• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/13/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/13/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Our staff wanted to thank all the families that made us feel appreciated the past two weeks. Your kindness and generosity mean more than you know. We also want to thank the PTA for the treats this week: Ice Cream Monday and Luncheon Tuesday. We have the most supportive PTA, and we could not do all we do without you.

     

    If you’re looking for an idea for dinner this week, the PTA is sponsoring another “Eating Out” night on May 18 at the Burrito Shak from 4-9 PM.

     

    Tuesday, May 17, is Election Day, and Oak Grove Elementary serves as a polling place. We will not be able to have outdoor lunches on Tuesday to try to help keep our Otters separated from the voters.

     

    PTA Otter Auction and Raffle:

    The PTA is thrilled to report that the Otter Auction and Raffle were a HUGE success! We doubled our goal, raising more than $6,000!! Thank you to parents for donating to the baskets; teachers for donating their time; and all supporters who bid on items and purchased raffle tickets. We're excited to put these funds to good use next year!

    The Otter Auction and Raffle closed on Friday, May 13. If your family received either an Auction or Raffle prize, someone will be in touch with you soon. The staff has the list of raffle winners, and they will be scheduling lunch with your Otter in the coming weeks before the end of the school year.

     

    Kindergarten Update:

    Welcome New Otters! Thank you to those families that were able to attend Kindergarten Orientation. If you missed it, Ms. Dahlhoff sent out Track assignments and the Orientation slide presentation on Friday, May 13. Please reach out to Ms. Dahlhoff by email with any questions. She will get back with you soon.

     

    Upcoming Family Engagement Opportunities:

    Wake County Family Academy offers learning opportunities for families via their Facebook page. Our Family Engagement SIP Committee found some upcoming courses that may benefit your family. They are:

     

    How to Support Academic Growth over School Breaks 

    Day/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 5:30pm-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live 

    Language: English 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

     

    End of Grade Testing (3rd-5th Grade Students)

    We have finalized the dates for the End of Grade Testing for our 3rd-5th grade students. Please see this flyer for the dates of each test by track and grade level:

    End of Grade Testing Schedule

    In preparation for End of Grade testing, teachers are requesting that all 3rd-5th grade students leave their school issued chrome book and charger at school the nights before a scheduled test to ensure that all devices are fully charged for testing the next day. Please be sure to send your child's chrome book and charger to school each day within the testing window for your corresponding track. All items will be returned to students when testing in complete.

     

    Fifth Grade Families, Save the Date for Moving Up Ceremonies:

    We will be celebrating our 5th graders during Moving Up Ceremonies again this year. Please save the following dates by track:

    Track 1 Moving Up Ceremony: June 2, 10:00 AM

    Track 2, 3, 4 Moving Up Ceremony: June 27, 10:00 AM

    More information can be found here: Moving Up Flyer.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist (Update): 

    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!  

    All items purchased on the site using our code, OGES, counts towards our 20%.

    https://bit.ly/3KMKxhY

     

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    Important Information about Remediation and Re-administration of EOG:

    This school year, WCPSS is conducting district wide End of Grade (EOG) retesting for students in grades 3-5.  What was formerly the last two days of school will now be used for remediation and retesting for students that qualify in grades 3-5.  These remediation days will no longer be regular school days for the 21-22 school year.

     

    Therefore, the following dates are the NEW dates for the last day of school for ALL students:

     

    Track 1 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

    Tracks 2, 3, 4 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Monday, June 27th, 2022

     

    Only students in grades 3-5 who qualify for retesting AND choose to participate will be attending school on June 3rd and 6th for Track 1 and June 28th and 29th for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. You will be contacted by the school directly if you are eligible for retesting AND if you have opted in to test. If you have NOT been contacted about your child being eligible for a retest, your child should not be on campus on the re-administration days. If your family has a unique situation on these newly repurposed school days, such that this adjustment creates a situation where you need support, please contact our school counselors, Ms. Michot or Ms. Schira. The Opt-in form is no longer active. If you missed completing the form, please reach out to the school.  

     

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • May 14: PTA School Beautification Saturday (10:00 AM)
    • May 18: Burrito Shak Eating Out Night (4-9 PM) Flyer Link: https://bit.ly/3K5aJ6v
    • May 20: Q4 Interim Reports go home (Tracks 3 & 4)
    • May 23: Track 1, 5th Grade Science EOG
    • May 24: Track 1, 3rd Grade Reading EOG, 4th Grade Reading EOG, 5th Grade Math EOG
    • May 25: Track 1, 3rd Grade Math EOG, 4th Grade Math EOG
    • May 26: Track 1, 5th Grade Reading EOG
    • May 30: No School, Memorial Day Holiday
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/6/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/6/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! We want to join you in celebrating Mother’s Day and honoring all the special women in the lives of our Otter Family! Thank you for all you do!

    Please note the track change this week:

    • On Monday, May 9, we will see Track 1, 2, and 4 students back at school.
    • On Tuesday, May 10, Track 2 will track out until Tuesday, June 7.
    • Track 3 will return to school this week on Wednesday, May 11.

    Monday, May 9, continues Oak Grove Teacher Appreciation Week. Please see the message below from the PTA on ways that we are going to celebrate our amazing staff!

     

    Teacher Appreciation Week (May 9 – May 13):

    This week continues Teacher Appreciation Week!  We are excited to thank ALL of the Oak Grove staff and teachers for the hard work and dedication they show our children each day!

     

    Tracks 3 and 4 will celebrate Wednesday, May 11th-Friday, May 13th. 

     

    Each day there will be a special way to say, "thanks for all you do". The days are: 

     

    Wednesday:  Write a note or draw a picture to show your teacher/s how much you appreciate them.  (Don't forget our awesome Specialists, Instructional Assistants, and any other teacher who may work with your child!) 

     

    Thursday: Bring in your teacher's favorite SWEET or SALTY snack! 

     

    Friday: Bring in a token of appreciation such as a small gift card, flowers, a book, etc.

     

    In addition to these days, the PTA will host a special ice cream bar and a catered lunch for all teachers and staff on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th.  

     

    We can't wait to CELEBRATE our WONDERFUL TEACHERS! 

     

    PTA Otter Auction and Raffle:

    The Otter Auction

    The Otter Auction is here! Visit this link to preview the class baskets, teacher auctions, and local business donations. The auction began live on Tuesday, May 3rd and will accept bids until Friday, May 13. Many items also have "Buy it now!" options! Be sure to check it out!

    The Otter Raffle

    While our auction has gone virtual this year, we wanted to keep the teacher raffle in person! Many of our otterly awesome teachers are going to auction lunch with a student. Every child will be given one entry into their current teacher’s raffle (or another teacher if their teacher is not participating). If you wish to purchase additional entries to increase your odds of winning or to enter another teacher’s raffle (administration, specialist, or a former teacher/IA), your child will be able to purchase additional tickets for $1 each during arrival on the following dates:

    Tracks 3 & 4: May 12th and 13th

     

    Your Plans for 2022-2023 School Year:

    If your child is currently a K-4 student and you do not plan to return to Oak Grove next year, please email our Data Manager, Ms. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net to let her know what school they will attend. 

     

    Kindergarten Orientation for 22-23 School Year Kinders:

    Welcome New Otters! We are so excited to meet you as your child begins their educational journey.  We will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, May 12th, 5:30pm.  We will begin together in the multipurpose room, with a presentation at 5:30pm.  We will conclude our evening with a mini tour so you can see where your child will be learning.  We look forward to meeting you soon. - The Kindergarten Team

     

    PTA Meeting, Thursday, May 12 at 4:15:

    The OGES PTA will meet on Thursday, May 12th at 4:15 in the Media Center at school. There will also be a virtual option.

    Please join us, your voice matters!

    The agenda will include both the current school year and next year.

    We will vote on next year's PTA Board and budget.

     

    Upcoming Family Engagement Opportunities:

    Wake County Family Academy offers learning opportunities for families via their Facebook page. Our Family Engagement SIP Committee found some upcoming courses that may benefit your family. They are:

     

    Preparing Your Child for the End of Grade (EOG) and End of Grade Course (EOC) Tests (3rd -8th) 

    Day/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 5:30pm-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live 

    Language: English 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

     

    Transitioning to Middle School 

    Day/Time: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 5:30pm-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live 

    Language: English 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

    How to Support Academic Growth over School Breaks 

    Day/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 5:30pm-6:30pm 

    Platform: Facebook Live 

    Language: English 

    Link: https://www.facebook.com/WCPSS-Family-Academy-277563949100964

     

    End of Grade Testing (3rd-5th Grade Students)

    We have finalized the dates for the End of Grade Testing for our 3rd-5th grade students. Please see this flyer for the dates of each test by track and grade level:

    End of Grade Testing Schedule

    In preparation for End of Grade testing, teachers are requesting that all 3rd-5th grade students leave their school issued chrome book and charger at school the nights before a scheduled test to ensure that all devices are fully charged for testing the next day. Please be sure to send your child's chrome book and charger to school each day within the testing window for your corresponding track. All items will be returned to students when testing in complete.

     

    Fifth Grade Families, Save the Date for Moving Up Ceremonies:

    We will be celebrating our 5th graders during Moving Up Ceremonies again this year. Please save the following dates by track:

    Track 1 Moving Up Ceremony: June 2, 10:00 AM

    Track 2, 3, 4 Moving Up Ceremony: June 27, 10:00 AM

    More information can be found here: Moving Up Flyer.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist (Update): 

    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!  

    All items purchased on the site using our code, OGES, counts towards our 20%.

    https://bit.ly/3KMKxhY

     

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    Important Information about Remediation and Re-administration of EOG:

    This school year, WCPSS is conducting district wide End of Grade (EOG) retesting for students in grades 3-5.  What was formerly the last two days of school will now be used for remediation and retesting for students that qualify in grades 3-5.  These remediation days will no longer be regular school days for the 21-22 school year.

     

    Therefore, the following dates are the NEW dates for the last day of school for ALL students:

     

    Track 1 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

    Tracks 2, 3, 4 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Monday, June 27th, 2022

     

    Only students in grades 3-5 who qualify for retesting AND choose to participate will be attending school on June 3rd and 6th for Track 1 and June 28th and 29th for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. You will be contacted by the school directly if you are eligible for retesting AND if you have opted in to test. If you have NOT been contacted about your child being eligible for a retest, your child should not be on campus on the re-administration days. If your family has a unique situation on these newly repurposed school days, such that this adjustment creates a situation where you need support, please contact our school counselors, Ms. Michot or Ms. Schira. The Opt-in form is no longer active. If you missed completing the form, please reach out to the school.  

     

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

    Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

     

    The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

     

    The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

     

    We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • May 2: No School (All Tracks Teacher Workday)
    • May 10: Track-out Day (Track 2)
    • May 11: Track-in Day (Track 3)
    • May 12: PTA Meeting (4:15 in the Media Center)
    • May 12: Kindergarten Orientation (5:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room)
    • May 14: PTA School Beautification Saturday (10:00 AM)

    May 18: Burrito Shak Eating Out Night (4-9 PM) Flyer Link: https://bit.ly/3K5aJ6v

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/29/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 4/29/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! We’re sorry that the potential for inclement weather necessitated the change in date for Beautification Saturday. We hope to see everyone at the new date: May 14.

    Please remember: Monday, May 2, is a county-wide teacher workday. Students will not be in school on May 2. OnTuesday, May 3, we will see Track 1, 2, and 4 students back at school. Wednesday, May 4, kicks off Oak Grove Teacher Appreciation Week. Please see the message below from the PTA on ways that we are going to celebrate our amazing staff!

     

    Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4 – May 13):

    This week kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week!  We are excited to thank ALL of the Oak Grove staff and teachers for the hard work and dedication they show our children each day!

     

    This year Tracks 1 and 2 will celebrate their teachers Wednesday, May 4th-Friday, May 6th.  

    Tracks 3 and 4 will celebrate Wednesday, May 11th-Friday, May 13th. 

     

    Each day there will be a special way to say "thanks for all you do".  The days are: 

     

    Wednesday:  Write a note or draw a picture to show your teacher/s how much you appreciate them.  (Don't forget our awesome Specialists, Instructional Assistants, and any other teacher who may work with your child!) 

     

    Thursday: Bring in your teacher's favorite SWEET or SALTY snack! 

     

    Friday: Bring in a token of appreciation such as a small gift card, flowers, a book, etc.

     

    In addition to these days, the PTA will host a special ice cream bar and a catered lunch for all teachers and staff on Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th.  

     

    We can't wait to CELEBRATE our WONDERFUL TEACHERS! 

     

    PTA Otter Auction and Raffle:

    The Otter Auction

    The Otter Auction is here! Visit this link to preview the class baskets, teacher auctions, and local business donations. The auction will be live Tuesday, May 3rd and will accept bids until Friday, May 13. Many items also have "Buy it now!" options! Be sure to check it out!

    The Otter Raffle

    While our auction has gone virtual this year, we wanted to keep the teacher raffle in person! Many of our otterly awesome teachers are going to auction lunch with a student. Every child will be given one entry into their current teacher’s raffle (or another teacher if their teacher is not participating). If you wish to purchase additional entries to increase your odds of winning or to enter another teacher’s raffle (administration, specialist, or a former teacher/IA), your child will be able to purchase additional tickets for $1 each during arrival on the following dates:

    Tracks 1 & 2: May 5th and 6th

    Tracks 3 & 4: May 12th and 13th

     

    Your Plans for 2022-2023 School Year:

    If your child is currently a K-4 student and you do not plan to return to Oak Grove next year, please email our Data Manager, Ms. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net to let her know what school they will attend. 

     

    Kindergarten Orientation for 22-23 School Year Kinders:

    Welcome New Otters! We are so excited to meet you as your child begins their educational journey.  We will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, May 12th, 5:30pm.  We will begin together in the multipurpose room, with a presentation at 5:30pm.  We will conclude our evening with a mini tour so you can see where your child will be learning.  We look forward to meeting you soon. - The Kindergarten Team

     

    End of Grade Testing (3rd-5th Grade Students)

    We have finalized the dates for the End of Grade Testing for our 3rd-5th grade students. Please see this flyer for the dates of each test by track and grade level:

    End of Grade Testing Schedule

     

    Fifth Grade Families, Save the Date for Moving Up Ceremonies:

    We will be celebrating our 5th graders during Moving Up Ceremonies again this year. Please save the following dates by track:

    Track 1 Moving Up Ceremony: June 2, 10:00 AM

    Track 2, 3, 4 Moving Up Ceremony: June 27, 10:00 AM

    More information can be found here: Moving Up Flyer.

     

    Panorama Family Engagement Survey:

    Please take a few minutes to complete this year's family engagement survey between April 4th and May 6th. The survey will ask parents/guardians questions about the quality of the school environment, how well your child’s school communicates with families, whether your school actively encourages family involvement, and similar topics.

    The data gathered in this survey will help schools make improvements in all of these areas, so we strongly encourage you to participate. We will ask that a parent or guardian complete one survey for each WCPSS school that your children attend. Click here for more information.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist (Update): 

    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!  

    All items purchased on the site using our code, OGES, counts towards our 20%.

    https://bit.ly/3KMKxhY

     

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    Important Information about Remediation and Re-administration of EOG:

    This school year, WCPSS is conducting district wide End of Grade (EOG) retesting for students in grades 3-5.  What was formerly the last two days of school will now be used for remediation and retesting for students that qualify in grades 3-5.  These remediation days will no longer be regular school days for the 21-22 school year.

     

    Therefore, the following dates are the NEW dates for the last day of school for ALL students:

     

    Track 1 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

    Tracks 2, 3, 4 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Monday, June 27th, 2022

     

    Only students in grades 3-5 who qualify for retesting AND choose to participate will be attending school on June 3rd and 6th for Track 1 and June 28th and 29th for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. You will be contacted by the school directly if you are eligible for retesting AND if you have opted in to test. If you have NOT been contacted about your child being eligible for a retest, your child should not be on campus on the re-administration days. If your family has a unique situation on these newly repurposed school days, such that this adjustment creates a situation where you need support, please contact our school counselors, Ms. Michot or Ms. Schira. The Opt-in form is no longer active. If you missed completing the form, please reach out to the school.  

     

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

    Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

     

    The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

     

    The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

     

    We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • May 2: No School (All Tracks Teacher Workday)
    • May 10: Track-out Day (Track 2)
    • May 11: Track-in Day (Track 3)
    • May 12: PTA Meeting (4:15 in the Media Center)
    • May 12: Kindergarten Orientation (5:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room)
    • May 14: PTA School Beautification Saturday (10:00 AM)
    • May 18: Burrito Shak Eating Out Night (4-9 PM) Flyer Link: https://bit.ly/3K5aJ6v
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/22/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 4/22/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Track 4 families should have received Q3 report cards on Friday, April 22. Please reach out to your teacher with any questions.

    Ooops…last week I reminded Track 3 families that they will track in on a Thursday in May. That was incorrect. The correct day is WEDNESDAY, May 11. Sorry for the confusion!

    Next Monday, May 2, is a county-wide teacher workday. Students will not be in school on May 2.

     

    Your Plans for 2022-2023 School Year:

    If your child is currently a K-4 student and you do not plan to return to Oak Grove next year, please email our Data Manager, Ms. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net to let her know what school they will attend. 

     

    Kindergarten Orientation for 22-23 School Year Kinders:

    Welcome New Otters! We are so excited to meet you as your child begins their educational journey.  We will be hosting Kindergarten Orientation on Thursday, May 12th, 5:30pm.  We will begin together in the multipurpose room, with a presentation at 5:30pm.  We will conclude our evening with a mini tour so you can see where your child will be learning.  We look forward to meeting you soon. - The Kindergarten Team

     

    Spring Beautification Day at Oak Grove:

    Hi Otter Families!

    On April 30th at 10am our PTA will work to spruce up our campus.

    The whole family is welcome! If you can help spreading mulch, weeding, or picking up trash please sign up here.

     

    Important Information about Remediation and Re-administration of EOG:

    This school year, WCPSS is conducting district wide End of Grade (EOG) retesting for students in grades 3-5.  What was formerly the last two days of school will now be used for remediation and retesting for students that qualify in grades 3-5.  These remediation days will no longer be regular school days for the 21-22 school year.

     

    Therefore, the following dates are the NEW dates for the last day of school for ALL students:

     

    Track 1 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

    Tracks 2, 3, 4 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Monday, June 27th, 2022

     

    Only students in grades 3-5 who qualify for retesting AND choose to participate will be attending school on June 3rd and 6th for Track 1 and June 28th and 29th for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. You will be contacted by the school directly if you are eligible for retesting AND if you have opted in to test. If you have NOT been contacted about your child being eligible for a retest, your child should not be on campus on the re-administration days. If your family has a unique situation on these newly repurposed school days, such that this adjustment creates a situation where you need support, please contact our school counselors, Ms. Michot or Ms. Schira. The Opt-in form is no longer active. If you missed completing the form, please reach out to the school.  

     

    Fifth Grade Families, Save the Date for Moving Up Ceremonies:

    We will be celebrating our 5th graders during Moving Up Ceremonies again this year. Please save the following dates by track:

    Track 1 Moving Up Ceremony: June 2

    Track 2, 3, 4 Moving Up Ceremony: June 27

    More information will be coming home soon.

     

    Panorama Family Engagement Survey:

    Please take a few minutes to complete this year's family engagement survey between April 4th and May 6th. The survey will ask parents/guardians questions about the quality of the school environment, how well your child’s school communicates with families, whether your school actively encourages family involvement, and similar topics.

    The data gathered in this survey will help schools make improvements in all of these areas, so we strongly encourage you to participate. We will ask that a parent or guardian complete one survey for each WCPSS school that your children attend. Click here for more information.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist (Update): 

    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!  

    All items purchased on the site using our code, OGES, counts towards our 20%.

    https://bit.ly/3KMKxhY

     

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

    Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

     

    The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

     

    The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

     

    We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • April 27-29: 5th Grade Field Trip to Camp Betsy Jeff Penn (Tracks 2 & 4)
    • April 29: Q4 Interim Reports go home (Track 1 & 2)
    • April 30: Spring Beautification/Landscape Day
    • May 2: No School (All Tracks Teacher Workday)
    • May 10: Track-out Day (Track 2)
    • May 11: Track-in Day (Track 3)
    • May 12: PTA Meeting (4:15 in the Media Center)
    • May 12: Kindergarten Orientation (5:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room)
    • May 18: Burrito Shak Eating Out Night (4-9 PM) Flyer Link: https://bit.ly/3K5aJ6v
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/15/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 4/15/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful long weekend with an extra day to enjoy time with your family! Also, for those who celebrate, Happy Easter!

    On Monday, April 18, we welcome Track 4 back for Quarter 4! We’re happy to have you back! As a reminder, Track 3 is out for 3 weeks until May 11. Please make note that your return is on a Thursday!

     

    Welcome to our New ESL Teacher, Ms. Laprise:

    We are so excited to welcome our new ESL teacher, Lindsay Laprise, to Oak Grove. Ms. Laprise comes to us with experience as an ESOL teacher in Connecticut. She recently relocated to Raleigh, and we are fortunate to add her to the amazing staff at the Grove.

     

    Important Information about Remediation and Re-administration of EOG:

    This school year, WCPSS is conducting district wide End of Grade (EOG) retesting for students in grades 3-5.  What was formerly the last two days of school will now be used for remediation and retesting for students that qualify in grades 3-5.  These remediation days will no longer be regular school days for the 21-22 school year.

     

    Therefore, the following dates are the NEW dates for the last day of school for ALL students:

     

    Track 1 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

    Tracks 2, 3, 4 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Monday, June 27th, 2022

     

    Only students in grades 3-5 who qualify for retesting AND choose to participate will be attending school on June 3rd and 6th for Track 1 and June 28th and 29th for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. You will be contacted by the school directly if you are eligible for retesting AND if you have opted in to test by clicking here. If you have NOT been contacted about your child being eligible for a retest, your child should not be on campus on the re-administration days. If your family has a unique situation on these newly repurposed school days, such that this adjustment creates a situation where you need support, please contact our school counselors, Ms. Michot or Ms. Schira. LINK TO OPT-IN FORM

     

    You can read the letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18u8Abjfrb3Z3WL_Wz-2mPQ5vgXQZqsknfhy_WTfygrI/edit?usp=sharing

     

    Fifth Grade Families, Save the Date for Moving Up Ceremonies:

    We will be celebrating our 5th graders during Moving Up Ceremonies again this year. Please save the following dates by track:

    Track 1 Moving Up Ceremony: June 2

    Track 2, 3, 4 Moving Up Ceremony: June 27

    More information will be coming home soon.

     

    Panorama Family Engagement Survey:

    Please take a few minutes to complete this year's family engagement survey between April 4th and May 6th. The survey will ask parents/guardians questions about the quality of the school environment, how well your child’s school communicates with families, whether your school actively encourages family involvement, and similar topics.

    The data gathered in this survey will help schools make improvements in all of these areas, so we strongly encourage you to participate. We will ask that a parent or guardian complete one survey for each WCPSS school that your children attend. Click here for more information.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist (Update): 

    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!  

    All items purchased on the site using our code, OGES, counts towards our 20%.

    https://bit.ly/3KMKxhY

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

    Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

     

    The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

     

    The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

     

    We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • April 18: Track-in Day, Track 4
    • April 20: Data Manager Appreciation Day (Hooray Ms. Dahlhoff!!)
    • April 22: Q3 Report Cards (Track 4)
    • April 27-29: 5th Grade Field Trip to Camp Betsy Jeff Penn (Tracks 2 & 4)
    • April 30: Spring Beautification/Landscape Day
    • May 2: No School (All Tracks Teacher Workday)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/8/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 4/8/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    We another wonderful week at Oak Grove! Thank you to everyone that made it a special week for Ms. Tysor and Ms. Caflisch. Your words of encouragement and appreciation made the week special for these two amazing educators!

     

    *This Week’s News & Updates:

    Panorama Family Engagement Survey:

    Please take a few minutes to complete this year's family engagement survey between April 4th and May 6th. The survey will ask parents/guardians questions about the quality of the school environment, how well your child’s school communicates with families, whether your school actively encourages family involvement, and similar topics.

    The data gathered in this survey will help schools make improvements in all of these areas, so we strongly encourage you to participate. We will ask that a parent or guardian complete one survey for each WCPSS school that your children attend. Click here for more information.

     

    Important Information about Remediation and Re-administration of EOG:

    This school year, WCPSS is conducting district wide End of Grade (EOG) retesting for students in grades 3-5.  What was formerly the last two days of school will now be used for remediation and retesting for students that qualify in grades 3-5.  These remediation days will no longer be regular school days for the 21-22 school year.

     

    Therefore, the following dates are the NEW dates for the last day of school for ALL students:

     

    Track 1 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Thursday, June 2nd, 2022

    Tracks 2, 3, 4 Last Day of School for Regular Instruction for PreK-5: Monday, June 27th, 2022

     

    Only students in grades 3-5 who qualify for retesting AND choose to participate will be attending school on June 3rd and 6th for Track 1 and June 28th and 29th for Tracks 2, 3, & 4. You will be contacted by the school directly if you are eligible for retesting AND if you have opted in to test by clicking here. If you have NOT been contacted about your child being eligible for a retest, your child should not be on campus on the re-administration days. If your family has a unique situation on these newly repurposed school days, such that this adjustment creates a situation where you need support, please contact our school counselors, Ms. Michot or Ms. Schira. LINK TO OPT-IN FORM

     

    You can read the letter here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18u8Abjfrb3Z3WL_Wz-2mPQ5vgXQZqsknfhy_WTfygrI/edit?usp=sharing

    Fifth Grade Families, Save the Date for Moving Up Ceremonies:

    We will be celebrating our 5th graders during Moving Up Ceremonies again this year. Please save the following dates by track:

    Track 1 Moving Up Ceremony: June 2

    Track 2, 3, 4 Moving Up Ceremony: June 27

    More information will be coming home soon.

     

    PTA’s Final Book Fair Announcement:

    The book fair wrapped up last Thursday and what a fair it was!!!! We sold over $17,000 in books, posters, journals, and more! And most importantly, we were able to purchase a book for every student at Oak Grove that needed financial help as well as provide books to a number of classroom teachers, curriculum support specialists, AIG, the guidance counselor, our Pre-K classroom and the media center. All of this was made possible by the overwhelming generosity of so many of you as well as the support of our community business partners John Tudor State Farm Agent and Thomas C Steet, DDS. Thank you all so much!!!!!

     

    Last Week’s News & Updates:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

    Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

     

    The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

     

    The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

     

    We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    SSA Nomination Information:

    Dear Otter Families:

    The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/15896  

     

    Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett (kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net) no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the nomination window. 

    I will be facilitating a Google Meet SSA Information Session Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6pm and  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Thoughtfully,

    Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

    AIG Teacher, Oak Grove

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • April 12-14: 5th Grade Field Trip to Camp Betsy Jeff Penn (Tracks 1 & 3)
    • April 14: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • April 14: Q4 Material Pick-up Day (Virtual Academy Students Only)
    • April 15: No School, Holiday
    • April 18: Track-in Day, Track 4
    • April 20: Data Manager Appreciation Day (Hooray Ms. Dahlhoff!!)
    • April 30: Spring Beautification/Landscape Day
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/1/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 4/1/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    We had such an exciting week at Oak Grove last week! On Monday, March 28, we welcomed back Track 1. On Friday, April 1, Quarter 3 report cards were sent home with Track 1, 2, and 3 students. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.

     

    This week we celebrate two important educators in the Oak Grove family. First, on Monday, we honor Ms. Caflisch, our Media Specialist, on Media Coordinator Day. Then, the week (April 4-8) is also dedicated to celebrating our Assistant Principal, Ms. Tysor. If you have a moment, please take the time to reach out to these two amazing people. Our school is a better place because of Ms. Caflisch and Ms. Tysor!

     

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing begins April 8:

    Voluntary MAKO COVID testing will begin April 8 at Oak Grove. Participation in the program is voluntary. A parent or guardian must register any student under 18 years old in order to participate. To learn more about COVID-19 testing, visit www.MAKOstrongschoolsNC.com

    If you are interested in having your child participate in the pool testing, please find the registration link below. The weekly testing day for Oak Grove is Fridays at 2:45. Results from the pooled testing return 24-48 hours. If your child’s pool is positive, you will be contacted and scheduled to take an individual test.

    Registration for students: Oak Grove Elem COVID-19 Testing Registration

     

    The PTA DEI Committee Wants YOU!

    This year (2021-2022) the Oak Grove PTA created a committee focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) that began meeting in the fall. Comprised of parents, PTA leaders, and teachers, the committee began its work by adopting the following statement:

    At Oak Grove, we will advocate for our school family by creating systems that promote an inclusive community, embrace diversity, and prioritize equitable access to opportunity. We will intentionally work to counteract racial and socioeconomic inequities, and do so in a way that maintains the dignity of all.


    In the fall, the committee hosted a parent workshop on the topic of talking to kids about race, presented by Dr. MariaRosa Rangel, Director of Family and Community Engagement, and Stephanie Mitchell, Wake PTA DEI Co-Chair. We also talked about ways we can be more mindful of inclusion when planning programming and engaging in communications. 

     

    As we launch into Spring, we are excited to reconvene and continue our work! And we would love for more parents to get involved! 

    Meetings are held virtually at varying times, to help make attendance easy. We hope you will join us in our effort to make our school a place where everyone feels welcomed and loved. To get involved, you can contact the committee chair, Sarah Stoeckel, at sarah.e.stoeckel@gmail.com.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spring Fundraiser Coming Soon:

    Oak Grove's Spring Fundraiser is about a month away! We wanted to give the families a heads up on this event because it will look different than it has in previous years. It has two components:

     

    The Otter Raffle: This will be an in-person, cash only raffle to have lunch with your teacher. Every student will receive one ticket to be put in their current teacher's raffle. Students can buy additional raffle tickets to increase their odds or try for another teacher (specialist, administrator, former teacher). The raffle will be held outside under the breezeway during arrival time on May 5 & 6 for Tracks 1 & 2 and May 12 & 13 for Tracks 3 & 4. 

     

    The Otter Auction: In conjunction with the raffle, we will be holding an online auction, where we will raffle off class-made baskets, donations from local businesses, and other teacher experiences. The auction will be held exclusively online 5/3-5/13.

     

    We will share more information on this event as it gets closer! Thank you for your support of the PTA!

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    SSA Nomination Information:

    Dear Otter Families:

    The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/15896  

     

    Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett (kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net) no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the nomination window. 

    I will be facilitating a Google Meet SSA Information Session Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6pm and  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Thoughtfully,

    Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

    AIG Teacher, Oak Grove

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • April 4-8: Assistant Principal Appreciation Week (We love Ms. Tysor!)
    • April 4: Media Coordinator Day (We love Ms. Caflisch!)
    • April 7: Spring Picture Day (Track 1 & 2)
    • April 8: Mako Testing begins
    • April 14: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • April 15: No School, Holiday
    • April 18: Track-in Day, Track 4
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/25/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/25/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    We had such an exciting week at Oak Grove last week!

    On Thursday, March 24, our Otter Singers performed during the school day for the school during two assemblies and then later that evening during a family performance in the gym. We must thank Ms. Snider for all of her hard work and dedication. She is such a treasure to the Oak Grove community.

    The Scholastic Book Fair also kicked off last week. It will continue during the week of March 28. The Scholastic Book Fair flyer has all the important information. Thank you to Julie Steet and the amazing PTA volunteers for making the Book Fair happen this year.

    On Monday, March 21, our new Receptionist, Traci Cooper, officially started at Oak Grove. Please help us welcome Ms. Cooper to our school. We’re so excited to have her come to us with so much experience. She previously worked at Alston Ridge Elementary, another WCPSS Year-Round school, as their receptionist.

    On Friday, March 25, we said “Goodbye” to Track 4 as they tracked out for 3 weeks. On Monday, March 28, we welcome back Track 1. We can’t wait to see all our Track 1 Otters on Monday!

     

    Read to Achieve Parent Meeting for 3rd Grade:

    There will be a brief Read to Achieve Program informational meeting for all Track 1 third grade parents on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Topics for discussion include the legislation behind the Read to Achieve program, Good Cause Exemptions, and next steps for students. Please use the google meet link to join at 11:30 am or 4:15 pm. https://meet.google.com/snf-xuso-nfo

     

    Eating Out with The Otters to Support our PTA:

    Oak Grove Elementary PTA is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Cary on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at https://www.citybbq.com/order  or in the City BBQ app!

    Our fundraiser code is FundA (enter in the prom code box)

     

    Outdoor Lunch Update:

    Due to an insufficient number of volunteers, we've had to cancel our outdoor lunch schedule for the past 2 weeks. It's very important to us to provide this opportunity to our students, so we've come up with another plan. Classroom teachers have been informed that if they would like to have their class eat outside, they may do so, if they are scheduled to eat outside for that week and they have a parent volunteer that is willing to come in and monitor their class for outdoor eating.  Parent volunteers would only be responsible for watching their child's class. If you would like to monitor your own child's class for outdoor lunch, please reach out to your child's teacher for more information.  We hope this provides more opportunities for our students to enjoy the nice weather while eating their lunch. If you have additional questions, please reach out to Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    PTA Announces Spring Spirit Wear Sale:

    Our Spring Spirit store is open for business! We have new shirts and hats for sale through Friday, April 1st. This is your last opportunity to grab some Otter Gear this year! https://oakgrovespringspiritwear.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

     

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Track Change Requests:

    Please click here to read more about track change requests for the 2022-2023 school year. You do not need to do anything if you would like your child/children to stay on the same track for next year.

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

    WCPSS Message to all Families (March 3):

    Effective March 7, face coverings are recommended but not required in all settings and all school-related activities. These changes are being made following new guidance from state and local health officials. Current health protocols can be found online. Students and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already done so.

     

    SSA Nomination Information:

    Dear Otter Families:

    The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/15896  

     

    Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett (kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net) no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the nomination window. 

    I will be facilitating a Google Meet SSA Information Session Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6pm and  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Thoughtfully,

    Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

    AIG Teacher, Oak Grove

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • March 28: Track In Day (Track 1)
    • March 31: Eating Out Night with the PTA at City Barbeque
    • April 1: Report Cards go home (Tracks 1, 2 & 3)
    • April 15: No School, Holiday
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/18/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/18/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend!

    We have some exciting events at Oak Grove this week! Beginning on Monday, the Scholastic Book Fair kicks off. Please see the linked flyer for more information.

    On Thursday, March 24, our Otter Singers will perform during the school day for the school during two assemblies. That evening, at 6:30 PM, we will have a family performance in the gym. Also, the Scholastic Book Fair will be open that afternoon from 5:00-6:30 for families to explore the books together. We’re so excited to have an opportunity to open our doors to our Otter Community!

     

    The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to Oak Grove!

    If you are interested in volunteering at the book fair, please sign up here.  If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Tandy Kauffman at mgktdk@gmail.com.  We are accepting donations for our All for Books campaign.  We strive to provide a book to any child at Oak Grove that may not be able to afford one otherwise.  No donation is too small, and every penny will go towards providing books to children at our school.  If you are interesting in donating, please contact Julie Steet at  jeherbst@yahoo.com.

     

    Read to Achieve Parent Meeting for 3rd Grade:

    There will be a brief Read to Achieve Program informational meeting for all Track 2, 3, and 4 third grade parents on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Topics for discussion include the legislation behind the Read to Achieve program, Good Cause Exemptions, and next steps for students. Please use the google meet link to join at 11:30 am or 4:15 pm. https://meet.google.com/snf-xuso-nfo

     

    PTA Announces Spring Spirit Wear Sale:

    Our Spring Spirit store is open for business! We have new shirts and hats for sale through Friday, April 1st. This is your last opportunity to grab some Otter Gear this year! https://oakgrovespringspiritwear.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

     

    Eating Out with The Otters to Support our PTA:

    Oak Grove Elementary PTA is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Cary on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at https://www.citybbq.com/order  or in the City BBQ app!

    Our fundraiser code is FundA (enter in the prom code box)

     

    Return of Outdoor Lunch:

    Spring is in the air! We really want to provide outdoor eating for our Otters, but we need your help! In order to provide proper supervision, we will need parent volunteers to help monitor students both indoors and outdoors during lunch each day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.  We will be providing some guidelines for volunteer participation and cancelation, as well as some criteria for inclement weather days.

     

    SSA Nomination Information:

    Dear Otter Families:

    The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/15896  

     

    Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett (kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net) no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the nomination window. 

    I will be facilitating a Google Meet SSA Information Session Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6pm and  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Thoughtfully,

    Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

    AIG Teacher, Oak Grove

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Track Change Requests:

    Please click here to read more about track change requests for the 2022-2023 school year. You do not need to do anything if you would like your child/children to stay on the same track for next year.

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

    WCPSS Message to all Families (March 3):

    Effective March 7, face coverings are recommended but not required in all settings and all school-related activities. These changes are being made following new guidance from state and local health officials. Current health protocols can be found online. Students and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already done so.

     

    Message from Ms. Ormond:

    Our amazing ESL teacher, Ms. Ormond, recently had her last day at Oak Grove. She wanted to send the following message to the families and students that she served:

    It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my Oak Grove family. My parents’ health has declined recently and for the time being, I will be caring for them full-time. I will miss you all so much! Thank you for the privilege of working with your amazing children. I have learned a great deal about kindness and service in my eight years at Oak Grove. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Robyn Ormond - ESL Teacher

     

    We will miss her so much at Oak Grove! Ms. Tysor and I have been able to recommend a candidate to fill the ESL position. As soon as we have approval from Human Resources, we will share more information.

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • March 21-31: Scholastic Book Fair
    • March 24: Evening at the Scholastic Book Fair, 5:00-6:30
    • March 24: Otter Singers Performance, 6:30 PM
    • March 25: Track Out Day (Track 4)
    • March 25: Quarter 3 ends for Tracks 2, 3 &4
    • March 28: Track In Day (Track 1)
    • April 1: Report Cards go home (Tracks 1, 2 & 3)
    • April 15: No School, Holiday

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/11/2022

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/11/2022 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday, March 13. Set those clocks ahead one hour!

     

    On Monday, March 7, our School Family experienced another transition with the COVID pandemic. Masks became recommended but not required for indoor use at our school. We appreciate all the kindness our students and families have shown through this transition. We have seen nothing but respect toward all of our Otters no matter the decision.

     

    WCPSS Message to all Families (March 3):

    Effective March 7, face coverings are recommended but not required in all settings and all school-related activities. These changes are being made following new guidance from state and local health officials. Current health protocols can be found online. Students and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated if they have not already done so.

     

    Message from Ms. Ormond:

    Our amazing ESL teacher, Ms. Ormond, recently had her last day at Oak Grove. She wanted to send the following message to the families and students that she served:

    It is with great sadness that I say goodbye to my Oak Grove family. My parents’ health has declined recently and for the time being, I will be caring for them full-time. I will miss you all so much! Thank you for the privilege of working with your amazing children. I have learned a great deal about kindness and service in my eight years at Oak Grove. 

     

    Sincerely,

    Robyn Ormond - ESL Teacher

     

    We will miss her so much at Oak Grove! Ms. Tysor and I have been able to recommend a candidate to fill the ESL position. As soon as we have approval from Human Resources, we will share more information.

     

    Eating Out with The Otters to Support our PTA:

    Oak Grove Elementary PTA is having a fundraiser at City Barbeque Cary on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Order online or head on over to show your support and enjoy some BBQ—we’ll get 20% of sales from everyone who shares this post or uses our fundraiser code when they order at https://www.citybbq.com/order  or in the City BBQ app!

    Our fundraiser code is FundA (enter in the prom code box)

     

    The Scholastic Book Fair is coming back to Oak Grove!

    If you are interested in volunteering at the book fair, please sign up here.  If you have any questions regarding volunteering, please contact Tandy Kauffman at mgktdk@gmail.com.  We are accepting donations for our All for Books campaign.  We strive to provide a book to any child at Oak Grove that may not be able to afford one otherwise.  No donation is too small, and every penny will go towards providing books to children at our school.  If you are interesting in donating, please contact Julie Steet at  jeherbst@yahoo.com.

     

    Return of Outdoor Lunch:

    Spring is in the air! We are excited to bring back our Outdoor Lunch schedule the week of March 14th! In order to provide proper supervision, we will need parent volunteers to help monitor students both indoors and outdoors during lunch each day.  If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up here.  We will be providing some guidelines for volunteer participation and cancelation, as well as some criteria for inclement weather days.

     

    SSA Nomination Information:

    Dear Otter Families:

    The nomination window for Single Subject Acceleration (SSA) testing listed on Ms. Jarrett's webpage: https://www.wcpss.net/Page/15896  

     

    Otter Families must submit the electronic or paper nomination form to Mrs. Karen Jarrett (kjordan-jarrett@wcpss.net) no later than 5 p.m. on the last day of the nomination window. 

    I will be facilitating a Google Meet SSA Information Session Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at 6pm and  Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 8 a.m.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

     

    Thoughtfully,

    Karen Jordan-Jarrett, M.Ed., NBCT

    AIG Teacher, Oak Grove

     

    Kids Heart Challenge returning to Oak Grove:

    Hello families, I just wanted to give you all a heads up:  students will be participating in the Kids Heart Challenge (Formerly Jump Rope for Heart) this year.  Tracks 2 and 3 will start on March 14th.  Be on the lookout for more information to come home in March.  Thank you, Mrs. Sammons

     

    Updates to the When to Return Page:

    WCPSS health guidance follows requirements from the NC Department of Health and Human Services and recommendations from Wake County Public Health. This week, there were updates made to the When to Return page. Please continue to monitor your child’s health closely. You can see the updates here: www.wcpss.net/whentoreturn

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity (Spring Addition):

    Over The Moon Play Space is offering play-based STEM and Art track out and summer camps, with fun themes each week. They are going to donate 10% of all camp revenue booked with code OGES between now and the end of Spring to the Oak Grove PTA!  Go to https://www.overthemoonplay.com/camps to learn about the camps and book a spot before they fill up!

     

    Track Change Requests:

    Please click here to read more about track change requests for the 2022-2023 school year. You do not need to do anything if you would like your child/children to stay on the same track for next year.

     

    Previous Splash Announcements

     

    Chromebook UPDATE from Technology Services:

    Technology Services has seen an increase in security issues due to WCPSS devices not being restarted regularly. Restarting a device allows updates for new security and productivity features. Students and staff should restart their WCPSS devices once per week. Consider setting a specific day for this, such as a Restart Wednesday or Restart Friday. (Important: Closing the lid only locks the device and does not shut it down.) Restarting also can resolve many other common issues impacting student devices. Always restart a WCPSS device before contacting the Help Desk.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • March 14: Kids Heart Challenge Kick-off (Tracks 2 & 3)
    • March 14-16: Track 1 Camp (Week 6, ends 3/16/22)
    • March 21-31: Scholastic Book Fair
    • March 25: Track Out Day (Track 4)
    • March 25: Quarter 3 ends for Tracks 2, 3 &4
    • March 28: Track In Day (Track 1)
    • April 1: Report Cards go home (Tracks 1, 2 & 3)
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