Oakman’s Mini Martians


Oakman students ran in the annual Mini Martian Marathon held at Ford Field this Saturday, April 2nd. Congratulations to Ranna Elhusseini who was the first of our team to finish the race AND place in the top 10! Thank you to all the parents who helped chaperone and drive the children to the event.

March is Reading Month Guest Readers


This year at Oakman School we were honored to have many special guests read to our students. Can you find Mayor O’Reilly, Sgt. Lengyl, Lt. Rhodes,
Dr. Artis, Deacon and Officer Morse, Assistant Superintendent Gutkowski, Dr. Rugenski and Councilman Shooshanian? Thank you to all for coming.

Literacy Night Pictures

Parents Read Below!

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· The potential for further ballooning of class sizes, outdated textbooks and technology, elimination of extracurricular activities and slashing of essential transportation services.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 www.fightschoolcuts.com 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 Ellenlipton@house.mi.gov .

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:
https://www.house.mi.gov/publiccommitteeschedule/

You may use these helpful links to locate parking in downtown Lansing: https://housenet.mihouse.mi.gov/NewMemberPages/images/DowntownLansingMap.gif
https://housenet.mihouse.mi.gov/NewMemberPages/PDFs/downtown_map.pdf

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
www.linkedin.com/in/heidilowenzabik

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
numbers.
– 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!

COME HAVE FUN WITH THE OAKMAN FAMILY!!