Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 11, 2018

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Diversity Week: November 12th - 16th

On Monday, we will kick off the week-long celebration of National Diversity Week. This celebration is intended to foster a sense of community and appreciation for diversity. This year’s theme is Heroes in the Community: Women Making a Difference.

At Oakley Park Elementary we will examine girls and women, both past and present, who have made a difference. Students may reflect upon these heroes even further by sharing their special hero with our school community. If your child is interested in sharing, please click the link below and have your student complete the My Hero form.

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REMINDER: Owl Drop Off

PLEASE adhere to the following procedures to ensure the safety of our students, parents and staff:

1. NO CELL PHONE USE while in the parking lot area.

2. If waiting at the curb at 7:55 am, students MUST exist the car at that time. It important to begin the unloading process at 7:55 am to ensure all students using the drop off, enter the building by 8:05 am. We have added at an outside bell at 7:55 am. Students are welcomed into the building at 8:00 am.

3. Turning left out of the parking is VERY difficult in the morning. We urge drivers to consider turning right. PLEASE DO NOT block the drop off lane waiting to merge into the left lane.

Looking Ahead: Parent/Teacher Conferences

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 13th. This will be an adjusted 1/2 day for students: Dismissal will be at 10:18. Conferences will be held from 11:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Parents/Caregivers will sign up using the Online Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up in Family Access. The Conference sign up option will be available the week of November 19th. More information, including directions and video tutorials will be provide in the coming weeks.

Oakley Park Parent Book Club!

Beginning in December, Mrs. Froning and Ms. Pavelich, will be hosting a book club at Oakley Park ! We will be reading Michelle Borba’s highly acclaimed Unselfie; Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World. Please join us as we discuss, exchange ideas and explore ways to give our kids the "Empathy Advantage”.

We will hold our first meeting on Monday, December 3, 2018. At our first meeting we will have an introduction to Unselfie and preview the book’s introduction. Please follow the link to RSVP to our OPE book club and let us know how you will be purchasing the Unselfie book. There are two options for ordering the book. You can order in on our own, or send $10 to school labeled for Ms. Pavelich and a bulk order will be placed before our first book club. Money will be due by Tuesday, November 27th.

The Power of Kindness

Dale Atkins PhD & Amanda Salzhauer (MSW) speak of the The fundamentals of kindness in their book: The Kindness Advantage (Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children) Those fundamentals are:

  • Acceptance
  • Commitment
  • Connection
  • Empathy
  • Giving
  • Interest
  • Nurturing
  • Observing
  • Questioning
  • (Be) Yourself

When we have our eyes open to the world around us, we can interpret what we see for our children. Engaging with our children about the world around them will encourage curiosity about different ways he/she can interact with it. It is important to expose our children, in an age appropriate way, to aspects of life that are challenging. Although it is natural for parents to want to shield children from difficult issues and realities of the world, approaching these topics will provide opportunities for observations and questions. As our children gain an understanding they become more compassionate, empathetic and caring human beings.

Life's more persistent and urgent questions is, "What are you doing for others?"

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Last Reminder: PTA Reflections 2018

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Click the link below for Reflections information, including rules/submission details!

All Reflections entries are due in the Oakley Park main off on or before, this Friday, November 16th.

Box Time Turn In Time! Last day is November 26th

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Breakfast & Lunch Information

Breakfast $1.25

Lunch $2.75

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

Upcoming Dates

Thursday, November 15th
  • Mother/Daughter Laser Tag Event
  • RSVP's due for Turkey Trot 2018

Thursday, November 22 - Friday, November 23rd

  • Thanksgiving Break

Monday, November 26th

  • School Resumes

Wednesday, November 28th

  • 5th Grade Musical Performance

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