Updates from Mrs. Froning

September 8, 2019

REMINDER: Curriculum Nights

Please mark your calendars for our annual Curriculum Nights. Teachers will share important information with parents/caregivers regarding the upcoming school year.

Monday, September 9th

6:00 pm 3rd grade

7:00 pm 2nd grade

Wednesday, September 11

6:00 pm 4th grade

7:00 pm 1st grade

MStep 2019 Results are in!

MStep Parent Reports were sent home this past Friday with students in 4th and 5th grade. (Results will be mailed to those students who are currently in 6th grade.) We continue to be very proud of the efforts and performance of our students on this assessment. If you have specific questions regarding your child's results, please contact Mrs. Froning.

Walled Lake Central Homecoming

We are the future Vikings of Walled Lake Central and we have a few fun opportunities to share in their Homecoming festivities on Friday, September 27th . We will welcome members of the marching band, drum line, cheerleaders and athletes to Oakley in the afternoon and families are invited to attend the Walled Lake Central Homecoming parade and football game. Mark your calendars and more information will be coming about Homecoming 2019!

Important Information Regarding Transportation

As the community is aware, Walled Lake Schools' Transportation Department has completed the 6th year of collaboration with Dean Transportation. Walled Lake Schools is pleased to report that we had a very successful year and we have extended our contract with Dean Transportation through June, 2021. Many former drivers continue to work with Dean and many new drivers have been hired.

Our staff has a strong partnership with our drivers as they begin and end the school day with your child. If you have any concerns or questions, please reach out to your driver. The easiest way is to call the Transportation Line and leave a message for your driver. They will return your call as soon as they are able. Transportation Main Line: 248-956-3090

STOP CHANGES: Stop change requests are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year. Requests must be submitted on or before September 30, 2019. Each one will be reviewed and you will receive a written response. It may take up to 3-4 weeks for you to receive a response. If you are new to the district or have recently moved you may submit a stop change request. You may call transportation or email at: transportation@wlcsd.org

LATE BUS HOTLINE: All late buses will be listed on the hotline if the driver is running TEN OR MORE minutes late. LATE BUS HOTLINE 248-956-5199

***In the event of an emergency or accident, parents will be notified by a Skylert email or personal phone call.


Students may not ride any bus but their assigned bus without a bus pass. Bus passes are only accepted on routes that have room for additional students. Bus passes are only issued for extenuating circumstances. They will not be issued for after school study or play dates. Most school buses are full and therefore cannot ordinarily accommodate additional students.


There are two kinds of school bus stops:

  • Overhead red light stop All traffic must come to a complete stop when the overhead red lights come on. Children may be crossing the roadway.
  • Yellow hazard light stop Traffic may proceed around a stopped school bus with caution. Children will not be crossing the roadway. For more information on the hazard light stop, please visit this link and view our Hazard Light Video:
WLCSD Bus Hazard Light Video

Prime Time Care at Oakley Park

For the times you can't be there yourself, it is reassuring to know that Prime Time Care (PTC) supports your efforts to ensure your child is in a safe, nurturing, and positive environment while in our care. Our tuition-based program is designed for parents who require child care before and/or after school. Our experienced staff seeks to meet the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of your children.

Our program is state-licensed at all twelve elementary schools and all four middle schools of the Walled Lake School District for children enrolled in Kindergarten through eighth grade. The program follows the Walled Lake Consolidated School calendar for holiday recess and inclement weather closings.

Click the link below to learn more about Prime Time Care including how to register.

Safety Drills

We are committed to providing a safe, caring, and supportive environment for all of our students, and we continue to follow all WLCSD safety protocols, of which our students are active participants. To enhance our emergency preparedness, we conduct safety drills and we regularly review our practices and procedures. Teachers spend time during class meetings reviewing and practicing the various drills. Please let your classroom teacher know if your student expresses worry or concern about any of the safety drills. Over the course of the school year we will practice the following types of safety drills:
  1. Fire Drill: Students and staff vacate the building in a safe and orderly manner using the exit that is closest to their location at the time of the drill. The actual alarm is very loud and the alarm unit includes a strobe light. Once outside, teachers account for all students. We will conduct our first Fire Drill on Thursday, September 12th.

  2. Alert/Tornado Drill: Students and staff move to a location that has been determined to be safe, away from window areas. Students kneel on the floor, bending over covering their head. Once in position, teachers account for all students. In some cases, students and staff take shelter in their own classroom while others have a different designated location. There is a pre-recorded message played over the PA system that instructions everyone to take shelter. We conducted our first alert drill during the week of Sept. 16th.

  3. Shelter in Place: The procedure is simple, staff and students remain in their classrooms to allow for clear hallways and classroom learning continues as usual. We do use this procedure throughout the year to ensure proper medical attention/support can be given if a student or staff member is in need. There is a pre-recorded message played over the PA that instructions everyone to “Shelter in Place”. We will conduct a Shelter in Place drill during the week of October 1st.

Owl Pick Up (dismissal)

Thank you for your patience as the Owl Pick Up routine continues to become more familiar to our new students and families. Each day, 3 staff members are responsible for the safety and flow things. While there are two staff members noting car numbers and guiding students to their cars, another staff member is inside (or near the entrance doors) calling car numbers. Student are NOT allowed to approach the pick up area until their number has been called and they are directed by an adult. THIS IS FOR THEIR SAFETY! If your student is unable to latch the seat belt without assistance, we ask that you DO NOT use Owl Pick Up until they are able to independently able to do so.

Please remember the following when using Owl Pick Up:

  1. The Yellow Owl Pick Up car numbers MUST be visible to our staff (this allows us to connect kids with cars more quickly.)

  2. Follow the directions of the staff as they are working to ensure each student is safely delivered to your vehicle.

  3. Students should enter the vehicle on the passenger (curb) side ONLY.

  4. Student must have their Yellow Owl Pick Up Backpack tag on their backpack.

  5. Pull all the way up allow multiple cars to load.

  6. Be alert/aware of pedestrians and other vehicles.

2019 Fall Picture Day

Oakley Park School Picture Day is Tuesday, September 24th

Retake Day: Wednesday, October 30th

Ordering online is fast and easy and eliminates having to send anything to school with your child on Picture Day! Order forms will be sent home closer to September 24th.

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End of the day plans:

Communication is critical to be sure all students know their plan at the end of each day. Please discuss your family plan with your student each morning. The end of the day is a very busy time in the classrooms and front office. In order to ensure teachers are notified about any end of the day plan changes for your child, please notify the office no later than 2:30. Likewise, we will not release students after 2:40 (of course exceptions can be made if an unavoidable need arises). The end of the school day is an important time for your child…our classrooms are engaged in the learning process through the very end of the day. Classes often spend time reflecting/discussing their learning from the day.

Main office phone: 248-956-4100


Mrs. Shirkey (Principal's Secretary) angelashirkey@wlcsd.org

Mrs. Waling (Building Secretary) kimberlywaling@wlcsd.org

Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is coming to Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more.

Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.

Please learn more about our keynote speaker, Brooks Gibbs, by watching: The Resilent Parenting Style and register online to attend. Registration is $15 per person or $25 per person at the door the day of the event.

iReady Lessons:

At this time our teachers are preparing your children for the first round of the i-Ready Diagnostic testing.

Students cannot use i-Ready Instructional Lessons at home at this time, while we upload all of our new student information. We will let you know when students may begin working on lessons again soon!

Thank you for assisting your child at home with i-Ready lessons.

Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA)

The Lakes Area Youth Assistance (LAYA) will hold their annual Taste of the Lakes fundraising event on Tuesday, October 1st. at Edgewood Country Club from 5:00-8:00 PM.

Our main office has tickets for sale $25.00 each. Please stop in to purchase or follow this LINK.

What is LAYA: Youth Assistance is a non-profit organization that offers professional counseling services and conducts programs for youth and their families who live within the Walled Lake School District.

Our mission is to strengthen youth and families through volunteer involvement. LAYA is one of 26 programs of the Oakland County Circuit Court-Family Division.

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Medication at School

If you student needs medication administered during the school day or for emergency purposes (Epi-pens)you must do the following:

  • Complete the Permission to Dispense Medication Form (signed by your physician) Click HERE for the form.
  • Submit the form and medication (in it original container) to the school office.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00. Or as soon as their bus arrives.

Food Allergies at Oakley Park

Please be aware that we have several children at Oakley Park that have life-threatening allergies to various foods containing products such as peanuts, nuts and dairy. Some may neither eat, touch nor even inhale the aroma of these foods without life-threatening consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we all keep this in mind when planning for any food brought into school.

We are asking for your help and cooperation as we work together to keep all of our students safe. Please remember this serious allergy situation when sending any food to school with your child. Parents are encouraged to make alternative choices when sending food to school with their children.

Although Oakley Park is not a nut/dairy free building, we must keep these products out of the classrooms that could cause a negative reaction. A detailed letter was sent to families in the those classrooms that have specific restrictions based on students needs. All students will participate in a discussion about the special prevention measures to help ensure the safety of all classmates. This will be an age appropriate explanation that may need reinforcement at home.

We have designated certain areas and classrooms in the building as "allergen free".

Allergic students will receive close supervision during lunch and on field trips, and will be eating in an area where food products that pose a danger to them are not allowed. There is an emergency plan in place for unexpected exposure, but our most effective tool is prevention and education.

We appreciate the support of families in helping to minimize the possible exposure for these children. As always, the health, safety, and well being of each and every child at our school continues to be of the utmost importance to all of us.

Oakley Park School Times

As you are aware, there has been a slight change in our bell times. This change effects the end of the day. All morning bells remain the same:

Drop off begins: 7:55 AM

First Bell: 8:00 AM (Owl Drop off and walkers may enter the building)

Second Bell: 8:02 AM (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:10 PM