OELC Staff Weekly Updates

Progress Delayed Isn't Progress Denied! 01/11/15

What's Happening Now?

Learning from Experience!

Experience is what enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.-Earl Wilson

Weekly Updates

Open the weekly update links in your email address. The links are attached to OCS Outlook/Google account. I changed the terms of agreement, so you should not need approval to view the Google documents.

Parking and Lights

Thank You Tony Sarkin! Tony installed lights on the concession stand; hopefully, the additional lighting has provided a better pathway. He also salted the staff parking area. If you find this area slippery, please notify the office immediately. Remember, to minimize any potential accidents, staff should walk on the paved road. Do not cut across the grass as this area is not plowed.

Please add the Pesticide Policy to your monthly newsletters. Rule R400.8380 (9)

Upon registration and in September of each year, the center will notify parents or guardians informing them of the following;

  • OELC has a pesticide application policy.

  • Parents or guardians will receive advance notice of pesticide applications that will include the target pest or purpose, approximate location, date of the application, contact information at the center and a toll free number for a national pesticide information center recognized by the Michigan department of agriculture. The NPIC toll free number is 1-800-858-7378.

  • Liquid spray or aerosol insecticide applications will not be performed in a room of a center unless the room will be unoccupied by children for not less than 4 hours or longer if required by the pesticide label for use.

  • The two methods of advance notification to parents or guardians, of pesticide application will be two of the four following means: a wall posting, a newsletter, an email, or posted on the website.


Let's get out and play--bundle up! Lance Shipman has given the approval for us to use our new playgrounds! Really, progress delayed isn't progress denied!

Mandatory Staff Meeting

RSVP Below Monday, January 18th @ 8:00-3:00 at OELC Tim Throne will be our guest!

Kindergarten Move Up/Parent Informational Meeting

January 20th. @ 9:30-10:30 am and 6:00-7:00 pm

Meijer's Reward Cards

Please have your families complete the attached reward application below.

Cell Phones, Emails, Absences and Leaving Early

Every Staff Must Complete this Survey

Hot Topic: "What can I do when you can't find a sub?

Your input is important! Please share your thoughts and suggestions. You can suggest a Hot Topic at the bottom of this page under the comment section.

Meijer's Reward Card

Please print and give to your families.

Budget-This is how we will pay for it!

In the future, if you would like to request supplies, please put a request in the supply folder in the front office before the 15th of the month. Orders will be placed at the beginning of each month (contingent on the budget). The following orders were placed this week. I will notify you when your supplies come in: GSRP CLK order dated 11.6.15, GSRP LEO order dated 10.21.15 and a storage bin for bikes, toddler class some of the items from 10.13.15 and PSO order dated 8.25.15. You should be able to collect your supplies at our next staff meeting.


We are going to start using True-Time. Angie is coming to train me tomorrow and I will let you know the next procedure during our next staff meeting.

24 HOUR PD LOG 2/1/16-12/31/16

Use the attached form to complete your PD log. The form should be completed and turned in monthly with supporting certificates.

Licensing Update

2016 Renewals


Rule of the Week-400.8143(1)-(2)

The most frequently cited center rule is 400.8143(1). Please review the rules 400.8143(1) and (2) and the related technical assistance below and make sure your Child Information Cards are complete and accurate.

R 400.8143 (1)-(2) Children's records.
(1) At the time of the child’s initial attendance, the center shall obtain a child information card, using a form provided by the department or a comparable substitute, completed and signed by the parent, and the center shall keep it on file and acessible in the center.

Assures that centers have contact and medical information for each child.

Technical Assistance
“Initial attendance” means the moment a child is left in the center’s care.

PD Logs

Click on the live blue link below.

2016 Calendar

Please hover over the dates to see upcoming events/activities.

Updated 2016 Calendar (click the blue link below)

Improving our skills will improve our quality of instruction.

  2. First Aid/CPR Thursday 14th @ 6:30pm: Jillian, Linda T, Kelly N., Jyl, Loretta, Cynthia, Dee, Kristen, Shirley and Kimberly Keenan
After School Games (NAA)

Click on the live link to get tons of new games to try with your students!

Extended Day Updates

With the winter season in full swing, there will be days when it's too cold to take students outside to play. But the fun doesn't have to end due to freezing temperatures! The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) created the AfterSchool Guide to Indoor Games to provide activities that stimulate the mind, get the body moving and help improve fine motor skills during the cold season.

Educators can beat cabin fever this winter with the following games from the guide:

Guess Who?

How To Play: One person sits with his or her back to the group. One child is chosen from the group to say a predetermined phrase. The person sitting facing away from the group has to figure out who is speaking.

The Hula-Hoop Game

How To Play: Students hold hands in a circle. Two students lock hands through a hula- hoop. When the hula-hoop gets to each student, the student must pass through the hula- hoop without breaking hands.

Paper Skating (This activity is best suited to a linoleum or wood floor)

  • Supplies: Paper plates
  • How To Play: Challenge students to determine who can skate the fastest from one end of the gymnasium to the other.

Balloon Volleyball

  • Supplies: Balloons, Tape
  • Set-Up: Put two rows of tape in the center of the "court" area, as the net.
  • How to Play: If you step on the tape or you hit the net, it counts as a point for the other team-the same volleyball rules apply. The kids have a blast and get some exercise.

Human Tic-Tac-Toe

  • Supplies: Tape
  • Set-Up: Mark out a giant tic-tac-toe board is made out of tape on the floor.
  • How To Play: Divide teams into X's and O's-you may want to give them paper with X or O written on it. Each side takes a turn trying to create a tic-tac-toe for their team.

Early Childhood Updates

Kindergarten Move-Up

Where: OES Library

When: January 20th

Who: all of 4 year old classrooms

Time: 9:30-10:30 am and 6:00-7:00 pm

If you need new toothbrushes, please pick some up at our meeting on Monday.

A New York Times review of Robert Putnam's book, Our Kids, summarizes his case for the diverging life chances of children in rich and poor families:

"A majority of rich kids still grow up with two parents. For poor kids that's increasingly rare. Rich kids get almost 50 percent more nurturing time from their parents, when there used to be no class difference. Rich kids have a growing edge in access to good daycare. The children of less educated parents 'are increasingly entering the world as an unplanned surprise.'

"On it goes as Putnam charts class advantages that start in the womb and widen at every stage. He is particularly troubled by the class differences in the prevalence of family meals, citing evidence that family dining promotes good grades and behavior.

"Education is supposed to help level the playing field. Horace Mann called it the 'great equalizer.' Now it's closer to the great fortifier — compounding the advantages of class, since the affluent come better prepared and more able to pay. A few decades ago, the gap between rich and poor kids in finishing college was 39 percentage points. It's now 51 percentage points. Even poor kids with high test scores are slightly less likely to get degrees than rich kids with low scores."

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Making Playdough

Yes, we are interested!

Debbie P., Kelly R., Cynthia H., Brandy L., Jyl M., Melissa G., Doreen M

Please decide who will make the play dough each month.

Contact your families this week.


Mandatory Staff Meeting and PD RSVP Required

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8am-3pm

105 Pontiac Street

This is a mandatory staff meeting and PD Training! If you have not RSVP, please do so.

  1. If you can not attend this meeting, decline the RSVP and write a note at the bottom of this newsletter explaining why. There is a comment section at the bottom of this page.
  2. Wear Your "OELC Shirt!" If you do, you can wear JEANS to work!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

First Aid & CPR

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 6:30pm

105 Pontiac Street


Please make sure your First Aid/CPR card is valid.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Where to Go For Help?

Washea Jackson, Director cell 248-622-8753, office 248-969-5047
Sue Roeher, Program Coordinator cell 810-614-0070, office 248-969-5036
Pat Mueller, Education Coordinator cell 248-221-0920, office 248-969-5082
Pam Andrew, Parent Coordinator (off)
Beki Story Office Administrator office 248-969-5038

2015/2016 Approved Subs

Destiny Bunton 616-802-4042
Loretta Christenson 248-276-0691
Miranda Chambers 248-535-0584
Jan Garreston 248-628-4218
Dorothy Graham 248-236-0361 and 248-464-0788
Kim Keenan 248-462-1304
Denise Nichols 248-672-7886

Help Desk-Jason French 969-1898

Maintenance Linda 969-5078