• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 12/3/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 12/3/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! On Friday, Track 1 had their last day of Quarter 2. On Monday, we will see Tracks 2, 3, and 4! We have 2 and ½ weeks until the end of Quarter 2 for these tracks on Wednesday, December 22.

    This week, the PTA has two planned events. On Tuesday, December 7, the PTA will have a general meeting beginning at 6:30. They will send out the meeting link that day. On Wednesday, the PTA is sponsoring an “eating out” Spirit Night at The Burrito Shack. You can find more information about that event here: https://bit.ly/30EE0UX

     

    Upcoming School Visits:

    Some of our partner middle schools have begun to share opportunities for our families to visit the school. Here are the schools that have contacted us so far:

    1. NEW: Reedy Creek Middle School: Reedy Creek Magnet Middle School Center for the Digital Sciences is an award-winning magnet school option located in Cary. As one of the Top 20 magnet schools in the nation, we offer a Digital Sciences education through which students learn and practice computational thinking and coding in all subject areas. Our unique magnet electives (Robotics and Mechatronics, Bits & Bytes, Emerging Technologies), theme-related clubs (Programming, Girls Who Code, FTC Robotics), and student-centered business partnerships (The Friday Institute, IBM, Deutsche Bank) have contributed to our being designated as a 2020 Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence and a Certified Demonstration School. Past honors include being named the 2019 MSA Top New & Emerging School in the Nation. Locally, Reedy Creek was honored as the 2019 STEM RTP Stem School of the Year and winner of the Cary Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneurial Award in Education. Please join us for an in-person or virtual visit!We also invite you to visit our website and browse our School Spotlight and testimonials page. For more information about Reedy Creek, contact Christine Sachs at (919) 460-3504.
    2. NEW: Dillard Drive Middle School: Please look at one of WCPSS's newest magnet schools. Located in the center of Wake County, Dillard Drive Magnet Middle's theme is focused on global studies and world languages. Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School is now offering French and Spanish—with the option of earning up to 2 high school language credits—and integrating global themes within all classes. Teachers at Dillard Drive Magnet Middle School create dynamic opportunities that connect students to current events, global topics, and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Please reach out to Principal, Margaret Feldman, at mfeldman@wcpss.net or the school's magnet coordinator, Jessica Nelson, at jnelson1@wcpss.net.

    Video -https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=stmi_tUQg0I&feature=youtu.be

    Article - https://bit.ly/31mjk4f

    1. Lufkin Road Middle School: Lufkin Road Middle School will be hosting school tours for our prospective rising 6th grade students. These tours will take place every Tuesday beginning 11/23 through 1/25. Please direct families to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4FADAB2BA2F58-toursto sign up for a tour. Our Spring rising 6th grade open house will be March 29th at 6:30pm. Families will also have an opportunity to tour the school on that night. Additional rising 6th grade information will be posted on our Lufkin Student Services website. That website can be found here: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/11710 
    2. Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy: WYMLA has an excellent Early College program, and we would like all parents & students to have an opportunity to hear about us.  The Leadership Academies' application deadline is DEC 14th, so please forward this as soon as possible. 

    Thank you for supporting all 5th-grade students, especially 1st generation college students, with various options for Middle School.

    We will have in-person tours this year! CLICK HERE to sign up for a time.  

    This link is also on our website. https://www.wcpss.net/wakeyoungmen

     

    Otters Holding Hands Holiday Assistance

    As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to share opportunities for families to offer and receive support.  We are so thankful to the PTA for organizing this year's holiday assistance program.  If your family is in a time of need, please complete this brief form to request assistance.  If you are able to give, please sign up here for the type of gift card you plan to donate.  The deadline to deliver gift cards to school is December 10th.  Thank you all for your support!  

     

    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!

    UPDATE: The last day to order for delivery is 12/8. 

    The last day to order for pick up is 12/15.

    You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity:

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

     

    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.

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • December 6-10: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 3
    • December 7-8 IOWA testing for Tracks 3 & 4
    • December 7: PTA General Meeting 6:30 PM
    • December 8: Spirit Night, Burrito Shak beginning at 4:00 PM
    • December 9: Fall Picture Make-up (Track 2 & 4)
    • December 13-17: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 4
    • December 22: Quarter 2 ends (Track 2, 3, 4)
    • December 22-January 2: Winter Break
    • January 3: First Day Quarter 3 (Track 1, 2, 3)
    • January 3-7: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 3
    • January 7: Quarter 2 Report Cards (Track 1, 2, 3)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 11/26/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 11/26/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful, long weekend! We hope all of our families had a happy and safe Thanksgiving Break (November 24-26). We will see Tracks 1, 3, and 4 back on Monday, November 29!

     

    Upcoming School Visits:

    Some of our partner middle schools have begun to share opportunities for our families to visit the school. Here are the schools that have contacted us so far:

    1. Lufkin Road Middle School: Lufkin Road Middle School will be hosting school tours for our prospective rising 6th grade students. These tours will take place every Tuesday beginning 11/23 through 1/25. Please direct families to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0C4FADAB2BA2F58-toursto sign up for a tour. Our Spring rising 6th grade open house will be March 29th at 6:30pm. Families will also have an opportunity to tour the school on that night. Additional rising 6th grade information will be posted on our Lufkin Student Services website. That website can be found here: https://www.wcpss.net/domain/11710 
    2. Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy: WYMLA has an excellent Early College program, and we would like all parents & students to have an opportunity to hear about us.  The Leadership Academies' application deadline is DEC 14th, so please forward this as soon as possible. 

    Thank you for supporting all 5th-grade students, especially 1st generation college students, with various options for Middle School.

    We will have in-person tours this year! CLICK HERE to sign up for a time.  

    This link is also on our website. https://www.wcpss.net/wakeyoungmen

     

    Instructional Assistant of the Year:

    Please join us in congratulating Ms. Carol Redus, our Instructional Assistant of the Year. Ms. Redus serves our students in the ECS I classroom. She has been selected by her peers and recognized for her hard work and dedication to our Oak Grove Otters. We just love Ms. Redus!

     

    Otters Holding Hands Holiday Assistance

    As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to share opportunities for families to offer and receive support.  We are so thankful to the PTA for organizing this year's holiday assistance program.  If your family is in a time of need, please complete this brief form to request assistance.  If you are able to give, please sign up here for the type of gift card you plan to donate.  The deadline to deliver gift cards to school is December 10th.  Thank you all for your support!  

     

    Spirit Night at The Burrito Shak:

    Let’s have Taco Tuesday on a WEDNESDAY!! On Wednesday, December 8, the PTA has partnered with the Burrito Shak for an “eating out” night. If you purchase food that evening, a portion of the proceeds will come back to our PTA fund to support our school and teachers. Please see the flyer here: https://bit.ly/30EE0UX

     

    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!

    UPDATE: The last day to order for delivery is 12/8. 

    The last day to order for pick up is 12/15.

    You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity:

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

     

    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.

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • December 3: Quarter 2 Interim reports go home (Track 3 & 4)
    • December 3: Quarter 2 ends (Track 1)
    • December 6-10: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 3
    • December 7-8 IOWA testing for Tracks 3 & 4
    • December 7: PTA General Meeting 6:30 PM
    • December 8: Spirit Night, Burrito Shak beginning at 4:00 PM
    • December 9: Fall Picture Make-up (Track 2 & 4)
    • December 13-17: Track 1 Summer Camp Week 4
    • December 22: Quarter 2 ends (Track 2, 3, 4)
    • December 22-January 2: Winter Break
    • January 3: First Day Quarter 3 (Track 1, 2, 3)
    • January 3-7: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 3
    • January 7: Quarter 2 Report Cards (Track 1, 2, 3)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 11/19/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 11/19/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! We are looking forward to teaching and learning on Monday and Tuesday, November 22 and 23. Then, we wish all of our families a happy and safe Thanksgiving Break (November 24-26). We will see Tracks 1, 3, and 4 back on Monday, November 29!

     

    Otters Holding Hands Holiday Assistance

    As the holiday season approaches, we wanted to share opportunities for families to offer and receive support.  We are so thankful to the PTA for organizing this year's holiday assistance program.  If your family is in a time of need, please complete this brief form to request assistance.  If you are able to give, please sign up here for the type of gift card you plan to donate.  The deadline to deliver gift cards to school is December 10th.  Thank you all for your support!  

     

    Spirit Night at The Burrito Shak:

    Let’s have Taco Tuesday on a WEDNESDAY!! On Wednesday, December 8, the PTA has partnered with the Burrito Shak for an “eating out” night. If you purchase food that evening, a portion of the proceeds will come back to our PTA fund to support our school and teachers. Please see the flyer here: https://bit.ly/30EE0UX

     

    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!

    UPDATE: The last day to order for delivery is 12/8. 

    The last day to order for pick up is 12/15.

    You can find the information here: https://bit.ly/3BjWXc7

     

    PTA Partners to Provide Track-out Opportunity:

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • November 22-23: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 4
    • November 24-26: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
    • December 3: Quarter 2 Interim reports go home (Track 3 & 4)
    • December 3: Quarter 2 ends (Track 1)
    • December 7: PTA General Meeting 6:30 PM
    • December 8: Spirit Night, Burrito Shak beginning at 4:00 PM
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 11/12/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 11/12/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! As you know, Thursday, November 11, was Veterans Day. Veteran’s Day is very special to me and my family.  My father served in the US Army, and my brother-in-law recently retired from the US Army after 30 years of service. My sister has been a military wife for the entire 27 years of her marriage, and her service is an important contribution to our country.

    I have a few words to share in honor of Veterans Day:

    Service before self: three words that define each person who has worn the uniform of our great nation.  Every Veteran has sacrificed, and we would like to thank you for that solemn commitment. To the families of those who have served, we recognize your sacrifice is great and your contribution to the service is unmatched.  We thank you, as well, for the families of all those who serve.

     

    We hope that you and your families enjoyed a nice long weekend. Please know that our staff also spent these days resting, reflecting, and relaxing after Wednesday, November 10. They will be happy to get back to work and check their emails starting Monday, November 15th.

     

    Wednesday, November 10, was Track-out Day for Track 2. Track 3 will return on Tuesday, November 16. Monday, November 15, is a school day for Track 1 and 4 students only.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spirit Wear:

    We are excited to announce our new Spirit Store! It will operate a bit differently than our old store. You can shop for spirit items online from Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th. At the conclusion of the shopping window, all items will be printed and shipped to the school for distribution. We are offering a variety of products and colors for students and adults! All proceeds from our spirit sales benefit the PTA. You can find the store here: https://oakgrovespiritwearfall2021.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

     

    PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Update:

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Oak Grove PTA invites all parents to join us for a one-hour virtual workshop, “How to Talk to Your Child About Race”, on Monday, November 15, at 7pm. Dr. MariaRosa Rangel and Stephanie Mitchell will be speaking to us about the benefits of talking to our children about race, and how you can have those conversations in effective and age-appropriate ways. This workshop has been presented at other Wake County elementary schools and received outstanding feedback, so we are really looking forward to learning about this topic together! To register, visit: https://bit.ly/3mBGyLp

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist:

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • November 15: No School, Day of Reflection (Track 3)
    • November 15-19: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 3
    • November 16: Track-In Day, Track 3
    • November 17: Make-up Picture Day, Fall Pictures (Track 1 & 3)
    • November 22-23: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 4
    • November 24-26: No School, Thanksgiving Holiday
    • December 3: Quarter 2 Interim reports go home (Track 3 & 4)
    • December 3: Quarter 2 ends (Track 1)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 11/5/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 11/5/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! As a reminder, everyone should set their clocks back on Sunday, November 7.

     

    Track 1 & 2 Families should have received Quarter 2 Interim Reports on Friday, November 5. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.

     

    As you know, this is a short week for us all - there is no school for students on Thursday, November 11, or Friday, November 12. We hope that you and your families enjoy a nice long weekend. Please know that our staff will also be spending these days resting, reflecting, and relaxing after Wednesday, November 10. They will be happy to get back to work and check their emails starting Monday, November 15th.

     

    Wednesday, November 10, is Track-out Day for Track 2. Track 3 will return on Tuesday, November 16. Monday, November 15, is a school day for Track 1 and 4 students only.

     

    This week, our staff elected our Teacher of the Year for 21-22 school year. Congratulations to Ms. Brittany Embler, Kindergarten teacher on Track 2. She describes teaching Kindergarten as a dream come true. We are so thankful for Ms. Embler and her impact on our entire school community!

     

    Apex Leadership Fundraiser Update:

    We’re raising funds for . . .  Reconnecting the Oak Grove Elementary Community, Technology Enhancements, Cultural Arts Programs, Teacher Appreciation, Continued Advocacy to OGE Families and so much more!

    At the deadline for donations, Ms. Grabowski’s class won the “biggest jump challenge”. Ms. Swanson’s class won the “top pledging challenge”.  Ms. Grabowski’s and Ms. Swanson’s classes got to mummify Ms. Bias and Ms. Tysor. Thank you to the support from our Oak Grove families. So far, we have raised around $35,000 for our school.

     

    Oak Grove PTA Spirit Wear:

    We are excited to announce our new Spirit Store! It will operate a bit differently than our old store. You can shop for spirit items online from Monday, November 8th through Friday, November 19th. At the conclusion of the shopping window, all items will be printed and shipped to the school for distribution. We are offering a variety of products and colors for students and adults! All proceeds from our spirit sales benefit the PTA. You can find the store here: https://oakgrovespiritwearfall2021.itemorder.com/shop/sale/

     

    PTA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee Update:

    The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Oak Grove PTA invites all parents to join us for a one-hour virtual workshop, “How to Talk to Your Child About Race”, on Monday, November 15, at 7pm. Dr. MariaRosa Rangel and Stephanie Mitchell will be speaking to us about the benefits of talking to our children about race, and how you can have those conversations in effective and age-appropriate ways. This workshop has been presented at other Wake County elementary schools and received outstanding feedback, so we are really looking forward to learning about this topic together! To register, visit: https://bit.ly/3mBGyLp

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist:

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • November 9-10: IOWA testing for 3rd & 4th Grade (Tracks 1 & 2)
    • November 10: Track-out Day, Track 2
    • November 11: No School, Veteran’s Day Holiday
    • November 12: No School, Day of Reflection (Track 1, 2, & 4)
    • November 15: No School, Day of Reflection (Track 3)
    • November 15-19: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 3
    • November 16: Track-In Day, Track 3
    • November 17: Make-up Picture Day, Fall Pictures (Track 1 & 3)
    • November 22-23: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 4
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/29/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/29/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! If you and your Otter celebrate, I hope you had a fun and safe Halloween!

     

    Track 4 Families should have received Quarter 1 report cards on Friday, October 29. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.

     

    We want to thank all of you for your understanding with the transportation situation on Friday. We appreciate all our families working to ensure our dismissal was safe and efficient on Friday. During normal carpool, we run about 100 cars in less than 20 minutes. Friday, we had about 150 cars (many who had never gone through carpool before), and we completed dismissal in less than 30 minutes. Friday afternoon follows the motto we have adopted at Oak Grove this year “…together we can do so much.”

     

    Picture Day is Coming (Tracks 2 & 4):

    Picture Day for Tracks 2 & 4 is November 3. This includes our Virtual Academy Students. VA’s picture schedule time is 11:50-12:15 on November 3. You can go to strawbridge.net and enter code FM375089 if you are interested in ordering pictures.

     

    Apex Leadership Fundraiser (Tracks 1 & 4):

    The Apex FUN RUN fundraiser and leadership program began last week for Tracks 1 & 4! Read more here:

    Oak Grove As One Flyer

    Pledging is now open for our Apex Fun Run event fundraiser for Tracks 1 & 4! So far, our school has raised almost $51,000!

     

    We’re raising funds for . . .  Reconnecting the Oak Grove Elementary Community, Technology Enhancements, Cultural Arts Programs, Teacher Appreciation, Continued Advocacy to OGE Families and so much more!

     and WE NEED YOUR HELP:

     

    1. Getting Started: Log onto the MyApexEvent.com website using your student’s unique ACCESS CODE. Codes came home on Monday, October 25!

     

    1. Make a donation: Simply click the “Enter Pledge” button on your student’s donation page to make a $ pledge per lap or any flat donation amount.

     

    1. Share with Family & Friends: Invite family and friends to donate online using the “Share Wizard” feature. Send a link via SMS text, email, and social media.

     

    1. Be a Cheerleader: On Thursday, November 4, Track 1 & 4 families encourage your student to do their best at our Apex Fun Run event. It’s going to be a TON of FUN! (Unfortunately, due to COVID protocols, parents cannot attend the Fun Run Event.) Thanks to all for supporting our wonderful school! #ApexLeadershipCo #ApexAsOne #BuildingLeaders

     

    Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

    The Outdoor Seating Committee is still looking for Volunteer Lunch Monitors. We still need more parents to sign up for next week (November 1). Please check your schedule and join us. We may also have to cancel later this week due to inclement weather. We will send that information out as soon as we make a decision in the morning of the predicted weather event.

    In order to sign up, all volunteers must register on a school computer for security clearance. Please email Ms. Dahlhoff adahlhoff@wcpss.net if you need to register as a volunteer. We will have computers set up outside all day on Tuesdays from 7:15-5:00, but Ms. Dahlhoff can work with you if you need a different time/date.

     

    Here is the sign-up link:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a8ac2ea3fb6-volunteer

     

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • November 1, 3, 4, and 5: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 4
    • November 2: No School, Teacher Workday (Track 1, 2, & 4)
    • November 3: Fall Picture Day (Track 2 & 4)
    • November 4: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 1 & 4)
    • November 5: Quarter 2 Interim reports go home (Track 1 & 2)
    • November 9-10: IOWA testing for 3rd & 4th Grade (Tracks 1 & 2)
    • November 10: Track-out Day, Track 2
    • November 11: No School, Veteran’s Day Holiday
    • November 12: No School, Day of Reflection (Track 1, 2, & 4)
    • November 15: No School, Day of Reflection (Track 3)
    • November 15-19: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 3
    • November 16: Track-In Day, Track 3
    • November 17: Make-up Picture Day, Fall Pictures (Track 1 & 3)
    • November 22-23: Track 2 Summer Camp Week 4

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/22/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/22/2021 Versión en español aquí

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

     

    Track 3 tracked out on Friday, October 22. We welcome back Track 4 on Monday, October 25. We have missed you!!

     

    Apex Leadership Fundraiser (Tracks 1 & 4):

    We’re raising funds for . . .  Reconnecting the Oak Grove Elementary Community, Technology Enhancements, Cultural Arts Programs, Teacher Appreciation, Continued Advocacy to OGE Families and so much more!

    Our Apex FUN RUN fundraiser and leadership program begins this week for Tracks 1 & 4 (Monday, October 25th!) Read more here:

    Oak Grove As One Flyer

    We love the amazing leadership and character-building portion of the Apex program as it focuses on developing student self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school and life success. With this year’s #ApexAsOne theme, students will embark on an incredible two-week quest in search of the key to becoming great leaders, learning to dream big, and making a positive impact on the world. These quick, engaging lessons tie in with our school’s vision and mission, encourages students to create a positive environment, and inspires them to lead by example.

    The Apex FUN RUN will be held on Friday, November 4th for Tracks 1 & 4. More info on how to make a pledge to support our school will go home this week! #ApexLeadershipCo #ApexAsOne #BuildingLeaders

     

    So far, we have raised $17,000 for our school.

     

    Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

    The Outdoor Seating Committee is still looking for Volunteer Lunch Monitors. We still need more parents to sign up for next week (October 25). Unfortunately, we may have to cancel outdoor seating if we don’t have enough volunteers. Please check your schedule and join us. We may also have to cancel this week due to inclement weather. We will send that information out as soon as we make a decision in the morning of the predicted weather event.

    In order to sign up, all volunteers must register on a school computer for security clearance. Please email Ms. Dahlhoff adahlhoff@wcpss.net if you need to register as a volunteer. We will have computers set up outside all day on Tuesdays from 7:15-5:00, but Ms. Dahlhoff can work with you if you need a different time/date.

     

    Here is the sign-up link:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a8ac2ea3fb6-volunteer

     

     

    Picture Day is Coming (Tracks 2 & 4):

    Picture Day for Tracks 2 & 4 is November 3. This includes our Virtual Academy Students. VA’s picture schedule time is 11:50-12:15 on November 3. You can go to strawbridge.net and enter code FM375089 if you are interested in ordering pictures.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • October 25: Track-in Day (Track 4)
    • October 25-29: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 3
    • October 25-November 5: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 1&4)
    • October 26-28: CogAT testing for Track 4
    • October 29: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home (Track 4)
    • November 2: No School, Teacher Workday (Track 1, 2, & 4)
    • November 3: Fall Picture Day (Track 2 & 4)
    • November 10: Track-out Day (Track 2)
    • November 11: No School: Veterans Day Holiday
    • November 12: No School: Board Approved Non-Instructional Day (Tracks 1, 2, & 4)
    • November 15: No School: Board Approved Non-Instructional Day (Track 3)
    • November 16: Track-in Day (Track 3)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/15/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/15/2021 Versión en español aquí

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

     

    Our clothes closet needs some help. We need new packages of girls’ underwear in small sizes. We also need girls’ and boys’ bottoms (leggings, pants with elastic waistbands, athletic shorts). Please send them in to school (attention: front office).

     

    Apex Leadership Fundraiser Update (Tracks 2 & 3):

    We’re raising funds for . . .  Reconnecting the Oak Grove Elementary Community, Technology Enhancements, Cultural Arts Programs, Teacher Appreciation, Continued Advocacy to OGE Families and so much more!

    At the deadline for donations, Ms. Ranous’s class won the “biggest jump challenge”. Students had the fun of getting to silly string Ms. Tysor. Ms. Wade’s class won the “top pledging challenge”.  Ms. Wade’s class got to mummify Ms. Bias. Thank you to the support from our Track 2 & 3 families. So far, we have raised $17,000 for our school. Tracks 1 & 4 will kick off on October 25!

     

    PTA Landscape Committee Schedules Beautification Day:

    Thank you to everyone who came out to Oak Grove this weekend. Beginning on Friday afternoon, our volunteers started the work of improving the outside appearance of our school. By Saturday afternoon, the team planted azaleas, weeded beds, cleared out the old irrigation system, trimmed bushes, and pulled weeds. We appreciate all the hard work of our volunteers!!

     

    Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

    The Outdoor Seating Committee is still looking for Volunteer Lunch Monitors. We still need more parents to sign up for next week (October 18).

    In order to sign up, all volunteers must register on a school computer for security clearance. Please email Ms. Dahlhoff adahlhoff@wcpss.net if you need to register as a volunteer. We will have computers set up outside all day on Tuesdays from 7:15-5:00, but Ms. Dahlhoff can work with you if you need a different time/date.

     

    Here is the sign-up link:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a8ac2ea3fb6-volunteer

     

    Virtual Academy Item Distribution (Quarter 2):

    We hope that your family has enjoyed the October track-out.  We are looking forward to seeing your Virtual Academy student online on Monday, October 25th.  To ensure that students have the materials needed for the next nine-week session, we will host a materials pick-up on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Oak Grove.  Materials will be available from 9:30 AM - 3:00 PM.

     

    Please use the carpool lane to proceed to the front of the building.  Your students' learning materials will be labeled with their name and placed pm carts outside, at the front of our building. Thank you for helping us get this new session off to a successful start.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Tysor at jtysor@wcpss.net or 919-387-4490. 

     

    Picture Day is Coming (Tracks 2 & 4):

    Picture Day for Tracks 2 & 4 is November 3.

     

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • October 22: Track-out Day (Track 3)
    • October 22: Item Distribution (Quarter 2): Virtual Academy Families
    • October 25: Track-in Day (Track 4)
    • October 25-29: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 3
    • October 25-November 5: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 1&4)
    • October 26-28: CogAT testing for Track 4
    • October 29: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home (Track 4)
    • November 2: No School, Teacher Workday (Track 1, 2, & 4)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/8/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/8/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful weekend! Our Quarter 1 report cards went home with Tracks 1, 2, and 3 on Friday. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions you may have.

     

    Ms. Tysor officially begins as our new Assistant Principal on Monday, October 11! We’re so excited to see all that she will do to help lead our school!

     

    Our clothes closet needs some help. We need new packages of girls’ underwear in small sizes. We also need girls’ and boys’ bottoms (leggings, pants with elastic waistbands, athletic shorts). Please send them in to school (attention: front office).

     

    Apex Leadership Fundraiser Update (Tracks 2 & 3):

    The Apex FUN RUN fundraiser and leadership program began last week for Tracks 2 & 3! (Tracks 1 & 4 kickoff Monday, October 25th!) Read more here:

    Oak Grove As One Flyer

    Pledging is now open for our Apex Fun Run event fundraiser for Tracks 2 & 3! So far, our school has raised almost $14,000!

     

    We’re raising funds for . . .  Reconnecting the Oak Grove Elementary Community, Technology Enhancements, Cultural Arts Programs, Teacher Appreciation, Continued Advocacy to OGE Families and so much more!

     and WE NEED YOUR HELP:

     

    1. Getting Started: Log onto the MyApexEvent.com website using your student’s unique ACCESS CODE. Codes came home on Tuesday, October 5!

     

    1. Make a donation: Simply click the “Enter Pledge” button on your student’s donation page to make a $ pledge per lap or any flat donation amount.

     

    1. Share with Family & Friends: Invite family and friends to donate online using the “Share Wizard” feature. Send a link via SMS text, email, and social media.

     

    1. Be a Cheerleader: On Thursday, October 14, Track 2 & 3 families encourage your student to do their best at our Apex Fun Run event. It’s going to be a TON of FUN! (Unfortunately, due to COVID protocols, parents cannot attend the Fun Run Event.) Thanks to all for supporting our wonderful school! #ApexLeadershipCo #ApexAsOne #BuildingLeaders

     

    PTA Landscape Committee Schedules Beautification Day:

    We will be working with the PTA to spruce up our Oak Grove campus on Saturday, October 16. We need lots of volunteers. Please save the date. Please review the available slots on the Sign-up Genius:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0448aaaa23aafc1-fall

    We hope to plant several azaleas on Saturday October 16th from 1-4 pm to beautify our campus. Bring the whole family! Please note any tools you may be able to bring.

     

    Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

    The Outdoor Seating Committee is still looking for Volunteer Lunch Monitors. We do not yet have enough volunteers to fully realize our goal of outdoor eating. We must have 2 indoor and 2 outdoor volunteers. The Outdoor Seating Committee has created a sign up if you would like to volunteer for lunch shifts starting 10/11/21. 

    UPDATE: We are going to try to begin this week with the volunteers that we have. Ms. Tysor and Ms. Bias will be helping out this week, but we need more parents to sign up for next week (October 18).

    In order to sign up, all volunteers must register on a school computer for security clearance. We will send out information on Tuesday, October 12, with our scheduled weekly times.

     

    Here is the sign-up link:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a8ac2ea3fb6-volunteer

     

    Picture Day is Coming (Tracks 1 & 3):

    A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at Oak Grove on 10/12/2021 to photograph our fall pictures for Tracks 1 & 3. They have included a link to share with our parents/guardians: https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/clients/oak-grove-elementary-school/fall-pictures-10-12-2021-79/optIn This link will allow parents to sign up to receive updates via email regarding their child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, parents should be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school. As you look ahead, Picture Day for Tracks 2 & 4 is November 3.

     

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    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:

    • October 12: Picture Day (Track 1 & 3)
    • October 14: Apex Fun Run (Track 2 & 3)
    • October 25-November 5: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 1&4)
    • October 26-28: CogAT testing for Track 4
    • October 25-29: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 3
    • October 29: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home (Track 4)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/1/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/1/2021 Versión en español aquí

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you had a wonderful 3-day weekend! Our Oak Grove teachers worked hard on Friday to learn strategies to help support our students. We are thankful to the PTA for providing the delicious breakfast on Friday morning!

    Friday, October 8, is Mr. Mack’s last day as our Interim Assistant Principal. We are grateful for all his hard work and dedication to the Grove! Ms. Tysor officially begins as our new Assistant Principal on Monday, October 11.

     

    Apex Leadership Fundraiser is Coming Soon (Tracks 2 & 3):

    𝗚𝗲𝘁 𝗥𝗲𝗮𝗱𝘆! Our Apex FUN RUN fundraiser and leadership program begins this week for Tracks 2 & 3! (Tracks 1 & 4 kickoff Monday, October 25th!) Read more here:

    Oak Grove As One Flyer

    We love the amazing leadership and character-building portion of the Apex program as it focuses on developing student self-control and interpersonal skills that are vital for school and life success. With this year’s #ApexAsOne theme, students will embark on an incredible two-week quest in search of the key to becoming great leaders, learning to dream big, and making a positive impact on the world. These quick, engaging lessons tie in with our school’s vision and mission, encourages students to create a positive environment, and inspires them to lead by example.

    𝗦𝗔𝗩𝗘 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘: The Apex FUN RUN will be held on Thursday, October 14th for Tracks 2 & 3. (November 4th for Tracks 1 & 4) More info on how to make a pledge to support our school will go home this week! #ApexLeadershipCo #ApexAsOne #BuildingLeaders

     

    Volunteer Opportunity: Partners Read:

    This year Oak Grove is participating in a WakeEd Partnership program called Partners Read, and we are looking for volunteers! Volunteers will be partnered with a first-grade student to read books each week. The program takes place Friday mornings 8:45-9:30am. There are 8 Fridays in the fall and 10 Fridays in the spring. WakeEd Partnership requires volunteers to show proof of COVID vaccination to be eligible. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kimberly Bocciardi at kbocciardi@wcpss.net 

     

    Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

    The Outdoor Seating Committee is still looking for Volunteer Lunch Monitors. We do not yet have enough volunteers to fully realize our goal of outdoor eating. We must have 2 indoor and 2 outdoor volunteers. The Outdoor Seating Committee has created a sign up if you would like to volunteer for lunch shifts starting 10/11/21.  (Due to forecasted weather this week and not enough volunteers, we are pushing the kick-off for one more week.)

    In order to sign up, all volunteers must register on a school computer for security clearance. Computers will be set up in the breezeway by the front doors on:

    Tuesday 9/28: 7:15-8:30 AM, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, and 4:15-5:00 PM

     

    Here is the sign-up link:

    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090945a8ac2ea3fb6-volunteer

     

    We hope to have an A/B rotation schedule beginning in October when students will be able to eat outside.

     

    Picture Day is Coming (Tracks 1 & 3):

    A photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be at Oak Grove on 10/12/2021 to photograph our fall pictures for Tracks 1 & 3. They have included a link to share with our parents/guardians: https://strawbridge.fotomerchanthv.com/clients/oak-grove-elementary-school/fall-pictures-10-12-2021-79/optIn This link will allow parents to sign up to receive updates via email regarding their child's school portraits. These updates include promotions, additional deals and the ability to order more pictures at a later time. When entering student information, parents should be sure to enter the student's name as it is on file at the school. As you look ahead, Picture Day for Tracks 2 & 4 is November 3.

     

    PTA Landscape Committee Schedules Beautification Day:

    We will be working with the PTA to spruce up our Oak Grove campus on Saturday, October 16. We need lots of volunteers. Please save the date. More information will be coming soon.

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

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

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

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

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

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

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • October 4: Track 1 Returns
    • October 4-15: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 2&3)
    • October 5-7: CogAt testing for Tracks 1, 2, & 3
    • October 8: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home (Track 1, 2, 3)
    • October 12: Picture Day (Track 1 & 3)

     

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