April 2020

Dear Oakland Families,

Greetings, I want to start off by first telling you that all of us at Oakland hope you are doing well; staying safe, staying healthy and staying home, during these difficult times. We miss seeing everyone each day! 

Today Governor Whitmer made the unprecedented announcement that she would be, by executive order, closing all K-12 schools for the remainder of the year. While we understand the reasoning and agree that health and safety is paramount, we also have broken hearts that we won’t be able to complete the year as planned with our students. 

As promised, and as you have come to expect, we will continue to be there to support you and your student as best we can regardless of circumstance. The building doors may be closed, but school is not and we will work to maintain that connection and academic continuity.  Below is what you can expect in the coming weeks, beginning the week of 4/13/20. 

-Work Packets

-Every two weeks we will have a packet of work available here at school for you to pick up. These packets will be individually labeled and placed in grade level bins in front of each building. K-2 in front of lower el, 3-7 in front of upper el. Work will be based on grade level content expectations and differentiated for your student.  Pickup will be on the following Fridays from 4-6pm: 4/17, 5/1, 5/15, and 5/29.  The 5/29 pickup will encompass the final three weeks. Starting at the 5/1 pickup we will also have a return box where you can drop off completed work packets. The final drop off will be on June 11th from 3-6pm, where you will also be able to pick up the summer homework packet. 

***Notes about packet pickup: Please have only one person exit the car to pick up packets, maintain appropriate social distancing if others are present, the building will not be accessible for any reason and we ask that you not use the playgrounds. This is intended as a quick pick up and go only. If the above dates/times will not work for you, please email Mrs. Boris to make other arrangements sboris@fbrcs.org.

-The first work packet on 4/17 will also contain your child’s most recent report card. This will allow you to see their progress so far this year and allow you to guide areas of instruction moving forward to best prepare them for the next grade level. 

-Teachers will continue to communicate with you via Class Tag, Remind, and Dojo. Mrs. A has also created a website she will share with her parents. They will continue to give you ideas, resources, and will also be sending out video lessons twice weekly. These video lessons will focus on core areas that in some cases have not yet been covered in class. 

-Teachers will be communicating with you shortly to offer a video or phone conference in lieu of in person parent teacher conferences. 

-Teachers will conduct class meetings via Zoom weekly. You will need to create a free account for your student to participate. These are optional, but a great opportunity for students to connect with classmates. Students should be supervised at all times, as this is an online platform. 

-Facebook! If you haven’t already, I encourage you to “like” our Oakland Academy Facebook page to get updates and timely information throughout this closure. 

Reminder, teachers’ email accounts are open and accessible to parents. Please communicate with teachers as you need, we are here to help!

Mrs. Allen-Doster  – mallen-doster@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Mann  – emann@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Salter  – csalter@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Smith  – jsmith@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Dorton – rdorton@fbrcs.org

Ms. Bagley  – sbagley@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Reeves – kreeves@fbrcs.org

Ms. Chai – cchai@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Linda Miller – lmiller@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Knapick – pknapick@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Nicole Miller – nmiller@fbrcs.org

Mrs. Boris – sboris@fbrcs.org

As always, if you have any questions or concerns please send me an email at the address above. I wish everyone continued health and safety. While this year isn’t ending the way we had hoped, we feel confident with your partnership our students will continue to make great gains in the final months of the year. And while academics are important, we also encourage you to spend time as a family creating memories. These memories are what will hold with your child long after this passes. Emotional health and wellbeing are as important as physical health. Have a family movie night, play a board game, bake something, create memories. Take care of each other and hope to see you soon. 

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Shawn Boris

Principal, Oakland Academy