Updates from Mrs. Froning
November 13, 2021
The purpose of the Oakley Park learning community is to ensure social- emotional development for all students so they can reach their full academic and personal potential.
24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Due to the record-breaking amount of money raised in the raffle this year, our PTA was able to donate the money to purchase our dog without affecting any of the other planned and approved programs and activities for the remainder of the school year.
THANK YOU all for your support!
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TRANSPORTATION
School districts across the country continue to face a critical shortage of transportation staff and the same is true in WLCSD. After weeks of diligently reorganizing routes and redeploying staff, our partners at Dean Transportation informed us of the unfortunate reality that we would need to cancel several bus routes this week, November 8-12. While we deeply regret the imposition this creates for our families, we acknowledge these cancellations were necessary to safely provide transportation services to as many of our WLCSD families as possible.
Due to the nationwide shortage of workers, these bus route cancellations will unfortunately be with us for the next few weeks. Out of fairness to the families already impacted by this week’s cancellations, we will be cancelling different routes each week throughout the District to help share the burden this unfortunate situation creates.
Starting next week, November 15-19, the following buses/route will be cancelled at Oakley Park:
Bus 129 - St. Patrick to Walnut Creek MS Shuttle, Walnut Creek MS, Oakley Park EL
Please note, ALL students who have specialized transportation plans that are contained in an IEP will NOT see a disruption in service.
For those families impacted by these temporary cancellations who need childcare assistance, please contact our fee based Prime Time Care office at 248-956-5110 for more information on availability.
Visit www.wlcsd.org for more information!
UPDATE: ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
PLEASE continue to be respectful and safe:
1. Eliminate ALL distractions during the dismissal time (phone call and/or texting)
2. Be aware of your "space" pulling up whenever possible (this allows us to load more students and can help relieve the overflow of cars out on to Oakley Park Road.)
3. Under NO circumstance should the bus loop/parking area be used during arrival or dismissal.
Due to the cancelation of the bus 129 route this week, and in anticipation of the possible of more cancellations, we will NOT be marking students who have access to Walled Lake bussing tardy. We trust our families will continue to make every effort to get their children to school safely, as close to the start of the school day as possible.
We will begin dismissal at 3:45 as we anticipate an increase of families using Owl Pick Up and/or signing out students at the end of school day. If you would like to register for Owl Pick please email Kim Waling KimberlyWaling@wlcsd.org *Walkers and Prime Time care call down continues to be at 3:56 pm.
Oakley Park Celebrates Veteran's Day!
We are thankful for the service of so many...past and present.
Parent/Teacher Conference Information
Conference Sign Up will open in Family Access at 7:00 am, Wednesday, November 17th.
A strong partnership with parents/guardians and teachers is key to ensuring our children’s success. One important component of that partnership is parent/teacher conferences. This is an opportunity for us to meet, celebrate your child’s progress, and discuss goals for continued growth.
This year, parent/teacher conferences will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday, December 9. On this date, students will be dismissed at 11:25am. After students are dismissed, teachers will be available for virtual conferences throughout the afternoon and evening until 8:00 p.m. Teachers will share a Zoom link with families prior to December 9.
Parents and guardians can sign-up for parent/teacher conferences using Skyward Family Access. Online sign-up for conferences opens on Monday, November 17 at *approximately* 7:00am and closes on December 6.
Below are directions to help you sign-up:
Elementary – Skyward Family Access Online Conference Sign-Up (PDF)
Elementary – Conference Sign-Up – Directions for Parents (Video)
In addition to your child’s classroom teacher, you may also choose to sign-up for conferences with our FAPES teachers: PE, Music, Art, and Media. These conferences are OPTIONAL but we encourage you to sign-up if you have concerns, would like more information, or want to connect with our wonderful FAPES staff.
If you need help logging in to Skyward Family Access, please e-mail email@example.com for tech support.
Please contact me or your child’s teacher if you have any questions. We look forward to meeting with you at conferences!
Cold Weather Clothing Reminder
- 40-50 degrees - Recommended
- 39 degrees and below – Required
- 40-50 degrees - Recommended
- 39 degrees and below- Required
- Boots and Snow Pants: REQUIRED if there is slush or snow (or mud)
● If your family needs financial assistance purchasing these items, please contact Mrs. Froning or your child's teacher. We are happy to help!
● Please label all clothing with your child’s name.
Teacher of the Year
I am so happy to announce that Mrs. Laura Pace is the 2021-2022 Oakley Park Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Pace has been teaching in Walled Lake Schools for 22 years. This is her 19th year at Oakley Park and most of those years have been in 1st grade.
Congratulation to Mrs. Pace on this well-deserved honor!
College Football Canned Food Drive Results!
On behalf of Mrs. Grinnell, THANK YOU for your participation in the College Football Canned Food Drive. The contribution from Oakley Park will greatly benefit many as we approach the Thanksgiving/Holiday season. We are always proud to support Hospitality House too! To learn more about the Hospital House, please click the link below.
Here are the results:
Michigan State University.......359 pounds,
University of Michigan............405 pounds!!
Total: 764 pounds!!
A special "Thank you" to Mrs. Grinnell for initiating this awesome event!
Thank you to those who attended our special meeting last Tuesday. We are so proud to be able to help bring Oakley to the school because of the outstanding efforts made by OPE families last month during our raffle.
An email went out on Friday with information on our annual Adopt a Family program. Donation slots are filling up very quickly and we will likely be able to add a third family next week because of the generosity of the Owl community. We appreciate your participation! You can see the available items here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0c4ca8af2aa6f85-opeadopt
Reminder we have a NEW spiritwear site up and running! There are sales running this month and fun items that make great holiday gifts!
Jessica Maurer, OPE PTA President
National PTA Reflections Contest
The Oakley Park PTA is encouraging all of our Owls to participate in this year’s PTSA Reflections program! Our theme this year is “I Will Change the World By...”. Students can enter what their interpretation of the theme means to them through music composition, literature, film production, dance choreography, photography, or visual arts. The best part of Reflections is that it is free to enter! All you need to do provide is your creativity! Students can enter up to one piece per category. A celebration will be held for all students that enter the Reflections competition in the spring.
If you need a little inspiration or help brainstorming, check out this video: https://youtu.be/r1BkCQkRwNs
Please read the rules (listed below) prior to submitting your work to ensure all the requirements are met. The Student Entry Form must be fully filled out and turned in with the final product. On the entry form, it asks for an artist statement. When writing the artist statement, consider the following:
How does your work relate to the theme?
What is your personal connection to the theme?
What did you use to create your work (supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?
What/Who was your inspiration?
Keep in mind the artist statement accounts for a large part of the scoring!
Entries due November 29, 2021
Visit the Oakley Park PTA Website for more information and entry forms.
The updated school directory is here!
On Thursday, 10/21, you should have received an email from Directory Spot with a link to the directory.
If you are a member of the PTA and did not receive the email, please check your spam folder.
You can also access the directory by going to https://www.directoryspot.net and click “Login” and then “Reset Password”. Your username is your email address.
If you are not a member of the PTA and would like to be - You can join by clicking the below link.
Your membership provides funds that support academic activities, school field trips, school supplies and so much more!
You must join the PTA in order to access the school directory.
Breakfast & Lunch Information
Childcare Staff Needed!
Transportation Staff Needed!
Childcare Staff Needed!
Transportation Staff Needed!
If a student tests positive for COVID, they will be isolated for a minimum of 10 calendar days based on the recommendations from the OCHD. All families in that classroom will receive a letter regarding the positive case. The letter also reminds recipients to monitor their child's health closely and if he/she begins experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home, consult your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.
Daily Health Checks
- Headache Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle of Body Aches
- New loss of smell or taste
If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until their symptoms subside. We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe! Health and Safe!
UPDATED: Mask Reminder
Meanwhile, this update is also reflected in our FAQs, available to all parents.
Due to this OCHD mandate, the following protocols are required:
- Masks are required in all of our schools and facilities.
- Masks are required on our buses.
- Masks are not required outside (ex. recess).
- Masks are not required while eating or drinking.
- Mask Breaks: Please note that teachers will take their classes outside for periodic mask breaks throughout the school day.
Water Bottles: Please remember to send your child to school with a reusable, plastic water bottle. Our drinking fountains are closed. Refilling stations are still open.
2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance
Staggered Dimssal times:
3:56 pm Walkers & Prime time and first of three bus numbers
3:57 pm begin calling student names (based on parent sign out)
3:58 pm continue calling bus numbers and student names
4:07 Buses depart from Oakley Park
*Owl Pick Up numbers and student names will continue to be called throughout the dismissal period.
Karen Clark, Principals Secretary
Kim Waling, Building Secretary
Main Office: 248-956-4100
Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199