August 2019

Dear Parents,

I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome all new and returning students and families to Oakland Academy. My name is Mrs. Shawn Boris and I am the principal at Oakland Academy. I am a graduate of Western Michigan University and I have spent twelve years teaching in various grade levels at Oakland Academy, and these past seven years as principal. I look forward to getting to know everyone this school year. Oakland Academy has a brief but honored history:

  • 2009-2010 10th highest MEAP scores of any charter school in the state of Michigan and fourth among Grand Valley State University authorized schools
  • 2009-2010 First among Grand Valley State University authorized schools in percent of students who met or exceeded their NWEA Measures of Academic Performance growth targets
  • 2010-2011 Grand Valley State University and State of Michigan Department of Education School of Excellence. We won this award for three consecutive years of 90% or better proficiency scores on the MEAP

These are a few of the many reasons you should be proud to be affiliated with Oakland Academy. As we start the school year there is some important information you should be aware of.

DAILY SCHEDULE: The school day for all students is from 8:20am-3:30pm.  On time arrival and prompt pickup is expected.

Tentative: Lunch/Recess Schedule: (subject to change based on fall enrollment)

Kindergarten through Fifth Grade:  Recess: 11:45am-12:15pm, Lunch 12:15-12:45pm

Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth Grades:   Study Hall: 11:45am-12:15pm, Lunch 12:15-12:45pm

DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP RULES: To help make this school year a safe and fun one, it is important that we all understand and follow the Academy’s rules.  For example, we start our day at 8:00am. That means children will not be permitted in the school buildings prior to 8:00am. If you need to drop your children off prior to that time, you need to make arrangements either with a friend or at a daycare center, such as our Oakland Child Development Center. Do not drop off students prior to 8:00am as they are unsupervised and it is unsafe.

For families with children in both buildings, please drop them off at the lower elementary building between 8:00am-8:15am. The “sibling line”, before and after school, will be located in the lower elementary library. We will ensure that older siblings are walked to the upper elementary building in the morning. However, after 8:15am, teachers will not be available for this duty, so you will need to drop your children off at their appropriate building yourself. At the end of the day, siblings will be walked over to the lower elementary building where they can be picked up. Very Important!!! Grades K-2 wait for pickup at lower el, while grades 3-8 wait for pick up at the upper el building. Siblings, families with more than one child, will always wait with the youngest sibling, whichever grade that may be. For example if you have students in K, 2, and 5th. Your children will all be waiting at lower el with the Kindergarteners. If you have a child in 1st and 3rd, your children will be waiting at lower el with the first graders. If you have any questions about what this means for your family please call us BEFORE the first day of school to confirm.

Instruction begins at 8:20am, and arrival after that time constitutes tardiness. Similarly, at the other end of the school day it is important that your children not be picked up too early. A full day of instruction requires that students be in their classes until the end of the day at 3:30pm. Exceptions will be made for doctor or other appointments. Please wait outside until 3:30pm to pick up your child. We ask you not disrupt class during the day unless you have made arrangements ahead of time with the teacher to visit.

Pickup at dismissal time, especially at the start of the school year, can be chaotic. Please try to follow some simple procedures to keep things moving smoothly:

  • While in line, keep as close to the vehicle in front of you as you can, please do not leave large gaps between cars as this wastes space and slows down the dismissal process
  • Be sure to use all available lanes, two lanes at both upper and lower el
  • Once you’ve gotten your child safely buckled in and the car in front of you has moved forward, please leave to allow others to pick up their children too
  • Please refrain from using your cell phone while students are present in the driveway, be aware that students are crossing at all points
  • Do NOT get out of your vehicle unless you are parked in a designated parking spot
  • Be courteous and patient ☺

Please remember that everything will go better if we all take a deep breath and be cooperative with our teachers and other parents. I know that seeing a long line of cars ahead of you and having things to do and places to go can create quite a bit of anxiety and sometimes anger. Please try to be patient and follow the rules for the sake of everyone’s safety and sanity.

UNIFORM POLICY: All students are to be dressed neatly according to the following guidelines:

Navy blue pants, skirts, or walking shorts (no sweatpants or athletic pants)

White shirts with collars, bearing no insignias other than the Oakland Academy logo

Any visible undershirts must also be white, no navy polos or navy dresses

Navy or gray sweaters (no sweatshirts or hoodies)

Navy, gray or white socks or tights (solid color only)

No open toed shoes, Crocs, high heels, or shoes with wheels

OPEN HOUSE:  Our open house will be held on Wednesday, August 28th from 3:00-6:00pm. This will be a time to find out who your teacher is, meet them, visit the classroom, sign up to volunteer with PTO, complete some school paperwork, and provide immunization and birth records as needed. In addition, free/reduced lunch forms will be available and breakfast/lunches can be ordered for the first week of school.

Class Assignments: While students will be able to find out whom their teacher is at the back to school open house on 8/28. Please keep in mind that due to potential changes in enrollment and/or staffing, during the first several weeks of school, all placements are considered temporary. While every effort is made to avoid changes after the first day of school, it is occasionally necessary to make some changes to class lists.  Parents will always be notified if that is to occur. Every effort is made to do what is in the best interest of our students.

Our school office will be open beginning on Monday, August 19th. The first day for students will be on Tuesday, September 3rd. We look forward to seeing you at the open house on August 28th from 3-6pm.

Look for my newsletter each month and feel free to contact me with your questions or feedback.

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Shawn Boris

Principal, Oakland Academy