• Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/23/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/23/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We hope you are having a wonderful weekend. We continue to appreciate all the support from our families as we try to make Oak Grove the best place possible for our Otters.

     

    NCDHHS Guidance Update and Impact on WCPSS Health Measures:

    The new state health guidance released yesterday afternoon is now being reviewed at the school district level. No decisions regarding changes to current guidance will be made prior to the August 3 Board meeting. An implementation date for any decisions made at the August 3 meeting will be announced on or before August 3. In the meantime, schools, students, and staff must follow existing WCPSS guidance and requirements, including wearing face coverings inside schools when students are scheduled to be in the building, and students’ quarantining if they are exposed to someone with COVID-19.

     

     

    COVID cases at school:

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

    Chromebook Distribution (Tracks 1, 2, and 3)

    You should have seen your student bringing their school issued device home every day.  It's their responsibility to charge it every night and bring it back to school the next day. Please refrain from decorating cases or removing cases from the devices. We look forward to the continued use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Eligible Virtual Academy students will receive their Chromebook at item distribution on July 29. Track 4 students can expect to have their distribution at the beginning of when they track back in August.

     

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. As a reminder, your student will be following a Track 4 schedule. You should have received communication from me on Friday, July 16, with updated VA information. You can find the Virtual Academy Item Distribution flyer here. You should also expect to hear from your child’s VA teacher later this month. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Virtual Academy Chromebook and/or Materials Pickup Information:

     

    Where?

    • Salem Elementary carpool lane

    Day?

    • July 29th

    Time?

    • 10:00-11:00 Last Names A-H
    • 11:00-12:00 Last Names I-Q
    • 1:00-2:00 Last Names R-Z

    What?

    • Chromebooks for Virtual Academy students who have not already been assigned one or have an HP Chromebook. Lenovo Chromebooks should not be returned.
    • Required Virtual Academy learning materials for various subjects

    Who?

    • Virtual Academy Students at Salem Elementary, Turner Creek Elementary, Olive Chapel Elementary, and Oak Grove Elementary (all grades)

     

    Note: Virtual Academy families will receive communication from their child's new teacher on July 28th. Material pickup will be on July 29th. On July 30th there will be an opportunity to "virtually" meet the teacher and new classmates in an online meeting.

     

     

    Track 4 Summer Camp (July 12-16 and 19-23)

    We wrapped up Track 4 Summer Camp on July 23. We do NOT have Summer Camp the week of July 26.

     

    Track 3 Summer Camp (August 2-6 and 9-13):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information this week with our Track 3 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of your track-out in August.

     

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    21-22 Remaining Meet the Teacher events:

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school. 

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    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.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • July 22: 3rd Grade BOG (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
    • July 29: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • July 30: Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th (Track 4 - 1:00)
    • August 2: First Day of School, Track 4 and Virtual Academy students
    • August 2-6: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 1
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/16/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/16/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! We had a wonderful second week for Tracks 1, 2, and 3. We enjoyed our Kindergarten Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, July 14. Thursday, July 15, was an exciting day as we welcomed back all our Track 1, 2, and 3 Kindergarteners.

     

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

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

     

    Chromebook Distribution (Tracks 1, 2, and 3)

    This week we wrapped up Chromebook distribution for Tracks 1, 2, and 3.  You should start to see your student bringing their school issued device home every day.  It's their responsibility to charge it every night and bring it back to school the next day. Please refrain from decorating cases or removing cases from the devices. We look forward to the continued use of technology in the classroom to enhance learning. Eligible Virtual Academy students will receive their Chromebook at item distribution on July 29. Track 4 students can expect to have their distribution at the beginning of when they track back in August.

     

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. As a reminder, your student will be following a Track 4 schedule. You should have received communication from me on Friday, July 16, with updated VA information. You can find the Virtual Academy Item Distribution flyer here. You should also expect to hear from your child’s VA teacher later this month. Our Virtual Academy contact is Ms. Rhodes, our Assistant Principal. You can reach her at lrhodes@wcpss.net .

     

    Track 4 Summer Camp (July 12-16 and 19-23)

    We kicked off Summer Camp on Monday, July 12, with Track 4 students that were notified by the school in the Spring. You should have received communication from Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) with your child’s report card. You also should have heard from your child’s Summer Camp teacher this week.

     

    Track 3 Summer Camp (August 2-6 and 9-13):

    Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) sent home information this week with our Track 3 students that were notified of participation in the Spring. We will see you the first two weeks of your track-out in August.

     

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    21-22 Remaining Meet the Teacher events:

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school.  

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    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.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • July 19-23: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 2
    • July 22: 3rd Grade BOG (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
    • July 29: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • July 30: Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th (Track 4 - 1:00)
    • August 2: First Day of School, Track 4 and Virtual Academy students
    • August 2-6: Track 3 Summer Camp Week 1
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/9/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/9/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family! Welcome back to Tracks 1, 2, and 3. We had a terrific Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, July 7. Although we had to weather Elsa on Thursday, it was a great first day of school! We appreciate all the love, excitement, and support from our Oak Grove Families this week.

     

    As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school.  

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. As a reminder, your student will be following a Track 4 schedule. You should expect communication from me on Friday, July 16, with updated VA information. You should also expect to hear from your child’s VA teacher later this month.

     

    Track 4 Summer Camp (July 12-16 and 19-23)

    We are kicking off Summer Camp on Monday, July 12, with Track 4 students that were notified by the school in the Spring. You should have received communication from Ms. Tysor (jtysor@wcpss.net) with your child’s report card. For most of our Track 4 campers, your child’s Summer Camp teacher will meet them in the lobby on Monday. If you are using assisted drop-off, there will be a staff member to meet your family there.

     

    Reminders for Carpoolers for a smooth arrival & dismissal

    • Adults stay in car at all times with car running
    • Please have your carpool number displayed during dismissal
    • Please practice carpool numbers with your student
    • Students should be ready to get out of the car quickly. If they are able, they can open the car door on their own. Our staff is there to help if needed.
    • Students should be seated in the back passenger seat (right side of the car) upon arrival; and will be placed in the back passenger seat at dismissal
    • Students should have backpack/personal items ready
    • Say goodbye or hello quickly
    • You can pull off by the Oak Grove track to the right as you exit if your Otter need help buckling up before leaving our campus

     

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    21-22 School Year Kick-off:

    We are ready to kick off the 21-22 school year. We will be hosting more Meet the Teacher events soon.

    We ask families to limit the number of people attending to parents/guardians if possible (limit 2, when possible). Also, everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors. Please bring school supplies to this event, as parents/family members will not be allowed inside the building on the first day of school.

     

    The dates for other Meet the Teacher events are:

    Track 1, 2, 3 (Kindergarten): July 14, 4:15-5:15

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you haven’t returned these items, please do so when your student returns to OGES.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    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.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • July 12-16: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 1
    • July 14: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (Tracks 1, 2, 3) 4:15-5:15
    • July 19-23: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 2
    • July 22: 3rd Grade BOG (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
    • July 29: Track-out Day, Track 3
    • July 30: Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th (Track 4 - 1:00)
    • August 2: First Day of School, Track 4
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 7/2/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 7/2/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Happy 4th of July to all our Otters!

     

    Thursday, July 8, is the first day of school for the 2021-2022 school year for Tracks 1, 2, and 3. We are so excited to welcome our in-person Track 1, 2, and 3 students back on Thursday. (The first day for Track 4 is Monday, August 2.) As a reminder, we still must limit visitors inside the building while students are in attendance. So, for now, please plan to meet an Oak Grove staff member at the door if you have something to deliver to school.  

     

    Also, as a reminder, we still must wear masks inside the building when students are present. Students will not have to wear masks while outside or while actively eating or drinking (including lunch). Water fountains remain closed except for filling water bottles.

     

    21-22 School Year Kick-off:

    We are ready to kick off the 21-22 school year. We will be hosting Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, July 7, for Tracks 1, 2, and 3 for 1st-5th grade. We will follow the updated guidelines for hosting in-person family engagement activities.

     

    On Wednesday, we will stagger the times for the Meet the Teacher events so that we limit the number of people in the building. We will make an announcement at the middle of the event and end of the event. The times will be: 

    11:00-11:50 Track 1

    1:00-1:50 Track 2

    3:00-3:50 Track 3 

    We ask families to limit the number of people attending to parents/guardians if possible (limit 2, when possible). Also, everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors. Please bring school supplies to this event, as parents/family members will not be allowed inside the building on the first day of school.

     

    The dates for other Meet the Teacher events are:

    Track 1, 2, 3 (Kindergarten): July 14, 4:15-5:15

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, 4:15-5:15

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    We need to get the following back when students return in July/August:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    Please bring these items to Meet the Teacher events and drop them by last year’s teacher’s room.

     

    Virtual Academy 21-22

    For our Virtual Academy families, Oak Grove is partnering with the 4 other Southwest Area Year-Round Schools (Laurel Park, Olive Chapel, Turner Creek, and Salem) to finalize teachers, rosters, and plans for the 21-22 Virtual Academy. As a reminder, your student will be following a Track 4 schedule. As soon as all teachers/class lists are finalized, you should expect to hear from your child’s VA teacher later this month.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, the PTA wants to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    COVID Guidelines Updates (Subject to Change . . . )

     

    • Classroom Set Up:  

    Desks do not have to be six feet apart. Teachers will use a seating chart whenever possible to monitor student interactions. Assigned seating could reduce the number of people who may have to quarantine if someone is diagnosed with COVID-19 and facilitate contact tracing.

     

    • Recess:

    Social distancing and masks are NOT required while outside at recess.  Students can use all recess equipment.

     

    • Cafeteria:

    Classes will be eating in the cafeteria as they have done in the past with the following guidelines:

    1. Serving lines will be set up in the traditional way so students can "self-serve" and make their own food/beverage choices.
    2. Students must have assigned seats.
    3. Students can talk and socialize while eating.  
    4. Adults will always remain masked in the cafeteria. 
    5. Students will be encouraged to replace masks when they finish eating. Masks will have to be in place prior to leaving the cafeteria.

     

    • Visitors in the School:

    While there are still restrictions on visitors inside the school, there has been some loosening of these restrictions. Below are some highlights:

    • Nonessential visitors must still be limited, but . . . 
    • Schools may allow visitors when students are not required to be at school (i.e. before/after school or teacher workdays). Generally, visitors will only be allowed for planned events.
    • All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building. 
    • Schools must limit the number of visitors in the school at a time. 
    • Schools will ask families to limit the number of non-students attending in-school events and make arrangements for siblings when possible.

     

    • Health Screening:

    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: 

    • 100.4° 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.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • July 7: Meet the Teacher (Grades 1-5): Track 1 (11:00), Track 2 (1:00), Track 3 (3:00)
    • July 8: First Day of School, Track 1, 2, 3
    • July 12-16: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 1
    • July 14: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (Tracks 1, 2, 3) 4:15-5:15
    • July 19-23: Track 4 Summer Camp Week 2
    • July 22: 3rd Grade BOG (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
    • July 30: Meet the Teacher for 1st-5th (Track 4 - 1:00)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 6/18/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 6/18/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. We want to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the Otter Dads.

     

    Monday, June 21, is the last day of school for the 2020-2021 school year. It has been a year to remember, and we appreciate all the hard work, love, grace, support, flexibility, understanding, and encouragement from our community over the past year.

     

    21-22 School Year Kick-off:

    We are almost ready to kick off the 21-22 school year. We will be hosting Meet the Teacher on Wednesday, July 7, for Tracks 1, 2, and 3 for 1st-5th grade. We will follow the updated guidelines for hosting in-person family engagement activities.

     On Wednesday, we will stagger the times for the Meet the Teacher events so that we limit the number of people in the building. We will make an announcement at the middle of the event and end of the event. The times will be: 

    11:00-11:50 Track 1

    1:00-1:50 Track 2

    3:00-3:50 Track 3 

    We ask families to limit the number of people attending to parents/guardians if possible (limit 2, when possible). Also, everyone will be required to wear a mask indoors. Please bring school supplies to this event, as parents/family members will not be allowed inside the building on the first day of school.

     

    The dates for other Meet the Teacher events are:

    Track 1, 2, 3 (Kindergarten): July 14, Time TBD

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30, 1:00

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6, Time TBD

     

    Updated guidelines: For family engagement activities, NCDHHS requires schools to limit nonessential visitors and activities involving external groups or organizations. Before or after school hours, when students are not required to be in school, you may have visitors in your building. 

    All visitors, staff, and students must follow face covering requirements if students are in the building.

     

    Schools should make efforts to limit or minimize the number of visitors in a school at a time. Possible options include staggering event dates/times to reduce the number of people in areas of the school at the same time or hosting the majority of the event outdoors.

      

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    Any student that currently has a WCPSS hotspot needs to return it to Oak Grove before June 30. 

    Hotspots will no longer work after June 30.

     

    If you have students leaving WCPSS next year, we need to get the following items back before the end of June:

    WCPSS Chromebook (students returning to a WCPSS school keep the county-issued Chromebook)

     

    If you have students leaving Oak Grove next year (either moving out of WCPSS or moving to another school), we need to get the following back before the end of June:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you are returning to OGES for the 21-22 school year, you can return these items in July/August when you come back to school.

     

    Return Library Books:

    All library books were due Friday, June 11th.  In person students are still able to return books to the library.  Virtual Academy students may return books to the return bin, which will be outside every school day in June from 8am-5pm.  Contact Mrs. Caflisch at kcaflisch@wcpss.net with concerns. 

      

    EOG Testing:

    Preliminary EOG scores will be sent home with report cards on Monday. There will not be ELA scores for 4th and 5th grade students until the fall as this is a re-norming year. Also, more detailed information about scores will be sent home later this summer.

      

    Older Splash Reminders:

    OGES Yearbooks:

    We will be sending home yearbooks on Thursday, June 17, if you purchased a book during the window. Those who would still like to purchase a book can do so directly from Strawbridge. You will need to call: 1-800-888-6093 and place an order.  The book will ship to your house, and the cost will be $27.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we wind down the 2020-2021 school year, the PTA wanted to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    Face Covering Update (Outdoors):

    WCPSS sent out the update to face covering guidelines to staff and families. If you missed it, you can find it here:

    Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.

    This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings.

    Students and staff may choose to wear a face covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it.

    NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.

     

    At Oak Grove, we know that this new guidance will be received by individuals in different ways. We respect each individual’s decision, and we are mindful that this is a recommendation and not a requirement. You will see some of our staff and students continue to wear face coverings, even while outside. Others will remove face coverings when they feel comfortable to do so. When children remove face coverings outside, it will be important for them to keep track of their personal items as face coverings are still required inside. Please have that conversation with your students, as well.

     

    We have not received any information about any changes to the face covering requirement for indoors or on school transportation. At this time, face coverings are still required by WCPSS in those situations.

     

    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.

     

     

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

     

    All my best,

     

    Stephanie Bias, Principal

     

    Reminders:

    • Join the PTA: https://oakgrove.memberhub.store/
    • Purchase Spirit Wear, https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/
    • June 21: Last Day of School 2020-2021 school year
    • June 22-July 7: No school
    • July 7: Meet the Teacher (Grades 1-5): Track 1 (11:00), Track 2 (1:00), Track 3 (3:00)
    • July 8: First Day of School, Track 1, 2, 3
    • July 14: Kindergarten Meet the Teacher (Tracks 1, 2, 3)
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 6/11/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 6/11/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Several of the items in this week’s Splash are new and important updates. Please take a few moments to read over the information.

     

    EOG Testing:

    We have concluded the regular administration of the End of Grade Testing. We will have make-ups during the week of June 14. Also, on June 15, we will have Read to Achieve testing for select third grade students. Here is the make-up schedule:

    Tuesday, June 15th:  Read to Achieve and Grade 5 Science

    Wednesday, June 16th:   Grades 3-5 Math

    Thursday, June 17th:  Grades 3-5 ELA 

    If you have any questions about the EOG, please contact our testing coordinator, Jo Tysor, at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    OGES Yearbooks:

    We will be sending home yearbooks on Thursday, June 17, if you purchased a book during the window. Those who would still like to purchase a book can do so directly from Strawbridge. You will need to call: 1-800-888-6093 and place an order.  The book will ship to your house, and the cost will be $27.

     

    Items to Return to OGES:

    Any student that currently has a WCPSS hotspot needs to return it to Oak Grove before June 30. 

    Hotspots will no longer work after June 30.

     

    If you have students leaving WCPSS next year, we need to get the following items back before the end of June:

    WCPSS Chromebook (students returning to a WCPSS school keep the county-issued Chromebook)

     

    If you have students leaving Oak Grove next year (either moving out of WCPSS or moving to another school), we need to get the following back before the end of June:

    WCPSS math manipulatives

    WCPSS headphones

    WCPSS white board

    WCPSS EL books

    If you are returning to OGES for the 21-22 school year, you can return these items in July/August when you come back to school.

     

    Return Library Books:

    All library books were due Friday, June 11th.  In person students are still able to return books to the library.  Virtual Academy students may return books to the return bin, which will be outside every school day in June from 8am-5pm.  Contact Mrs. Caflisch at kcaflisch@wcpss.net with concerns. 

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    We are making plans to kick off the 21-22 school year. Our dates are set for Meet the Teacher, however, we’re not sure yet whether we will be able to have this completely in-person. Please stay tuned, and we will finalize plans as soon as possible.

    The dates for Meet the Teacher are:

    Track 1, 2, 3 (1st-5th grades): July 7

    Track 1, 2, 3 (Kindergarten): July 14

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6

     

    Grade Level Supply Lists:

    Please find the grade level supply lists here:

    Kindergarten

    First Grade

    Second Grade

    Third Grade

    Fourth Grade

    Fifth Grade

    ECS

    You child’s teacher may have additional items in a “wish list” that you receive at Meet the Teacher in July/August.

     

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we wind down the 2020-2021 school year, the PTA wanted to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    Older Splash Reminders:

    Face Covering Update (Outdoors):

    WCPSS sent out the update to face covering guidelines to staff and families. If you missed it, you can find it here:

    Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.

    This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings.

    Students and staff may choose to wear a face covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it.

    NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.

     

    At Oak Grove, we know that this new guidance will be received by individuals in different ways. We respect each individual’s decision, and we are mindful that this is a recommendation and not a requirement. You will see some of our staff and students continue to wear face coverings, even while outside. Others will remove face coverings when they feel comfortable to do so. When children remove face coverings outside, it will be important for them to keep track of their personal items as face coverings are still required inside. Please have that conversation with your students, as well.

     

    We have not received any information about any changes to the face covering requirement for indoors or on school transportation. At this time, face coverings are still required by WCPSS in those situations.

     

    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.

     

     

    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:

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 6/4/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 6/4/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Several of the items in this week’s Splash are new and important updates. Please take a few moments to read over the information.

     

    EOG Testing Continues this Week for In-person students:

    End of Grade testing continues on Tuesday, June 8. You can find all the dates in this document: EOG Dates. If you have any questions about the EOG, please contact our testing coordinator, Jo Tysor, at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    Purchase OGES Spirit Wear:

    As we wind down the 2020-2021 school year, the PTA wanted to remind you that Spirit Wear is available for purchase now to get your student ready for the new school year. You can find ordering information here: https://oak-grove-pta.square.site/

     

    PTA Meeting, June 10 at 6:30 PM (We need YOU!):

    The PTA meeting is scheduled on June 10th at 6:30pm. The link will be sent out prior to the meeting. In this meeting we will be also nominating and voting for the new board. Any parents who are interested in a Board position or a committee chair/co-chair are requested to complete the below google form:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1pe-62qEdSi2cDZy4JK6E1pUo9-4vfReNj6ZYbhHBqFs/edit?ts=60b6b76f

     

    Return Library Books:

    All library books are due Friday, June 11th.  In person students may return books to the library.  Virtual Academy students may return books to the return bin, which will be outside every school day in June from 8am-5pm.  Contact Mrs. Caflisch at kcaflisch@wcpss.net with concerns. 

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    We are making plans to kick off the 21-22 school year. Our dates are set for Meet the Teacher, however, we’re not sure yet whether we will be able to have this completely in-person. Please stay tuned, and we will finalize plans as soon as possible.

    The dates for Meet the Teacher are:

    Track 1, 2, 3 (1st-5th grades): July 7

    Track 1, 2, 3 (Kindergarten): July 14

    Track 4 (1st-5th grades): July 30

    Track 4 (Kindergarten): August 6

     

    We will be posting supply lists this week on our website. More information about supply lists will be in next weeks’ Splash.

     

    Face Covering Update (Outdoors):

    WCPSS sent out the update to face covering guidelines to staff and families. If you missed it, you can find it here:

    Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.

    This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings.

    Students and staff may choose to wear a face covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it.

    NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.

     

    At Oak Grove, we know that this new guidance will be received by individuals in different ways. We respect each individual’s decision, and we are mindful that this is a recommendation and not a requirement. You will see some of our staff and students continue to wear face coverings, even while outside. Others will remove face coverings when they feel comfortable to do so. When children remove face coverings outside, it will be important for them to keep track of their personal items as face coverings are still required inside. Please have that conversation with your students, as well.

     

    We have not received any information about any changes to the face covering requirement for indoors or on school transportation. At this time, face coverings are still required by WCPSS in those situations.

     

    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.

     

     

    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:

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/28/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/28/2021

    Hello, Oak Grove family!  I hope everyone has a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  Having a brother-in-law that recently retired after 30 years of serving our country as a Colonel in the United States Army has made our family especially thankful during this weekend.  We take time to remember all who have served to provide our country with the freedom we so value.

     

    As a reminder, Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day Holiday. There will be no school on Monday.

     

    We have no more scheduled asynchronous days for the rest of the year. At this time, WCPSS has not announced any asynchronous days for the 21-22 school year, and there are no scheduled asynchronous days listed in the 21-22 calendar. It is possible that an asynchronous day may be used as a weather day in the future to avoid a need to make up days missed due to weather.

     

    EOG Dates for both Virtual Academy and In-person students:

    We have finalized our dates to administer the End of Grade tests for our 3rd-5th grade students (both Virtual Academy and In-person). End of Grade testing begins on Tuesday, June 2. You can find all the dates in this document: EOG Dates. We have also created a document specifically designed to help our VA families with coming into school. You can find that here: VA EOG Reminders. If you have any questions about the EOG, please contact our testing coordinator, Jo Tysor, at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    You should have received information about your track assignment for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net.

     

    Face Covering Update (Outdoors):

    WCPSS sent out the update to face covering guidelines to staff and families. If you missed it, you can find it here:

    Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.

    This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings.

    Students and staff may choose to wear a face covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it.

    NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.

     

    At Oak Grove, we know that this new guidance will be received by individuals in different ways. We respect each individual’s decision, and we are mindful that this is a recommendation and not a requirement. You will see some of our staff and students continue to wear face coverings, even while outside. Others will remove face coverings when they feel comfortable to do so. When children remove face coverings outside, it will be important for them to keep track of their personal items as face coverings are still required inside. Please have that conversation with your students, as well.

     

    We have not received any information about any changes to the face covering requirement for indoors or on school transportation. At this time, face coverings are still required by WCPSS in those situations.

     

    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.

     

     

    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:

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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/21/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/21/2021

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

     

    This week on Wednesday, we will have an asynchronous learning day. Students will not be on campus on Wednesday, May 26. This will be our last planned asynchronous day of the school year.

     

    As a reminder, Monday, May 31, is Memorial Day Holiday. There will be no school on that Monday.

     

    EOG Dates for both Virtual Academy and In-person students:

    We have finalized our dates to administer the End of Grade tests for our 3rd-5th grade students (both Virtual Academy and In-person). End of Grade testing begins on Tuesday, June 2. You can find all the dates in this document: EOG Dates. We have also created a document specifically designed to help our VA families with coming into school. You can find that here: VA EOG Reminders. If you have any questions about the EOG, please contact our testing coordinator, Jo Tysor, at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    You should have received information about your track assignment for the 2021-2022 school year. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Dahlhoff at adahlhoff@wcpss.net.

     

    Face Covering Update (Outdoors):

    WCPSS sent out the update to face covering guidelines to staff and families. If you missed it, you can find it here:

    Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.

    This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings.

    Students and staff may choose to wear a face covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it.

    NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.

     

    At Oak Grove, we know that this new guidance will be received by individuals in different ways. We respect each individual’s decision, and we are mindful that this is a recommendation and not a requirement. You will see some of our staff and students continue to wear face coverings, even while outside. Others will remove face coverings when they feel comfortable to do so. When children remove face coverings outside, it will be important for them to keep track of their personal items as face coverings are still required inside. Please have that conversation with your students, as well.

     

    We have not received any information about any changes to the face covering requirement for indoors or on school transportation. At this time, face coverings are still required by WCPSS in those situations.

     

    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.

     

     

    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/
    • May 26: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day (No students on campus)
    • May 26: Kindergarten Orientation Virtual Meeting (12:30 and 4:30)
    • May 31: No School: Memorial Day Holiday
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  • Otter Splash News & Reminders

    Posted by Stephanie Bias on 5/14/2021

    Principal’s Otter Splash 5/14/2021

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

     

    This week on Wednesday, we will have an asynchronous learning day. Students will not be on campus on Wednesday, May 19. Our last asynchronous day will be next Wednesday, May 26.

     

    Interim reports were scheduled to go home on Friday, May 14. Because students were not on campus, these reports will go home on Monday, May 17.

     

    EOG Dates for both Virtual Academy and In-person students:

    We have finalized our dates to administer the End of Grade tests for our 3rd-5th grade students (both Virtual Academy and In-person). You can find all the dates in this document: EOG Dates. If you have any questions about the EOG, please contact our testing coordinator, Jo Tysor, at jtysor@wcpss.net.

     

    All-county Spirit Week (May 17-21):

    Students and staff have the option to participate in the All-County Spirit Week this week. The spirit days are:

    Monday: School spirit day (wear OGES spirit wear)

    Tuesday: 80s/90s day (travel to the past and sport your favorite fashions from past decades)

    Wednesday: Asynchronous/Pink Day (wear pink on Wednesday)

    Thursday: Dress to Impress (Otters in fancy clothes)

    Friday: College Team Day (will it be Carolina Blue, NC State Red, or UVA Orange)

     

    Face Covering Update (Outdoors):

    WCPSS sent out the update to face covering guidelines to staff and families. If you missed it, you can find it here:

    Based on new guidance issued Wednesday by the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), face coverings are now optional while outdoors. Face coverings are still required for everyone ages 5 and older while indoors and on school transportation.

    This means students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings outdoors for recess, classes held outdoors, outdoor PE classes, outdoor eating, and similar small gatherings.

    Students and staff may choose to wear a face covering outdoors in these situations if they want, but a school or staff member may not require it.

    NCDHHS still recommends that anyone who is not vaccinated continue to wear a face covering when they are closer than six feet to another person, even when outdoors. However, this is a NCDHHS recommendation and not a requirement.

     

    At Oak Grove, we know that this new guidance will be received by individuals in different ways. We respect each individual’s decision, and we are mindful that this is a recommendation and not a requirement. You will see some of our staff and students continue to wear face coverings, even while outside. Others will remove face coverings when they feel comfortable to do so. When children remove face coverings outside, it will be important for them to keep track of their personal items as face coverings are still required inside. Please have that conversation with your students, as well.

     

    We have not received any information about any changes to the face covering requirement for indoors or on school transportation. At this time, face coverings are still required by WCPSS in those situations.

     

    21-22 School Year Planning:

    Ms. Rhodes, Ms. Dahlhoff, and I are working on Track assignments. We hope to have Track assignment information to families no later than May 20.

     

    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.

     

     

    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/
    • May 17: Q4 Interim Reports sent home
    • May 19: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day (No students on campus)
    • May 26: Asynchronous/Remote Learning Day (No students on campus)
    • May 31: No School: Memorial Day Holiday
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