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Appropriations K-12 Subcommittee Hearing Tomorrow in Lansing

Democratic members of the K-12 School Aid Subcommittee have pushed to make sure that even when there was resistance to allowing public testimony on the potential cuts to schools, citizens have a chance to speak their mind. While we’ve heard from many concerned administrators, superintendents, educators, parents, students, school advocates, we need to make sure every single person has a chance to tell their story. I want to personally thank each and every person who has taken time from their lives to drive to Lansing and advocate for our state’s children. I also want to express my regrets at how, every week, the Appropriations K-12 Subcommittee has consistently “ran out of time” to allow every voice to be heard.

We’ve just been notified this morning the K-12 Subcommittee has called an additional meeting to hear additional public testimony tomorrow.
Wednesday, March 30 at 2pm
Capitol Building, Room 352 (House Appropriations Room)
Lansing, Michigan

Due to the short notice of this meeting I am counting on your assistance to spread the word to other advocates. Please forward this message to your contacts, as this is an important effort in taking a stand against these unnecessary cuts. I encourage you to please forward this invitation to your school contacts, be they officials, administrators, teachers, parents, students, PTA members, coaches, club advisors.

The budget proposed by Governor Snyder will devastate our schools:
· $700 to $1000 per pupil reductions
· Raids the School Aid Fund for K-12 to cover up Higher Education/Community Colleges cuts
· The potential for further ballooning of class sizes, outdated textbooks and technology, elimination of extracurricular activities and slashing of essential transportation services.
· Raids the School Aid Fund for K-12 to cover up Higher Education/Community Colleges cuts

Cutting education this deep will hurt our children’s ability to get into college or compete for good-paying jobs. It will rob our state of the highly qualified workforce needed to attract job providers to Michigan. It will devastate Michigan’s economic recovery. We can’t allow the budget to be balanced on the backs of our children.

There is a new website at that contains an interactive map to look up any school district in Michigan and see how these cuts impact your community. You can also sign the online petition to oppose Governor Snyder’s plan.

Your involvement will provide REAL feedback in the following ways:
· Acknowledging ongoing cost-saving measures already occurring
· Providing perspective from local school community members that will be impacted
· Speaking to the changes that SHOULD be happening instead of “just cutting” budgets

If you are able to attend and have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at (888) DIST-027 toll free. If you are unable to attend but wish to submit your written testimony, please email your concerns to .

Committee 101 Basics: Arrive early, testimony is on a first come first serve basis Fill out a committee card to let them know you would like to testify A written copy of your testimony is preferred, but not required, in addition to your public comments. Please bring 15 copies of your testimony.

Before you leave please check the Committee schedule to assure no last minute changes have been made at:

You may use these helpful links to locate parking in downtown Lansing:

Thank you and I hope to see you there!

Heidi Lowen-Zabik
Legislative Assistant
State Representative Ellen Cogen Lipton
27th District
(517) 373-0478 office
(517) 373-5884 fax
N791 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI 48909

Book Character Day and Literacy Night 3-25-11

Tomorrow is Book Character Day at Oakman School. Children are to dress up as their favorite character. First and second place will be awarded prizes. Please no Halloween costumes. It has to be from a book.

Literacy Night:

Who: To all Oakman families

When: Friday, March 25th, 2011 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm

Why: Our Family Literacy Night, part of our Fun Friday’s, is your opportunity to share the joy of reading at school with your children. We invite you to participate as a family unit, in several activities during the course of the late afternoon.

What to expect: There will be a variety of activities that you and your family may choose to attend.

– We ask that you please travel as a family unit from one activity to another.
– At all times, your children must be accompanied by an adult.
– As you enter Oakman School, each family will be given a list of the activities and room
– There will be raffle tickets sold for $1.00 to win a basket full of surprises. The winners will be announced at the end of Literacy night.

Please come and enjoy a fun-filled literacy night with your family. We hope to see you there!

Special Activities: There will be two storytellers and a play that your family can attend.

The play will be Little Red Riding Hood LIVE!! Starring our IGNITE students. Times for the show and storytellers will be included on the list you receive when you enter Oakman School.

Pizza , cupcakes, candy and refreshments will be sold in the cafeteria.
Also, Book Bingo will be played. We have some great new books to win!



Dear Oakman Families,

I hope this letter finds you well and in good health. I’m writing to inform you and request your participation and support with the many great happenings at Oakman Elementary.

 Specific grade-level meetings requiring parent attendance have been scheduled and will begin this Friday March 25, 2011. It is very important all parents are present at this meeting as teachers will discuss DRA assessment and the Balanced Literacy Framework, followed by a question and answer session. The State of Michigan Department of Education is substantially increasing student expectations and minimum performance levels on the MEAP while Governor Snyder is penalizing the per pupil allotment by four hundred seventy dollars per student. It‘s critical Oakman Elementary parents begin productive long term partnerships with Oakman Staff. Ensuring all students experience success and a quality education remains our number one priority. We look forward to seeing you on the following dates:
• 5th Grade March 25th, 2011 2:30 PM Cafeteria
• 4th Grade April 1st, 2011 9:00 AM Cafeteria
• 3rd Grade April 8th, 2011 9:00 AM Cafeteria
• 2nd Grade April 29th, 2011 9:00 AM Cafeteria
• 1st Grade May 6th, 2011 9:00 AM Cafeteria
• Kindergarten May 13th, 2011 9:00 AM Cafeteria

 Whether in our community or a community half way around the world I would like to thank the Oakman Community for always rising to the challenge and making a difference when called upon. The disastrous situation in Japan has prompted Oakman Students to make a difference in the lives of families impacted by the tsunami and earthquake that rattled the world. Monday we began a two week campaign named. “I Got Your Back Japan”. We are collecting monies over the next two weeks in hopes of making a difference. A check will be submitted to the Red Cross on behalf of the Oakman Community. Any and all donations are welcome and once again your support is appreciated.
 This Friday March 25, 2011 from 4PM – 5:30 PM we will be celebrating March is Reading Month by hosting Literacy Night at Oakman Elementary. There will be a variety of literacy related activities such as book bingo, karaoke, arts and crafts, a play, story telling, food and drink and much more for families to enjoy. Come join the fun and help us celebrate the joy of reading and togetherness!
 Report cards will be coming home next Thursday March 31st, 2011. Please sign the envelope and have your child return to their teacher. Take time to review and discuss your child’s academic progress and set academic goals for the final card marking of the year.

I thank you in advance for all your support and efforts and look forward to seeing you in the near future.


Radewin Awada

أهالي وعائلات مدرسة أوكمن الكرام,

اود أن اطلع الجميع ببعض الاحداث التي ستقام في المدرسة واطلب منكم المشاركة والدعم في كل منها.

• يجب على الاهل حضور الاجتماعات المقررة للصفوف بدء من نهار الجمعة 25 اذار 2011. انه من الضروري جدا المشاركة والحضور حيث تقوم المعلمات بشرح وتفصيل عملية تعليم القراءة والكتابة في الصف والاساليب التي يمكن للاهل اتباعها مع الاولاد في البيت. كما يتم عرض نظرة عامة على كيفية ادارة امتحان القراءة خلال السنة الدراسية بالاضافة الى برنامج القراءة والكتابة الجديد. تمرن المعلمات الاهل مع التلاميذ على هذا البرنامج والاساليب المتبعة وفسح المجال للاسئلة والاجوبة. كما انه من الضروري جدا ان يبذل الاهل جهدا للمشاركة في تحسين مستوى الاولاد في جميع المواد لكي نرقى بهم الى المستوى الاكاديمي المطلوب من قبل المحافظة وكذلك بسبب الظروف الحرجة التي يمر بها قطاع التربية والتعليم والزيادة الكبيرة في معدل النجاح في امتحان الميب وخفض الميزانية بمعدل 470 دولارا للتلميذ الواحد من قبل حاكم الولاية. لهذا السبب, يجب علينا جميعا ان نتعاون (الاهل والهيئة التعليمية في المدرسة) لضمان نجاح اولادهم لذلك نتطلع ان نراكم في الاجتماعات التالية:
1. صف الخامس: 25 اذار, 2011 الساعة 2:30 في قاعة الطعام
2. صف الرابع: 1 نيسان, 2011 الساعة 9:00 صباحا في قاعة الطعام
3. صف الثالث: 8 نيسانابريل, 2011 الساعة 9:00 صباحا في قاعة الطعام
4. صف الثاني: 29 نيسان, 2011 الساعة 9:00 صباحا في قاعة الطعام
5. صف الاول: 6 أيار, 2011 الساعة 9:00 صباحا في قاعة الطعام
6. صف الروضة: 13 ايار 2011 الساعة 9:00 صباحا في قاعة الطعام

• لقد عودنا جميع اهالي مدرسة اوكمن اخذ الخطوات الاولى للمساعدة في مجتمعنا او حول العالم. ان ما حدث في اليابان وجه عناية تلاميذ ومعلمين المدرسة لاحداث تغييرا ما في حياة ومعاناة بعض العائلات اليابانية. لذلك لقد بدأنا حملة جمع المال لمدة اسبوعين والتبرع بها للصليب الاحمر الدولي. نقدر كل ما يتم التبرع به من قبل الاهل الكرام.

• تستضيف مدرسة اوكمن نهار االجمعة المقبل الموافق في 25 اذار ليلة للقيام بمختلف النشاطات (مثل بنغو, كاريوكي, الرسم والفنون, مسرح, قصص, الاكل والشراب) في القراءة والكتابة وذلك من الساعة 4:00 -5:30 مساء.

• يرسل التققيم الفصلي للعلامات نهار الخميس المقبل 31 اذار, 2011. الرجاء توقيع المغلف وارساله الى معلمة الصف. كما يجب اخذ بعض الوقت ومناقشة العلامات والتقييم مع ولدكم.

شكرا للجميع,

رضوان عواضة
مدير مدرسة اوكمن

Oakman Elementary

Computer Workshop Parent Meeting tomorrow 3-23-11

Hello Parents,

It is time for our Parent Computer Workshop. Many of you filled out our survey last month and indicated an interest in various computer skills. Please join us on Wednesday March 23 @ 8:45 am in the cafeteria with the technology committee for a great session. You will learn new computer skills, how to access the teacher and school websites and advanced skills like programming. Sorry, absolutely NO CHILDREN are permitted to attend this session with their parents.

الاهل الاعزاء،

لقد حان الوقت لدورة تدربية للاهل على إستعمال الحاسوب. ومن خلال اجوبتكم الشهر الماضي في استطلاع الرأي تبين لنا انكم بحاجة لمهارات الحاسوب المختلفة. الرجاء الانضمام الينا نهار الاربعاء في 23 اذار/مارس الساعة 8:45 دقيقة صباحاً في قاعة الكافيتريا ولقاء اللجنة التقنية في المدرسة.
عذراً: الرجاء عدم اصطحاب الاطفال. نأمل حضوركم وشكراً لكم.

Join us at 2:30 for the IGYB Celebration

Hello Parents,
Tomorrow is the end of the IGYB challenge. Join us in the gym @ 2:30 pm for the celebration. If your child bought a t-shirt please let them wear it tomorrow for the assembly. Also, tomorrow is NOT Book Character Dress Up Day. It will be on March 25th instead.
Please remember to count your child’s kind acts on their logs and send it to the teacher by tomorrow, Wednesday, March 16th.