Updates from Mrs. Froning

October 19, 2019

Teacher of the Year

Dear Oakley Park Families,


We are so fortunate to have such a caring, compassionate and dedicated instructional staff at Oakley Park! I am humbled by their hard work each and every day. I am always proud to receive praise from our families regarding positive school experiences.


As a way of honoring the commitment of our teachers, I hope you will consider nominating one or more of our teachers who has made a difference in your students' life. As part of this program, all schools select one Teacher of the Year and that person’s name is submitted for consideration for our district level Teacher of the Year. The selection committee requests that you are SPECIFIC including DETAILS and EXAMPLES in your nomination form


Copies of the nomination form were sent home with students last week and the form is linked below as well. All nominations are due by Friday, October 25th.


Sincerely,

Kristin Froning

PTA Reflections Contest 2019

Do you have a student who enjoys art, music and dance or has an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then encourage them to join us and have fun unleashing their inner artist with PTA Reflections!

This year’s theme, “Look Within,” calls for students own unique interpretation through the arts. Pick up submission guidelines and an entry form today from the bulletin board outside the gym, the front office, or Mrs. Todd and return by November 15.

We will be holding an art night to provide students with the space and materials to create on November 7th 5:30 - 7:00 pm. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards.

Third Grade Reading Retention Law

3rd Grade Reading

Please review the video on Michigan's Third Grade Retention Law and how we are addressing this in Walled Lake. Third Grade teachers shared this at Curriculum Night.


Being a good reader is critical for children to be successful in school. In 2017, the Michigan Legislature implemented the Third Grade Reading Law to ensure that students exit third-grade reading at or above grade level, which will impact the current 2017-2018 first-grade students by the time they are in third-grade.


In accordance with this law, and as a means of better informing classroom instruction, districts will be providing K-3 reading assessments to students across the state. These assessments will identify students who need intensive reading instruction and intervention, and will also provide useful information to help teachers tailor instruction to meet individual student needs.


Reminder:

If your child was absent on School Picture Day ( September 24th) or if you would like to have his/her pictures re-taken, please mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 30th. (Students having their picture re-taken will need to return the original photos to school on October 30th.)

Big thanks to Berkman + Shapiro Orthodontics for their sponsorship of our T-shirts!

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PTA Annual Raffle Update: Week #3

This past Friday was our final turn in day! We had another great week of ticket sales!! Please be sure to return all sold and unsold tickets if you haven't already done so!


Our grand total will be revealed at the Boo Bash this Friday. We will also draw the winning raffle tickets too!

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Volunteers needed for the Boo Bash!

We are looking for volunteers to help during the evening at our annual Boo Bash! Please see the SignUp Link below!


*4th Graders/families...we are looking for students to share their carnival games at our Boo Bash too. Please sign up using the link below.


Thank you!

Oakley Park will host District School Safety Meeting

Dear WLCSD Parents,


Ensuring a safe physical environment in our schools is paramount. With your support through bond approvals, over the last six years we have significantly upgraded our safety and security measures at all District schools and facilities. From swipe card entry technology to entry buzzer systems, secure vestibules, and thousands of surveillance cameras, we do everything we can to keep our students, staff, and visitors safe.

In addition to physical upgrades, our staff members train students, annually, on a variety of safety drills, including fire, tornado, lock-down, shelter-in-place, and evacuations. New for the 2019-2020 school year will be the introduction of ALICE safety protocols, which prepare for a violent-intruder event. ALICE is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate. This nationally endorsed law enforcement best practice is a proactive, options-based strategy for encountering a violent intruder.

We are proud to have strong partnerships with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department as well as the following Police Departments: Novi, Walled Lake, West Bloomfield, White Lake, Wixom, Wolverine Lake, Orchard Lake, and Farmington. All nine of these law enforcement agencies have ALICE trained officers who will be assisting individual schools with educational sessions, staff and student training, and safety drill implementation.

We will be offering two parent sessions to learn more about ALICE:

  • Elementary Schools -- Tuesday, October 29, 2019 @ Oakley Park Elementary – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Middle & High Schools – Wednesday, October 30, 2019 @ Clifford Smart Middle School – 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

We encourage you to ask questions and share your thoughts by either attending one of our upcoming Parent Information Sessions or by providing feedback at our designated email: alice@wlcsd.org.

We recognize the sensitivity and deep emotions associated with this topic. Therefore, throughout the school year, both the District and individual schools will continue to communicate with the entire school community as we move forward together on this journey toward maximizing safety and preparedness at every facility in the District.


Sincerely,

Kenneth Gutman
Superintendent of Schools

Chris Delgado

Deputy Superintendent of Schools

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Calling all dads, step-dads, grandpas, uncles and any other "father figures"

On Thursday, October 24th from 7:00- 8:00 pm

we will be having our Watch D.O.G.S. Kickoff Event!


Please join us for a pizza dinner where you will learn more about our WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) Program. WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life.


Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.


Dads, granddads, uncles, step-dads and adult brothers . . . this is a great opportunity for you connect with your students in the school setting!


Please RSVP for this important night by clicking on the link below!

District Open House Week

Each of the 19 Walled Lake Consolidated Schools will be participating in three special open house events in October.


These open houses are for the community, realtors, parents who are seeking the best educational options for their children and anyone interested in meeting and talking with Walled Lake Schools’ staff, students and parents.


The three open house opportunities are:

  • Tuesday, October 22 | 6-8 p.m. - Families with children preschool age through grade five are invited to visit any of the 12 Walled Lake Elementary Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22.
  • Wednesday, October 23| 6-8 p.m. - Families with children grade six through grade eight are invited to visit any of the four Walled Lake Middle Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 23.
  • Thursday, October 24 | 6-8 p.m. - Families with children grade nine through grade 12 are invited to visit any of the three Walled Lake High Schools from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 24.


Every Child, Every Day is our intentional commitment to creating a safe and inclusive culture and community where we:

  • Prioritize instruction
  • Foster meaningful relationships
  • Value and empower each learner
  • Create growth opportunities for all
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Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair

The Western Oakland County Parenting Education Fair is coming to Walled Lake Northern High School on Saturday, November 2, 2019. We are very excited to have Brooks Gibbs joining us this year as our keynote speaker! Topics include managing social media with your child, reducing stress and anxiety, strategies to help you with a child with ADHD, nutrition, character building, planning for college, and more.


Child care is available for a reasonable cost ($3 for one child, $5 per family) and includes entertainment and lunch. Lunch for conference participants will be available for purchase from local food trucks during the event.


Registration is $15 per person or $25 per person at the door the day of the event.


Click the link below for a special message and offer from the keynote: Brooks Gibbs!

Starting Smarter Website

PARENT-FRIENDLY STARTING SMARTER WEBSITE - NOW AVAILABLE


The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is excited to announce the availability of a new online resource designed to give families a better understanding of their child’s strengths and areas of improvement in mathematics and English language arts (ELA). The Starting Smarter website (mi.startingsmarter.org) provides Michigan’s families with information in parent-friendly language that will help them:


• understand their child’s M-STEP score report

• locate resources to support learning at home and school

• prepare for an effective Parent Teacher Conference

• see and practice with online M-STEP practice questions and tools

• learn about the Read by Grade 3 law

• understand what academic standards students are expected to master

• learn about the accessibility tools and supports available to students during testing


Parents are critical partners in their child's success. Please visit The Starting Smarter website

(mi.startingsmarter.org).

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.


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.

Looking Ahead:

October 31st is 1/2 day of school. Dismissal time is 11:35 am

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