Oak Ridge Connection

October 2, 2015

Our Mission:

The Oak Ridge community commits to every student's academic achievement, personal development, and social responsibility.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,


Thank you for a great week. Our students are doing a great job in the classroom. Please encourage the same type of effort at home. It has been a productive opening month to the school year.


Sincerely,


Dr. Jason Parrott

This Week at Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge Live

Each Week students produce a live news shoe in the Oak Ridge Production Studio. To View the broadcast, please click here:


http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oak-ridge-elementary

From the desk of the PTA...

Please check out the weekly PTA Newsletter, which can be found at ptaoakridge.com or directly at this link. This newsletter includes tons of important dates and details and can be easily accessed on a computer or your mobile device or tablet.

From the desk of the Student Senate

Oak Ridge's Student Senate is a highly active organization within our school. They are fourth and fifth graders elected by their peers to help represent Oak Ridge's students. They are responsible for many activities throughout the year. Here is a look at what they accomplished last year at Oak Ridge and in the community:



In our school...

  • Tutoring students on their math facts and spear heading a Kindness Week,
  • Spearheading Kindness Week
  • Promoting a healthy lifestyle by having a sports week for our students in conjunction with Fuel Up for 60,
  • Having a student driven talent show to showcase the diverse gifts and talents in our school...Oak Ridge Has Talent!


In our community ...

  • Donating to Relay for Life
  • Donating Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Donating to the Boys and Girls Club of Royal Oak.


Also, with the funds raised through working the Holiday Shop, Talent Show, Tiger fundraiser, and working the dunk tank at the all school picnic they will purchase a buddy bench for our lower elementary playground and a garden peace pole for the Oak Ridge Garden.


These are all student led initiatives with teacher rep support. These are also all things that would not have happened this year without our Student Senators. Great job last year!

Upcoming Events

Oct. 6 Walk To School Day

Oct. 15 PTA Fun Run

Oct. 21 - Oct. 25 - JERSEY MIKE'S FUNDRAISER FOR CLASSROOM BOOKS

Oct. 29 Flu Vaccination Day (see below)

Oct. 30 Half Day for students

Dismissal - 11:33 a.m. (Note: New Dismissal Time!)

HALLOWEEN PARADE - 10:50 A.M. - PLEASE SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO SCHOOL

IN THEIR SCHOOL CLOTHES. THEY MAY BRING THEIR

COSTUME TO SCHOOL IN A BAG. YOUR CHILD MUST BE

ABLE TO PUT THEIR COSTUME ON BY THEMSELVES. ASSISTANCE IS NOT NEEDED FROM PARENTS - THANK YOU. NO COSTUMES DEPICTING VIOLENCE.

Nov. 3 Records Day - No school for students.

Nov. 18 Second grade vocal music program - 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 23 Parent/Teacher Conference - Invitation only

Nov.25 - 27- Thanksgiving Recess

Dec. 1 Parent/Teacher Conference - invitation only

Dec. 3 Parent/teacher Conference - invitation only

Dec.21-Jan. 1 - Holiday Break

Jan. 14 - Kindergarten Roundup - For 2016-17 year. Children must be 5 years old by

September 1, 2016

Jan. 18 MLK birthday - No school

Jan. 20 First grade vocal music program - 7:00 p.m.

Jan. 29 Records Day - No school

Feb.15-16 - Winter break

Feb. 22 4th grade Vocal Music Concert

March 23 - Open House- 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. -

March 25- Good Friday - No school

April 4 - 8 Spring Break

April 19 - Third Grade Vocal Music Concert - 7:00 p.m.

May 27 - Red, White, and Blue Day

May 30 Memorial Day - No school

June 21 Last Day of School - full day

Professional Development Late Start Days

School starts at 9:25 a.m. on late start days.

Breakfast will be served at 8:50 a.m. on late start days.

Homework Club ($15.00 per family per semester) begins at 8:20 a.m. in the lunch room.

The following are the late start days for the 2015-16 school year.

OCT. 7. 14, 21, 28

NOV. 11, 18,

DEC. 2, 9, 16,

FEB. 3, 10, 24

MARCH 2, 9, 16

APRIL 13, 20, 27

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25

News and Notes

Important Information regarding drop off and pick up.

When dropping off or picking up your child/children you must NEVER stop in the middle lane in the front or back parking lot. We are a school community and community members respect each other and are sensitive to what is going on in their surroundings.

Thank you for your cooperation.


If you are going to be late picking up your child

The bell rings at 3:30 p.m. If you are going to be late picking up your child you must call the school office (248.588.8353). Your child is welcome to wait in the office for you until 3:45 p.m. After that time, your child will be sent to our latchkey program. If you are not registered for the latchkey program you will only be allowed to have your child there one time without paying. After that you will be charged a registration fee of $50.00 and $14.00 for the afternoon. Being late picking up your child should only happen on rare occasions. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS

If you would like to volunteer in the school or drive on field trips you must fill out the Volunteer Background Check form. You must include a copy of your driver's license. Once you pass the background check you do not need to submit another form until your child moves to the middle school.


A Great Message from Royal Oak Students

A great PSA starring some of our Royal Oak Students and former Oak Ridge students.

https://vimeo.com/radishgroup/tomybully


Importance of Attendance

Attendance at school is crucial for academic success. As we start a new school year set goals at home to make attendance a priority. Please be at school on time everyday possible. Resist the temptation to plan vacations during the school year. The instruction in the classroom is vital to academic achievement. Research states that missing significant amounts of school even at a young age increases the likelihood of not graduating. Please read the article below: that: http://www.naesp.org/sites/default/files/RtP_Attendance.pdf.


School Vaccination Program

On October 29th "Health Heroes" will be visiting Oak Ridge to provide flu vaccines to ALL consented school children regardless of their health insurance coverage. Flu vaccines are provided at no out of pocket expense to students, parents, schools or local/state government.

FluMist, the LAIV Quadrivalent pain-free, nasal spray vaccine will be provided. Injections are available upon request.

Children will enter the clinic with their consent forms in hand. They will be asked to state their name to ensure they have the correct consent form. Each form will be reviewed. Once child is confirmed to qualify, he/she will then be vaccinated. There will be 1-2 licensed state nurses along with necessary supplies and vaccines. Once vaccinated, the child will be given a letter stating that he/she was vaccinated. A Health Heroes representative will be available by phone for any post-clinic questions or concerns.

Flyers and permission slips will be sent home with the child in the coming weeks.

Oak Ridge Elementary School

MIssion: We commit to every students academic achievement, personal development and social responsibility.