August 4, 2016
Dear OLR Parents:
I would like to welcome all our students and families to a new school year. I am looking forward to seeing each and every one of you when you return to school on September 6th . Before you return, I will be meeting with the staff preparing for a successful year. We will continue to implement new ideas and a vision that we have as a staff for the success of every child. Some initiatives are being formed before the school year begins and others may take place throughout the school year.
With your outstanding support of our school community, we have accomplished many renovations and improvements to our school: the lunchroom, bathrooms, Media Center, Computer Lab, and Performing Arts Center. Thank you again for supporting these projects.
The school theme for this year will be “Connected with Christ”. We will be incorporating this into our classroom and school activities.
We are busy planning for the 2016-2017 year at Our Lady of Refuge! We are sending this letter to let you know some of the dates and activities we have planned so far. Enclosed you will find an annual school calendar and class supply list. Please keep these items for future reference. Supplies should be brought the first day of school. The annual calendar is an outline of events and vacation time for the school year. Please remember to always check your monthly calendar, which will be sent home with your child, as the annual calendar is subject to change from time to time.
On the calendar please note that the first day of school, for all students in grades K-8, is Tuesday, September 6th at 8:00 am. The first day will be a ½ day with dismissal at 11:00 am. Students are to be dressed in their OLR uniform. There will be BUSES on this first day of school. This will be your child’s orientation day and is very important for a good start to the year. On Wednesday, September 7th we will have a full day, 8:00 am to 3:05 pm, and the 3PreSchool and 4PreK will begin. Car riders can be dropped off on the car rider side, with the 8th grade valets assisting, beginning at 7:40 am. If you are a bus rider, you will receive a postcard from the West Bloomfield District during the 3rd week of August telling you your bus number and route pick up time in the morning only. Reminder, there is no bus transportation in the afternoon. Also, please be aware West Bloomfield will only provide transportation to those students that are residents of the West Bloomfield school district. At the end of the day, 3:05 pm dismissal, all students are picked up on the church side of the school.
The first monthly folder will come home with your student on the first day. It will contain information and several forms that need to be completed and returned to the school. If you have not finalized your FACTS Program information yet, please do so as soon as possible as the deadline for the first payment was June 20th. If you have any questions or problems, please call the school office and Mrs. Richards will assist you.
Parent Orientation will be Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm. This is a mandatory school function. There will be attendance taken. It is very important for the start of your student’s year that you attend, meet the teacher and get all the information you will need to make this school year the best it can be for your child.
We will continue with Grade Link this year, which allows you to keep up to date with your student’s grades. Class lists will be available on our web site beginning September 2nd . In the interest of OLR becoming more “green”, and to communicate as much information as we can, we will again be sending out email blasts. There will be a form in the first monthly folder home asking for your email so that you can be included in all the communications. Your email will not be used for any other function than to get information home.
We are also happy to report that, with all the drinking water issues in the news, we have had our water, at the school, parish and church, tested by the Oakland County Health Division. We have been notified that our water has passed all tests and is approved for drinking. If you would like to see the complete report, it is at the Parish Office with the Business Manager.
As always, I will be very visible and responsive to your concerns and/or needs. My door will always be open.
Bob Pyles, Principal