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Daddy Daughter Dance 2017
You are invited to attend our 2017 Daddy Daughter Dance, Thursday, April 13th in the Oakbrook gymnasium.
Spring 2017 Book Fair... Thank you to all who participated! On-line book fair is open until March 31st. Check it out!
Oakbrook teacher named one of the state's best for math and science
Sixth grade teacher William Mader has been named a nominee and state finalist for the President Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

From the Principal        Dr. Schneider-Rediske

On-line Book Fair is NOW Available!
(March 10th - 31st) Click Here

Lunch Supervisors

We are in need of parents who are willing to supervise our students during the lunch hours.  If you would be willing to work an hour a day, please contact the office at 586 797-5900 as soon as possible so we can get your processing started.  These are paid positions and very important for the safety and supervision of our students during the lunch hour.


February Newsletter 

Dear Parents and Friends: 

The last several weeks have been busy ones at Oakbrook Elementary. With half of the school year complete, the staff has spent time analyzing the progress of their students and make adjustments to their instruction to meet the needs in their own classrooms. Each teacher shared their progress with me and together we discussed the strategies necessary to support instruction based on the results of student achievement. 

Our staff is using many researched based strategies in their classrooms however, as an entire group, we have three significant ones that are a part of our School Improvement Plan and ones that all teachers use on a regular basis. They are as follows: 

Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback: The teachers communicate the goals of the lessons to the students so that the children are aware of what they will be learning and why. It gives them a purpose for their learning. In addition, the teachers provide feedback on student performance in a timely way so that the students can make appropriate adjustments to their work. Feedback can be given in a number of different forms including verbal comments, grades, written comments and assessments. 

Nonlinguistic Representations and Imagery: Students often learn through visual and mental representations during any given lesson. Graphic organizers, physical models,manipulatives, illustrations, mental pictures and kinesthetic activities are all examples of this strategy. The subject area of math consistently incorporates this strategy. Examples include students working with cubes to count place values or children use objects that represent different geometric shapes to identify angles etc. 

Academic Vocabulary: Vocabulary words and ideas are explicitly taught to assist students in deepening their understanding and providing connections for improved comprehension. The students are given specific words that match the subject area. 

As we monitor the academic progress of our students, we will continue to change our lessons so that all students have the opportunity for success. Please take a few moment to ask your child questions about the different subject areas. As adults, when we ask the generic question “What did you learn today?,” we often get the frustrating answer “nothing.” Instead, you may wish to probe a bit further by asking the child to tell you what the goal was of a particular subject and what activity they did to help them with their understanding. We are confident that the “nothings” turn into a great discussion about their learning. 

Enjoy the midwinter break! 


Dr. Linda Schneider-Rediske


UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence

Career Focus Luncheon

The 24th Career Focus Luncheon for all district sixth graders will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 3 and May 4, 2017 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township.  The annual event is sponsored by the Utica Community Schools Foundation.

Parents are invited to sponsor a table and share their career and college experience.  For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website at or call 586.797.6953. The UCS Foundation for Educational Excellent is an independent 501(c)(3) organization comprised of community volunteers.

Evening of Excellence Gala

The Evening of Excellence Gala will take place on Thursday, March 9, 2017 at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township beginning at 6 p.m. The UCS Foundation is proud to be announce our ninth year of hosting an event that supports the Superintendent’s Scholarship Fund and the UCS art and music programs. Musical talents from the district’s high schools will perform along with a UCS student. Works of art will be available for purchase. Info on tickets to the Gala, which includes dinner, entertainment and art sale are available by calling the UCS Foundation at 586.797.6953 or online at The UCS Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization comprised of community volunteers.


Our mission is to provide a safe environment where students strive to become life long learners.
Parents should circle September 21 at 6:30 p.m. on their school calendars. On that night, Oakbrook Elementary will host its Open House. It is a great chance to hear about our plans for the year, meet your child's teacher, and make sure the school year gets off on a positive start. We look forward to seeing you there

Utica Community Schools is Michigan's second largest school district.  

Student achievement in the district outpace all county, state and national averages. The district's graduation rate is 12 points higher than the state average and students are staff are regularly honored for excellence.

For more information on Utica Community Schools, please visit this link