Updates from Mrs. Froning

May 5, 2019

Staff Appreciation Week May 6 - 10th

Its Staff Appreciation Week! While we love and appreciate OPE teachers and staff all year long, we have some extra special plans to show them this week.

Monday is FLOWER DAY! This popular event gives kids the chance to proudly present a token of appreciation to any staff member. Flowers will be sold before classes start outside of the school at both the Owl Drop Off and main front entrance.

Flowers are $1 each and kids can purchase and deliver them to any OPE staff before the day begins.

We also have a big line up of extra special surprises planned every day this week. Thanks to everyone who generously and quickly responded to the sign up genius that went out last week!

Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond

Attention Oakley Park Parents!

Please remember to vote this Tuesday! As you are aware there is a 2019 Building, Infrastructure & Equity Bond proposal on the ballot. This bond includes many upgrades for our school. Here is the list PROPOSED Bond Projects (LINK YOUR list). This bond is not a tax increase. For more information open this Question & Answer document. If you have questions, please email: 2019bondinfo@wlcsd.org.

Thank you for voting on Tuesday, May 7 – the Building, Infrastructure & Equity Bond is the only issue on the ballot.


Kristin Froning

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Election Day-Security Measures

Our students’ safety is always our first priority. Oakley Park is a voting precinct and so the following security measures will be taken to ensure student safety on Election Day:

  • Voters will enter and exit through the gymnasium doors (that open to the front of the building/busing loop)
  • Voters will NOT be permitted beyond the gym.
  • PE will take place outside on Tuesday - Please think SUNNY thoughts for Mrs.Grinnell
  • Our staff will be vigilant about visitors and volunteers. Please remember to check-in at the Main Office and wear a visitor badge if you are volunteering.

Save the Date! Field Day 2019

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th! There will be much more information to come including specific grade level times AND the opportunity to volunteer for this fun-filled event!

ALL School Field Trip was a HUGE success!

Thank you to the MANY special grown ups who chaperoned this event! We hope you enjoyed sharing this day with us! I am so grateful to our PTA for their continued support of an All School Field Trip. I am so proud to partner with our PTA throughout the year on activities, assemblies, family events and more that help nurture the very special sense of community we feel at Oakley Park. The All School Trip is a wonderful culminating event and the Michigan Science Center did not disappoint!

News from the Kindness Council

Oakley Park Families,

The Kindness Council has decided to spread kindness in OPE by painting the bathroom stall doors and writing messages of kindness on each door stall. However, we need your help. On Friday May 10 we will be sponsoring a PAJAMA DAY to help fund our project. We are asking that everyone who participates to donate $1 to our cause. We need to purchase paint, stencils, and paint markers. If we have any more leftover we will donate it to the Art Room at OPE. We would like to thank you in advance for helping us spread kindness.


Joshua, Chandler, Brooklyn, Adrianna, Gina, Alissa, Isabella, and Ms. Tubbs

M-Step Spring 2019

*Due to the high number of snow days statewide, the MDE has extended the testing windows by one week. Date have been adjusted below.

➔ 5th Grade - April 8th - May 10th

➔ 3rd & 4th Grades April 29th - May 31st

Please avoid scheduling appointments or vacations during these testing windows. Absent students will be required to take make-up tests on alternate dates and miss classroom instruction. Teachers will provide more specific scheduling information as the testing window approaches. We appreciate your support!

To learn more, please check out these resources from the Michigan Department of Education: What Parents Can Do To Help Prepare for the MSTEP

Parent Letter from Interim Superintendent

What Students Can Expect When Taking the MSTEP

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On Thursday, May 9th we will welcome Laura Ells from the Michigan Attorney General’s office (Dana Nessel) to share age appropriate assemblies on the Ok2Say program which is a part of the Michigan Cyber Safety Initiative (CSI) program. Ms. Ells did a wonderful job presenting to our PTA last month!


OK2SAY is the student safety program which allows students to confidentially report tips on potential harm or criminal activities directed at school students, school employees, and schools. It uses a comprehensive communication system to facilitate tip sharing among students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and law enforcement officials about harmful behaviors that threaten to disrupt the learning environment. For more information, including a link to preview videos used in the grade level presentations, see the links below.

PTA News

Please plan to join us for the final meeting of the 2018-2019 school year on June 5th at 7:00 pm in the Media Center!

We are still seeking new board members for the 2019-2020 school year!

From PTA: Open positions for the 2019-2020 School Year

VP of Family Events:

The VP of Family Events is an executive board position. This leadership role can be broken down among several leaders or tackled by one leader for the whole year. One of the things the Oakley Park PTA (and I would venture our families as well) are most proud of our many family events. The VP of OPE Family Events has the role of creating, organizing, and executing 3-4 main school events a year. Traditionally these include October’s Boo Bash, February’s Family Bingo, and June’s Spring Fair. This job is great for those who enjoy hosting events, being creative, and wish to engage all our Oakley Park students in fun and educational events.

VP of Raffle, aka Chief Fundraiser!

Calling all development officers – this is the leadership role for you. The raffle is the sole fundraising event for the Oakley Park Elementary PTA. While detailed, the planning is short-term and can be delegated as needed. The raffle VP is in charge of coordinating and managing the many different moving parts of the raffle: researching/printing/distribution of the raffle tickets, coordinating the prizes, and assisting with the presentation at Boo Bash. This leader will be making a huge impact on the PTA agenda for the year as well as the educational track of our students.

VP of Volunteers

Our PTA is looking for a leader that can recruit, manage, and thank (in a meaningful way) the OPE parent volunteers. This role would include creating a database of volunteers, their preferred events, availability, etc. We want to make sure that we continue to receive amazing support from our parents and try to make their volunteer process as easy as possible. This would be an executive board position and will be suited to an outgoing parent who wants to improve the volunteer experience.

Treasurer :

The leadership role is of utmost importance and should go to a leader with a real interest. The treasurer is our sole financial officer and record holder for the bank accounts and tax documentation, and annual budgeting. They are also responsible for the disbursement of the PTA funds to the OPE community. It would also be great if this leader was familiar with basic accounting principles and Quickbooks.

President of the OPE PTA

This is an amazing leadership opportunity to work with dedicated parents to achieve a shared vision for OPE and our kiddos. The job of President is a catch-all. This leader will coordinate with all the VPs to make sure all events and activities are running smoothly. The President works closely with the Treasurer to all legal and organizational rules are being maintained as well as working with the principal to ensure the vision of the PTA and the school is being carried out. Specific tasks of the President this year have included the book fairs, science night, and the school field trip.

Science / Literacy Night

A treat for student/parents alike, this event is one of our most popular that takes place in the spring. The ideal leader for this event would be an imaginative type that is comfortable developing new ideas to engage students in science and literacy. This is a short-term leadership opportunity and a great way to get involved.

Swag Leader –

Do you like to shop? Then the PTA has the perfect leadership role for you - Swag Leader. This person would be in charge of researching and purchasing the various prizes and goodies given out by the PTA throughout the year, including membership gifts, raffle and bingo prizes, and more. A position like this is fun and can be easily done from your couch!

Reflections Chair

The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. This amazing program inspires students to express themselves and receive positive feedback to their creativity. The leader to fill this role should be an individual who enjoys working with young artists and encouraging others to show their creative side.

Teacher Conference Coordinator:

This is a perfect opportunity for a leader seeking short-term, but meaningful involvement in the PTA. Twice a year this leader will order refreshments for the teachers and administrators during teacher conferences. This important show of support for our teachers is greatly appreciated and simple to coordinate.

Book Fair Chair:

This is an incredible leadership role as it is all about bringing more books into our kiddos lives and helping improve the media center! This role requires a twice a year commitment for the fall and spring fair. It is heavily supported by volunteers, the board, and the media center. The leader’s main role is to coordinate with Scholastic, gather volunteers, and promote the fair. This is a rewarding leadership position as you are making a direct impact on the education of our kiddos for many years to come.

Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator:

Do you appreciate all the wonderful, amazing, caring things that our OPE teachers do for your kiddos every day? So do we!! That is why we are seeking a leader to take on Teacher Appreciation Week next May. The leader would be charged with creating a theme for the week and then crafting a daily treat for our out of this world teachers. This leadership role would be perfect for any Pintrest maven and grateful parent.

Distribution Leader

So much of our communication with parents comes from flyers and notices that we send home with your kiddos. We are in need of a leader that can be charged with copying our promotional materials and putting the materials in the teacher bins for distribution. This leadership role would take little time but is very important.

Walled Lake Community Education

Walled Lake Community Education is gearing up for summer camp programs that will begin before you know it!

As done over the last 14 years, The WL Community Education Department is offering an exciting Summer Adventuresprogram for children who love to have fun outdoors (and indoors) throughout the summer.

The Summer Adventures daily camp program is terrific for children who are between the ages of 5.5 and 12 years of age and are interested in having a great time and meeting new friends.

CLICK HERE for our information and registration flyer for Summer Adventures.

If you have any questions, please contact the Community Education Department at:


REMINDER: Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

Pre-orders are taken each Wednesday! Thank you for supporting our 5th graders!



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2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!

Please note:

· We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.

· Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.

· There are several half-days throughout the school year.

As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.

You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?

Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.

Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

*Student purchasing breakfast may enter the building at 8:00.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 7th

  • Election day: Don't forget to vote!

Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th

  • Staff/Teacher Appreciation Week

Friday, May 10th

  • Spirit Day: Pajama Day (student wearing PJ's are asked to donate $1 to our Kindness Council project)

Thursday, May 16th

  • New (Kindergarten) Owls Visit Day! If you have an incoming Kindergartner and haven't up for a time on the 16th, please call the main office ASAP 248-956-4100

Monday, May 20th *PLEASE note the date change

  • 1st Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm (gymnasium)

Friday, May 24th

  • 1/2 for Staff and Students: dismissal 11:18

Monday, May 27th

  • No school in observance of Memorial Day

Tuesday, June 4th

2019 Field Day! More details to come soon!

Wednesday, June 5th

  • Songsters Concert: 6:30 pm (gymnasium)
  • PTA Meeting (immediately following the concert in the Media Center)

Friday, June 7th

  • New (Kindergarten) Bus Ride! 1:00 pm All incoming kindergartners are invited to join!

Oakley Park School Bell Times

*Students using Owl Drop Off are to exit cars beginning at 7:55 am

Drop off: 8:00 AM

First Bell: 8:02 (buses release students)
Late Bell: 8:05 AM
Dismissal: 3:08 PM

1/2 Day Dismissal: 11:18 AM