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In this issue

  • 2020 annual PTA Founder's Day
  • ROHS Interact Club goes to north carolina
  • New district communications specialist
  • Black history month
  • 2020-21 district calendar
  • Available positions at the district
  • Inclement weather notifications
  • and more!

2020 Annual PTA Founder's Day

February 3 marked the Royal Oak PTA Council’s 99th Annual PTA Founder’s dinner. “For over 100 years, Michigan’s students have benefitted from the involvement, leadership, and advocacy from PTA members,” Mary Beth Fitzpatrick, superintendent of Royal Oak Schools, said. “We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated and supportive parent group in Royal Oak Schools. Our PTA members find time to work in various capacities that support students, staff, and parents. The number of volunteer hours is phenomenal.”

The annual event, which took place at Club Venetian in Madison Heights, was an opportunity to honor members who have made a difference throughout the year. The organization awarded members for distinguished service (Susan Hedge), gave a Michigan PTA Honorary Lifetime Membership (Kathy Knapp), announced the PTA Council Member of the Year (Diana Barrer), honored an outstanding educator (Donna Mitchell) and called attention to members from each of the schools that have gone “above and beyond the call of duty” (Jim Coyne, Mary Fletcher, Christine Hipp, Carie Hooker, Tressa Orthmeyer, Lindsay Sloan, Christina West, and Jill Whalin).

The mission of Royal Oak PTA Council, in common with those of National PTA and Michigan PTA includes making every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children, promoting the welfare of children and youth; raising the standards of home life; securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth; bringing home and school into closer relation so that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth; and developing between educators and the general public united efforts to secure the highest advantages in education for all children and youth.

Kathy Knapp

Hurricanes, Floods and Failures

ROHS Interact Club goes to North Carolina. This year, the community leaders of New Bern and Trenton asked us to return to continue the impact we made there in 2019. Not only was the Hurricane Florence damage now over a year old, but new storms this year had exacerbated the living conditions of many residents.

Scott Murphy of Trenton had his new disaster relief coordination center up and running (we had gutted one of the businesses last year to set up his program), and now we got to see what has elapsed in a year, and how much more we could accomplish! More, we stayed and began work at his new camp for volunteers.

Thanks to our efforts, the 1872 church is ready for the next phase of its restoration: structural repairs to the foundation, removal of the rest of the second floor, and the formal redesign. Site 2 has a family preparing for their next phase: completion of the demo we made possible and the building of a brand new home. Site 3 finds a homeowner returning to a surprise foundation repair and the clean-up of his front entry (he had not expected anyone to help until early spring). And Woodman Camp is now more than ready for its Open House/Dedication next week, one which should bring investors to complete the rejuvenation, now likely to be more profitable because the camp breathes with some new life.

Joining the District soon, a new Communications Specialist

Meet Amy Murphy, our new District Communications Specialist, starting on March 2. Amy comes to us from WILX-TV, Lansing, MI. where she worked as Digital Executive Producer. Ms. Murphy brings more than 20 years of experience in media to Royal Oak Schools. Amy is a graduate from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting and Television. We are looking forward to having Amy support the district's mission.

Amy Murphy

ROHS Diversity Club celebrates Black History Month

February is Black History Month- a month dedicated to celebrating the achievements, culture, and history of black people in America and abroad. Members of the ROHS Diversity Club did just that by exploring the Detroit Institute of Arts. Along with inviting a guest speaker, Andrew Humphrey, Local 4 News Meteorologist.

2020-21 calendar now available

The 2020-21 School Year Calendar is now online. View it for the first day of school, late start dates and breaks. Building-specific calendars, including special events and activities, will continue to be updated throughout the summer.

Find the calendar here: http://bit.ly/ROCal2021

Staff positions available at Royal Oak Schools

Royal Oak Schools is seeking substitute teachers and secretaries, support staff, crossing guards and latchkey staff.

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 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.

Inclement weather reminder

Unless families are alerted via an official district channel, school is in session. The district broadcasts pertinent, time-sensitive information using a variety of media. When needed, our Emergency Notification System (SchoolMessenger, populated with information from MIStar) broadcasts information by telephone and email to emergency contacts for Royal Oak Schools students. If appropriate, messages will be posted on social media, the district website, shared by principals and/or sent to local media for publication. All of these channels are official district methods of communication and may confirm if school is closed.

To ensure you’re receiving phone and email communications, logon to the MIStar Parent Portal to update your contact information. You can follow @RoyalOakSchools on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars. There is plenty to look forward to in March:

  • Tuesday, March 3 - ROMPA Meeting at Upton Elementary, 6:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 4 - Cultural Competence Engagement Meeting, District Offices, 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 12 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18 - ROMS Open House, 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 26 - Elementary School Open Houses, 6:30 p.m.
  • March 27 through 29 - ROHS Drama Club Spring Play, 7 p.m. & 2 p.m.

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 for more updates. Check the district website, too, for information.

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