• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 4/9/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 4/9/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope you had a wonderful and restful Track-out!  It’s hard to believe that on Wednesday, April 14, we will begin the final quarter of the 2020-2021 school year.

     

    Please read over this week’s Splash for all the new and updated information as we prepare to welcome students back on Wednesday.

     

    For our Virtual Academy students, we will have Quarter 4 item distribution on April 14-16. Please do not drop by during In-Person student arrival (8:35-9:15) or dismissal (3:45-4:15). We will have items out from 7:30am-5:00pm those 3 days. Please remember to wear a face covering while you are on campus.

     

    Health Screening Changes:

    As stated in the family communication that was sent out on Tuesday, April 6, we will no longer conduct on-site health screenings. We need your help to keep our school communities healthy by keeping your student home if they are not feeling well or have been diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation. More information

     

    Move to Symptom Screening Reminders:

    Students should not be in school if they are diagnosed with COVID-19, exposed to someone with COVID-19, instructed to quarantine, or if they are sick or experiencing any of these symptoms: 

    • 4° fever or higher
    • Sore throat
    • New cough
    • New shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea or vomiting
    • New severe headache

    Visit www.wcpss.net/WhenToReturn for information about returning to school.

     

     

    3rd Quarter Conferences:

    Oak Grove Teachers are planning to hold Quarter 3 conferences during the week of April 12. Teachers have workdays on April 12 & 13, and many of them will schedule some conferences on those days. They also may need to hold conferences later during that same week. Please be on the lookout for more information from your child’s teacher.

     

    Read to Achieve Parent Meeting (3rd Grade Families):

    We will have an information session on Monday, April 12, for families of current 3rd graders to let you know more about the Read to Achieve policies. Please see the flyer here. If you are unable to attend, we will have a voice-over slide presentation available after the meeting.

     

    4th Quarter Item Distribution:

    We will have Quarter 4 item distribution on April 14-16. Please do not drop by during In-Person student arrival (8:35-9:15) or dismissal (3:45-4:15). We will have items out from 7:30am-5:00pm those 3 days. Please remember to wear a mask while you are on campus.

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    Currently, we are planning for a multi-track year-round schedule for the 2021-22 school year. However, there are several factors that must be considered before the final decision is made. We hope to honor your track from the 19-20 school year unless we must make changes. To help us plan, we are now accepting track change requests for next year. To request a form, please email our Data Manager, Alisa Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net  

    Request will be accepted through April 23,2021.

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​Week of April 12: 3rd Quarter conferences
    • April 14: Return from Track-Out, Quarter 4 begins
    • April 14-16: Quarter 4 Item Distribution for VA Students (Times: 7:30-8:15/9:30-3:15/4:15-5:00)
    • April 21: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day (No students on campus)
    • April 23: Quarter 3 Report Cards go home
    • May 5: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day (No students on campus)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/26/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/26/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! It’s almost time for Track-Out at Oak Grove, and out teachers are working hard until the last day of the quarter to ensure your children have all the tools for success.

     

    March 29 and March 30 are remote learning days. Students will not be on campus those days. Teachers will start the day live on Google Meets with your students. They will set them up for the day of asynchronous learning. Teachers may also have office hours or other small group meeting during these two days. March 31 is the beginning of our final track-out this year.

     

    We will return to school on Wednesday, April 14. I hope you have a restful Track-Out. I will not send out another Splash until Sunday, April 11.

     

    For our Virtual Academy students, we will have Quarter 4 item distribution on April 14-16. Please do not drop by during In-Person student arrival (8:45-9:15) or dismissal (3:55-4:15). We will have items out from 8:00am-5:00pm those 3 days.

     

    3rd Quarter Conferences:

    Oak Grove Teachers are planning to hold Quarter 3 conferences during the week of April 12. Teachers have workdays on April 12 & 13, and many of them will schedule some conferences on those days. They also may need to hold conferences later during that same week. Please be on the lookout for more information from your child’s teacher.

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    Currently, we are planning for a multi-track year-round schedule for the 2021-22 school year. However, there are several factors that must be considered before the final decision is made. We hope to honor your track from the 19-20 school year unless we must make changes. To help us plan, we are now accepting track change requests for next year. To request a form, please email our Data Manager, Alisa Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net  

    Request will be accepted through April 23,2021.

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days. WCPSS provided some clarity around asynchronous days. All days listed, including the Remote Learning days (March 29 and 30), are to be asynchronous. You should expect to see your child’s teacher on March 29 and 30 at the start of each day to help your child navigate these remote learning days. Teachers will also be available for office hours on those days. However, there will not be live teaching on March 29 and 30.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​March 29 & 30: Remote Learning Days, all students are off campus
    • March 31: Track-Out begins
    • April 14: Return from Track-Out, Quarter 4 begins
    • April 14-16: Quarter 4 Item Distribution for VA Students
    • April 23: Quarter 3 Report Cards go home
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/19/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/19/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! Welcome to Spring! Saturday marks the first day of Spring, 2021. I love this time of year and how it often represents new beginnings.

     

    Speaking of new beginnings, on Monday, March 15, in-person (Non-VA) 4th and 5th graders returned to campus. It was a great week with all our in-person students. We are still in the process of continuing to improve and refine our practices to meet the needs of all our students. Every time a new change has happened, our teachers have heroically stepped up to the plate. We thank our parents for all of your support. I personally heard from many of you over the past couple of weeks. Your kind words are so appreciated. You consistently recognize that, despite all the challenges, Oak Grove staff is doing an amazing job. We hope you know how much we love your students and recognize the hard work that families are putting forth to make this a success for everyone.  

     

    Wednesday, March 24, IS NOT an asynchronous/remote learning day. Students will come on campus on Wednesday. March 29 and March 30 are remote learning days. Students will not be on campus those days. March 31 is the beginning of our final track-out this year.

     

    Finally, it is important to know the guidelines we are required to follow for sick students in-person. Please make sure you are familiar with these guidelines that were emailed out to families from WCPSS on February 10. When to Return to School

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    Currently, we are planning for a multi-track year-round schedule for the 2021-22 school year. However, there are several factors that must be considered before the final decision is made. We hope to honor your track from the 19-20 school year unless we must make changes. To help us plan, we are now accepting track change requests for next year. To request a form, please email our Data Manager, Alisa Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net  

    Request will be accepted through April 23,2021.

     

    3rd Quarter Conferences:

    Oak Grove Teachers are planning to hold Quarter 3 conferences during the week of April 12. Teachers have workdays on April 12 & 13, and many of them will schedule some conferences on those days. They also may need to hold conferences later during that same week. Please be on the lookout for more information from your child’s teacher.

     

    Family Engagement Survey:

    Oak Grove families, we truly value your input, especially when it comes to special events for our school community.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey so that we can meet your needs when planning for our next OGES family engagement event.  Thank you so much!

     

    Curbside Pickup Survey:

    Our library is looking for your feedback on our current curbside pickup services.  Please fill out this survey (English or Español) to tell us how we can improve curbside pickup to better suit your family's needs.  

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days. WCPSS provided some clarity around asynchronous days. All days listed, including the Remote Learning days (March 29 and 30), are to be asynchronous. You should expect to see your child’s teacher on March 29 and 30 at the start of each day to help your child navigate these remote learning days. Teachers will also be available for office hours on those days. However, there will not be live teaching on March 29 and 30.

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Registration for Middle School Electives

    You should have received a letter last week about Middle School Registration. Ms. Michot is going to work with all 5th grade students to assist with registration. The updated schedule is:

    Hayes

    • March 15 @12:50

    Eggers

    • March 16 @ 12:50 

    VA

    • March 18 and March 19- Via Google Meet (code to be added to the teacher’s Google Classroom) 
      •  Eggers/Hayes - March 18th at 12:30
      • Wade/Hathaway(Sollod) - March 19th at 12:30

    Wade

    • March 23 @ 12:50

    Hathaway/Sollod

    • March 24 @ 12:50

    Students may attend Office Hours each day, 3/15-3/24 (not 3/22) at 3:30 for additional assistance. 

    • Code=OGES6thgrade

     

     

    Return to Campus:

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​March 24: No Asynchronous Day, all students are in-person
    • March 29 & 30: Remote Learning Days, all students are off campus
    • March 31: Track-Out begins
    • April 14: Return from Track-Out, Quarter 4 begins

     

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/12/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/12/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Did you remember that this weekend we “Spring Forward” as Daylight Saving Time begins?

     

    On Monday, March 15, in-person (Non-VA) 4th and 5th graders will return to campus. We are so excited to have you back! If you are planning to carpool, please check out the reminders further down in this Splash. We can’t wait to see you on Monday!  

     

    It is important to know the guidelines we are required to follow for sick students in-person. Please make sure you are familiar with these guidelines that were emailed out to families from WCPSS on February 10. When to Return to School

     

    Wednesday, March 17, IS an asynchronous/remote learning day. Students will not come on campus on Wednesday.

     

    Family Engagement Survey:

    Oak Grove families, we truly value your input, especially when it comes to special events for our school community.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey so that we can meet your needs when planning for our next OGES family engagement event.  Thank you so much!

     

    Curbside Pickup Survey:

    Our library is looking for your feedback on our current curbside pickup services.  Please fill out this survey (English or Español) to tell us how we can improve curbside pickup to better suit your family's needs.  

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days. WCPSS provided some clarity around asynchronous days. All days listed, including the Remote Learning days (March 29 and 30), are to be asynchronous. You should expect to see your child’s teacher on March 29 and 30 at the start of each day to help your child navigate these remote learning days. Teachers will also be available for office hours on those days. However, there will not be live teaching on March 29 and 30.

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Registration for Middle School Electives

    You should have received a letter last week about Middle School Registration. Ms. Michot is going to work with all 5th grade students to assist with registration. The updated schedule is:

    Hayes

    • March 15 @12:50

    Eggers

    • March 16 @ 12:50 

    VA

    • March 18 and March 19- Via Google Meet (code to be added to the teacher’s Google Classroom) 
      •  Eggers/Hayes - March 18th at 12:30
      • Wade/Hathaway(Sollod) - March 19th at 12:30

    Wade

    • March 23 @ 12:50

    Hathaway/Sollod

    • March 24 @ 12:50

    Students may attend Office Hours each day, 3/15-3/24 (not 3/22) at 3:30 for additional assistance. 

    • Code=OGES6thgrade

     

     

    Return to Campus:

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​March 15: All Pre-K through 5th and Regional Programs (Non-VA students) are in person
    • March 17: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day
    • March 24: No Asynchronous Day, all students are in-person
    • March 29 & 30: Remote Learning Days, all students are off campus
    • March 31: Track-Out begins
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 3/5/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 3/5/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.

     

    On March 8, Cohort 2/B 4th and 5th graders will return to campus. If you are planning to carpool, please check out the reminders further down in this Splash. We can’t wait to see you on Monday!  

     

    Wednesday, March 10, is NOT an asynchronous/remote learning day. Students will come on campus on Wednesday.

     

    Tuesday, March 9, Board Meeting:

    On Tuesday, the Board has called a special meeting to vote on the potential of all non-Virtual Academy 4th and 5th grade students returning under Plan A as early as March 15.

     

    Family Engagement Survey:

    Oak Grove families, we truly value your input, especially when it comes to special events for our school community.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey so that we can meet your needs when planning for our next OGES family engagement event.  Thank you so much!

     

    Curbside Pickup Survey:

    Our library is looking for your feedback on our current curbside pickup services.  Please fill out this survey (English or Español) to tell us how we can improve curbside pickup to better suit your family's needs.  

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days.

     

    Virtual Academy and Remote Student Specials:

    Art, Music, and PE Specialists are excited to meet with Virtual Academy and Remote Learners live for 20 minutes 3 times per week in addition to the regular asynchronous specials time.  More information can be found in the video at bit.ly/OGvirtualspecials

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Registration for Middle School Electives

    You should have received a letter last week about Middle School Registration. Ms. Michot is going to work with all 5th grade students to assist with registration. The schedule right now will be:

    Cohort 3 - March 15-17 @ 12:50

    VA and Cohort 2 via Google Meet - 

           March 18 @ 12:30 Eggers/Hayes

           March 19 @ 12:30 Wade/Hathaway

    Cohort 1 - March 22-24 @ 12:50

     

    Return to Campus:

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    It is important to know the guidelines we are required to follow for sick students in-person. Please make sure you are familiar with these guidelines that were emailed out to families from WCPSS on February 10. When to Return to School

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​March 8: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 2/B for 4th & 5th Grade attends this week
    • March 9: Special Board Meeting to discuss 4th and 5th grade under Plan A
    • March 15: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 3/C for 4th & 5th Grade attends this week
    • March 17: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day
    • March 22: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade attends this week
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 2/26/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 2/26/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. Hopefully you got outside and enjoyed the taste of Spring weather. Thank you to the PTA for the yummy breakfast on Wednesday, February 24. We appreciate all the families do for the staff at Oak Grove. Your support means the world to us!

     

    On Friday, February 26, you should have received Q3 interim report from your teacher. Please reach out with any questions.

     

    On March 1, Cohort 1/A 4th and 5th graders will return to campus. If you are planning to carpool, please check out the reminders further down in this Splash. We can’t wait to see you on Monday!  

     

    Wednesday, March 3, is an asynchronous/remote learning day. Students will not come on campus on Wednesday. Your child’s teacher will give you more information about the asynchronous assignments.

     

    Curbside Pickup Survey:

    Our library is looking for your feedback on our current curbside pickup services.  Please fill out this survey (English or Español) to tell us how we can improve curbside pickup to better suit your family's needs.  

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days. Please note that March 29 and 30 are Remote Learning Days, but we will have 2.5 hours of live instruction on those days. All other days listed are asynchronous. 

     

    Virtual Academy and Remote Student Specials:

    Art, Music, and PE Specialists are excited to meet with Virtual Academy and Remote Learners live for 20 minutes 3 times per week in addition to the regular asynchronous specials time.  More information can be found in the video at bit.ly/OGvirtualspecials

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Upcoming Virtual 6th Grade Open House

    We are beginning to receive information from our partner middle schools about upcoming open virtual open houses. Ms. Michot has compiled a list to share with 5th grade families. Here is the list: Middle School Open House

     

    Return to Campus:

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​March 1: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
    • March 3: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day
    • March 8: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 2/B for 4th & 5th Grade attends this week
    • March 15: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 3/C for 4th & 5th Grade attends this week
    • March 17: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day
    • March 22: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade attends this week
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 2/19/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 2/19/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. It was so wonderful to have our Otters back on campus this week. We have missed you so much, and our building feels so much better with you all back here!

     

    On February 22, Cohort 3/C 4th and 5th graders will return to campus. If you are planning to carpool, please check out the reminders further down in this Splash. Cohort 1/A 4th and 5th graders will come the week of March 1.

     

    On Friday, February 26, we will say “Goodbye” to our wonderful Ms. Terry Williams. Ms. Williams has served Oak Grove almost since the building opened. Like so many of you, she first fell in love with The Grove as a parent. She has been an amazing Lead Secretary and Bookkeeper, but she has decided that the time has come to begin her retirement (I think her new grandson helped make that decision). We will miss her so much!

     

    Additional Remote Learning Days:

    On Tuesday, February 16, at the WCPSS Board Meeting, additional remote learning days were added to the calendar. This document, Additional Remote Learning Days, has the added days. Please note that March 29 and 30 are Remote Learning Days, but we will have 2.5 hours of live instruction on those days. All other days listed are asynchronous.  

     

    Virtual Academy and Remote Student Specials:

    Art, Music, and PE Specialists are excited to meet with Virtual Academy and Remote Learners live for 20 minutes 3 times per week in addition to the regular asynchronous specials time.  More information can be found in the video at bit.ly/OGvirtualspecials

     

    Oak Grove Yearbook, We need your help!:

    Ms. Smith, our Yearbook chair, has asked for your help to fill the pages of our upcoming Yearbook. PLEASE send any virtual learning photos that they would like to be included in the yearbook to Ms. Smith:  ogesyearbook@gmail.com by Friday, February 26th, 2021.  She would LOVE to be able to fill pages in the yearbook of kids working remotely at home/camps/ymca, etc.

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Upcoming Virtual 6th Grade Open House

    We are beginning to receive information from our partner middle schools about upcoming open virtual open houses. Ms. Michot has compiled a list to share with 5th grade families. Here is the list: Middle School Open House

     

    Return to Campus:

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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.

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​February 22: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 3/C for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
    • February 24: Asynchronous / Remote Learning Day
    • February 26: Quarter 3 Interim Reports sent home today
    • March 1: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 2/12/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 2/12/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and Happy Valentine’s Day on Sunday. We are excited to see our in-person Otters on Monday, February 15! We are ready to welcome you back!

     

    On February 15, all PreK-3rd grade students that are NOT enrolled in Virtual Academy will return to in-person instruction. Additionally, Cohort 2/B 4th and 5th graders will begin. Cohort 3/C 4th and 5th graders will come the week of February 22. Cohort 1/A 4th and 5th graders will come the week of March 1.

     

    Virtual Academy and Remote Student Specials:

    Art, Music, and PE Specialists are excited to meet with Virtual Academy and Remote Learners live for 20 minutes 3 times per week in addition to the regular asynchronous specials time.  More information can be found in the video at bit.ly/OGvirtualspecials

     

    Oak Grove Yearbook, We need your help!:

    Ms. Smith, our Yearbook chair, has asked for your help to fill the pages of our upcoming Yearbook. PLEASE send any virtual learning photos that they would like to be included in the yearbook to Ms. Smith:  ogesyearbook@gmail.com by Friday, February 26th, 2021.  She would LOVE to be able to fill pages in the yearbook of kids working remotely at home/camps/ymca, etc.

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Upcoming Virtual 6th Grade Open House

    We are beginning to receive information from our partner middle schools about upcoming open virtual open houses. Ms. Michot has compiled a list to share with 5th grade families. Here is the list: Middle School Open House

     

    Return to Campus:

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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.

     

     

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​February 15: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 2/B for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
    • February 17: NO Asynchronous Day (regular live instruction)
    • February 17: PTA Meeting (held virtually) at 6:00 PM
    • February 22: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 3/C for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
    • February 24: Asynchronous / Remote Learning Day
    • February 26: Quarter 3 Interim Reports sent home today
    • March 1: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 2/5/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 2/5/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. We are excited that we will soon have our Otters back in the building. This week will be full of preparations to be ready for the February 15 return.

     

    On Monday, February 15, all PreK-3rd grade students that are NOT enrolled in Virtual Academy will return to in-person instruction. Additionally, Cohort 2/B 4th and 5th graders will begin. Cohort 3/C 4th and 5th graders will come the week of February 22. Cohort 1/A 4th and 5th graders will come the week of March 1.

     

    If you are coming to school for the first time, we are so excited to see you. Please make sure you familiarize your family with our safety protocols. As always, masks are required for everyone on campus.  We also need everyone to make sure you are symptom-free when coming back to school. Finally, we are making sure to wash or sanitize our hands frequently.

     

    In-Person Families ACTION REQUESTED for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please remember to “snake” through the parking lot to keep cars off Penny Road. If the carpool drive is full, please turn right to go around through the parking lot.
    • Please have your carpool number displayed both during arrival and dismissal
    • If it’s a cold morning, please turn down the heat and remove hats and hoods.  Too much warmth in your car could lead to an inaccurate temperature check at screening.
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly after health screening questions have been answered
    • 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

     

    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 4th and 5th grade families on Friday, February 5, from the homeroom teacher.  If you did not receive your cohort assignment, please contact Ms. Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net).

     

    Fifth Grade Families: Upcoming Virtual 6th Grade Open House

    We are beginning to receive information from our partner middle schools about upcoming open virtual open houses. Ms. Michot is compiling a list to share with 5th grade teachers, but here is the list so far:

    Apex Middle School – February 25 at 6:00

    Apex Friendship Middle School – March 4 at 6:00

    Dillard Drive Middle School – March 1 at 6:00

     

    Daily Communication from WCPSS

    With the return to campus coming the week of February 15, WCPSS will be sending daily communication to prepare everyone. Here are the topics you can anticipate for this week:

    Monday – Updated Eating and Drinking Guidelines

    Tuesday – Changes to Programs and Services

    Wednesday – Screening and Health Information

    Thursday – Checklist for Returning to Campus

    Friday – Social-Emotional Information

     

     

    Change to Powerschool communication:

    There will be an upgrade to our School Messenger system on February 1. If you do not receive my Otter Splash School Messenger on Sunday, February 7, 2021, please contact Alisa Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net).

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​February 10: NO Asynchronous Day (regular live instruction)
    • February 15: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 2/B for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
    • February 10: NO Asynchronous Day (regular live instruction)
    • February 17: PTA Meeting (held virtually) at 6:00 PM
    • February 19: Quarter 3 Interim Reports sent home today
    • February 22: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 3/C for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
    • February 24: Asynchronous / Remote Learning Day
    • March 1: All Pre-K through 3rd and Regional Programs are in person, Cohort 1/A for 4th & 5th Grade begins today
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 1/29/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 1/29/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! I hope everyone is staying warm this week and having a wonderful weekend. We had some excitement with the promise of snow this week. While it didn’t last long, it was beautiful to see.

     

    In case you missed it, on January 7, WCPSS sent out an update to the inclement weather guidelines. Here they are:

    Update to Inclement Weather Guidelines
    During the 2020-2021 school year, an asynchronous learning day will be used when the weather prevents us from having in-person classes. No make-up day will be required. Schools will take into consideration that winter weather and snow days are a time-honored celebration in our community and assign work accordingly. While there will be requirements for work, families should expect to also have time to celebrate their own traditions. Families will continue to receive an email and text message when the school day is modified due to inclement weather. When possible, the announcement will be made the day before so families can plan.

     

    On Friday, January 29, teachers distributed Quarter 2 report cards. Please reach out to your child’s teacher with any questions.

     

    February 1-5 is National School Counselor Week. Please join me in thanking our amazing counselor, Ms. Michot. Ms. Michot always works tirelessly to attend to the social and emotional needs of our school family. During the pandemic, she has gone above and beyond in ensuring our family is supported.

     

    This week, on Wednesday, February 3, we will have an asynchronous day. Your child’s teacher will be in touch to let you know the expectations for Wednesday.

     

    Quarter 3 Item Distribution:

    We have completed the item distribution and only have a few packets still left at school. If you did not pick up a packet, please stop by school this week during our normal office hours of 8:00-4:30. Please make sure you wear a mask at all times while on campus.

     

    Change to Powerschool communication:

    There will be an upgrade to our School Messenger system on February 1. If you do not receive my Otter Splash School Messenger on Sunday, February 7, 2021, please contact Alisa Dahlhoff (adahlhoff@wcpss.net).

     

    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/
    • ​​​​​​​February 1-5: National School Counselor Week (Thank you, Ms. Michot!!)
    • February 3: Asynchronous Day (no live instruction)
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