• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/17/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/17/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. I appreciate your grace and patience while we had to navigate the unexpected water main break on Wednesday. Thankfully we were back up and running with water on Thursday morning. On Thursday, we celebrated our wonderful Instructional Assistants for the Wake County Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day. If you didn’t get a chance last week, please take a moment to thank an IA. We cannot thank them enough for all they do!

     

    On Tuesday, September 21, we hope that our new Assistant Principal will be announced at the Board Meeting. Mr. Mack will be at Oak Grove through the beginning of October to continue to support our school and help in the transition.

     

    Outdoor Seating Update:

    We want to thank the families that have already done a lot of work to make this happen. We have relocated some tables from around our campus to the area outside the cafeteria. We have also had a generous donation of 2 wooden tables from Ms. Swanson’s class. On Friday, September 17, our school received 3 tables from the supply already purchased by WCPSS. We are up to 11 usable tables. Our fifth-grade classes enjoyed the outdoor eating space on Friday afternoon! The Outdoor Seating Committee is on to the next step: Volunteer Lunch Monitors. They will be sending out information soon about how you can sign up, the time commitment, and the guidelines to follow. We hope to have an A/B rotation schedule beginning in October when students will be able to eat outside.

     

    Welcome Mr. Chip Mack, our Interim AP:

    We were excited that the Board approved our Interim AP, Mr. Chip Mack. Mr. Mack will serve our Oak Grove family through the month while we finalize the decision for the new Assistant Principal. As an introduction, Mr. Mack provided the following:

    I am excited to support Oak Grove Elementary as an Interim (temporary) Assistant Principal.  I see my job as ensuring student success by supporting Ms. Bias and her goals for the school.  After working in WCPSS for 39 years, I retired this past January.  I love working in schools and recently worked as a substitute teacher in several schools, including Oak Grove Elementary. My previous positions include teacher (10 years) assistant principal (6 years), and principal (23 years).   

    I believe in fairness, understanding, and making connections with students, staff, and families to support our school.  My plan for the near future is support Oak Grove Elementary.   

    My wife, Denise and I have two boys (12, and 15) and a German Sheppard Mix.  We love spending time outdoors, cooking, attending soccer games, and occasional road trips to the beach or the mountains.   

    As a parent, I understand the love and devotion parents have for their children.  I frequently think back to the pride I felt when I was notified of my first job as a teacher.  I knew immediately that I would be a positive influence for students.  

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track-out camps this fall and winter, with both half-day and full-day available.  They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of September to the OGES PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/track-out-camps to learn about the camps and book a spot.

     

    The PTA has an exciting opportunity for you to remember your child’s time at Oak Grove. The local artist, Lew Wilson, has created a print of our beautiful school. You can even order an ornament! You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

     

    Track 1 Summer Camp (September 13-17 and September 20-24):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) is our Summer Camp coordinator. The students attending Track 1 Summer Camp were identified in the Spring. We look forward to welcoming our Track 1 Summer Camp students.

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms. Also, please encourage your Otter to appropriately wear a face covering as much as possible while indoors. The exception of exposure statement from the COVID team reads: Exceptions:  If face coverings were worn appropriately (over nose, mouth, and under chin) and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

    I am excited to announce the beginning of our annual Yearbook Cover Contest! Our theme this year is based on a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Entries are due by October 8.  Finalists will be announced by October 21. There will be more than one opportunity for students work to be featured. We will select six pictures for the inside pages, nine for the back cover, and one for the front. Artwork is chosen from all grade levels.

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

    Over the next two months, I will be working with all classes on the role of an artist as illustrator. We will begin our pictures in art class, but students may also take their entries home to work on. All students will create work based on the yearbook theme as an assignment. However, they are not required to enter the contest. 

    I can’t wait to see the ideas our students come up with this year!

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • September 20-24: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 2
    • September 27-September 30: Track 2, 3, 4 Family Conferences
    • September 30: Quarter 1 ends (Track 2, 3, 4)
    • September 30: Track 4 Track-Out Day
    • October 1: Teacher Workday (No School for Students)
    • October 4: Track 1 Returns
    • October 4-15: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 2&3)
    • October 4-8: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 3
    • October 5-7: CogAt testing for Tracks 1, 2, & 3
    • October 8: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home (Track 1, 2, 3)

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/10/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/10/2021Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend. We observed a moment of silence on Friday, September 10, to remember the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and to honor our first responders. On Monday, September 13, we welcome back Track 2 from their track-out!

     Welcome Mr. Chip Mack, our Interim AP:

    We were excited that the Board approved our Interim AP, Mr. Chip Mack. Mr. Mack will serve our Oak Grove family through the month while we finalize the decision for the new Assistant Principal. As an introduction, Mr. Mack provided the following:

    I am excited to support Oak Grove Elementary as an Interim (temporary) Assistant Principal.  I see my job as ensuring student success by supporting Ms. Bias and her goals for the school.  After working in WCPSS for 39 years, I retired this past January.  I love working in schools and recently worked as a substitute teacher in several schools, including Oak Grove Elementary. My previous positions include teacher (10 years) assistant principal (6 years), and principal (23 years).   

    I believe in fairness, understanding, and making connections with students, staff, and families to support our school.  My plan for the near future is support Oak Grove Elementary.   

    My wife, Denise and I have two boys (12, and 15) and a German Sheppard Mix.  We love spending time outdoors, cooking, attending soccer games, and occasional road trips to the beach or the mountains.   

    As a parent, I understand the love and devotion parents have for their children.  I frequently think back to the pride I felt when I was notified of my first job as a teacher.  I knew immediately that I would be a positive influence for students.  

     PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track-out camps this fall and winter, with both half-day and full-day available.  They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of September to the OGES PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/track-out-camps to learn about the camps and book a spot.

     

    The PTA has an exciting opportunity for you to remember your child’s time at Oak Grove. The local artist, Lew Wilson, has created a print of our beautiful school. You can even order an ornament! You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

    Track 1 Summer Camp (September 13-17 and September 20-24):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) is our Summer Camp coordinator. The students attending Track 1 Summer Camp were identified in the Spring. We look forward to welcoming our Track 1 Summer Camp students.

     COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms. Also, please encourage your Otter to appropriately wear a face covering as much as possible while indoors. The exception of exposure statement from the COVID team reads: Exceptions:  If face coverings were worn appropriately (over nose, mouth, and under chin) and consistently by both the person with COVID-19 and the potentially exposed person.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    Outdoor Seating Update:

    We continue to plan for the possibility of some/all students eating lunch outside at least some of the time, but this option is way more complex than it may appear on the surface. Considerations include the need for appropriate supervision, scheduling, seating, temperature, precipitation, shade, and insects. Also, our campus cannot have additional shade structures constructed due to our limit on permeable soil and our watershed status. All those considerations will have to be looked at while we formulate a plan. I do have an Outdoor Seating Team of parents working on the first step: tables. We are relocating some tables from our campus and working to purchase more tables. On Monday, September 13, our school will be receiving 2 tables from the supply already purchased by WCPSS.

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

    I am excited to announce the beginning of our annual Yearbook Cover Contest! Our theme this year is based on a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Entries are due by October 8.  Finalists will be announced by October 21. There will be more than one opportunity for students work to be featured. We will select six pictures for the inside pages, nine for the back cover, and one for the front. Artwork is chosen from all grade levels.

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

    Over the next two months, I will be working with all classes on the role of an artist as illustrator. We will begin our pictures in art class, but students may also take their entries home to work on. All students will create work based on the yearbook theme as an assignment. However, they are not required to enter the contest. 

    I can’t wait to see the ideas our students come up with this year!

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • September 13-17: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 1
    • September 20-24: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 2
    • September 30: Quarter 1 ends (Track 2, 3, 4)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/3/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/3/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I hope you have had the opportunity to relax this long weekend.

     

    Interim Reports, End of Q1 (Track 1), Curriculum Night, and track change:

    We have a lot going on this week: On Friday, September 3, Track 3 & 4 families should have received interim reports from your child’s teacher. Please reach out if you did not receive your interim report. This week, Track 1 teachers will be holding Family Conferences. On Thursday, September 9, Track 3 & 4 teachers (and VA teachers that are working at Oak Grove) will be holding a Virtual Curriculum Night. The links will be coming this week. The end of the first quarter (Q1) for Track 1 is Friday, September 10. Track 1 tracks out on Friday, and we will welcome back Track 2 on Monday, September 13.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist:

    The PTA has an exciting opportunity for you to remember your child’s time at Oak Grove. The local artist, Lew Wilson, has created a print of our beautiful school. You can even order an ornament! You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

     

    Track 1 Summer Camp (September 13-17 and September 20-24):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) is our Summer Camp coordinator. The students attending Track 1 Summer Camp were identified in the Spring. We look forward to welcoming our Track 1 Summer Camp students.

     

    New Assistant Principal

    Friday, August 27, was Ms. Rhodes’s last day at Oak Grove. We will miss her and her kind presence at our school. We are in the hiring process for a new Assistant Principal. Administrative appointments require Board approval, so the process can be lengthy. We hope to have an interim Assistant Principals named on Tuesday, September 7. In the meantime, I appreciate all your grace and patience if my response time is delayed. In some cases, I may not be able to respond as quickly as I would like.

     

    Bus Transportation

    Thank you for your patience with the bus delays in the past week with the start of traditional calendar schools. Our staff truly appreciates the efforts families have been making to communicate any transportation changes well in advance and to refrain from calling the school or arriving at school during dismissal when your child was supposed to ride the bus home. This has allowed us to focus on getting all students home as quickly as possible and minimized the likelihood of transportation confusion. The bus arrival and departure times improved each day this week. Our hope is that they will continue to improve this week. Please see updated bus times here: Oak Grove Bus Routes We encourage you to download the Here Comes the Bus tracker app. More information can be found here: www.wcpss.net/herecomesthebus.

     

    Update on WCPSS Health Guidance:

    On Wednesday, August 25, WCPSS sent out information to families about updated health measures. Since that information came out to Principals, staff, and families at the same time, I have been working with other Principals in the Southwest area to align our practices for safe schools. I am working with my administrative team at how we can spread out students in the cafeteria. Additionally, we met with all classes to discuss the importance of only removing our masks while eating and replacing our masks when we are ready to talk. Finally, we continue to plan for the possibility of some/all students eating lunch outside at least some of the time, but this option is way more complex than it may appear on the surface. Considerations include the need for appropriate supervision, scheduling, seating, temperature, precipitation, shade, and insects. Also, our campus cannot have additional shade structures constructed due to our limit on permeable soil and our watershed status. All those considerations will have to be looked at while we formulate a plan. I do have an Outdoor Seating Team of parents working on the first step: tables. We are relocating some tables from our campus and working to purchase more tables.

     

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

    To continue to maintain safe learning environments, we are making the following updates to our COVID-19 safety practices. These changes took effect on 8/16 for schools currently in session but are already being practiced in many areas.  Safe Return to School Plan

    • For everyone over the age of 4, face coverings are required indoors in schools, all district buildings and on school-provided transportation, including school buses, activity buses, and vendor transportation. For Pre-K students, face coverings are strongly recommended for ages 3-4 and required for age 5. Face coverings are optional outdoors. 
    • If your student experiences an illness that does not include COVID-19 symptoms, it’s now easier for them to return to school quicker. For these illnesses, we’re returning to pre-pandemic health practices: Students can return to school when they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Learn more about returning to school after an illness.
    • Safety practices for eating on campus are being strengthened. Most schools will group students when moving from the classroom to the lunchroom and use assigned seating during meals. This practice of grouping students will help reduce the number of students required to quarantine if a student in their class becomes infected. This also allows students to talk with others in their group during mealtimes. Face coverings will be required except for the time when students are specifically eating.

    All families received an email early last week with a full overview of all COVID-19 safety practices including lunch routines, playground time, visitors and more.

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

    I am excited to announce the beginning of our annual Yearbook Cover Contest! Our theme this year is based on a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Entries are due by October 8.  Finalists will be announced by October 21. There will be more than one opportunity for students work to be featured. We will select six pictures for the inside pages, nine for the back cover, and one for the front. Artwork is chosen from all grade levels.

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

    Over the next two months, I will be working with all classes on the role of an artist as illustrator. We will begin our pictures in art class, but students may also take their entries home to work on. All students will create work based on the yearbook theme as an assignment. However, they are not required to enter the contest. 

    I can’t wait to see the ideas our students come up with this year!

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    If you have questions about COVID in the school, Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, is our COVID coordinator. Her email is lrhodes@wcpss.net.

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • September 7-10: Track 1 Quarter 1 Family Conferences
    • September 9: Virtual Curriculum Night (Tracks 3&4) 5:30-6:10/6:15-6:55
    • September 10: Quarter 1 ends (Track 1)
    • September 13-17: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 1
    • September 20-24: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 2
    • September 30: Quarter 1 ends (Track 2, 3, 4)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/27/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/27/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. The PTA has an exciting opportunity for you to remember your child’s time at Oak Grove. The local artist, Lew Wilson, has created a print of our beautiful school. You can even order an ornament! You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

     

    New Assistant Principal

    Friday, August 27, was Ms. Rhodes’s last day at Oak Grove. We will miss her and her kind presence at our school. We are in the hiring process for a new Assistant Principal. Administrative appointments require Board approval, so the process can be lengthy. In the meantime, I appreciate all your grace and patience if my response time is delayed. In some cases, I may not be able to respond as quickly as I would like.

     

    Bus Transportation

    Thank you for your patience with the bus delays in the past week with the start of traditional calendar schools. Our staff truly appreciates the efforts families have been making to communicate any transportation changes well in advance and to refrain from calling the school or arriving at school during dismissal when your child was supposed to ride the bus home. This has allowed us to focus on getting all students home as quickly as possible and minimized the likelihood of transportation confusion. The bus arrival and departure times improved each day this week. Our hope is that they will continue to improve this week. Please see updated bus times here: Oak Grove Bus Routes We encourage you to download the Here Comes the Bus tracker app. More information can be found here: www.wcpss.net/herecomesthebus.

     

    Update on WCPSS Health Guidance:

    On Wednesday, August 25, WCPSS sent out information to families about updated health measures. Since that information came out to Principals, staff, and families at the same time, I have been working with other Principals in the Southwest area to align our practices for safe schools. I am working with my administrative team at how we can spread out students in the cafeteria. Additionally, we met with all classes to discuss the importance of only removing our masks while eating and replacing our masks when we are ready to talk. Finally, we continue to plan for the possibility of some/all students eating lunch outside at least some of the time, but this option is way more complex than it may appear on the surface. Considerations include the need for appropriate supervision, scheduling, seating, temperature, precipitation, shade, and insects. Also, our campus cannot have additional shade structures constructed due to our limit on permeable soil and our watershed status. All those considerations will have to be looked at while we formulate a plan. We hope to receive more information from WCPSS soon on the implementation of outdoor seating.

     

    Track 2 Summer Camp (August 23-27 and August 30-September 3):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information earlier in July with our Track 2 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of this track-out in August and the few days in September.

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

    To continue to maintain safe learning environments, we are making the following updates to our COVID-19 safety practices. These changes took effect on 8/16 for schools currently in session but are already being practiced in many areas.  Safe Return to School Plan

    • For everyone over the age of 4, face coverings are required indoors in schools, all district buildings and on school-provided transportation, including school buses, activity buses, and vendor transportation. For Pre-K students, face coverings are strongly recommended for ages 3-4 and required for age 5. Face coverings are optional outdoors. 
    • If your student experiences an illness that does not include COVID-19 symptoms, it’s now easier for them to return to school quicker. For these illnesses, we’re returning to pre-pandemic health practices: Students can return to school when they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Learn more about returning to school after an illness.
    • Safety practices for eating on campus are being strengthened. Most schools will group students when moving from the classroom to the lunchroom and use assigned seating during meals. This practice of grouping students will help reduce the number of students required to quarantine if a student in their class becomes infected. This also allows students to talk with others in their group during mealtimes. Face coverings will be required except for the time when students are specifically eating.

    All families received an email early last week with a full overview of all COVID-19 safety practices including lunch routines, playground time, visitors and more.

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

    I am excited to announce the beginning of our annual Yearbook Cover Contest! Our theme this year is based on a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Entries are due by October 8.  Finalists will be announced by October 21. There will be more than one opportunity for students work to be featured. We will select six pictures for the inside pages, nine for the back cover, and one for the front. Artwork is chosen from all grade levels.

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

    Over the next two months, I will be working with all classes on the role of an artist as illustrator. We will begin our pictures in art class, but students may also take their entries home to work on. All students will create work based on the yearbook theme as an assignment. However, they are not required to enter the contest. 

    I can’t wait to see the ideas our students come up with this year!

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • September 7-10: Track 1 Quarter 1 Family Conferences
    • September 9: Virtual Curriculum Night (Tracks 3&4) 5:30-6:10/6:15-6:55
    • September 10: Quarter 1 ends (Track 1)

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/20/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/20/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We said “Goodbye” to Track 2 on Friday. Track 2, please enjoy your track-out. On Monday, August 23, we welcome back our Track 3 families & students. We have missed you! Our PTA Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 26, at 7:00 PM. It will be held virtually, and you can learn more about the PTA by reading here: Meet the PTA

     

    Bus Transportation Week of August 23

    You may have seen information from WCPSS about a current bus driver shortage. With Traditional Calendar schools beginning on Monday, August 23, we can expect to see some impact to our normal bus routes. Please see updated bus times here: Oak Grove Bus Routes We encourage you to download the Here Comes the Bus tracker app. More information can be found here: www.wcpss.net/herecomesthebus.

     

    Track 2 Summer Camp (August 23-27 and August 30-September 3):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information earlier in July with our Track 2 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of this track-out in August and the few days in September.

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

    To continue to maintain safe learning environments, we are making the following updates to our COVID-19 safety practices. These changes took effect on 8/16 for schools currently in session but are already being practiced in many areas.  Safe Return to School Plan

    • For everyone over the age of 4, face coverings are required indoors in schools, all district buildings and on school-provided transportation, including school buses, activity buses, and vendor transportation. For Pre-K students, face coverings are strongly recommended for ages 3-4 and required for age 5. Face coverings are optional outdoors. 
    • If your student experiences an illness that does not include COVID-19 symptoms, it’s now easier for them to return to school quicker. For these illnesses, we’re returning to pre-pandemic health practices: Students can return to school when they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Learn more about returning to school after an illness.
    • Safety practices for eating on campus are being strengthened. Most schools will group students when moving from the classroom to the lunchroom and use assigned seating during meals. This practice of grouping students will help reduce the number of students required to quarantine if a student in their class becomes infected. This also allows students to talk with others in their group during mealtimes. Face coverings will be required except for the time when students are specifically eating.

    All families received an email early last week with a full overview of all COVID-19 safety practices including lunch routines, playground time, visitors and more.

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

    I am excited to announce the beginning of our annual Yearbook Cover Contest! Our theme this year is based on a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Entries are due by October 8.  Finalists will be announced by October 21. There will be more than one opportunity for students work to be featured. We will select six pictures for the inside pages, nine for the back cover, and one for the front. Artwork is chosen from all grade levels.

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

    Over the next two months, I will be working with all classes on the role of an artist as illustrator. We will begin our pictures in art class, but students may also take their entries home to work on. All students will create work based on the yearbook theme as an assignment. However, they are not required to enter the contest. 

    I can’t wait to see the ideas our students come up with this year!

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    A Note from Ms. Rhodes:

    “To the families of Oak Grove Elementary, 


    It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that my family and I are moving to Wilmington. My last day will be August 27th. While I am excited about this new adventure, it has been difficult to come to terms with the fact that I’ll be leaving such a fabulous place. 

     

    The past year has been one I'll never forget!  I hope you know how much I appreciate you all and how grateful I am for the time spent at The Grove. It's been wonderful getting to know all of you. I wish you all the best!”~Ms. Rhodes

     

    I know you will join me in wishing Ms. Rhodes all the best. We will miss her so much! She has made a big impact on our school family during the time she was here.

    If you have any thoughts about qualities you would like to see in our next Assistant Principal, please email Ms. Bias (sbias@wcpss.net)

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    If you have questions about COVID in the school, Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, is our COVID coordinator. Her email is lrhodes@wcpss.net.

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear: https://oakgrove.memberhub.com/store 
    • August 23-27: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 1
    • August 26: PTA Meeting, Virtual Meeting at 7:00 PM
    • August 27: Track 3 & 4 Letterland Parade
    • August 30-September 3: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 2
    • September 3: Quarter 1 Interim reports go home (Track 3 & 4)
    • September 6: Labor Day Holiday (No school)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/13/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/13/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. As you know, our PTA is excited about a new year, and you can read all about the PTA in this Introduction Flyer.

     

    A Note from Ms. Rhodes:

    “To the families of Oak Grove Elementary, 


    It is with mixed emotions that I share with you that my family and I are moving to Wilmington. My last day will be August 27th. While I am excited about this new adventure, it has been difficult to come to terms with the fact that I’ll be leaving such a fabulous place. 

     

    The past year has been one I'll never forget!  I hope you know how much I appreciate you all and how grateful I am for the time spent at The Grove. It's been wonderful getting to know all of you. I wish you all the best!”~Ms. Rhodes

     

    I know you will join me in wishing Ms. Rhodes all the best. We will miss her so much! She has made a big impact on our school family during the time she was here.

    If you have any thoughts about qualities you would like to see in our next Assistant Principal, please email Ms. Bias (sbias@wcpss.net)

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

    I am excited to announce the beginning of our annual Yearbook Cover Contest! Our theme this year is based on a quote from Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Entries are due by October 8.  Finalists will be announced by October 21. There will be more than one opportunity for students work to be featured. We will select six pictures for the inside pages, nine for the back cover, and one for the front. Artwork is chosen from all grade levels.

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

    Over the next two months, I will be working with all classes on the role of an artist as illustrator. We will begin our pictures in art class, but students may also take their entries home to work on. All students will create work based on the yearbook theme as an assignment. However, they are not required to enter the contest. 

    I can’t wait to see the ideas our students come up with this year!

    Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions.  

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

    To continue to maintain safe learning environments, we are making the following updates to our COVID-19 safety practices. These changes take effect on 8/16 for schools currently in session but are already being practiced in many areas.  

    • For everyone over the age of 4, face coverings are required indoors in schools, all district buildings and on school-provided transportation, including school buses, activity buses, and vendor transportation. For Pre-K students, face coverings are strongly recommended for ages 3-4 and required for age 5. Face coverings are optional outdoors. 
    • If your student experiences an illness that does not include COVID-19 symptoms, it’s now easier for them to return to school quicker. For these illnesses, we’re returning to pre-pandemic health practices: Students can return to school when they are fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Learn more about returning to school after an illness.
    • Safety practices for eating on campus are being strengthened. Most schools will group students when moving from the classroom to the lunchroom and use assigned seating during meals. This practice of grouping students will help reduce the number of students required to quarantine if a student in their class becomes infected. This also allows students to talk with others in their group during mealtimes. Face coverings will be required except for the time when students are specifically eating.

    All families will receive an email early next week with a full overview of all COVID-19 safety practices including lunch routines, playground time, visitors and more.

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    If you have questions about COVID in the school, Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, is our COVID coordinator. Her email is lrhodes@wcpss.net.

     

    Track 2 Summer Camp (August 23-27 and August 30-September 3):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information earlier in July with our Track 2 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of this track-out in August and the few days in September.

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

    En español a continuación:

    Otter Splash de la directora 13/8/2021

    ¡Hola, familia Oak Grove! Esperamos que esté pasando un fin de semana maravilloso. Como saben, nuestra PTA está entusiasmada con el nuevo año y puede leer todo sobre la PTA en este folleto de introducción.

    Una nota de la Sra. Rhodes:

    “A las familias de Oak Grove Elementary,

     

    Es con emociones encontradas que les comparto que mi familia y yo nos mudamos a Wilmington. Mi último día será el 27 de agosto. Si bien estoy entusiasmado con esta nueva aventura, ha sido difícil aceptar el hecho de que dejaré un lugar tan fabuloso.

     

    ¡El año pasado ha sido uno que nunca olvidaré! Espero que sepan cuánto los aprecio a todos y lo agradecido que estoy por el tiempo que pasé en The Grove. Ha sido maravilloso conocerlos a todos. ¡Les deseo todo lo mejor! ”~ Sra. Rodas

     

    Sé que se unirá a mí para desearle lo mejor a la Sra. Rhodes. ¡La extrañaremos mucho! Ha tenido un gran impacto en nuestra familia escolar durante el tiempo que estuvo aquí.

    Si tiene alguna idea sobre las cualidades que le gustaría ver en nuestro próximo subdirector, envíe un correo electrónico a la Sra. Bias (sbias@wcpss.net)

    Concurso de portadas del anuario:

    ¡Hola familias de nutrias!

    ¡Me complace anunciar el comienzo de nuestro concurso anual de portadas del anuario! Nuestro tema de este año se basa en una cita de Helen Keller, “Solos podemos hacer tan poco; juntos podemos hacer mucho. "Las inscripciones deben presentarse antes del 8 de octubre. Los finalistas serán anunciados antes del 21 de octubre. Habrá más de una oportunidad para que el trabajo de los estudiantes sea presentado. Seleccionaremos seis imágenes para las páginas interiores, nueve para las la contraportada y una para la portada Las ilustraciones se eligen de todos los niveles de grado.

    Se incluyen detalles adicionales en el formulario de inscripción.

    Durante los próximos dos meses, trabajaré con todas las clases sobre el papel de un artista como ilustrador. Comenzaremos con nuestras fotos en la clase de arte, pero los estudiantes también pueden llevarse sus trabajos a casa para trabajar en ellos. Todos los estudiantes crearán trabajos basados ​​en el tema del anuario como tarea. Sin embargo, no están obligados a participar en el concurso.

    ¡No puedo esperar a ver las ideas que se les ocurran a nuestros estudiantes este año!

    No dude en comunicarse conmigo si tiene alguna pregunta.

    Sra. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

    Actualización de salud de WCPSS:

    Para continuar manteniendo entornos de aprendizaje seguros, estamos realizando las siguientes actualizaciones a nuestras prácticas de seguridad COVID-19. Estos cambios entrarán en vigor el 16 de agosto para las escuelas actualmente en sesión, pero ya se están practicando en muchas áreas.

    • Para todas las personas mayores de 4 años, se requiere cubrirse la cara en el interior de las escuelas, todos los edificios del distrito y en el transporte proporcionado por la escuela, incluidos los autobuses escolares, los autobuses de actividades y el transporte de proveedores. Para los estudiantes de prekínder, se recomienda encarecidamente que los cubrimientos faciales para las edades de 3 a 4 años y necesarios para los 5 años de edad. Los cubrimientos faciales son opcionales al aire libre.
    • Si su estudiante experimenta una enfermedad que no incluye síntomas de COVID-19, ahora es más fácil que regrese a la escuela más rápido. Para estas enfermedades, estamos volviendo a las prácticas de salud prepandémicas: los estudiantes pueden regresar a la escuela cuando no tengan fiebre sin el uso de medicamentos para reducir la fiebre durante 24 horas. Obtenga más información sobre cómo regresar a la escuela después de una enfermedad.
    • Se están fortaleciendo las prácticas de seguridad para comer en el campus. La mayoría de las escuelas agruparán a los estudiantes cuando se trasladen del aula al comedor y utilizarán los asientos asignados durante las comidas. Esta práctica de agrupar a los estudiantes ayudará a reducir la cantidad de estudiantes que deben ponerse en cuarentena si un estudiante de su clase se infecta. Esto también permite a los estudiantes hablar con otros miembros de su grupo durante las comidas. Se requerirá cubrirse la cara excepto en el momento en que los estudiantes estén comiendo específicamente.

    Todas las familias recibirán un correo electrónico a principios de la próxima semana con una descripción general completa de todas las prácticas de seguridad de COVID-19, incluidas las rutinas del almuerzo, el tiempo de juego, los visitantes y más.

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school. 

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. You should have heard from your child’s VA teacher at the end of July. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oakgrove.memberhub.com/store 

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. More information

     

    Move to Symptom Screening Reminders:

    Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • 4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    Visit www.wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for information about returning to school.

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear: https://oakgrove.memberhub.com/store 
    • August 17: 3rd Grade BOG (Track 4)
    • August 19: Virtual Curriculum Night (Tracks 1&2) 5:30-6:10/6:15-6:55
    • August 23-27: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 1
    • August 30-September 3: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 2
    • September 3: Quarter 1 Interim reports go home (Track 3 & 4)
    • September 6: Labor Day Holiday (No school)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/6/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/6/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thank you to our Track 4 families in Kindergarten for attending our Meet the Teacher event on Friday, August 6. We can’t wait to see our newest Otters all together on Monday! Our PTA is excited about a new year, and you can read all about the PTA in this Introduction Flyer.

     

    Face Covering Guidance Update:

    Face coverings required in all schools
    On August 3, the Wake County Board of Education voted to require all students and staff to wear face coverings while indoors at school. The requirement also applies to school buses and vendor transportation.

     

    OGES Addressing Student Exposure and Quarantine:

    As you know, we have recently seen an increase in COVID cases in the community. COVID has not left us, and it stands to reason that we will continue to see cases in the school. Oak Grove is following guidance from WCPSS as well as working collaboratively with other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools. We have developed this document (Guidance Document) to help families understand what happens if a case is reported to the school. Some area schools have had to report a cluster of cases. The guidance changes if a cluster is reported. Should that happen, you can expect updated communication and guidance from me, working with my area superintendent and WCPSS.

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, with or without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    If you have questions about COVID in the school, Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, is our COVID coordinator. Her email is lrhodes@wcpss.net.

     

    Track 4 Back to Campus Reminders:

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school. 

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school. 

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Chromebook Distribution (Tracks 4)

    If your Otter hasn’t already received a WCPSS Chromebook, they will be issued a device this week.  It's their responsibility to charge it every night and bring it back to school the next day. Please refrain from decorating cases or removing cases from the devices. We look forward to the continued use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Eligible Virtual Academy students should have received their Chromebook at item distribution on July 29.

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. You should have heard from your child’s VA teacher at the end of July. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Track 3 Summer Camp (August 2-6 and 9-13):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information earlier in July with our Track 3 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of this track-out in August.

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oakgrove.memberhub.com/store 

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. More information

     

    Move to Symptom Screening Reminders:

    Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • 4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    Visit www.wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for information about returning to school.

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    En español a continuación:

    ¡Hola, familia Oak Grove! Esperamos que esté pasando un fin de semana maravilloso. Gracias a nuestras familias de Track 4 en Kindergarten por asistir a nuestro evento Meet the Teacher el viernes 6 de agosto. ¡Estamos ansiosos por ver a nuestras nutrias más nuevas todas juntas el lunes! 

    Nuestra PTA está entusiasmada con el nuevo año y puede leer todo sobre la PTA en este folleto de introducción.

    Actualización de la guía de cobertura facial:

    Se requieren cubiertas faciales en todas las escuelas.

    El 3 de agosto, la Junta de Educación del Condado de Wake votó a favor de exigir que todos los estudiantes y el personal se cubran la cara cuando estén adentro de la escuela. El requisito también se aplica a los autobuses escolares y al transporte de proveedores.

    OGES aborda la exposición y la cuarentena de los estudiantes:

    Como saben, recientemente hemos visto un aumento en los casos de COVID en la comunidad. COVID no nos ha dejado, y es lógico que sigamos viendo casos en la escuela. Oak Grove sigue la orientación de WCPSS y trabaja en colaboración con otras escuelas de todo el año del área suroeste. Hemos desarrollado este documento (Documento de orientación) para ayudar a las familias a comprender qué sucede si se informa un caso a la escuela. Algunas escuelas de la zona han tenido que informar sobre una serie de casos. La guía cambia si se informa un clúster. Si eso sucediera, puede esperar comunicación y orientación actualizadas de mi parte, trabajando con el superintendente de mi área y WCPSS.

    Casos de COVID en la escuela:

    Ayúdenos a seguir manteniendo a nuestras nutrias a salvo controlando cuidadosamente cualquier síntoma en casa. Por favor, no envíe a su nutria a la escuela a menos que no presente síntomas.

    Si tenemos un caso presunto positivo en la escuela, el primer paso de la escuela es notificar a la enfermera / departamento de salud de COVID. Trabajamos con esa agencia para realizar el rastreo de contactos. Se notifica a las personas que se determina que han estado en contacto con el caso presunto positivo.

    Los CDC consideran a una persona expuesta al COVID-19 si estaba a menos de 6 pies de una persona infectada, con o sin cubrirse la cara, por un total acumulativo de 15 minutos o más durante un período de 24 horas a partir de 2 días antes del inicio de la enfermedad o, para las personas infectadas sin síntomas, 2 días antes de que se recolectara una muestra para someterla a la prueba de COVID-19.

    WCPSS ya no envía un correo electrónico a toda la escuela cuando hay un caso presunto positivo. En cambio, el Distrito Escolar actualizará el sitio web de WCPSS COVID Metrics diariamente para enumerar las escuelas donde alguien informó que tenía COVID-19 estaba en la escuela. La información para los empleados se comparte a través de WakeConnect.

    Todos los informes y notificaciones deben mantener la confidencialidad de acuerdo con FERPA, NCGS 130A-143 y todas las demás leyes estatales y federales.

    Si tiene preguntas sobre COVID en la escuela, la Sra. Rhodes, nuestra subdirectora, es nuestra coordinadora de COVID. Su correo electrónico es lrhodes@wcpss.net.

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/30/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/30/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thank you to our Track 4 families in Grades 1-5 for attending our Meet the Teacher event on Friday. We can’t wait to see our Track 4 families on Monday, August 2, for your first day of school! Track 3 families, please enjoy your Track-out!

     

    Track 4 Back to Campus Reminders:

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school.  

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, with or without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    If you have questions about COVID in the school, Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, is our COVID coordinator. Her email is lrhodes@wcpss.net.

     

    NCDHHS Guidance Update and Impact on WCPSS Health Measures:

    The new state health guidance released at the end of July is now being reviewed at the school district level. No decisions regarding changes to current guidance will be made prior to the August 3 Board meeting. An implementation date for any decisions made at the August 3 meeting will be announced on or before August 3. In the meantime, schools, students, and staff must follow existing WCPSS guidance and requirements, including wearing face coverings inside schools when students are scheduled to be in the building, and students’ quarantining if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

    Chromebook Distribution (Tracks 4)

    If your Otter hasn’t already received a WCPSS Chromebook, they will be issued a device this week.  It's their responsibility to charge it every night and bring it back to school the next day. Please refrain from decorating cases or removing cases from the devices. We look forward to the continued use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Eligible Virtual Academy students should have received their Chromebook at item distribution on July 29.

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. You should have heard from your child’s VA teacher at the end of July. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Track 3 Summer Camp (August 2-6 and 9-13):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information earlier in July with our Track 3 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of this track-out in August.

     

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    21-22 Remaining Meet the Teacher events:

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school. 

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oakgrove.memberhub.com/store 

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. More information

     

    Move to Symptom Screening Reminders:

    Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • 4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    Visit www.wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for information about returning to school.

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear: https://oakgrove.memberhub.com/store 
    • August 2: First Day of School, Track 4 and Virtual Academy students
    • August 2, 3, 4, 5: Kindergarten Initial Assessment Days (Track 4)
    • August 2-6: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 1
    • August 6: Kindergarten Letterland Parade (Track 1&2) 9:30-10:00
    • August 6: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (Track 4) 4:15-5:00
    • August 9-13: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 2
    • August 13: Quarter 1 Interim Reports go home (Track 1 & 2)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/23/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/23/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We continue to appreciate all the support from our families as we try to make Oak Grove the best place possible for our Otters.

     

    NCDHHS Guidance Update and Impact on WCPSS Health Measures:

    The new state health guidance released yesterday afternoon is now being reviewed at the school district level. No decisions regarding changes to current guidance will be made prior to the August 3 Board meeting. An implementation date for any decisions made at the August 3 meeting will be announced on or before August 3. In the meantime, schools, students, and staff must follow existing WCPSS guidance and requirements, including wearing face coverings inside schools when students are scheduled to be in the building, and students’ quarantining if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

     

     

    COVID cases at school:

    Please help us continue to keep our Otters safe by carefully monitoring any symptoms at home. Please do not send your Otter to school unless they are free of symptoms.

    If we have a presumptive positive case at school, the school’s first step is to notify the COVID nurse/health department. We work with that agency to conduct contact tracing. Individuals that are determined to have been in contact with the presumptive positive case are notified.

    CDC considers someone exposed to COVID-19 if they were within 6 feet of an infected person, with or without a face covering, for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset or, for infected people without symptoms, 2 days before they had a sample collected to submit for COVID-19 testing.

    WCPSS no longer sends out an email to the entire school when there is a presumptive positive case. Instead, the School District will update the WCPSS COVID Metrics website daily to list schools where someone reported to have COVID-19 was in the school. Information for employees is shared via WakeConnect.

    All reporting and notifications must maintain confidentiality in accordance with FERPANCGS 130A-143, and all other state and federal laws.

    If you have questions about COVID in the school, Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal, is our COVID coordinator. Her email is lrhodes@wcpss.net.

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

    Chromebook Distribution (Tracks 1, 2, and 3)

    You should have seen your student bringing their school issued device home every day.  It's their responsibility to charge it every night and bring it back to school the next day. Please refrain from decorating cases or removing cases from the devices. We look forward to the continued use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Eligible Virtual Academy students will receive their Chromebook at item distribution on July 29. Track 4 students can expect to have their distribution at the beginning of when they track back in August.

     

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. As a reminder, your student will be following a Track 4 schedule. You should have received communication from me on Friday, July 16, with updated VA information. You can find the Virtual Academy Item Distribution flyer here. You should also expect to hear from your child’s VA teacher later this month. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Virtual Academy Chromebook and/or Materials Pickup Information:

     

    Where?

    • Salem Elementary carpool lane

    Day?

    • July 29th

    Time?

    • 10:00-11:00 Last Names A-H
    • 11:00-12:00 Last Names I-Q
    • 1:00-2:00 Last Names R-Z

    What?

    • Chromebooks for Virtual Academy students who have not already been assigned one or have an HP Chromebook. Lenovo Chromebooks should not be returned.
    • Required Virtual Academy learning materials for various subjects

    Who?

    • Virtual Academy Students at Salem Elementary, Turner Creek Elementary, Olive Chapel Elementary, and Oak Grove Elementary (all grades)

     

    Note: Virtual Academy families will receive communication from their child's new teacher on July 28th. Material pickup will be on July 29th. On July 30th there will be an opportunity to "virtually" meet the teacher and new classmates in an online meeting.

     

     

    Track 4 Summer Camp (July 12-16 and 19-23)

    We wrapped up Track 4 Summer Camp on July 23. We do NOT have Summer Camp the week of July 26.

     

    Track 3 Summer Camp (August 2-6 and 9-13):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information this week with our Track 3 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of your track-out in August.

     

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    21-22 Remaining Meet the Teacher events:

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school. 

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. More information

     

    Move to Symptom Screening Reminders:

    Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • 4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    Visit www.wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for information about returning to school.

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • July 22: 3rd Grade BOG (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
    • July 29: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • July 30: Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th (Track 4 - 1:00)
    • August 2: First Day of School, Track 4 and Virtual Academy students
    • August 2-6: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 1
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/16/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/16/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We had a wonderful second week for Tracks 1, 2, and 3. We enjoyed our Kindergarten Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, July 14. Thursday, July 15, was an exciting day as we welcomed back all our Track 1, 2, and 3 Kindergarteners.

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Morning carpool begins at 8:45 and ends by 9:10. Please try to arrive on campus between 8:45-9:00. As a reminder, students need to be inside the building by 9:15 or they will be considered tardy.
    • Afternoon carpool begins at 3:40 and ends by 4:00. During the first few days of a track change, the carpool line may take a little longer than 4:00. If our families arrive on time and ready, we should be able to complete the carpool around 4:00.
    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

    Chromebook Distribution (Tracks 1, 2, and 3)

    This week we wrapped up Chromebook distribution for Tracks 1, 2, and 3.  You should start to see your student bringing their school issued device home every day.  It's their responsibility to charge it every night and bring it back to school the next day. Please refrain from decorating cases or removing cases from the devices. We look forward to the continued use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Eligible Virtual Academy students will receive their Chromebook at item distribution on July 29. Track 4 students can expect to have their distribution at the beginning of when they track back in August.

     

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. As a reminder, your student will be following a Track 4 schedule. You should have received communication from me on Friday, July 16, with updated VA information. You can find the Virtual Academy Item Distribution flyer here. You should also expect to hear from your child’s VA teacher later this month. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Track 4 Summer Camp (July 12-16 and 19-23)

    We kicked off Summer Camp on Monday, July 12, with Track 4 students that were notified by the school in the Spring. You should have received communication from Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) with your child’s report card. You also should have heard from your child’s Summer Camp teacher this week.

     

    Track 3 Summer Camp (August 2-6 and 9-13):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information this week with our Track 3 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of your track-out in August.

     

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    21-22 Remaining Meet the Teacher events:

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school.  

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. More information

     

    Move to Symptom Screening Reminders:

    Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • 4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    Visit www.wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for information about returning to school.

     

     

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Ms. Rhodes or me with any questions you may have. We are happy to help.

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • July 19-23: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 2
    • July 22: 3rd Grade BOG (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
    • July 29: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • July 30: Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th (Track 4 - 1:00)
    • August 2: First Day of School, Track 4 and Virtual Academy students
    • August 2-6: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 1
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