• 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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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/24/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/24/2021 Versión en español aquí

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

     

    On Tuesday, September 21, our new Assistant Principal, Jolanda Tysor, was announced at the Board Meeting. Mr. Mack will be at Oak Grove through October 8, as a support to our school and help in the transition. Ms. Tysor wrote a letter of introduction that she would like to share with our Oak Grove Family. You can find that here: https://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/Domain/6299/JT Letter to Oak Grove Family.pdf

    Spanish Version:

    https://www.wcpss.net/cms/lib/NC01911451/Centricity/domain/6299/spanish version splash/Spanish JT Letter to Oak Grove Family.pdf

     

    Outdoor Seating Update (Volunteer Lunch Monitors):

    The Outdoor Seating Committee is on to the next step: Volunteer Lunch Monitors. The Outdoor Seating Committee has created a sign up if you would like to volunteer for lunch shifts starting 10/4/21.  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:

    Monday 9/27: 4:30-5:30 PM

    Tuesday 9/28: 7:15-8:30 AM, 4:30-5:30 PM

    Wednesday 9/29: 11:30 AM-1:30 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.

     

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

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

    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 schools 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 next week! #ApexLeadershipCo #ApexAsOne #BuildingLeaders

     

    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:

    • September 27-September 30: Track 2, 3, 4 Family Conferences
    • September 30: Quarter 1 ends (Track 2, 3, 4)
    • September 30: Track 4 Track-Out Day
    • October 1: Teacher Workday (No School for Students)
    • October 4: Track 1 Returns
    • October 4-15: Apex Leadership Fun Run (Track 2&3)
    • October 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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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/17/2021

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

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

     

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

     

    Outdoor Seating Update:

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

     

    Welcome Mr. Chip Mack, our Interim AP:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

     

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

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

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

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

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

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

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

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

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

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/10/2021

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

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

     Welcome Mr. Chip Mack, our Interim AP:

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

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

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

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

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

     PTA Partners with Local Camp and Local Artist:

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

     

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

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

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

     COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

    Outdoor Seating Update:

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

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

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

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

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

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

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

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

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

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/3/2021

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

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

     

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

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

     

    PTA Partners with Local Artist:

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

     

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

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

     

    New Assistant Principal

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

     

    Bus Transportation

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

     

    Update on WCPSS Health Guidance:

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

     

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

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

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

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

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

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

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

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

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

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

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

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

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/27/2021

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

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

     

    New Assistant Principal

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

     

    Bus Transportation

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

     

    Update on WCPSS Health Guidance:

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

     

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

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

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

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

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

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

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

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

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

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

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

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

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

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

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/20/2021

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

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

     

    Bus Transportation Week of August 23

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

     

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

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

     

    WCPSS Health Update:

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

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

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

     

    Yearbook Cover Contest:

    Hello Otter Families!

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

    Additional details are included on the entry form. 

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

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

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

    Mrs. Huovinen

    ahuovinen@wcpss.net

     

    A Note from Ms. Rhodes:

    “To the families of Oak Grove Elementary, 


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

     

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

     

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

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

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

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