From the Principal

August 27, 2021

Hello to all the United Oaks Friends and Families,
I hope you enjoyed a wonderfully restful and fun summer. Our United Oaks staff has been busy getting ready for the return of our students. We are so excited to begin this school year with our students in person and know it will be a year of academic success as well as coming together as a community of learners.

I know many parents are eager to get information about the first day of school and your child's teacher, among other questions. Please check our Hazel Park Schools website for the school calendar and supply list.

On Sunday, Aug. 29, parents will have access to the parent portal to see their child's classroom teacher. You will need your parent portal login information to access that information.

The first day of school is on Sept. 1, 2021, and begins at 12:30 pm. If you are dropping your child off, please pull through the driveway and wait to allow them out of your car until you are near the first pillar. The area will be clearly marked. Once you pull up to the drop-off area, you may allow your masked child to exit your vehicle. Parents should stay in their vehicles. The first day is always a bit difficult and takes some time as we are all getting used to the routine. Please be patient and know that it will get better. United Oaks staff will be wearing bright yellow vests and will be assisting students inside and show them to their classrooms.    

Arrival and dismissal will be the same with two exceptions. First, we will have a SINGLE line of cars at drop-off. You will pull your car to the drop-off area, let your child exit the vehicle and WAIT for the car in front of you to pull away. Then you may follow the car out of our driveway. The second change is that teachers will not be opening doors for students to exit vehicles. Once your child is in the correct area you may let them out.

For Dismissal, parents will need to pick up their dismissal numbers prior to our first dismissal on Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. You may pick up your numbers beginning this coming Monday or Tuesday from 9 am to 4 pm. Your child will be exiting the door that is closest to his/her classroom. Older siblings will be exiting the same doors as their younger siblings to assist parents at dismissal.   

If your number is on GREEN paper, your child will be exiting out the Jarvis Side (North) side of the school. If your number is on PINK paper, your child will be exiting through the main doors or kindergarten doors. Please remain in your vehicles and move your vehicle as far forward as you can when cars leave. Your child will receive a tag for his or her backpack to help us with getting our students into the correct vehicle.

I am looking forward to a wonderful and fruitful year. We are always all in all the time, focused on your child's future and building inclusive communities. 

Please feel free to reach out to our office if you need assistance.   

With students in mind,


Karla Graessley, principal
United Oaks Elementary

United Oaks Communications