Updates from Mrs. Froning

December 8, 2019

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EARLY dismissal: Thursday, December 12

*** 10:35 am ***

Parent Teacher Conferences

I hope you found signing up on Family Access for conferences to be both convenient and easy. Report cards will post after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12th and we strongly encourage you to preview your child’s card before your scheduled conference. Our teachers want to make the very best use of the conference time and answering your questions about your child’s progress is very important.

From the National PTA webite:

Research shows that partnering with teachers and engaging in your child’s learning improves her achievement and social skills.
Here’s how you can make the most of your parent-teacher conference so you can best support your child:

  1. Schedule your meeting — Typically, your child’s teacher will contact you when it’s time for parent-teacher conferences and give you dates when you can meet with her. This gives you time to prepare and schedule the meeting. If you need a translator, sign language interpreter or other help, you can plan for someone to attend the meeting with you.
  2. Talk with your child first — Before your meeting, talk to your child. Find out which subjects your child likes best, and which ones he doesn’t like — and why. Use National PTA’s Parents’ Guides to Student Success as a tool to help understand a clear, consistent expectations for what students should be learning at each grade level. Sometimes, there is a concern your child doesn’t know how to express themselves, and you can talk to the teacher directly about it.
  3. Create a list of questions — These meetings can go by quickly. The teacher will have a prepared report, so you need to be prepared too. To have a productive two-way conversation, prepare a list of questions so you can leave the meeting with a comprehensive understanding of how your child is doing academically and socially in the classroom and how to address any issues. These questions should provide guidance and outline important talking points.
  4. Listen to the teacher’s perspective, then tell your side — Be open-minded and don’t judge your child’s teacher until you hear his side. A parent-teacher conference shouldn’t be the first time a teacher or parent should learn about a problem, but sometimes it is. It’s hard not to be defensive, but assess the situation before reacting and share any contributing factors, such as a parent divorce, death, bullying or medical issues so the teacher has a full perspective on any issues.
  5. Take notes — Don’t forget your notebook and pen! Jot down possible areas of improvement or positive feedback you want to monitor or talk about when you go back home to your child. It’s also handy if you have several teachers to visit, such as during middle or high school.
  6. Ask to see work samples and other important documents — Parents should ask to see samples of their child’s work and ask about any activities they can do at home with their child to support her learning. Go over any other documents like the syllabus and upcoming projects or events.
  7. Give your contact information — Parents and teachers should schedule a follow-up conference and decide on the best way to stay in touch for progress reports. Consistent communication (via email, phone, etc.) will help build the relationship and address issues immediately.

These tips will help you best support and advocate for your child. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing your child excel in school. Good luck

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We strongly encourage families to use the Oakley Park Attendance line when calling in an absence. For your convenience, you can call and leave a message any time and the voicemail is check every morning shortly after the school day has begun.

Thank you!

Oakley Park Lego Robotic Team News

The Oakley Park Lego Robotic Team- the DABBS (Design Apply Build Brick Solutions) competed at the State championships on December 7th in Mason, Michigan. There were 48 teams and Oakley Park place 9th overall! Our team worked very hard to improve/fine tune their presentation which had earned them 2nd place and qualified the team for the State championships. Our team also received special recognition for the generator they built. Way to go DABBS!

Congratulations to the DABBS:

Mark Choma

Jacob Drotar

Noah Jungovic

Shayaan Javed

Eddie Petre

Peyton Rouse

Connor Ulmer

Professional Learning Update from December 4th

Our staff engaged in another productive afternoon of Professional learning. As we continue to deepen our knowledge and practices surrounding MTSS (Multi Tier Support System), we spent our time this past week on the topic inclusion. This is a term that most often used when considering students who have been identified as having needs that require specially designed instruction beyond what the classroom teacher provides. The staff at Oakley Park is dedicated to ensuring the inclusiveness of all students,. Our staff works collaboratively each day for every child. Our learning on the 4th provided the opportunity to reflect on our current practices and consider ways to strengthen our knowledge of strategies based on the latest research.

"Inclusion mean everyone belongs everywhere with everyone

else in our school and community." Dr. Patrick Schwarz

News from the PTA:

Our updated Family Directory is active! If you are a registered member of the Oakley Park PTA you should have received an email with information on how to set up your account and access the directory. We deeply appreciate your patience as we transitioned to a new platform called Membership Toolkit for our directory and communications.

If there are questions or concerns regarding how to access the directory please email them to OakleyParkPTA@gmail.com The student directory is an easy way to stay in touch with other families in our community. And the best place to find addresses for birthday party invites

If you have not joined the PTA yet, you can still do so and be granted access to the directory. Click the link below to join!

Foundation for Excellence: 15th Annual Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle

Chance to win BIG & support WL classrooms!

Purchase your Tuition Expedition 50/50 Scholarship Raffle tickets today! Raffle's proceeds are channeled into Walled Lake Schools' classrooms through Foundation’s annual mini-grant program (see list of grant awards per school). Tickets are $50 each or 3 for $100 (plus $2 convenience fee per $50). Only a 1,000 tickets are available for sale. Great Odds! Grand prize winner will receive scholarship funds for postsecondary education (40% lump sum option available). Plus, ticket purchasers have the chance to win a FREE raffle ticket courtesy of the WL School Emp. Fed. Credit Union and opportunity to win secondary prize; HP Sprocket 200 Bundle Media printer donated by the FFE. Grand Prize drawing is March 30, 2020 at District’s Reflections Celebration; need not be present to win. Visit the FFE’s TE raffle website for details or contact the Foundation for more info. and to purchase tickets with check or credit card: phone ext. 62116 or email michellebianco@wlcsd.org. MI Raffle License# R55190

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Upcoming Events:

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
  • Classroom Winter Holiday Party times will be communicated by teachers

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