• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/23/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/23/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyWe are so excited to welcome our PreK-3rd grade & Regional Programs Cohort 1/A students on Monday, October 26.  If you are in Cohort 1/A, you will also receive a text message at 6:00 PM on October 25 with bus information.

     

    Return to School:

    Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols:

    WCPSS students, families, and employees have a collective responsibility to create and maintain a safe and healthy learning and work environment. During the COVID-19 pandemic, this responsibility includes every student and employee taking affirmative steps to help minimize the spread of COVID-19 by strictly adhering to the health safety protocols set forth in the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols document. 

    Plan B Families: Please make sure to sign and return the last page to Ms. Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net) or your child’s teacher.  

     

    Health Precautions

    Please see all the information in the OGES Return to Campus guide that pertains to health precautions.  Some highlights from that document include:

    • Temperature checks and COVID question screening for all students arriving on campus.
    • Dedicated Care Center on campus for any student feeling sick at school. Students will be required to be picked up from school if they need to go to the Care Center.
    • Requesting that all families keep sick students at home. Any symptom could be cause for concern at school, so we are asking that families make sure children are well before sending them to school.

     

    OGES Return to Campus Guide:

    We have created a helpful guide to assist you with all the information you may need for returning to campus.  You can find the Return to Campus Guide here: https://bit.ly/2H3m2Sh Please take some time to read through all the updates.

     

    Cohort Assignments

    Cohort Assignments were communicated to families on Wednesday, October 7, through School Messenger.  If you did not receive your cohort assignment, please contact Ms. Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net). You can see an easy-to-follow calendar here:

    Cohort 1 Calendar

    Cohort 2 Calendar

    Cohort 3 Calendar

     

    Asynchronous Learning Days

    The School Board also approved the inclusion of an additional Remote Learning/Asynchronous day for each week when there is not already an interruption to the week. This applies to both Plan B and Virtual Academy students.

    Upcoming Asynchronous Days are: October 21, October 28, November 3, November 18, December 2, and December 16.  We will also have Remote Learning Days on November 23-24 and December 21-22. Finally, as a reminder, November 11 is a holiday.

     

    Preparing your child for the return to school

    1. Practice wearing a mask.  Please see the information that came from WCPSS on Friday, October 16, in the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols.  There is a form to return to school (you can send it to Ms. Dahlhoff) at the end of that document.
    2. Practice waiting 6 feet apart. It’s a good idea to help students learn to visualize 6 feet.
    3. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the school, but handwashing is also essential.

            

    Updated Plan for Specials Classes:

    We are excited to welcome back our first cohort of students! In order to accommodate both our in person and virtual learners, we have made some changes to our Oak Grove Specials Schedule

    • Plan B (In-person) Students: 
      • Starting on Monday, October 26th, Specials will be live for our K - 3rd grade in person students and our regional programs. Most specials will happen in the classroom. PE will take place outside or in the multipurpose room.
    • Remote Learning/Virtual Academy (K-3rd) Students:
      • Starting on Monday, October 26th, Specials will be asynchronous for virtual students learning at home. The instructional content and activities will be housed in Google Classroom. Specialists will be available for office hours to give students and families support and attention to complete any tasks.  We want to keep our relationships strong with our specialists.
    • 4th & 5th Grade: 
      • The specials schedule will remain the same until they transition back into the building. Students will access live 20 minute Google Meets each day. 

     

    Continuity is a Key Component

    To provide an equitable educational experience for your child(ren) in both an in person and virtual setting, we have adopted a concurrent teaching model. Students will still be assigned the same homeroom teacher and may be assigned a “bonus” teacher. Teachers will be working collaboratively to support their students in both settings, while maintaining strong and meaningful relationships with their homeroom class. In some cases, one buddy teacher will handle online instruction (cohort rotations and VA) and one will handle the in-person instruction. In other cases, teachers may be departmentalizing, or sharing instruction throughout the day. VA students will also have “bonus” teachers in many cases.

    As students transition back into the classroom, they will be greeted by a team of teachers and learn with familiar peers and some new students, too! Our students accessing instruction remotely will also work with a team of teachers and a combined class of students, while maintaining their current online schedule. 

    This concurrent teaching model allows teachers the flexibility to differentiate instruction and support students through strategic groups all while putting the social and emotional needs of your child(ren) first.

    The details of how this will happen will be shared by your child’s teacher prior to students coming back on October 26.

     

     

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

     

     

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • ​​​​​​​October 26: Cohort 1 (Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs) week
    • October 28: Asynchronous Learning Day for all students (No students on campus)
    • November 2: Cohort 2 (Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs) week
    • November 2-15: PTA Scholastic Virtual Book Fair
    • November 3: Election Day! Asynchronous Learning Day for all students (No students on campus)
    • November 11: No School: Veterans Day Holiday

    OGES PTA Presents

    Virtual Book Fair

    Coming Nov. 2-15

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/16/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/16/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyWe are looking forward to resuming class on Monday, October 19. We have missed our Otters so much during track-out!

     

    Return to School update!

    OGES Return to Campus Guide:

    We have created a helpful guide to assist you with all the information you may need for returning to campus.  You can find the Return to Campus Guide here: https://bit.ly/2H3m2Sh Please take some time to read through all the updates.

     

    Cohort Assignments

    Cohort Assignments were communicated to families on Wednesday, October 7, through School Messenger.  If you did not receive your cohort assignment, please contact Ms. Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net). You can see an easy-to-follow calendar here:

    Cohort 1 Calendar

    Cohort 2 Calendar

    Cohort 3 Calendar

     

    Asynchronous Learning Days

    The School Board also approved the inclusion of an additional Remote Learning/Asynchronous day for each week when there is not already an interruption to the week. This applies to both Plan B and Virtual Academy students.

    Upcoming Asynchronous Days are: October 21, October 28, November 3, November 18, December 2, and December 16.  We will also have Remote Learning Days on November 23-24 and December 21-22. Finally, as a reminder, November 11 is a holiday.

     

    Preparing your child for the return to school

    1. Practice wearing a mask.  Please see the information that came from WCPSS on Friday, October 16, in the Student Accountability and Required Health Protocols.  There is a form to return to school (you can send it to Ms. Dahlhoff) at the end of that document.
    2. Practice waiting 6 feet apart. It’s a good idea to help students learn to visualize 6 feet.
    3. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the school, but handwashing is also essential.

     

    Health Precautions

    Please see all the information in the OGES Return to Campus guide that pertains to health precautions.  Some highlights from that document include:

    • Temperature checks and COVID question screening for all students arriving on campus.
    • Dedicated Care Center on campus for any student feeling sick at school. Students will be required to be picked up from school if they need to go to the Care Center.
    • Requesting that all families keep sick students at home. Any symptom could be cause for concern at school, so we are asking that families make sure children are well before sending them to school.

     

            

    Continuity is a Key Component

    To provide an equitable educational experience for your child(ren) in both an in person and virtual setting, we have adopted a concurrent teaching model. Students will still be assigned the same homeroom teacher and may be assigned a “bonus” teacher. Teachers will be working collaboratively to support their students in both settings, while maintaining strong and meaningful relationships with their homeroom class. In some cases, one buddy teacher will handle online instruction (cohort rotations and VA) and one will handle the in-person instruction. In other cases, teachers may be departmentalizing, or sharing instruction throughout the day. VA students will also have “bonus” teachers in many cases.

    As students transition back into the classroom, they will be greeted by a team of teachers and learn with familiar peers and some new students, too! Our students accessing instruction remotely will also work with a team of teachers and a combined class of students, while maintaining their current online schedule. 

    This concurrent teaching model allows teachers the flexibility to differentiate instruction and support students through strategic groups all while putting the social and emotional needs of your child(ren) first.

    The details of how this will happen will be shared by your child’s teacher prior to students coming back on October 26.

     

    Quarter 1 Report Cards:

    Report Cards will be issued on October 23.

     

    Quarter 2 Item Distribution Days:

    Please mark your calendar for October 19 and 20 for our Q2 Item Distribution Days.  Please see the flyer for more information: https://bit.ly/37jl8eQ

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

     

     

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • ​​​​​​​October 19: Quarter 2 begins
    • October 19 & 20: Quarter 2 Item Distribution
    • October 21: Asynchronous / Remote Learning Day
    • October 23: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home
    • October 26: Cohort 1 (Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs) week
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/9/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/9/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyI hope everyone is continuing to enjoy our Track Out. We will resume class on Monday, October 19.

     

    Return to School update!

    Cohort Assignments

    Cohort Assignments were communicated to families on Wednesday, October 7, through School Messenger.  If you did not receive your cohort assignment, please contact Ms. Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net). You can see an easy-to-follow calendar here: Cohort Calendar.

     

    Asynchronous Learning Days

    The School Board also approved the inclusion of an additional Remote Learning/Asynchronous day for each week when there is not already an interruption to the week. This applies to both Plan B and Virtual Academy students. You can see the days on the calendar linked here.

     

    Preparing your child for the return to school

    1. Practice wearing a mask.  Please see the information here: https://www.wcpss.net/page/46005 for mask wearing expectations.
    2. Practice waiting 6 feet apart. It’s a good idea to help students learn to visualize 6 feet.
    3. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. We will have hand sanitizer available throughout the school, but handwashing is also essential.

     

    Health Precautions

    We are working on finalizing all the plans for taking health precautions.  These plans include:

    • Temperature checks and COVID question screening for all students arriving on campus.
    • Dedicated Care Center on campus for any student feeling sick at school. Students will be required to be picked up from school if they need to go to the Care Center.
    • Requesting that all families keep sick students at home. Any symptom could be cause for concern at school, so we are asking that families make sure children are well before sending them to school.

    We will be sending a more detailed document next week.

     

    Opening registration for WCPSS Virtual Academy for the 2nd semester

    Students who attend the WCPSS Virtual Academy will remain in the Academy through the end of the first semester. 

     

    In October, families will have an opportunity for students to register for the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the second semester only. The registration window would allow:

     

    • Currently registered WCPSS Virtual Academy students the opportunity to return to in-person instruction during the second semester; 
    • WCPSS Virtual Academy students registered for fall only to continue in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the second semester; and
    • Students not registered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy have the opportunity to register for the second semester.

               

    Continuity is a Key Component

    It has always been our goal at Oak Grove to maintain continuity of classes no matter the return to school plan.  We will make every effort to keep your child(ren) assigned to the same homeroom teacher(s), at least through the end of the semester. In order to make this happen, your child may see a different teacher for portions of the learning time.  However, they will keep their assigned teacher as their main teacher. The details of how this will happen will be shared prior to students coming back on October 26.

     

    Plan details are available on the WCPSS website at the link https://www.wcpss.net/Page/45883

     

    Quarter 1 Report Cards:

    Report Cards will be issued on October 23.

     

    Quarter 2 Item Distribution Days (note date change):

    Please mark your calendar for October 19 and 20 for our Q2 Item Distribution Days.  Due to the Board’s decision on Tuesday, we will have to devote all of our time on October 15 and 16 to making preparations for students to return to our building.  We will send out the plan for the distribution of Q2 items prior to October 19. 

     

    Upcoming PTA Event:

    On October 14 at 7:00 pm, Oak Grove's PTA will join with other area schools to host an online, nonpartisan Candidate Forum to learn more from those running for School Board in Districts 8 and 9. Topics addressed during this Forum will include special education, reassignment, parent communication, diversity & inclusion, curriculum, and more! The Forum will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing immediately after. We encourage you to visit the Wake PTA Advocacy channel to watch this Candidate Forum, or to review the previous one with all Wake Candidates! 

     

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • ​​​​​​​October 14: PTA Candidates Forum
    • October 19: Quarter 2 begins
    • October 19 & 20: Quarter 2 Item Distribution
    • October 21: Asynchronous / Remote Learning Day
    • October 23: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 10/2/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 10/2/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyI hope everyone is enjoying our first Track Out of the 20-21 school year.  We will resume class on Monday, October 19. Your child’s teacher is also tracked out, so please wish them a restful time to recharge and prepare for the start of the second quarter.

     

    WCPSS Board of Education update!

    The Board voted Tuesday evening to have all students in PreK through third grade, along with K-12 special education regional programs, return to the classroom on a rotating basis beginning Oct. 26 before attending class on a daily basis beginning Nov. 16. 

    Students in grades 4 and 5 will return to school in three-week rotations beginning Nov. 16 and continue until the end of the semester. 

    Students who attend the WCPSS Virtual Academy will remain in the Academy through the end of the first semester. Those who registered for the entire school year may remain so, unless they opt for in-person instruction for the second semester. Second semester registration information can be found below.

     

    During the rotation period, students will be in school one week and learning remotely for two weeks. Parents will receive information from their school regarding which schedule/cohort their child will be assigned.

     

    Cohort Assignments

    Cohort Assignments will be communicated to families on Wednesday, October 7 through email. 

     

    Asynchronous Learning Days

    The School Board also approved the inclusion of an additional Remote Learning/Asynchronous day for each week when there is not already an interruption to the week. This applies to both Plan B and Virtual Academy students. More information to come on these days.

     

    Opening registration for WCPSS Virtual Academy for the 2nd semester

    Students who attend the WCPSS Virtual Academy will remain in the Academy through the end of the first semester. 

     

    In October, families will have an opportunity for students to register for the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the second semester only. The registration window would allow:

     

    • Currently registered WCPSS Virtual Academy students the opportunity to return to in-person instruction during the second semester; 
    • WCPSS Virtual Academy students registered for fall only to continue in the WCPSS Virtual Academy for the second semester; and
    • Students not registered in the WCPSS Virtual Academy have the opportunity to register for the second semester.

               

    Continuity is a Key Component

    It has always been our goal at Oak Grove to maintain continuity of classes no matter the return to school plan.  We will make every effort to keep your child(ren) assigned to the same homeroom teacher(s), at least through the end of the semester. In order to make this happen, your child may see a different teacher for portions of the learning time.  However, they will keep their assigned teacher as their main teacher. The details of how this will happen will be shared prior to students coming back on October 26.

     

    Plan details are available on the WCPSS website at the link https://www.wcpss.net/Page/45883

     

    Quarter 1 Report Cards:

    Report Cards will be issued on October 23.

     

    Quarter 2 Item Distribution Days (note date change):

    Please mark your calendar for October 19 and 20 for our Q2 Item Distribution Days.  Due to the Board’s decision on Tuesday, we will have to devote all of our time on October 15 and 16 to making preparations for students to return to our building.  We will send out the plan for the distribution of Q2 items prior to October 19. 

     

    Upcoming PTA Event:

    On October 14 at 7:00 pm, Oak Grove's PTA will join with other area schools to host an online, nonpartisan Candidate Forum to learn more from those running for School Board in Districts 8 and 9. Topics addressed during this Forum will include special education, reassignment, parent communication, diversity & inclusion, curriculum, and more! The Forum will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube for on-demand viewing immediately after. We encourage you to visit the Wake PTA Advocacy channel to watch this Candidate Forum, or to review the previous one with all Wake Candidates! 

     

    OGES School Library News:

    The school library is open for curbside services!  Every Wednesday you can pick up and drop off library books from 8:30-9 and 11:30-1.  Reserve books by going to Follett Destiny in your child's WakeID Portal.  Watch the video on the library's website for more details: bit.ly/ogeslibrary

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • ​​​​​​​October 14: PTA Candidates Forum
    • October 19: Quarter 2 begins
    • October 19 & 20: Quarter 2 Item Distribution
    • October 23: Quarter 1 Report Cards go home

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/25/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/25/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyI hope everyone has had a wonderful weekend. 

     

    WCPSS Board of Education update!

    Students could return to in-person instruction by late October under a proposal discussed by our Board of Education during its work session on Wednesday. In addition to the reopening plan, the board also discussed the benefits of providing one day each week without live online instruction for all students. The reopening proposal, which could receive final approval as soon as September 29, would use a phased approach at first. Plan details are available on the WCPSS website at the link https://www.wcpss.net/Page/45789

     

    Quarter 1 Update:

    On Wednesday, September 30, we will finish Quarter 1.  Report Cards will not be issued until October 23. However, to keep families informed, we will be scheduling Quarter 1 conferences on September 29, 30, and October 1. Communication between home and school is an essential component of Oak Grove teaching and learning.

     

    Remote Learning Days (September 29 & 30):

    Remote Learning Days are scheduled for September 29th and 30th.  These days will include recorded (asynchronous) activities for students to complete on their own schedule.  We will not have live instruction on Remote Learning Days.  Please remember that track out for students begins on Thursday October 1st.  We will report back for learning on Monday, October 19th.

     

    Quarter 2 Item Distribution Days:

    Please mark your calendar for October 15 and 16 for our Q2 Item Distribution Days.  Once we hear the Board’s decision on Tuesday, we will make final plans for those two days. 

     

    OGES School Library News:

    The school library is open for curbside services!  Every Wednesday you can pick up and drop off library books from 8:30-9 and 11:30-1.  Reserve books by going to Follett Destiny in your child's WakeID Portal.  Watch the video on the library's website for more details: bit.ly/ogeslibrary

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • ​​​​​​​September 29 & 30: Remote Learning Days (asynchronous learning)
    • September 30: End of Quarter 1
    • October 1: Track-out begins
    • October 19: Quarter 2 begins
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/18/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/18/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyOn Friday, WCPSS sent  this survey to provide feedback regarding students returning to school campuses for in-person instruction. Please submit your responses by Monday, September 21, at 5 p.m. The survey was sent in light of the WCPSS School Board Meeting on Tuesday, September 15. You can go back and watch the meeting by clicking this link.

     

     

    Oak Grove PTA update!

    The PTA had their first membership meeting on Thursday, September 17. A new treasurer, Morgan Kirby, was officially voted onto the Board.  We also heard from our advocacy chair, Sarah Stoeckel. We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to join the PTA.  Here is the link for parents to join the PTA. The PTA will also be sharing this on their PTA Facebook page.

    https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/

     

    Progress Report Update:

    On Friday, September 18th you should have received a narrative progress report for your child(ren) by email.  This progress report offers feedback about your child’s engagement and performance during synchronous and asynchronous instruction. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the report.  We will be scheduling Quarter 1 conferences on September 29, 30, and October 1. Communication between home and school is an essential component of Oak Grove teaching and learning.

     

     

    Remote Learning Days (September 29 & 30):

    Remote Learning Days are scheduled for September 29th and 30th.  These days will include recorded (asynchronous) activities for students to complete on their own schedule.  We will not have live instruction on Remote Learning Days.  Please remember that track out for students begins on Thursday October 1st.  We will report back for learning on Monday, October 19th. Report Cards for first Quarter will be issued on Friday, October 23.

     

    OGES School Library News:

    The school library is open for curbside services!  Every Wednesday you can pick up and drop off library books from 8:30-9 and 11:30-1.  Reserve books by going to Follett Destiny in your child's WakeID Portal.  Watch the video on the library's website for more details: bit.ly/ogeslibrary

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

    Reminders:

    • September 29 & 30: Remote Learning Days (asynchronous learning)
    • September 30: End of Quarter 1
    • October 1: Track-out begins
    • October 19: Quarter 2 begins
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/11/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/11/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyOn Friday, we paused for a moment of silence in honor of the National Day of Service and Remembrance held every year since September 11, 2001. We appreciate all those who serve and keep us safe, especially including our first responders.

     

    20th Day of School is Monday, September 14!

    As a reminder, the 20th day of school is Monday, September 14.  Our teacher months of employment are based on the number of students enrolled as of the 20th day of school (most years it is based on the 10th day).  Everyday counts, and we want every student counted present on Monday. Please reach out to your child(ren)’s teacher if you experience technology issue that prevent you from attending a Google Meet.

     

    Progress Report Update:

    Next Friday, September 18th you will receive a narrative progress report for your child(ren) by email.  This progress report will offer feedback about your child’s engagement and performance during synchronous and asynchronous instruction.

     

    In an effort to provide our teachers with time to create a narrative progress report for each child in their classroom, we are offering them planning time on Wednesday, September 16th from 11:30 pm - 4:00 pm.  For your planning, students will not have live sessions with their homeroom teacher during this afternoon block.  

     

    What does this mean for families? Special education sessions and Specials classes will follow their normal schedule on Wednesday, September 16th.  Homeroom teachers will be offline working on reports. During this afternoon, your child may finish incomplete work, access Dreambox, online reading resources, or simply take a break. We appreciate your understanding and support in advance.

     

    Remote Learning Days (September 29 & 30):

    Remote Learning Days are scheduled for September 29th and 30th.  These days will include recorded (asynchronous) activities for students to complete on their own schedule.  We will not have live instruction on Remote Learning Days.  Please remember that track out for students begins on Thursday October 1st.  We will report back for learning on Monday, October 19th. Report Cards for first Quarter will be issued on Friday, October 23.

     

    OGES School Library News:

    The school library is open for curbside services!  Every Wednesday you can pick up and drop off library books from 8:30-9 and 11:30-1.  Reserve books by going to Follett Destiny in your child's WakeID Portal.  Watch the video on the library's website for more details: bit.ly/ogeslibrary

     

    Join the Oak Grove PTA!

    Oak Grove is a wonderful school because of our terrific community support.  We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to join the PTA.  Here is the link for parents to join the PTA. The PTA will also be sharing this on their PTA FB page.

    https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/

    The PTA will have a General Membership meeting on September 17 at 6:00 PM.  Please mark your calendars!

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 9/4/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 9/4/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyThank you to everyone for a wonderful first week of full instruction.  Were there glitches: YES!  Was is challenging: Absolutely!  Did we all stick in there to make it the best week: Without question or hesitation!!  Thank you to everyone who reached out to send a kind word to a staff member.  You see how hard everyone is working, and your acknowledgement helped us come back at it every day.  We want to thank all of you: parents, family members, instruction supervisors, and students.  We thank you for putting forth your best effort and trying your best in virtual learning.  In so many ways, we are not just surviving, but we are thriving.

     

    Please remember that Monday, September 7, is Labor Day.  There will be no school on Monday.

     

    OGES School Library News:

    The school library is open for curbside services!  Every Wednesday you can pick up and drop off library books from 8:30-9 and 11:30-1.  Reserve books by going to Follett Destiny in your child's WakeID Portal.  Watch the video on the library's website for more details: bit.ly/ogeslibrary

     

    Join the Oak Grove PTA!

    Oak Grove is a wonderful school because of our terrific community support.  We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to join the PTA.  Here is the link for parents to join the PTA. The PTA will also be sharing this on their PTA FB page.

    https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/

    The PTA will have a General Membership meeting on September 17 at 6:00 PM.  Please mark your calendars!

     

    Attendance and Participation:

    Our main way of counting attendance will be through students attending a Google Meet.  If you are unable to attend due to connection (WiFi problems) or lack of technology, please send your teacher an email or message through Remind/Talking Points every day before 10:00. They will respond by 12:00.  If your child has an appointment or is sick, just like when we are in the building, please send a note.  If we do not hear from you or see your student, we will have to mark an unexcused absence for that day.  We really want your student to be present every day, as every day of school is important!

     

    Most first, second and third grader Otters are working on growing their technology skills, while our Kindergarten students are just now being exposed. Any fourth and fifth grade Oak Grove student should be quite adept at navigating a laptop and the learning platforms we use. All our teachers are fluent in a variety of technology skills which are implemented in the classroom with their students. With all of this in mind, we ask that you allow for your child to independently navigate virtually without you (as the adult) over their shoulder. Our teachers are professionals and take pride in the various trainings and professional development they have had to support your child through this process. Please trust us. We will do all we can to make sure your child is learning and able to do the necessary assignments; but the first two weeks have been “orientation” and it is our job to make sure students can maneuver through independently - without a parent/guardian. Thank you for allowing us to grow your child.

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders

     

     

    • September 7: No School / Labor Day Holiday
    • September 17: PTA Membership Meeting, 6:00 PM
    • September 30: End of Quarter 1

     

     

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/28/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/28/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyJust as a reminder: our first week of following the full schedule begins on Monday, August 31.  We can’t wait to spend our full day with our Otters!

     

    Daily Schedule at Oak Grove:

    In general, we will be following our normal bell schedule (9:15-4:00).  You can view the entire school schedule posted to our website HERE. All students will have 11:30-1:00 device-free lunch and “get up & move” time. Synchronous learning will be comprised about 2-3 hours of the day.  Students will have about 2-3 hours of time that will be asynchronous instruction. Students will have daily specials that will be about 20 minutes. Your child’s teacher should have communicated with you about their specific schedule.

     

    Attendance and Participation:

    Our main way of counting attendance will be through students attending a Google Meet.  If you are unable to attend due to connection (WiFi problems) or lack of technology, please send your teacher an email or message through Remind/Talking Points every day before 10:00. They will respond by 12:00.  If your child has an appointment or is sick, just like when we are in the building, please send a note.  If we do not hear from you or see your student, we will have to mark an unexcused absence for that day.  We really want your student to be present every day, as every day of school is important!

     

    Most first, second and third grader Otters are working on growing their technology skills, while our Kindergarten students are just now being exposed. Any fourth and fifth grade Oak Grove student should be quite adept at navigating a laptop and the learning platforms we use. All our teachers are fluent in a variety of technology skills which are implemented in the classroom with their students. With all of this in mind, we ask that you allow for your child to independently navigate virtually without you (as the adult) over their shoulder. Our teachers are professionals and take pride in the various trainings and professional development they have had to support your child through this process. Please trust us. We will do all we can to make sure your child is learning and able to do the necessary assignments; but the first two weeks have been “orientation” and it is our job to make sure students can maneuver through independently - without a parent/guardian. Thank you for allowing us to grow your child.

     

     

    Technology:

    If you completed the technology survey from WCPSS, you will be contacted by WCPSS for a date to pick up your device. WCPSS sent out a message that they will have 3 distribution dates during the week of August 31: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9am to 4 pm. 

     

    Join the Oak Grove PTA!

    Oak Grove is a wonderful school because of our terrific community support.  We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to join the PTA.  Here is the link for parents to join the PTA. The PTA will also be sharing this on their PTA FB page.

    https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/

     

     

    New Year, New Calendar!

    The 20-21 school calendar for Multi-Track Year Round schools has been amended to follow the Track 4 calendar (found here).  All tracks will follow this calendar for the 20-21 school year.  If changes are made to the calendar, it will be communicated by WCPSS and would not happen until the beginning of second semester. To the extent possible, we will honor your assigned track from 20-21 for the 21-22 school year (we are hopeful that we will be able to go back to multi-track year round for 21-22).

     

    Supply Lists:

    School supplies are posted on our website if you did not receive a supply list from your teacher.

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Frequently Asked Questions:

     

    • Who is our Virtual Academy Contact?
    • What will the daily schedule look like? 

    You can find our general school schedule on our website under “Virtual Learning Schedule”.

    • What does “live instruction” (synchronous) look like?
      •  In general, instruction is considered “live” if it (1) allows for the teacher and students to interact with each other in real time, and (2) is focused on furthering a learning goal.

                           Examples of “Live” Instruction

    • Scheduled  Collaborative Activities using digital tools
    • Peer feedback and collaboration activities where the teacher is also involved and providing feedback (example: using the comment feature in Google Docs to provide feedback).
    • Discussion Questions / Forums moderated by the teacher
    • Brief mini lessons through Google Meet to introduce a module of learning.
    • Google Meet Chats (Whole Class or Small Group)
    • How will Virtual Academy students be integrated with the school? 
      • Ensuring that we are all still connected as one school family was one of many reasons, our school leadership team selected the teaching and learning model that maintains class lists with both VA and Plan B students. Students will all have virtual opportunities to all connect, regardless of Plan B or VA. Teachers will clearly communicate with parents weekly, much like we have done in the past.  Parents should expect that all teachers on a grade level will work together to plan and implement instruction both online and face to face.  Of course, this will be new territory for us and we will need to be flexible and creative in determining what this will look like over time. 
    • Will kids have specials?
      • Students will continue to have specials classes.
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 8/21/2020

    Principal’s Otter Splash 8/21/2020

    Hello, Oak Grove familyWelcome back to school!  We had a successful first week of school.  We have been able to connect with nearly all our families and students through our Meet the Teacher events, our Item Distribution events, our Google Meets, personal phone calls, and even cards and letters in the mail.  We are so happy to have our Oak Grove Otters back!

     

    Daily Schedule at Oak Grove:

    In general, we will be following our normal bell schedule (9:15-4:00).  You can view the entire school schedule posted to our website HERE. All students will have 11:30-1:00 device-free lunch and “get up & move” time. Synchronous learning will be comprised about 2-3 hours of the day.  Students will have about 2-3 hours of time that will be asynchronous instruction. Students will have daily specials that will be about 20 minutes. Your child’s teacher should have communicated with you about their specific schedule.

     

    Week Two of Orientation (beginning August 24):

    During the week of August 24, teachers will begin some instruction with their students based on developmentally appropriate levels and proficiency with digital tools. We will continue building our classroom communities and setting expectations.

    On August 31, you can expect full implementation of our daily schedule.

     

    Attendance and Participation:

    We are so excited to begin moving toward more engagement with your student starting on Monday, August 24.  Our main way of counting attendance will be through students attending a Google Meet.  If you are unable to attend due to connection (WiFi problems) or lack of technology, please send your teacher an email or message through Remind/Talking Points every day before 10:00. They will respond by 12:00.  If your child has an appointment or is sick, just like when we are in the building, please send a note.  If we do not hear from you or see your student, we will have to mark an unexcused absence for that day.  We really want your student to be present every day, as every day of school is important!

     

    Technology:

    If you completed the technology survey from WCPSS, you will be contacted by WCPSS for a date during the week of August 24 to pick up your device(s).  We have learned that WCPSS prioritized High School students and Modified Calendar students during the week of August 17. Device distribution will be at centralized location across the county, and it will not happen at Oak Grove.  Three days prior to your distribution date, you will receive an email from WCPSS with information about your specific date and what to expect when you arrive. Please be patient while waiting to receive your email.

     

    Join the Oak Grove PTA!

    Oak Grove is a wonderful school because of our terrific community support.  We want to encourage everyone to take a moment to join the PTA.  Here is the link for parents to join the PTA. The PTA will also be sharing this on their PTA FB page.

    https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/

     

     

    New Year, New Calendar!

    The 20-21 school calendar for Multi-Track Year Round schools has been amended to follow the Track 4 calendar (found here).  All tracks will follow this calendar for the 20-21 school year.  If changes are made to the calendar, it will be communicated by WCPSS and would not happen until the beginning of second semester. To the extent possible, we will honor your assigned track from 20-21 for the 21-22 school year (we are hopeful that we will be able to go back to multi-track year round for 21-22).

     

    Supply Lists:

    School supplies are posted on our website if you did not receive a supply list from your teacher.

     

    We need to hear from you!

    If you are planning on leaving Wake County Public School System for the 2020-21 school year, whether it be out of county, out of state, or to a charter/private/religious school, please email our Data Manager, Mrs. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net informing us of this change.  Please include in the letter your child(ren)’s name, track, current grade and teacher, and the place you are moving and/or the school your child(ren) will be attending.  This information is helpful as we plan for next school year.  Please feel free to email any questions you may have.

     

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions. Ms. Rhodes and I are here to support you and your family. 

     

    Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Frequently Asked Questions:

     

    • Who is our Virtual Academy Contact?
    • What will the daily schedule look like? 

    You can find our general school schedule on our website under “Virtual Learning Schedule”.

    • What does “live instruction” (synchronous) look like?
      •  In general, instruction is considered “live” if it (1) allows for the teacher and students to interact with each other in real time, and (2) is focused on furthering a learning goal.

                           Examples of “Live” Instruction

    • Scheduled  Collaborative Activities using digital tools
    • Peer feedback and collaboration activities where the teacher is also involved and providing feedback (example: using the comment feature in Google Docs to provide feedback).
    • Discussion Questions / Forums moderated by the teacher
    • Brief mini lessons through Google Meet to introduce a module of learning.
    • Google Meet Chats (Whole Class or Small Group)
    • How will Virtual Academy students be integrated with the school? 
      • Ensuring that we are all still connected as one school family was one of many reasons, our school leadership team selected the teaching and learning model that maintains class lists with both VA and Plan B students. Students will all have virtual opportunities to all connect, regardless of Plan B or VA. Teachers will clearly communicate with parents weekly, much like we have done in the past.  Parents should expect that all teachers on a grade level will work together to plan and implement instruction both online and face to face.  Of course, this will be new territory for us and we will need to be flexible and creative in determining what this will look like over time. 
    • Will kids have specials?
      • Students will continue to have specials classes.

     

     

     

     

     

     

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