Updates from Mrs. Froning
December 8, 2019
EARLY dismissal: Thursday, December 12
*** 10:35 am ***
Parent Teacher Conferences
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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:
Professional Learning Update from December 4th
"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 email@example.com. MI Raffle License# R55190
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
*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
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
Mrs. Kristin Froning, Principal
Mrs. Karen Clark, Principal's Secretary
Mrs. Kim Waling, Building Secretary
Main line 248-956-4100
Attendance line 248-956-4190
Fax line: 248-956-4105