Updates from Mrs. Froning
May 12, 2019
Principal Survey for Parents
Spring Fair 2019: Friday, May 31st
Teacher Appreciation Week was AMAZING!
Planning for the 2019-2020 School Year
Math Pentathlon Results
Fourth graders Mark Choma, Mackenzie Steed and Brooklyn Coyle all performed wonderfully at their first level III competition, earning pentathlete awards and proudly representing our school with excellent sportsmanship.
Fifth grader Charlotte DeGuire finished with an honorable mention winning two games, tying two and earning only one loss at this Pentathlon, finishing strong in her final year competing for Oakley Park Elementary. Charlotte also received special recognition for her sportsmanship at yesterday‘s competition. At the end of the day, the director of the Institute, Dr, Gilfeather, personally recognized Charlotte!
Congratulations to all! And a HUGE thank you to Kimberly Blaine for her leadership!
*If you are interesting in becoming a leader for the Oakley Park Math Club, PLEASE contact Mrs. Froning! We would love to see all grade levels participating in Math Club next year.
Riding to school in style...
BIG NEWS....We will have a new raffle item at the Spring Fair: "A Ride to school in a Fire Truck". What fun! (Thank you to Roger Wilson with the Commerce Township Fire Department)
After Hours: Pick Up from After School Events
Thank you for your understanding and support in ensuring the safety of our students.
From PTA: Open positions for the 2019-2020 School Year
VP of Family Events:
The VP of Family Events is an executive board position. This leadership role can be broken down among several leaders or tackled by one leader for the whole year. One of the things the Oakley Park PTA (and I would venture our families as well) are most proud of our many family events. The VP of OPE Family Events has the role of creating, organizing, and executing 3-4 main school events a year. Traditionally these include October’s Boo Bash, February’s Family Bingo, and June’s Spring Fair. This job is great for those who enjoy hosting events, being creative, and wish to engage all our Oakley Park students in fun and educational events.
VP of Raffle, aka Chief Fundraiser!
Calling all development officers – this is the leadership role for you. The raffle is the sole fundraising event for the Oakley Park Elementary PTA. While detailed, the planning is short-term and can be delegated as needed. The raffle VP is in charge of coordinating and managing the many different moving parts of the raffle: researching/printing/distribution of the raffle tickets, coordinating the prizes, and assisting with the presentation at Boo Bash. This leader will be making a huge impact on the PTA agenda for the year as well as the educational track of our students.
VP of Volunteers
Our PTA is looking for a leader that can recruit, manage, and thank (in a meaningful way) the OPE parent volunteers. This role would include creating a database of volunteers, their preferred events, availability, etc. We want to make sure that we continue to receive amazing support from our parents and try to make their volunteer process as easy as possible. This would be an executive board position and will be suited to an outgoing parent who wants to improve the volunteer experience.
The leadership role is of utmost importance and should go to a leader with a real interest. The treasurer is our sole financial officer and record holder for the bank accounts and tax documentation, and annual budgeting. They are also responsible for the disbursement of the PTA funds to the OPE community. It would also be great if this leader was familiar with basic accounting principles and Quickbooks.
President of the OPE PTA
This is an amazing leadership opportunity to work with dedicated parents to achieve a shared vision for OPE and our kiddos. The job of President is a catch-all. This leader will coordinate with all the VPs to make sure all events and activities are running smoothly. The President works closely with the Treasurer to all legal and organizational rules are being maintained as well as working with the principal to ensure the vision of the PTA and the school is being carried out. Specific tasks of the President this year have included the book fairs, science night, and the school field trip.
Science / Literacy Night
A treat for student/parents alike, this event is one of our most popular that takes place in the spring. The ideal leader for this event would be an imaginative type that is comfortable developing new ideas to engage students in science and literacy. This is a short-term leadership opportunity and a great way to get involved.
Swag Leader –
Do you like to shop? Then the PTA has the perfect leadership role for you - Swag Leader. This person would be in charge of researching and purchasing the various prizes and goodies given out by the PTA throughout the year, including membership gifts, raffle and bingo prizes, and more. A position like this is fun and can be easily done from your couch!
The PTA Reflections Program is an arts recognition and achievement program for students. This amazing program inspires students to express themselves and receive positive feedback to their creativity. The leader to fill this role should be an individual who enjoys working with young artists and encouraging others to show their creative side.
Teacher Conference Coordinator:
This is a perfect opportunity for a leader seeking short-term, but meaningful involvement in the PTA. Twice a year this leader will order refreshments for the teachers and administrators during teacher conferences. This important show of support for our teachers is greatly appreciated and simple to coordinate.
Book Fair Chair:
This is an incredible leadership role as it is all about bringing more books into our kiddos lives and helping improve the media center! This role requires a twice a year commitment for the fall and spring fair. It is heavily supported by volunteers, the board, and the media center. The leader’s main role is to coordinate with Scholastic, gather volunteers, and promote the fair. This is a rewarding leadership position as you are making a direct impact on the education of our kiddos for many years to come.
Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator:
Do you appreciate all the wonderful, amazing, caring things that our OPE teachers do for your kiddos every day? So do we!! That is why we are seeking a leader to take on Teacher Appreciation Week next May. The leader would be charged with creating a theme for the week and then crafting a daily treat for our out of this world teachers. This leadership role would be perfect for any Pintrest maven and grateful parent.
So much of our communication with parents comes from flyers and notices that we send home with your kiddos. We are in need of a leader that can be charged with copying our promotional materials and putting the materials in the teacher bins for distribution. This leadership role would take little time but is very important.
Walled Lake Community Education
Walled Lake Community Education is gearing up for summer camp programs that will begin before you know it!
As done over the last 14 years, The WL Community Education Department is offering an exciting Summer Adventuresprogram for children who love to have fun outdoors (and indoors) throughout the summer.
The Summer Adventures daily camp program is terrific for children who are between the ages of 5.5 and 12 years of age and are interested in having a great time and meeting new friends.
CLICK HERE for our information and registration flyer for Summer Adventures.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community Education Department at:
2019-2020 WLCSD Calendar is now available!
· We will start the school year prior to Labor Day again.
· Late starts (middle school) and early release (high schools) have been eliminated.
· There are several half-days throughout the school year.
As we have in the past, we will offer a reduced rate Prime Time Care service on each of these half days.
You might be wondering...Why are there so many half days?
Throughout the school year, there are eight half days that will be used for staff professional development. We recognize that half days can be inconvenient for families. That said, research has shown that when teachers receive ongoing, job-embedded professional development, they can increase student achievement by as much as 21 percentile points (Source). As a school and district, we are committed to continuous improvement and these eight half days are an essential part of that commitment. Although they may seem inconvenient, staff development opportunities are crucial to ensure we provide an exemplary education for our children.
Thursday, May 16th
- New (Kindergarten) Owls Visit Day! If you have an incoming Kindergartner and haven't up for a time on the 16th, please call the main office ASAP 248-956-4100
Monday, May 20th *PLEASE note the date change
- 1st Grade Music Performance 7:00 pm (gymnasium)
Friday, May 24th
- 1/2 for Staff and Students: dismissal 11:18
Friday, May 31
- PTA Spring Fair
Monday, May 27th
- No school in observance of Memorial Day
Tuesday, June 4th
- 2019 Field Day! More details to come soon!
Wednesday, June 5th
- Songsters Concert: 6:30 pm (gymnasium)
- PTA Meeting (immediately following the concert in the Media Center)
Friday, June 7th
- New (Kindergarten) Bus Ride! 1:00 pm All incoming kindergartners are invited to join!
Thursday, June 13th
- Last Day of School (1/2 day: Dismissal 11:18 am)
- 5th Grade Celebration 9:00 am in the gymnasium (details for families to come!)
Debra Bradshaw, Principals Secretary
Karen Clark, Building Secretary