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UCS expert speller performs on a national stage
Fifth grader takes part in Scripps Howard annual bee
Elementary students inspire their classmate to S-O-A-R
Students support classmate going to national spelling bee
UCS expert speller performs on a national stage
Fifth grader takes part in Scripps Howard annual bee
Elementary students inspire their classmate to S-O-A-R
Students support classmate going to national spelling bee

From The Principal Dr. Schneider-Rediske sitting at her desk with four upper elementary students

April Newsletter

Hello Friends and Families:

It was a very busy March with many fantastic events.  We began by hosting the District Academically Talented and Gifted Math 24 Tournament.  We had six students from our building compete and they did a fine job for us with one of our fourth graders recognized as a top scorer for the grade level.  We also enjoyed the contributions of MST students who volunteered their time to proctor the event.  This was followed by Kindergarten Open House which gave us the opportunity to meet some very young and eager faces that we will welcome in the new school year.  Our next big event was Oakbrook’s junior musical, Mary Poppins.  We take great pride in the productions that our wonderful music teacher provides for us each year.  Under the direction of Mr. Smith, the children were able to share their talents with the school and the community.  Mr. Smith and the children dedicate lunchtimes, beginning in November, to make this production such a huge success.  This year, as always, was amazing with singing and dancing that made everyone smile. 

With April underway, we are looking forward to many more events that we hope you will enjoy.  On April 16, please join us for the Wax Museum, hosted by our third grade classes. Bring some pennies and learn about some famous people both past and present.  Our first graders and fourth graders will be sharing their music talent on April 25.   The teachers are hosting our annual Volunteer Breakfast on April 23.  In addition, we will be conducting the M-Step Assessments for the fifth graders. 

The curriculum focus for this month is science.  Our teachers use a variety of methods to provide the students with information that address the New Generation Science Standards.  We use Discovery Education online Science program which provides simulations as well as information on specific concepts.  Many of our teachers are also engaging the students in hands-on activities in which they have an opportunity to discover and make predictions about scientific aspects that they are studying.  As we move forward, we hope to reenergize this curriculum area. 

Thank you for your continued support of Oakbrook.  We appreciate the time that you spend in the classrooms as well as your attendance at our many student and family events.  Stay tuned for more exciting things to come including the Family Tree sponsored Fun Run and Daddy Daughter Dance. 

Warm Regards,

Dr. Rediske


The annual UCS Career Focus Luncheon

 Nearly 2,000 UCS sixth graders will be meeting May 1-2 for the annual Career Focus Luncheon, being sponsored by the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence, in partnership with Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce. It will provide an opportunity for the district's sixth graders, their teachers and principals to meet with local business and community leaders. As members of the Graduating Class of 2025, it will also acquaint students with the variety of career opportunities which exist.

Patricia Lopez, President of Rose-A-Lee Technologies will provide the keynote address.

 Business leaders will sponsor the children's participation, byeither reserving an entire table of 10 as a corporate sponsor or by purchasing individual sponsorships. If parents who are also local business owners wish to participate, they can contact the UCS Foundation at 797-6953 or email at

Hello Families!

The flu season will continue through April.  We wanted to provide you with some flu prevention tips:

  • Hand washing is the best preventer of illness.  Wash your hands often and especially before eating food, after using the bathroom, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing.  The CDC has a Handwashing Heroes Social Wall where you can send in pics of your kids washing their hands at:

    • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
    • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
    • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
    • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
    • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.


  • Cover your mouth and nose with tissue when you cough or sneeze
  • Please do not send students in sick—they must be fever free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol or Motrin
  • See your doctor right away with symptoms to see if your child can get on medicine to help decrease symptoms or length of illness

Thank you for your help and cooperation in keeping students healthy and in school!

Rebecca Rosbolt, RN, UCS District Nurse

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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

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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.

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