• Otter Splash for the Week of April 22-26

    Posted by Beverly Benton on 4/21/2024

    Hello, Oak Grove Family, Versión en español aquí 

    WOW! What an amazing STEM Night! Thank you to everyone who attended. We hope you enjoyed participating in all the fun STEM Activities! The students did an amazing job on their Science Fair Projects! Click HERE to see all of the Science Fair Projects! Thank you again to our amazing PTA for planning and coordinating this Event! 


    Every April, the Autism Society works to build an inclusive community where autistic individuals are embraced and supported to achieve the highest quality of life possible. Join us the week of April 22-26 as we hold a spirit week to promote autism awareness and acceptance in our school and community. Please see the graphic below for our Spirit Week dress days!


    Thank you for helping us celebrate Ms. Dahlhoff and Hank this week! They sure felt your love and appreciation! This week is Administrative Assistant’s Week. Please see below for more information on celebrating Ms. Lad and Ms. Esteban!


    Thank you to each family that has completed the Panorama Family Engagement Survey! We have set a school goal of submitting 250 surveys. If we reach our goal, we will have a school-wide popsicle and pajama day! Please see the information below on how to access the survey. 


    Please see below for more information about Administrative Assistant’s Appreciation Week, student Chromebook updates, updating contact information, Letterland Day at Pullen Park, field day, the panorama parent survey, a note from our school nurse, EOG Dates, garden club needs, 5th grade moving up ceremonies, a message from the band director at Lufkin Middle, and PTA updates!


    As the fourth quarter approaches, we begin to think about transitioning from one school year to the next. Please pay close attention to school and teacher communications about end-of-year events and timelines. We do our best to communicate important information multiple times and to put key events on the school's website calendar. 


    It was a joy again this week making Positive Phone calls home! Congratulations to all students who have been recognized for showing great character, hard work and effort in completing classwork, and kindness to others! We look forward to making these phone calls again next week!


    Should you have any questions, concerns, or need further assistance, please feel free to reach out to our staff. We are here to listen, collaborate, and ensure a positive educational experience for your child.


    Thank you for your cooperation and ongoing support. Together, we can make this new semester a successful and enriching one for our students.


    23-24 Year-Round Calendar


    Staff Shout-Outs


    Staff’s Favorite Things



    Warm Regards,

    Ms. Benton 


    Otter Happenings (English Calendar)

    Otter Happenings (Spanish Calendar)



    Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week

    This week is Administrative Assistant Appreciation Week. Please help us celebrate Ms. Lad and Ms. Esteban throughout the week. Our school could not run efficiently without them! They take care of our students, staff, and substitutes. They welcome all of our visitors and volunteers. They order and gather all supplies for students and teachers. We are grateful to have them as Otters. Some ideas for celebrating Ms. Lad and Ms. Esteban include having your child write a thank you note or picking flowers from your yard to share with them. 



    Reminder to update Emergency Contact information

    In emergency situations, families will be provided information via the contact information provided to your student’s school. If your information has recently changed, please remember to update your child’s teacher and our Data Manager, Ms. Dahlhoff. (adahlhoff@wcpss.net )

    Student Chromebook updates

    • Students who withdraw from WCPSS are required to return their Chromebook on or before their last day of school.

    • Students in grades 5, 8, or 12 are required to return their assigned Chromebook at the end of this school year. Students rising into grades 6 and 9 will receive new Chromebooks at the beginning of their school year.

    • All other students (grades 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10, and 11) will keep their assigned Chromebook through the transition to the 2024-25 school year, even if they are transferring to another WCPSS school.




    WCPSS is proud to present Letterland Days 2024

    Throughout the week of May 13-17, different Letterlanders can be found at various locations around Pullen Park. Join us each day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for a scavenger hunt to locate your favorite Letterlanders. On May 13 and May 16 from 5 to 8 p.m., additional fun and exciting themed activities will be located at stations around the park. Register for Letterland Activity Nights.



    Panorama Family Survey

    • Our district values your feedback! The annual WCPSS Panorama Family Survey opened on April 8 and will remain open through May 17th. Please take this brief survey about your experience with Oak Grove Elementary. We need your feedback to ensure we continue to provide high-quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and careers.


    Goal 6 of our district's 2023-2028 Strategic Plan focuses on the parent and family experience. The annual Panorama Survey results will determine if 95% of families surveyed indicated low barriers to engagement and a positive school climate.


    The survey is in English, Spanish, French, Vietnamese, traditional Chinese, Arabic, and Korean. The 17 questions can also be read aloud. You can take the survey online at home or at the school. Please use the link below to access the survey. You will need to know your student’s ID number. 



    • We have set a school goal of submitting 250 surveys. If we reach our goal, we will have a school-wide popsicle and pajama day! We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses.



    Ottercise - From Ms. Sammons - May The Fun Be With You

    Ottercise (Field Day) is right around the corner.  We need as many parents as possible to volunteer to help run our events.  I have not finalized all the events but wanted to give you all time to save the dates and sign up.  Please use this link to sign up to volunteer or send in freezer pops. 


    If you have specific questions about an event, you can email me (gsammons@wcpss.net).  I will note in the description if it is a water station, inside, or any other information.  Our theme this year is Holidays in May.  Some are a little silly, but a fun time will be had. YOU MUST HAVE VOLUNTEER CLEARANCE TO VOLUNTEER FOR OTTERCISE!  You can click this link to register for clearance.  


    Tracks 1 and 2 are May 9th and Tracks 3 and 4 are May 17th

    • Grades 3-5 will start at 9:25 and end at 12:23 (Please arrive at 8:30 for a meeting and to finish setting up).  

    • Grades K-2 will start at 12:30 and end at 3:28. (Please arrive at 12:00 so you can see some of the event being run and/or where it is being set up. A Map will be posted outside the Multi-Purpose Room.) We will meet in the Multi-Purpose Room lobby around 12:10 for a brief meeting.



    3rd-5th EOG Testing Dates

    The testing window for 3rd-5th graders is the last 10 days of school. We will give the initial subject test on the days below, and make-up testing days will follow after. Please inform your child's teacher of any planned absences during EOGs so that the appropriate arrangements can be made for your child to take a makeup exam.

    • Track 1:

      • Testing window: May 20-June 3; retesting for certain students June 4-5

      • May 21: Reading

      • May 23: Math

      • May 28: Science (5th grade only)

    • Tracks 2, 3, & 4:

      • Testing window: June 12-26, retesting for certain students June 27-28

      • Reading: Date TBD

      • Math: Date TBD

      • Science (5th grade only): Date TBD



    A Note from Nurse Rudisill

    Hello Oak Grove Families! Spring is upon us, so you know what that means. That’s right, health plan updates and renewals! As your school nurse, I will be reaching out over the coming months to touch base about your student’s health plans and whether any changes need to be made for the 24-25 school year. I am required to speak to a parent or guardian to reassess your student’s health care needs before I can renew any health plans. I do understand that it can be hard to take a phone call while at work. If this is the case, please return my call and leave a message letting me know how best to reach you.


    If you have a student who has medications at school, a new 1702 form will be required when the new school year begins in July. Your doctor may complete the 1702 form anytime after April 1, 2024, and it will be valid for the 24-25 school year. For your convenience, I have included the link for the 1702 form: 



    As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. I can be reached at mrudisill@wcpss.net


    Here’s to a happy and healthy spring!



    Gardening Club Needs - From Ms. Yeckel

    I want to thank you all in advance for considering donating to Oak Grove's Garden Club. A local Boy Scout has constructed and installed five new garden beds for us. The Garden Club has plans to turn these into herb, vegetable, and fruit gardens, but we need your help! Please sign up below to donate items to make our Oak Grove Gardens a success! Please use this link to see our garden club needs. 


    May 17th is our next Club Date. We have Garden Club from 2-3 on that day, and we need all supplies before the clubs. I will be collecting all supplies in my classroom. When you bring your donations to the school, please send them to the front office, and I will pick them up from there. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at cyeckel@wcpss.net. Thank you!



    Save the Date - 5th Grade Moving Up ceremonies