Updates from Mrs. Froning

October 14, 2018

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Teacher/Educator of the Year

Please consider nominating a member of our Oakley Park teaching staff! You are not limited to nominating your child's' current teacher. A nomination is a great way to acknowledge any teacher/educator who has made a difference in your child school life!

Nomination forms were sent home with all students on Friday, October 5th. You can also access the form by clicking on the link below. Please submit nominations NO LATER THAN MONDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018. Please send or deliver Nomination forms to the main office in an envelope marked clearly with “TEACHER/EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR”.

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

Empathy is the one human capacity that allows us to link minds and hearts across cultures and generations to transform our lives. (Maria Szalavitz and Bruce Perry). The best way to teach children empathy is to be emphatic. Listening carefully and watching others while putting our own reactions aside and focusing on another's experience teaches our children empathy. We cannot know exactly what someone else is feeling or thinking but we can model for our children understanding using both our heart and our head.

Empathy is the accurate understanding

of another person's internal experiences. It has nothing

to do with agreeing or disagreeing with that experience.

Unlike sympathy, it makes no assumptions about

how the other person is feeling.

Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist

Dr. MIchele Borba is an education psychologist and expert in parenting, bullying and character development. She was the keynote speaker at last years Western County Parenting Education Fair. Below is a short video featuring Dr. Borba sharing her insights and recommendations regarding building empathy in our children.


PTA Family Boo Bash: Friday, October 26th

Our spectacular Boo Bash is quickly approaching and we need your helping hands to make it a success!! Please click the link below to find out how you can help!


We look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 26th from 6:30 to 8:30 for dancing, costumes, trunk or treating, and of course, raffle prize winners!

Remember RSVPs are due on Oct. 19.

Thank you!
Oakley Park PTA

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Halloween Party Plans

We look forward to celebrating Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st. This is a half day of school for our students and we will dismiss at 11:18 AM. Our staff will be engaging in professional learning for the remainder of the day.

Party Times:

8:30 - 9:30 am Kindergarten - 4th grade

10:00- 11:00 5th grade

Students may bring an appropriate school costume to wear during their classroom party. Please make sure costumes are safe and appropriate for elementary school children and for school.

Please check with your child's teacher for party plans and food needs. Please also remember that several of our classrooms are allergy alert classrooms and have special restrictions. Your child's teacher will have details for you about this.

PTA: Reflections 2018-2019

This year's PTA Reflections theme is Heroes Around Me.

it’s a great time to start getting inspiration for our annual PTA Reflections Program projects! Start thinking about the people in your world who are heroes. Are they someone whose job is to help people? Are they someone who volunteers in the community? Are they kids helping grown-ups? Or grown-ups helping kids? Are they people helping animals? Or animals helping people?

We can’t wait to see how those heroes inspire you through the arts! Review the current standing rules at the Michigan PTA Reflections website. More information to come! Get creative!

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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

Friday, October 26

  • 4th Grade Halloween Carnival (during lunch recess...details coming home soon!)
  • PTA Family Boo Bash: Walnut Creek Middle School 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Tuesday, October 30

  • 3rd Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm in the gym

Wednesday, October 31
  • 1/2 for students: 11:18 am dismissal
  • Halloween Parties:
8:30 - 9:30 Kindergarten - 4th grade

10:00 - 11:00 5th grade

Thursday, November 1

  • Picture Re-Take Day

Oakley Park School Times

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