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THE DISTRICT DISPATCH Royal Oak Schools news, straight to your inbox

In This Issue

  • Summer Meals Program
  • Hats Off To Our Seniors
  • Construction Update
  • GSRP Enrollment
  • Donations For Our Families
  • Available Positions at the District
  • Social Media
SUMMER MEALS PROGRAM

MEALS PROVIDED ALL SUMMER

Our summer meal program, 'Meet Up and Eat Up,' starts in July. Meal pick up will be at Royal Oak Middle School (ROMS) in the parking lot behind the school. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Both meals will be packed in one bag. Parents can pick up for kids and take meals home. We will be operating 'Meet Up and Eat Up' as an open site which means meals can be picked up for any child under 18 years of age, and kids with special needs 26 years and under, regardless of the school district they attend. All meals are free, regardless of being qualified for free/reduced meals. We will be handing out meals at ROMS starting July 1, 2020 and will continue through at least August 14th. Dates and time are subject to change.

Pick Up Location: Royal Oak Middle School - 709 N Washington Ave, Royal Oak, MI 48067

Contact us with any questions: 248-435-8400 x1223 or email us at meals@royaloakschools.org

Dial 2-1-1 or text FOOD to 877-877 to find a Meet Up and Eat Up site in your neighborhood, or search the state map using this link  for food pick up around the state.

CLASS OF 2020

HATS OFF TO OUR SENIORS

The Royal Oak High School graduation ceremony took place on Monday evening, June 29. The feedback provided to the planning committee was overwhelmingly in favor of a face-to-face ceremony in some form. Our planning team took the time to organize the celebration as best they could under the current circumstances and it was a huge success.

Each member from the Royal Oak High School Class was able to take part in an in-person graduation opportunity that took place at the ROHS Ravens Stadium Field. In order to stick to the current guidelines and restrictions, four separate ceremonies took place.

Each ceremony included traditional programming, a processional, student speeches, commencement address, presentation of the class and roll call of all students to walk across the stage and be recognized.

You can watch the ceremonies using this link.

BOND 2017 UPDATE

Construction teams are busy at many of our schools in Royal Oak where we are expanding, improving and restructuring buildings.

There are currently four projects underway as part of the overall plan approved by the voters in 2017.

Work has started at Oakland Elementary where the classrooms are being renovated, the media center area is being reorganized and an addition is being built to provide the school with a new multi-purpose lunchroom, bathrooms and a new classroom. A new storm detention pond has been installed and a new parking area. All of the windows have been replaced.

The second phase of work has started at Royal Oak High School with renovations to the remaining classrooms, updating technology, and two elevator installations and improvements. Plans for the summer are to replace all corridor flooring, remodel the locker room, and remodel the old kitchen and portion of the old cafeteria into a new cafeteria space. We are also upgrading teaching walls to include marker boards and monitors and remodel the Learning Commons. Fire alarm replacements and other safety features are being installed.

The construction work at Addams and Upton Elementary Schools is currently in the design phase for work that will begin in the spring of 2021.

Work was stalled during the shutdown due to Coronavirus. Once the Governor allowed construction projects to resume in early May, we got our teams back to work. They have been following safe workplace requirements while completing projects since May 8. Even when the bond 2017 construction projects were on hold, we continued to plan for the design of our next set of schools for 2021-22, Addams Elementary and ECC, and Upton Elementary.

FULL DAY PRESCHOOL FOR QUALIFYING FAMILIES

The Great Start Readiness Preschool (GSRP) Program is open for enrollment.

This state-funded, 4-year program is free for qualifying families of Royal Oak. Sliding-scale tuition is also available. GSRP is a full-day preschool, four days a week, located at Addams Early Childhood Center. Preschool times are Monday - Thursday 8:55 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. You can click here for enrollment information.

'BLESSINGS' KEEPS THE BACKPACKS FILLED

The bags of food delivered in mid-June also contained craft items and small toys for the children to kick off their summer.

Blessings in a Backpack is keeping busy this summer, packing and distributing food for our families.

If you want to donate food to Blessings in a Backpack, they have a "wish list" on Amazon. "Thank you everyone who has contributed to our food drive," said organizer, Shelley Lake. "Every can of soup, mac and cheese, juice box, tuna, etc. makes a difference!"

The June delivery of food included toys and crafts as well. These items were donated by the Royal Oak Youth Assistance. Over 175 children received yo-yos, journals, jump ropes, stress balls, crafting kits and more to enrich their summer fun. Royal Oak Youth Assistance has been a great support to our families. They are open all summer and their emergency needs program is in full swing. They can also help with the costs for group activities like sports or lessons for kids. Like the ROYA Facebook page to stay connected with the latest information.

EduStaff is the district’s partner for substitute teachers, paraprofessionals and secretaries. If you are interested in learning more, please go to www.edustaff.org for information and to apply.

Individuals interested in working with and caring for school age children before and after school for our Young Oaks (Latchkey) Program should contact the Addams Early Childhood Center at (248) 288-3220.

For instructional and administrative positions, check the Oakland Schools Consortium portal at http://bit.ly/ROSJobs

If you have further questions, feel free to contact Beth Caverly at the District Offices: elizabeth.caverly@royaloakschools.org or (248) 435-8400 x1210.

Be sure to keep an eye on school websites and communications for events specific to your buildings and activities.

There's always something going on at the district! Follow us on Facebook @RoyalOakSchools and Twitter @RoyalOakSchools and Instagram@roschools for more updates and other news. Check the district website, too, for information.

Speaking of Social Media - a lot of content has been shared during the pandemic. Check out these links below.

Seniors from Royal Oak High School take part in the Senior Cruise.

The Royal Oak High School Class of 2020 was celebrated during a Senior Car Cruise! You can watch the event here on Facebook.

The outdoor ceremony was attended by a small group of family members and staff as the students were honored and received their diplomas.

On the evening of June 17, we were able to celebrate the 2020 graduates of Churchill Community High School and Continuing Education with an invite only ceremony at the Royal Oak Farmers Market. This event marked the accomplishments of nearly forty students who have completed their high school diplomas this year despite the challenges they have faced along the way. You can check out the ceremony on Royal Oak Schools YouTube Channel.

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