Updates from Mrs. Froning
December 19, 2021
The purpose of the Oakley Park learning community is to ensure social- emotional development for all students so they can reach their full academic and personal potential.
24 Hr Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Update: Options Based Training
Last week, our staff spent Wednesday in a training that no one should ever have to go through but the safety of our children is of utmost importance to our entire learning community! I am so proud and humbled by the dedication of our staff. I believe that your children are surrounded by some of the most thoughtful and brave adults EVER…from the classroom to the lunchroom and everywhere in between!
I am grateful for the partnership of the Oakland County Sheriff's Department, especially Deputy Nick Krafft as we partnered to ensure our staff is prepared for a possible situation that poses danger to our students. Our staff was both brave and vulnerable as we discussed options (A.L.I.C.E) that empower us to make good survival decisions for your children (and ourselves) should a dangerous situation occur.
As you know, teachers spent important time on Thursday teaching the options based approach (A.L.I.C.E) to our students. I continue to be amazed by our staff…despite their own worries and fears, the lesson was delivered in each classroom with love and an element of positivity as we focused on being empowered if a dangerous situation were to occur at Oakley Park. Each teacher read the book “I am not scared, I am prepared” by Julia Cook. (This book has been read in each classroom over the past two years as well.) This year, the book helped lead into our lesson which focused more specifically on A.L.I.C.E. at Oakley Park. (See the video link below and hear Julia Cook give an overview of the book herself!)
In all classrooms, teachers reviewed an introductory presentation that included topics listed below:
Overview of all emergency drills that schools practice (fire, tornado, bus evacuations)
Discussion about dangerous situations at school
Introduction to ALICE principles
Stressing the concept of being prepared, not scared
Read the book I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared! by Julia Cook
An emphasis on listening to teacher/adult directions, especially during an emergency
Each classroom talked through the following scenario: If there was a dangerous situation in (or near) the office, what would/could we do?"
I recognize that school safety is an emotional topic and careful consideration has been taken throughout this process. I heard from several families that the conversations at home following Thursday's lesson went well. I encourage you to listen carefully in the coming days/weeks and if more conversation is needed I have included resources below to aid you in these conversations. Also, please reach out to your child's teacher if you feel they are particularly worried or fearful.
Moving forward, the staff and I will continue to keep you informed. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s teacher. We welcome your input and are grateful for your partnership.
Talking to Children about Violence - Tips for Parents and Teachers
Is My School Safe: How to Ease Your Child’s Anxiety
Talking to your Child about Safety - K-2
Talking to your Child about Safety - 3-5
Please plan to join me at our next PTA meeting, Monday, January 10th. I will be sharing the presentation used for the lesson and I hope to answer questions you might have as well!
I continue to be so very grateful for a strong partnership between home and school!
Helping Oakley Park feel safe...
Thank you for continuing to have a conversation with your children that ALL threats, even those made in a joking manner, are investigated fully and taken seriously in this District.
At the elementary level, it is most important that our children understand that words such as kill or other references to physically harming another person, as well as actions like shooting (pretending an item such a pencil, finger, etc is a gun/weapon) are not appropriate and/or acceptable. Actions such as these impact the feeling of safety for others.
Also if you or your child sees or hears threats please contact your local police agency as well as me. You can also report them using the OK2SAY app or call (855) 565-2729 or text 652729.
Anyone can report tips confidentially on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, or schools. Tips can be submitted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Signing Up for SMS Messages via Skylert
In addition to receiving phone calls and email notifications from the school district in the event of a school closing or emergency, parents can also sign up to receive SMS Text messages.
Please find the helpful step-by-step instructions linked below as well as the video tutorial on signing up for SMS messages.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING TRANSPORTATION
Unfortunately, there will be several route cancellations when school resumes in January. The District will share that information with families on Tuesday, December 21.
Reports Cards are now available in Family Access
Important COVID Reminders
Thank you for taking the necessary steps to help ensure the health and safety of our entire learning community.
If a student tests positive for COVID, they will be isolated for a minimum of 10 calendar days based on the recommendations from the OCHD. All families in that classroom will receive a letter regarding the positive case. The letter also reminds recipients to monitor their child's health closely and if he/she begins experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, stay home, consult your medical provider and get tested for COVID-19.
Click the below to view the WLCSD COVID-19 Dashboard.
Daily Health Checks
- Headache Sore throat
- Runny Nose
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle of Body Aches
- New loss of smell or taste
If your child has any of these symptoms, please err on the side of caution and keep them home until their symptoms subside. We appreciate your partnership as we continue to work together to keep our community healthy and safe! Health and Safe!
Cold Weather Clothing Reminder
- 40-50 degrees - Recommended
- 39 degrees and below – Required
- 40-50 degrees - Recommended
- 39 degrees and below- Required
- Boots and Snow Pants: REQUIRED if there is slush or snow (or mud)
● If your family needs financial assistance purchasing these items, please contact Mrs. Froning or your child's teacher. We are happy to help!
● Please label all clothing with your child’s name.
Mark your Calendars!
The 23rd Annual MLK Day Celebration
“Together We’re Better”
Each school is asked to participate in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
on January 17th, 2022
Our Keynote Speaker is Rabbi Yarden Blumstein. Rabbi Yarden Blumstein is a teen mentor who creates awareness surrounding teen mental health and empowers teens to support one another in school and elsewhere. He directs UMatter, a division of Friendship Circle Michigan that focuses specifically on teens that are struggling with mental health challenges. Under the guidance of Rabbi Blumstein, UMatter operates on a peer-to-peer model of teens helping their peers overcome stigmas and other obstacles related to mental health.
Breakfast & Lunch Information
Childcare Staff Needed!
Transportation Staff Needed!
Childcare Staff Needed!
Transportation Staff Needed!
UPDATED: Mask Reminder
Meanwhile, this update is also reflected in our FAQs, available to all parents.
Due to this OCHD mandate, the following protocols are required:
- Masks are required in all of our schools and facilities.
- Masks are required on our buses.
- Masks are not required outside (ex. recess).
- Masks are not required while eating or drinking.
- Mask Breaks: Please note that teachers will take their classes outside for periodic mask breaks throughout the school day.
Water Bottles: Please remember to send your child to school with a reusable, plastic water bottle. Our drinking fountains are closed. Refilling stations are still open.
2021-2022 Student Voluntary Accident Insurance
Staggered Dimssal times:
3:56 pm Walkers & Prime time and first of three bus numbers
3:58 pm continue calling bus numbers and student names
4:07 Buses depart from Oakley Park
*Owl Pick Up numbers and student names will continue to be called throughout the dismissal period.
Karen Clark, Principals Secretary
Kim Waling, Building Secretary
Main Office: 248-956-4100
Attendance Line: 248-956-4190
Prime Time Care: 248-956-4199