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.

Oakley Park School Times

Drop off: 8:50 AM

First Bell: 8:55 AM

Tardy Bell: 9:00 AM
Dismissal: 4:00 PM
1/2 Day Dismissal: 12:25 PM

*Students who have access to Walled Lake Transportation will not be marked tardy at this time.

24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

Meet Oakley!

Oakley was born on September 6, 2021. We are so excited to welcome her to Oakley Park next year. We look forward to sharing updates regarding her training to become our therapy dog in the coming months. We are hoping for a sneak peek too!

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!

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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!


We are so grateful for the support of the Oakland County Sherriff's Department during dismissal this past week. While a deputy might not always be available, we will make every effort help with the traffic flow from the parking lot out on to Oakley Park Road.

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!

On Thursday, our Owls spent time learning more about Veteran's Day! Classrooms celebrated family members and friends who have served (and continue to serve our county) by sharing pictures and stories. We were joined by a very special Iraqi War veteran, Mrs. Mellissa Bloomfield (mom of two Oakley Park Owls).

We are thankful for the service of so many...past and present.

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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:

Please Note:

  • 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 familyaccess@wlcsd.org 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

As the fall temperatures begin to drop, please note that our children do go outside for recess each day for about 20 minutes and should be dress for outside play.


  • 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)

Please Note:

● 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.

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Teacher of the Year

While Oakley Park is fortunate to have some of the best educators in Walled Lake, we are always thrilled to recognize one teacher as our "Teacher of the Year". Thank you to those who submitted nominations this 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!

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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!


Thank You,

Jessica Maurer, OPE PTA President

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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:

  1. How does your work relate to the theme?

  2. What is your personal connection to the theme?

  3. What did you use to create your work (supplies, technology, instrumentation, props, etc.)?

  4. 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.

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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

COVID Information

If a member of your household tests positive for COVID we strongly recommend a self-quarantine from last date of close contact, however WLCSD is not currently issuing quarantines. Thank you for taking the necessary steps to help ensure the health and safety of our entire learning community.

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

We continue to urge all families to check your child's health daily and make decisions that will keep our community healthy and safe. Please check for the following symptoms:

  • Fever/Chills
  • Cough
  • Fatigue
  • Headache Sore throat
  • Congestion
  • Runny Nose
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • 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

You may have learned that the Michigan Legislator questioned the Oakland County Health Division’s Mask Mandate based on the recent Michigan Budget Bill. Provided, the Governor’s statement and in consultation with our attorney, we are required to uphold the OCHD’s Mask Mandate. Moving forward, the mask criteria as of the beginning of this school year will remain in place. If the Governor or the OCHD make further changes in the future, we will communicate in a timely manner.

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.

Prime Time Care

Registration for Prime Time Care/Teen Club is now open. Due to technical difficulties, registration will NOT currently be online. Please use the link below to access the Prime Time Care webpage. Registration packets are also available in our lobby area.

2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance

Staggered Dimssal times:

3:55 pm begin calling Owl Pick Up numbers

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.

Contact Information

Kristin Froning, Principal

Karen Clark, Principals Secretary

Kim Waling, Building Secretary

Main Office: 248-956-4100

Attendance Line: 248-956-4190

Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199