Oak Ridge Connection

May 13, 2016

Our Mission:

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

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents,

We had a great week at Oak Ridge. Many of our fifth graders performed well at the Jr. Olympics. Our fourth grade is into the M-Step and are giving their best effort. Finally, we had the honor of welcoming home a soldier, and father to three of our students.We truly do appreciate all our active servicemen and veterans do. Please enjoy spending time with you family this weekend.


Dr. Jason Parrott

News and Notes

Thank You to Jersey Mikes!

Thank you to Jersey Mikes for sponsoring a fundraiser for us. As a result we were able to raise $669.32 for Oak RIdge. Be sure to stop in and thank them if you get a chance.

Thank you for Voting Oak Ridge The Coolest School!

Thank you for voting Oak Ridge the Coolest School in the Macaroni Kids Coolest School Contest. Because of your votes and kind words, Oak Ridge teachers will receive a free lunch from DInos and 100 gift certificate to Love and Buttercream. We appreciate your support.


2016-2017 Calendar: A calendar for the 2016-2017 school year is now available! You can view an outline of the complete calendar by clicking here. Building and program specific calendars, as well as a complete calendar for our current school year, are all available from the calendar page of our district website.

Please begin making your vacation plans accordingly. We understand the value of family time, and family vacations, but when you plan your trips during school days, your child misses valuable learning opportunities, workshop experiences, teacher-directed instruction, and valuable hands-on opportunities that cannot be made up.

We are also moving to Google Calendar. If you click on the calendar you have two options under Oak Ridge: OR Building and OR Facility.

OR Building would be all the times of events that are for our school. Most parents will use this calendar. If you rent the facilities (Ex: Boy Scout, Girl Scout, Basketball, etc.) you will want to check the OR Facility Calendar. This would be set up times for events and outside rentals.

Rentals still follow the same procedure. You will use a building permit. Please make sure your date and time are available on both calendars. It is possible that someone has submitted a permit and it is not on the calendar. If that happens you will be notified. Always make sure your events have been placed on the calendar for rentals. If not, contact Robin Newsome (newsomer@royaloakschools.org) PRIOR to the event. Please submit the permits well in advance of the event. The permits are turned in at the building and we send them to Mrs. Newsome

Playground After School Hours

At Oak Ridge, we enjoy giving our parents and students access to the playground after school. It is great time for the parents and students to interact and it promotes a sense of community. However, it is important to understand that all normal school rules apply on the playground. It is also important to understand that the supervision of children on the playground is the sole responsibility of their parents. Recently, we have had many students engaged in rough play that has caused injury. This is a trend that can not continue . Please review the playground procedures to help ensure the safety of all of our students: http://www.royaloakschools.org/downloads/enrollment/2015-2016_or_bts_handbook_20150923_100012_1.pdf.


On Friday, May 27 at 1:30 in the afternoon the Oak Ridge students and staff will be celebrating Memorial Day on the front lawn of our school.

We would like to invite all veterans and all military personnel currently serving to join us. It gives our students an opportunity to acknowledge our service men and women. If you or a loved one who has served or is currently serving will be able to attend please call the school office(248.588.8353) with the name, branch of service, and years served. We will acknowledge those in attendance and will have special seating for them. Thank you.

Royal Oak Summer Sports Camps.

It is never too early to start thinking about summer. Check out the link below for information: http://www.royaloakschools.org/downloads/_news_/summer_sports_camp_brochure_16_1.pdf

2016-2017 Enrollment:

We are already beginning to plan for next year and need your help. If you have an incoming kindergartner that will be joining us in 2016-2017, please let us know. Also, if you are not attending Oak RIdge for any reason (i.e move, transfer, etc.) Please notify the main office. We will have a half sheet of paper coming home after break asking you for this information. Please make sure you complete it and return it. Thank you for helping us to better plan for next year.

Free and Reduced Price Meal Applications:

It is possible to apply for participation in the Free and Reduced Price Meals program at any time during the school year. Often, family situations change during the course of a school year, and new needs develop. As circumstances change (number of family members, change in income, etc.) families are able to re-apply or apply for the first time at any time during a school year. For information about the criteria to qualify for free or reduced price meals as well as how to apply, visit the Food Services Department webpage. You can access the page from our district homepage,www.royaloakschools.org, by clicking on Districts, then Departments. Or you can click here to be taken directly to the page. Personnel in the Food Service Department or your child’s school can assist you with the application process as needed.

Food Service Accounts:

By using parent portal, families are able to view the transactions in their children’s food service accounts. You can see deposits, purchases, and the balance available in the account. If you need assistance logging into parent portal, you can contact the secretary in your child’s school or Ms. Angela Smith (smitha2@royaloakschools.org or 435-8400, ext. 1216). If you have questions about the transactions you review in parent portal, after checking with your child to be sure they did not make a purchase about which they forgot to inform you (My kids do it to me:), contact Ms. Kim Stoid in our food services department at 435-8500, ext. 1123. She will be able to assist you.

Oak Ridge Live

Each week, students produce a live news show in the Oak Ridge Production Studio. To view the broadcast, please click here:


This Week at Oak Ridge

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 Congress

Oak Ridge's Student Congress 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 is coming up:

Thank you for joining us at the Staff Student Basketball Game. It was a huge success!!!


Oak Ridge Student Congress

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Upcoming Events

May 23 - Dentist R Us visit Oak Ridge (look for flyer in Friday folder)

May 27 - Red, White, and Blue Day

May 30- Memorial Day - No school

June 1- Field Day

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.

MAY 4, 11, 18, 25


Former Oak Ridge student, currently a sophomore, Megan Haser, is available 5 days a week this summer for child care. Megan is great with kids! She has taken the babysitting class at Beaumont Hospital and currently works in the nursery at Starr Presbyterian Church. Megan loves crafts, games and being outdoors. She plays the piano, violin, and guitar. If you are interested, please contact Megan's mom, Kay at 248.417.9629 or kayhaser@yahoo.com.

Oak Ridge Elementary School

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