 11:30 AM on Tuesday (delivery day).
  • Eggs and milk should be dropped off between 9:30 AM and 11:30 AM on Tuesday (delivery day).

Shout outs for Walled Lake Schools!

Walled Lake Schools wants to collect feedback from our parents, students, staff or community members on the experience you are having during our school closure in regards to virtual learning and more. Please complete the Google form linked below to share your shout-out!