Updates from Mrs. Froning

November 24, 2019

Don't forget to Sign Up for Conferences!

Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, December 12th. This will be an adjusted 1/2 day for students: Dismissal will be at 10:35. Conferences will be held from 11:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Parents/Caregivers will sign up using the Online Parent Teacher Conference Sign Up in Family Access.

In addition to your child’s classroom teacher, you may also choose to sign-up for conferences with our FAPES teachers: PE, Music, Art, and Media. These conferences are OPTIONAL but we encourage you to sign-up if you have concerns, would like more information, or want to connect with our wonderful FAPES staff.

Below you will find two resources to assist with scheduling. Please call the office (248-956-4100) if you need assistance.

Professional Learning Update

As you are aware, we have several half days built into our school calendar this year. On these dates, staff engage in professional development throughout the district. Ongoing professional development is essential to ensure we are improving as educators to provide an exemplary education for our children.

This past Friday, November 22nd, the Oakley Park staff focused on two areas that aligned with our school improvement goals.

1. Understanding Students Social/Emotional Needs: As a part of our learning, we watched a thought-provoking TED Talk by Dr. Nadine Burke-Harris to help increase our understanding of how trauma and toxic stress impacts one ability to engage in the learning process. This video is linked below. We look forward to further conversations and learning surround strategies to best support students social/emotional needs.

2. Strengthening Writing Instruction: Given the adoption of a new literacy curriculum (reading, writing, and in K-1 phonics) our staff spent time digging into upcoming units of study to ensure effective implementation.

Our staff had a great afternoon of learning! We are very appreciative our community’s support of our school improvement efforts as we utilize 1/2 days for our learning. We are looking forward to our next Professional Leaning day on Wednesday, December 4th.

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Adpot a Family

Once again, the Oakley Park school community is coming together to help provide less fortunate families with a holiday that they deserve. Because of our OPE community's continuous generosity we have decided to adopt 4 families this year. These families live in our local area and have been identified to us as low-income or at risk through the WLCSD Head Start/GSRP program.

Please consider taking on one (or more!) of the requested gift donations listed in the sign-up genius. Thank you for your support as we help make the holidays a little brighter for these families!

Winter Weather and School Closings

It seems a bit unbelievable we have already had our first snow day of the 2019-2020 school and its only NOVEMBER! We understand that the email/phone call communication last Monday regarding an early dismissal created some confusion for for many. I am very sorry for that and appreciate your understanding.

As you may or may not be aware, Walled Lake runs a "three tiered" busing system:

Tier 1: all high schools

Tier 2: all middle schools and Oakley Park

Tier 3: our 11 other elementary schools

The intent with an early dismissal is to get the first two tiers moving sooner, allow for the third tier to run as close to the usual schedule as possible. Because communication with elementary families regarding an early dismissal is CRITICAL in order to ensure proper/safe planning for each student, Oakley Park did not (and will not) dismiss early unless the weather and road conditions are deteriorating at rate that is deemed necessary.

In the event we were to move forward with an early dismissal, families would be first notified by Walled Lake Schools (District phone system and email). You would then be contacted by Oakley Park (email and/or phone call) confirming you have received the notification and to confirm plans for your student(s) based on the early dismissal time.

Two Hour Delay

On rare occasions, morning conditions occur that temporarily prevent the District from safely transporting students or requiring students to wait at a bus stop or walk to school. These conditions typically involve thick fog, winter weather or utility problems and historically required cancellation of school for the entire day. Beginning this year, Walled Lake Schools has developed a two-hour delay procedure that could be used if conditions are expected to improve within two hours. This procedure, which will be used sparingly, will permit students to get to school safely and allow the District to conduct a credited day of school.

Parents are encouraged to develop a plan so their children can safely stay home for an additional two hours in the morning and have them go to a trusted alternate location to await the delayed start of school.

In the rare event that a two-hour delay is activated, the following procedures will be followed:

  1. The District’s phone system will be used to notify all school families and staff members of the delay (by approximately 5 a.m. when possible)
  2. Local news and radio stations will be contacted to report the delayed start.
  3. If conditions do not improve within two hours, classes may be cancelled for the entire day and the same methods of notification will be made.
  4. All bus stop pick-ups will be delayed by exactly two hours (i.e. if your bus stop is normally 8:36 a.m., it will be at 10:36 a.m. on delayed start days).
  5. All schools will start exactly two hours later than normal (i.e. if your school normally starts at 8:57 a.m., it will start at 10:57 a.m. on delayed start days).
  6. Prime Time Care will open at its normal time (must be pre-registered to use Prime Time Care).
  7. Essential service staff (custodians, food service, maintenance, mechanics and warehouse) will report at their normal starting time.
  8. Professional, administrative and support staff shall report as soon as possible and no less than 30 minutes prior to the delayed start time of their school or worksite.
  9. Students shall report to the class they would normally be in at the time they arrive for a two-hour delay.
  10. Breakfast will be available for the duration of the delay and lunch will be served at the normal time.
  11. Schools will be dismissed at their normal times at the end of the school day.
  12. Staff will be released at their normal times at the end of the school day.

Please check your voicemail!

When you see a missed a call from Oakley Park , we strongly encourage you to first check your voicemail before calling the main number back. Our office staff and teachers will ALWAYS leave a message. On the rare occasion that I send a phone message out to all families during the school day, please do NOT call the office line back immediately. We ask that you first listen to the voicemail and this will help to greatly reduce the call volume in the front office.

Friend Of Diversity Nominations

The Walled Lake Schools have created an award to honor individuals who are true friends of multicultural diversity. We hope you will join us in an effort that will result in the selection of a FRIEND OF DIVERSITY. This honor will be bestowed on the recipient(s) at the district-wide Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration on Monday, January 20, 2020.

The WL Diversity Committee hopes that each school building will nominate at least one staff member, student, and parent or community member for the Alec Bender Friend of Diversity Award.

Nominations will be submitted to the Walled Lake School Central Office administration for final selection.

Nomination forms should be returned to your school principal no later than Wednesday, November 20, 2019.

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Upcoming Events:

Thursday- Friday November 27 -28th

  • No School:Thanksgiving Vacation

Monday, December 2nd - Friday, December 6th

  • PTA Scholastic Book Fair (details coming soon)

Wednesday, December 4th

  • 1/2 day: Staff Professional Learning Dismissal at 11:35 am

Wednesday, December 11th

  • Report Cards post in Family Access after 4:00 pm

Thursday, December 12th

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 11:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Early dismissal 10:35 am

Tuesday, December 17th

  • Oakley Park Songsters Holiday Concert 7:00 pm

Friday, December 20th

  • Last of school -Winter break begins

Monday, January 6th

  • School Resumes

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.

Please note: In the event of a snow day/school cancellation, the scheduled menu items shift to the following day. The menu for the remainder of the week remains the same.

Due to various circumstances, the menu is subject to change. Using the links below (or links through the Oakley Park website) you can access the most up to date menus.

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

Contact Information

Mrs. Kristin Froning, Principal


Mrs. Karen Clark, Principal's Secretary


Mrs. Kim Waling, Building Secretary


Phone numbers:

Main line 248-956-4100

Attendance line 248-956-4190

Fax line: 248-956-4105