Back to School Shopping Tips 8/2011

Ready, Set, GO!!!

It’s that time of year again when families tune into the phrase “Back to School.” We know that the lazy summer days are over when retailers bombard us with their ads and commercials. It is time for parents and children to think of schedules and routines, homework and assignments, rules and regulations. Parents rejoice in not having to hear the phrase “I am bored.” one more time.

What can you do to ensure that back to school shopping does not create a huge hole in your family budget this year, especially if you have more than one child to shop for? If you plan ahead, do a little research, and be patient you can surly salvage your pockets and not break the bank, even in this difficult economy.

Here are some tips for you to consider:

1. Use the store flyers to research prices. You will know if it is a good price, just like grocery shopping, when you see the desired item in multiple store ads and compare. Retailers are in competition for your business. You are in control here.

2. Start in early August when flyers and ads come out and the frenzy of Back to School begins. Sales are best at this time when everyone is not looking for that coveted item. Also, keep your eyes peeled throughout the year for supplies on sale or clearance. You can keep these items stored away for when it is back to school time.

3. Purchase clothing and shoes that are summer clearance at great discounts as September and October are still fairly warm months. No need for sweaters yet, even though retailers have them out on the racks for you to buy.

4. Buy only what is necessary. Your children can con you into many things that are not really needed. Fancy and fashionable items like binders and lunch bags can really add up. Purchase what is needed and when the teacher gives the class list you can return to buy what you missed. Look for the next edition of the School Life Newspaper to see our school supplies list. It is desired and appreciated if you purchase what each teacher requests, but it is not required.

5. Invest in quality items that will last. This will save you money, even though you may spend a little more, you will not be replacing them as often. A good calculator or a sturdy backpack are smart investments. These need to be durable to last a minimum of a year.

6. Use store incentives. Many have promotions that give you an extra percentage off or more dollars to spend in their particular store once you surpass a specified dollar amount. Use coupons and never buy anything that is not at least 20% off.

7. And lastly, let the children take ownership of this task too, so that they may learn the value of the dollar and have pride in staying within a budget. It could be like a game. If they do well, you can reward them with an item that they wanted, but not needed because they stayed within their budget, they can now afford to purchase it.

. Keep in mind that once the retail frenzy is over all these items will be on clearance. If you are patient you can get great bargains at that time and only buy what is necessary now.

Good Luck to all Oakman students in the new 2011-2012 school year!

Nadia Dakroub
Parent Involvement Liaison
Oakman Elementary School
(313) 827- 6511

5th Grade Graduation 2011

Dear Parents,
We are in the process of converting the movie you viewed at the Graduation. When it is ready, you will find it it here on the blog.
Until then, enjoy the pictures taken that day.

Reading List for Summer K-5

Have a wonderful, safe, fun-filled summer! Here are some suggestions for great books to read. Be sure to visit the library. Don’t forget to check in on my blog for information, and to let me know how you’re enjoying your summer vacation!
Mrs. Ackerman- Oakman School Media Specialist

Kindergarten – 1st grade
Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Swimmy, by Leo Lionni
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

1st grade – 2nd grade
Cam Jansen Series books by David Adler
Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
Class Clown by Johanna Hurwitz
Horrible Harry series books and Herbie Jones books by Suzy Kline

3rd and 4th grade
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Utterly Me, Clarice Bean by Lauren Child
The Mouse and the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Bunnicula: A Rabbit Tale of Mystery by Deborah Howe
Chocolate Fever by Robert Smith
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

5th grade
Frindle by Andrew Clements
Aliens Ate My Homework by Bruce Coville
The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
The View from Saturday by E.L. Konigsburg
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Shiloh, Shiloh Season, and Saving Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli
The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell

Here are some favorites from our staff!
Ms. Habhab from Oakman recommends Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping by Peggy Parish
Ms Shreve from Oakman and McDonald recommends Two Bobbies by Kirby Larson, Guardians of Ga-Hoole series by Kathryn Lasky and The Doll People, by Ann M. Martin, When I Grow Up, by Al Yankovic, and anything by Chris VanAlsburg
Ms Shaheen recommends Little Miss Spider and Miss Spider’s Tea Party
Ms. Hmayed from McDonald recommends A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket, and her favorite books are the Percy Jackson series.
Ms. Vensko from Haigh recommends any Clifford or Froggy book, and her favorite book is Ten Apples up on Top.
Ms. Joachim from Haigh recommends Granny Torelli Makes Soup, by Sharon Creech, Harry Potter and the Scorer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan, Bunnicula, Artemis Fowl (for a big challenge!) , by Eoin Colfer. Mrs. Joachim also suggests a great website, You can keep track of all of the books that you have read and look for suggestions based on the books you have already read. It’s a great, safe, site for kids and adults.
Ms. Beydoun from Oakman recommends Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? And her favorite book is The Relatives Came.
Mrs. Merhoff from Nowlin recommends Duck on a Bike by David Shannon, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, and any Little Critter Book.
Mrs. Graves from McDonald recommends the Frog and Toad books and Henry and Mudge books.
Mrs. Ackerman recommends The Little House on the Prairie books, Nancy Drew Mysteries, and a favorite book is Bears in the Night.
Mrs. Martin from Nowlin recommends Fudgemania by Judy Blume
Ms. Cronin from Haigh recommends Frog and Toad books, Mouse and Mole, Fly Guy, Judy Moody and Stink.
Mrs. Doyle from Nowlin recommends Maniac MaGee, any other Newberry book. Her favorite book is Mr. Pines Purple House.
Ms. Sulecki from Oakman’s favorite books are Charlotte’s Web and Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Eric Carle books for 1st graders, and anything by Dr. Seuss for everyone.
Mrs. Morrison from McDonald recommends The Missing Piece Meets the Big O, by Shel Silverstein
Mrs. Bungee recommends Jungle Drums by Graeme Base and Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel
Mrs. Parana recommends the Robert Munsch books, particularly Stephanie’s Ponytail and Moira’s Birthday. Her favorite books were the Madeline stories.

Field Day Pictures

What a wonderful day it has been!

Congratulations Winners!

Field Day this Friday!

Please join your child this Friday, June 3 for Field Day. This is an event sponsored by the PTA and Oakman School. It is a Fun fair outside! If your child is in K-2, he/she will be outside from 9am – 11:15. If your child is in upper elementary 3-5, he/she will be outside from 1-3:15. Please join us and help make cotton candy, popcorn, serve popsicles and drinks. Or join the teacher and go from station to station helping her with the class. This will be a fun filled day for all.