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In this issue

  • 2020 MLK Day of Service
  • AD of the year
  • The 101 on e-cigarettes
  • Bond sale process becomes a learning experience for students
  • Information about the 2019 Novel Coronavirus
  • 2020-21 district calendar
  • Available positions at the district
  • Inclement weather notifications
  • and more!

2020 MLK Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service is observed as a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems, and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”

The 4th Annual MLK Day of Service was a huge success. The morning kicked off with a short program showcasing the music of both Royal Oak High School and Berkley High School ensembles. Students from both districts worked on a video featuring their thoughts on service, while another set of students recited a portion of Dr. King's I Have A Dream speech. Many organizations were able to benefit from the work of the volunteers through collections of food, toiletries, and handmade blankets and mittens. Four additional organizations hosted volunteers at their sites and put them to work including Cass Community Services, the Redford Brightmoor Initiative in Detroit, and two locations of the Judson Center.

Other Royal Oak schools celebrated the teachings and work of Dr. King through programs, donation drives and service projects including Oak Ridge and Addams Elementary Schools. On behalf of all the recipients, thank you to the volunteers, planning committee and generous donors.

Don Watchowski, Athletic Director and ROHS Assistant Principal! Named the Oakland County Athletic Directors Association's AD of the Year

In 2010 Mr. Watchowski began his administrative career in the Richmond School District as their Athletic Director and Assistant Principal. Don later moved on to becoming the Athletic Director for the Brandon School District and eventually landing in Royal Oak. He has been an active and contributing member in the OAA, Flint Metro, MHSBCA, and the MHSAA. Congratulations Don!

The 101 on e-Cigarettes

Information provided at the February ROHS workshop on e-cigarettes and youth, a joint venture with Henry Ford Health System, Royal Oak Community Coalition and the American Heart Association

Bond Sale Process: a Learning Experience for Students

On Tuesday, January 28, 2020, the Royal Oak Schools publicly held the sale of the second series of School Building and Site Bonds. In conjunction with our professional partners at Stifel Nicolas investment banking, PFM asset management consultants, and the Miller Canfield law firm, Royal Oak High School and Churchill Community School students participated in a morning of learning as those bonds were sold on the public market.

School districts successfully pass school bond initiatives; few make the public sale of those bonds and the overall process a learning experience for students. We at Royal Oak Schools wanted to use this opportunity as a point of learning for our students. The district administrators and professional partners worked to inform and engage the students about this very public and important process that will impact their future in the school district and our community.

What are the symptoms of 2019 Novel Coronavirus? How does the virus spread?

With the emergence of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China, the Oakland County Health Division wanted to share information on the current situation, how to stay healthy and reminders on how to prevent the spread of illnesses.

There has been a limited number of 2019-nCoV cases confirmed in the United States from travelers returning to the U.S. from abroad. The 2019-nCoV has not been detected in Oakland County.

This is an evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Please visit https://www.oakgov.com/health for the most up to date information. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The simple everyday actions you can take to help prevent the spread of flu and the common cold will also help prevent the spread of coronaviruses.

The following documents have been uploaded to the Health and Human Services Communication Portal(HHSCP) and are available for you to view and/or download:

  • Fact Sheet - Cleaning & Disinfecting Hard Surfaces
  • Fact Sheet - Hand Washing Information
  • Work Poster - A Clean Work Environment is a HEALTHIER WORK ENVIRONMENT
  • School Poster - A Clean School is a HEALTHIER SCHOOL

To view these documents, login to the new HHSCP at https://myapps.oakgov.com. Once logged in, Choose Search, Search Sites, Click on Detail, then Documents on the top menu bar

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 February:

  • Tuesday, February 4 - ROHS Open House & Personal Project Exhibit
  • Monday, February 17 - Tuesday, February 18 - Mid Winter Break
  • Thursday, February 13 - Board of Education Meeting, 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26 - Cultural Competence Engagement Committee Meeting

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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