Updates from Mrs. Froning

August 31, 2019

Welcome to the "New" Year!

The 2019-2020 school year is off to a great start! I am hoping your children enjoyed the first three days of school. Thank you...the support from you (our parents/family community) has contributed to a great start to the school year. Through out the first three days, our parents/caregivers provided perfect balance of flexibility, support and trust to the students and staff!

Our classrooms have been busy engaging in community/relationship building and learning new routines. We are working to finalize the Fine Arts schedule (Art, Music, Physical Education and Media Center) and teacher will share those schedules by the end of next week.

We look forward to seeing parents/care givers at grade level Curriculum Nights! Our teachers are excited to have the opportunity to share details about curriculum as well as other important information that will help ensure you child has a successful school year! (Dates are published below)

Curriculum Nights

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

Wednesday, September 4th

6:00 pm 5th Grade

6:30 pm Kindergarten

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

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

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.

Owl Drop Off (morning arrival)

While we high encourage all students who have busing available to them to utilize this service; we do understand that there are times it is necessary for students to be driven to school. Please note the front driveway/loop is for for buses ONLY! Parents can either park and walk their student to the front door or follow our drop off procedures in the large, side lot.

  • Students should begin exiting cars around 7:55 a.m. They may enter the building at 8:00 a.m. (Staff reports for the Owl Drop off at 8:00 a.m).
  • In order to allow for multiple cars to safely unload students along the curbside ONLY, all drivers are asked to pull up to the white sandwich board sign.
  • DO NOT stop at the sidewalk directly in front of the side entrance doors if there is space ahead of you to pull up.
  • Be alert/aware of pedestrians and other vehicles while waiting in line! Be aware of vehicles that are parking, giving them the space needed to access parking spot.
  • Students must be ready to exit the vehicle on the curbside as soon as you’ve stopped. (Backpacks, lunchboxes, etc. should be next to your child so that they can easily grab them when exiting the vehicle). Kisses and end of the day reminders should be given before entering the drop off line. If your student is unable to independently exit the vehicle, you will need to park and walk them to the front door.
  • The tardy bell rings at 8:05, with the exception of those students who ride a bus; all other students entering the building after that bell are considered tardy.

NOTE: Turning left onto Oakley Park Road can be extremely difficult some days, please DO NOT block the drop off line while waiting to exit our parking lot.

Owl Pick Up (dismissal)

Please remember the following when using Owl Pick Up:

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

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

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

  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.

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

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.

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.

Big picture

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.