Updates from Mrs. Froning

April 7, 2019

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Charity Volleyball Game is FRIDAY, April 12th!

Come cheer on our defending champion OPE Owl Staff team as they take on the staff from Wixom Elementary in our annual Charity Volleyball Game! This year all of the proceeds will go to Scarlet's Smile. This amazing local charity is working to provide a barrier free playground in Commerce Twp where all kids can play together regardless of their ability. We enjoyed hearing from Stephen and Larenne Clark at our last PTA meeting on the huge undertaking and impressive progress they have made. You can find out more at ScarletsSmile.com


The game takes place FRIDAY, April 12 at Sarah Banks Middle School in Wixom. Admission is $3 per person and additional donations will be collected through the sales of concessions (pizza, pop, candy, and chips) and OPE spirit items!


Doors open at 6:00 and the game kicks off at 6:30.


ALSO - Kids will be able to contribute even more to our donation with Change for Change! All next week (4/8 - 4/12), OPE classrooms will have collection bins for spare change. At the end of the week, the money collected will go to Scarlet's Smile and the class that collects the most will win a frozen treat! So empty your pockets, check your couch cushions, look under the seat of your car, and send in your change starting Monday!


If you have any questions, contact us at OakleyParkPTA@gmail.com. Get your loudest cheering voice ready and we will see you there!

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Now available in Family Access

Thank you for taking the time to review your child’s report card, celebrating their growth and setting goals for future learning. Please contact your child’s teacher with questions/concerns regarding report cards. If you need assistance with Family Access please contact our main office at 248-956-4100.

Placement 2018-2019

Placement of children for the next school year is a team process. The classroom teachers, special area teachers, and I meet to consider the best placement for every child. Many aspects of a child’s development – academic, emotional, and social are very carefully considered. Because we view the process as so important, our staff will invest many hours to ensure the very best placement decisions. The staff working with your child has learned a great deal about his or her learning style, strengths, challenges, and opportunities for growth. In addition to individual needs, we also consider the balance of each classroom, so that optimal learning environments are created for all children. While it is never appropriate to request a specific teacher, if there is important information you wish to convey regarding your child’s learning needs, I welcome you to submit this in writing (email is fine) to me by Friday, April 26th . I understand that this is a sensitive issue. In fairness to all children and staff members, please trust in us to handle placement with the care and sensitivity that is necessary for these important decisions.

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

Buildings, Infrastructure & Equity Bond Information


At its February 7th meeting, the Walled Lake Schools’ Board of Education approved moving forward with a $316 million bond election May 7, 2019. It will not be a tax increase to District residents. Superintendent Kenneth Gutman said: “We have a unique opportunity at this time where we can request a $316 million bond without a tax increase that will actually result in a tax decrease. The District currently has five outstanding debt obligations, four of which will be paid off within five years, and other factors that give the District this opportunity.” The bond election is for infrastructure and educational equity improvements at all schools with significant building changes at Dublin Elementary and Western High schools, as well as an early childhood facility, and some safety and security additions. “Our goal is to offer functional, equitable learning atmospheres across the District and to address myriad infrastructure needs. These critical upgrades range from heating and ventilation systems, roof and window replacements, and lighting upgrades, to restroom and locker room renovations, and parking lot and sidewalk repairs at most of our buildings. The critical repairs needed at our 22 buildings far exceed our Sinking Fund,” Gutman added. “Keeping our schools in good repair improves our children’s learning environment and is linked to increased property values.”
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REMINDER: Friday Bagel Days are BACK!

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

Choices:

Plain

Cinnamon Raisin

Blueberry

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

Monday, April 8th

  • School Resumes


Wednesday, April 10th

  • PTA Meeting 7:00 pm Media Center *Child care will be provided


Friday, April 12th

  • Annual Charity Volleyball Game- Sarah Banks Middle School 6:30 pm


Friday, April 19th

  • No school: Student or Staff (observance of Good Friday)


Tuesday, April 23rd

  • Kindergarten Music Performance 7:00 pm

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