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 5th. 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.
We are very excited and thankful for the beautiful renovation of our Mitchell Family Center from the Dads’ Club fundraising. Make sure you check out the great job they have completed this summer!
The school theme for this year will be “Reflecting Radiance, Generosity and Compassion”. We will be incorporating this into our classroom and school activities. We are busy planning for the 2017-2018 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. Attached 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 5th 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 6th we will have a full day, 8:00 am to 3:05 pm, and the 3PreSchool (3 day program) 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. New this year is our 3PreSchool class for Tuesday and Thursday, and they will begin on September 7th.
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.
Our Latchkey Program will be held in a different location this year. Instead of the Science Lab, it will be in the Performing Arts Center and Cafeteria. The drop off and pick up will be through the doors of the Performing Arts Center. The timing will still be 7:00-7:45 am and 3:00-6:00 pm, Kindergarten through 8th grade. The sign-up forms will be sent home the beginning of the year. Be sure to return them to ensure a spot for the year.
Effective immediately, students will no longer be able to have cell phones in the building (on their person or in their lockers) during school hours. Cell phones will not be used in any class for any purpose. While we understand there may be an occasional situation that parents may need students to bring cell phones to school for the purpose of communicating with their student after school, those students will need to check their phone immediately upon entering the building into the front office to be turned in along with a note signed by the parent. These phones can then be picked up at dismissal at the end of each day. Cell phones brought to school and not turned in, will be confiscated and held by Mr. Pyles until a parent meeting can be scheduled. The staff and I appreciate your support with this as cell phones have become our #1 distractor from students learning in class. As always, if you need to get a hold of your student during school hours, or notify them of a change in plans, please call the office at (248)682-3422. Please do not text, email or call the teacher directly with arrangement changes, as they will be teaching and not necessarily checking their phones during the school day.
Parent Orientation, for students Kindergarten-Eighth grades, will be Wednesday, September 13th 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 1st. 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.
As always, I will be very visible and responsive to your concerns and/or needs. My door will always be open.
Bob Pyles, Principal